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dangillmor , to random
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Amazon to its now sub-Prime Video customers: "Nice service you have there, be a shame if we did something to it." https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2024/02/11/amazon-prime-videos-new-ads-based-subscription-has-a-surprise/?sh=76f8a5037cd5

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor

I haven't used AZ Prime Video's interface for years.

I have had a prime membership forever but chose to pirate their exclusive content because their interface is shit.

I love watching AZ content outside their offensive interface - ad free!

I might drop prime some day but my (lack of) inertia has kept me (auto) renewing every year because I like poking and getting delivery to my porch the next day.

They will need to screw that up to get me to quit. I bet their are working on it

dangillmor , to random
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Take a few minutes to read this important blog post from @pluralistic. He got scammed, and he describes what happened. https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/05/cyber-dunning-kruger/#swiss-cheese-security

We're heading into a time when the scammers are gaining the upper hand, no matter how good we are at trying to avoid being taken by experts.

That's the thing: They are experts.

Get ready to do business less conveniently in the near future.

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor @pluralistic
It is absolutely exhausting to keep up with the muti-faceted assault via calls, texts and emails that we are forced to endure. I even clicked on a phish-test link from my own work because they had the know-how to fashion a legit email that, I'll wager, caught everyone they tested.

dangillmor , to random
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So which of the major (and increasingly expensive) streaming services will be first to eliminate the no-ads tier completely, or raise its price so high that it's an obviously bad deal?

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor

I think that the streaming landscape will soon merge into a loose but fractured alliance in which some player tries to tie them all together into an aggregate platform that has shifting and intermittent participation. I vote PleX.

That will be the only platform that most people will support because screw all these disparate players - that's not how we consume media.

I would pay for that platform up until they screw me by dropping what I want or subjecting me to advertising.

dangillmor , to random
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The Verge says Netflix is "turning into cable TV" but that understates the decline of what was once a great service. https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/23/24047817/netflix-is-turning-into-cable-tv

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor
Netflix, Apple TV+, paramount-extra, HBO/max-plus...I'm just done. These folks can just flat-out kiss my ass with their games.

I used to buy physical media and I started buying digital media until I got stung by Amazon pulling a title that they stopped licensing. It happened again on another platform shortly after.

Now - I straight-up pirate everything...even from things I still subscribe to. It's easier and a better experience all around.

These idiots are digging their own grave

dangillmor , to random
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It's only January, but DeSantis has surely locked up the "Lickspittle of the Year" prize for 2024.

https://apnews.com/article/ron-desantis-250c8ed4b49843350e258f0c2754c8ba

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor I don't think we can call that prize - "Lickspittle of the Year" so early in the race, Dan.

There are sooo many contenders and already some impressive performances have been given.

Let us hold the trophy for those in congress who will surely lick the spittle right off the ground he walks when given the chance.

dangillmor , to random
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Newspaper asks its community to connect the dots as virtually all of one day's papers, with story relating to police chief, somehow go missing.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ouray-stolen-newspapers-police-chief-rape_n_65aa9f5fe4b076abd7ab6a90?5e

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor My first reaction to your post is: "wait - paper, like...actual paper is their medium"? I miss actual paper but have not enjoyed its feel for a long while. My last reaction was: stupid people think that the paper is the problem? Burn the paper and the words remain in today's world.

dangillmor , (edited ) to random
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Apple solves its patent infringement dispute by removing a key feature from the new IWatch.

(Already-sold watches keep the feature, but new buyers are out of luck.)

Will it reduce the price?

Fairly sure that's a rhetorical question for which the answer is no...

https://9to5mac.com/2024/01/17/apple-watch-series-9-ultra-2-without-blood-oxygen-sensor/

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor I bought my Ultra 2 because of its feature set a few months ago. I suspect they will not nerf the feature for those who bought it but if they do I’ll ask for a refund.

dangillmor , to random
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@pluralistic makes an essential point in his latest roundup:

Some of the spammers polluting your inbox are victims of scams themselves -- and the scammers are simply practicing the rancid version of capitalism that prevails in so many ways at this point.

https://pluralistic.net/2024/01/15/passive-income-brainworms/

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor @pluralistic

We are at the threshold of the wave of AI scam/spam that will overwhelm our digital presence.

We will need new tools to inform our perception of what is real and what is not.

I hope that smarter people than I are currently working on it because I feel hopeless amid the onslaught of falsehoods hitting my inbox every day.

dangillmor , to random
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(Updated with new link)

It's not surprising that China found a way to crack AirDrop to spy on users of iPhones.

What should be surprising -- but maybe isn't because of Apple's consistent bended-knee stance there -- is that Apple knew of the flaw and didn't fix it.

Apple's claims to care about user privacy/security are sometimes empty, or outright lies.
https://appleinsider.com/articles/24/01/10/apple-was-warned-of-airdrop-flaws-before-chinas-hack

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor
This "crack" appears to only be a threat vector if AirDrop is being used to send something to a compromised device that is being actively monitored. Did I miss the actual threat?

dangillmor , to random
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Trump lawyer argued today that Biden would be immune from prosecution if he ordered Trump's assassination.

rouxdoo ,
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@dangillmor The stupid here is that you're only immune if you're trying to treason - otherwise it is not acceptable behavior for a duly elected servant of the the people (the big steal not withstanding).

w7voa , to random
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rouxdoo ,
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@w7voa

All you need to know about them:

"and its new policy interpretation will not include proactively removing content related to neo-Nazis and far-right extremism"

No need to tune in to substack ever again.

LemmyWorld , (edited ) to random
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Hey everyone,
Sorry for the server lag today, we're digging in on it.
-jelloeater

rouxdoo ,
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@LemmyWorld
Thanks for posting on Masto - I tend to flip back and forth between the two and had noticed the lag but assumed you were on it. Appreciate the update.

christianselig , to random
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My new favorite Siri quirk is using a HomePod to set a timer, then checking up on the timer and a different HomePod responding and having no idea what I’m talking about and then running around the house whispering at HomePods to find the one that accepted the command initially

rouxdoo ,
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@christianselig

Good thing we are all-in on our ecosystem so everything works flawlessly together ;)

Yeah, Apple needs to work harder to make it more cohesive,

luckytran , to random
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This is unethical. Bosses are forcing employees to come into work sick with active COVID. This is why labor organizers need to incorporate public health into their demands.

rouxdoo ,
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@luckytran

What ever happened to "boss, I'm sick - won't be in today"? This is not about covid and pandemic - this is about "I'm sick, no work dude". This is how normal people deal with work and sick...fuck the politics surrounding that thing..

Green_Footballs , to random
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I will never trust Liz Cheney. She’s every bit as bad as Trump, except for the law-breaking part. She wants to install the fascist government legally.

rouxdoo ,
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@Green_Footballs

Liz Cheney is every bit as bad as the Cheney name would suggest but there is no equivalency to be found with "he should not be named" (hereafter named "IT". She stood in opposition to "IT"'s treasonous actions in her time in office. She still speaks truth to POS about "IT". I could find a place in my world to see her serving our republic again as long as "IT" is banished.

I would welcome her voice in anything but a presidential spoiler in the coming election. Hell no to that!!

nixCraft , to random
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rouxdoo ,
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@nixCraft
I can pay. I chose to pay for a long time. They pulled things I thought I was paying for because they just do that. I bought physical media because - I'm willing to pay but they stopped releasing on physical media.

I said "fuck it" and just grabbed what I wanted because they wouldn't let me just pay for it.

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