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https://www.yang2020.com/policies/data-property-right/

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    The right to be informed as to what data will be collected, and how it will be used
    The right to opt out of data collection or sharing
    The right to be told if a website has data on you, and what that data is
    The right to be forgotten; to have all data related to you deleted upon request
    The right to be informed if ownership of your data changes hands
    The right to be informed of any data breaches including your information in a timely manner
    The right to download all data in a standardized format to port to another platform

This is a pretty radical departure from what we have right now.

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Web Development / Sneaky JaguarPC
« on: October 10, 2019, 08:15:51 PM »
We've been hosting with them since 2010.  In that time we've had three 36-month billing cycles at $178 each cycle.  This last one, without any notification they decided to invoice for $358 for 36 months.  I was kinda pissed when I talked to them.  They brought it down to $196.02, which is a more reasonable increase.

We were having issues with reliability, but overall I can't complain about hosting over the last few years.  Still, that type of sneaky sh## pisses me off.  I guess they just did this to all their long term clients and a curtain percent will just pay without noticing.

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Water Cooler / Saying that just bug you?
« on: September 25, 2019, 12:19:38 AM »
A big one for me it is "living my best life".  It is narcissistic, indulgent, and deflects (sometimes warranted) criticisms.  Also, the phrase is often used to promote being the object of envy, which is an ongoing peeve of mine.

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https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2019/09/california-passes-law-that-prevents-cities-from-taxing-energy-generated-by-solar-rooftop-projects/

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law last week financial protections for consumer investments in rooftop solar energy. The law, AB 1208 authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), extends a prohibition on cities and counties taxing the energy generated by rooftop solar panels for use by homeowners and businesses.

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Civil liberties groups are warning of a major threat to online freedoms and First Amendment rights if a leaked draft of a Trump administration edict—dubbed by critics as a "Censor the Internet" executive order that would give powerful federal agencies far-reaching powers to pick and choose which kind of Internet material is and is not acceptable—is allowed to go into effect.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/11/leaked-draft-trump-executive-order-censor-internet-denounced-dangerous

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Marketplaces / What Prime Day(s) looked like to one small seller
« on: August 01, 2019, 06:30:33 AM »
I'm posting a graph so you could see the relative difference Prim Day (actually two days) had on my order volume.  As you could see there was a small upswing the day before, then a sharp drop in sales after Prime Day ends and then a rebound.   I had no special promotions going, just the usual low volume PPC and nothing on sale.

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Hardware & Technology / Webrecorder
« on: July 23, 2019, 09:26:43 PM »
https://webrecorder.io/

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What are Web Archives?


A web archive is a record of web resources. It may include HTML and images, scripts, stylesheets, as well as video, audio and other elements that web pages and web apps are made of, all in one file.

What makes Webrecorder different?

What most differentiates Webrecorder is its focus on "dynamic web content." The web once delivered documents, like HTML pages. Today, it delivers complex software customized for every user, like individualized social media feeds. Other existing digital preservation solutions were built for that earlier time and cannot adequately cope with what the web has become. Webrecorder, by contrast, focuses on all that dynamic content, such as embedded video and complex javascript, addressing our present and future.


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Hardware & Technology / Useful Browser Extensions 2019
« on: July 09, 2019, 10:46:58 PM »
What are you guys using these days to make your life easier?

A little one that is helping me out is a Firefox Extension that lets me change case.

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Marketplaces / Shopify Fulfillment Network
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:19:28 PM »
This is potentially a big deal.  Apparently they are investing $1 billion into the program and want to bite with FBA.  I'm going to explore it.

https://news.shopify.com/introducing-shopify-fulfillment-network

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SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s: initially placing approximately 1600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude shell, subsequently placing ~2800 Ku- and Ka-band spectrum sats at 1,150 km (710 mi) and ~7500 V-band sats at 340 km (210 mi). The total cost of the decade-long project to design, build and deploy such a network is estimated at nearly US$10 billion.]
SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s: initially placing approximately 1600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude shell, subsequently placing ~2800 Ku- and Ka-band spectrum sats at 1,150 km (710 mi) and ~7500 V-band sats at 340 km (210 mi). The total cost of the decade-long project to design, build and deploy such a network is estimated at nearly US$10 billion.


Wiki link

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There would be 190 combinations of pairs of the top 20 financial cities. There are 435 combinations of pairs of the top 30 financial cities. If the top $100 million per year was paid by the top 20 cities, then this would be $19 billion per year. If the premium internet pairing for the connections to 21 to 30 was worth $10 million per year then this would be another $2.45 billion per year. Even with a half-price discount, the total would still be $10 billion per year.

The SpaceX Starlinks could save 30-50% of the latency time. This is because the speed of light is almost twice as fast in space as it is in a glass fiber. The value for the Starlink financial latency reduction should be even higher. Let us say it is double the New York to Chicago price. This means the premium pairing of cities is worth over $40 billion per year.

If Starlink Succeeds Then SpaceX Revenue Will Be More Than Double NASA’s Budget

This is assuming it all works.  Pretty brilliant though, shaving off a couple dozen milliseconds on the exchanges is worth billions to the right people.   The "high speed internet for the masses" stuff will just be using the untapped cycles in the technology and serve for public relations.

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Hardware & Technology / International Mobile Equipment Identity
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:10:32 PM »
I came across an article about how the SA government was tracking women in hiding by tracing their IMEI number on their GSM cell phones.  IMEI is similar to a MAC address for mobile and is tied to a device regardless of SIM card changes. 

On CDMA phones there is an equivalent, the Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) string.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mobile_Equipment_Identity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_equipment_identifier

Looks like it is possible to change an Android divice's IMEI with some work.

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