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Medtronic's 20-year-old PB840 ventilators are workhorses, but the company has used DRM to prevent repairs by third parties. Controlling repair gives medtechs monopolist two benefits:

1. They can charge higher-than-market rates for repairs and extract "certification fees"; and

2. They can declare some units irreparable, forcing customers to junk and replace them.


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"This is your problem, not reality's, and the sooner you realize the happier you will be."

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"You have this bizarre idea that doing whatever you want whenever you want should work in reality, when reality requires a perfectly simple case of doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done." ...

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An older acquaintance asked me to help her use a nonprofit website. The front page was readable to her, but any search for our local area returns results in a language she can't read.

The search algorithm thinks "a" is a suffix. It removed it, changing all searches for "Indiana" into "Indian". She was getting results from India.

I dropped their webmaster a note. PSA: please don't roll your own search algorithm if you don't have cause to.

Does anyone know whether octodon.social is blocking maly.io ? I tried to follow-back a friend from the former (I am on the latter) and it is failing on a 503.

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Many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so. Unacceptable. apnews.com/828aefab64d4411bac2

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"With the rise of self-driving vehicles, eventually there will be a country song about a truck leaving a guy, too."

I popped back onto social media after a long break, needing to touch base with some folks after my phone broke. 

I learned that:
* Twitter is way too full of rage-fairy-ism. I wasn't imagining it.
* Ostatus is better, but not perfect, in this regard.
* I have too many communications channels. I forgot where to find some people, and some of mine were so disused that people started ignoring them.
* My phone is annoyingly central to my getting things done. Not entirely a SPOF, but close.

@KindlyFire Have you a favorite Nextcloud client for Android? The official is bugging out on properly modern SSL :(

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Oh come on, i a tech-savvy group of people talking about cybersecurity, can we *PLEASE* stop using the words "hack", "hacked", and "hacker" to mean "compromise", "broken-into", "cybercriminal"?

It conflates government-paid professional malicious actors with a kid in a basement somewhere building a digital clock. Doesn't seem fair to the kid.

Pretty please?


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"It's hard to be religious when certain people
are never incinerated by bolts of lightning."
[Calvin, "Calvin and Hobes" strip by Bill Waterson]

Today I'm doing an experiment. I'm pointing out to people when they are engaged in behavior so crass and childish that I am unfollowing them. I have many people in my feed whose opinions I disagree with: this is an interesting learning exercise.

I'm done with toxic, childish people, of any ideology, who resort to name-calling, dominance games, or who denounce and insult people who probably love them and aren't here to defend themselves. I'm done with nominally-adult people having tantrums.

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The problem with intolerance of intolerance is that it tends to expand into intolerance of tolerance.
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reminder that empathy only leads to compassion for members of your tribe; it leads to schadenfreude for members of other tribes

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@HedgeMage Tell your kid he's fucking great. The not-having-to-replant thing really speaks to the lazy bum in me and i'd hate to see bees go extinct…

PSA from my awesome teenager, to anyone getting ready for fall planting in the US or Europe right now: early-blooming bulb flowers help multiply and split off new hives. Read more at bloomingtonbees.com/2017/08/13

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