Smart microchips, that way the chips that go in the stuff that tracks you can themselves be tracked while they track you. And then those chips could have chips in them to track the chips that track the chips that track you.
@Kyeh We have a lot of self-diagnostics now. Some of it even works pretty well. Some of it is exceptionally stupid. (I’m looking at you, Body Control Modules of damn near every fecking US-sold vehicle of the past 15+ years.)
@werehatrack Yeah - or some of it is designed so only a pro knows what the damn codes mean - I have an on-demand hot water heater like that. You can look at the panel and see a diagnosis but you have to call the plumber to get a translation; job security for them, I guess.
And my car often tells me that my tires have low air pressure when they really don’t.
@Kyeh wait until the batteries die on the tire pressure thing. VERY expensive to fix and the light stays on permanently. I covered the light on my dash with initially electrician tape (but it can leave sticky behind) so subbed it out with painter’s tape.
Smart AI that will read my email, follow and open the links, parse the content, then inform me whether or not it is worth my time to look at them myself. Guess what mediocre site(s) inspired this wish…
That’s been attempted. The security risks inherent in following random email links swiftly convinced those responsible that there was good reason why people had laughed at them uproariously when they suggested this.
@werehatrack OK, I can see the issue for PCs. But for email and random web surfing I use a Chromebook that has a (hardware?) bug that causes it to do a hard reset without warning at random times (but usually when I have a LOT of tabs open or are otherwise using a lot of memory). I use it without logging in to the Google system, so lose EVERYTHING in memory that I haven’t specifically saved to an external on-premise device. I guess that would take care of any viruses (and tracking cookies).
Stuff that I have saved, I only put back into the Chromebook, as needed. Most of that stuff is manuals and etexts, and particularly-significant email attachments.
For “real” computing work, including financials, I use a Windows machine, and even there don’t usually upload/download to the cloud. I’m mostly retired, so don’t have need for the usual outlets.
AFAIK, since I started using the CB for all my junk work, I haven’t had any virus problems.
That reminds me: At midnight tonight, Meh starts a new calendar and we lose access to all the pretty Meh click faces for the month. I usually try to save each month’s worth. I better do it while I am thinking about it.
(Think tonight will start a very meh-rathon?)
@f00l@werehatrack When first booting it up, on the screen for logging into Google, there is a “link” bottom left that says “Browse as guest”. That avoids the Google connection.
The downside is, without the cloud, all ram is cleared if there is a power loss or other reset. You lose all your on-board files, tab content, cookies, wifi password & config, etc.
Sometimes (somehow?) it does manage to reconnect to wifi without further intervention, including specifying default router.
I try to force myself to often do external hd backups of my downloads from the interim.
All day today I’ve been having problems with my wifi connections on the CBook, but another box with a direct connection was getting internet OK, plus my phone was getting my wifi OK. So I needed to do a reboot. i spent about an hour copying the URLs from all my open tabs and backing up my downloads from the past week or so, before I powered off. The reboot fixed the wifi problems. And I didn’t even have to specify which SSID or the password – it retained them somewhere. (I think Google has put some magic – probably black – into their products.)
I do highly recommend a CBook and the guest browsing for internet use with some anonymity. The third party tracking, mostly Google I guess, is another issue, though. All that info is maintained server-side. Even ads from Meh, MorningSave, and Side Deal follow me around. The freedom from worrying highly about viruses from questionable sites is icing on the cake. Maybe NSA can still break in, but Protonmail and their VPN have stymied that a lot. (Recommend that, also, even the free version.)
I got this refurb CB with touchscreen and 4 GB for well under $200, and would not hesitate to do that again when this one croaks.
Anything that actually works (i.e. does what it promises) would just be super peachy keen awesome.
I’ve got a smart phone with location on that has no idea where I’m at; a smart watch that has no concept of how far a mile is; smart speakers that spend more time buffering than listening; smart lights and plugs that can’t find the network sometimes; and a PC that used to work fine, but now it has Windows 10.
It’s West World around here. Don’t worry (be happy.)
Nothing can go wrong.
Lol. I’ve been getting yelled at for my long shower time my whole life. I still get talked to about it at least once a month and I’m almost 40.
I could never shower in 10 mins, maybe 20. It’s my hair, it’s gets everywhere. Also shaving takes time.
@jester747@Star2236 as long as th hot water heater can keep up and you pick your hair out of the drain when you’re done. have at it. If the hot water heater can’t use the pause on the shower head white you soap up. I mean you should anyway but always lived on very good well water so… Not directly paying for water.
@jester747@Star2236 when you are on well water on a shallow Artesian well, water literally pushing itself out of the ground, and you don’t really pay for water/there is no water shortage like the west, and you heat with gas the relative cost is really low. I personally was taught to take a short shower… A very short shower. 5 mins Max. Reasons.
If I were shaving in the shower I would still turn it “off” to a trickle. To clean the razor. There is no reason to have it on while soaping up. Etc etc. I would teach my kids the same if I had any.
If I had a wife… Not a fight worth picking on her shower time. Better to join her and save water
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@unksol I deliberately used it because it’s redundant!
But I have to confess I stole “Irregardless of whether or not” from someone else. Kind a triple redundancy.
Also I don’t regard it as a proper word, myself.
What do you mean “to heat your water” like the post after yours explained our water is either pumped from a self dug well (my dads house and has lower water presser) it were hooked up to city water and they have their own wells (my city has their own water system and it’s ranked really high in the nation but a lot better water pressure).
Anyways while I visited my brother in Portland (he lived in a apartment) it seemed just like home, where you could take showers as long as you wanted bc complex pays to heat the water. Anyways I’ve never heard of it being so expensive to heat water? Is really such a thing? I’m not being an ass I just don’t know.
@jester747@Star2236 also it’s not an expensive thing and this is an engineered well. Like most of rural America it is an independent well but not a self dug one. The water table just happens to be low and under high pressure where as out west for a home well you could be drilling 100s or thousands of feet and guessing…
And then what you pay for wasting water on states with a drought. Heating it is not the primary issue other than the formentioned “who used all the hot water!”
@unksol they do sell fake grass mats that are like doggy litter boxes. You would still have to clean it up later though, and of course train the dog to use it. Unless the dog just wants to run around and sniff and didn’t actually need to go out.
@chienfou@remo28 I don’t have outdoor cats. Although they were all outdoors when they needed some help. If I had a barn I’d probably have some barn cats but still TNR.
An outdoor dog I would assume would be a farm/range dog and that’s a whole different thing than most domestic dogs.
Average indoor cat will be fine with enough food and water and litter box indoors. Just might agressivly snuggle when you get home.
I had all 4, after I got back after being out of town for 2 weeks (they were parked at someone else’s house), who believed they had to be on me or near me 24/7 for a good 2 weeks. Now I am back to 1-2 (at a time - they time share) trying to sleep on my bed at night.
They should put some 5G tracker chips in the vaccjne so that if something should happen to you, like a heart attack or an accident, when you get to the hospital, they can detect it and give you priority over unvaccinated-by-choice patients.