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Traffic / Trust me, says Verizon
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:40:45 PM »
Verizon launches, yet another, search engine based on Bing.  Oh and it's supposed to be private.

The problem is that many of Verizon's other promises (like its promise not to use the engine to build detailed profiles on you) requires some significant trust in Verizon

Hardware & Technology / Re: This is not an anti-tech movement
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:06:32 AM »
A friend of mine bought a small Chinese tractor with a front end loader, to replace his old 1950's grey and red Ford.  He used it for clearing snow on his rural driveway and bush-hogging.  It was reliable, simple and well built.  I don't know the brand. 

Traffic /
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:31:11 PM »
If you are searching for videos you might try

It's  a privacy respecting meta video search engine.  Searches up to 60 sources including: Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Internet Archive.   It's kinda handy to see what is available across so many sources with one search.

Hardware & Technology / Re: This is not an anti-tech movement
« on: January 14, 2020, 10:54:46 PM »
You would think China, or Turkey or maybe some country we haven't alienated, would start importing to the US simple, reliable, low tech tractors.  Especially if demand keeps up for the vintage machines.

Traffic / Re: We need a new Technorati Search Engine
« on: January 07, 2020, 10:15:16 PM »
We've all heard about Mastodon, but there is another trend of social networks built around blogs. is one and it looks like is another.  There are others too. is about half way there with Wordpress Reader, only they don't seem willing to build the other half. advocates using Webmentions to comment directly between independent blogs and has developed a suite of Wordpress plugins that let you do that with other similarly equipped blogs.  Drupal also has Indieweb plugins and B2evolution has webmentions built in.

Traffic / Re: We need a new Technorati Search Engine
« on: January 07, 2020, 08:55:44 PM », a feed reader and blog hosting service has added The Feed Directory

It is not limited to just listing hosted blogs, but anyone can add their feeds (reg. required).  The directory actually spiders the text content of the feed so search is more about content than metas.  It's a nice step forward.

Economics & Investing / Re: Bill Gates: Rich should pay more taxes
« on: January 05, 2020, 08:28:37 PM »
One of the major lessons of the twentieth century is that representative democracies and social safety nets are insurance policies for the upper classes.

Even late 19th Century.  I was watching a documentary about history of Chicago.  They pointed out an area that had once been all mansions of the uber rich (most mansions now replaced by swanky high rises)  but they indicated the locations of National Guard Armories of the same era which were purposely placed around the mansions to protect them in case of riots or civil uprising.  This back in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Must be nice.

Hardware & Technology / Re: IOT Dodgyness
« on: January 04, 2020, 08:28:38 PM »

Once again, we've been hosed.

Hardware & Technology / Re: IOT Dodgyness
« on: January 04, 2020, 02:15:46 PM »
I keep waiting for Mozilla to bring out their Mark II smart speaker.

When they do I'll ditch Alexa provided I can get news and weather updates out of the Mark II.


I do have streaming apps on my iPad.

Hardware & Technology / Re: IOT Dodgyness
« on: January 03, 2020, 06:52:46 PM »
>staying here

You have an LG smart tv, Brad. Right?  Sorry, but you've already sold your soul. hhh

Nah, all my TV's are ancient by flat screen standards.  Strictly dumb TV's.  I even disconnected Roku and Amz Fire.  However I do have Alexa-in-a-can but all I use it for is news briefings.  Although it's in the kitchen so anyone listening has probably learned some creative cuss words during my attempts to cook.   heh.

Hardware & Technology / Re: IOT Dodgyness
« on: January 03, 2020, 11:11:34 AM »
I'm staying out too.  Why would I want my toaster hooked to Wifi?

Economics & Investing / Re: Please Stop Telling Miners To Learn To Code
« on: January 01, 2020, 11:29:09 AM »
I have much the same thoughts when politicians and others suggest everybody should go to collage.

Related on cars:

James May compares a Tesla EV to a Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Toyota.  Worth a watch.

Fuel cell cars might have a market here in the US with our longer distances.  The big thing is they are fast to refuel.

>opt out

Except for millions, FB is the Web now and they know of no other.  I'm amazed how many small local businesses only have a FB page and don't have even have a simple Web page.  Worse, they only market their business online through FB, some are really good at it, but they have no idea what else they can do online, nor do they have time for it.

Water Cooler / Re: Weak sisters
« on: December 19, 2019, 12:02:00 PM »
The thing with AMC, if you bought a Gremlin in the 1970's with a manual transmission, that manual transmission was a leftover from the Rambler more than a decade earlier.  They seemed to have a huge inventory of parts in the parts bin.  While it was thrifty to keep using stuff on hand, technology marches on and it kept them from keeping up with the imports and the big three US automakers.

I've heard the same criticism of British Leyland.

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