has put a big emphasis on , and has done a good job of building secure systems at the OS level (, ). The question here is why? They have to because they are built on gathering everyone's private data and metadata, and building profiles on everyone. They have monopoly power, so people have to accept their security changes even when it removes valuable features. The clearest example is how badly Debian is integrated on ChromeOS. is the next iteration.

Hacking revelations have rocked Poland, #Pegasus targets domestic critics and rivals: Liberals in EU parliament seek inquiry into abuse of spyware apnews.com/article/technology-

is harmful, that doesn't mean privacy-respecting advertising is a beneficial. The whole point of advertising is to distract the target audience and to change how they are thinking. This is sold to the highest bidder, and is mostly not in the recipient's interest. Important services like journalism are funded this way. We don't have to put up with this anymore, direct funding has real promise, for example: OpenCollective, Brave Browser, Patreon, WNYC, ProPublica, Liberapay

World's richest 1% (more than $100k/year) have 2x climate impact of the bottom 50%. The richest 10% (more than $35k/year) make 52% of the climate impact. I'm amazed at how little Europeans and Americans have done even when they believe
theguardian.com/environment/20

likes to claim that they pay the taxes that they owe according to the law. Then why did they just agree to pay 218 million Euros in back taxes? That's hardly little "oops".
theguardian.com/technology/202

Yet another of the many ways that breaks the open : connecting without a User Agent gives 403 Forbidden with an obscure "error code 1010". My test suite works fine on all the other sites, only Cloudflare does this.

To avoid burnout, I've been looking for sources of good news. My most recent one is dam removal. Around the world, dams are being removed and rivers are coming back to live. There is still much work to be done, but things seem to be trending in the right direction.

riverwatch.eu/de/dedamming/kar

yewtu.be/search?q=dam+removal

Someone should really dig into PR against the /#AstraZeneca vaccine. The science clearly shows it is a safe and effective vaccine. Sure, there were some hiccups in the process. really does not want the Oxford model to succeed because they were going against and working on non-profit manufacturing. already spends the same if not more on marketing than research.

* politico.eu/article/how-astraz
* washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/w

Huh, I just got banned from all GrapheneOS rooms. I haven't posted in months...

I find it super frustrating how well constructed PR is. They are masters of taking one little problem, making an a solid privacy improvement to it, then using it to distract people from their giant surveillance capitalism machine. Something like that is only a privacy improvement for people who are fully in Google's ecosystem. Switching to using Google Fi encrypted calling would be a net privacy loss.

If device manufacturers stop supporting their hardware with software updates, they should be required to release the source code so that people can continue to maintian the working devices. spectrum.ieee.org/we-need-soft

@U039b found it:
"Okay. Based on Google's documentation, you could check 2 attributes in the Manifest: support.google.com/googleplay/"

Specifically com.android.stamp.source and com.android.stamp.type.

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I had an internet connection with native , it was dynamic e.g. DHCP and changed biweekly. I just realized a potential advantage: it removed the long-lived association between IP and household. Are ISPs actually considering this? Does anyone think it is a useful protection? It seems it would have to change a lot more often to actually be useful. I've always assumed it was just a tactic to get people to pay more for a static IP.

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