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We need mandatory public insurance


Cases like this - where a hospital charges people with private insurance outrageous sums to subsidize uninsured patients and those on Medicaid to the point that they are not "in network" with any private insurers - is precisely why the US needs at least German-style mandatory but regulated public insurance schemes (that are private-run) that every healthcare providers are required to accept (rich people can pay for private insurance on top, or opt out but can't opt back in).

Fun anecdote: despite Zuckerberg's donation causing the hospital to be renamed, they don't even take the insurance plan that most Facebook employees use. #healthcare #insurance
#healthcare #insurance healthcare


 
hm... me sphynxs me leave ya wid a #kitten... cya!



 
The Free as in Freedom podcast returns after a 15 month hiatus! Your co-presenters, Bkuhn and @o0karen0o (Conservancy's Executive Director and President respectively) kick off the return with discussion of the popularity of "pretend" #FOSS licensing in 2018.
#FOSS @o0karen0o podcasts
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2019: New Year's Resolutions


Happy New Year everyone!
coops foss resolutions
Bonne année Michel !



 


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Superbe poster par l'artiste Miriam Klein Stahl et ses etudiantsde la "Berkeley High School Arts and Humanities Academy".
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Data Migration: I'm strongly considering changing my recommendation


Since the G+ sunset was first announced, I've been recommending people run a Google Data Takeout, if they are or might be interested in saving their Google+ content.

The reasons for this were twofold: preserving data early before departures or deletions removed content they might wish to preserve,
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If you're on Android, this is one more reason to make sure you're on Android 9: no-hassle DNS-based ad blocking!

As someone originally from a country where DNS is used to restrict user freedom, it is refreshing to see it put to use to protect user privacy instead

https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/29/adguard-officially-releases-its-own-dns-service-and-it-works-with-android-pie/

#adguard #dns #privacy
Haven't really checked about Google specifically. But in-app ads do seem to get blocked (apps handle it differently; some would continue as if the ads have been rendered, some would refuse to let you access the perks that are paid for by ads). Ironically the ads that Android Police themselves run are also blocked.

The setting is easy to toggle without re-entering the DNS URL, so I'm going to just toggle them off when accessing ads-supported apps and then toggle them back on.