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Coming soon to a Librem 5 near you: support for the internal OpenPGP smart card reader.

Is the problem that the govt. is buying location data w/o a warrant, or that data brokers can collect and sell it to begin with? We have to change the incentives driving the whole mobile app economy. This is something I wrote about in this article:

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency shouldn't be spying on Americans, without a warrant, by paying data brokers for location info generated by our phone apps.

Posting from the Tootle Mastodon client which just made it into the Librem 5 PureOS staging repo today!

Librem 5 users using the standard amber repo should see it in a few days.

8. I don't know precisely when it started, but I realized today that at some point during the weekend I stopped looking at my watch all the time for notifications that weren't there. I think I beat the habit.

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Parler Tricks: Making Software Disappear

"Regardless of how you feel about Parler, an important thing to note is that this is far from the first time, nor will it be the last time, that Google and Apple remove controversial software from their stores. "

My theory on why fraction math is so stressed in US schools is because of Imperial measurements. The only time I perform math on fractions as an adult is when dealing with inches or cups.

Ad tech companies find the ability to track individual people around the Internet incredibly valuable. That's why they won't stop intrusive data collection:

"Facebook promised to bid on at least 90 percent of auctions when it could identify the end user"

Modern cloud platforms are essentially giant proprietary server OSes, so is Parler's difficulty in coming back online due to finding hosting, or is it due to using so many proprietary AWS features, switching providers is like porting server software from Solaris to Windows NT?

7. Day Three. Still looking for phantom notifications on my watch, but I'm catching and stopping myself more often than not. The tell is when you look away from your watch without knowing the time. It's nice not having to charge my watch every night.

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6. I would use my smart watch timer app for my coffee, so I replaced it with a kitchen timer clipped to my French Press.

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5. This first day with an analog watch has already revealed to me just how much a smart watch has created subconscious, compulsive habits. It's unnerving to see tech rewire your brain like that.

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4. I find myself looking at my wrist in the dark, even though this watch doesn't have a backlight.

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3. Despite looking at my watch, if you had asked me what time it was, I couldn't have told you.

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2. While writing the previous post I literally checked my analog wristwatch to see if there was a response to my first post yet.

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1. I have checked my wrist frequently, sometimes only minutes apart, for notifications that aren't there. I almost never check to see the actual time.

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I've worn a smart watch for 4 yrs. At first I was on call and quick access to notifications was a huge bonus. Recently I've questioned its effect on me so today I switched back to a traditional watch as a test. This thread contains my observations.

The power went out for half my town a few minutes after midnight, which was a kind of creepy way to start the year.

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