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Until Verizon realizes collecting my data without permission is wrong, this seems the best way to keep my data from them.
Reduces data usage by using Google servers to optimize pages you visit.
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Relax, your smartphone and smartwatch won't — and can't — give you cancer http://www.androidcentral.com/relax-your-smartphone-and-smartwatch-wont-and-cant-give-you-cancer
Repeat after me: your smartphone is not giving you cancer, and neither is your smartwatch. We in the Mobile Nations family tend to be tech-obsessed. We get the newest smartphones with the biggest batteries and most powerful radios, we strap on the latest in fitness bands and smartwatches, and we spend our days interacting with laptops and tablets and all other manner of technology. And...
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This is my next attempt to figure out how to use the camera on my moto x. this should be a picture of Donoven. I know for sure I did use the rear camera, & I manually forced the flash to be on, so if this picture doesn't work I'm out of ideas. Please let me know what you see.
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Yet more evidence that hiding is not the best approach. The metadata recording thing applies to snail-mail too, evidently. All mail gets its picture taken and stored for later perusal. As with phones, a warrant is required to see the contents, but not to see the outer edges.  And you plan to stop this... how? The irony, if you pass a law to keep elites from snooping, that law only works, if you are truly free and the elites are already accountable.  Otherwise, they just chuckle and pretend to obey the "law."

Accountability is a prerequisite for privacy laws to work.  And you only get accountability from... transparency.

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/postal-service-mail-imaging/
The Postal Service runs a massive surveillance dragnet of all the mail in the USA; databasing the associations and contacts of every American.
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Good stuff! If you're free we could talk some time maybe?
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Accessibility really sucks!
Earlier today, I couldn't activate any buttons on Google+.  Buttons worked on other pages.  Now, the buttons are working again.  I didn't do anything locally.  I did post my problem to the Google accessibility group, but that's it.  No one from Google replied to my post.
I found this problem because I was trying to contact the developers of Gmail's new inbox.  I was hoping Google would include accessibility support from the beginning instead of adding it after the release.
Maybe they will, but based on their past, it's unlikely.
Always being a second class citizen in the digital world where there is no reason for it really sucks!

I've been trying for years now to work with Google to help them with accessibility issues with no success.  Some accessibility issues have gone on for years now with no fix.
Problems like this and appearing to be ignored by anyone who could help with the problems gets very depressing.
Which is worse: depression or anger at the state of Google accessibility?

It's time to replace my phone.  I'm actually considering giving up on Google and buying an iPhone.  I know Apple has issues, but they seem to do a better job with accessibility than Google.

Sorry for the negative post.  I am really trying to be more positive, but days like this make it hard.
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I'm sorry, Kenny. That really sucks! How frustrating!!
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What the fuck is wrong with people? If you respond to anyone — anyone — like people did to her here, just pack it up and get the fuck off the planet. You're not welcome here.

Instead, I must, as a woman who was once a girl, as someone who uses the Internet, as a citizen of the world, address personally, spiritually, publicly and even legally, the ripe dangers that invariably accompany being a woman and having an opinion about sports or, frankly, anything else.

What happened to me is the devastating social norm experienced by millions of girls and women on the Internet. Online harassers use the slightest excuse (or no excuse at all) to dismember our personhood. My tweet was simply the convenient delivery system for a rage toward women that lurks perpetually. I know this experience is universal, though I'll describe specifically what happened to me.
In an exclusive op-ed for Mic, Ashley Judd reveals what it's like to be sexually harassed online, and why she's fighting back.
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Canada's spies track file-sharing sites—but that's just the beginning.
The Canadian government is scheduled to release new security legislation on Friday that would grant even more power to its police and domestic security agencies. This proposal comes in response to a string of "lone wolf" shootings of soldiers in Canada last October.
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With no privacy protections in sight, the Canadian government is set to release new security legislation Friday that would grant even more power to its police and domestic security agencies.
The Canadian government is scheduled to release new security legislation on Friday that would grant even more power to its police and domestic security agencies. This proposal comes in response to a string of "lone wolf" shootings of soldiers in Canada last October.
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Found a nasty bug in #And #a11yI had to
spend the day trying to restore my phone.  I decided to return to the stable version of Talkback because the beta version is a regression in accessibility.  Unfortunately, the regressions include a really nasty bug! When I uninstalled the beta, I lost access to my phone.  Because I don't have access to sighted help, my only option was to use Android Device Manager to remote wipe and start over with the initial setup.  Google did backup some of my data, but not all.  It will take me a while to recover everything.

In the past, uninstalling an update to Talkback would return you to the version that came on your phone.  You would still have access to your device.  That isn't true any more.
Would everyone please vote on:
https://code.google.com/p/eyes-free/issues/detail?id=426&start=100
I really hope Google fixes this soon.  This isn't a minor bug.
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A fascinating article about a whole new realm of microbes. These strains must be grown on a cathode, not in a petri dish. And they indicate an immense and largely alien ecosystem here on Earth. The National Science Foundation calls it the “dark energy biosphere” and is funding studies of this parallel microbial universe, in which some bacteria can use electrons directly, instead of taking them from glucose… or deposit electrons by converting magnesium dioxide, instead of dumping them into Oxygen.

http://www.popsci.com/have-we-found-alien-life

This discovery may be related to an earlier bacterial talent that I told you about…  the ability to connect into sausage-link cables thousands of cells long. “As yet there is no indication whether Rowe’s electric bacteria form these kinds of cables… but (a researcher) speculates that the cables are like drinking straws, allowing bacteria buried deep in sediment to breathe from the top of the pile by pushing electrons up through the tube, from one cell to the next.”
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
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Dasuquin seems to be helping Donoven
Donoven has started limping.  Worse, he appears to be in pain.  The vet's checkup didn't find anything obvious, but she suggested trying Dasuquin.
After a month, it appears it is actually helping.  I didn't have enough money to pay for a full X ray, but that will happen on Monday.
Unless the X ray shows something, I plan to keep him on it from now on.
I'm glad to see him attacking me again.  He hasn't been interested in most of his toys, but he is happy to play with me again.
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Poor old kitty cat. But at least you got him some relief. :)
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