GadgeteerZA

GadgeteerZA said ()

Yes it is interesting... What I really detest though are people who speculate something controversial without any actual evidence. Dots often are connected where there is actually no thread. Of course ANYTHING (literally) is possible, but I like to see why exactly and what was found. What some present as "evidence" is too flimsy.

Take just providing information to the Swiss authorities - of course any legal organisation will have to state that, but they require formal warrants, and they can only provide what they have. It does not mean they can actually decrypt the contents of your mail and provide it. Which is why many organisations prefer to have as little access as possible, and not be able to decrypt information. Outside of the USA, Russia, and China, most countries legally do not allow fishing expeditions by the authorities to just see what they can fine, there has to be something of legal substance against an identified individual.

I look rather at examples like Facebook's Cambridge Analytica - broadly reported with the evidence found to actual events and outcomes. That was one of the vents that made me leave Facebook altogether. WhatsApps' terms and conditions that stated they would share my metadata to Facebook as well as their 3rd party partners - I ledt WhatsApp.

I'm certainly going to keep an eye open anything that does develop around ProtonMail though, and see if anything in that report actually gains traction.

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Interesting... I don't think "are stupid" is a good reason but the other reasons are pretty sound, and you could add they are unhealthy to wear for very long periods of time. On headphone side they are very bulky (not compact).

Must say I do like wireless earbuds though and have not had any of the problems apart from the exorbitant cost based on what you get vs its useful lifetime, and yes some have very short battery time (I've always only chosen 6 - 8 hour models for that reason).

I suppose the look/feel though does come down to personal preference. Wireless earbuds though, do have a lot of room for improvement still.

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Reply to comment by burnerben in How about lemmy? by sitefights

To be fair, Ramble also has some limitations, so neither platform has "anything goes"?

From Ramble's rules: "some things are just plain illegal and the owners of this community do not wish to be held legally liable to those who misinterpret this website's accessibility via 'the dark net' meaning that it's some sort of unmoderated free-for-all".

Legality differs from country to country and in my country we have very strict laws for example against any form of discrimination, incitements to violence or crime, selling stolen goods, etc. So this does restrict many then fully participating on a "free for all platform". So every user does need to make a judgement call based on their own values and what their country's Constitution or laws state.

"Any form of censorship" in my view then includes the removal of such attempts to sell illegal goods, to someone discriminating against another based on age, gender, sexual preference, religion, political beliefs, etc. Censorship is just a loaded term for moderation. They are exactly the same thing based on rules that exist on a site or within a country.

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Reply to comment by Rambler in How about lemmy? by sitefights

Interesting for us end users of course to know which is what etc, and to know Ramble is based on Postmill, with what looks like additional network protocol options as well as a transparent mod log.

Yes I see the older post dealt with free speech and censorship, but that is also relative to different countries. Many countries do have limitation on both physical and verbal acts in public, and whilst some don't want that, others actually do want that. So I suppose options are always a good thing to have. This is not the Facebook world where users only have one network to choose from. Both networks (and others) end up all flourishing.

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Reply to comment by Rambler in How about an app? by Newaccount

Interesting, as that was a question I, and others, had about whether this is open source or not. Are the improvements then being passed upstream back to the open source project?

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GadgeteerZA said () (edited )

Video shows this banner at the top so not sure if that is going to be there soon?

"Instance has been shadow banned and delisted from PeerTube network. Will be shutting down in shame shortly"

Actually proposing XMPP though as an alternative is just as bad, as by default XMPP does not have OMEMO or other E2EE on by default. Telegram is one of the few mainstream messengers though that does let you hide your phone number from all other users. My reality is that although I'm on many networks such as Threema, Wickr Me, XMPP, IRC, etc I only have one or two of my real life friends / family there...

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GadgeteerZA said () (edited )

Funnily enough many seem to just accept Windows has some shortcomings too, but if Linux is not 105% then it can't be used.

For example, Windows has some serious printing system security flaws right now, and my wife has given up printing on her Windows 10 machine to my HP printer on the LAN. Yes I've had some printing issues too when the drivers on Linux update, but the fact that she sends stuff to me to print, suggests that my Linux printing is actually still more reliable ;-)

It's true that many people just stick through thick and thin with what they know even if it is not working for them (no I didn't mean politics, but that is coming to mind for some reason now). Others love beta updates and trying something different. It is pretty well much the same with social media - those that feel trapped and moan about Facebook, and those that end up on Rambler and all sorts of other stuff (so how many Rambler users are in Windows and Facebook?).

So today it's really not the OS, it is human nature I suppose. I can keep a Linux machine running, but I can't paint a picture ;-)

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Yep no-one can debate a topic properly without having checked the context of the source, and any other points they want to make. Quite a few myths have been debunked in the last few years too, especially when it comes to nutrition, for example, and yet the previous beliefs were so firmly held for decades.

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Are there say three or four links you can give to us? I fully realise they have to permanently scan for a face to keep the screen alive, to unlock, etc but sounds like you have some evidence in links about them actually storing and using those photos elsewhere, in other words zero of it is AI present on the device?

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Are there say three or four links you can give to us? I fully realise they have to permanently scan for a face to keep the screen alive, to unlock, etc but sounds like you have some evidence in links about them actually storing and using those photos elsewhere, in other words zero of it is AI present on the device?

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Many people were listed with this, but what does it actually tell us? He may have been a target, we are not even sure if his phone was actually penetrated, and whether they found Telegram's secret description key? It seems really all conjecture at this point until we know anything definate?

Telegram is supposedly not in the business of selling user data or metadata (no hint of evidence to that effect yet) and does at least allow you to hide your phone number from all contacts. Problem is mainstream users only otherwise use WhatsApp (knowingly leaks metadata inc location to Facebook whom we all know about with their dropped balls on user privacy and advertising), and Signal which requires a phone number to register, it can't be hidden, and is hosted in the USA.

Again we sit with the problem, which is the lesser of all evils that mainstream users actually 'can' use?

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GadgeteerZA said ()

Exactly the same question I was thinking, and looking forward to the answer. I know of Tutanota but what's the point of doing a massive mail migration, only to find that Tutanota is worse than ProtonMail.

You can use your own OpenPGP key with Gmail (then Google cannot see the content) but 99% of your contacts receiving it (inc businesses etc), are clueless how to decrypt it.

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