Re: More than just their users affected
I like NextDNS. It's also the last layer of defence in my DNS-based ad blocking.
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What did people expect? I've been trying (albeit not completely successfully) to de-googlify my life for some time, and to do that (surprise surprise) I have to pay other people money to give me similar services. Evidently, Google couldn't turn these people into enough of a product to make it worth their while.
"The Council of Europe ... also uses (and originated) the same flag as the EU."
Indeed! This is why the Gov's nationalistic attempt to effectively ban the flying of EU flags* has failed.** As such, I'm flying one all weeked to celebrate our ongoing membership of the Council (of which HRH appears to be a fan).
*See here: "Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the flag of the European Union is no longer included in the list of flags that do not require [planning] consent."
**"The full list of flags that do not require consent [includes] ... The flag of the Commonwealth, the United Nations or any other international organisation of which the United Kingdom is a member." i.e., including the Council of Europe. D'Oh!
My experience: I had a small issue with my heart last year. I spoke to a doctor on the phone that morning, saw them that afternoon for physical checks, and I had comprehensive blood tests taken the following day. Within a few weeks, I'd had a full echocardiogram at my local hospital, which thankfully showed no problems. This is just one example – I've had other similar experiences, as have many people I know.
Yes, it's a rant (of which there are plenty on here). But I'd say it's very much on topic: it's questioning the motives of the Ruskies for leaking this, considering their previous apparent desire to encourage Brexit. As to whether or not it's bollocks, as noted, this would be a matter of differing opinions.
Curious. I admit that the chap(ess)'s post is not particularly witty or entertaining (and I concur that the value of the apparent wordplay is limited), but I'm not quite sure which of the house rules you think it's breaking. It doesn't look like trolling to me (at least, no more than your reply does). It's probably worth you noting that "A differing opinion does not make reasonable grounds for reporting a comment. You may end up getting flagged if you continually file unwarranted reports."
I would guess it was down to either: (a) an inadequate password, or (b) the use of local malware/keylogging to obtain the password. Doesn't matter how secure the mail app; if your means of access to it is not secure then it doesn't make much difference. And you only need to get access to one of the accounts to see a chain of emails (as suggested by the reply above). Perhaps 2FA may have helped here.
Book burning is indeed a fairly desperate tactic that's generally applied by totalitarians, and it doesn't have an equivalent here (nobody is deleting your posts). It's better to let people say what they want, call them out when they're talking nonsense, and hope that maybe they'll either get the message or simply go away. Downvoting is probably more equivalent to people not wanting to buy your book in the first place.
To quote you,
I often get a lot of down votes ... from people who don't know what they are voting on... Even when you explain it they will down vote you.
Has it occurred to you that maybe people know exactly what they're voting on, have understood you perfectly, and still think you're talking nonsense?
You're sort of right: the deaths are very much not funny. However, everything is fair game for humour.
I feel completely impotent regarding current affairs such as Putin invading Ukraine and claiming they're the fascists (hilariously terrible), the present UK government being a bunch of privileged, ignorant, self-serving pr#cks who know nothing of the hardships of the general populace and who have blithely killed thousands of people in various casual ways (e.g. by underfunding the NHS while lining the pockets of their old Eton chums) without even really understanding what they've done (terribly hilarious), or the US apparently allowing a tiny, narrow-minded, right-wing branch of what they claim is "Christianity" to dictate not only what consenting adults should be doing behind closed doors but whether they should die in a back-street abortion clinic (admittedly, just terrible).
Just because something is extremely serious, that doesn't mean it can't be the subject of humour: sometimes it's the only weapon we have left to fight incompetence, injustice, or downright evil.
Interesting: I've had an M570 in daily use for more than three years, and I've replaced it's single AA battery exactly twice. Never given me any problems at all (apart from occasionally getting a sticky ball, but that's my fault for using it while eating... </eew>).
The first thing I do with Edge (okay, the second thing after downloading Firefox) is something like this:
setup --uninstall --force-uninstall --verbose-logging --system-level
It would be very nice if I didn't have to, though. And the first thing I did with Windows 11 was avoided installing it in the first place.
I would say that the sensible version of using inclusive language can be described as "not being a dick". However, the definition of this will also vary depending on who you're talking to... this is why there is no one version of what you're "allowed to say". The problem, as I see it, is the interpretation (in some quarters) of people's words with an absolute lack of nuance and from a default position of expecting to be offended (especially, as has been pointed out, on behalf of others).
Personally, when it comes to handing out judgement of other people's use of language, I try to be rather niggardly.*
*Go on, someone take the bait: I dare you.
Language does matter: would you, for example, consider saying "sexual deviant" rather than "homosexual"? Phrasing can shape beliefs and understandings (see Chomsky), and I doubt that many people would argue that referring to people with a particular range of skin colours using the n-word is completely fine and will have no effect on societal attitudes.
Unfortunately, some people certainly take it too far and seem to seek to be offended. While I agree that there's a lot of nonsense around, I think it's important not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. (Can I say that?)
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