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[–] [deleted] 1 points 67 points (+68|-1) ago 

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[–] TheTrigger 3 points 135 points (+138|-3) ago  (edited ago)

Linux. I can't stress this enough... linuxlinuxlinuxlinuxlinux. It's all we have left to avoid the nanny state. And even then: make sure you avoid the questionable distros (looking at you, Ubuntu).

If more people used the fucking thing, all the games and software we depend on, for work or whatever, would already run on it.

Just use a separate Windows partition for Steam. Then use all your normal Windows apps in WINE or a virtual machine (Word, Excel, Photoshop, etc). You can do literally everything else in Linux just as easy as Windows.

Seriously guys, we all left reddit for far less dubious shit. It's time to leave Windows. No one said freedom would be easy.

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[–] BrownMoses 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Seriously guys, we all left reddit for far less dubious shit. It's time to leave Windows. No one said freedom would be easy.

Well said

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[–] Pee-on-it 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

You make it sound so easy. I would love to drop Windows but where does one begin with Linux? It's not beginner friendly.

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[–] eulogyjones 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

I'll leave for linux the second it catches up to windows for gaming. Until then its just a novelty to me.

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[–] Fuckery 0 points 56 points (+56|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I was helping my friend re-tile a floor. I never searched any DIY videos, materials or anything. The only relevant data would have been 3-4 texts along the line of, "Want to come help?" He had already gone to the store to get materials, I just grabbed some tools and drove across town to the work site. I used my phone to to play Pandora while we worked. Every other ad was for Lowes and Home Depot. Never had home improvement ads before or since. It was creepy as fuck.

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[–] 66Cashish 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I went to a hotel once and just out of curiosity turned on the TV. (I go to hotels quite a bit but never use the TV. I get in to sleep, then leave). It turned on channel two or whatever that tv guide program is. So I flipped back a channel to see how high the channels went. It flipped to some latino program which I didn't understand so I turned it back off.

So mind you I never connected to the wifi, didn't voice search, barely spent 20 minutes in that hotel room before I left again. I go to see in google now everything that is playing on that exact latino channel the next day. I haven't watched a latino channel in my life besides once accidentally in mexico.

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[–] LordCobalt 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I get quite a few ads related to Home Depot myself when listening to Internet radio/streaming sites that don't require me to have an account. I don't usually dabble in home improvement at all so these ads can't be based off of personal metrics. It may seem weird but it I honestly think that may have been an eerie coincidence and nothing more. Though I, of course, can't say for certain.

If it was based on some data, maybe you searched for something relating tangentially to a broad "home improvement" category days before? Not necessarily anything related to the job at hand?

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[–] Cronus6 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If you pay for Pandora there are no ads.

/Just saying

[Also "just sayin'" that Spotify is a better app overall. I pay for both, but I'm considering ditching Pandora]

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[–] smokeu 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Stalker

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[–] somerandomteen 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

I really hope this is sarcasm.

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[–] radamhadameal 11 points -2 points (+9|-11) ago 

You don't actually go through the trouble do you? Seriously. You know what they're going to do with all that information? Use it to find out which soda you like so they can sell it to you.

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[–] Lacrimosa 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

For now, yes. But think of wider implications. If one person or one organization had knowledge of the intimate details of millions of people's lives, they would posses incredible power. Blackmail, behavioral tendencies, and detailed knowledge of people's lives could be used to manipulate others to personal gain.

An interesting thought experiment on the topic is the TV show Person of Interest.

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[–] 2U 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear." Very sound logic. /s

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[–] 1450539? 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I have since day 1, fake name, fake birthday, fake place of birth, fake everything.

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[–] AlphaMale 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I don't drink soda.