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.)
@SamGreenwood It could, but it's not designed to. TOR is designed for total "trust no one" privacy, with enough layers of obfuscation so that the "entrance" doesn't know the exit, and the "exit" doesn't know the entrance, and the "middle" doesn't know either end-point.
Likewise, selecting the geographic location of the exit point is counter to that design.
If your question is "Can I use TOR to watch __?" then the answer is likely "no". Geo-block aside, the speed alone would make it unbearable.
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%."
@jonw @SamGreenwood If you don’t mind not being able to crowd source finding your items, the lower cost of the Trackr may be worth it. They still work - there’s just not that many users, so if you lose your keys at the mall, the odds of someone else having the Trackr app open and letting you know where they are small. But that’s true of Tile too - just not AS small.
@SamGreenwood I think they are struggling to gain critical mass to build their network, as Tile is dominating the space.
Tile is the Wirecutter's first pick, and their second pick is - also a Tile. https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-bluetooth-tracker/
Likewise, on store shelves, Tile is everywhere; TrackR, not so much.
Plus, Apple's new Find My features have incorporated similar "network effect" tracking features since iOS 13, where any iPhone can "find" any other iPhone, even if the lost phone doesn't have signal.
@al Welcome! It's still pretty quiet on this instance, but I always compare the #Fediverse (Mastodon) to #Twitter c.2007-2008, when there was some real fun and novelty to finding the use cases and creating a community.
I remember going to #BarCamps and using hashtags to create real time back-channels that connected the entire conference.
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.)
asking a user to content warn charged political language
@rgx I really don’t care to get into a political discussion with you, and it would be polite to put aggressive, partisan language (like calling the President “an unprepared, unqualified, and unstable man”) behind a content warning. That is one of the distinctions of Mastodon over Twitter - the technical capability and desire to reduce the toxicity by self-enforcing content warnings for unpleasant topics. Thank you.
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.
@Lisa @jim @leo Awesome. You know, when I first saw @jim’s question about the bot, I thought to myself, “hmm. There’s not a lot of us on TWiT.social yet. Might be overkill.” But then it occurred to me when @Lisa said “Marketing Team” that what we post here does get propagated, for the most part, throughout the connected #Fediverse. So a TWiTShows bot would be a cool way to reach out to those people and potentially grow the audience. Glad to hear it’s in consideration!
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