Jun. 27th, 2017
- Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault (not "collude"; the exact word used is "punish", yet the Orangado can predictably go from denying Russian meddling to blaming Obama for it so fast we get whiplash)
- But as long as Putin denies it, it's just fine. It got him elected, so why not let it happen again?
- Amy Suskind started a Weekly List of this administration's more authoritarian turns "so you’ll remember." Here's her list.
- The Senate health-care bill: worse than the House’s. How much worse and ripple effects on all but the richest 400 Americans - yes, you read that right! - at the next link.
- GOP Medicaid cuts hurt much more than health care. The richest 400 Americans will each get, on average, a $13 million tax break, the bulk of which is paid for by shredding Medicaid. But Medicaid is vastly undervalued; the ripple effects of taking it from our people and economy are nearly endless.
- Democrats will keep losing, unless they do this (*ahem*, may I add, and unless they also do this).
Who can stop Russian meddling in our elections? Only Congress *author busy not holding breath*
- Amazon now offers reduced fee Prime membership - $5.99 per month for low income earners. "Normal" Prime membership is $99, which in theory would be $8.25 per month, but only if you paid $99 at sign-up to lock in the price, so many people actually pay what I did before "cheaper Prime" came along - $10.99 per month/$131.88 per year - the usual $99 plus a $32.88 Poor People's Poverty Tax.
- Also check out four more ways to get Prime on the cheap.
- Amazon ended unlimited cloud storage pretty much the same week I had to jump cloud storage services...*grinds teeth into dust*
- For cord-cutting Prime members now there's Amazon TV (pick your poison. Yay?).
- From the email I got, as Amazon has no explainer and Google has nothing indexed: "Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of a game-changing Prime exclusive benefit—Amazon Channels, the first truly a la carte TV service. You can create a lineup you love from over 100 channels, and only pay for the ones you want—no cable required. You get a 7-day free trial of all of our channels, and you can watch anywhere and cancel anytime."
- About the above - I haven't signed up and will probably be unable to. I also don't know anyone who's signed up. Comcast controls most of the fiber in my area and with them it's cheaper to pay for a TV and Internet package (called the "Double Play") than to just have Internet, so that's mostly what's been stopping me. Will take reviews, though (preferably from people I already know)!
- The search for Goldilocks, indeed. The author says the latest version of Firefox (54) has e10s (multi-process/multi-threaded like Chrome but a max four processes), but it does not have this. I'm using it on an x64 machine with two processors/8GB of RAM, so I can definitively say it has no e10s.
- Before posting, I found an updated article which says (emphasis mine): "Electrolysis still isn’t on for all users. “Roughly half of Firefox’s user population is using multiple content processes, but Mozilla will be expanding the number over the next few months based on extension compatibility, accessibility support work and other factors,” a Mozilla spokesperson told VentureBeat. To check if you’re in the Electrolysis group, type “about:support” into the URL bar and check to see if it says “1/1 (Enabled by default)” under the Multiprocess Windows line item."
- While I'm on the topic of Mozilla doing what Mozilla does, and as I made solarbird aware of, standard Firefox add-ons are on their way out, ostensibly to make room for the e10s that they claim exist which for many of us, still don't. People aren't exactly keen on this.
- Without add-ons as we know them, Firefox basically turns into Opera on Webkit. And though they're killing add-ons as we know them first, a complete browser engine re-write is also on the way. "firefox why u so", indeed!
- With this, the author proves he can turn something as ho-hum as a relatively obscure invention into an epic tale that covers everything from original sin to the rise and fall of civilizations to the sad state of mankind's eternal economic Shangri-La. He's also - did I mention this - a great writer.