If this was an Android reseller, Google would have blamed adblockers by now.
As ever, the in-store sales droids will be the ones that suffer, the 'executive' level sales scum will no doubt have had their bonuses paid last week.
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I was already considering making a wearable IR LED array to disrupt all the cameraphones being constantly waved around in public - and uploading the captured images to Google, Facebook etc. without my consent and in most cases, knowledge. I think I need to expand the design brief to include something disruptive to microphones as well.... maybe something loud in the >18kHz range? sure, it'll annoy the yoof but my ears are past annoyance in that range!
Torslanda - Sweden, Manufacures XC60, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC90 - Worldwide sales
Ghent - Belgium, Manufactures V40, V40 Cross Country, XC40, S60, S60 Cross Country, V60, V60 Cross Country - Worldwide sales
Shah Alam - Malaysia, Assembles V40, S60, V60, XC60, S90, XC90 for Southeast Asia
Chengdu, China, Manufactures S60L, XC60 for China & US markets
Daquing, China, Manufactures S90, S90L for China & Euro markets
Two new Chinese plants are under construction, one at Luqiao (no public announcement of models or markets to be served) and one at Chengdu which will manufacture three Polestar models, this will be the first exclusively Polestar plant, previous models have been built on the production lines for their base models.
Production plant can be decoded from the vehicles eleventh character of it's VIN.
'for analytical purposes'
Just wondering, what does this data include - and why is it useful? - other than the referer, number of hits and how long each visitor is on the page for, what use it? (not to the hyper-slurpers, that's obvious - they want a profile of saleable data for everyone and everything on the planet) I'm aware that 'social standing' can be approximated from location, browser, OS and referer etc. - does it really matter? There's a phrase i'm fond of using when people have them selves in a knot trying to resolve an issue - 'don't try and over-analyse things' and I suspect this is what manglement are doing with the wealth of data being slurped on their behalf. In the end, no-one benefits. (except Google & friends, obviously!).
Not the largest i've seen but one I visit regularly is astronomy.com
uBlock origin on Firefox ESR reports:
26 elements blocked, 4 out of 15 domains connected
Ironically 'lijit.com' doesn't appear to be!
Automotive UI design:-
Range Rover (sport & Full Fat)
cabin temperature controls are rotary knobs, with the set temperature displayed either in the centre of the rotary knob or on the multi-function screen dependent on model and model year. if you want to change the cabin temerature on either side or both sides of the cabin, you reach out, turn the knob in the 'traditional' increase or decrease direction, theres a visual conformation and the temperature is changed to the one you set.
This system is 'familiar' to just about everyone, can be operated without taking your eyes off the road and (crucially for a multi-surface vehicle) can be operated no matter how bumpy the road - or lack of it makes the journey
Volvo (XC40, 60 & 90, V70 2017 onwards)
Large touchscreen in portrait orientation for all functions, cabin temperature displayed at bottom left & right *most of the time*, if not, press the hard key 'home' button first, then press the temperature display for the side you want to change (no option for master/slave config.), long vertical bar of temperatures pops up - note not all possible temperatures are displayed so you may have to scroll.... select the temperature you want, then close the screen by selecting another option or use the hard key - or repeat for the other side.... Now try that trundling down your gravel drive in the morning without breaking a nail on the screen, having to look at the screen to find where to touch, steadying your hand against the facia so you don't accidentally turn the fan to full or off - or crucially wiping out the gates at the end of your drive because you were going too fast for active city safety to cut in (actually happened - the log file, accessed with the owners consent, showed speed increasing due to throttle input despite the driveway only being 230 metres long with steel gates that would only be fully open in time if the speed passing through the sensor was 7mph or below and didn't increase once the gate opening was triggered, the owner had lived there for twelve years and the electric gates had been installed four years ago).
The MMI dial control moves the cursor in the opposite direction to that expected - all bets are off.
Sometimes an updated UI isn't a great improvement in UX
For a site in a 'UK' domain, claiming to be predominantly UK focussed, why can you not use '&' or 'and' instead of a comma in the headlines?
I know it originates in american dead tree editions to save space, why in 2019 does it persist in web pages? fair enough if the article is written by a US based journo about US based issues and they know no better but this 'news' originated in the UK
I find it very irritating and after spending most of the day gutting, scaling and pin boning three large Salmon,only to find the fish kettle was in the shed being a mortuary for four young mice, I felt I had to vent......
All this talk of walled gardens reminds me of 'The Herbs' (a childrens TV series in the 60's &70's) with ther regulators running around like Dill the dog...
If only there was a fenced garden (i.e. visibly open) that did the stuff we apparently need such as phones, email, search etc. Now this might sound mad (it did to me initially!) but why couldn't Amazon do this? - as far as i'm aware they don't sell or share user date outside of their own organisation and the advertisding I do get from them is comparatively 'light touch', unlike Apple, they want to appeal to everyone and seem to support a broad range of browsers, media and playback methods.
I'm not saying Amazon are knights on white chargers - far from it, they've done their fair share of snuffing out the competition and have questionable methods of complying with employment law but in terms of spaffing user data to the four winds of the internet, they currently seem to be the least worst of the bunch.
Brass because it deforms easily to make the snare in the first place, not quite as easily as copper but the tensile strength is higher so less chance of the prey breaking free (whick, in UK at least, would make it an illegal snare if it could break away from it's tether and remain around the animal) also, it doesn't become brittle like steel wire. Locking snares are illegal in UK but are still used as they (can) prevent distress to the prey if the snares are not checked daily or if they are visited by other predators before they are checked & cleared. The locking part of the snare requires a wire that will deform easily so steel is out, as is copper for Hare, Fox etc.
I have seen snares used for Elk in some Scandanavian areas, not very common but can be more productive than tracking and shooting in winter. For Elk you absolutely would have to use a locking snare as they can be nasty bastards when caught....
Unless you use a locking snare.... in which case they will be very bloody until their (probably withered) heart gives out and the blood clots around the brass wire - fun fact: brass wire is sold in hardware stores in Sweden but not in Norway, very difficult to get hold of in an emergency!
As far as i'm aware, individuals recording video and / or audio on private premises is not legal without the consent of ther subject - not sure if it applies to plod, whether 'invited in' or not - but i'm certain it applies to private individuals, for example, 'dashcams' are supposed to be removed, turned off or inhibited from recording prior to being taken inside a dealers workshop as the subjects of any recording do not have the opportunity to consent prior to the recording taking place. I can't cite the exact legalese however, I did witness a Service Manager being 'put straight' by a company solicitor of a large chain of car dealers after he had decreed that dashcams should not be turned off and some of the tech's took umbrage with his edict....
So i'm not sure how it was accepted as evidence in a tribunal without consideration for how the recording was made and concequences of making it public - presumably the recording was made on private premises without the subjects knowledge?
"Since many visitors are underage for a driver's license or other state-issued ID, they needed something everyone has with them, regardless of age. The choices are fingerprints or facial recognition, and privacy advocates will (rightly) protest either."
How about going all retro and using a signature - like we did before photo's, fingerprint recognition, chip & pin etc. etc.. It meets the requirements in that the pass holds the data not the company and the passholder can irrevocably destroy the data (signature) when the pass expires.
Just a thought.
I suspect there has been some dabbling in the code already, On two installations of Opera X64, scriptsafe has become decidely flaky - letting stuff through that it has previously blocked with a message saying something along the lines of 'Scriptsafe has recently been reloaded'.... I was exclusively useing PaleMoon but that has become increasingly clunky and has broke some addins - particularly NoScript. Opera also takes a dogs age to load & invades RAM like the Germans did with France (in common with other Chromium variants). Since this announcement and using Googly derived products not sitting at all well with me, I've moved back to Firefox ESR, aside from the lack of migation help, it's fine. Loads faster, no fuckaroundery with addins and crucially (as far as i'm aware) no googlyness involved.
Seems odd to me that climate 'science' has not just ignored but tried to re-write the geological record (presumably as it would affect their funding) and excluded Geologists from their cabaal - no citation available, just first hand knowledge of conversations with several Geologists i've worked with over the last two decades or so.
The new front page is too sparse, only seven article headlines visible on Opera (five on PaleMoon) without scrolling as opposed to thirteen with the older version (with Adblock, Scriptsafe & Stylish applied). The main article is just a black rectangle with the headline in it, even with Image lite (sic) applied.
The nested threads are a good idea but are too wide - makes my eyes ache to the point where I just select 'thread' to condense the width, even if it means more scrolling, I can't explain it any better, it just feels 'more normal'.
There's also possibly too much white space glaring at me, although it has caused me to turn down the brightness so battery life should be a bit better and i'd rather have white space than ads....
Until they (the listening devices) become mandatory - just don't buy one.
Problem solved, QED as my Dad would say.
In the meantime, prepare for 'off grid' living once the Cloud Overlords have successfully lobbied for the devices to be strapped to everyone at birth, a bit like 'out on licence' ankle tags but with microphones and probably by then, all six types of GPS receivers...
Tin foil sales will go through the roof.
Where is Google in all of this? surely they eclipse both Microsoft & Facebook? or is this another 'study' sponsored by Google?
I don't consider that Microsoft has improved in it's attitude towards ethical privacy, more that Facebook has sunk lower (undertaken?) Microsoft by several fathoms of slime. In other words, they're both bad, only now one is more worse than it was considered to be previously.
"FB is bad, there's no doubt of that, but you don't have to use it if you don't want to & can block them if you want;"
It's the other way round - Facebook uses you, well, us. - Conveniently we don't even have to sign-up to be tracked & harvested, the web sites we visit happily feed Facebook (and others) all the info they demand and we are identified by association - sometimes by well meaning but naiive friends who have sold their soul (and other data) to Facebook in return for targeted ads....
Join the ranks of Ben Shapiro and Mr. Beast to help win the war.
Who & who?
I wasn't aware there was a formal declaration of war - who are we fighting this time?
The only reason I can see for so many people 'following' the recorded meanderings of others on youtube is either morbid curiosity or hoping they capture the moment they auto-Darwinate themselves....
i have to admit to using some youtube content - the Canary singing master recordings are great for teaching our young ones to sing and (unless PETA get involved) are unlikely to be copyrighted this side of the next ELE
"deliberately damage my sump plug in order to sell me an expensive repair"
Most likely the damage was done by over-enthusiastic tightening (as opposed to applying the correct torque) the sump plug at the last oil change, repairing the sump is never a manufacturer authorised repair so the tech would be recommending the correct repair if it was a franchised dealer. Obviously your vehicle means it's your choice, I have known repairs like that to be done as 'goodwill' if the vehicle has always been serviced within the dealer network - if the owner pushes enough....
Mechanics (or more recently, vehicle technicians) are seldom unethical, Service receptionists / advisers, call centre staff and Service managers under the cosh of performance targets generally are though...
My favourite 'unethical' service add-on, usually sold by call centres 'because bonus' is the 'emissions control service', 'oil & fuel treatments' or some such wording - not only are these 'treatments' prohibited by most vehicle manufacturers but can be harmful in some engines.
Fuel additives can negate the benefits of AdBlue or Eloys Powerflex and cause premature wear or failure of HP diesel pumps, oil additives / flushes can cause premature failure of 'wet' timing belts.
More than once, I have seen technicians directed to use these products against their will, just to put another £29.99 on the bill (and hopefully a HP fuel pump or DPF once the vehicle is out of warranty).
I think your 'or mechanics' should be replaced with 'and Service advisers'
"Her role required her to look at some medical records – lawfully – to help doctors, solicitors and insurance companies."
Doctors, well obviously, yes - the others, when and how did I consent to that? And by someone who clearly has no understanding of 'patient confidentiality'
BTW, the first 'ex' refused to go to a Doctors Surgery just over a mile from the house because one of the receptionists there knew her and she didn't want her gossiping about her medical stuff the way she did about other friends... She went to one just over eleven miles away so she could be gossiped about by a stranger (some of here 'issues' were worthy of a listen over a dry sherry or two to be fair).
That should sort it!
Personally, if I ever feel the urge to read anything published as 'news' from that side of the pond, I would probably look on the BBC website for it - can't say for sure as it's not an urge I've ever had, and at my age, I've had a few!
"I'm guessing, but I suspect that when this all settles out "repairing" internal combustion engine ECUs and emissions control hardware may not be allowed on grounds of emission control. Likewise modifications to safety systems on gear that faces the public."
It's already the case that repairs and modifications to a vehicle 'Must not' compromise or allow the vehicle to conform to a lower emission standard than extant at its first registration date - despite the open sale of EGR blanking kits, DEF defeaters etc. As far as the likely penalties in law are concerned, they are just as potent as fitting a shonky airbag unit from China, fitting a second hand unit over 10 years old or fitting a termination resistor in lieu of any airbag / SRS device at all.... but it still happens.
I'm starting to agree about Palemoon being a sub-optimal browser, I did look at Waterfox but after reading "Webpage data to Google’s SafeBrowsing service:
I was reminded of why I went with Palemoon in the first place...
WRT 'Brave', well i'm not 'brave' enough to allow them to choose and curate my addons for me.
Oh, Waterfox also has an 'Awesome Bar' - last time I saw one of those, an American was having a drink in it.
That would generally cause a DTC of 'commanded position unreachable' or something along those lines...
is your car PSA French or 'Diamond / Nissan' French - you have my sympathy in both cases, however you're more likely to get things resolved to your satisfaction if it's a PSA car combined with an appropriately motivated tech...
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