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tcely

@tcely@fosstodon.org

IT enthusiast. TV addict. A systems admin / tinkerer, who is also curious about development, network and security fields.

I created this account on leap day 2020, but I didn't use it nearly this much before Twitter was purchased.

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gwynnion , to Random
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The US government's entire beef with TikTok is they believe it's spying on Americans for the sake of the Chinese government, as opposed to American social media companies who spy on Americans for the sake of local, state, and federal law enforcement and various intelligence agencies and literally anyone else who is willing to pay for that data.

Which is why they want TikTok sold to an American company willing to hand that data over to them instead of instituting actual privacy regulations.

tcely ,
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That's not the entire beef. There is also the propaganda / influence aspect that you glossed over. Was that an intentional omission?

> The problem with TikTok is that a large number of Americans use it, and China may have the ability to direct misinformation through it, as well as collect data from it, said Plumb.

https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/3354874/leaders-say-tiktok-is-potential-cybersecurity-risk-to-us/

@gwynnion

rbreich , to Random
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I'm not saying we shouldn't worry about how China might be using TikTok to steal our data and manipulate us...

But why aren't we at least as worried about the U.S. billionaires who own the other apps stealing our data and trying to manipulate us?

tcely ,
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When Mark Zuckerberg puts his goal to remove the USA from the world in writing, because it is in his way, then I'll worry about him as much as the Chinese Communist Party!

Read more before putting takes like this out into the world.

@rbreich

tcely , to Random
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Republicans have lost all credibility on the border issue!

They still advertise on that issue using quotes from propaganda rags mostly owned by the Murdoch's however.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=pQzMVwQaMqQ

Alternative 🔗:
https://yewtu.be/watch?v=pQzMVwQaMqQ
https://piped.video/watch?v=pQzMVwQaMqQ



dangillmor , to Random
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My main use of the deadbird site at this point is to chide journalists for remaining there as supporters of an extremists who hates journalism.

While I'm there, I unfollow a bunch of accounts. In most cases they are people I respect in other ways, but I don't want them to think I support what they are doing.

tcely ,
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I fully agree with your approach. I locked my account ages ago. Ever since then, each time I access it, I remove at least three followers. Eventually that account will have nobody following it.

@dangillmor

dangillmor , (edited ) to Random
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Boeing is too big, and too vital to US interests, to be allowed to fail. But it's also pretty clear that the rot inside the company goes deep and wide. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/03/boeing-door-plug-probe-stalled-by-missing-records-overwritten-security-footage/

Update for clarity: I am totally behind the idea of letting this rogue company go bankrupt, and then nationalizing it -- and then firing -- and prosecuting -- senior management.

tcely ,
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My idea was to nationalize the plane fleet instead. Let airlines lease planes from the national owner who defines standards for every plane that is purchased.

Airplane manufacturers who can't meet the requirements should be allowed to fail.

@dangillmor

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The memory's a little Fozzie.

tcely ,
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I always thought of Zoom as copying Hollywood Squares.

@georgetakei

tcely ,
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For Signal, they will know when and how often you receive Signal messages.

Notifications are used to "activate" the app on your device. Then it will connect to Signal servers and download the encrypted messages.

After the software on your device decrypted the message, then it has the sender details and message content.

There are settings to control how much of that information is used when creating the local notification. Because other apps might log notifications.

@jackalope
@L4s

tcely ,
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That's terrifying for showing how little he understands about the problem he is attempting to solve.

Humans use up to four senses at times to accomplish the task of driving.

@mosiacmango
@cm0002

tcely ,
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Eventually, the list of things Samsung doesn't make is going to be shorter.

@Reverendender

tcely ,
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Why don't you ask the Matrix team why they decided to re-invent XMPP and add a stupid HTTP API?

@onlinepersona
@netchami

tcely ,
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> Signal stores all your messages and media as well, the difference is they encrypt it on their servers.

What evidence do you have to support this claim?

The last time I looked into this, messages and media were only stored encrypted on servers until they were retrieved or expired.

After that, the local device is where things are stored.

@MacNCheezus

tcely ,
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> How do they manage to make the same messages appear on multiple devices?

For a long time, they didn't.

I don't know for sure, but I expect it involves keys that multiple devices share. Any "linked" device would be able to download the encrypted copy and decrypt the message that way. Once any device has done that, it can send a copy to any other devices using the unique keys it knows for that device.

This link describes independent queues for devices: https://support.signal.org/hc/en-us/articles/5532268300186-Disappearing-Messages-with-a-Linked-Device

@MacNCheezus

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ThatOneKirbyMain2568 , (edited ) to Fediverse
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I've been thinking a bit about this post regarding 's responsibility to be compatible with the ( thread aggregators like & ). Right now, a thread from Lemmy or Kbin usually federates to Mastodon with truncated text and a link to the actual thread. However, many want Mastodon to be more compatible with threads so that the people over on Mastodon interact with the threadiverse more.

I was initially in agreement as a Kbin user. But having given it some thought, I think this is an unwise approach that'll only serve to overcomplicate platforms on the . Yes, people on Mastodon should promote other parts of the fediverse (and vice versa), but complete interoperability shouldn't be expected of every platform.

As much as many would like it, you can't have long-form video from PeerTube, images from Pixelfed, threads from Kbin, blogs from Writefreely, etc. all neatly fit in a microblog feed. These are different formats made for different platforms, and the people making them are expecting them to be interacted with in completely different ways. When someone makes a thread in a Lemmy community, they're probably expecting that the people who are going to see and interact with the thread are people that want to see threads and are thus on a Lemmy instance (or another thread aggregator). If someone from Mastodon were to interact with it as if it were a microblog post, there'd be a big mismatch. People interact with microblogs differently than they do with threads — that's why they're separate to begin with. You don't see everyone on Twitter also wanting to use to Reddit because people who want microblogs don't necessarily want Reddit-style threads, and vice versa.

The other option, then, is to separate these different formats into different feeds or otherwise make them clearly distinct from one another. Kbin does this by separating threads and microblog posts into two tabs. While you can view both in the "All Content" tab if you'd like, they're styled differently enough that it's very clear when you're looking at a thread and when you're looking at a microblog post. This distinction lets users treat threads like threads and microblog posts like microblog posts, which is really helpful since the two formats serve different purposes and have different audiences. This option — clear distinction — is a great way to solve the conundrum I've been talking about… if your platform is meant for viewing all these different kinds of content to begin with.

And that's what it really comes down to imo. Mastodon is a platform for microblogging. Most people go to Mastodon because they want a Twitter alternative, not a Twitter alternative that's also an Instagram alternative and a Reddit alternative and a YouTube alternative. Even if you put these different content types in separate tabs, it would inevitably make things seem more confusing and thus raise the barrier of entry. Add a Videos tab to Mastodon to view stuff on PeerTube, and people are inevitably going to go, "Wait, what's this? Is this like YouTube? I thought this was just a Twitter alternative! This all seems too complicated," even if you tell them to ignore it.

It's probably best to leave Mastodon as it is: a microblogging platform that has some limited federation with other formats. The way Kbin threads currently display on Mastodon is fine. In fact, when I post a Kbin thread, I'm expecting it to be viewed via a thread aggregator. If people on Mastodon were part of the target audience, I would've made a microblog post.

Now, if you want to make something that lets you view everything on the fediverse via different tabs, feel free. As aforementioned, Kbin supports both threads and microblogs, though it comes with some challenges (e.g., trying to fit magazine-less microblog posts into Kbin's magazine system). However, this doesn't mean every platform on the fediverse needs to seamlessly incorporate everything else. I'd love people on Mastodon to promote and even try out Lemmy & Kbin more, but that doesn't mean Mastodon needs to also become a thread aggregator.

tcely ,
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As a Mastodon user who follows Lemmy posts, I find Kbin integration insufficient to the task.

I want to read link aggregator posts in my Mastodon app, not a web browser.

As for long posts, Mastodon handles those just fine. App developers know there isn't a universal limit already.

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@ernest

tcely ,
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> Technically we are federated, so why do Mastodonians interact so little with the Threadiverse?

I have a much simpler answer to this. Kbin doesn't allow me to follow (or even view) a lot of the content. Lemmy does better at this.

To be useful, I need to be able to follow magazines / communities without resorting to a web browser that doesn't have my account (and often won't show me the content).

The up voting mapping needs to be consistent too!

@ThatOneKirbyMain2568
@ernest

tcely ,
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I understand the point you were trying to make. You're just wrong, in my opinion.

You are also focusing on the wrong software.

Mastodon, as the place most people start with ActivityPub software, absolutely should be able to view other types of content.

The important point is to not force anyone to view that content or display it particularly badly.

When all I know about Kbin is that it doesn't work with my Mastodon account, why exactly do I use it?

@ThatOneKirbyMain2568
@ernest

tcely ,
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At best, it's an opportunity to organically introduce other types of content and the associated software to people through the social graph they chose to participate in.

If you did as you suggested, by adding posts / threads / communities / magazines without the consent of the users, that would indeed be a problem.

Preventing Mastodon users from seeing the content after they made the choice is also a problem.

@ThatOneKirbyMain2568
@ernest

tcely ,
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As for selecting an instance, if that is a barrier, then forcing users to create and use multiple accounts in different ways to see all the content they want to is an even larger hurdle to present to users.

One of the biggest problems with Mastodon is new users who think they need an account on every instance website they interact with.

@ThatOneKirbyMain2568

tcely ,
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It's both amazing and annoying that Google is perfectly able to create useful apps for iOS (despite the huge limitations the OS imposes) but Apple can't figure out how to make any Android app that isn't utter crap with fewer restrictions imposed on them.

@d3Xt3r
@hesusingthespiritbomb

tcely ,
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Don't negotiate with or give in to terrorists!

@ohlaph

tcely ,
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Installing from F-Droid prevents sales like this from causing silent "upgrades" to advertising-infested versions.

@kpw

tcely , to Random
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I'm disappointed with Piers Morgan.

Has anyone ever been able to "persuade a lot of women to fall in love with you very quickly" in the history of human relations?

That's not a thing that can even happen in my experience! Think of how many girls are still wishing the hot guy they like wanted a relationship with them. Or how many guys are stuck in the "friend zone" who would do anything to be able to convince her to "see him that way" for a change.

tcely OP ,
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In my experience, women who are chasing, rich, hot, men didn't need to be persuaded by those men to do that.

It was their own decision to ignore all the more likely options they had available for men to seek relationships with and chase only the richest and most attractive men they had access to.

tcely ,
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I surely do!

Try Session or SimpleX or Threema.

Threema is the oldest and most polished option. You do have to buy a license for a one-time fee though. It's entirely worth the play store credit I spent, but if I were to buy now, I'd use their website store so I could use the open source app instead.

@comfydecal
@u_tamtam

tcely ,
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Try out any of these:

They all don't require a phone number, which makes them immediately better than Signal, for devices that don't have a SIM.

@rustyriffs
@u_tamtam

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tcely ,
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Apple announces that RCS support is coming to iPhone next year ( 9to5mac.com )

In a surprising move, Apple has announced today that it will adopt the RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging standard. The feature will launch via a software update “later next year” and bring a wide range of iMessage-style features to messaging between iPhone and Android users....

tcely ,
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RCS is already an open standard, that's why Apple is and always has been able to implement it themselves without relying on Google for anything.

@NENathaniel @kirklennon

tcely ,
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RCS has always been an open standard.

Only Google has done the work to implement it for billions of devices, so far.

That has never prevented Apple from also implementing the standard on their devices.

https://www.gsma.com/futurenetworks/rcs/universal-profile/

@13617 @Corgana

Apple announces that RCS support is coming to iPhone next year ( 9to5mac.com )

In a surprising move, Apple has announced today that it will adopt the RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging standard. The feature will launch via a software update “later next year” and bring a wide range of iMessage-style features to messaging between iPhone and Android users....

tcely ,
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What kind of openness are you hoping for? Google has built their solution with a bunch of already open pieces.

RCS + Signal protocol + MLS

https://www.androidauthority.com/google-messages-mls-3346918/

https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/20/23801536/google-messages-app-mls-support-announce

@Ghostalmedia

tcely ,
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Accessing the keys from the server isn't really a mystery or hidden. It's technically possible for Apple to write software to query servers run by Google as well as any servers they created for themselves.

You don't need implementation source code when you have open standards already.

WhatsApp actually used Signal's development team to rollout the Signal protocol for them, but that app is still untrustworthy.

@skullgiver

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tcely ,
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> I would argue that bad experiences aren’t due to trains but due to poor investment and management.

I agree. I used trains to get to school as a commuter.

Nothing makes a train more unusable than not knowing when it will arrive at the destination (it was sometimes hours late) or if it will show up at all (the schedule was constantly changing, and some trains would just be cancelled when equipment was broken).

@luthis @scarabic

tcely ,
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@GrapheneOS is an alternative OS that provides better privacy than the stock Android that can be installed on Pixel devices.

https://grapheneos.org/install/

> GrapheneOS is a private and secure mobile operating system with great functionality and usability.

@Corkyskog

tcely ,
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The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is the base for both operating systems.

GrapheneOS actually makes a lot of effort to provide solutions that are mostly better than what stock Android provides.

https://grapheneos.org/features#sandboxed-google-play

@Corkyskog

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At the quoted speed, I think they should be legally obligated to provide 15,821 TB of data transfer per month, at a bare minimum.

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