F-Droid: Public Statement on Neutrality of Free Software
The Dutch employee “must monitor those conversations to indicate in the system that they are not voice commands” – THAT is the issue here: it's not just your “ok google” voice commands, but *could* by any random thing that you say – the very thing that they said you're safe from. You didn't hear about that bit? Not too surprising, given how the article in The Independent maneuvers around that bit, instead focusing on Google being pissed about having a "leaker": https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-home-smart-speaker-audio-recordings-privacy-voice-spy-a9000616.html?utm_source=reddit.com
“Besides, you agree to all this – didn't you all opt-in to the «help improve Google Assistant» thingy? It was a choice you made!” – they say to people who “agree” and “opt-in” to dozens of things on every website they visit. But that was never the point here. In the original article (https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=nl&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fnos.nl%2Fartikel%2F2292889-google-medewerkers-luisteren-nederlandse-gesprekken-mee.html) it says: “not only voice commands (...) are included. (...) it does indeed happen that the device records things "that are clearly not intended for the device”
The recent Google Home drama and related news shows how easily and effectively you can put a smokescreen in front of people's concerns by making them feel smart and informed. “Of course humans are listening to what you say! You see, that's how the AI is being trained! How did you think speech recognition is programmed, you privacy freak? It needs human input!” – they say. Damn, those ML experts are sure smarter than those hysterical journalists!
Mozilla is shutting down their IRC servers and moving to Discord, a proprietary chat service.
Hey Mozilla, aren't we forgetting something here? Our very own "Mozilla Pledge for a Healthy Internet” states:
> Principle 2 The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
> Principle 6 The effectiveness of the internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
I blogged about not using apps. Let me know what you think! https://blog.tadzik.net/steering-away-from-apps.html
Response from official Berlin.de website on user tracking without consent: "Just too complicated and too much effort to ask for consent" : privacy - https://www.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/bb6avz/response_from_official_berlinde_website_on_user/
In hindsight, just amazing to see, in 2010 (just 3 yrs ahead of '13!), Google and S. Valley was still perceived as innovative, pro-human rights & net freedom. I fully understand it was a natural conclusion based on the info available, and was what I once held.
But just think about it, it's still surprising to realize the speed things are changing... We were using Gnome 2.2, Firefox 3.5, systemd didn't exist. And geohot's iPhone bootrom exploit wasn't a thing.
Thank god the entire industry hasn't decided to revolve around Blink/Chromium for 95% of the web's browser traffic, or else Google would have an unlimited ability to push forward whatever bullshit standard they wanted.
Wait hold on, my producer is telling me something [places finger on my ear piece]
So I retired my T430 and got an A485. I'm now in the "intel sucks" club too, hah!
And as silly as I find the "the last good thinkpad was the one *I* have" meme... mechanically and engineering wise, I think this one's a downgrade. Of course, the hardware is new and performance is magnificent, but no lid latch, no rooom for the 2nd HDD... yes it's significantly thinner, but was it worth it?
Also, somehow the speakers sound even worse than T430's. That's is seriously motherfucking impressive :o
Fun fact: vCard supports freeform text for gender specification: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6350#section-6.2.7
I wrote a switch for Python. I'm not sure if I should be proud. https://github.com/tadzik/switch4python
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