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I’m gen z but hose water was the best

Android Microphone Snooping (lemmy.world)

So I had a verbal conversation with a coworker yesterday and now I’m getting fed very specific ads. No possible way it’s accidental. I have most of the microphone access to apps limited, I have Google assistant turned off and no VPA setup in my home. I use a Oneplus 9 pro, does anyone have recommendations on how to further...

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it does not upload audio clips unless you opt in during the first use of assistant
well, and text will obviously get sent if assistant activation results in a google search, pretty sure actions like setting a timer run fully locally without any feedback to google (except general anonymous analytics data which is not that “scary”)

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well you have the exact same public ipv4 address or ipv6 prefix

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Fortnite? it’s a coop zombie shooter base building game, how tf is it an alternative to roblox

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Chihiro Fujisaki from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (the first game in the trilogy). there’s a cool plot twist about them

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also there’s still no alternative to hdmi-cec

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huh didn’t know. does it work in practice tho?

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<span style="color:#323232;">gdb ./fuck
</span><span style="color:#323232;">r
</span><span style="color:#323232;">where
</span>

you should get a complete stack trace (complete with values of some function arguments)

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he’s russian tho

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(also I’m fvcking tired of privacy extremists on here. if something is proprietary it doesn’t mean that it uploads literally everything to the server, on-device processing is still a thing y’know)

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that only happens if you explicitly agree to uploading voice clips

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most of my (rust) projects have zero (or maybe 1-2) warnings, unless I’m in the middle of working on a feature

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enterprise (and “pro for workstations”) edition of windows 11 has little to no ads.
same applies to windows 10 pro or higher with local accounts
you should go with enterprise if you need windows for any reason anyway, as it’s the only edition with an option to disable telemetry (set it to “Security” in group policy editor, in pro it only goes down to “Required”, and no debloating tool will help with that) (it’s impossible to do without partching the os or using a firewall in other editions, yes, Microsoft basically paywalls privacy)
ma account login can be blocked via a gpo in pro or higher editions, the system pretends they don’t exist at all (e.g. add new account button brings up a menu to add a local account immediately)

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it doesn’t.
i uninstalled it on all of my machines and haven’t seen it ever since.

same applies to edge, i uninstalled it in 2021 and it only came back once (after the major copilot backport update, which restructured the way windows 10 handles edge (legacy edge got completely removed)), a month ago in 2024, uninstalled it and it’s still gone.

Windows defender is a real bitch tho, can’t get rid of it no matter what

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it’s not.
never happened to me
maybe a thing on windows home, but i only use enterprise

vox,
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mas can activate it permanently with hwid

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well it’s an improvement…
basically the tracking is still there but runs locally on your phone, so google only knows this

someone with ip 1.2.3.4 is interested in sports, cats and videogames and is looking to purchase a new monitor

(and the info is sent with every ad request, statelessly) google promises they won’t associate these requests with ip addresses, but I won’t trust them.

instead of a full log like:

user x with tracking id 12345 visited catworld.com at 10:34:56 PM and stayed there for 35 seconds
user x with tracking id 12345 made a purchase on website shoptech.com and was scrolling through the monitors page for 10 minutes.

it’s still tracking but it sucks less i guess…
and making it a default is probably a great move

(I’d rather opt out of any form of tracking tho)

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you still need to reboot your linux machine or relogin if you updated a process that’s currently running (and in most cases most system processes can’t be just restarted) (…and otherwise you’ll just stay at the old version bit with new data which might cause some instability)

yes, there’s kernel hot-patching but it only affects the kernel, only viable for minor and security upgrades, does not come pre-configured on most consumer distros and not really suitable for home use.

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not really, this probably only applies to minor updates

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that’s not how push works. usually, google would only know you received a notification, but not it’s contents. that “dummy” notification wakes the app up, which decrypts and shows the real notification.
content aware stuff runs entirely locally on your phone, so no data is sent to google (unless you have telemetry enabled, in which case the reply or action you used will be sent to google together with the next telemetry data upload)

yes, some apps actually push the content directly through the push system, but that’s not how this is handled in most apps that handle private data in notifications.

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in fact it can only interact with your phone by generating google assistant commands and passing them on

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well it IS able to call to assistant (this is the only way to interaft with the phone atm) but it seems like it reverse-hallucinates sometimes and forgets that assistant CAN in fact do these things

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beuh, they obviously mean that the biometric data is stored and processed locally, not the data that results from that processing.
i mean that’s still kinda creepy but you’re making it seem like they didn’t obviously admit to it in the original sentence.

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the framework is actually pretty cool, it uses SDFs to render ui (which is definitely not the most efficient solution but it’s really, really cool (it means they can use the same system to render shapes, text, and literally everything else which can be described by a signed distance formula)

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