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One BEELYUN Dollars . . .
  • Exxon is the one company listed in there that enables all the rest of them to exist.

  • fuck lawns (fuck lawns) fuck them very very much
  • That's exactly what grows out wild in my backyard here (which is against the edge of a greenbelt / drainage creek bed) - no intervention needed.

  • fuck lawns (fuck lawns) fuck them very very much
  • You could do what I did:

    1. only buy a house in a place that has no HOA
    2. xeriscape the front, let most of the back just grow out wild, and keep a small patch of grass in an area where you like to chill (for me this is in a courtyard)
    3. use an old school push mower for this small patch. You get a little exercise with this, but not enough to ever stress ya, and it requires no gas, no oil, no electricity and barely ever any maintenance.
  • It's Over for Fossil Smartwatches
  • Asteroid OS is a really good way to have a privacy respecting method of extending software support for some of Fossil's smart watches -

  • It's Over for Fossil Smartwatches
  • It's not completely over if folks help with porting more Fossil models over to Asteroid OS -

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • This is the result of the default install of Fennec - it needs the user to install an extension to get ad and tracker blocking like you have

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • Here you can see that Fennec tried to "phone home" to Mozilla when I launched it

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • So that's the second test a browser needs to pass for me - no embedded tracker libraries. Fennec fails on that.

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • Embedded trackers Brave: 0 Fennec: 3

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • Not quite for me - Fennec (at least the build from F-droid) does not randomize fingerprint, AppManager and TrackerControl both show it has embedded trackers sending telemetry to Mozilla, and Fennec is not available on desktop. Librewolf is hardened Firefox on desktop, and is very good though, and has the trackers going back to Mozilla removed, but it does not randomize fingerprint.

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • I am guessing you are using uBlock Origin or similar with Fenec, as I just get "partial protection" in the EFF test unless that extension is installed.

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • I am using SparkOS on this device. My usual daily driver running Android 14 uses degoogled BlissROM and gets the same results, but I just borked it testing the latest alpha version for the maintainer.

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • The EFF is very good at what they do, and I've found it to be reliable, based on auditing traffic with tools like TrackerControl and AppManager as well. There is also resources noting test results such as

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • This is what I get on a degoogled Android 13 custom ROM. What OS/device are you using? Did you opt out of sending stats to Brave when you installed?

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • This article is FUD for the most part:

    • replacing ads - nope, by default you don't see any replacement ads, rather you see the least amount of ads on any chromium based option out there (e.g. Brave is the only browser I've found that still blocks the vast majority of ads on YouTube videos). You need to opt in to see replacement ads
    • affilate links - yeah, that was some bs that happened 4 years ago, they were called out on it, and they promptly removed them, and these things have never appeared again.

    Regarding the crypto stuff - that is by default off, again you need to opt in to it. Now, there is basic usage stats that are sent back to Brave that are on by default, but these can be turned off easily in the settings.

    If there is any real objection that can be made to Brave it's that the CEO has contributed cash to anti-gay-marriage campaigns in the past (which is why he has fired from Mozilla) and that he has expressed some reactionary political views in social media. I can understand people boycotting Brave for that.

    Meanwhile, Brave is the only browser I've found that completely passes the EFF's test at - and in other pricacy and security audits it performs always at "best in class" levels.

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • Show me another browser that can fully pass the EFF's and other privacy tests, and I will switch.

  • Anon doesn't like any web browsers
  • Vivaldi has some closed source components to it, so that makes it a "pass" for a lot of us that are more privacy focused. But in performance and features Vivaldi is certainly a good chromium based browser - it's just not one I choose for myself.

  • Windows 7 with Aero Glass, in my opinion, was the last version of windows that actually felt warm and comfortable to use. 8, 10 and 11 all feel so cold, sterile and boring.
  • Windows 2000 was the last version I thought was on the correct path, simply for it being the last version that did not require online activation.

  • Hmmm
  • Enter url at archive dot ph - problem solved.

  • A web search tip to avoid AI generated SEO junk
  • An alternative that actually uses its own web crawlers

  • The Word

    "But some, perhaps, will say: Are we to have no Word of God - no revelation? I answer, Yes; there is a Word of God; there is a revelation. The Word of God is the creation we behold and it is in this word, which no human invention can counterfeit or alter, that God speaketh universally to man. It is only in the Creation that all our ideas and conceptions of a Word of God can unite. The Creation speaks a universal language, independently of human speech or human language, multiplied and various as they be. It is an ever-existing original, which every man can read. It cannot be forged; it cannot be counterfeited; it cannot be lost; it cannot be altered; it cannot be suppressed. It does not depend upon the will of man whether it shall be published or not; it publishes itself from one end of the earth to the other. It preaches to all nations and to all worlds; and this Word of God reveals to man all that is necessary for man to know of God." - Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1793