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[#] Mon Jan 08 2024 10:19:39 EST from Nurb432

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While nothing is perfect, I had the exact opposite experience.  *shrug*.  Of course i did it far before that. Perhaps 10 years earlier. 

Of course none match my Palm T/X, but having mobile data is what got me a phone in the first place.

Sun Jan 07 2024 21:47:35 EST from LadySerenaKitty

In 2021 when I switched from Android to my first iPhone (iPhone 11), the aggravation and annoyance at my phone dropped considerably.



 



[#] Mon Jan 08 2024 19:23:10 EST from darknetuser

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2024-01-08 10:19 from Nurb432
While nothing is perfect, I had the exact opposite experience. 
*shrug*.  Of course i did it far before that. Perhaps 10 years
earlier. 

Nowadays, I think the best smartphone experience requires a degoogled Android ROM.

It makes a world of a difference.

Of course, best phone experience is using a dumbphone instead, because it doubles as a horse toy you can use for making calls after the darlings get tired of it.

[#] Mon Jan 08 2024 19:28:42 EST from Nurb432

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To an extent that is true, but when i had a phone with Android One on it, it was perfect. No bloat. Regular updates, etc.  

Mine is just a portable data device. I rarely use it to talk .. 

Mon Jan 08 2024 19:23:10 EST from darknetuser
Nowadays, I think the best smartphone experience requires a degoogled Android ROM.

It makes a world of a difference.

Of course, best phone experience is using a dumbphone instead, because it doubles as a horse toy you can use for making calls after the darlings get tired of it.

 



[#] Mon Jan 08 2024 19:35:57 EST from darknetuser

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2024-01-08 19:28 from Nurb432
To an extent that is true, but when i had a phone with Android One on

it, it was perfect. No bloat. Regular updates, etc.  

Mine is just a portable data device. I rarely use it to talk .. 

I am firmly on the camp that phones are for phoning (duh) and delivering messages. Playing games and watching videos on them is fine, but only if the phone is already a good communication platform.

My secure smartphone of death is 70% used for receiving automated emails from my servers.

[#] Mon Jan 08 2024 19:53:33 EST from Nurb432

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Messages yes.   Hotspot, yes. Music, not anymore ( long story.. but bought a standalone mp3 player again ).  video, never really did. ( not including my security cams in this ) I dont do games. e-mail, once in a blue moon, and normally when im waiting on something.  Web, rare. Mostly if im stuck somewhere and am bored. Weather, yes. ODB motoring, sure.  Maps, not often, as i try to know where im going before i get there. But it does come in handy sometimes if i dont have mt tablet with me ( now THAT i do most things with.. video, music, web, etc, and often use the phone for the network ) Back before my smart watch broke, calendar notifications  ( which is fine, it was short term use anyway, i prefer real mechanical watches )

Camera is the big one.

And of course the curse of modern times: MFA machine.

 

As far as video: I have used them to stream video from home to a TV at a remote location or something ( i carry a streaming device with HDMI. sort of like chromecast but not google and it makes its own network ). So again, just a network device. 

 



[#] Thu Jan 11 2024 17:52:40 EST from Nurb432

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So YT is broke again. In Chrome. Update. Still broke. Switch to stock FF ( also has ublock origin ) works. 

My days for chrome may be coming to a close.



[#] Fri Jan 19 2024 18:30:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Try using Brave. I haven't had any problems with it at all since all this nonsense started. It might have something to do with the fact that Brave's filter is built into the browser instead of implemented as an extension, so it can get past all that manifest crap. Plus you should support Brave because Brendan Eich is a cool guy who got cancel-culture-fired from Mozilla.

My compromise with Goolag is that they can show ads on my Chromecast and Roku screens, because they're only 7 seconds long and difficult to filter out. On desktop and mobile, fuck that noise, the ads are very long, very intrusive, and of questionable intent. As a company they have, shall we say, "California values" so I don't mind raping the shit out of them for every cent I can take. And if they make it more difficult for us to watch videos, I will revoke from them even the few pennies they are getting now.

[#] Fri Jan 19 2024 19:40:31 EST from Nurb432

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I know i have said it before, but im ok with some ads. I know they have to pay the bills and make a buck or 2 extra. And people like me that wont buy a subscription ads are the only way... Nothing in life is free.. I understand that. 

But once they flood me, f-em. 

It seems tho that regular chromium does not get effected ( with the same ad block extension however ) which is what Brave is based on too...  So i donno.   



[#] Sat Jan 20 2024 10:45:42 EST from nonservator

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"terms of service" are bullshit. I didn't agree to anything. If they disagree, they can sue me.



[#] Sat Jan 20 2024 12:38:00 EST from Nurb432

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They dont need to sue, they can just turn off service. 

Sat Jan 20 2024 10:45:42 EST from nonservator

"terms of service" are bullshit. I didn't agree to anything. If they disagree, they can sue me.



 



[#] Sun Jan 21 2024 07:37:23 EST from nonservator

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Sure, that's possible, but they'll have a more interesting time doing that when I don't have an account.



[#] Sun Jan 21 2024 07:38:31 EST from darknetuser

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2024-01-20 12:38 from Nurb432
They dont need to sue, they can just turn off service. 

I think the main problem is consumers have got used to services which are free of charge, to the point society is based on them. This is extremely dangerous because, since the service is not being paid for, you are not entitled to it.

See, if I bring cake to every weekend party I attend, my friends will incorporate my cake on their plans. "What s there to eat? Darknetuser's cake, of course!" When I don't bring the cake one day, I break everybody's plan, but they can't really complain because the cake was mostly charity.

Now, if I ran a cake delivery business and they were paying me a weekly subscription for my cakes, and I failed to deliver, they would kick me in my balls and ask their money back.

[#] Sun Jan 21 2024 08:40:20 EST from Nurb432

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One difference is that the media companies do get paid for access to their "cake" via the ad revenue stream.  In the case of your cake no.  Unless you got paid to put an ad on there or to use certain ingredients ( ad placement ), its a loss for you. 

Its one reason the FCC started regulating broadcast TV/radio, which we did rely on out of practicality, to protect us "consumers" who paid via our time on seeing advertising, so it was a level playing field. And yes, to grow power, but sticking with the legit reason at first.  its all out the window now, but .. 



[#] Mon Jan 22 2024 14:08:21 EST from darknetuser

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2024-01-21 08:40 from Nurb432
One difference is that the media companies do get paid for access to

their "cake" via the ad revenue stream.  In the case of your cake

no.  Unless you got paid to put an ad on there or to use certain

ingredients ( ad placement ), its a loss for you. 

Well, yes, but by refusing you service, they are refusing to SELL YOU.


Given that most tech sites that make a profit by selling user data aren't really making a profit, I don't see how that changes things, to be honest.


My point is pople got used to "free stuff" and then are getting surprised when they are dennied the "free stuff".

"Free stuff" was never sustainable.

The Internet is now just a version of a socialist country, and as such, it is collapsing.

[#] Mon Jan 22 2024 16:04:41 EST from Nurb432

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i suspect the big ones are.  Just fancy accounting to make it look like they are barely breaking even, for tax reasons.



[#] Tue Jan 23 2024 09:49:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'd be quite pleased if all of the super-big sites collapsed. Let the people who want to pay live in their little bubble, and the rest of us can live in a pre-eternal-september-like utopia.

What we DO NOT want -- and what the pigopolists would absolutely do if they had a way to do it -- would be a "services fee" on your Internet bill that funds government-sanctioned sites. Sort of like you pay for BBC if you live in the UK unless you can prove that you don't have a television. Or like National Pravda Radio in the United States which is paid for by taxes whether you use it or not.

So for now we just leave it alone. Imbalances like Google eventually get taken down by natural forces unless some external force acts to prop them up. Just look at how impenetrable the Internet Explorer monopoly seemed when it had 94% market share.

[#] Tue Jan 23 2024 11:15:32 EST from Nurb432

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if we lose this election, it will happen. 

We get to pay for the privilege of being force fed propaganda. 

Tue Jan 23 2024 09:49:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

 a "services fee" on your Internet bill 

 



[#] Sun Feb 04 2024 09:03:34 EST from Nurb432

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lol. i rarely comment on YT as i rarely even look at comments, most of them are idiots. that and 1/2 the time i do, i get a warning that i 'said bad things'

I did this morning, statement similar to to 'Biden cheated'  by the time the next comment came in, mine was deleted by YT.  You can tell its election season.



[#] Sat Feb 10 2024 11:09:20 EST from Nurb432

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Well that is new. Just got a survey from a YouTube channel ( that i did subscribe to ). Sent to my regular email, not gmail which of course is what is used to login to YT. But it had the right user name. How odd.



[#] Sat Feb 10 2024 11:56:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Got an email from Goolag proudly announcing that "Bard" (their AI thing) is now called "Gemini"

Sorry Goog, but it's still opinionated and censored, I'll go somewhere else.

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