This isn't a rant like last time I swear (but in a way it kinda is). I have a technical question.
So I'm pretty sure whatsappshould in theory work without google play services, as in it's only optional. But I recently debloated my samsung (still using One UI) via ADB and deleted my google account and all of this nasty stuff.
As you know, I can't ditch WhatsApp so I had to keep it, but it turns out that after debloating I couldn't enter the app unless my phone is disconnected from wifi, other than that it would crash instantly. If I reinstall Play Services, the app works fine even if I disable PS and freeze it and strip all of its permissions; it just has to be present for WA to work.
I'm suspecting it might have to do with gdrive chat backup because I used to use that feature a year back? As I said I deleted my google account and prior to doing so I removed Whatsapp's access to drive and had the cloud backup option set to "never". Or is it something to do with notifications? I'm not sure anymore but it's kinda frustrating to have Play Services on my phone when in theory Whatsapp doesn't need it to function.
I tried doing a fresh install of WhatsApp but to no avail, tried it from Aurora store, Apkpure and also Whatsapp's official website.
I know that Graphene OS is the best OS for privacy/security on a Pixel, but I have both a non-Pixel phone. What is the second best ROM in this case? I know that Lineage still has *some* Google telemetry since it's meant to be as close to AOSP as possible and not actually de-Googled. Maybe /e/ OS then?
Hi, I need to help choose server for beginner. I want to selfhost together for example : friendica, pixelfed, matrix, invidious, website (not for public), email, search engine and try different plugins and bridges
It should be just somthing personal for me to learn how to use decentralized software and be independent from big tech.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/60818
> Lots of people have been spreading the often-unnecessary advice to add a Permissions-Policy response header to their sites to opt-out of Google's FLoC, and some have been going so far as to ask FLOSS maintainers to patch their software to make this the default. When discussions got heated to the point of accusing webmasters who don't implement these headers of being "complicit" in Google's surveillance, I felt I had to write this.
> Everybody: please calm down, take a deep breath, and read the spec before you make such prescriptive advice about it.
> FLoC is terrible, but telling everyone to add a magic “opt-out header” in every situation conveys a misunderstanding of everything you need to know about the opt-in/out process.
The main goal is to improve battery performance and privacy by removing unnecessary and obscure system apps. This can also contribute to improve security by reducing the attack surface. The script has a menu that lets you choose what debloat list you want to use. I strongly encourage you to take a look at the lists because the default selection may not suit you. All packages are as well documented as possible in order to provide a better understanding of what you can delete or not.
Most “alternative” search engines to the big three (Google, Bing, Yandex aka GBY) just proxy their results from GBY. I took a look at 30 non-meta search engines with their own crawlers/indexers to find actual alternatives.
Feedback + additions welcome.
If you use [microG](https://microg.org), consider donating to support its development.
What is microG? Quoting its website:
> A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google’s proprietary Android user space apps and libraries.
I just stumbled across this and it seems interesting. Sort of like Brave browser's model but for search. I'll just post the marketing blurb I found [here](https://www.presearch.io/ecosystem) instead of rehashing what they wrote much more eloquently than I could:
> **Presearch Engine**
>The Presearch Engine harnesses the power of a number of the world’s top search engines and other data sources to provide users with a compelling search experience that offers great results, protects user privacy, provides more choice and control, while also being censorship-resistant.
>Rewards in the form of PRE tokens, the Presearch cryptocurrency are provided to searchers to incentivize them to switch to the Presearch Engine from Google and other search engines.
>Presearch nodes can be installed on any computer or server that supports Docker, and provide the computing resources to power the Presearch Engine. Those running nodes are also rewarded with PRE tokens.
>**Presearch Keyword Staking**
>The Presearch Keyword staking platform enables advertisers to bid on keywords using PRE tokens to have their ads displayed. Whoever stakes or commits the most tokens to a keyword has their ad displayed.
>The Presearch Marketplace enables keyword stakers and node stakers, as well as project supporters to purchase PRE tokens directly from the project with Bitcoin, Ethereum or USD.
>The Ethereum blockchain enables PRE token holders to easily transfer, sell, buy and store their PRE tokens, as well as view all transactions on the network in an open, transparent manner.
They also have a referrals system whereby if you join using a referral, both parties get a bonus number of tokens. I'm not bothered either way and my intention isn't to spam this for profit so I didn't include the referral in the main post link. I'm mainly interested in your thoughts on this tech.
However, in case anybody would like the initial bonus, here's a referral link:
The director of the Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Associate Professor David Holmes, said the results demonstrated the importance of news media to search engines, with the top search terms clearly reflecting that people were trying to learn more about current affairs topics.
“It is in the interests of search engines to show news sites because that brings users who are in search of trusted and useful quality content,” he said. “These results suggest that Google’s competitors are well able to deliver that kind of professional content.”
Don't be fearful of change, sometimes you end up even better off. So experiment a little.
#technology #search #news
I tried to get a low-budget smartphone and we found this one. I will get it by shipment.
It seems that it uses Android GO for the operating system.
What can I do to degoogle and debloat it?
What software can I use to back up the entire Nandroid directly into a computer if I ever manage to mess up?
Degoogle, as in deleting all Google Apps efficiently, including their libraries, and replacing them with other, non-intrusive alternatives.
Debloat, as in deleting any other unwanted apps such as Samsung Apps and MediaTek Apps.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Facebook pledged to help one another if they ever faced an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising.
The tech giants reportedly cut a deal in 2018 in which Facebook agreed not to compete with Google's online advertising tools.
They were reportedly aware the deal could result in an antitrust probe and agreed to team up if they ever faced an antitrust investigation.
There has been a lot of work done to create decentralized freedom-respecting services in recent years. (Lemmy is obviously one of these). That being said video hosting seems to be one of the hardest things to replace with a decentralized solution since video files are so large and therefore expensive to host. The only serious attempt at a decentralized youtube replacement I've heard of is LBRY, but I have a general skepticism about blockchain-based businesses, and the available technical information released by the company behind LBRY does not alleviate those concerns. I don't really have any solutions to this issue, I currently just use youtube with sandboxing, but this is obviously not a great situation. Curious about everyone else's thoughts.
Google seems to be putting a lot of resources into their new Fuchsia OS, which though open source, is still completely managed by Google. It also has the drawback of not being under copyleft licenses like GPL, which means other companies can just take it and make proprietary forks.
People who have followed the Fuchsia project, do you see it eventually becoming a significant enough competitor to Linux to be a threat to it, and therefore giving Google even more control of the software world?
My problem switching off of gmail is that I'd really like to start moving to an alias-based approach (so, you know, `email@example.com` for Lemmy emails, etc.) but this then conflates two issues so I solve neither.
I wish Google Takeout were required to maintain consistent formats so people could develop tools against it. I could make a lot of progress by pulling out the decade of history I have with them and not maintaining more than a couple months of data inside their stuff at any given time.