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Great resources for finding alternatives to the Big Tech software people often feel trapped using:
switching.software/

by @switchingsoftware

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It turns out that this does exactly what it says and I don't know what I expected

Passive house (energy efficient) coming to several places in Canada in the form of social housing:

cbc.ca/news/science/green-affo

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Premier Ford will pay Molson Coors and Anheuser Busch MILLIONS to break a 10 year contract 16 months early in order to speed up 24/7 alcohol access in #Ontario gas stations & corner stores.

Many people think that the Beer Store is owned by the province of Ontario, but in fact it’s owned by a consortium of brewers.
🙄 #DougFord is paying this consortium $600 million of our tax dollars to cancel the existing contract prematurely so you can buy #beer anywhere.

#priorities #BoozeOverHealthcare

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Google Search has told people to use gasoline in spaghetti, drink urine, and eat rocks. It said President James Madison graduated from college 21 times, and that there's no country in Africa that starts with the letter K.

This is *one week* after Google executives and engineers spent almost two hours on stage evangelizing about the power of AI at Google I/O. I really don't know if I've seen another product failure this bad in recent history.

howtogeek.com/google-search-ai

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When I talk about digital privacy, there is always some smug genius who shrugs and tells me, "Who cares? We all know we don't have any privacy anyway." Nothing could be more wrong. Convincing you that the fight is already over to the way people in power get you to stop resisting.

@yosh I like that they include the DIY option of a 3M filter and a Lasko box fan, which outperformed many expensive options at a fraction of the price:

cbc.ca/news/business/portable-

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So, I knew that signal had ensured that desktop installs weren't first-class users of the account and had no way of backing up messages. I didn't realize that there was no backup option of any kind on iOS at all, and no way to keep messages when switching platforms. That's, uh, kind of a big deal?

I looked into this because a friend on iOS has stopped using signal. They have a really important relationship that started on signal, and while it's since moved elsewhere, they don't want to lose all the original chat logs. So they bought a new phone and just keep the entire old phone somewhere safe, because there's no other option. The result is annoying (for me) and shitty for them — because the data still isn't backed up.

But it's ok, we've got stickers, Giphy support, and stories, and that's more important than absolutely basic security features.

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⚡ Today is a momentous day for Internet competition in Canada — not quite "mission accomplished", but a very important and long-awaited step: As of today, you can finally buy full fibre service from competitors like TekSavvy! (some conditions apply sorry I'm a lawyer I have to say things like this ;-)

Let me explain more:
👇🏼🧵 #CRTC #CdnPoli #TekSavvy
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Anthony Bourdain: "Eat at a local restaurant tonight.Get the cream sauce. Have a cold pint at 4 o’clock in a mostly empty bar. Go somewhere you’ve never been.Listen to someone you think may have nothing in common with you. Order the steak rare. Eat an oyster. Have a negroni. Have two.Be open to a world where you may not understand or agree with the person next to you, but have a drink with them anyways. Eat slowly. Tip your server. Check in on your friends. Check in on yourself. Enjoy the ride."

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“They cut speed limits, changed street design, removed space for cars…Now it appears that work is paying off. #Oslo and #Helsinki are reaping the rewards of committed action on making their roads safer, reducing pedestrian fatalities to zero last year.”
theguardian.com/world/2020/mar

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"Work on something that matters, if only to you.
Work on something that helps people, even in small ways.
Work on making things understandable."

rntz.net/post/against-software

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I can't believe a paid OS needs a tool like this. Here's a GUI tool called OFGB (Oh Frick Go Back) to remove all the ads in Windows 11. It's understandable if a free OS or app needs ad support, but this is just crazy github.com/xM4ddy/OFGB

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I know weird opinion, but if it’s “Chrome only” it’s not the Web.

It’s Flash, but worse.

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If you really want to get upset about something going on in open source / open data space, I would suggest considering Niantic.

After years of refusing any communication with #OpenStreetMap, not to mention -any- kind of support. Niantic joined the Linux Foundations Overture (for substantial amounts of money), but its customers continue to vandalize OSM, burning lots of volunteer time at multiple levels.

community.openstreetmap.org/t/

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