* Posts by Wade Burchette

992 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007


China now blocking ESNI-enabled TLS 1.3 connections, say Great-Firewall-watchers

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Re: 1984

In China, they had a campaign against Four Olds: Old customs, old idea, old habits, old culture. This seems very similar to what antifa has been doing, tearing down statues and other monuments. You also have some politicians actively calling for an end of history classes.

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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Or more likely ...

"It may be that this feature is or was intended to be used for home security at some point."

Or, more likely, it has something to do with this patent filed by Google. Look carefully at the pictures with the patent. While it has some security features in the patent, it also has some features for listening all the time to learn your habits and routines. Just for instance, if Google does not hear a female's voice for 14 hours for two straight days, it can use an algorithm to know that she is a nurse and start showing advertisements for nurse's scrubs. If it hears a dog barking, it can be trained to distinguish between barks and learn how many dogs you have. Then, learning your habits, it can guess when you need more dog food and start showing your ads for it in advance.

The always-listening might have been accidentally activated. Accidentally activated before they were ready, that is. In the future it will not be accidentally activated, it will be purposefully activated so you can be purposefully shown more "relevant" ads.

Microsoft to Cortana: you’re not going out dressed in iOS or Android, young lady!

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<< A Saturday support update explains that support for third-party Cortana skills will end in September 2020. Cortana’s iOS and Android apps will suffer the same fate in “early 2021”. >>

Excellent. A step in the right direction. Next, please remove it from Windows.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Re: This PC subversion only idiotically makes things harder and more confusing for competent people

We have to change the name of adapters, and fast. Putting a male adapter into a female adapter is akin to rape because the female adapter has no choice but to accept any male adapter that the master chooses to insert. We must change the names of these adapters otherwise people would think of the exploitation of women! I propose we change the name of the male adapter to "outie" and the name of the female adapter to "innie".

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Thanks Gray!

I have now added samsungcloudsolution.net to my router's blacklist. I have a Samsung TV and you can never be too sure.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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Disagree with this

Behrens said: "The notion that software is finished and only needs maintenance is a fallacy."

To the contrary, I believe the notion that software cannot be finished is a fallacy. It is far better to fix bugs than to always shoot for the next pie-in-the-sky improvement. People do not want change for the sake of change. That thinking is what gave us the horrible Windows 10. I remember that some "experts" are critical of Roku for not updating their UI. But why should something that is efficient, elegant, and well-understood be updated? It is finished, it works well, just leave it alone! TiVo updated their UI, and the new "improved" update is miles worse than the original. This thinking is giving us software and interfaces that are always broken because the programmers are too busy chasing the next big thing instead of fixing the current thing.

Collabera hacked: IT staffing'n'services giant hit by ransomware, employee personal data stolen

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Re: Cynical, moi?

In the United States you can freeze your credit for free. This is a service which requires you to provide a PIN code before you can take out any credit. Instead of offering Experian credit monitoring for two years -- the hackers just need to wait 2 years for the heat to die off -- is to help the employees freeze their credit. You need to do this free service with Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

There are DDoS attacks, then there's this 809 million packet-per-second tsunami Akamai says it just caught

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Re: And the next step...

Not only that, because of malvertising and illegal robocallers, I would be very suspicious of any message about cleaning up your computer.

Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'

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Re: What's the true cost ?

Before Alexa there were systems that for physically handicap that controlled your lights, doors, etc. They did not Amazon or Google or any cloud service to do it, either. You just needed a computer in the home and it was done through the local network. If ever I get to the point where I am unable to walk 5 feet to flip a light switch, I will only get a system where it is limited to the local network and that would also be limited to approved devices only. No foreign MAC addresses allowed! I would never ever trust a for-profit business with the keys to my house.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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One doubt

I can see many reasons for this move. And if anybody can pull it off, it would be Apple. I do one one doubt, however. For some reason, I doubt the prices of Apple computers will drop with this move.

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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Re: Why do people put with this nonsense?

Satya is NOT going in the right direction. Going in the right direction would be to double your quality-control testers; instead we got less because Microsoft wanted to be "more agile". Going in the right direction would have been to bring back a logical start menu; instead we got one that was illogical and designed to push apps from Microsoft's app store. Going in the right direction would be to design a UI that is easy and intuitive; instead we have a UI that takes something that was once 3 steps and makes it 10. I have more, do I really need to go on?

Microsoft is going in the wrong direction faster than ever under the leadership of Satya Nadella.

Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft

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Re: Terminate

The issue is the browser runs when the computer boots. No program or app should start automatically without your permission. And what is worse, to disable the Edge browser starting, you need to go in the group policy editor, do a registry hack, or use O&O Shut Up 10. A browser is not an essential OS function, it should not start just because Microsoft wants me to use it.

Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage

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Re: Possible reason

Yep. Sounds like T-Mobile will fit right in with Sprint.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Reminds me a true story. An American college used a Seminole Indian, or native American, as their mascot for the sport teams. The elitist in the NCAA -- the organization that oversees American college athletics -- deemed the mascot to be racist. This organization asked everyone what they thought, except for the native Americans themselves. Isn't that more racist than a mascot about a Indian tribe? Turns out, this one college had the approval and blessing of the Seminole nation to use the mascot. And so the NCAA backed down.

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

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Re: Disk free

Pedantic grammar Nazi alert: a disk is different than a disc. Your hard drive is a disk; your DVD is a disc. The type was in the original article. Bad versions will have internal storage disks, solid state drives. But only one has a UHD Blu-Ray disc drive.

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere

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25 years ago

25 years ago, PHP was born. So was Allaire Cold Fusion. Then Macromedia ColdFusion. Then Adobe ColdFusion.

Of course, 25 years ago, most of us were still on dial-up and websites were simple and looked like this:


OK Windows 10, we get it: You really do not want us to install this unsigned application. But 7 steps borders on ridiculous

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To be fair

Well, to be fair, everything in Windows 10 requires more steps than before. For instance, to set your default printer used to be start -> devices and printer -> right-click your printer and click set as default. Now ... start -> settings -> devices -> printers & scanners -> click your printer -> manage -> set as default printer -> yes to warning that Windows is no longer managing your default printer. What was once 4 clicks is now 8.

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Re: Same old tactics

Don't forget the "problem" that just happens to magically reset your preferences to Edge for almost everything, along with every other sorry MS "recommend" app.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Re: You kill our right to repair, we'll stop buying your over priced tat.

Does anyone remember the old "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials? If I had enough money, I would run an ad like that, except it would go "I'm a Mac user --- And I am 'genius' bar employee'.

Mac user -- "My Mac is broken"

'Genius' bar employee -- Proceeds to start kicking the Mac user hard in the groin until he falls down, then when he is down spits on him and then loudly taunts him ... "SHUT UP AND BUY A NEW ONE!"

Mac user -- "Thank you sir. Sorry sir. Here is my wallet."

Choose your own adventure: HP's new Omen 15 gaming laptop offers choice between AMD and Intel processors

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How about the same options available on the AMD and Intel products instead of limiting the higher quality stuff to just the latter.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Considering that people with 5G sickness, Wi-Fi sickness, and the like are psychosomatic, the people just need to believe something is protecting them and they will be cured. I guaranteed you if I sold a rock from a local river and said it had special magnetic properties that negates all wireless radiation, these same people would buy it and swear to you that it really works.

US cable subscribers are still being 'ripped off' by creeping price increases – and this lot has had enough

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Re: Taxes and fees

The whole system is designed to screw us. The cable companies are truly greedy bastards. But the ones that are even more evil are the ones above the cable companies. This would be Viacom, NBC Universal, Disney, and so on. In America, Disney owned ESPN adds $5 to your cable bill. And most heinous Disney even once sued to make sure every cable company had the $5 ESPN on their basic package. Did you know that the stations that you can free with an antenna charge a fee to put their free channel on your cable?

Everyone works to screw us. What is needed is cable bill of rights. (1) Customers can pick and choose what channels they want; channel providers or cable companies cannot force people to buy a package of channels. (2) The channel provider must charge the same fee to every cable/satellite/streaming provider and that fee must be public. (3) Stations may only have 15 minutes of commercials per hour and may not show commercials during a program; promos for other shows are considered commercials. (4) Stations that are available free with an antenna cannot charge a fee to put their station on cable.

Mulled Chrome API shines light on long-neglected privacy gap: Sites can snoop on your find-in-page searches

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Thanks Reg!

I just added appsflyer.com to my router's blacklist. I have already banished doubleclick and Microsoft telemetry and some really bad web stalkers.

Contact-tracing app may become a permanent fixture in major Chinese city

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Big Brother

"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." -- Thomas Jefferson

Capture the horrors of war in razor-sharp quality with this ruggedised Samsung phone – or just lob it at enemy forces

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Re: Does it phone home

I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you.

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses

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"Apple is reportedly aiming for a $499 price tag, plus the cost of prescription lenses."

This being Apple, you will not be able to go to your local optometrist and get the prescription lens. You will have to get iPrescription lens at your local genius bar. And it will be a bargain at only $999, each.

Apple owes us big time for bungled display-killing cable design in MacBook Pro kit, lawsuit claims

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Re: Even those guys knew

Exactly right. The standard modus operandi of Apple when something breaks is "Buy a new one."

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation had a story about this the cable issue affecting Macbooks displays. The "genius bar" told the undercover reporter that he should just buy a new computer. An independent repair shop fixed it without replacing a part and proved everything the "genius bar" said was a lie.

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

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I prefer what Thomas Jefferson said: ""Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem", which is Latin for "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery". Americans used to say "Give me liberty, or give me death." Now, they say "Give me neither liberty nor death".

Intel is offering more 14nm Skylake desktop processors, we repeat: More 14nm Skylake desktop processors

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I love competition!

4 years ago, Intel's top-of-the-line 6 core part cost more than this. The launch price of a 6 core Core i7-6000 was about $620, the 8 core was about $1100, and the 10 core was about $1725. Now, what has competition given us? A 10 core Core i9-10000 for about $500.

I love competition!

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Re: Last paragraph of the article"

People must remember that TDP for Intel means the minimum power needed whereas for AMD it means typical power needed. What this means is the Intel part can indeed reach 5+ GHz, but it will probably be using 2 to 2.5 times as much power as the TDP states, whereas the AMD part will use only about 0.5 times more power to reach the advertised boost.

Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and cloud-based IoT gear bricked by vendors. Looking at you, Belkin

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Re: Never buy IoT kit

Belkin now owns Linksys. Linksys was already a don't buy before Belkin bought it from Cisco, that just made it a double-don't buy.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: I chose "I don't care"

Here is an idea for Microsoft: GIVE US A CHOICE!

One of the reasons why I hate the new Microsoft is they take away choice. Need to install security updates individually? Screw you. Don't want driver updates to install automatically because your driver is stable? Screw you. Don't want network printers to install automatically? Screw you. Don't want Pacific time to be the default time zone for American versions of Windows 10? Screw you. Don't want unsolicited apps to install on your computer? Screw you. Don't want Edge to load when the computer loads? Screw you. Don't want telemetry? Screw you.

All of those things, except the first, require you to take unclear steps to change. And yet, all of them should be default. The new Microsoft thinks they know better than us. And that is simply not true. Taking away the default double-space is Microsoft way of saying "We know better than you, deal with it." This attitude has started in Windows 8 and has only gotten worse.

Patently dogged: Apple unleashes lawyers to slash $454m patent rip-off bill – even after Supreme Court snub

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Re: Totally agree

Taken first out of the CEO's wallet.

Because in American finances, lawyers and penalties are a tax write-off. If the fine comes out of the president's, owner's, or CEO's wallet, this stuff will stop real quick.

Wake up, Neo: Microsoft mulls using your brain waves or body heat to mine crypto-currency while viewing ads

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Re: MS Mining our body heat?

Almost all of Microsoft's best ideas have always been someone else's ideas first. MS-DOS was not a Microsoft invention; the GUI was not a Microsoft invention; the word processor was not a Microsoft invention; the internet search engine was not a Microsoft idea. When Microsoft invents things, we get ideas like the ribbon -- something that is now everywhere when it should be nowhere. I would say the best thing Microsoft invented was the start menu, and even then the ignoramuses couldn't leave well enough alone and thus ruined something that was as close to perfect as you can humanely get in Windows 7.

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'

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If anybody can switch to ARM laptops, it would be Apple. I am convinced that Steve Jobs' best work is to convince people that owning their product somehow makes you a better person. Therefore, Apple could sell you iDirt and the fanboys and fangirls would buy it and swear to you that it is better dirt. That was the real genius of Steve Jobs. So if Apple went to an in-house ARM, their users would swear to you that new laptop is better and you could not convince them otherwise. Don't forget that Thunderbolt is no longer Intel exclusive.

I personally think it would make more sense for Apple to have AMD design a semi-custom chip for them. Supply won't be an issue because both use TSMC. Some of the reviews of the AMD Ryzen 4000 laptop I saw had it outperform a desktop Intel, all at much lower power.

CFAA latest: Supremes to tackle old chestnut of what 'authorized use' of a computer really means in America

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I believe the district attorney messed up and charged the police officer with the wrong crime. He should have been charged with bribery and not under CFAA.

Rewriting the checklists: 50 years since Apollo 13 reported it 'had a problem' – and boffins saved the day

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As it happened

YouTube has the recording of Apollo 13 when this happened. It is simply amazing how calm the astronauts were in this situation. And after you watch that, <a href="https://youtu.be/wX8-Vmys-Fk>you can watch the re-entry</a>.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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How did we come to this?

Thomas Jefferson once said "Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem", which is Latin for "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery". I would be hospitalized with every minor disease that comes along than to live in a police state.

How did it ever come to this? Why are we letting this happen?

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now

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Re: I'd love to see a law...

I had an old LG G4 that only provided security updates for 18 months! Then and now, some people pay for the phone over a 24 month period, so many people would still be paying for a phone that was no longer supported. That turned me off LG phones forever.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Do those people believe the earth is flat too? Or that vaccines cause autism? Or that the moon landing was faked?

Intel's 10th-gen Core family cracks 5GHz barrier with H-series laptop processors

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Intel defines TDP as minimum power needed whereas AMD defines TDP as typical power needed. Intel is not being dishonest because they are clear how they define it. However, the problem is the documentation which they state that is not going to be found by the average person and Intel is not upfront about it. Misleading, but not dishonest. The documentation also states that their CPU's boost based on well the cooling is. If the cooling fan is rated for 45W, then it will boost very little. But if the cooling fan is rated for about 130W, then this CPU will reach max boost.

We just need to remember that to reach boost, Intel processors may use 250% more power but AMD processor use just 50% more.

Dot-com price rises on their way over the next four years: ICANN approves Verisign contract, walks off with $20m

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Screw you!

Just because someone submitted a pre-filled form does not mean their opinion is not valid. The form had to express their opinion, otherwise they wouldn't have taken the time to submit it! You can justify it all you want, you are still cheating us. So, screw you!

Internet Archive opens National Emergency Library with unlimited lending of 1.4m books for stuck-at-home netizens amid virus pandemic

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Re: Current copyright terms ignored... the world keeps turning

The golden rule is simple: He who has the gold makes the rules. We have the best government money can buy. In the United States, 5 of the 10 richest communities are in the Washington DC area. (source) Elections are not cheap, and the rich and big corporations are not giving to these campaigns because they like the politicians. They want political favors in return.

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

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Re: Times like these, the good will be remembered

The bad will be remembered too. "Lifetime" to Teamviewer means something different than it does to me. I bought a "lifetime" license of Teamviewer and I was told recently that it may stop working. Turns out, lifetime to Teamviewer means until they end support. I won't forget that. As much money as I paid for the product, I expect it work longer than it did.

Apple grudgingly opens up its check book, pays VirnetX $454m in patent royalties after a decade of wrangling

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Apple is the kind of company ...

Apple is the kind of company that will spend $1000 to avoid pay $1 and admitting fault. They would rather be right than anything else.

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Re: U.S. legal

The purpose sometimes is, not to win, but to bankrupt you through legal proceedings. Death by a thousand cuts. You see people/businesses with big wallets do this to silence a poorer person/business. And if the poorer person/business finds a way to raise the legal money needed, the rich person/business will delay, delay, delay and do other dirty tactics hoping you run out of money.

I know you won't be surprised, but many US politicians used to be lawyers.

Appareils électroniques: Right to repair gets European Commission backing

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My wishlist

1 - Every device with a battery must provide instructions that let the user change the battery in under 5 minutes.

2 - The manufacturer must provide the service manual online at no cost. Any product that does not have a service manual because it cannot be repaired cannot be sold.

3 - The manufacturer may not put in anything in their product that prevents or restricts anyone from repairing the product.

4 - All products that require activation must include a product key. (The Windows product key is now on the motherboard; if your motherboard dies, you might have to buy another copy of Windows. This rule covers that situation.)

5 - All desktop computer power supplies must conform to an industry standard. All laptop computer power supplies may not use the USB-C port for charging. All mobile phones must use a USB-C power connector.

6 - All devices with a hard drive must have a user replaceable hard drive; the manufacturer may not limit which hard drive is used as long as it satisfies the industry standards.

7 - All computers must have user replaceable memory; the manufacturer may not limit which memory is used as long as it satisfies the industry standard.

Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Yeah, about that...

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Re: Just one question

I use a similar analogy about Alexa and Google Home. Imagine if the police asked you to put a listening device in your home that they promised would only listen for gunshots or screams for help, would you accept their offer? Of course not. But you pay to have a listening device in your home that is listening all the time by a company who makes money knowing everything about you.

If the government did what these businesses they, they would be rightly disgusted; but since it is not a government but a business, they shrug and don't care.

New Jersey beats New York – and then the rest of America – on broadband access. How does your state fare?

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Re: Two words:

People also forget how large the United States is. Texas is larger than France. And, unlike other countries, many Americans live a long ways away from cities. In England, a 120 mile trip is an overnight holiday; in America that is a day trip. Internet providers can certainly do better. I know of one person whose best internet is through the mobile phones, but slightly less than 5 miles away people can get 1 gig internet. My statement is meant to show that it is not as easy to give fast internet as it might sound.

If you're serious about browser privacy, you should probably pass on Edge or Yandex, claims Dublin professor

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Re: Private browsing?

Um ... I always search in private mode, no exception. Mostly because I don't want the sites I click on to track me. I am not trying to hide anything from other people, just from other companies.



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