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One thing that not many people know: you don't need to have a Google account to use GCM/FCM even with official Gapps. You can simply not sign in to Google play and push will still work.

It's still running tons of spyware yes but it's an alternative on phones where MicroG is not an option. Eg Samsung phones with Knox enabled.

I don't want to be protected from myself. As the admin I should have full access to the stuff I buy.

Disabling it is ok but the problem with that is that you lose all security. There should be a way to add our own signing keys to persist changes to the SSV (Signed System Volume) and SIP protected folders. It shouldn't be trust only Apple or nothing.

This is not for you, rather for the kind of people that get Ask Jeeves installed when clicking on popups while browsing the Web.

They shouldn't have the same rights? Just because someone is less technologically aware today, you think it's OK to start stripping away their rights? That's like saying poor people shouldn't be allowed to own a house because they won't be able to afford the maintenance.

The more accurate version of your analogy is that they can choose to do their maintenance, they just won’t be covered by insurance (their own or that of a tradesman) if something goes wrong.

That is actually how it is in reality, and maps very well to as analogies to the two levels of SIP.

Many insurances don't cover house repairs if not done by companies specialised on the repair domain....

You do have full access to what you buy. While it would be nice to both have full access AND the security, that’s still not denying you full access.

The new cryptex mechanism could be used to allow persistent modifications to the SSV (that's how it's done on the iOS Security Research Devices), but no idea if Apple will actually implement that.

I'm from the Netherlands but I don't like IRMA. I respect what they're trying to do but they're lowering the barrier.

Right now most platforms don't do ID validation because users hate sharing their details. By making it more privacy-safe more platforms will do it because the barrier is lower. I really hate that, I think the internet should remain anonymous. So I can pick whatever nick and even have multiple.

elting it down doesn't make it less radioactive. It's still a significant health hazard to work with, making new construction with the remolded materials prohibitively expensive.

> Fukushima by the way, despite repeatedly ignoring warnings of the risks of not being prepared for realistic tsunamis and earthquakes it might experience, survived relatively well all things considered.

Yes most nuclear incidents involved risks being ignored. But I don't see how this is an argument for nuclear. This will keep happening as long as we have this stuff built and operated by the lowest bidder bound to make as much profit as they can.

I figured someone works raise that argument because it’s an easy and obvious one but is not helpful.

A) coal power plants ignore warnings too. It’s just that it ends up as a distributed problem of cancer clusters and failing lungs m as by years later that’s harder to link

B) shipping oil creates a lot of ecological and human damage through oil spills

C) even with all the incidents, nuclear is still safer than carbon-based energy sources. It’s death/kWh is closer to wind.

D) gen IV reactors have no risk of runaway reactions negating your argument

So even with the issues they’re still safer and only get safer

the argument is that the even the flawed design of Fukushima is good enough, therefore building safer ones should lead to at least as good results

Yeah the book "The Circle" (now of course a major motion picture :) really captured that culture well, I thought. A lot of these companies are really like that.

My problem with the movie was that it played it straight with a novel that IMO could only be enjoyed as a deliberately over the top "if this goes on" satire. The film really needed some Doctor Strangelove level black humor.

I don't know, it's a form of extrapolation IMO. The 1984 of our time. That was also not realistic back in the day but reality overtook it.

However it feels like the time of social media is already coming to an end. With the companies filling our timelines with ever more crap in a futile attempt to 'engage' us, they are only driving us ever more away.

Death tolls aren't the only impact of a nuclear disaster. Denial of land use for tens to hundreds of years, cleanup costs, mutations, denial of water supplies if it reaches ground water (the prevention of which was one of the things that did work out well at Chernobyl). All with cleanup costs a magnitude higher than those of industrial spills.

We're all going to die eventually of something and of those 8M many would have died soon after of other causes. Look at how many people still smoke packets full of hazardous fume sticks on a daily basis. That's how much we care about that risk.

This is a good read. The 'wasteland' thing is a bit of a myth. https://thoughtscapism.com/2019/05/08/what-about-radioactive...

The difference being that smoking is a personal decision and living near a nuclear power plant isn't. Especially if we were to scale it up to replace fossil fuels. which would mean on the order of ten times as much sites and risk.

> The numbers are in and they're excellent.

Those numbers could have changed a lot this year if Russian shelling at Zaporizhzhia had worked out a bit differently.

And this was a military adversary that wasn't explicitly trying to cause nuclear damage here. The next one might go all out or try something as a false flag.

Those 70 years have been in relative peaceful times. And they don't include the 200 years of cleanup we've externalised to the future. We just learned a very painful lesson what externalisation to the future can lead to with global warming.

Wow that's pretty bad yeah. Routing cables differently and some pull release adhesive tabs would have made this easily doable and hardly cost any extra.

That was an amazing machine for its time. I remember it well. In those days a laptop was a luxury, I was a computer science student and only 1 of the fellow students I knew had a laptop! We just used our own PCs at home and the computer rooms with PCs or X Terminals.

I wish I had one of these. I guess finding one is even harder than restoring it.

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