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How bad is Microsoft?
  • As far as humanity goes, Microsoft and OpenAI might turn out to be the worst companies on earth with the Clearview database being fed to Boston Dynamics war robots and US military goggles. Due to these companies, USA could effectively genocide the entire world as they see fit. This makes the doings of Google and Apple look like a joke in comparison. However, Apple has damaged the society itself via creating capitalism brand cults and teaching this strategy to other brands, entities and people. So Apple has also done horrific things. Google and Apple smartphone generated metadata is regularly used by CIA to commit genocide and assassinations of Muslims and other people.

    In short, Western Big Tech and all of NATO/Anglosphere is a big evil for rest of humanity.

  • Is it just me, or is there a similarity between them?
  • Did you just go around and stalk my account to the level of replying to my 4 month and 10 month old posts? WTF?

  • Any temprory free OTP number sites you know that works ?
  • whatever, i dont care. i can just make new accounts when i get banned.

    Ban evasion will be dealt with strictly. Stop this weird behaviour. This is not Reddit.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • Pretty much, you understood. This is the kinds of justification I have for fancy custom ROMs like GrapheneOS being the equivalent of snake oil. Some bad actors try to twist it as me being malicious, even though I am just telling the facts about how things really are. They do not make life easier, they do not make privacy easy to attain, they make it harder or impossible to use everyday apps, and they forbid you to question their product or motives. FUCK THAT NOISE.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • For work you should anyway demand a separate phone from company, or company budget for separate phone. Never run company spyware on your own phone. Tell them you will buy the absolute dirt cheap phone for work purposes, and will not be usable outside of work hours.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • It originated in kdrag0n's Proton AOSP custom ROM. GrapheneOS just took it and rebranded it as their own invention, like Apple does.

    Sandboxed Play Services merely restricts app permissions of Google Play related packages using AppOps mechanism, and probably restricts their networking a little bit. All this can be achieved on any Android phone without rooting or unlocking via ADB/Shizuku and a firewall.

  • Gaming laptops are being left behind
  • ThinkPads are true portable desktops. MacBooks are enlarged iPads.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • Does GrapheneOS result in a loss of work profile? That is a massive disadvantage to compartmentalisation of apps. Thanks for letting me know.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • You do not need the "sandbox" since you can control Google packages permissions using AppOps mechanism. It is the gist of kdrag0n's Sandboxed Play Services. You can manipulate any Android package in any way you want using a privileged AppOps permission controller and firewall with HOSTS or custom domain blocking.

  • Is the increasing wealth gap in India, that's worse than during British rule a sign of a second colonisation attempt by Gujarati billionaires?
  • They are not going to come in power next time, and BJP has essentially ended up doing things that will never allow them to come back in power for a century.

  • Why do so many people still hate GrapheneOS?
  • If it ever saved anyone and Micay so much as got the slightest whiff of it, he would be shouting about it at the top of his lungs with his social media army crooks. His minions already peddle the nonsense that Snowden endorses it, even though Snowden was never a security expert who can vet tools professionally. He was a NSA contractor and a whistleblower.

  • HandBrake 1.8 Released with GTK4 UI, FFV1 Encoder + More
  • I am seeing notable improvements, as my machine should not be encoding 720p videos this fast. Have a big video batch going on, that I started last night after updating my native packages and Flatpaks. I want to see how fast 1080p videos are done.

  • Is the increasing wealth gap in India, that's worse than during British rule a sign of a second colonisation attempt by Gujarati billionaires?
  • I have always called these Gujjus kale angrez. I called them this way back in 2015 when demonetisation happened. It was a scheme to whitewash BJP's and Ambani's money.

  • Why do so many people still hate GrapheneOS?
  • There are plenty people with that graphene logo doing this work. This is how they identify each other with. How do I know? ryan97 was a spy sent by GOS to my privatelife Matrix room who siphoned all the chats for a whole year. It is not necessary that Micay himself is omnipresent everywhere. He has his social media army to do this stuff.

  • I asked duckduckgo chat whether duckduckgo respects the privacy of their users...
  • There are far more people with a crippled or lacking sarcasm meter on internet. My guess is you belong to this category.

  • Why do so many people still hate GrapheneOS?
  • Funny because this user's history is all comments promoting GrapheneOS via links and praise. Blocking me is not a W. I will not block this chap and keep an eye on his endorsement.

  • I asked duckduckgo chat whether duckduckgo respects the privacy of their users...
  • True, we should make rapists the head of women protection police squads, and thieves the head of banks.

    Edit: TIL internet users on Lemmy are dumb enough to not detect sarcasm

  • I asked duckduckgo chat whether duckduckgo respects the privacy of their users...
  • DDG's former owner ran a data collection business. Make what you want out of it.

  • The Cloudflare Poison
  • I do not directly use Lemmy world or those instances. Their contents federate with Lemmy.ml instance.

    Moreover, only 22% of internet is behind Cloudflare. You missed the part where I said I refuse to use a Cloudflare service where there is no throwaway account possibilities or no privacy/anonymity repercussions. That is most of Cloudflare sites. I have encountered probably 20ish CF sites in my life according to my criteria where I had to avoid using them.

  • Proton Mail is still available in India, despite media reports | Proton
    proton.me Proton Mail is still available in India, despite media reports | Proton

    Proton Mail is still available in India despite some media reports. Here’s the most up-to-date information on the current situation.

    Proton Mail is still available in India, despite media reports | Proton

    I was observing this issue personally, as I prefer Proton to Gmail/Outlook duopoly. A sigh of relief.

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    Often we say infinite growth (capitalism) is not sustainable and reasonable. Can we also say infinite progressivism is also not sustainable and reasonable?

    This question is social/political, and meant to trigger a nice debate on the negatives of imbalanced infinite progressivism we seem to be heading in social and technological spheres, ignoring science, practicality and reason.

    Let me put up a disclaimer that I am not trying to poke transgender community here. I am trying to hint towards the "traditional" gender roles that seem to be frowned upon in a cultist manner, even though it is accepted in an unspoken manner that most of us do prefer a lot of "traditional" aspects once we surpass 30s, and life demands responsibility, accountability and maturity.

    8values made me think of the fundamental parameters that we gauge ourselves and others on, and this seems like it would have opinions coming from leftists that frown upon traditional values in an almost religious manner, as well as centrists and conservatives that might not have as traditional views as leftists think. Just an open discussion.

    We can replace "progressivism" with "liberty" and "nationalism" and create couple more questions, but those are not as debatable I think.

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    A few rule changes on community's reaction: Elon Musk personal rants, overzealous advertisement posts, non-essential crypto news effectively disallowed | Ask in DM before posting product reviews or ad

    Non-essential crypto news covers crypto advertisement, insignificant news that does not affect legit users like XMR/ETH/BTC holders or darknet users, posts relating to garbage like Brave browser and its coin, and so on. Due to the multiple kinds of crypto posts that pop up, this rule will be applied subjectively on a case-by-case basis.

    Community complaints about Elon Musk were raised here. https://lemmy.ml/post/7186058

    A lot of ad and spam posts appear regularly, which need to be squashed. This will be enforced more heavily from now on.

    Sometimes legitimate products are advertised, which should be allowed to post. This will be checked per case basis, and unless asked for permission, all such posts will be removed without notice.

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    Are man eating plants in Madagascar a real thing?

    This is the single biggest curiosity of mine since childhood.

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    Never-before-seen Linux backdoor is a Windows malware knockoff [ArsTechnica]
    arstechnica.com Chinese hackers have unleashed a never-before-seen Linux backdoor

    SprySOCKS borrows from open source Windows malware and adds new tricks.

    Chinese hackers have unleashed a never-before-seen Linux backdoor
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    Trojanized Free Download Manager found to contain a Linux backdoor (FDM's response in post text below) [Securelist]
    securelist.com Trojanized Free Download Manager found to contain a Linux backdoor

    Kaspersky researchers analyzed a Linux backdoor disguised as Free Download Manager software that remained under the radar for at least three years.

    Trojanized Free Download Manager found to contain a Linux backdoor

    From https://www.freedownloadmanager.org/blog/?p=664:

    > It appears that a specific web page on our site was compromised by a Ukrainian hacker group, exploiting it to distribute malicious software. Only a small subset of users, specifically those who attempted to download FDM for Linux between 2020 and 2022, were potentially exposed. It’s estimated that much less than 0.1% of our visitors might have encountered this issue. This limited scope is probably why the issue remained undetected until now. Intriguingly, this vulnerability was unknowingly resolved during a routine site update in 2022.

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    Trojanized Free Download Manager found to contain a Linux backdoor (FDM's response in post text below) [Securelist]
    securelist.com Trojanized Free Download Manager found to contain a Linux backdoor

    Kaspersky researchers analyzed a Linux backdoor disguised as Free Download Manager software that remained under the radar for at least three years.

    Trojanized Free Download Manager found to contain a Linux backdoor

    From https://www.freedownloadmanager.org/blog/?p=664:

    > It appears that a specific web page on our site was compromised by a Ukrainian hacker group, exploiting it to distribute malicious software. Only a small subset of users, specifically those who attempted to download FDM for Linux between 2020 and 2022, were potentially exposed. It’s estimated that much less than 0.1% of our visitors might have encountered this issue. This limited scope is probably why the issue remained undetected until now. Intriguingly, this vulnerability was unknowingly resolved during a routine site update in 2022.

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    [URGENT] WinRAR 0-day that uses poisoned JPG and TXT files under exploit since April (Update to WinRAR 6.23 now!) [ArsTechnica]
    arstechnica.com WinRAR 0-day that uses poisoned JPG and TXT files under exploit since April

    Vulnerability allows hackers to execute malicious code when targets open malicious ZIP files.

    WinRAR 0-day that uses poisoned JPG and TXT files under exploit since April

    This is critically important for everyone and is shared for wide reach.

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    [URGENT] WinRAR 0-day that uses poisoned JPG and TXT files under exploit since April (Update to WinRAR 6.23 now!) [ArsTechnica]
    arstechnica.com WinRAR 0-day that uses poisoned JPG and TXT files under exploit since April

    Vulnerability allows hackers to execute malicious code when targets open malicious ZIP files.

    WinRAR 0-day that uses poisoned JPG and TXT files under exploit since April
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    A list of great closed source Android apps from a veteran user

    Hi, its TheAnonymouseJoker! I am a veteran Android user besides being a privacy advocate and data archivist.

    Generally, its said that if something is not free, you are the product. But there are less than 50 exceptions to this rule of thumb. Some great, irreplaceable closed source apps are:

    • Snapseed
    • Glasswire
    • most third party reddit apps
    • 1DM+ downloader
    • Accubattery
    • AppOps by Rikka Apps
    • modded QuickPic on XDA
    • Bouncer
    • ACR Call Recorder
    • CamScanner 5.6.8.20180625 (last version before malware incident)
    • Clipboard Pro
    • DiskUsage (old Google app, still works, blazing fast)
    • many reputed emulators in r/emulation community like Snes9x, DrasticDS, AetherSX2 et al
    • modded GCam and GCam Go for budget and old phones
    • HiBy Music Player (no music player is close)
    • MiXplorer (on XDA, best file explorer for power user, Solid Explorer is less function more form, maybe FX works for some)
    • MX Player old versions, nothing does video playlists and UX like playback speed overlay as well to this day, VLC is a compromise
    • Nova Launcher (all versions including and before 7.0.20)
    • OfficeSuite Pro (only decent document editor 100% compatible with MS Office), WPS is ok and Collabora is garbage
    • RAR (official WinRAR for Android, no better compression tool exists, only MiXplorer's archive plugin based on mcmilk's 7-Zip ZS 22.01 comes close)
    • ScreenMaster (on the fly screenshot cropping and horizontal/vertical stacking with adjustable image compression)
    • SD Maid
    • Wavelet (non-root system wide equaliser on XDA, preset for almost any headphone or earphone)
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    Can we cut down the reddit died meta circlejerk, and finally start contributing news links, articles, guides and written posts to Lemmy's instances?

    Look, I get it, nerds are happy. This is a big moment. But I am here since 3 years, having been a partial backbone of Lemmy, outside of the devs. WE NEED TO BRING AND CREATE CONTENT HERE, ON ALL INSTANCES. CUT DOWN ON THE META CIRCLEJERK AND BECOME CONSTRUCTIVE. WE ARE NO LONGER ON REDDIT.

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    Firefox 115 can silently remotely disable my extension on any site [Jeff Johnson's blog]

    I stan Firefox but I am scared about this to the point not much discussion exists on this.

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