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My Free GIS Data website has now been updated, and all broken links have either been fixed or removed. Blog post about it at, and main site at

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8petros, to tech

- looking for facts beyond recent flood of marketing, including and solutions.

Anyone, please?

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Over a million Neighbourhood Watch members exposed through web app bug

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Change Healthcare Finally Admits It Paid Ransomware Hackers--and Still Faces a Patient Data Leak

#data #healthcare

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NASA's Voyager 1 was transmitting gibberish for months but now it's making sense again

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br00t4c, to space avatar

NASA's Voyager 1 Is Finally Making Sense After Months of Transmitting Gibberish

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if these damn whore trends continue, the next fucking dickhead bitch-ass album will be goddamn hell as fuck


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Software I Miss from Earlier Versions of Android

My love of Android waxes and wanes according to how much the software feels like it is fighting me. On a good day, I can flash the OS and install whatever apps I want. On a bad day, I can't remove bloatware and I'm forbidden from changing the internals.

I started using the latest Google version of Android on their Pixel 8 Pro. I say "their" because it never really felt like the device was mine. Google kept popping up and asking me to do things which were clearly in their interest; not mine. There was very little way to remove Google's features. I was beholden to them. Forget that noise! I flashed GrapheneOS and regained some control.

But there are still some things missing from the modern Android experience. Things which I'm sure used to exist on earlier versions, but have since been scrapped or severely restricted.

Here's what they stole from us.

Customised Fonts

I can't remember which version of Android I first had which let me change the font to Comic Sans. But that ability doesn't exist any more - not without rooting your phone and severely monkeying with its internals.

Google's Noto font is, sadly, abandonware. Aside from new Emoji, Google show no interest in putting a modern font stack into Android. So we're left with a fairly dull and incomplete corporate font.

Button Swapping

Android originally had the back button on the right of the screen. Then, in Google's infinite wisdom, it was swapped to the left. Why? Fuck your muscle-memory, I guess?

Nevertheless, Android used to let you swap the order of the on-screen keys. This is not a particularly challenging software requirement - yet seems beyond modern Android.

Call Recording

Google is indecisive on whether call recording should be allowed. It is legal in most parts of the world, and used to be well supported by Android.

Nowadays you have to flash a ROM to get this basic functionality back.

SIP Built-in.

You used to be able to add VoIP / SIP calls to Android for free! But the latest version doesn't let you do that any more.

Custom Ringtones and Vibration Patterns

I'm sure that I used to be able to set a different vibration pattern for different sorts of alerts. But I can't find that functionality anywhere these days. Same for different alert tones for different people.

Task switcher clear-all button

If I want to close all my open apps, I have to go to task switcher then scroll all the way across. It was handy when there was a "close all" button at the bottom of the screen.

Data SIM switcher

I have multiple SIMs. They can both receive calls and texts, but only one can be used for data. There used to be a button I could press to flip between the two. Now I have to go into the settings, and fiddle with a bunch of options. Annoying!

And the rest

What software do you miss the most from old versions of Android?

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Check to make sure your data backups are working as they should.

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(1/2) Data Compression: Theory and Applications - Stanford Course 👇🏼

Stanford University released a new course on data compression methods taught by Prof.Tsachy Weissman, Shubham Chandak, and Pulkit Tandon. As the demand for data increases at an exponential rate, data compression plays a pivotal role in providing efficient storage solutions. The course focuses on the foundations and theory of data compression.

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A comprehensive overview of the possibilities to opt-out of having our website included in AI #training #data. By using robot.txt. tl,dr: it's increasingly possible, but for existing content likely too late. Removing content already indexed is close to impossible. Contrary to search engines, #AI indexes are not concerned with it reflecting the current state of the web, but simply keep adding.

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"Just a wee plea to my lefty friends not to get stuck into this idea that if you just show people enough data they will change their minds. Because this government is actively saying, 'we will erase the data'. Because it doesn't matter. It's not real to us it's not what we believe."

(@bootstheory), 2024

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Data: You are half human.
Spock: Yes.
Data: Yet you have chosen a Vulcan way of life.
Spock: I have.
Data: In effect, you have abandoned what I have sought all my life.
: Ambassador Spock, may I ask you a personal question?
: Please.
Data: As you examine your life, do you find that you have missed your humanity?
Spock: I have no regrets.
Data: "No regrets", that is a human expression.
Spock: Yes... fascinating.🤔

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Data infrastructure for Canada

Attractive new tool to map census data since 1951 at
New polygon files for historic census data at
And the historical census microdata are coming soon

@economics @demography @socialscience @sociology @politicalscience @geography @anthropology @econhist @devecon @archaeodons

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, the parent of , has been advised by the European Protection Board against enforcing a "Consent or pay" system on its users for data protection. The EDPB, chaired by Anu Talus, emphasized the importance of providing users with genuine choices regarding their data privacy when implementing such models. "Online platforms should give users a real choice when employing 'consent or pay' models. The models we have today usually require

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It's cutting calories--not intermittent fasting--that drops weight, study suggests


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Applying the mathematical principles of Pareto to Mario Kart 8


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Today's topic is: Identifying Common Rows Between Data Frames in R

In data analysis, comparing datasets is crucial. A common task is checking if rows from one data frame exist in another. I have had to do this myself many times.

Today I discuss the following:

1️⃣ The merge() Function

2️⃣ The %in% Operator

For a step-by-step guide and examples, check out the full blog post.




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One of the things I love about sticky-notes is that they don't damage anything they're stuck to. So, I could maybe stick one to the edge of a mirror in the ladies room of a restaurant. And it wouldn't damage anything.

If you'd like a few of these sticky-notes, you can sign up for my project and mention 'Sticky Notes' in the 'comment' field.

This way, I can send you these and you can help with my project as well,

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This weekend, I'll be working on getting a batch of these ready to go out with Monday's mail.

Then, I'll be offline for a while.

So, if you wanted any of these sticky notes, now is the time to sign up for me to mail some to you. Hopefully, you'll stick them in places where folks might learn something from them.

Make sure you mention "sticky notes" in the questions and comments field in the form:

#StickerAndStamps #womensrights #health #Data #SciArt #USPol

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