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Traffic / Re: LibreWolf
« on: Today at 03:15:25 PM »
Removes telemetry
No cloud sync using Firefox account
Private search providers like Searx, Qwant (DuckDuckGo set as the default)
uBlock Origin included to block scripts/advertisements
No “Add to Pocket” button
No sponsored/recommended content in the homepage out-of-the-box
Firefox’s snippets to add news/tips in a new tab removed from the Settings
No sponsored shortcuts
Tracking Protection set to “Strict” mode by default
Cookies and History set to delete when you close the browser
Enable HTTPS-only mode by default

https://itsfoss.com/librewolf/

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Traffic / LibreWolf
« on: Today at 03:12:24 PM »
An independent fork of Firefox, with the primary goals of privacy, security and user freedom

https://librewolf.net/

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https://costplusdrugs.com/

I comared 1 or 2 drugs to Amazon Pharm. Same price.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Echo: Pitching A Paradigm Shift
« on: Today at 01:08:47 AM »
"In 2020, Amazon determined that 25 percent of US households have at least one Alexa device, with this rising to 27 percent for Amazon Prime customers.

Christmas is when a lot of customers buy new Alexa devices, but keeping people engaged can be tough. Per Bloomberg, Amazon found in some years that 15 percent to 25 percent of new Alexa devices were no longer active by just the second week of use.
Last year, Amazon concluded that the market for smart speakers had “passed its growth phase,” and estimated it would expand only 1.2 percent annually in future.

In 2018, Amazon projected that it would lose $5 on average per Alexa device sold, and that by 2028 it hoped this would be $2-per-unit profit. The company mainly wants to generate revenue from Alexa devices by using them to direct people to other Amazon services.

Alexa devices with screens are used more. 74 percent of users who have an Alexa device with a screen use it weekly, compared to 66 percent of Echo users, and 56 percent of Echo dot owners. That suggests a problem with discoverability and usability for voice interfaces.

In a planning doc from 2019, Amazon noted that Alexa users discover half of all the features they will ever use within three hours of activating a new device. For most users there are just three main use-cases: playing music, setting timers, and controlling lights."



Alexa is nagging you more because Amazon knows you don’t care about its new features - The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/23/22851451/amazon-alexa-by-the-way-use-case-functionality-plateaued

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>use whatever rendering engine that comes native with your OS

Yep.

“MacOS and Windows both now offer website rendering APIs (WebView/WebView2) that any application can use to render a website. That’s what we’ve used to build our app on desktop.”

DuckDuckGo’s Web Browser Won’t Rely on Any Chrome Technology | Digital Trends
https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/duckduckgo-new-web-browser-wont-rely-on-chrome/

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Economics & Investing / Re: Bitcoin Worth More than Gold (currently)
« on: January 22, 2022, 08:38:37 PM »
2022: Bitcoin has lost almost half its value since its November high, with cryptocurrency prices continuing to plunge as major economies look to curb their growing popularity.  Its peers have fared worse.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/22/investing/bitcoin-ethereum-cryptocurrency-price-record-high/index.html

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Water Cooler / Re: Companies lie
« on: January 22, 2022, 08:26:04 PM »
Alberta: Shell’s Massive Carbon Capture Plant Is Emitting More Than It’s Capturing

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kb43x/shell-quest-carbon-capture-plant-alberta

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Webb space telescope nears its destination almost a million miles from Earth, ready for critical mirror alignment.

Once aligned and its instruments calibrated, Webb will be 100 times more powerful than Hubble, NASA says — so sensitive to infrared light that it could detect the faint heat of a bumble bee as far away as the moon.

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: January 22, 2022, 04:47:20 PM »
Pfizer, Moderna boosters up to 90% effective against Omicron: CDC

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: January 22, 2022, 03:02:33 PM »
F.D.A. Approves Remdesivir for Patients Not Hospitalized - The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/world/remdesivir-fda-approval-expanded-covid.html

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Looks like the pandemic just moved the coming labor shortage ahead by 5-10 years.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage - Axios
https://www.axios.com/labor-shortage-work-jobs-data-f925f6b3-0f59-4cda-8603-6cd77aa1288f.html

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Had about 5 inches of powdery snow here last night. Rain first, while below freezing, so there's ice under it.  Hoo boy!

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