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Is it impossible to be private online?
  • I notice you quoted the sentence from the description - did you watch the video itself? You are actually repeating a lot Eric's points and are really in agreement with him. He mentions how privacy is becoming increasingly mainstream to the point that even his "normie" brother started using Brave without his knowledge or input, and he also has a section in there on threat modelling (he calls it the "privacy spectrum") which he has made an entire video about in the past.

    The "pessimistic" introduction is really just a setup for his positive counterargument. He's not actually pessimistic about digital privacy as you seem to believe.

  • Running General Chat - Weekly Thread Sat 25 May 2024
  • Ran 24:18 at this morning's Parkrun, 4 seconds faster than last week. Someone I've been finishing ahead of for the last month had an absolute blinder and ran a big PB. In the last kilometre I could see her off in the distance and thought I must have been running slower than last week, so I was pleasantly surprised to finish with my best time of the year. I've started doing slower 8 km runs on Wednesday nights in preparation for some 10 km and 12 km races coming up later this year and usually find the extra distance quite tough, but surprisingly my legs felt amazing today so I seem to be recovering okay.

  • Is it impossible to be private online?
    yewtu.be Is it impossible to be private online?

    Every time I talk about privacy online, the pessimists always come out. "It's impossible to have any online privacy." "They've already collected so much data about you. Why bother?" Is it really well and truly over? Or are there actually good reasons to still care about online privacy in the age of ...

    Is it impossible to be private online?

    In sharing this video here I'm preaching to the choir, but I do think it indirectly raised a valuable point which probably doesn't get spoken about enough in privacy communities. That is, in choosing to use even a single product or service that is more privacy-respecting than the equivalent big tech alternative, you are showing that there is a demand for privacy and helping to keep these alternative projects alive so they can continue to improve. Digital privacy is slowly becoming more mainstream and viable because people like you are choosing to fight back instead of giving up.

    The example I often think about in my life is email. I used to be a big Google fan back in the early 2010s and the concept of digital privacy wasn't even on my radar. I loved my Gmail account and thought it was incredible that Google offered me this amazing service completely free of charge. However, as I became increasingly concerned about my digital privacy throughout the 2010s, I started looking for alternatives. In 2020 I opened an account with Proton Mail, which had launched all the way back in 2014. A big part of the reason it was available to me 6 years later as a mature service is because people who were clued into digital privacy way before me chose to support it instead of giving up and going back to Gmail. This is my attitude now towards a lot of privacy-respecting and FOSS projects: I choose to support them so that they have the best chance of surviving and improving to the point that the next wave of new privacy-minded people can consider them a viable alternative and make the switch.

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    Running General Chat - Weekly Thread Sat 18 May 2024
  • I DJ so have recorded a few sets at my ideal running pace (around 176 BPM) that help a lot with my breathing and cadence when I start to tire. I get where you're coming from with unmixed, varied playlists though. I would rather run without any music (which I do for training runs) than run with varied BPMs and gaps in playback.

  • New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC
  • Yes, that's a great strategy and one I began before even transitioning across. I guess the only reason I didn't initially mention it is because I've found many Windows users immediately switch off the moment you tell them they might need to consider non-proprietary apps and services. There are a lot of really solid and reliable workarounds these days that mean you can keep some of that Windows workflow if you really want to, so I feel like maybe it's best to just let them try the operating system first and see how much they can get away with.

  • De-Google Your Life - Part 1 - YouTube LTT
  • I agree and I still have my doubts that he would personally use many of these alternatives. Still, we should not gatekeep the message. Anyone this big discussing the positives of de-googling will certainly push it further into mainstream society.

  • De-Google Your Life - Part 1 - YouTube LTT
  • Nice to see a YouTuber with a massive audience demystifying some of the alternatives to Google. There are of course many smaller channels who have provided better and more in-depth guides in the past, but someone this mainstream weighing in on their side does a lot to help the cause.

  • Sony Teases Futuristic Phones and PlayStation Controllers for the Coming Years - Yanko Design
  • If you're referring to the Xperia 1/5/10 series, there were earlier models by other manufacturers with a 21:9 aspect ratio. I believe LG were the first to do it with the Chocolate. Sony have certainly become the flag bearer for that aspect ratio in recent years, though. You're correct that their sensors are used by many other manufacturers, however I think the biggest advancements in smartphone photography have really come from automated software processing which Sony is also not a leader in.

    Anyway, it was mostly a joke about the static nature of their recent devices (which I would argue has often been a good thing i.e. headphone jack and SD card slot). I'm sure there are plenty of areas where they have innovated in the past.

  • Is Stremio a honeypot?
  • Which version of the application were you using? And where did you download it from? I haven't encountered this on the Samsung TV version or the APK from the Stremio website.

  • Raising jobseeker is not 'fiscally sustainable’? Sorry, but that is flat out wrong | Greg Jericho
  • I don't know about that. Portraying Labor as cartoon villains is a pretty pointless oversimplification and only increases the level of anger in the electorate. Here is a good article explaining the concept of political capital and how Keating's government "spent" theirs on controversial reforms they believed in. Albanese's government tried something similar with the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum, failed miserably, and are now concerned with limiting any further damage the Coalition can inflict on them prior to the next election. If Albanese wins a second term then I think it's possible his government might be more ambitious on social welfare than they have been to date.

  • Privacy alternatives ChatGPT
  • You could try DuckDuckGo's implementation of 3.5. According to their privacy policy, no personal data is sent back to OpenAI for training. The model is also offline (it cannot access the internet in realtime to provide you with a more accurate answer).

  • Is Stremio a honeypot?
  • You don't need to make an account. There is a guest login option.

    The shadiest thing I am aware of them doing was the time they added a crypto miner and asked users to choose between that or ads.

  • Raising jobseeker is not 'fiscally sustainable’? Sorry, but that is flat out wrong | Greg Jericho
  • Labor will never significantly increase the payment while the chance of it being used as a successful scare campaign by the Coalition remains. With our short election cycles and Labor's inability to consistently win elections, their priority will always be mitigating the "Labor cannot manage the economy" myth before helping people.

  • Woolworths CEO says supermarket contributes 'very little' to food waste
  • A lot of independent grocers also do the same. There are a few fruits and vegetables (tomato, pear, apple, zucchini, capsicum, cucumber, eggplant, avocado, onion) that I often buy like this. Always considerably cheaper per kilo than buying them loose (unless the equivalent was on special), though sometimes the quality isn't as good.

  • Inside the world of 'kidfluencers' where children make thousands from social media — at a cost
  • It was teenagers born in the mid-to-late 90s who first started displaying this trend so I think you're right that most parents of children today will have either spent all or the majority of their own childhood away free from that combination of smartphones and social media and are possibly more resilient as a result. Jonathan Haidt has also made the point that a lot of millennial parents grew up during a sort of "techno-optimism" era where people genuinely believed that the internet and this new technology was the greatest thing ever for human learning and communication and would bring us all closer together. There hasn't really been any sort of collective pushback against that idea by our institutions until very recently so I think it's understandable that there is sort of a delay in that message filtering back through society to parents.

    I was just watching a TV series last night with a typical scene in which a mother was struggling to have a conversation with her teenage daughter because the child was essentially addicted to the social media on her phone. It was played for laughs, and it sort of dawned on me that basically every single depiction of this interaction in media is in a harmless "kids will be kids" sort of way. Like parents are frustrated by it but at the same time it's sort of just assumed that there are no deeper long-term repercussions and that it's just a different manifestation of typical teenager behaviour all generations exhibit. I think that perception is going to be quite hard to change and it probably explains why we've been so slow as a society to wake up to the possible risks despite warning signs that seem increasingly obvious as our hindsight grows.

  • Comparison of privacy and/or security focused Android ROMs versus "Stock" Android

    I stumbled across this today and thought it was worth sharing. I have used every one of these ROMs except /e/ and they are all good projects in their own right.

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    "I downloaded this app called Parallel Live which makes it look like you have tens of thousands of people watching. Instantly, I became the life of the party."

    Men Use Fake Livestream Apps With AI Audiences to Hit on Women
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    Daylight saving has 80% support in Australia and a majority in every state
    theconversation.com Daylight saving has 80% support in Australia and a majority in every state

    Even in states that don’t have daylight saving, most people favour it. However, support is strongest in the country’s south, where the difference between summer and winter daylight hours is greater.

    Daylight saving has 80% support in Australia and a majority in every state
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    A generation of renters are staring down poverty in retirement unless something drastic changes
    www.abc.net.au A generation of renters are staring down poverty in retirement. Let's break down why

    Politicians are all too aware that a metaphorical poverty freight train is coming for a generation of renters, but can a collision be avoided, asks David Taylor.

    A generation of renters are staring down poverty in retirement. Let's break down why
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    Is the 'Change the Date' movement gathering momentum?

    Normally I tune out to this annual debate since it feels so polarised and stale, but the messaging from Woolworths, Cricket Australia, the Australian Open and others this year suggests big companies are concerned about an attitude shift within Australian society. It seems they've decided the inevitable backlash is now worth it because the silent majority has begun leaning in favour of change.

    Is this just a natural result of this being the first post-referendum Australia Day or is there a longer-term change unfolding here?

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    Got a 4G Phone? It May Soon Stop Working - Carriers are Killing 4G & 3G Devices.

    This isn't particularly recent news but it hasn't been reported on much for how significant it is. The TL:DR is that many 4G phones use 3G for calls or don't support VoLTE with Australian telcos. The shutdown will leave a significant number of Australians with phones that cannot make phone calls, forcing them to buy a new one.

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    Julian Leeser on the conservative’s case for yes
    www.theguardian.com Julian Leeser on the conservative’s case for yes – Australian politics podcast

    Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to opposition MP Julian Leeser about the centre-right perspective on the voice to parliament and how the referendum could still succeed

    Julian Leeser on the conservative’s case for yes – Australian politics podcast

    Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to opposition MP Julian Leeser about the centre-right perspective on the voice to parliament and how the referendum could still succeed.

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    Telstra-owned Pacific mobile network likely exploited by spies for hire
    www.abc.net.au Calls and messages can be intercepted as Australian-owned mobile network likely targeted

    Digicel Pacific's network resources are likely being used by private spy firms to track unsuspecting people on the other side of the world and steal their call, message and location data, according to an expert cybersecurity analysis.

    Calls and messages can be intercepted as Australian-owned mobile network likely targeted
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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament referendum set for October 14
    www.abc.net.au October 14 set as Voice to Parliament referendum

    Australians will cast their first referendum vote in more than two decades in October, deciding the fate of a constitutionally-enshrined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

    October 14 set as Voice to Parliament referendum
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    'Cash stuffing' is the budgeting hack gaining popularity on social media. Here's how it works
    www.abc.net.au Madison says she'll never use her card full-time again after discovering 'cash stuffing'

    As cost-of-living pressures continue to climb, people are looking for creative ways to save. One method gaining popularity on social media is called "cash stuffing". It's a reinvention of the old envelope system our grandparents used to use, and it's bringing back the use of physical cash.

    Madison says she'll never use her card full-time again after discovering 'cash stuffing'
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    Politicians receive 4 per cent pay rise after years of 'conservative' adjustments
    www.abc.net.au PM's pay bumped to $586k, Dutton's to $417k as salary increases for federal politicians rolled out

    The independent tribunal that sets politician pay has determined to give federal MPs a 4 per cent pay rise, saying previous pay increases have been conservative.

    PM's pay bumped to $586k, Dutton's to $417k as salary increases for federal politicians rolled out
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    Dog owners from China sacrifice time and money to move their pets, as Australia's strict import policy starts to bite
    www.abc.net.au Chantelle doesn't think her dog Gigi will ever recover from the six months she spent in boarding quarantine

    As Australia tries to control the risk of rabies from the importation of cats and dogs, these pet owners say the country's strict policy has cost them time, money and in one case, their dog's health.

    Chantelle doesn't think her dog Gigi will ever recover from the six months she spent in boarding quarantine
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    The Secret Weapon Hackers Can Use to Dox Nearly Anyone in America for $15
    www.404media.co The Secret Weapon Hackers Can Use to Dox Nearly Anyone in America for $15

    Most Americans have very little choice but to provide their personal information to credit bureaus. Hackers have found a way into that data supply chain, and are advertising access in group chats used by violent criminals who rob, assault, and shoot targets.

    The Secret Weapon Hackers Can Use to Dox Nearly Anyone in America for $15
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