Apple’s new spy tool is being implemented under the guise of protecting victims of child sexual abuse. But let’s not forget that a pizza joint was shot up five years ago and later lit on fire based on a lie about child trafficking. Some who believed that lie are in Congress.
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The most alarming thing for me is the precedent set here. Today it’s CSAM so no-one disagrees. Tomorrow your phone is checking for anti-gov images, same sex relationships, politically sensitive images. This is a dangerous move by @Apple. Interesting to see the majority agree.
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Yep. I’ve not replaced my 1000euro phone in the two days since this news broke. Out of interest what phone do you suggest?
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PinePhone/Purism for the most privacy, but at some loss of usability. @GrapheneOS for the most privacy and stability (Pine/Purism’s Linux phones stability will catch up), or Calyx if you still want GooglePlay. The latter two can run on Pixel phones.
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I think Graphene is the best choice right now. I’m a Linux/Unix geek but it’s just not a good exp on Purism.
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GrapheneOS is a Linux distribution but that's not a strength. It's a weakness. Linux kernel architecture (a massive monolithic kernel) sacrifices substantial security/reliably for performance. A huge amount of work goes into reducing the problems stemming from the Linux kernel.
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We need operating systems based on much more reliable and secure microkernel designs. Linux kernel has millions of lines of C code running with full privileges and no isolation between any of it. A single tiny mistake in any driver trivially leads to critical vulnerabilities.
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piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=qrBVXxZD… The bugs creating security vulnerabilities are very dense and the architecture makes them into critical issues. The kernel needs to look a lot more like the modern userspace on AOSP with fine-grained sandboxing and largely memory safe languages.

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There's a real limit to what can be provided on top of a rotten foundation despite massive efforts to protect it through reduced attack surface, exploit mitigations, etc. The solution to serious fundamental privacy and security issues in software isn't rolling it back even more.