A (not so) new trend on news websites is inserting some f**king content recommendations at the middle of an article, a massive distraction of reading. It seems to be a relatively new phenomenon, popularized since ~2014 or so?

I suspect these news websites know that people are reading social media timelines, they won't read any more news, besides the one link from a social website, so they introduced this thing to boost clicks and ads revenues by a few percentage points.

@retro64XYZ The reality of them stopping GPL-compliance already told everybody everything. There's nothing tech people is disconnected with here.

If you couldn't understand the original toot properly, let me comb it through for you: here is what Huawei should do if they were really not spying and would like to survive, but they did the contrary, and there is no sign that they don't want to survive, so hmmmm.....

But this fact still doesn't make the Google problem invalid. Today we are seeing the dominance of Google being used as a "weapon" to wipe Huawei from the global market, but things are very clear that this is not something only applicable to Huawei. Google could have done similar things to any phone vendor even without a govermental order, and they always possess the power to do so in the future. Plus that pretty much every Android user thinks Android of its Google proprietary components but not the OSS project itself, I would argue that it would probably be a good thing if we can see more Google-free variants of Android, something like micro-G instead of GAPPS.

The takeaway here is that Huawei being disgusting doesn't make every action against it intrinsically problem-free. And vice-versa -- even if an action against Huawei might not be perfect, it won't automatically make Huawei a great company without spying or surveillance on its users.

If I were the leaders of Huawei I think now it is a great time to engage more in the open-source community. Worried about backdoors? Make all the firmwares FOSS. Being cut off from Google proprietary apps? Just fork AOSP and use micro-G instead. I am sure there are many people that would buy a fully open-source and free mobile phone, regardless of what country that phone came from.

But Huawei won't do this. On the contrary, they have stopped providing Linux kernel source code of their devices. I couldn't really understand their move but all these moves just seem to self-confirm Trump's accusations, which doesn't seem to be wise at all. Maybe they are really spying on people? Or maybe they are just dumb?

The fact that Android users all around the world are SOOO dependent on Google proprietary apps is itself a very dangerous thing that hasn't be mentioned at all by mainstream media. Android is open-source, but Google can still basically screw up any phone manufacturer by simply cutting off their stupid CTS licensing, because all the consumers want freaking Google Apps on their phones. Thankfully the Trump Administration now reminds everyone of this possibility. reuters.com/article/us-huawei-

If this is true, I might really consider buying a Chinese-made x86 CPU, just because it can run Coreboot. phoronix.com/scan.php?page=new

@bgme @shimotsuki 只要未来不是完美可预测的,那多样性的存在就是具有价值的。只有在一个绝对可知并且绝对决定论的世界里,多样性才是一个低效的方案。

她们用的作案工具了…… :0171:

We are finally back online. Our server went down for 1-2 hours during the morning due to a network problem. Now everything should have been fixed.

I actually think hackathon are pretty dumb. You could do much more meaningful things in 48 hours.

Finally on my custom-built ROM. Say goodbye to a ROM that doesn't even have open-source device tree

@niconiconi @fribbledom I simply gave up on using either hibernate or suspend. There's just too much issues and I figured cold-booting my computers each time is better than dealing with them.

@PeterCxy The company which released the $1000 phone, is saying their phone will provide you good privacy.

And also, yeah, upgrading. From Android 5.0 to now Android 9.0 they change the scheme dramatically every freaking time they make a new release. Unless your vendor really cares about upgrading, you are essentially doomed because many of these encryption may rely on some hardware stuff. Yes, they may also rely on proprietary firmware and libraries. Even if they don't, well, then there is still not a high chance that the encryption won't break for newly-ported custom-ROMs from a higher version, especially when you have already encrypted your device with the old scheme.

The encryption scheme used by Android is such a mess. Imagine an encryption scheme that is incompatible even within its own ecosystem -- the AOSP one is not compatible with the Qualcomm modified one. If your device is encrypted, then you have to make sure every freaking time that you don't mess up the encryption scheme, or your device may get FORMATTED.

I've resorted to non-encrypted mode for a long while. Although this doesn't feel good at all, at least I don't need to worry about my data going missing every freaking time I upgrade or change my ROM. I enable LUKS on all my computers and it works completely fine without this much nonsense. In a well-standardized ecosystem, things like the incompatibility of AOSP and CAF encryption scheme should never happen -- or is it that these vendors never consider their users installing custom-built ROMs?

The best thing when hacking in the Android source code is that you have to train your brain to context-switch between multiple tasks. Otherwise you would have nothing to do in the hours of building process.

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