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It is possible to be fascinated by technology, including AI, voice recognition, etc and still horrified by the companies currently manning the gates by which people can access that technology.

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As the mad king denies the pandemic, this Stanford study helps show just how much he's contributed to it with an estimated 30,000 cases and 700 deaths due to 18 of his rallies. sebotero.github.io/papers/COVI

Sad to see Sean Connery died. So many memorable roles

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While I still see a zero chance of the mad king leaving the White House I do find it interesting that, at this point in 2016 fivethrirtyeight was showing Clinton's chances of winning dropping quickly yet, this year, it's showing Biden's chances of winning actually growing.

Next week could be very interesting indeed.

Major performance improvements coming to the #PinePhone thanks to work by Ondrej Jirman (megi).
Video shows UI performance of
@kde on
@postmarketOS, but the fix will benefit all OSes.

I'm glad to see more people calling attention to this issue with Apple but I'm not sure what good it will do. It was the largest single reason I moved to System76 2 years ago (after 4 bad keyboards on my 2016 MBP) and I don't see moving back.

"Activists" are quick to trash Google because it affects them. Yet this type of damage did hurt people I know who can't afford replacement. This is just as evil as anything Google has done.

It is criminal.

twitter.com/dhh/status/1321862

Today marks 2 weeks since I started my Twitter break and, for the most part, I think it has really helped

It might be a bit more troublesome to assemble all the Linux software you need from the right sources but it has been far easier to script software setup on my Linux laptops than on my Macs.

So the response to potential monopoly issues with your competitor is to... firm up your own monopoly? ft.com/content/fd311801-e863-4

What I do wish is that there could be a viable alternative as far as the completeness of the ecosystem. Google is, frankly, close (and arguable has much better services) but the issues that come along with putting my data in Google just aren't worth it to me.

Today I have a mash of tools that really work, at least so far. I worry if it will all work when I start traveling again but that's a bridge I can cross when I get there.

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My final straw was when I needed the 4th keyboard replacement on my top-of-the-line 15" 2016 MBP in 2 years. That was beyond unacceptable. Add in things like a useless touchbar and bugs galore such as losing synced notes, reminders and more and I don't regret leaving apple

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I stumbled on this this morning and it describes, almost to the letter, my own experience with Apple and why I left its ecosystem.

TL;DR: They don't build 'em like they used to (though they still charge as if they do).

zdnet.com/article/why-i-may-du

Not sure if people heard about the vote in Chile to completely rewrite the Pinochet-era constitution. It is very exciting. This is a good listen about the campaign that lead up to the historic vote soundcloud.com/miradaspodcast/

"Chile, which was the laboratory for neoliberalism, needs to be the laboratory for democracy... In order for the people to have real power/the system to be accountable...people need to be organized--not just vote the preference....move from expression to decision."

About that water they found on the moon 

Something I just learned:in 1976 the Soviet Union returned regolith from the moon and found they contained water in roughly the same concentrations as revealed yesterday.

They published their finding in 1978 but scientists in the West either didn’t know about it or dismissed the findings as contaminated samples.

phys.org/news/2012-06-soviet-m

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