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Linux Applications & Android apps / Brave browser
« Last post by Jason Wallwork on Yesterday at 07:38:34 pm »
Has anybody tried the Brave browser? I've been using it for a month or so and find it quite good. Here are some features of it:
  • It's security-focused by blocking trackers kind of like Privacy Badger does
  • It has a built-in adblocker that is very aggressive at blocking ads which allows it to load up pages faster than other browsers.
  • It has a built-in TOR mode so your location can't be traced by passing the packets through several servers
  • You can earn tokens to choosing to look at privacy-respecting ads and either support content creators by sharing those tokens to use them later to get premium content, gift cards and so on (you can choose how frequently you want to view these ads) - that last option is still being worked out
  • You can also choose to tip content creators - btw, if you choose to give them tokens, they will automatically be divided up by the time you spread on various websites
  • It's open source and is based on the Chromium browser (the open source browser that Google uses at the core of their proprietary Chrome browser) - this also means you can use Chrome extensions
Though the privacy-respecting aspects of Brave initially attracted me to it, it's the the ad system I really like.

Just blocking all ads in other browsers forces content creators to beg for money or put their content behind a paywall. The smaller sites will likely just shut down their sites altogether. You have to somehow compensate writers for good content. Therefore, I thought it would be great if somebody came up with a micro-payments system so that websites are rewarded based on how many pages you view at the website or the amount of time you spend. This seems to be a way to do that. You can download it here and see why the browser creators believe it's a better browser:

https://brave.com/

I've found it hard to find recent reviews compare it to other browsers in terms of security and other features because its development has been rapid, so most of the reviews I've seen are rating it from how it was a year or more ago, if at all.

This review from VPNpro is recent with its only complaint is that it's bigger than other browsers and puts it at #3. The size could be because it has the TOR browser built-in and the Brave Rewards system which is how it does ads and rewards you for them. Evidently, it was created by one of the founders of Mozilla that also used to work on Firefox:

This review from PrivacyEnd puts at #7. BestAntivirusPro puts it at #3.
Privacy Canada rates it #2.
NordVPN gives it a #2 position.
PixelPrivacy gives it a #3 in the alternative browsers section but there are only 3 in that list.

Some other sites compare it but don't do a rating system. Even the ones that do rate Brave seem to give it kudos on the security side.

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I wasn't that impressed with the story but the cinematography was amazing. When I first started watching it before the characters appeared, the landscape looks so real I thought it was filmed. Amazing that they can do with animation nowadays. If anybody here remembers seeing Tron, you can see what computer animation started out looking like compared to now.
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Politics & Society / Re: The Fallout from Covid 19
« Last post by Jason Wallwork on Yesterday at 12:54:45 pm »
Sooo,  the US has enough covid testing kits to test a tiger, but not enough test kits to test all their citizens?? Hmmm.

They had enough test kits do test Trump and Pence. Personally, I prefer the tiger.
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Entertainment / A man with road rage - a funny very well done animation
« Last post by ssfc72 on Yesterday at 12:28:40 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfK79Xblpus

A 10 minute animation but well worth watching to the end.
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Politics & Society / Re: The Fallout from Covid 19
« Last post by buster on Yesterday at 07:20:15 am »
We should keep in mind that humans are a dime a dozen. Tigers are rare. The planet has been turned into a human farm. I suspect this quote from 2015 will surprise most:

"Well if you’re like me, then you would probably be pretty blown away by the idea that humans alone outweigh all the remaining terrestrial mammals on the planet by about seven times!"

And that includes elephants. Here's an article that is an easy read, and can even be skimmed to get the full impact.

http://www.kalaharilionresearch.org/2015/01/16/human-vs-livestock-vs-wild-mammal-biomass-earth/
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Politics & Society / Re: The Fallout from Covid 19
« Last post by ssfc72 on Yesterday at 02:31:05 am »
Sooo,  the US has enough covid testing kits to test a tiger, but not enough test kits to test all their citizens?? Hmmm.

There is at least one animal at the Bronx Zoo who got covid 19 - a tiger. If it spreads too much to the natural world, and it can jump back to humans, we'll have some interesting speculation on TV each night.
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Not being able to connect is probably why NetworkManager was taking so long in the service startup but I might be wrong. Why'd you re-enable all the services that sped up your boot time by disabling them? Did you lose funtionality?
Only the network and I'm not sure which of them messed up my wifi connection since I didn't disable network-manager. Unless I come up with another plan, I'm now resigned to using the 4.15 kernel until a new kernel works or the AMD proprietary drivers are modified for Ubuntu 20.04. Or until there is a way I change something in the boot process to make 5.4 load much faster.
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Politics & Society / Re: The Fallout from Covid 19
« Last post by Jason Wallwork on April 08, 2020, 07:59:41 pm »
There is at least one animal at the Bronx Zoo who got covid 19 - a tiger. If it spreads too much to the natural world, and it can jump back to humans, we'll have some interesting speculation on TV each night.

The CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) is recommending people with COVID symptoms who are self-isolating not to touch their animals, keep a distance if they can and let others take care of them. There is evidence that pets can get it. But not the other way, at least not yet.
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Politics & Society / Re: Democratic race for the nomination
« Last post by Jason Wallwork on April 08, 2020, 07:57:46 pm »
They did polling that showed that Sanders would win over Trump by a further margin than Biden but it was early on. I figured that Trump would beat Biden because having worked on political campaigns, I know how important it is to get volunteers and I'm not sure Democrats are that thrilled with Biden as a candidate. But the point is moot now.

And with COVID-19, it's hard to predict what will happen. If it goes away before the election and stays away, Trump can claim victory. But if enough voters lose someone to the virus or they become very sick, it could sway the vote the other way. At this point, it's a toss-up.
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Windows 10 will soon be able to read Linux filesystems, but only the distros installed in the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). When I saw the headline, I thought I'd be able to access Linux files in Windows natively for dual or multi-boot installs with Linux. There are some add-on tools that let you do this.
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