I can't decide which ROM to install on my POCO F1. Should I go with LineageOS or Xiaomi.eu?

No Man's Sky is a good game. I've bought it last year and just installed it, and it's nice. It's like a singleplayer EVE Online without botting :P

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Bad news about #Article13, the copyright directive (which includes Art 13) has passed the council of ministers.

Interesting footnote: if the UK gov had simply abstained (or voted against), the directive would not have passed. Britain represents enough population to form a blocking minority.

However, the British government voted in favour.

The law can still be stopped in the European courts (which is what happened to the data retention directive), but this is much messier and more difficult.

I just watched a terrible movie produced by Keanu Reeves and honestly, it would be much better if I knew it was produced by Syfy. At least you know what to expect in those movies 😋

The script of Replicas is terrible. The story sucks.

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Pro-tip: just because someone posts something to a social network, they don't necessarily want your feedback. They definitely don't want you to jump in and well-actually their experience. It's okay to just read something and then move on with your life without responding.

I've just downloaded Albion Online and I'm disappointed that it doesn't support 16:9 in my computer.

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Apparently human staff at Amazon Alexa listen to what people say, even very intimate things (bloomberg.com/news/articles/20).

Alexa uploads your speech to be analysed on Amazon's servers. Siri, Cortana, Bixby etc also do this.

A better alternative is Snips, which doesn't upload your voice anywhere:



You install it on a Raspberry Pi, and access it directly or from your other devices.

(n.b. It's still in beta and requires tech knowledge to set up)

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Sad news today. reuters.com/article/us-ecuador

What are the chances of UK not fulfilling Moreno's request of not extraditing him to where he'd face death penalty or torture?

I can't believe there are people who think the picture of the event horizon of M87's supermassive black hole is fake. Even scientists doubt the veracity of their study.

I'm not joking, I take my phone out of the charger, open Bromite/whatever app and it instantly goes down to 99 - fine until then.

10 minutes after turning the screen off - down to 95%.

It could be something related to LTE and mobile signal but I almost never use it, instead opting for the uni's wi-fi, which uses a lot less battery than mobile data.

I have disabled a *ton* of stuff before and they just keep reappearing in my battery statistics. I've completely disabled "Facebook services", NEVER launched any Facebook app and it still consumes my battery.

I also think that Google's share your location feature is consuming more battery than reported, and the battery saver mode in MIUI just sucks because it only disables auto-sync and the GPS.

I think I'm going to change my phone to Lineage OS sooner than expected. My battery life is terribly bad - my phone reaches 30% in under 4-5 hours of use, SOT at around 3 hours, while my father's (which is also a Poco F1) reaches twice as much under the same amount of use.

Maybe Blokada is sucking up some CPU clocks because it needs to block all the spyware Xiaomi has put in the device.

"Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage"

@switchingsocial can you recommend any lightweight Nextcloud alternative? I really enjoy Nextcloud but it runs too slow on my netbook, so I'm looking for something that doesn't need much hardware to work.

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What's the next step? Chrome asking for your password to confirm your identity so it can use it as an excuse to scan and read your private emails?


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Asking for email passwords to "verify" new accounts is obviously a bad idea. So why did Facebook do it? eff.org/deeplinks/2019/04/face

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