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so an update has dropped for samsung phones a few day ago in russia, forcibly installing yandex and a few other government-approved apps onto russian phones (see image 1). these apps are baked into the firmware and cannot be removed. even the non-opensource ideologically motivated (putting it kindly) among us can see what a bullshit move this is.

officially, samsung say they are complying with government regulation (see image 2, translation below)

< http://publication.pravo.gov.ru/Document/View/0001202011230051
>So, as I understand it, sooner or later another update will be rolled out
>If I had bought my phone before the 1st of April, then yes. But I bought it earlier.
<All Samsung phones, including those sold after the 1st of April 2021, will have Russian software preinstalled on them.
>When I bought the phone, I wasn't warned about this danger.
>Is this an official statement from Samsung? Can I publish it?
<Yes. This is an official statement.
>Alright, thanks.

in reality, said regulation hasn't even come into effect yet. samsung is the first company to comply with it, and they did so with incredible speed. in fact, they overfulfilled their duty, and made yandex and a few other apps completely uninstallable on phones sold *after* the date the law comes into force.

russian samsung users are faced with a choice: bake apps (which may or may not be spyware) into their phones, or leave their devices unprotected going on into the future.

samsung are already a horrible vendor for android phones, and this really is the nail in the coffin for me and a lot of other people. i wouldn't recommend buying any of their products if you don't want something like this to happen to you. but hey, at least they're transparently scummy, and don't pretend to be something they're not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Don't worry Signal won't have "ads" just features to helpfully suggest you purchase a coin they've premined 100% of, still own 80% of, and is only traded on one exchange.
A. Embarrassingly, cringey levels of scumbaggery
B. Real convenient for a "nonprofit"
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Be careful where you store your keys. Apparently in the US you are now guilty until proven innocent and/or have no right to privacy. In particular the FBI can raid and confiscate any safe deposit boxes they want.

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I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as "exponential" is in fact quadratic, or as I've recently taken to calling it, polynomial-class. If you bear with me I can demonstrate that the limit of the ratio (in the ε/δ sense) is 0

Wait where are you going?

@tn5421 @SuperDicq but it's entertaining because of just how vehemently he criticizes the FSF

These trends aren't much different from other states'. So the crowd I saw discussing this near-unanimously got it (condescendingly, hatefully) wrong. Ironically, the terms stupid, neanderthal… matched the people using them more than their targets. So tired cliche, but do better.

Truth matters. I try to take it very seriously if I predict something wrong. Tell me if I do! If people or politicians aren't careful & misrepresent/misunderstand what policies say, data trends, how people act… don't listen to them or give them power, they'll make bad decisions.

Exactly 1 month ago Gov Abbott issued the "open Texas 100%" order. "We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April" was 6 weeks ago. Newsom called it "absolutely reckless". A lot of you said "insane" "stupid" & promised surges, lockdowns. I love starkly contrasting high profile predictions.

So 1 month after the "open Texas 100%" order was issued, this week San Antonio's test positivity rate is the lowest ever, the third weekly low record in 4 weeks. New cases eased a bit while hospitalized, ICU, ventilators, and deaths have all halved. Statewide has similar data.

had another dream that woke me up in the middle of the night, and decided it would be important to write down at 3am...still trying to make sense of this

Well I'm still going to have bug funerals for my little ones that died years before their time. Or at least a moment of silence, for each of us to mourn in our own way.

It's too late to make Suez Canal jokes. That ship has sailed

Mark Zuckerberg may be a mediocre sociopath with criminally stupid theories of human interaction that he imposes on 2.6 billion people, but he is an unerring bellwether for policies that will enhance Facebook's monopoly power.

Pay attention whenever Zuck proposes a "solution" to the problems he caused (not just because creating a problem in no way qualifies you to solve that problem) - the only "problem" he wants to solve is, "How do I monopolize all human interaction?"

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A monopolist's first preference is always "don't regulate me." But coming in at a close second is "regulate me in ways that only I can comply with, so that no one is allowed to compete with me."

A couple hundred mil for compliance *sounds* like a lot but it's a *bargain* if it excludes future competitors.

That's why Facebook and Youtube flipped and endorsed the EU plan to mandate hundreds of millions of euros' worth of copyright filters in 2019.

eff.org/deeplinks/2019/03/euro

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