In-reply-to » New feature (not a great UX, sorry 😞) that displays the last fetched feed status, last error (if any) and error count in your "Following" list. Check it out and cleanup your feeds for "hunk" 👌

@news@twtxt.net Err I meant “junk” 🤣 (too late to edit, cbf editing it manually or via the API/CLI 😅)

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New feature (not a great UX, sorry 😞) that displays the last fetched feed status, last error (if any) and error count in your “Following” list. Check it out and cleanup your feeds for “hunk” 👌

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In-reply-to » One thing I’ve learned from locking down my Android phone (see #pknsrda):

@prologic@twtxt.net I sure hope you’re right. 😅 I’d love nothing more than not having to rely on the internet for this. 🤞

(I clearly remember sitting in my car and waiting an eternity to get a fix, though. I’d regularly start the GPS device and then continue to load up my bags/stuff into the car because it took so long. 😅 Maybe it was just a shitty device, who knows …)

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In-reply-to » One thing I’ve learned from locking down my Android phone (see #pknsrda):

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Well I used to have a handheld GPS device, probably before I lost most of my sight. I didn’t really feel that it took ~12m to get a fix, it was usually much faster. You may just find that all this A-GPS thing is all just bullshit anyway and just an excuse to collect and store your GPS location on some random web server that someone else owns 🤣

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In-reply-to » One thing I’ve learned from locking down my Android phone (see #pknsrda):

The GPS satellites transmit an almanac, a (coarse) list of all satellite positions:

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog862/node/1739

That’s apparently crucial for a low “time to first fix” and, as I understand it, that’s where A-GPS comes into play: Downloading this information from the satellites takes about 12.5 minutes, but downloading it via the internet (A-GPS) is much faster.

So the question is: How long is this data valid for? It’s a bit hard to find information on this … It looks like it’s valid for several weeks:

https://flysight.ca/wiki/index.php/Almanac_and_ephemeris

If true, it would mean the situation is much less dramatic than I thought. 😅 I go on a walk every couple of days and that gives the device more than enough time to download an updated almanac. So, I guess I should be fine without A-GPS if I regularly use (standard) GPS for an hour or so. 🤔

We’ll see. This might take a couple of months to find out. 😂

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In-reply-to » OpenAI's Sam Altman Wants AI in the Hands of the People - and Universal Basic Compute? OpenAI CEO Sam Altman gave an hour-long interview to the "All-In" podcast (hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks and David Friedberg).

If Sam Altman really wanted “AI” to be in the hands of the people, he a) Should not have made deals with multiple devils that turned OpenAI into a proprietary company. b) Sold most of the company to Microsoft.

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In-reply-to » One of the super frustrating things about this: I have to write lots of documents, but I am required to use horrendous software to do that. It cannot even number sections automatically, nor can you insert cross-references to other sections. Simple stuff like that. It all has to be done manually.

I’m gonna need some medication if I have to keep doing this. 😬 It’s infuriating.

Automatically numbered sections, 1978 in nroff / ms: https://github.com/dspinellis/unix-history-repo/blob/Bell-Release/usr/man/man7/ms.7#L231-L233

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Thinking about disabling the two extra buttons for “forward” and “backward” on my mouse, because today’s websites don’t support this anymore, and it’d safe me the constant moments of “oh for fuck’s sake”. 🙄

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OpenAI’s Sam Altman Wants AI in the Hands of the People - and Universal Basic Compute?
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman gave an hour-long interview to the “All-In” podcast (hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks and David Friedberg).

And when asked about this summer’s launch of the next version of ChatGPT, Altman said they hoped to “be thoughtful about how we do it, like we may releas … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

I’m (just) old enough to have experienced the German Democratic Republic first hand and if they had had any of these capabilities … 🙈🙈🙈

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In-reply-to » Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de People just don’t ask these questions. It’s really a serious privacy issue, and I don’t see it brought up very often. Not even in privacy-minded circles. If you’re using a proprietary operating system on any Internet-connected device, you need to assume that the vendor can see everything you do on it and maybe even what you do on other devices as well..

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In-reply-to » Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

@mckinley@twtxt.net Thanks for the info. 🤔

This is quite bizarre. Why are we accepting this? 🤔 I guess it just doesn’t matter to people when they use Google for everything anyway (mail, Google Drive, …) … 😒 Bah.

It’s extra “funny” in my case, because I run that Matrix server myself, so I assumed that data is only sent between that server and the clients. But no, of course not, lots of things still get shoved through Google and Apple. 😂😭 How silly.

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In-reply-to » Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

Actually, it looks like notifications using Google’s service can be encrypted end-to-end. I don’t know if this is used much in practice or if you can tell if the notifications on your device are encrypted. There seems to be some conflicting information out there.

Even if the content is encrypted, though, you’re still giving quite a bit of metadata to Google by using their notification service.

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In-reply-to » Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

It looks like ntfy.sh can work either through the OS’s notification service or by maintaining its own connection to the server in the background. For privacy, you definitely want to use “Instant Delivery” and self-host the server.

https://docs.ntfy.sh/faq/#how-much-battery-does-the-android-app-use
https://docs.ntfy.sh/faq/#what-is-instant-delivery

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In-reply-to » Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de I haven’t done any app development, but I know notifications on phones are indeed dependent on cloud services run by the OS vendor which talk to servers run by the app vendor on your behalf. This is supposedly better on battery life, but it conveniently lets your OS vendor read all your notifications.

Mobile XMPP clients usually implement notifications using XEP-0537 and it goes like this:

Your XMPP server -> Client vendor's notification server -> Client OS notification server -> User's device

It’s not end-to-end encrypted so servers will usually just send a dummy message through (You received a message from juliet@capulet.lit!) so you have to open the app to see the (hopefully) encrypted message.
It’s a similar flow on both iOS and Android and I assume Matrix clients work the same way.

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In-reply-to » Okay, I've built full search capabilities for yarnd 😅 Let's see how many bugs I've created 🤣

Sorry folks, it was a total disaster 🤣 Had to disable the new feature 😢

  • ran out of disk space
  • blew up the db on this pod (corrupted)
  • lots of missing features and. broken shit™

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In-reply-to » Hey @bmallred 👋 Can you see this? 🤔

The weird this is I still see your profile as

bmallred may not follow you

I assume you share your followings publicly, I see them on your feed, so I assume so. I was going to debug this on my side too today to see if.I goofed something up but my pod is rather busy so I hadn’t done that yet 😅 (actually working again finally on search)

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In-reply-to » I was able to take a photo of the large sunspots that made the news these days:

@prologic@twtxt.net Thanks 😅

This is my setup, I think I posted these before:

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It’s a Celestron Ultima 100 (originally bought for bird watching, not a telescope) with a special adapter so that I can mount my Canon EOS 600D directly. The sun filter is just a generic filter for 100mm scopes. The tripod isn’t very good and actually rather annoying. 😂

It’s not a very complicated setup. 🤔 Being able to mount the camera directly is crucial.

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In-reply-to » Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

@aelaraji@aelaraji.com It would appear so. 🤔 (I’m too lazy to set that up, though, I rather just don’t use notifications. They’re not that important in this case.)

I was not aware that I needed a cloud service for something as (seemingly) simple as local app notifications. 😳

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Another thing that doesn’t work anymore after blocking network traffic from my Android phone: Some push notifications.

I run a Matrix server for our family. I use “FluffyChat” on my phone. Traffic from the phone to my Matrix server is allowed and chatting in FluffyChat works.

But I don’t get any notifications anymore on new messages.

So, what’s going on here? Does FluffyChat, which only really needs to talk to my own server, rely on some cloud service for notifications? Seriously? 🤔 How does that work, does this cloud service see all my notifications or what?

Anyone around who did app development on Android? Can you shed some light on this?

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In-reply-to » @prologic Regarding the static URL: The hostname at least is a CNAME record and resolves to something at cloudfront. What I meant was that I, as a user, cannot configure this URL anywhere in the Android UI. 🤔

Oh so it really does hit some stupid arbitrary endpoint at AWS 😱

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In-reply-to » @prologic Hmm, have you used a GPS device 15, 20 years ago? I had one in my car. It would take a long time until it got a first “fix” of your location. That’s because it can take up to 12 minutes until you have gathered all the data directly from the satellites. These days, GPS trackers on smartphones get a fix within seconds, maybe 30 seconds tops, because they get pre-seeded with (approximated) satellite positions via A-GPS.

(The old device I’m referring to was a handheld device. It was not built into the car and was not running 24/7.)

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In-reply-to » One thing I’ve learned from locking down my Android phone (see #pknsrda):

I’ll make an experiment: I’ll keep blocking all the phone’s internet traffic and then we’ll see how bad the GPS performance will get in a couple of hours/days. 😅 (If I got it all wrong and it still works fine, that’d be great!)

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