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Can always get a Pixel 3a. Inexpensive as far as phones go and also supported by GrapheneOS. Less money to Google if you buy it secondhand if that’s your concern


I agree, although it is helpful to show support (and put money where your mouth is) for Linux to major OEMs like Lenovo.

I’d say if you were planning to buy a lenovo anyway, getting one with Linux pre-installed would at least save you some money, but if you’re just looking for something that’s relatively private, why not consider System76? They disable the Intel ME and provide coreboot on several laptops, which is better for your privacy than a Lenovo with proprietary BIOS and Intel ME enabled.


I see this as similar to how the Tor browser bundle doesn’t include ad blocking. Tor is already seen as potentially malicious by many sites, so might as well let websites get ad revenue from Tor users so they are less likely to block Tor nodes. If you’re using Tor, you’re not likely to be followed beyond your current session by tracking in those ads so it isn’t as much of a privacy concern.

Newpipe is trying to keep YouTube viewing private, and while they actively get rid of YouTube’s share of advertising, they aren’t interested in getting rid of non-invasive advertising simply because its advertising. I see this as a pro-YouTube content creator move, as ultimately its a project focused on YouTube and content creators are what make YouTube special. Not that newpipe users are even a blip on the radar for them though.


This makes sense. I feel like I read this part in the article but it must not have stuck. Thanks for explaining


Good TL;DR.

I’m slightly confused why the community is seeing this as controversial though. Isn’t the whole idea that OSM would take over as a dominant atlas database exactly what the project’s end goal is? It just has the side effect that tech companies start to use and contribute to their database.


One nice thing about privacy.com is you can pay anonymously (from the viewpoint of the seller). Privacy cards let you use whatever billing info you want, so you could theoretically use John Doe as your name, and 123 Main St as your address, and privacy will approve it. You have to make sure you are sensitive to whatever payment processor they use though, since they will likely have a fraud system making sure you are a legit customer and may deny your charge even if privacy approves it


If you find a better option, let me know. I know they have to be out there. Atm I’m fine with coinbase because they’re the most secure option, but if a better alternative comes along I’d jump to it


If all you’re looking for is a way to pay for online purchases on everyday websites (e.g. Amazon) more privately (Paypal shares your data with 100s of companies) then look no further than privacy.com if you live in the US.


Email shouldn’t be the main worry since you’re more likely to have Coinbase know who you are anyway due to KYC laws. Really all you need to do is follow an anonymous btc guide. There are plenty. Here’s one I like https://tube.privacytools.io/videos/watch/1e19ac11-bdb0-48e0-83c1-82c5cd88fb93