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Does it lock you in? Is it built on top of open protocols or APIs? Is it decentralized? Federated or distributed? Does it work without a mobile device and/or phone number? Can anybody implement their own client for any OS or the or are you stuck with the ones the app is available for? Failing that, you are surrendering your freedoms to somebody else making the choices for you. And they can change these decisions anytime in the future.

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UK Hellscape 

Government advice for those that are vulnerable?

Do your shopping at 2am

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COVID-19 vaccine 

Just got our 2nd Comirnaty (Pfizer–BioNTech) dose.
I'm glad, but still have mixed feelings about it. I mean, good for all the people (from countries which hoarded the vaccines) posting that they finally went for a beer or got a haircut, but there are others around the world who need the more than I do...

To be fair, its software and overall UX is still a mixed bag, though. Controls are far from intuitive, especially the unobvious capacitive buttons with swipes, soft vs hard (and accidental) presses and the haptic feedback. Plus it’s receiving the first OTA update this month, almost a year after 1st deliveries. Future ones should come every 3 months. Hopefully one of those will bring true one-pedal driving. Permanent 5 km/h creep mode never made any sense to me.

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The Tesla we usually use was already booked for the date of our vacation so we finally borrowed an Volkswagen ID.3 which we wanted to try ever since its announcement. After test driving it for 8 days and 500+ km, we are seriously considering getting our own.
It has some advantages over Model 3... It's a better fit for narrow european roads, passes our garage test(!), has a display in front of a driver, subjectively better ride comfort, supports Android Auto etc.

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However, I've finally cancelled my pre-order short after the company bought Bitcoin and effectively erased all ecological progress its business ever brought during its entire existence.*
It's still a great car with the best batteries and efficiency on the market but I’m also not a fan of the lock-in tendencies like not having an option to use Android Auto or eventually being able to share your autonomous car only through Tesla’s ride-hailing service etc.

* ft.com/content/a9bd5b42-272e-4

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Then the covid hit and we practically stopped traveling anywhere. So we were glad to not have a brand new car we wouldn’t have any use for.
Meanwhile @davidvavra bought his own Model 3 (already in Czechia) and we agreed on a sharing scheme. They are living close (enough) so whenever we need the car, we book it in advance in a shared calendar and then walk to it with our paired phone(s) and just drive away...

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@Eva and I were decided to buy the (Long Range) in the summer of 2019. The only thing left was our ultimate “garage test”.
But despite previously having an even longer car and lowering the edge of the driveway by a few centimeters, the combination of its slope and Model 3’s wheelbase (and clearance) resulted in an unpleasant plastic-grinding sound. 😝
Since we don’t travel much over the winter anyway, we decided to wait for the rumoured with air-suspension or Model Y...

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@lightone @testman Well, I'm all for the fediverse and I'm here to stay, just took some time to get the energy to set up my own server to feel a bit in control. So, well, I'll start posting here more too. :)

While on a daily morning meeting I've noticed there's another one going on outside the window, apparently... Hope they are not planning some heist. :)

Captured by @Eva

Years in the making, days in the drafting, I've finally done it: I dug into the full history of important features missing from iOS/Safari and made it (roughly) human-readable:

infrequently.org/2021/04/progr

🇨🇿 in #Czech, modré zóny 

Chaos pokračuje. Teď nám v ulici navzdory domluvě místních s nakreslili onu modrou na chodník.
Aby mohli zaparkovat 3 majitelé auta co nejblíž domu (ač mají vjezd/garáž), stovky chodců včetně obyvatel blízkých domovů pro seniory nebo maminek s kočárky budou muset opakovaně přecházet silnici mimo přechod.
Samozřejmě to tak nemůže zůstat a bude se tak značení už minimálně potřetí předělávat. Projekty, zakázky, stovky hodin i tisíc Kč, vyhozených sloupků, značek…

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🇨🇿 in #Czech, modré zóny 

Ještě po začátku platnosti 1. 4. čáry v celé půlce Chrastavské zcela překreslili, nesouhlasilo v ní svislé a vodorovné dopravní značení a v Hejnické tento stav trvá doteď.
Kromě toho je stále mimo modré zákaz zastavení, takže si nesmíme u domů zastavit ani pro naložení/vyložení nákladu a kurýři zůstávají stát na křižovatkách…

Chaos a šikana se táhne jako smrad celou veřejnou správou.

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🇨🇿 in #Czech, modré zóny 

ekonomickydenik.cz/39467-2

Z vlastní zkušenosti můžu potvrdit. Anabáze kolem modrých se v místních ulicích táhne od listopadu loňského roku, kdy nám začali houfně kreslit modré čáry před vjezdy. Po mnoha desítkách(!) hodin zabitých komunikací, urgováním úředníků a mnoha iteracích — v jedné nám například projektant udělal místo chodníku parkoviště podél celého pozemku včetně vstupní branky a vjezdu, takže bychom museli přeskakovat auta — se podařilo část problémů odstranit...

Veritasium on light bulbs, obsolescence and repairability: "This is why we can't have nice things"

youtu.be/j5v8D-alAKE

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