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Turns out, it more or less renders the modern web unusable ó and thatís the point

The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a day (or, more accurately, trying and failing to use), Iíd say it drives home the point that itís almost impossible to avoid these companies on the modern web, even if you try.

Canada and Australia to coordinate on tech regulation: Ottawa

Hardware & Technology / Re: /e/ OS Smartphones Coming to America
« on: February 22, 2021, 04:50:57 PM »
US refurbished Samsung Galaxy S9+ and S9 phones with /e/ OS installed US$429.99 and 379.99 respectively. Available as of today 2/22/2021

Shipping extra.

GSM only phones so T-Mobile and AT&T

I've ordered mine already S9+.

(be sure to select USA)

Traffic / Re: Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
« on: February 21, 2021, 10:37:32 PM »
Time to get tough with 'bully' Facebook, UK lawmaker and publishers say

> Canada, UK

FB so over stepped itself. 

Water Cooler / Re: Ozone: A powerful weapon to combat COVID-19 outbreak
« on: February 21, 2021, 10:26:21 PM »
Yea Rupert!  Thanks for that.

Honestly, more good info came from Th3 Core members throughout this pandemic than from any other source.  Especially in the really early days when nobody was sure what would work or not, and in the US, we were actively being told bogus information.

Thank you all.


Water Cooler / Re: Ozone: A powerful weapon to combat COVID-19 outbreak
« on: February 21, 2021, 12:20:55 PM »
> Prove

This is great news.  It's nice to confirm you were on the right track all along, RC. 

Traffic / Re: Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
« on: February 18, 2021, 11:41:26 AM »
It will be interesting to see how Australia responds.  The Aussies can play a long game when they want to, and this opens opportunities for FB competitors, at least on news sharing.

Water Cooler / Re: Texasí power grid crumples under the cold
« on: February 17, 2021, 11:52:19 AM »
> Exposed

Dang.  Getting caught with your pants down is never pretty.

I guess every part of the country has their demons: the Midwest doesn't build for earthquakes for example.

On my latest phone I ditched a lot of apps and just use the web browser version.  In fact I like Twitter's mobile web version just fine.  That's now my SOP: I try the mobile web version first and put a browser bookmark on my screen.

Water Cooler / Grape-Nuts Coming Back - You're Saved
« on: February 13, 2021, 07:39:19 PM »
A day after I noticed Grape-Nuts cereal was grayed out for out of stock on Instacart, this popped up on my feed:

Grape-Nuts will be available again sometime in March 2021.

Hardware & Technology / iOS 14.5: Apple Maps to Add Waze-like Features
« on: February 13, 2021, 06:01:07 PM »
The iOS 14.5 beta, available to developers and public beta testers, adds a new Apple Maps feature that lets you report accidents, hazards, and speed checks along your route when getting directions.

So, some of the crowd source reporting features people like about Waze, but with less Googlie spyware.

Good to see Apple continues to improve their Apple Maps product.

Water Cooler / Re: Van Life
« on: February 12, 2021, 08:14:10 PM »
Not a van, but you get extra bonus hipster cred if you can afford one.

Airstream Flying Cloud 30FB Office Floorplan

Hardware & Technology / Forest Planting Robot
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:14:49 PM »

Looks like it's mainly for commercial tree farms (monoculture) but says it could be adapted to plant natural forests.

Sorry RC it does not look like a puppy.

Water Cooler / Re: Telecube
« on: February 10, 2021, 09:54:33 PM »
> 'Muricanized

Needs a green screen right behind the user so you can select different important looking backgrounds behind you. (ie. bookcase, airport concourse, flags, high rise office window view, inside temple of Zuul, interior of Tardis.)

Monetization / Australian Report on Adtech and Google
« on: February 09, 2021, 01:54:24 PM »
Here is a good Twitter thread summarizing the 222 page interim report.  It's not the final report but most of this can be expected to survive.

This problem for Google is not going to go away.


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