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Evkob

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I am a victim of the network effect who wishes to degoogle. What do I do?

This post is going to be a bit personal (and maybe a little bit out of context, it’s not just Google software I want to remove) but I’m tired of not knowing what to do about it. I want and have wanted to get rid of a bunch of proprietary software in my life, including but not limited to Google’s software, for quite a while...

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I’m relatively young, but my parents weren’t always aware of my whereabouts when I was thirteen. Heck as young as 8 years old they let me bike the 5km to school. I think that trust and autonomy was good for me, especially as a preteen/teen.

Contrast with my younger brother, who our father still tracks via Snapchat in his early twenties. I can say the constant feeling of surveillance has definitely had an impact on his mental health.

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I got a Pixel specifically to install GrapheneOS on it after going on a huge FOSS/privacy kick last year (coincidentally around the same time I joined Lemmy…)

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Look I definitely agree with you, never had a car and never plan on having one, and I try to promote cycling as a means of transportation as much as possible.

That being said, just replying “bicycles” is likely to rub people the wrong way. Bikes are not a 1:1 replacement for motor vehicles. There has to be investment into public transit, especially for intercity travel, as well as investments into safer cycling infrastructure.

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Cycling to any body of water is a surefire way to put me in a good mood. I rode to a nearby covered bridge over a river for the eclipse the other day, even before the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event I was just having the best day.

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Le Québec a un système légal distinct du reste du Canada (common law versus le droit civil) et offre généralement plus de protections des consommateurs et de restrictions chez les multinationales. Souvent, plutôt que de dépenser des ressources pour cadrer avec les lois québécoises, les compagnies optent d’ignorer ce marché complètement.

“À l’exception des résidents du Québec” est un catchphrase des textes légaux au Canada.

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Yes, being intolerant of homophobia that habitually results in murders such as the one we’re discussing is totally equivalent to being intolerant of people practising the Jewish faith peacefully!

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Hate and prejudice for a group of people cannot be peaceful, “peaceful homophobia” is an oxymoron.

Am I a coffee heathen?

So back when I was first living on my own. I of course had no money and I still needed coffee. So I just started doing what I would call cowboy coffee. Where the hot water and grounds are just combined. Then the grounds settle to the bottom. I have had a number of people find this quite uncouth and have tried to make me change....

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I’m a pretty big coffee nerd, and work as a barista. I have no patience for snobbery. If someone wants to learn more about coffee, the effects of roasting, immersion, percolation, espresso, I’ll gladly infodump to them and share the knowledge I’ve accrued over the years.

If someone is content with their venti soy mocha thing from Starbucks, or their double double from Timmies, or even store-brand instant coffee, and they don’t feel the need to jump into the coffee world, that’s fine by me. The idea that you must like a certain type of coffee to enjoy it “properly” is silly to me. I’m not yucking anyone’s yum.

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I would describe myself as firmly “in the middle”, and I honestly don’t disagree with your points overall. However, I think Windows isn’t really “easier to use” than most Linux distros, it’s just what most people are used to.

That doesn’t take away from your argument, as being familiar with an OS will make it easier to use and that’s completely valid, but someone who’s used Linux all their life would similarly face struggles using Windows. User inertia is a huge factor contributing to Windows’ marketshare.

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This is your brain.

This is your brain on cars.

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Just don’t go on articles you don’t want to see?

I’m curious as to what content you don’t approve of specifically.

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This is great news, it’s frankly embarrassing that it took this long. I know here in New Brunswick, our Conservative government has done the absolute bare minimum to help out hungry kids, of which there are many (30 000 kids live in poverty in NB, and many more probably suffer from some degree of food insecurity.)

It’s such a no-brainer to invest in this, like even if you’re a heartless neoliberal ultra-capitalist who thinks the poor should suffer, do you not want your future-workforce-in-training to actually absorb their training? Hungry kids don’t learn good.

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Anything related to cycling in all its varieties is okay to post/cross-post on !bicycles 😊 IMO user numbers are still too low on Lemmy to get overly picky over what gets posted where, which is why I set up the community as “anything goes”, and I think cross-posting is a great way to get new people to discover the more specialized bike communities.

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I’ve been pretty poor lately (I was unemployed for a few months and my previous roommate moved basically in the middle of the night without warning, leaving me on the hook for the full rent) so I’ve been brewing crappy President’s Choice overroasted “morning blend”. It’s bad coffee, but it’s also 15$ for 1.8kg.

I’ve been coming back to immersion brews lately after a long stint of only using my V60 for pour-overs. My love for coffee was born out of a French press, and was pushed further by the Aeropress, both of which I’ve started to mess about with again. I generally find immersion methods more forgiving with low-quality beans than a pour-over.

I’m excited to start having a bit of income again, I can’t wait to try the new offerings at my local roaster. I’m lucky that I found work as a barista, so I do drink quality coffee most days. I just have to suffer grocery-store beans on my days off (that is until my next paycheck!)

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Have you tried asking a local bike shop? The owner of my favourite spot will gladly assist me in ordering whatever weird thing I’m looking for!

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Where are you in Canada? I’m in New Brunswick and I’ve never met a Canadian who uses WhatsApp (except to keep in touch with friends abroad).

Round these parts, people usually use Messenger or Instagram.

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J’espérais Jérôme 50, j’ai pas été déçu. Grosse toune.

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I switched to Linux, got a new phone to install GrapheneOS on it, and started self-hosting a few things.

I haven’t had this much fun with technology since I was a kid.

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Honnêtement, tu donnes un peu trop de crédibilité à l’Académie française dans ta comparaison.

Do you need to download an anti-virus for Android?

So my workplace is mostly iPhone users and someone asked me what kind of antivirus software I used on my Android, and I said “none” and he flipped out about how unsafe it was. Other people chimed in saying how all androids need antivirus apps and I’ve never heard of such a thing. I do have ad-blockers and a VPN but never...

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As long as you lock the bootloader, GrapheneOS operates the same as stock Android in this regard. If anything, you’d be safer on GrapheneOS because of the extra control you get over app permissions.

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Link to said coming out video. Warning, bring tissues (but I do highly recommend watching)

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A bad trip on shrooms after years of frequenting trans spaces online “to learn more and be a good ally”.

Two of my acquaintances had come out as non-binary the week before, and it took drugs for me to unpack why, despite me being extremely happy for them both, I felt a bit of resentment and jealousy.

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I do all I can to avoid ads on my devices and networks.

However, I sometimes have to use devices I don’t own. Or work-provided hardware I’m not permitted to install anything on. Or I can get exposed to ads if a friend shows me something on their phone, or if I’m in a classroom/work and someone wants to show a YouTube video as part of their presentation.

And even if I somehow managed to never get exposed to ads, it doesn’t mean ads don’t suck and I’m not allowed to complain about their existence. Additionally, sure uBlock, DNS, alternative front-ends and all other ad-blocking methods are simple enough for computer nerds on Lemmy, but the vast majority of people aren’t computer nerds. If I told my friends to “just get uBlock and a DNS-level filter”, half of them would look at me like an insane person. The vast majority of people who use computers have little to no understanding of how they work and can’t do much more than Facebook, YouTube, and email.

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As a species when we’re divided we are arguably at our worst.

Agreed, but it’s ignorant (at best) to suggest that trans people are responsible for social division rather than the right-wing groups actively trying to eradicate trans people.

It’d be like blaming Jews for socially dividing Germany in the interwar era.

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Unfortunately, an individual cyclist cannot enact laws, build infrastructure, or change a culture of dangerous driving by oneself.

What we can do is take precautions and cycle cautiously.

That’s for individuals though, any political entity focusing on cyclists’ behaviour instead of the behaviour of drivers is missing the mark so badly.

As for the existence of such “safety” videos, the ones I’ve seen have all been jokes because the insist heavily on following the law, especially government-funded videos. Breaking road laws written for motor vehicles is, in many situations as a cyclist, the safest course of action, but I’ve yet to see any safety video address this.

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