It's somewhat ironic that , the company which has always made the unverifiable claim that it protects the of its users, while simultaneously locking them into an ecosystem of proprietary garbage, has now publicly decided to track every single thing that its users do on πŸ˜‚

Playing around with . The idea of building an entire operating system from a single config file makes it a pretty exciting distribution.

If you fork the app you cannot communicate with other Signal users who are on the official app. It would be a great idea to set up Signal servers where users control their data, logs & can communicate with all Signal users. Many risks would be mitigated b/c it'd be distributed across hundreds of operators, across many countries, across various jurisdictions

A super easy way to disable camera and microphone access on for . This is built into the system (Android 10+)

settings > developer options > quick setting developer tiles > sensors off

This will place a quick settings tile in the notification shade to enable/disable sensors on the device, allowing you to completely disable camera/microphone access on the device

Sometimes I set up a virtual machine and install on it for no other reason than I find the Arch installation process therapeutic and relaxing. When I'm done I test then trash the virtual machine. It feels good. :blobcatcoffee:

Running with a bunch of plugins through Vim-Plugged in on 😎

Arguably, the best on Android bar none

Politics πŸ€” 

Power is always gotten through inducing mass fear, whether by terrorism, pandemics or a rouge cop. Governments are abusing the crises to push a power grab & corporations are abusing the crises to consolidate more wealth. We are all loosing to centralisation of power & wealth. We are all being f*cked by governments & corporations. Yet somehow while the governments & corporations maintain unity, we turn against each other in bipartisanship. Governments & corporations are the real enemy.

End to end encryption in proprietary software (like WhatsApp) makes little to no sense. If it's not 100% FOSS, you cannot inspect the code, you cannot know if there's a backdoor in the encryption, you have to rely on trusting the company / developer. Doesn't matter if it's "mostly" open source (like Chrome/Telegram), all it takes is one line of code to exploit you. Security should never rely on trust.

Finally switched to file manager from . Just like ranger it has vim keybindings but excels in nav as you type mode. My all time favourite default keybind of nnn is . to show dot-files. Not h or c or other slightly obscure keybind, just . to show dot-files

Hey , has anyone heard of a / "Smart TV" project? Something like what is for WiFi routers?

Bank holiday Monday project: tweaking config files

The universal paradox of documentation: better manuals, more problems.

Notification history is being advertised as a new feature in but it has been part of OS for many previous versions of

Create a widget > Select a Settings widget > Select Notification log > Tap to open it to display your notification history

The dystopian present day 

China - social control, concentration camps and invasive universal surveillance

USA - all personal data belongs to a few conglomerates and there's massive social inequality

Russia - clandestine ops, government backdoors in everything, tons of propaganda and sinister plots

UK - Orwellian state, mass surveillance is 2nd only to China

Dystopia is now.

All metadata in WhatsApp is unencrypted and sent to Facebook. Since you can learn an awful lot from metadata alone, it makes sense for the UN to ban it, given their threat model likely includes governments and Facebook will cower to government requests for data.

Today is Data Protection Day

As the United Kingdom prepares to exit from the European Union, our privacy standards are at a crossroads.

The signs from Government are unclear: as the future trade agreement is likely to be loose, it would be open to Government to dilute data protection, to make it harder to enforce, or to lower fines.

It is more important than ever for the United Kingdom to commit to respecting the right to privacy.

Permanent record by is chock-full of gems. On technological tyranny:

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