Recycling and eCycling on Maui! (4/23/22 Part 2)

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Got “old stuff”? You know what we’re talking about: old desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones and more? Well, time to talk eCycling here on Maui! E-cycling on Maui! Why Recycle? from Alert Internet Surfer Kimi: https://tcrwusa.com/pages/recycling-services ECycling Maui’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ecyclingmaui County of Maui Environmental Protection & Sustainability website – https://www.mauicounty.gov/742/Environmental-Protection-Sustainability Residential Recycling Guide (also in the April 2022 issue of the Maui Times!) https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/120794/ Got batteries? https://www.epa.gov/recycle/used-household-batteries Got Lithium-Ion batteries? https://www.epa.gov/recycle/used-lithium-ion-batteries Reading on Lithium-Ion recycling: https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/lithium-costs-a-lot-of-money-so-why-arent-we-recycling-lithium-batteries/ Want to contact your State representatives about recycling those batteries? https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=H How about your County reps? http://mauicounty.us/councilmembers/

Astroturfing and you (4/2/22 Part 1)

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Astroturf is fake grass. Folks might argue whether it feels the real thing or not, looks the same, things like that. But when you get down to it, its fake grass. Who does it and why? Astroturfing Well, we’ll take a look at two major companies doing it and why they do it! https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/30/how-google-and-amazon-bankrolled-a-grassroots-activist-group-of-small-business-owners-to-lobby-against-big-tech-oversight.html https://www.axios.com/app-store-crackdown-senate-apple-google-3b1a7028-0037-42e1-a116-f9e653ded82c.html https://www.natlawreview.com/article/senate-zeros-big-tech-latest-antitrust-reform-bill https://www.themarginalian.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/

Right To Repair: Are we there yet? (7/10/21 Part 2)

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You own that thing, you can do what you want or need to do with it, right? Not necessarily. Right to Repair – An update Could things change to be more pro-consumer and pro-small business? Absolutely! https://www.repair.org/ https://www.eff.org/issues/right-to-repair https://www.ifixit.com/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/bidens-right-to-repair-order-could-stop-companies-from-blocking-diy-fixes/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/06/hackers-farmers-and-doctors-unite-support-for-right-to-repair-laws-slowly-grows/ And from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple computers:

Net Neutrality Update! (2/27/21 Part 2)

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Net Neutrality! Is it coming back? Net Neutrality Redux If not Federally (probably not Federally) then what about at the state level? Seems like that’s a possibility. https://www.wired.com/story/guide-net-neutrality/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/california-can-enforce-net-neutrality-law-judge-rules-in-loss-for-isps/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/biden-doj-halts-trump-admin-lawsuit-against-calif-net-neutrality-rules/ And, let’s not forget about privacy in all of this (from 2017 and not yet overturned!): https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/

Anti-Trust and Facebook! Its a big deal! (12/12/20 Part 2)

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There’s always a rush to find the next big thing. The problem is when everyone flocks to it, they inadvertently create a monster. The Facebook Monopoly Facebook was the next big thing years ago, and yep, there’s now a monster. Facebook is now looking at the Federal Trade Commission and 47 states wanting to break them up. Facebook should be broken up, FTC and states allege in pair of lawsuits – CNET Explained: The antitrust suit against Facebook | Explained News,The Indian Express But why? Well, glad you asked. We get into that this hour!

Voting is different this year. Let’s help with that! (10/24/20 Part 2)

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Voting this year is different in years past for Hawai’i. Its mail-in! Vote Hawaii! What else is going on? We talk about that, and of course, we have links! https://elections.hawaii.gov/ https://elections.hawaii.gov/hawaii-votes-by-mail/ https://www.vote411.org/hawaii https://portal.ehawaii.gov/government/voting-and-elections/ https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1248&year=2019 Plus, Alert Internet Surfer Danno found this demographic information from 2016. What does it cover? Ethnic groups on Maui via percentage then percentage as registered to vote! https://www.winningjustice.org/districts/hi-maui-4719

Section 230: no, its not a Star Wars reference (10/17/20 Part 2)

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Jonathan takes on the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Its in the news again, and its a BIG topic. Section 230 – Why Should I Care? Particularly because there is an Executive Order regarding it and Social Media. https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/ajit-pai-says-hell-help-trump-impose-crackdown-on-twitter-and-facebook/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/09/trump-admin-sends-congress-its-blueprint-for-weakening-section-230/

Roll them dice, and I get the dog. Monopoly time! (10/10/20 Part 1)

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Its Monopoly time! Google, Amazon, and Apple have been said to have abused their monopolies in their various spheres of influence. Tech Monopolies! Now who says it? The House! So, lets talk about that… https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/house-amazon-facebook-apple-google-have-monopoly-power-should-be-split/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/microsoft-thumbs-its-nose-at-apple-with-new-app-fairness-policy/ https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/10/08/app-store-fairness-caf-interoperability-principles/ https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/06/microsoft-store-revenue-share/

Tik Tok and you don’t stop… (8/8/20 Part 1)

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President Trump signed an executive order concerning TikTok and its owner ByteDance, plus Wechat and parent company Tencent. But on top of that? Their subsidiaries and companies they have a business interest in might be affected too! TikTok and slippery slopes Join Jonathan, LD, Sam and special guest Danno! https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-tiktok/ https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-wechat/ For more reading: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/trump-plans-tiktok-wechat-ban-declares-apps-national-emergency/ https://www.pcgamer.com/every-game-company-that-tencent-has-invested-in/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/7/21358252/tencent-wechat-ban-trump-executive-order-consequences https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/beware-of-find-my-phone-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-nsa-tells-mobile-users/ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/centre-bans-59-mobile-apps-including-tik-tok-uc-browser-others/articleshow/76694828.cms#:~:text=India%20Business%20News%3A%20The%20government%20of%20India%20on,apps%20terming%20them%20to%20be%20prejudicial%20to%20the https://www.zdnet.com/article/pentagon-bans-military-from-using-devices-with-gps/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-mostly-and-love-my-threat-model/