He/him. Chinese born, Canadian citizen. University student studying environmental science, hobbyist programmer. Marxist-Leninist.

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Cake day: Oct 03, 2019


I’m assuming DDG’s browser is just its own fork of Chromium?

Then why not just use Ungoogled Chromium if you must have a Chromium engine?

IMO, passive mental health apps are the 21st century versions of those scammy motivational DVDs. The ones that actually have therapists on the other side you can call or text chat are better, but the gold standard is still you and a medical professional sitting in a room together. There are subtleties that a proper mental health professional.can pick up on that would be lost if you weren’t in person.

That being said, I think the biggest reason these apps are getting popular is because proper mental health support in the West is severely understaffed, under funded, with very long wait times for appointments, and in places like the US, prohibitively expensive.

Speaking as a mental illness sufferer in Canada, who was actually lucky enough to find a psychiatrist to help me.

There are actually some Christians saying things along the lines of “we’re in the end times, stop trying to fix climate change because it doesn’t matter and you don’t have much time on Earth anyway, start repenting, you science heathens!”

Mental health is a human problem and requires a human solution. Not an app.

DDG isn’t NEARLY as private as it should be, mind you. But IMO their points here are still valid…


IIRC, it won’t give apps access to the standard tracking ID and APIs.

Ask any psychiatrist just how important real human to human communication in treating any mental illness is. When they sit you down and talk to you, it goes far beyond just the words.