* Posts by Wade Burchette

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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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Terminator

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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Pricing

"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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Re: CFAA?

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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Mushroom

Dear ICANN

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.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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I was given a book by a flat-earther. I did a brief cursory glance at it, but didn't read it. One thing that caught my eye is the explanation they have regarding the curvature of the earth. Something about a camera lens. I don't remember much because I didn't give it any serious attention. So showing these people the curvature won't work.

What we need to do is charter a flight that goes from west to east (following the jet stream) around the world and then north to south to north crossing both poles. If doesn't convince them, nothing will.

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer

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Re: Glad

https://areomagazine.com/2020/02/20/how-universities-cover-up-scientific-fraud/

<< One in fifty scientists fakes research by fabricating or falsifying data. They make off with government grant money, which they share with their universities, and their made-up findings guide medical practice, public policy and ordinary people’s decisions about things like whether or not to vaccinate their children. The fraudulent science we know about has caused thousands of deaths and wasted millions in taxpayer dollars. That is only scratching the surface, however—because most fraudsters are never caught. As Ivan Oransky notes in Gaming the Metrics, “the most common outcome for those who commit fraud is: a long career.” >>

<< Universities can make a lot of money from sham science. They lose money from catching fraudsters. Uncovering fraud also brings negative publicity and a host of other headaches, such as potential lawsuits for defamation and wrongful termination. Even in biomedical cases, where the public health consequences of fake research are most severe, universities dismiss almost 90% of fraud accusations without an investigation, or even an auditable record. >>

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Re: Chernobyl

This is true: you get more radiation eating one banana than you get living near a nuclear power plant for a year. Source

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

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I still am baffled at how Gartner's makes money. There accuracy rating is somewhere between 0.0% and 0.1% -- and that may be too high. They are know-nothing know-it-all's, and somehow people pay them for their always wrong viewpoint. I don't get it.

Is it OPPOsites day? Chinese smartphone giant expected to develop its own silicon

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I miss Oppo blu-ray players

I bought an Oppo 4K blu-ray player. It was great because it did one thing, but it did it well: play movies. Unlike the others that were clogged with "smart" garbage I neither want nor need, Oppo's player just played movies. If you recorded something, you just pop in your USB drive and it would play no matter what format it was in. I went to their website to buy another one of these great players but sadly, Oppo discontinued it. Why can't other TV's and disc players follow Oppo's example and focus on doing only one thing?

Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens

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Next up

Next up ... stopping notification spam. I've seen a lot of computers -- both Windows and Mac -- filled with notification spam. People are tricked into allowing notifications from dodgy websites. Notification spam can be just as bad as malvertising extensions.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia

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Translation

"Incredibly, in the weeks before Apple took its ex-chief architect to court, the multi-billion-dollar behemoth privately told Nuvia to stop recruiting engineers from its ranks of techies, yet behind the scenes, the iPhone giant was trying to hire one of the startup's top designers."

Translation: "How dare you do the things that we do!! What gives you the right to do the exact same thing that we do?"

Oracle tells Supremes: Fair use? Pah! There's nothing fair about 'Google's copying'

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Re: A plague on both of them

You want the short list or the long list? FYI, the short list is probably as big as the Bible. Here is just one example, one of thousands: Oracle makes their employees sign binding arbitration clauses and when the arbitration rules against Oracle, they sue the arbitrator. Source. If ever there was a company that had a factory just for punching puppies and kicking kittens, it would be Oracle.

What's the German word for stalling technology rollouts over health fears? Cos that plus 5G equals Switzerland

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Re: Rays

These people should market their wares to the residents of Green Bank, West Virginia. People who claim their are sensitive to radio waves move there because it is terrestial radio blackout zone due to the radio telescope. The mountains block all radio waves except those from outer space and the psychosomatic people move there to escape WiFi "sickness" and other such nonsense.

Petition asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7 sails past 7,777-signature goal

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If Microsoft made Windows 7 open source, many people would use it instead of the abomination known as Windows 10. I know I would. That means lost revenue for Microsoft.

Safari's Intelligent Tracking Protection is misspelled, says Google: It should be Dumb Browser Stalking Enabler

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I would told the advertising agents a few words -- and it wouldn't be "have a nice day". The first thing I would do is ask how their conscience lets them sleep at night.

Ancient Ore Crusher or KillBot 2000? NASA gets ready to pick a name for its Mars 2020 Rover

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Re: Rover McRoverFace

I was thinking Marsy McMarsface

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

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Re: Makes logitech look like....

At least Logitech let Squeezebox be free. It has an active community of people who keep the gear alive and working.

Looks like the party's over, folks: Global PC sales set to shrink as Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off, says Gartner

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Yogi Berra said that predictions are hard, especially about the future. Someone remind me, when has Gartner's ever been right? And someone tell me why a company whose forecasts are much much worse than a random coin flip is paid money to forecast the future?

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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Good start

Next step: require all devices with a battery to include instructions on how the user can change the battery in under 5 minutes.

LG announces bold new plan for financial salvation: Trying to actually make phones people want to buy

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Here is a phone I want to buy

A phone I want to buy has (1) a battery I can change in minutes, (2) a 3.5 mm headphone jack, (3) microSD card support, (4) no notch, (5) a physical home button, physical back button, physical menu (not app switch) button, and (6) the ability to uninstall any junk I neither want nor need. Check all those boxes LG and you have a winner. Until then ... meh.

Eggheads have crunched the numbers and the results are in: It's not just your dignity you lose with e-scooters, life and limb are in peril, too

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Re: It's not the riders I'm bothered about

Last year, I was driving and almost hit one of these idiots. It was a 25 MPH zone and I was going about that. From over on the sidewalk comes an idiot with one of these things and not wearing a helmet. He darts on to the road, not bothering to look if traffic was coming. I had to slow way down to avoid hitting him. These idiot was weaving erratically, he even ventured into another lane for a bit. Finally after about 30 seconds he decides to look behind him. That when he sees me, and then immediately darts back on to the sidewalk, where he almost hit someone. I didn't see anymore because I was finally able to resume normal speed and escape him.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?

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Re: "Although it is not unreasonable for Microsoft ..."

The purpose of Windows 10 is to make money off you after the first day; the purpose of Windows 7 is to make your life easier. Windows 7 has to go away so that Microsoft can have a steady revenue. It is no coincidence that the new start menu is illogical and hard to use but full of app store promotions. It is no coincidence that programs are now called apps. All these moves are designed to trick you into buying software through Microsoft's store.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

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Communism

Here is the thing: this has nothing to do with the government seizing private property because the beach and the access path were available to all before he bought the property, not after. The law making beaches public existed before he bought the property, not after. The only person seizing property is this douchenozzle by blocking access to public land. Communism has nothing to do with this because he knew -- and if he didn't know, it is his own fault for not surveying the entire property -- of the situation before he bought the property.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

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Re: But How ?

I use NoScript on my desktop browser. It is amazing how much faster web sites are with it enabled, even on my Ryzen 3700X. On some websites, they will try to load 20 or more 3rd party scripts. I've also seen third party scripts from websites like unequalbrake.com, nervoussummer.com, untidyrice.com, and other domains of two unrelated words. When you go to the website, you get an image with text saying this domain detects DMCA violations. That is a blatant lie. These websites are used to detect adblockers. Whenever you are shamed for protecting your privacy, look and see if there is a domain of two unrelated words -- and then block it at the router.

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