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I've been enjoying C.A.R.'s new album, Pinned:

Whole album on Spotify

rrrrr  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: A single atom has been photographed.

I need to watch that film again now. So funny.

    I would say that the future is municipal broadband, but that's going to be illegal shortly in the few areas it's not already prohibited.

That is insane and depressing. Honestly, I'm surprised you guys in the USA are still allowed to have municipal water coming out of your taps, when some private company could be charging ten times the price for worse service. Won't someone please think of their God-given right to a huge profit?

Pi-hole, Privacy Badger and UBlock Origin here. I recommend this combo.

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For phone, Firefox Focus and Brave are phone browsers with built-in tracking. Firefox Focus erases your browsing history automatically too.

On the PC, Brave has built-in tracker blocking. Or use Firefox with plugins to block ads, trackers and unwanted scripts.

Use the plugins UBlock Origin, Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere. NoScript if you want to be hardcore but it's a pain because it breaks everything.

A trustworthy VPN will protect you against two things: firstly, people eavesdropping on your traffic locally or at the ISP (though HTTPS and any other protocols with encryption ought to protect you against that too) and, secondly, authorities coming after your web browsing history, etc. Choose one that seems trustworthy, doesn't keep logs, and is based in a fictional lawless paradise. Good luck figuring out who fits the bill. (FWIW I have been using Nord VPN, which is quite cheap and easy to operate on both PC and phone.)

If she weren't in a pickle over post-Brexit trade agreements, she could join the rest of the UK in an indifferent chorus of "OK - don't come then."

Spectacular. But argh, the comments. Climate change denial is apparently very popular with YouTube commenters. Which, strangely, tells you all you need to know about both denialism and YouTube commenters.

rrrrr  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: How to hack bus stop advertising space

All the best hacks come with a working proof of concept. Nice use of a Johnston font too.

rrrrr  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Anyone into '80s japanese city pop

Not really "city pop" I think but I do enjoy this vintage Japanese cheese:

rrrrr  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Google Maps’s Moat


    It's not that hard.


    So google is synthesizing:

    - overhead aerial imagery

    - oblique aerial imagery

    - 3d radar imagery

    - hand-assembled solid construction based on human interaction (exemplars and data)

    - parcel data

    - ownership data

    But wait, there's more. Because this is Google, and because every time you use it to look up an address and go there with your phone, it also has

    - ground truth verification of GPS coordinates

    - travel paths

    - perimeter verification

    But wait. If you're using your phone to take pictures there it also has

    - imagery within

    - imagery without

As someone who works in software, synthesizing all of that into a global 3D map actually sounds really hard.

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