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@PhoneBoy @DrChris yes, of course, but regardless of how often you replace or wash it that doesn't keep you from providing a great climate for all sorts of nasty flora from your mouth and nose to party down in. it's a retarded fucking idea to begin with. 100% theatre

The "It's really not that big of a deal, in my opinion" mask crowd irritates the shit out of me. And people wonder how hitler came to power.

i'm still convinced it's us nerds who gave google their monopoly.


well, when normies don't have a clue, and they wanna know stuff about digital tech, who do they ask?


they ask us nerds.

and we absolutely loved google search and google chrome... and we near unanimously recommended these products to normies.

i think we were influencers during the 90s and 00s, but we just didn't know it.

we initially recommended firefox because chrome didn't exist yet, but chrome was really fast, so when it came out, we loved it, and google was a "cool" company that didn't dominate the world yet, so hey cool, they're making a browser, and it's good, so let's recommend it, because google is doing good for the world.

cue backfire, google is evil, worse than microsoft even.

i mean frankly, these days, i'd argue microsoft is less evil than google. i know this is like swearing in church, but they have less influence than google and facebook, and they're actually doing interesting stuff like hololens, linux support in windows and vs code.

i don't *love* them, but... frankly, most of the stuff they've done for the past 10 years has been fairly harmless. windows 10 has turned into a cloud train wreck... BUT... who the fuck isn't creating cloud train wrecks these days?

windows is mostly relevant for business and education these days. normies don't use general purpose computers unless they have to.

«The combination of Fitbit’s health data with Google’s other data creates unique opportunities for discrimination and exploitation of consumers in healthcare, health insurance and other sensitive areas, with major implications for privacy too.» #privacy

"Samsung TV owners complain about increasingly obtrusive ads"

"On its webpage intended for business partners, Samsung boasts that is has 50 million Smart TVs in operation and that it has the industry’s largest ACR data set."

So ... we no longer own our things, apparently we just buy direct sales channels into our homes 🤔

#privacy #iot

It's inevitable: whenever I talk about the need to curb concentrated power in the tech sector, someone comes along to ask why I only care about tech - why not do something about concentration in telecoms or entertainment?

That's not wrong, but it's not right either. Yes, telecoms and entertainment are grotesquely concentrated and abuse their monopoly power to the great detriment of the rest of us.


But no, gunning for Big Tech does NOT mean that we're not gunning for Big Content and Big Telco, too.

Bust 'em all!

The idea that these monopolized industries are somehow keeping each other in check - rather than colluding to screw the rest of us - is wrong. Google did an anti-Net Neutrality deal with Verizon. And all the tech and content companies illegally fixed wages between 'em.


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woke: starting more projects than you finish
broke: finishing all your projects
bespoke: finishing more projects than you've started

After randomly browsing the internet, I've discovered these 2 cool looking open-source emoji projects:

"None of these kids…know that they had their phones there and they're pinpointed, they're tracked, we know exactly who lives where, we know exactly who's talking to who, when you're at a protest…they're so dumb!" — @adam #noagenda 1277

What vegans don’t realize is that many animals and insects are killed in the process of farming. Also, monocropping depletes the soil.

Meanwhile, properly managed ruminant animals peeing and pooping all over the land replenishes the soil, which draws carbon out of the atmosphere. Much more environmentally friendly.

I will agree with vegans on one point: CAFOs need to die in a fire.

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