Bloatware pushes the Galaxy S23 Android OS to an incredible 60GB
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/02/the-samsung-galaxy-s23s-bloated-android-build-somehow-uses-60gb-of-storage/, posted 9 Feb by peter in android crapification mobile
Unlike the clean OSes you'd get from Google or Apple, Samsung sells space in its devices to the highest bidder via pre-installed crapware. A company like Facebook will buy a spot on Samsung's system partition, where it can get more intrusive system permissions that aren't granted to app store apps, letting it more effectively spy on users. You'll also usually find Netflix, Microsoft Office, Spotify, Linkedin, and who knows what else. Another round of crapware will also be included if you buy a phone from a carrier, i.e., all the Verizon apps and whatever space they want to sell to third parties. The average amount users are reporting is 60GB, but crapware deals change across carriers and countries, so it will be different for everyone.
How Ebooks Have Poisoned Electronic Ink
https://schmud.de/posts/2021-12-01-eink.html, posted Feb '22 by peter in copyright crapification literature
eBooks from Amazon are locked down and distributed in a way that is hostile to both authors and readers. You don't own the book. You cannot lend the book. Renting Kindle-compatible eBooks from the library is arduous and limited by artificial constraints; you literally need to return a book before another person can rent it.
When I want to search an Amazon eBook that I "own", I have to log onto Amazon's cloud computer. Further, the open .epub eBook format is not compatible with the Kindle; readers must use Amazon's .mobi file format. Some .mobi files are incompatible with my device, but I have only discovered which ones after I purchase. I cannot even highlight my purchased Amazon eBooks without running into usage violations. Highlight lengths have arbitrary limitations.
I want a Computer that I Own
misc-stuff.terraaeon.com/articles/computer-i-own.html, posted 2021 by peter in crapification opensource opinion privacy
Instead, I have a computer that is designed largely to maximize the profits of the computer industry. Except for a handful of very over-priced models that I can't afford to buy, our computers are increasingly designed to be little more than advertising platforms and vehicles for maximizing the cloud revenues of their true owners: online data gatherers, advertisers, and cloud companies. Our computers have numerous hardware and software back doors that are designed to allow governments and corporations to spy on and track us around the Internet.
How DRM has permitted Google to have an "open source" browser that is still under its exclusive control / Boing Boing
https://boingboing.net/2019/05/29/hoarding-software-freedom.html, posted 2019 by peter in business copyright crapification google mozilla opensource standard
Prior to 2017, all W3C standards were free for anyone to implement, allowing free/open browser developers to create their own rivals to the big companies' offerings. But now, a key W3C standard requires a proprietary component to be functional, and that component is under Google's control, and the company will not authorize free/open source developers to use that component.
Google AMP lowered our page speed, and there's no choice but to use it - unlike kinds
https://unlikekinds.com/article/google-amp-page-speed, posted 2019 by peter in business crapification development google webdesign
Study Again Finds That Most VPNs Are Shady As Hell | Techdirt
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190122/10263541441/study-again-finds-that-most-vpns-are-shady-as-hell.shtml, posted 2019 by peter in communication crapification privacy
Top10VPN, for example, recently took a closer look at 150 VPN apps being offered in the Android marketplace and found that 90% of them violated consumer privacy in some fashion, either by the inclusion of DNS leaks, a failure to adequately secure and store user data, or by embedding malware:
"Simon Migliano, the head of this research, reports that at over 38 VPN apps tested positive for DNS leaks, exposing private data to hundreds of insecure links. Also, over 27 VPN apps were flagged as potential sources of malware when tested by VirusTotal.
Apart from this, the research also found intrusive permissions in over 99 apps. These permissions included user location, device information, use of the microphone, camera access and more."
How Google and Microsoft made E-mail Unreliable
https://penguindreams.org/blog/how-google-and-microsoft-made-email-unreliable/, posted 2018 by peter in communication crapification email google microsoft opinion
E-mail was once the pillar of the Internet as a truly distributed, standards-based and non-centralized means to communication with people across the planet. Today, an increasing number of services people rely on are losing federation and interoperability by companies who need to keep people engaged on their for-profit services. Much of the Internetâs communication is moving to these walled gardens, leaving those who want to run their own services in an increasingly hostile communication landscape.
Why Google's CardDAV server isn't
https://evertpot.com/google-carddav-issues/, posted 2018 by peter in calendar crapification google opinion sync
The fact that Google advertises their servers as supporting CardDAV is an insult to anyone who does try to be standards compliant.
The Google CardDAV server has similarities to what we call CardDAV. For very simple, controlled stuff, it may be possible to pretend it is.
For anything advanced, avoid it at all cost.
Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can't audit it) / Boing Boing
https://boingboing.net/2016/06/15/intel-x86-processors-ship-with.html, posted 2016 by peter in crapification hardware privacy security toread
When you purchase your system with a mainboard and Intel x86 CPU, you are also buying this hardware add-on: an extra computer that controls the main CPU. This extra computer runs completely out-of-band with the main x86 CPU meaning that it can function totally independently even when your main CPU is in a low power state like S3 (suspend).
Nest Reminds Customers That Ownership Isn't What It Used to Be | Electronic Frontier Foundation
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/nest-reminds-customers-ownership-isnt-what-it-used-be, posted 2016 by peter in automation crapification opensource opinion
Nest Labs, a home automation company acquired by Google in 2014, will disable some of its customers' home automation control devices in May. This move is causing quite a stir among people who purchased the $300 Revolv Hub devices—customers who reasonably expected that the promised "lifetime" of updates would enable the hardware they paid for to actually work, only to discover the manufacturer can turn their device into a useless brick when it so chooses.