There is a case to be made for anti-malware on MacOS, but it’s mostly based on fear and uncertainty, rather that current evidence.
However, tell that to the people who updated their legal and legit copy of Transmission and found their system crypto-locked...
Like so many things in life, it’s a percentage game.
Politics as it relates to Social Media
While a lot of us are talking about #Samsung phones today, can we also discuss whether or not we trust their built-in cloud services?
I like Samsung's browser better too, but like #Bixbi, they try very hard to push you into their "Customization Service," aka sending everything you do to Samsung. That's a fatal flaw.
What do you think?
After 40 minutes talking to Apple Support, they quoted me up to a $549 charge to service my two year old iPhone, because the charging port wasn’t working reliably.
Instead, I left the chat and found a suggestion from iFixit… using a toothpick to check for and clear hidden “lint” debris from the port. It looked perfectly clean, but to my surprise I got some out. My #iPhone now charges again.
$550 to #Apple, after I’ve already paid them $1200, to fix what a toothpick could do.
The #EFF (impressively) used #mitm and #Frida code injection to inspect #Amazon Ring’s *pinned* certificate traffic to previously undisclosed trackers/analytics providers. Turns out #Ring’s apps are sending Pii, like your name and email address, to their partners, and telling them things like your unique device fingerprints. Not cool Amazon.
Sad News and the Toxicity of Twitter
Just in case anyone in the #fediverse still had any doubts about the toxicity of #Twitter, here are some of distasteful, crude, racist, and outright inhumane responses to the news of #KobeBryant's death.
https://imgur.com/a/JtXY1Mo (Album of GIFs and screen shots, including many posts with helicopter crash GIFs; other posts celebrating his death.)
Prior to Opera's IPO, they were bought by a Chinese group accused of fraud in lending.(quoting) "Opera has now ALSO made a … pivot into predatory short-term loans in Africa and India, deploying deceptive bait and switch tactics to lure in borrowers and charging egregious interest rates ranging from ~365-876%."
If you know just a little bit about how to read radar products, it can be a true life saver, by helping you see when “the real deal” is headed straight for you. (Just don’t be caught relying solely on it for warnings if the internet and cell towers go down.)
We now live in an age where diplomatic backchannels, once the work of mid-level staffers delivering messages on behalf of their bosses, now falls to the wayside as subtweeting foreign powers has become de facto diplomacy.
Wars now start and stop on Twitter.
That’s not to Twitter’s credit though. Imagine if the Twitter algorithm had chosen to obscure the Iranian tweet.
What are some good hashtags we can get started on TWiT.social? I'm thinking maybe some "back of the book" type material would be easy and fun to share.
#Pick for apps, websites, items, etc. that we like.
#Tip for things we've figured out how to fix/tweak/do.
#IMG for "pictures" that are uniquely interesting, similar to Steve's picture of the week.
for example, I'll try to give it a start:
#IMG I feel like this xkcd forgot one: "k - like a self-important jerk and/or moody teenager"
A simple tip for those new to Mastodon servers and the #fediverse: the “local timeline” is a great place to find good content when you’re on a good instance, like TWiT.social.
Right now, I’m thinking that for me, TWiT.community will be where I post when I feel like I have something to ask or share that is worth an amount of community good that is greater than the inherent cost associated with forum fatigue.
On the other hand, TWiT.social feels like a space where it’s safe to make the posts more about me and less about the topic. Here the topic feels like an implied and informal, “what’s up?”
Am I the only one thinking about this?
I’m trying to think of what kind of content would be good for this more transient TWiT.social, vs. the more perpetual TWiT.community. I’m sure each platform will collectively find its conversational niche, but I haven’t yet discovered it.
Like, when asking myself - do I Snapchat someone, DM them on Instagram DM, send a message via Signal, or give them an old fashioned call? There are rules here, but they’re mostly unwritten and intuitively understood.
A Mastodon instance dedicated to TWiT listeners. Think of a Twitter just for geeks, sharing content with other Mastodon servers all over the world. If you're a TWiT fan, consider this your home! Our TWiT Forums live at TWiT Community. Post conversation starters there. TWiT.social is for quick thoughts, fun pictures, and other ephemera. Keep it clean, keep it friendly. Looking forward to your Toots!