@mike @alcinnz Epic: Uses monopolistic practices to secure control over software through their marketplace, denying access to existing users who are on Linux or Mac just so they can maximize their profits.

3 minutes later...

Also Epic: “It's not fair Apple are using monopolistic practices to secure control over software through their marketplace, denying access to existing users just so they can maximize their profits! But we’re totally the only good guys fighting for freedom! P.S. fuck Linux”

The problem with this whole Epic/Apple/Google debacle is I'm having trouble telling which multi-billion-dollar corporation truly has the best interests of me, the consumer, at heart.

so if I'm reading this correctly, Mozilla fired 250 people and then framed it as "combating a lethal virus and battling systemic racism"

as though laying off 250 people is gonna save us from plague?? or help.. anyone? I'm so confused.

blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/08/

Firefox market share vs Mozilla Foundation chair salary for last year financials are available (2018)

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@shine @better @aral @greenjon oh that's right, I forgot that was on iOS! Thanks for the reminder, going to install.

@humanetech it's super cool to see projects like this underway. Thanks for the share!

Unfortunately it doesn't really match what I need at the moment because I'm using voice as a full mouse and keyboard replacement.

The closest thing I've come across that's open is called Simon but it seems to be abandoned and I couldn't get it to install.

@dblas the ad showed up in firefox, but I suspect it was YouTube doing the whole ambient voice recording thing.

@Unairedspecifics that would be amazing.

The people developing Mycroft said they don't currently have plans for voice dictation but they are open to it happening in the future. I know Mozilla have some projects, but I'm not sure if they'll ever work on something that can execute controls at the operating system level. There have been some linux based voice control projects but they seem to be abandoned now. So I pretty much just have to hope Apple tightens up it's privacy game.

@erosdiscordia so wrong... Do you happen to remember if they were Google ads?

@weirdwriter @zaclittleberry @devinprater it's been a while since I looked at what the best plug-in to do it is, but search the plug-in repository for "classic editor". There should be a few to choose from.

@weirdwriter @zaclittleberry @devinprater when Gutenberg first came out somebody forked the original classic editor plug-in and said that they would support it long term.

Another option might be Grav. It's a flat file system that has a CMS back end as a plug-in. I haven't checked it for accessibility, but if you need other systems to experiment with.

@self I suspect the main culprits are any company with a major personalized ad business, i.e. Google, Facebook, Microsoft. I don't have anything from the latter two but I do have the YouTube app.

That's why I think Apple is making moves on privacy. Not because they suddenly grew a conscience, but because it's a way of starving three major competitors of revenue.

@ljwrites right, I hate it. I really hope the next update puts a stop to it.

By the way my suspicion is it's not Apple selling voice data to Google. My guess is the problem comes from apps accessing the microphone surreptitiously. I actually think Apple knows app vendors are doing this and they are planning to out them in the next operating system update that will add a little light showing whenever an app is accessing the microphone. Like they did with outing those cache exploiters.

I think they know tightening up privacy can be a big attack on their major competitors.

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After a long period with no unattended microphones in the house I have had to allowed one to operate for the purposes of hands-free voice based device control. And sure enough…

We were just discussing purchasing an armchair, and have done a flat zero looking online for it because we were talking about getting one at a local shop. 15 minutes later there's a Google ad.

Goodbye :(

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