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I got a Pixel specifically to install GrapheneOS on it after going on a huge FOSS/privacy kick last year (coincidentally around the same time I joined Lemmy...)

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Yes, being intolerant of homophobia that habitually results in murders such as the one we're discussing is totally equivalent to being intolerant of people practising the Jewish faith peacefully!

Evkob ,
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Hate and prejudice for a group of people cannot be peaceful, "peaceful homophobia" is an oxymoron.

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I would describe myself as firmly "in the middle", and I honestly don't disagree with your points overall. However, I think Windows isn't really "easier to use" than most Linux distros, it's just what most people are used to.

That doesn't take away from your argument, as being familiar with an OS will make it easier to use and that's completely valid, but someone who's used Linux all their life would similarly face struggles using Windows. User inertia is a huge factor contributing to Windows' marketshare.

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Just don't go on articles you don't want to see?

I'm curious as to what content you don't approve of specifically.

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This is great news, it's frankly embarrassing that it took this long. I know here in New Brunswick, our Conservative government has done the absolute bare minimum to help out hungry kids, of which there are many (30 000 kids live in poverty in NB, and many more probably suffer from some degree of food insecurity.)

It's such a no-brainer to invest in this, like even if you're a heartless neoliberal ultra-capitalist who thinks the poor should suffer, do you not want your future-workforce-in-training to actually absorb their training? Hungry kids don't learn good.

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Where are you in Canada? I'm in New Brunswick and I've never met a Canadian who uses WhatsApp (except to keep in touch with friends abroad).

Round these parts, people usually use Messenger or Instagram.

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I switched to Linux, got a new phone to install GrapheneOS on it, and started self-hosting a few things.

I haven't had this much fun with technology since I was a kid.

Evkob ,
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Honnêtement, tu donnes un peu trop de crédibilité à l'Académie française dans ta comparaison.

Do you need to download an anti-virus for Android?

So my workplace is mostly iPhone users and someone asked me what kind of antivirus software I used on my Android, and I said "none" and he flipped out about how unsafe it was. Other people chimed in saying how all androids need antivirus apps and I've never heard of such a thing. I do have ad-blockers and a VPN but never...

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As long as you lock the bootloader, GrapheneOS operates the same as stock Android in this regard. If anything, you'd be safer on GrapheneOS because of the extra control you get over app permissions.

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  • Evkob ,
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    I do all I can to avoid ads on my devices and networks.

    However, I sometimes have to use devices I don't own. Or work-provided hardware I'm not permitted to install anything on. Or I can get exposed to ads if a friend shows me something on their phone, or if I'm in a classroom/work and someone wants to show a YouTube video as part of their presentation.

    And even if I somehow managed to never get exposed to ads, it doesn't mean ads don't suck and I'm not allowed to complain about their existence. Additionally, sure uBlock, DNS, alternative front-ends and all other ad-blocking methods are simple enough for computer nerds on Lemmy, but the vast majority of people aren't computer nerds. If I told my friends to "just get uBlock and a DNS-level filter", half of them would look at me like an insane person. The vast majority of people who use computers have little to no understanding of how they work and can't do much more than Facebook, YouTube, and email.

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    I'm also a motorcyclist (hold the motor) and my experience is very similar to yours.

    I almost got hit a few weeks back by a car driver trying to turn right on red whilst on a fucking Facetime call, with the phone held up right in front of their face. If I hadn't been in a rush I would have let them have an earful.

    Like, please don't ever use your phone while driving, but if you absolutely have to be a despicable human being, can you at least look away from the screen when navigating through intersections??

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    There are only two people who ever ask me for tech help. One is my father, who is decently tech-litterate for his age, helping him usually revolves around media piracy. I very occasionally lose patience with him because sometimes I'll tell him to check something, he'll say he did it, and I keep trying to figure out his issue only for him to realize half an hour later he didn't actually check what I told him to.

    The other is an older lady who used to be my neighbour, we became friends and still keep in touch since she moved. I absolutely adore helping her out, since it's usually something silly that takes literally less than 30 seconds to figure out/fix. She's always immensely appreciative and acts like I'm the smartest person in the goddamn world. It's honestly a welcomed ego boost, plus it makes me feel great to see how genuinely thankful she is.

    I think, especially with older generations, you really have to keep in mind how much the world has changed since they got here. My old neighbour didn't have electricity or running water growing up, and now we expect her to understand GUIs, OSes, settings, accounts, networks...

    I get much more upset when I see people around my age (late twenties to early thirties) who can't understand the basic functions of a desktop operating system. I understand that not all of my generation were tech-obsessed kids/teens like myself, spending their free time figuring out stuff like upgrading from Vista to XP or partitioning the hard drive on the family PC to dual boot Linux distros, but you'd think they'd at least understand the basics of a filesystem and how to change settings.

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    Trans people making everything about themselves? What the fuck are you talking about? I only ever hear about "trans issues" because of the right. Trans people just want the right to exist.

    If you think the trans community trying to defend ourselves from constant attacks equates to "making everything about them", you lack so much empathy that I honestly don't even know where to start.

    If your idea of leftism includes disregarding the ongoing genocide of oppressed minorities, I have to question what the hell do you think is "leftism"?

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    As a species when we’re divided we are arguably at our worst.

    Agreed, but it's ignorant (at best) to suggest that trans people are responsible for social division rather than the right-wing groups actively trying to eradicate trans people.

    It'd be like blaming Jews for socially dividing Germany in the interwar era.

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    Seriously, I'd take someone new to driving in snowy/icy conditions over someone who has a bunch of misplaced confidence in their driving skills because they've "been driving in worse than this for decades!" in a heartbeat.

    The newbie is much more likely to actually adapt to the conditions and drive more cautiously.

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  • Evkob ,
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    Everyone says this kind of stuff about any and every social issue. It drives me insane, do people not realize that it's a self-fulfilling prophecy? If everyone I heard say "there's no point fighting it" got together and fought it, they'd easily win.

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    I appreciate you calling out the use of the term "normie". Communities that frequently use such terms always end up with an unhealthy "us vs them" mentality.

    Like I'm not surprised people don't react well to someone bringing up privacy issues if said person starts the conversation with the mentality of "how do I enlighten this normie?"

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    I see so many inexperienced or uneducated cyclists in my city, I almost want to make some sort of "safe cycling" video tutorial. Stuff like not riding on sidewalks (especially on stroads), Idaho stops, how to navigate intersections safely, when to take the lane, how to find routes that are safer for cycling rather than just using the route you'd take in a car, etc.

    I actually feel safer on my bike than as a pedestrian in my city, but people don't know the basics of safe cycling and get frightened by all the close calls they get when/if they try cycling. They then proceed to never cycle again because it's "dangerous", when really most of the danger can be avoided with smart, conscious riding.

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    I guess I didn't express myself properly, because I did not in any way want to suggest that safe cycling practices would necessarily protect you from the hoards of ignorant and inattentive drivers on the roads. IMO the best advice for cycling is ride as if everyone in a car is actively trying to hurt you.

    That being said, I do see a lot of cyclists in my city do stuff which puts them in risky situations more often than they need to be, which is what I was trying (and apparently failed, judging from the downvotes) to get at. No amount of safe cycling practices will make up for improper infrastructure or lack of proper driver training, that much I'm sure we agree on.But I'd hope you'll agree that one's not putting the odds in their favour if they're, for example, riding down the wrong side of the road on the sidewalk at night without lights. If you've been cycling for 25+ years, I've no doubt you already follow most if not all of the safe cycling practices I wish I could share with my fellow cyclists, the intent of my comment was not to victim-blame cyclists but rather expressing my wish to help educate noobie cyclists to reach the level of knowledge and comfort on the road that more experienced cyclists like us take for granted.

    Of course you'll still face road conflicts no matter what, the majority of drivers are a menace to public safety. It's not a matter of eliminating risk, it's about minimizing points of potential conflict in order to minimize risk.

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    Unfortunately, an individual cyclist cannot enact laws, build infrastructure, or change a culture of dangerous driving by oneself.

    What we can do is take precautions and cycle cautiously.

    That's for individuals though, any political entity focusing on cyclists' behaviour instead of the behaviour of drivers is missing the mark so badly.

    As for the existence of such "safety" videos, the ones I've seen have all been jokes because the insist heavily on following the law, especially government-funded videos. Breaking road laws written for motor vehicles is, in many situations as a cyclist, the safest course of action, but I've yet to see any safety video address this.

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    The "left", insofar as it seeks to limit speech, usually tries to limit hate speech towards minority and oppressed groups.

    The "right" usually limits speech to restrict the voices of those same minority and oppressed groups. Equating the two is absurd at best.

    Evkob ,
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    I'm a barista, coffee houses were a relatively new thing in 1700. People from the Middle East and East Africa would probably understand "I make coffee", and maybe some very trendy Europeans as well (Wikipedia says the first coffee house in Europe opened in 1645 in Austria.)

    If they weren't familiar with coffee, I'd say I make a beverage with the opposite properties of beer. It's hot and perks you up where beer is cold and dulls your senses.

    (Random thought: how did beer refrigeration work pre-industrial revolution? Were our ancestors chugging lukewarm beer?)

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    Most queer people I know and have talked to agree with you. I certainly do, labels can be useful but as a society we clearly focus way too much on them.

    Where queer people might take issue with your comment (I'm definitely lightly irked) is that cishet people never say "I wish we would stop focusing on labels" unless the discussion is about queer labels.

    People will straight up say "omg we need to chill out about labels, we're all the same" then turn around and say shit like "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" or "boys will be boys".

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    This is a great comparison for people who are aware of racial issues but aren't as informed about LGBTQ+ stuff, I'll definitely keep it in mind!

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    The government said it welcomed the "landmark decision", adding it would help ensure care is based on evidence and is in the "best interests of the child".

    It's truly insulting that they even dare suggest that this is in the best interests of trans kids, or that it's based on any evidence. Puberty blockers save lives.

    It follows a public consultation on the issue

    Since when is public opinion relevant for the availability of healthcare? Can we have expert opinions, please?

    The review followed a sharp rise in referrals to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)

    "More people need this treatment than ever before! Better completely cut off access to it!" is such a malicious position to take. I actually don't understand how these transphobic fucks can be so callous and insensitive.

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    Sorry, I definitely might come off as rude in this comment, but this line of thought really annoys me. Do you think people are poor simply because they're too dumb to think "I should spend less money on groceries?" Don't you think they've already considered finding a better-paying job, if such a possibility exists for them? If moving is even an option for them (which is a big if), where do you suggest they get the money to rent a moving truck, as well as the money for a security deposit on a new apartment?

    Your comment is about as helpful as asking "Have you tried not being poor?"

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    I smoke weed every day. Casual marijuana consumption is definitely socially acceptable here (I'm in Canada where it's legal) but I've been high more often than not for the past 8 years or so.

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    Have you set up port forwarding for qbittorrent?

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    I'm running GrapheneOS, so out of 82 apps on my phone only 10 packages aren't open-source. These include social media, messaging, banking, and Google Play Store/services. So around 88% FOSS.

    I only use proprietary software on my device if there doesn't exist a FOSS alternative*.

    *I know there are open-source options for social media/messaging but I don't really consider having to convert my whole social circle to a new platform to be a viable alternative.

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    I did some like 2 weeks ago after over 2 years of not doing any because I was scared I was going to have a difficult experience. (Surprise, I did and I've never suffered so much in my life before. Still worth it.)

    I haven't done shrooms in almost two years for those same reasons despite really missing the experience. This is making me think I need to take the plunge and use it as an opportunity for introspection, however tough that may be.

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    Thanks for sharing! I've only had one truly bad trip but it was quite similar to what you describe in your comment. It turned out to be overall very positive for me (long story short: I came out as non-binary) but it truly is a terrifying experience, especially in the moment when it feels like it's lasting forever.

    Sorry to hear about your mom, I wish you both the best!

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    You didn't even mention the biggest technological leap; recording. Being able to capture music and play it at one's will fundamentally changed virtually everything about music.

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    Btw, "cryptobro" is a sexist term that excludes women.

    I'm usually that person getting downvoted for insisting on inclusive language so I totally get you, but girl I've never met a cryptobro who wasn't a man.

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    Another point: for equivalent models. Car manufacturers over the past two decades have been dropping the more affordable sedans and such from their lineups, favouring their more expensive SUVs.

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    If you're already using a whole second browser just for YouTube, may I suggest looking into FreeTube? It's a great YouTube desktop client.

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    I'm a non-binary, vegan, theatre school drop-out. I dye my hair a new colour every couple of weeks, my main means of transportation is a bicycle, and I'm currently unemployed but my last job was as a barista. Oh and I've read some Marx unironically.

    I'm basically a right-winger's caricature of "a goddamn librul".

    People from a minority/dying culture, how do you feel about it?

    There are many cultures around the world that are suppressed by majoritarianism. They have to face challenges like forced assimilation, language discrimination and refusal to acknowledgement of their unique identity. In fact, many cultures have been identified by UNESCO, that will soon cease to exist - either that they're...

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    Francophones are not prioritized for employment or political opportunities. Do you know which linguistic group is prioritized for such roles?

    Bilinguals.

    Do you think a unilingual French speaker would have more opportunities in Canada than a unilingual English speaker?

    Of course, people whose first language is French have much higher rates of bilingualism than people whose first language is English, for a myriad of reasons. But I find it illuminating that for all the whining I see from (some) Anglophones about "lack of opportunities because they don't speak French", their proposed solutions always focus on stripping Francophones of their rights instead of encouraging French language education for Anglophones. Many countries around the world have huge percentages of their population being able to speak two (or more!) languages, why shouldn't we strive for that? I see no downsides to increased bilingualism.

    I live in New Brunswick, the only officially bilingual province in the Canada, where our unilingual Anglophone premier repeats the same talking points you do about how difficult it is for unilingual Anglophones to advance themselves in our province. All while holding the highest elected title in the province without speaking a lick of French.

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    Little Music Player is the smallest I could find, clocking in at a whopping 21.7 KB but it might be a bit barebones even for your taste.

    A deeper search uncovered Kure Music Player which has a bit more features but hasn't been updated since 2014. How vital is it that the app be under 1 MB?

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    If you're in the market for an Android RSS app, I've been using ReadYou recently and I'm very pleased with it. Available both from GitHub and F-Droid.

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    Like the other person who replied to me, I just use it as a frontend for FreshRSS and it works fine for that. But now you kinda have me wondering why I never bothered checking out Nextcloud's RSS, how do you like it?

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    Fair enough! Feeder is good too, and what I used before ReadYou. I usually just go to my unread articles, scroll all the down to the bottom and then scroll up from there.

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    I use it as a frontend for FreshRSS, works great!

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    When was conservatism not ignorant? Certainly not in my lifetime. It's been an ideology of anti-intellectualism for at least three decades now.

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    Oh don't apologize! It's nothing to do with you, I'm just dumb lol

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