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In-reply-to > Apple Reaches Quiet Truce Over iPhone Privacy Changes Apple has allowed app developers to collect data from its 1 billion iPhone users for targeted advertising, in an unacknowledged shift that lets companies follow a much looser interpretation of its controversial privacy policy. Financial Times: In May Apple communicated its privacy changes to the wider public, launching an advert that featured a harassed man whose d ... ⌘ Read more

Ooookay, so basically they’re doing the whole cohort thing that Google is. Not exactly “thinking different”!


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In-reply-to > If Trump really truly wants a Social Media where even the likes of his views and ideals won't get him banned, he should fund Yarn.social 😅 Of course he won't like it because it doesn't mean anyone will follow him or like him or believe in whatever ideals he wants to pedal. It just won't be the platform for his soapbox 😂

@prologic That’s another thing I find interesting. He could have simply funded Gab. They love him over there. They too are using a fork of Mastodon I believe, except legally.

So to create his own must be about having total control over it.


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In-reply-to > Trump social media firm says it has raised $1bn - BBC News

And:

If you access the Site from a mobile phone, tablet, automobile, or other electronic device, we may collect and store information such as device type, operating system version and type, unique identifiers (such as mobile advertising ID), wireless carrier, and other related information for that device.

The mobile advertising ID bit is especially bad. That one identifier can act as a total fingerprint for the likes of Googs etc.

So yes, another social platform no better than the big bads when it comes to privacy.


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In-reply-to > Trump social media firm says it has raised $1bn - BBC News

@prologic Yup 😥

This is a doozey too:

You are entitled to know how we respond to “Do Not Track” browser settings. Like many other websites, we do not currently alter our practices when we receive Do Not Track signals as there is no consensus among industry participants as to what “Do Not Track” means in this context. However, you have the option to opt-out of interest-based advertising.


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In-reply-to > Reddit Introduces New Real-Time Features To Keep Users Engaged Social media platform Reddit said on Wednesday it would launch several real-time features, including voting animations and typing indicators, [...] to boost engagement on the platform that has fueled a 'meme-stock' frenzy in the recent past. Reuters reports: While Reddit has been a well-known internet name for years, attracting millions of experts ... ⌘ Read more

This is why if I want to read a subreddit I used something like Teddit.net as a frontend. If I absolutely HAVE to log in and want to post on something for some reason, I’ll open up regular shitty Reddit in an isolated browser profile.


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In-reply-to > Reddit Introduces New Real-Time Features To Keep Users Engaged Social media platform Reddit said on Wednesday it would launch several real-time features, including voting animations and typing indicators, [...] to boost engagement on the platform that has fueled a 'meme-stock' frenzy in the recent past. Reuters reports: While Reddit has been a well-known internet name for years, attracting millions of experts ... ⌘ Read more

@prologic

Was there a time when it was not? 🤔

Probably true. I just remember when it was the simple old interface where you simply upvoted posts/articles and there would be a community subreddit for pretty much anything or any topic.

I can’t remember, however, how long they’ve had all the trackers and whatnot running on the webpages, probably much longer than I realise.


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In-reply-to > Reddit Introduces New Real-Time Features To Keep Users Engaged Social media platform Reddit said on Wednesday it would launch several real-time features, including voting animations and typing indicators, [...] to boost engagement on the platform that has fueled a 'meme-stock' frenzy in the recent past. Reuters reports: While Reddit has been a well-known internet name for years, attracting millions of experts ... ⌘ Read more

@prologic Reddit continues to become an absolute garbage fire the last few years.


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In-reply-to > I haven't used Signal long but I must admit I'm a convert. Also handy it can act as the default SMS app on my phone. SMS will be unencrypted of course, and Signal reminds you of as much, but it means i can just use Signal for either case

@deebs will have to look into this MobileCoin thing to get a gauge on whether its potentially malicious or just plain annoying, but thankfully there’s well known forks of Signal if worst comes to the worst that strip out unnecessary stuff.


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In-reply-to > From what I've heard about Telegram, you have to explicitly enable end-to-end encryption with another person and you can't do that in group chats. Shouldn't that be listed in the document? It's very likely that I'm wrong in all this, can anyone familiar with Signal or Telegram confirm?

I haven’t used Signal long but I must admit I’m a convert. Also handy it can act as the default SMS app on my phone. SMS will be unencrypted of course, and Signal reminds you of as much, but it means i can just use Signal for either case


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In-reply-to > @eldersnake How you been anyway mate? 🤗 You’ve been quietish lately 🤔

@prologic

How you been anyway mate? 🤗 You’ve been quietish lately 🤔

Yeah sorry, I’ve been a bit caught up in things. I’m personally alright, just my partner has had some mental health battles lately as well as some physical ones 😥 What’s also compounded the issues, is after her first jab she’s had swollen lymph nodes around her neck for nearly a month and in quite a bit of discomfort and no one really knows why. I’ve since had my second jab and I’m fine, but she’s rather regretting hers ATM…


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In-reply-to > Go does not need a Java-style GC Modern languages such as Go, Julia and Rust don’t need complex garbage collectors like the ones use by Java C#. But why? To explain why, we need to get into how garbage collectors work and how different languages allocate memory in different ways. However, we will start by looking at why Java in particular needs such a complex garbage collector. Good info on how Go deals with memory versus how Java, mainly, handles memory. The most interesting start of a rabbit ... ⌘ Read more

…and I really should properly learn Go one of these days…


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In-reply-to > Go does not need a Java-style GC Modern languages such as Go, Julia and Rust don’t need complex garbage collectors like the ones use by Java C#. But why? To explain why, we need to get into how garbage collectors work and how different languages allocate memory in different ways. However, we will start by looking at why Java in particular needs such a complex garbage collector. Good info on how Go deals with memory versus how Java, mainly, handles memory. The most interesting start of a rabbit ... ⌘ Read more

@prologic yeah see while I usually bag out Google at every opportunity I can give them credit for things like Go. Granted a lot of it was throwing money at the right people, such as Rob Pyke, but the point remains.

In a similar vein while I don’t know much about Flutter and Dart, those projects no doubt made mobile app development a fair bit easier and streamlined.


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In-reply-to > how do you geniuses handle all your passwords? People like pword managers but I have like 4 different OSes i use every day and on top of that centralised pword management makes me nervous, upset, and crabby. what if I have to log in from some other system ???

The solutions already mentioned thus far are great. The one I personally use is KeePassXC, with the encrypted database file synchronized to my devices via Nextcloud but obviously you can use whatever file syncing method you please.
I never really used a password manager before doing this; I’m a total convert now though.


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In-reply-to > Currently cleaning up an old Dell C600 laptop I had lying around from my school years. Pretty old machine that still works, from about 2000/2001 I believe. Pentium III CPU, 256MB RAM. Might use it as a kind of retro gaming DOS machine or something, it even has a Maestro sound chip which is quite suited for that.

Tough machine though… even with all the overheating, it’s never died. I remember I once even compiled Gentoo on this thing 🤣


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Currently cleaning up an old Dell C600 laptop I had lying around from my school years. Pretty old machine that still works, from about 2000/2001 I believe. Pentium III CPU, 256MB RAM. Might use it as a kind of retro gaming DOS machine or something, it even has a Maestro sound chip which is quite suited for that.

Funny thing is I remember from my school years is it used to overheat quite easily, casually hanging around in 90+ degrees celsius temps. CPU fan never seemed to work and as a kid I didn’t think much of it and eventually upgraded anyway. Now I’ve found why it never worked. Some silly person, before I got it, had obviously taken it apart to clean it and accidentally put one of the longer screws in near the CPU fan… and it wedged into the fan blades 🤣


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In-reply-to > I installed the new Goryon for android (an old smartphone) to test it ...

@prologic

Ahh I see! 👌 So nothing we need to do here for Aurorathen? 🤔 (besides publish the dam app finally 🤦‍♂️)

Correct 👌 Publish to Play Store, and it will be there. Aurora logs in with an automatically generated anonymous Gmail account AFAIK and allows users to download pretty much anything in the Play Store except for paid apps I believe (rather difficult to implement, you could imagine). Also shows a list of trackers in each app, etc. Rather nice app that I hope Google never clamp down on.


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In-reply-to > @fastidious On GIF and potentially arbitrary media upload support... I agree we can do something about just accepting and uploading original quality media, which in itself would just magically™ fix/support GIFs too. 👌

@prologic

I just think we have to be mindful of how we approach this. There is nothing worse than a poor user experience with a “spinning wheel” loading up multi-Megabyte images on a poor Internet connection. Maybe it’s better in the US, but even here in Australia, our so-called 4G/LTE/5G is utter rubbish….

And not even just users, there’s some people like myself even hosting on such a rubbish connection…
I know the easy argument would be just “buy a real host” or something, but if we’re serious about the environment and ease of access for everyone etc etc, I think we need to be a bit more thoughtful than the usual social media alternatives.


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In-reply-to > Is 'The NFT Bay' Just a Giant Hoax? Recently an Austrian developer announced they'd created a 20-terabyte archive of all NFTs on the Ethereum and Solana blockchains. But one NFT startup company now says they tried downloading the archive — and discovered most of it was zeroes.

Quote from a comment on another related article

Remember, folks? When we thought that paying for a banana duct taped to a wall and considering it “art” was bonkers?
At least you could eat that banana… and someone did.

😁

And yes @prologic you are right! The NFT Bay guy is Australian.


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In-reply-to > I use GitHub. When you star repos, or fork them, the AI knows your interests, and recommend based on that. Same when you interact with repos, either by commenting, discussing, adding issues, or PRs. Same when you follow other people. You have it use the platform to get usable things out of it.

the question for me, assuming GitHub’s discoverability is all that it’s cracked up to be, is at what cost?

Technically, you can discover things and people on Facebook, even people you haven’t known for 20 years and forgotten about, but at what cost?

I think that is worth pondering. And that’s besides Copilot…


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In-reply-to > 🤔 👋 Reconsidering moving Yarn.social's development back to Github: Speaking of which (I do not forget); @fastidious and I were discussing over a video call two nights ago, as well as @lyse who joined a bit later, about the the whole moved of all of my projects and their source code off of Github. Whilst some folks do understand and appreciate my utter disgust over what Microsoft and Copilot did by blatantly scraping open source software's codebases without even so much as any attempt at attribution or respecting the licenes of many (if not all?) open source projects.

@prologic Ahh, well that’s one potentially major roadblock cast aside then! 😁
I haven’t been able to cast aside the horrible thought of CoPilot all day, and looking in to it a bit, apparently it hasn’t been much good at ‘learning’ anyway, often copying entire code snippets verbatim.
That and what @movq was saying, personally, I vote stay as-is. But that’s just me and I’m well aware I’m someone who will sometimes be stubborn and not choose the most convenient route.


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In-reply-to > 🤔 👋 Reconsidering moving Yarn.social's development back to Github: Speaking of which (I do not forget); @fastidious and I were discussing over a video call two nights ago, as well as @lyse who joined a bit later, about the the whole moved of all of my projects and their source code off of Github. Whilst some folks do understand and appreciate my utter disgust over what Microsoft and Copilot did by blatantly scraping open source software's codebases without even so much as any attempt at attribution or respecting the licenes of many (if not all?) open source projects.

I gotta admit, @movq has me pretty swayed here…

Also, thinking about it more, doesn’t Gitea have the ability for GitHub logins anyway?


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In-reply-to > Hmm, the Mills network is unavailable again. Can’t hit Yarn, nor Gitea. It could be mum’s provider’s connectivity, but I can still hit mine.

@prologic

his scheduled change is part of a planned series of works to introduce additional network capability known as Save our
Showtime (SOS)

What an unfortunate acronym 🤣 Interested as to what Save Our Showtime actually is though 🤔


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In-reply-to > They are fair points.

@prologic

I 100% 💯 agree. Microsoft should really have their head examined and reverse course on this legal nightmare. I genuinely surprised no-one has attempted to sue over this yet, (or perhaps this is happening already and we just don’t know about it?)

I worry that being up against a mega corporation probably makes many put it in the too hard basket 😥


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