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(MIT Technology Review)   Eric Prince wants to sell you a "RedPill" phone free from liberal Big Tech. Subby hopes this will be as big in the US as the Anom phone was in Australia   (technologyreview.com) divider line
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2022-08-19 10:26:20 AM  
The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.
 
2022-08-19 10:27:52 AM  
Prince told investors the UP Phone is built by "engineers with deep experience in lawful interception, surveillance, and spoofing capabilities."

The engineers who work on iOS and Android have the same experience.
 
2022-08-19 10:28:44 AM  
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2022-08-19 10:30:57 AM  
The only question is who are they going to sell your data to. Guaranfarkingtee this company figures to grab some sweet, sweet law enforcement money selling you out.

After they sell you to all the Big Aggregators, that is.
 
2022-08-19 10:31:33 AM  
Repeat?
 
2022-08-19 10:31:56 AM  
This is really all you need to know:

"Words and phrases like 'government-grade' and 'impenetrable' are rightly mocked online by the computer security community because we know that they're used to fool people," says Nicholas Weaver, a cybersecurity researcher at the International Computer Science Institute.
Weaver believes the UP phone is not so much about the technology as it is about the perceived sales opportunity. "This is right-wing affinity fraud," he argues.
In fact, the phone was originally called the "RedPill Phone," a name based on a meme adored by the American far right. Prince is a vocal supporter of former president Donald Trump, and he debuted the phone on "War Room," a podcast hosted by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon and his fans got a discount code from the show.


Always a grift.
 
2022-08-19 10:35:19 AM  
To ensure American Democracy, we should probably liquidate the trust-fund class.
 
2022-08-19 10:42:32 AM  
RedPill phone synergistically integrates with military-grade decentralized crypto mining equipment to create the first ad-hoc virtual private mesh network allowing shared cloud processing to accelerate your hard wallet to the moon!
 
2022-08-19 10:53:45 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Prince told investors the UP Phone is built by "engineers with deep experience in lawful interception, surveillance, and spoofing capabilities."

The engineers who work on iOS and Android have the same experience.


Except in Eric Prince's case he means Chinese engineers.
 
2022-08-19 10:54:13 AM  

Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.


s/smartphone/television/

s/television/radio/

s/radio/"talkies"/

s/"talkies"/movies/

/etc
//thanks granpaw
 
2022-08-19 10:55:18 AM  

Peki: Repeat?


Yes
 
2022-08-19 10:55:43 AM  

NewportBarGuy: To ensure American Democracy, we should probably liquidate the trust-fund class.


F**k that. Make them poor people and cut off their connections. Watch how fast their world view changes when they spend a decade working for minimum wage or doing hard manual labor.
 
2022-08-19 10:56:33 AM  

Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.


What if it's built on Linux?
 
2022-08-19 10:56:33 AM  

tricycleracer: RedPill phone synergistically integrates with military-grade decentralized crypto mining equipment to create the first ad-hoc virtual private mesh network allowing shared cloud processing to accelerate your hard wallet to the moon!


OMIGOD take my money!
 
2022-08-19 10:57:07 AM  

GrendelMk1: The only question is who are they going to sell your data to. Guaranfarkingtee this company figures to grab some sweet, sweet law enforcement money selling you out.

After they sell you to all the Big Aggregators, that is.


They only do it to protect u and keep u free

Giggle
 
2022-08-19 10:59:05 AM  

tricycleracer: RedPill phone synergistically integrates with military-grade decentralized crypto mining equipment to create the first ad-hoc virtual private mesh network allowing shared cloud processing to accelerate your hard wallet to the moon!


You blew it w the words military and private.

A non military open source public peer to peer blockchain like ethereum is another matter
 
2022-08-19 11:00:12 AM  

Petit_Merdeux: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

s/smartphone/television/

s/television/radio/

s/radio/"talkies"/

s/"talkies"/movies/

/etc
//thanks granpaw


Enjoy your snoopware that u cant remove and wasting ur time
 
2022-08-19 11:00:33 AM  
Gotta fleece the rubes. Must be a day that ends in 'y'.
 
2022-08-19 11:00:57 AM  
I wonder if they'll ever figure out the irony that the red pill was just another mindf*ck.
 
2022-08-19 11:01:14 AM  

tricycleracer: RedPill phone synergistically integrates with military-grade decentralized crypto mining equipment to create the first ad-hoc virtual private mesh network allowing shared cloud processing to accelerate your hard wallet to the moon!


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Reality defeats PoesLaw once again.
 
2022-08-19 11:04:34 AM  
Does it come preloaded with Gab, Parler, and Truth social?
 
2022-08-19 11:11:30 AM  

sirrerun: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

What if it's built on Linux?


That would be fine if the source code was open and the hardware/firmware is open.

Tropic square is already close to releasing an open source security chip for their Trezor hardware wallets.  Its uses will branch out from there over time
 
2022-08-19 11:15:14 AM  

Linux_Yes: sirrerun: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

What if it's built on Linux?

That would be fine if the source code was open and the hardware/firmware is open.

Tropic square is already close to releasing an open source security chip for their Trezor hardware wallets.  Its uses will branch out from there over time


I aspire to believe so deeply and completely in something

Anything.
 
2022-08-19 11:25:42 AM  

Gubbo: Linux_Yes: sirrerun: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

What if it's built on Linux?

That would be fine if the source code was open and the hardware/firmware is open.

Tropic square is already close to releasing an open source security chip for their Trezor hardware wallets.  Its uses will branch out from there over time

I aspire to believe so deeply and completely in something

Anything.


Interesting, because the people who believe that the guvmint is tracking them remind me of the people who think God gives a shiat if they toss one off.
 
2022-08-19 11:41:14 AM  
To avoid using big tech, their map app works by texting you photos of fold out maps.
 
2022-08-19 11:52:22 AM  
Wait a minute this is just a kids walkie-talkie
 
2022-08-19 12:05:59 PM  

Troy McClure: To avoid using big tech, their map app works by texting you photos of fold out maps.


The directions are my mother in law telling me to go down thataaway til you get to the big pretty tree then turn left, go til you pass the Johnson's place but the Johnsons don't live there anymore they live up on 3rd, anyway if you see the park you've gone too far so turn around and find the blue house with the nice roof...
 
2022-08-19 12:30:36 PM  
""There are the actual attempts to make real secure phones, and then there is the marketing BS. Distinguishing between those two can be really hard." "

But in this case not so much.
 
2022-08-19 12:35:33 PM  
The only thing I'm absolutely certain of there is that phone is absolutely riddled with backdoor crap allowing Prince & his company to fully access anything anyone connects to it or puts in it.
 
2022-08-19 12:36:30 PM  
For a while he was going only by his initials EP or calling himself "echo papa".  What a jackass!
 
2022-08-19 12:57:30 PM  
"Pay me to spy on you and sell MOAR of your information!"

It's a bold and catchy sort of statement of intent.
 
2022-08-19 1:30:40 PM  
God. Right wing morons will literally buy anything as long as it's tied to stigginit.

They'll probably come with NFTs of Conserva-Apes and mine crypto when you're not using it.
 
2022-08-19 2:00:12 PM  

NewportBarGuy: To ensure American Democracy, we should probably liquidate the trust-fund class.


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2022-08-19 2:34:24 PM  
It's just a rebranded Hooliphone with Pied Piper on it.
 
2022-08-19 2:57:17 PM  

Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.


what about using it to buy crypto?
 
2022-08-19 3:00:09 PM  

Linux_Yes: A non military open source public peer to peer blockchain like ethereum is another matter


does that involve spearheading new paradigms of b2b e-commerce solutions for today's dynamic 24-7 global marketplace?
 
2022-08-19 3:05:17 PM  

Linux_Yes: sirrerun: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

What if it's built on Linux?

That would be fine if the source code was open and the hardware/firmware is open.

Tropic square is already close to releasing an open source security chip for their Trezor hardware wallets.  Its uses will branch out from there over time


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2022-08-19 3:18:36 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

what about using it to buy crypto?


I wouldnt unless the phone was connected to a hardwallet and i went thru that.

Phones are full of all kinds of goodies
 
2022-08-19 3:20:15 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: Linux_Yes: A non military open source public peer to peer blockchain like ethereum is another matter

does that involve spearheading new paradigms of b2b e-commerce solutions for today's dynamic 24-7 global marketplace?


Blockchain will change the way commerce is conducted online
 
2022-08-19 3:40:21 PM  

Linux_Yes: sirrerun: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

What if it's built on Linux?

That would be fine if the source code was open and the hardware/firmware is open.

Tropic square is already close to releasing an open source security chip for their Trezor hardware wallets.  Its uses will branch out from there over time


Linus specifically didn't GPL linux.h to allow non-GPL code on Linux.  Google used this loophole+monopoly power to make it next to impossible to produce non-Android phones, although it might be possible to get whoever manufactures fire tablets for Amazon to do this.

In reality, your best bet appears to be lineage: https://status.lineageos.org/components/59efbff64e80f148afed6c4a

/I'm going to look later for possible work on my tablet.
//phone is probably a no-go.  Gmaps/waze can be a lifesaver
///although since I no longer commute in the DC area, I could probably live without that as well
 
2022-08-19 3:42:05 PM  

Linux_Yes: Thank You Black Jesus!: Linux_Yes: A non military open source public peer to peer blockchain like ethereum is another matter

does that involve spearheading new paradigms of b2b e-commerce solutions for today's dynamic 24-7 global marketplace?

Blockchain will change the way commerce is conducted online


Right after the linux desktop becomes a standard and Debian forks don't require daily bug patches.
 
2022-08-19 3:44:49 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: Linux_Yes: sirrerun: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

What if it's built on Linux?

That would be fine if the source code was open and the hardware/firmware is open.

Tropic square is already close to releasing an open source security chip for their Trezor hardware wallets.  Its uses will branch out from there over time

RIP
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2022-08-19 3:50:03 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Linux_Yes: sirrerun: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

What if it's built on Linux?

That would be fine if the source code was open and the hardware/firmware is open.

Tropic square is already close to releasing an open source security chip for their Trezor hardware wallets.  Its uses will branch out from there over time

Linus specifically didn't GPL linux.h to allow non-GPL code on Linux.  Google used this loophole+monopoly power to make it next to impossible to produce non-Android phones, although it might be possible to get whoever manufactures fire tablets for Amazon to do this.

In reality, your best bet appears to be lineage: https://status.lineageos.org/components/59efbff64e80f148afed6c4a

/I'm going to look later for possible work on my tablet.
//phone is probably a no-go.  Gmaps/waze can be a lifesaver
///although since I no longer commute in the DC area, I could probably live without that as well


Librem 5 runs PureOS.
 
2022-08-19 3:51:58 PM  

maxheck: Linux_Yes: Thank You Black Jesus!: Linux_Yes: A non military open source public peer to peer blockchain like ethereum is another matter

does that involve spearheading new paradigms of b2b e-commerce solutions for today's dynamic 24-7 global marketplace?

Blockchain will change the way commerce is conducted online

Right after the linux desktop becomes a standard and Debian forks don't require daily bug patches.


The trick with bugs is that Linux patches them faster than any other OS.

All OSs have bugs its just a matter of how quickly they are found and patched
 
2022-08-19 3:53:55 PM  

maxheck: Linux_Yes: Thank You Black Jesus!: Linux_Yes: A non military open source public peer to peer blockchain like ethereum is another matter

does that involve spearheading new paradigms of b2b e-commerce solutions for today's dynamic 24-7 global marketplace?

Blockchain will change the way commerce is conducted online

Right after the linux desktop becomes a standard and Debian forks don't require daily bug patches.


It speeds patches up when u can tap a world community of developers vs only ones from 1 company
 
2022-08-19 4:05:56 PM  

Linux_Yes: maxheck: Linux_Yes: Thank You Black Jesus!: Linux_Yes: A non military open source public peer to peer blockchain like ethereum is another matter

does that involve spearheading new paradigms of b2b e-commerce solutions for today's dynamic 24-7 global marketplace?

Blockchain will change the way commerce is conducted online

Right after the linux desktop becomes a standard and Debian forks don't require daily bug patches.

It speeds patches up when u can tap a world community of developers vs only ones from 1 company


Yeah, like the Heartbleed bug that no one noticed for years because the open source community is so rigorous about regression testing.

Have you ever actually worked in development?
 
2022-08-19 5:00:38 PM  

tricycleracer: RedPill phone synergistically integrates with military-grade decentralized crypto mining equipment to create the first ad-hoc virtual private mesh network allowing shared cloud processing to accelerate your hard wallet to the moon!


You forgot to include the words blockchain and NFT.
 
2022-08-19 5:08:59 PM  

tricycleracer: RedPill phone synergistically integrates with military-grade decentralized crypto mining equipment to create the first ad-hoc virtual private mesh network allowing shared cloud processing to accelerate your hard wallet to the moon!


"Weird Al" Yankovic - Mission Statement
Youtube GyV_UG60dD4
 
2022-08-19 5:19:20 PM  
As a side note, isn't it kind of weird that conservatives and right wingers have embraced the term "red pill," a term that entered the popular lexicon due to two very prominent Hollywood liberal trans women?
 
2022-08-19 5:33:24 PM  

Linux_Yes: Petit_Merdeux: Linux_Yes: The only thing a smartphone is good at is snooping on u and wasting your time.

s/smartphone/television/

s/television/radio/

s/radio/"talkies"/

s/"talkies"/movies/

/etc
//thanks granpaw

Enjoy your snoopware that u cant remove and wasting ur time


I notice you like to abbreviate simple words down to single letters, which is a method that people who waste their time trying to type on 12-button flip phones keypads have to resort to in order to communicate.
 
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