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Hardware & Technology / Pine64 to make $100 Linux Smartphone
« on: October 27, 2018, 10:21:30 AM »
Pine64 is Working on a Linux Smartphone Running KDE Plasma
https://itsfoss.com/pinebook-kde-smartphone/

If the price holds, I'm skeptical about the quality.  But regardless, we are getting some movement again on some phone OS's that are not controlled by Apple or Google.

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Hardware & Technology / Has Android already hit it's high?
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:12:46 PM »
Now Is the Time to Start Planning for the Post-Android World | Linux Journal https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/now-time-start-planning-post-android-world

This is going to be interesting.

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Traffic / GooglePlus to Shut Down, Nobody will Notice
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:14:53 PM »
https://9to5google.com/2018/10/08/google-plus-shutting-down/

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Google is shutting down the consumer aspect of its social network. It will remain available for enterprise clients that need an internal social network, but the regular app will be unavailable starting in August after a 10-month wind down period.

The corporate part will continue but the public part will close.

I'm running out of places to spam syndicate.

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Hardware & Technology / You can get a robotic finger for your smartphone
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:34:20 AM »
This uncanny robot finger for your smartphone will give you nightmares | TechRadar https://www.techradar.com/news/this-uncanny-robot-finger-for-your-smartphone-will-give-you-nightmares

Use this on the subway commute to freak out the other passengers.  Also I seem to remember either a B horror movie or Dark Shadows where this disembodied hand was crawling around and killing people.

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Traffic / New EU based Search Engine - Findx.com
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:35:36 PM »
The Vikings are at it again.  Coming out of Denmark is https://www.findx.com/ a new beta search engine.  I have not really had a chance to look at it so I don't know if they are trying to confine themselves to the EU or aiming for global.  Either way it's good news.

They are using a fork of Gigablast, I'm hoping they will improve on Gigablast's algo which I always thought fell short.

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Water Cooler / Andrew Keen: How to fix the future
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:16:32 AM »
https://nextconf.eu/2018/09/andrew-keen-how-to-fix-the-future/

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It became clear to me that something was wrong with the beginning of the Web 2.0 era, and Google. It was all about doing away with curation, and bringing in everyone’s voice - but in the Cult of the Amateur I warned that this might do away with the idea of a fixed truth.


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Hardware & Technology / Vivaldi 2.0 Released
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:36:22 PM »
Updated look, lots of new features which you can read about below.  The biggie is encrypted sync to keep all your stuff the same across devices.
https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-2-0-your-browser-matters/

Sync was the critical feature needed before they move into mobile browsers.  I know they have an Android version in the works, hopefully that will come out soon.

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Water Cooler / Anyone use two smartphones?
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:28:10 PM »
How?  - the mechanics of it, do you swap out SIM cards or just have two numbers.
Why? - purpose of having two phones?
Carry? - one or both. how do you keep them straight? If carrying only one, what happens if somebody calls on the other one.
Sync? - do you keep everything separate or share data.

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Traffic / Microsoft unifying search across Bing, Office, and Windows
« on: September 24, 2018, 10:12:22 PM »
Nobody knows what to expect. Everybody scratching their head thinking, "I thought we got rid of Ballmer?"
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/09/microsoft-unifying-search-across-bing-office-and-windows/

From the screen cap on that page it looks like MS has succeeded in burying almost everything above the fold in crap.

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http://fortune.com/2018/09/24/google-search-personalized-image/

Soon, the completely illiterate will be able to search for cat pictures.

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Hardware & Technology / Essential Phone
« on: September 23, 2018, 10:55:35 PM »
I couldn't pass it up for new Essential phone for $335 on Amazon.  Will update to Android Pie.  They promise to update to Q plus all security updates.

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Traffic / Million Short Search Engine
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:23:48 PM »
Bill discovered this 6 years ago.  http://th3core.com/talk/traffic/million-short/msg19319/#msg19319  but given the time gap I thought I would start a new thread.

https://millionshort.com/  It's been around for 6 years or more.  Looking at their videos, it appears they have their own crawler and, I assume, index.  If so, it must be pretty large because in my limited quick test for "science Fiction" the results seemed pretty good.

Million Short lets you peel back (remove) the most popular websites in increments: 100, 1000, 10K, 100K, 1 million by popularity and get to the obscure stuff.

And speaking of obscure stuff: the genealogists really like this for finding stuff about ancestors AND finding living relations, something they say Google is poor at.
http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2012/09/million-short-is-this-good-search.html

More at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Million_Short

I need to test this more, but what interests me: 1. that they may have their own index/algo and it looks fairly good and deep, 2. this is useful for getting past the usual players for a search.  On #1 that could be very useful in the future.


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Leaving Apple & Google: /e/ first beta is here!
https://hackernoon.com/leaving-apple-google-e-first-beta-is-here-89e39f492c6f

You should also read the preceding articles in the series to get context.  They are moving fast on a lot of fronts.

This is moving fast and has some street cred since it is lead by the guy who developed Mandrake Linux.  Unlike other efforts at privacy, he understands that you can make a secure device and OS but that does little good if all the cloud services like Gmail leak.

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Hardware & Technology / Epic Privacy Browser
« on: September 18, 2018, 03:16:29 PM »
I played around with Epic last night.  https://www.epicbrowser.com/

While I wouldn't use it for daily work, I like the fact that it has a VPN built in so your ISP can't track you and I would definitely use it over public wifi.

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