Fact-check: does Incognito/Private Browsing mode keep you private?
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> This browser mode isn’t a silver bullet; for instance, it does not prevent your IP address from being geo-located to your neighborhood, and it doesn’t protect against even more sophisticated tracking schemes used by cybercriminals, governments, and Big Tech.

> You could combine it with a VPN for some additional protection. Or use the Tor Browser if you really want to stay private on the Web.

Fact-check: the FDA does not say that the endangers safety
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> The FDA did not claim that the right to repair would harm patients’ health, and in fact claims third parties can help discover technical bugs and vulnerabilities.

> There is much to be written about right to repair laws, but we believe any discussion should be fact and truth based. Misrepresenting a crucial governmental body such as the FDA is at best dishonest and borders on unethical.

Fact-check: do NFTs make it possible to own digital artwork?
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> Non-fungible tokens are an interesting technology that can be used by digital artists to create new revenue streams. But claiming that they let anyone actually own digital artworks is at best naïveté or disingenuous hype (and we’d rather not consider the worst).

> “For me it seems as ridiculous as street-art museums,” says digital artist Natalia Vish.

Fact-check: has 's encryption been broken?
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> Signal encryption is (almost certainly) safe, but if someone gains access to your unlocked device, all bets are off.

> If someone from the government, or whomever else you might be worrying about, gets into your phone, you’re pretty out of luck – but that’s not what Signal is meant to protect from. Its main purpose is to protect data that’s currently moving, not data that’s sitting.

Fact-check: is GPT-3 conscious?
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> In short, saying that GPT-3 is conscious because it can generate text that looks like it is human-written, is like saying a large screen TV is a window because it can show images of the great outdoors.

> However, while jumping to sensationalist conclusions is not very useful, asking these questions very definitely is. They do help us probe our understanding of what consciousness is, and perhaps understand ourselves a little bit better.

New fact-check: did Fastly break the internet?
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> In short, enough websites stopped working for long enough, that from the perspective of a regular user the Internet was, in a very real sense of the word, “broken.”

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> So, did Fastly break the Internet? Not single-handedly, no. But it is probably reasonable to say they knowingly benefited from (and promoted) industry practices that led to centralization and introduction of single points of failure.

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