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@Mephitidae however, is extremely invasive and pulls all kinds of political strings

i'd rather "overpay" than pay less to opt into being spied on


sells luxury electronics, they never made a secret about it. sells expensive flagship phones too.

"overpriced" is a misnomer as well, because people line up to pay said prices. the price is correct. even if you don't like or agree with it.

that actually has more to do with the Chinese suicide rate on a national level than the working conditions

really strange to me that people are so quick to shit on and like give a pass on almost everything (less so recently, but still)

@lunar well, you *do* have to opt out of the system, just like you opt to use or products. you make a choice. as an activist and developer it is my job to make the free alternatives useful and attractive so that users will have practical reasons to adopt tech that respects their freedom.

if you are a developer or marketing person, well the weight *is* on your shoulders because you have the skills to influence people use to better shit.

@xj9 I don't think #GOOG was ever amoral or lacking in agenda. Most of these monoliths have public mission statements. afaik Google is now the biggest lobbyist of the US government. Anything which disrupts the stream of money from advertisers they're likely to be opposed to, and that translates into things such as lack of gmail encryption and so on. It's easily predictable that they will continue to push products which maximize surveillance and have encryption turned off by default.

@pointers of course it is, they can just use and be de-siloed.

corporations aren't going to be nice about it and use a federated protocol. tried it and found that they only bled users and subsidized competitors.

the only real solution to "i want to use one protocol/system to talk to all of my peeps" is free/open protocols run by non-corporate entities.

you can not like my proposed solution, but i'm not wrong.

I still don't have a solution I'm happy with for syncing photos between my devices but I might just bite the bullet and manage them manually for the time being

and photos are damn good application

has some features that i like (sync)

used to be privacy, but i have in my fucking preferences now so not so good on that anymore