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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Do Not Pay-the Robin Hood of the Internet and other Useful Apps


Poor Man Survival

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Politics is the first refuge of scoundrels-[a WSJ editor in reference to Hillary Clinton]


DoNotPay - some are calling it the “Robin Hood of the Internet.”

The Anti-Media explains:

“Got a bullshit parking ticket? Now you can appeal it in less than a minute. The new chatbot tool, DoNotPay, uses previously successful appeal letters to draw up a customized template, allowing users to avoid courts, legal fees, stress, and having to use a lawyer.

“So far, the free app has overturned 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York. With a success rate of 64%, DoNotPay has appealed $4 million in parking fines in just two cities in only nine months of operation. In 2014, New York City collected $546 million in revenue from parking tickets.

“Stanford freshman Joshua Bowder created the app after spending an exorbitant amount of time crafting his own appeals for parking tickets. He read thousands of pages of documents related to parking tickets released under the Freedom of Information Act and consulted a traffic lawyer. Then, using PHP and Javascript, he created a conversation algorithm that aggregates keywords, pronouns, and word order. Like many chatbots, Browder’s app becomes more intelligent each time it is used.”

Driven by policing-for-profit schemes, he describes DoNotPay as the first “robot lawyer.” But it’s not limited to parking tickets. DoNotPay also assists with, says Anti-Media, “delayed or canceled flights, payment-protection insurance (PPI) claims, and even legally disclosing an HIV-positive health status.”

“If it is one day possible for any citizen to get the same standard of legal representation as a billionaire,” Browder says, “how can that not be a good thing?”


I’ve said before that FB as a selling platform is weak and…

We think Facebook is doomed. With P2P and blockchain technology, it’s time we take our privacy back.

With Twister, you can do exactly that. “Twister,” the website says, “is the fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform leveraging from the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols.”

There are three reasons you should consider Twister as an alt-social media platform today.

Free Speech: “Because twister is completely decentralized no one can censor you. No one can remove your posts. Your account cannot be blocked.”

No Spying: “Private communication (Direct Messages) are protected with end-to-end encryption. Both content and metadata (the recipient address) are protected.”

No IP Recording: “The IP address you use to access twister is not recorded on any server. Your online presence is not announced.”

To learn more about Twister and how it works, check out the FAQ here.

Buy and Sell Through OpenBazaar

We’ve spoken of OpenBazaar before in our virtual pages, and, in our opinion, it’s only going to get bigger.

OpenBazaar is a peer-to-peer, blockchain-based, free market platform. Unlike Silk Road, OpenBazaar has no central point of failure, so it can’t be shut down.

OpenBazaar is, as the Daily Dot described it, part Silk Road and part eBay.

Following a wave of Dark Net arrests that brought down the famous anonymous drug market Silk Road 2.0,” the Daily Dot reports, “all eyes have turned to a marketplace called OpenBazaar that is designed to be untouchable.

“OpenBazaar is the heir apparent to a lucrative empire of illicit, anonymous, online trading worth hundreds of millions of dollars at least. And if that’s not enough, it’s also meant to beat online shopping heavyweights like eBay and Alibaba by cutting the middleman out of online shopping entirely.”

"I want a free market online to exist unencumbered,” Sam Patterson, OpenBazaar’s lead of operations, explained in a panel discussion, “because that is going to result in personal freedom, personal liberty, wellbeing in perpetuity.”

Learn more about OpenBazaar and get started today right here at this link.

Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow and wow again...very interesting post. Thanks for some useful resources.