syster

syster OP wrote

It's largely tankies and social democrats these days.

When I checked them 3 years ago, that was my impression too :-(

and making fun of fascists.

ok, thought that's always fun! :-)

Which sort of topics are you interested?

Kind if anything, but I have a few requirements:

  • no clickbaits and video lengths stretching just for the purpose of gaining more cash.
  • logical fallacies as little as possible
  • no tankie, no fash, no lib...
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syster wrote

that's a sign that these politics not only don't have any teeth for us, but they are a key part of maintaining the current order.

I agree that identity politics is flawed, but I don't follow the causality that because the CIA is coopting it, it is a sign to be a key of maintaining order. In order to maintain order, you are simply forced to make 1. compromise, 2. win a debate/use enough force or 3. be annihilated. They lost the second but obvious still wish to maintain order, and being annihilated isn't an option to them.

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syster wrote

It's a lie by Hollywood who popularized that narrative in order to move folks into pseudo critical thinking, so they can inject their propaganda into a user group that feels attracted by conspiracy theories hosted on corporate mainstream platforms, that will bind given users to such platform and will help to popularize them. The truth is, rabbits don't exist, only the holes and if you put your head into one, it will be stuck.

[joke]

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syster wrote

Without getting into why, I’m thinking of getting a Mac. I’m concerned about what sort of surveillance and abuses Apple conducts, but I don’t know any of the specifics.

btw: I don't know much about Apple things and I'm also not really following their abusive practice over their consumers, but you might like to take a look here: https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-apple.html It is not specific to MacOS, but about Apple's software in general.

In short: Since it is propritary software, apple is in absolute control what it does. That includes backdoors, that they can use any time they please. Obviously there are legal limitations and consumer presure that limit malicious practice to some extend.

About surveillance:

"Apple whistleblower Thomas Le Bonniec reports that Apple made a practice of surreptitiously activating the Siri software to record users' conversations when they had not activated Siri. This was not just occasional, it was systematic practice. His job was to listen to these recordings, in a group that made transcripts of them. He does not believes that Apple has ceased this practice." https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-apple.html#surveillance

Also this: "macOS Leaks Application Usage..." https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/11/macos-leaks-application-usage-forces-apple-make-hard-decisions

And if there are any ways to minimize their tracking and control?

As far as I understand: Any solution is based on the "good will" of apple, because when using Apple's software, you have no control over what it does, you can only hope that it does what apple proclaims, while knowing that they have continuously proven to be dishonest to their users. Using a MacOS in a country with legal restriction to user data harvesting without consent should provide some protection (and making sure to not give them consent...but I don't know how well their products are usable if you don't consent).

But know this:

Depending on your thread model, you're just fine with MacOS. People tend to say it's less worse then Windows. I don't know if that's really true. Depending on your thread model, you're also just fine with Windows. My thread model always includes something about how technology shapes and influences society, and what negative consequences there are that I'm not ok with, and how I can act towards countering it.

(Before anyone says it, I don’t think GNU/Linux is a good option for me. I need something simple with acceptable security, and something that allows me to lock down exactly what I can do, sort of like parental controls.)

Ok, then MacOS isn't a good fit for you. MacOS does not give you this control. They can overwrite remotely any software you install, and they have done this in the past already.You have no control over that. Linux/freeBSD systems are far from perfect but they are kind of a golden standard security wise. The issues about sandoxing and privilege escalation that the article mentioned can easily (good enough) circumvented by choosing a distro that gives such protection by default. I haven't used Ubuntu since long, but I thing even they ship their default software with sanboxing profiles these days, but I'm not sure.(I'm not advocating Ubuntu, I only name it because it's one of the famous linux distro, and is absolutely not centered around privacy/security) Another practice is using sandoxed virtual machines, thought these days they are kind of easy to use. (see Whonix for example)

But obviously that also depends on what you wish to do, and what software you believe you need to use. Since you don't mentioned the reason you plan to use MacOS, I can't have an opinion on that. If it is for security reasons, I would highly recommend to not use MacOS. If it is because there is a specific software that you need to use, that is only available in MacOS, then I would recomment MacOs. ...in most cases there is a software that does at least something similar and can run on a Linux machine. If you have a specific question in that regard, feel free to ping me, maybe I can help, maybe not.

btw: You can use most/all? Laptops that run with MacOS to also run a live OS system such as Tails. Like this you could have MacOS for your daily whatsoever, and use Tails whenever you feel the need for some more privacy. For Questions related to Tails, feel free to ask here: /f/tails.

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syster wrote (edited )

There are 3 android apps that you can use as your rss feed reader that you might like to give a try. They are available in fdroid.

feeder

  • simple rss feed reader.
  • allows categorize of feeds and viewing a category as if they are one feed
  • can't bookmark

AntennaPod

  • it's a great app to subscribe to your favorite podcasts (and listen offline), but can also be in use for subscribing to any webpage via rss
  • you can't categorize (afaik)
  • you can bookmark

Briar

  • it's p2p communication app with high focus on privacy. It can be used to subscribe to any wepage via rss
  • you can't categorize
  • you can reblog, but can't bookmark (copy+paste into a private group would be a work around)
  • storage is encrypted by default
  • text only
  • forces all traffic through Tor (let's you choose bridges to enter the Tor network if required)
  • you can share all of your feeds by connecting to another Briar user (connecting to another Briar user requires both of you to exchange your public link or to connect over Bluetooth + QR code and accept each of you the request. So it's nothing that can be done accidentially.
  • has a security audit

If you're looking to synchronize between multiple devices, you might take a look into: newsblur, TinyTinyRSS or Nextcloud RSS. Unfortunate they all require a server. There is also "spaRSS DecSync", which is said to "Sync RSS without a server using DecSync" (I never used it). Another option could be using https://syncthing.net/ (p2p data synchronizing tool) to synchronize specific data across devices.

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syster wrote

That depends very much what you're doing during that time.

If you're just planing to read on raddle for the next hours, you'll be probably anonymous by login into a public wifi, as long as you don't use a device that is sending information that could be used to identify you. The first part is easy to archive. The second also, and by different methods.

  1. Hardware:
  • get a hardware that is not linked in any way to you
  • get rid of it afterwards
  1. software: There you have plenty of options to choose from. The easiest might be using Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System). It does several things for you, so you don't have to worry about them yourself. To learn more about Tails, and it's limitation take a look here: https://tails.boum.org/about

For Tails, there is also /f/tails. Feel free to ask there if you have a Tails specific question

Always a good idea: Getting a USB WiFi adapter that can run via free-software and disconnect (or build/use hard switches) the internal one. WiFi devices broadcast identification information, such as their MAC address. Tails uses MAC Address Randomization, and probably protects you in most cases. But then there is also this:

A Study of MAC Address Randomization in Mobile Devices and When it Fails https://content.sciendo.com/downloadpdf/journals/popets/2017/4/article-p365.xml

Know Thy Quality: Assessment of Device Detection by WiFi Signals http://sig-iss.work/percomworkshops2019/papers/p639-rutermann.pdf

Defeating MAC Address Randomization Through Timing Attacks https://hal.inria.fr/hal-01330476/document

Why MAC Address Randomization is not Enough: An Analysis of Wi-Fi Network Discovery Mechanisms https://papers.mathyvanhoef.com/asiaccs2016.pdf

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