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  1. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    I don't believe so. The XDA folks typically work only on Android projects, and primarily distribute their software outside of official app stores.

    I don't believe so. The XDA folks typically work only on Android projects, and primarily distribute their software outside of official app stores.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    I think this is a tragic situation. I think I alluded to there being an irreconcilable contradiction between the material interests of content creators relying on AdSense and the privacy of users....

    I think this is a tragic situation.

    I think I alluded to there being an irreconcilable contradiction between the material interests of content creators relying on AdSense and the privacy of users.

    Your revenue stream is predicated on a system that is one of the greatest threats to personal privacy in existence, and it isn't hyperbolic to say a threat to democracy, as discussed earlier. The concerns personally, sociologically, and politically cannot be overstated.

    This is one of those issues where there is a hard line in the sand that can't be muddied or grayed with enough nuance. One is either on one side or the other, and only time and changing conditions will tell what the outcome of this dialectic will be.

    I wish you well.

    12 votes
  3. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    In the vast majority of cases, blocking ads/telemetry is a process of blacklisting advertising domains. I don't know how or even if one could allow ads while also properly protecting the privacy...

    I do agree that some people want to not be tracked, and that people don't want to see ads. I don't agree those two are the same thing, and I don't think you can justify the latter with arguments for the former.

    In the vast majority of cases, blocking ads/telemetry is a process of blacklisting advertising domains. I don't know how or even if one could allow ads while also properly protecting the privacy of the individual.

    A lot of the creators I donate to are simply too small to earn anything through YouTube ads. If you are sizable enough to earn a non-negligible amount of revenue through YT ads, you are almost certainly large enough to run a Patreon.

    If I were to watch your videos on my browser, I'd have uBlock Origin (which uses a blacklist for ad domains) on which again would block ads as well as most associated telemetry.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    In a post-Cambridge Analytica, post-Snowden, post-Billionth data breach, post-2016 Election, post-"anonymized data is de-enonymized", post-PATRIOT ACT world, there are absolutely legitimate...

    In a post-Cambridge Analytica, post-Snowden, post-Billionth data breach, post-2016 Election, post-"anonymized data is de-enonymized", post-PATRIOT ACT world, there are absolutely legitimate criticisms on how much personal data businesses horde about regular citizens.

    I think there is an irreconcilable tension here. There's a dialectical relationship between user privacy and YouTube creators' material interests (at least those geared towards AdSense revenue.)

    Aside from focusing on receiving your funding elsewhere (Patreon, merch, donations), I don't think either side can come to an agreement on this issue.

    Hopefully we can at least agree users have a legitimate interest in disabiling deeply personal tracking software running on their own devices, even if that hurts revenue for some creators.

    35 votes
  5. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    I may look into it, however I'm not sure what the value added would be. I contribute to a few dozen creators/streamers/podcasters and a few open source projects each month. Part of the reason I...

    I may look into it, however I'm not sure what the value added would be. I contribute to a few dozen creators/streamers/podcasters and a few open source projects each month.

    Part of the reason I contribute is to ensure these free resources are available to everyone. I wouldn't contribute to a project, monetarily or otherwise, that doesn't prioritize providing a free product no strings attached (ads, DRM, paywalls, etc.)

    If those things listed are how a project funds itself, I don't often find myself personally invested in the outcome of that project.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    I don't think a single comment on Tildes can convince someone of the social, political, and personal harms of targeted advertising, if they are sufficiently familiar with the subject and are still...

    I don't think a single comment on Tildes can convince someone of the social, political, and personal harms of targeted advertising, if they are sufficiently familiar with the subject and are still unconvinced.

    If you're happy avoiding giving me money for my hard work that is OK. I mean it. We all steal some stuff

    This framing of ad blocking as stealing is frankly disingenuous. I sympathize with the fact that you have a vested interest in YouTube advertising, however the criticisms and concerns of its harms are valid.

    These are better summed up by u/hungariantoast here.

    18 votes
  7. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    All of XDA's YT Vanced work, including their backend, is available on there GitHub page

    All of XDA's YT Vanced work, including their backend, is available on there GitHub page

    9 votes
  8. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    I think this is certainly a dilemma, and I sympathize with your position. Let me make a case for my perspective on why it's permissible to block ads on YouTube: Allowing ads to support creators is...

    I think this is certainly a dilemma, and I sympathize with your position. Let me make a case for my perspective on why it's permissible to block ads on YouTube:

    Allowing ads to support creators is an exchange. The viewer provides intimate information to Google (that is aggregated to build an intimate picture of you that's used against you in increasingly targeted ways across the web,) and in exchange, the creator might get a tiny kickback when you view their video. This framing can be expanded to the blocking of ads across the web, and the associated harms to blogs, sites, and businesses.

    If allowing ads didn't require the viewer to sacrifice any personal data, where the cost is simply a few seconds of their time, I'd be far more sympathetic to the harms ad blockers impose on creators.

    As it stands, in my view, the harms to viewers that are mitigated by ad blocking outweigh the harm done to small creators, a harm that can still be mitigated via other means of financial support.

    23 votes
  9. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    Highlights: Developed by the XDA team Fully functional, with AMOLED dark theme Does NOT require root Option to download management app that keeps MicroG (privacy respecting Google services) and...

    Highlights:

    • Developed by the XDA team
    • Fully functional, with AMOLED dark theme
    • Does NOT require root
    • Option to download management app that keeps MicroG (privacy respecting Google services) and Vanced updated

    In light of the new rules regarding ads on specifically non-partner channels, YouTube Vanced will change your life, especially if you find yourself Chromecasting YouTube videos a lot.

    If you want to support your favorite creator, kicking them a couple of bucks on Patreon or buying merch will go orders of magnitude further than watching ads on their channel.


    EDIT: The source code for their management app, MicroG, and their edits are available on GitHub. The list of removed "features" to disable telemetry is staggering, worth a look through.

    18 votes
  10. Comment on Positive Youtube channels? in ~hobbies

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    Second on both of these. How Ridiculous and GMM share this wholesome, comfy, and truly entertaining atmosphere that can be a welcome relief from the stresses of the day.

    Second on both of these. How Ridiculous and GMM share this wholesome, comfy, and truly entertaining atmosphere that can be a welcome relief from the stresses of the day.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Boris Johnson announces ten-point green plan, including investments in nuclear and wind, and new combustion vehicle ban from 2030 in ~enviro

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    What would it take to get a party as progressive as the Tories here in the US? I'd love for a party here to usher in a "Green Industrial Revolution" as they put it. God knows we need to combat...

    What would it take to get a party as progressive as the Tories here in the US? I'd love for a party here to usher in a "Green Industrial Revolution" as they put it. God knows we need to combat climate change and provide a safety-net for our citizens.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    This isn't about "progressives leading the party this very instant," this is about those who have run the party for the past decade resemble greatly the GOP leadership of a decade or more ago.

    This isn't about "progressives leading the party this very instant," this is about those who have run the party for the past decade resemble greatly the GOP leadership of a decade or more ago.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    I couldn't fathom believing that, unless you think that Bernie and AOC are the voice of the party, which they absolutely are not. There is very little that separates modern DNC politicians from...

    I couldn't fathom believing that, unless you think that Bernie and AOC are the voice of the party, which they absolutely are not. There is very little that separates modern DNC politicians from the GOP leadership of a decade or two ago (Romney and McCain being excellent examples.)

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    How far does the democratic party have to move before you'd agree to some sort of "purity test?" Is the standard always going to be "just not as far as the GOP?" The GOP has been sliding to the...

    How far does the democratic party have to move before you'd agree to some sort of "purity test?"

    Is the standard always going to be "just not as far as the GOP?" The GOP has been sliding to the right, and the Dems have been chasing them, always compromising and building the "bigger tent." McCain and Romney, two previous GOP presidential nominees resemble the modern democratic party far, far more than the GOP, and that's not just because the GOP alone has slid to the right. If the GOP becomes openly fascist, can the Democratic Party become solidly far-rightist and expect everyone to the left of the GOP to vote for them?

    If your party is always compromising, always coalition-building with an increasingly right-wing GOP, don't be surprised when you've slid so far right that you're support among progressives waivers.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    Strongly disagree. The criticism has been on an ally of the fossil fuel industry who has been appointed to be a part of Biden's transition team, after that very team promised to "ensure that those...

    I would not call what I've seen in this comment section "fair criticism" in the slightest

    Strongly disagree. The criticism has been on an ally of the fossil fuel industry who has been appointed to be a part of Biden's transition team, after that very team promised to "ensure that those who serve are aligned with his values and policy priorities, and have not, for example, been leaders at fossil fuel or private prison companies.”

    Criticizing voting track record, massive funding from the fossil fuel industry, and previous actions are absolutely examples of fair criticism.

    EDIT: This response was written before @TheJorro rewrote their comment and added on the last 4 paragraphs, so it may no longer make sense in context. I won't be keeping track of all edits made to comments I reply to.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    The fight seems to be largely between centrist/center-right democrats and center-left to leftist progressives. I'm not sure that it is fair or accurate to describe this as "two left wings." Is any...

    There are two american left wings

    The fight seems to be largely between centrist/center-right democrats and center-left to leftist progressives. I'm not sure that it is fair or accurate to describe this as "two left wings."

    With how toxic people can be about Biden, I wonder if we'll have it far earlier than I thought we would

    Is any criticism "toxic?" Can progressives not criticize having a consistent enemy of climate action on the transition team? Most of the "toxicity" has been pointed leftwards from the right wing of the democratic party.

    Democrats will not survive this type of infighting (especially on trashy clickbait like this), when the GOP is so up its own arse they're ready to back a pointless coup just to avoid looking like they're infighting.

    The Hill already reported basically this exact same story, are they "trashy clickbait?" Progressives are never allowed to criticize the perpetual rightward shift of the democratic party, as these compromises are always necessary to beat "the bigger GOP threat." Biden hasn't even been inaugurated and progressives are already receiving intense toxicity from conservative democrats, when just months earlier progressives were told to vote for Biden to "have a seat at the table."

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    I phone banked for Biden. I drove people to the polls for Biden. I campaigned for Biden. Now, me and fellow progressives receive toxicity from the right-wing of the democratic party for daring to...

    I phone banked for Biden. I drove people to the polls for Biden. I campaigned for Biden.

    Now, me and fellow progressives receive toxicity from the right-wing of the democratic party for daring to challenge them. I now know the whole "elect us, and progressives get a seat at the table" narrative from rightist democrats is 100% bullshit.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    Unless The Hill is some socialist/leftist publication in your estimation, Jacobin isn't reporting this information to get "more money for Jacobin" [1]. You state this like his record is a mere...

    Unless The Hill is some socialist/leftist publication in your estimation, Jacobin isn't reporting this information to get "more money for Jacobin" [1]. You state this like his record is a mere footnote being blown out of proportion.

    For those who didn't read the article:

    • He was one of the very few democrats who voted to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline [2]
    • He has an extensive voting history of being an ally of the fossil fuel industry, and voting against legislation meant to combat climate change, bottoming at a 46% in 2018 [3]
    • He joined Republicans to stop a bill that'd place pollution limits on fracking [4]
    • He has received more funding from the fossil fuel industry than just about any other democrat in congress [5] [6]
    • Is blatantly not in line with Biden's transition team ethics code which states in part that the team “aims to ensure that those who serve are aligned with his values and policy priorities, and have not, for example, been leaders at fossil fuel or private prison companies.”

    [1] https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/526405-progressive-group-slams-biden-white-house-pick-over-fossil-fuels
    [2] https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/01/here-are-the-28-house-democrats-who-voted-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/445086/
    [3] https://scorecard.lcv.org/scorecard?year=2018
    [4] https://scorecard.lcv.org/roll-call-vote/2016-279-fracking-clean-air-loophole
    [5] https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/cedric-richmond/industries?cid=N00030184&cycle=CAREER&type=I
    [6] https://readsludge.com/2020/11/16/biden-to-tap-fossil-fuel-friendly-rep-for-white-house-job/

    20 votes
  19. Comment on Why mainstream progressives have a strong incentive to 'sanewash' hard leftist positions in ~misc

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    In fairness, those listed subreddits weren't the one's you claimed had push this agenda before, and I don't participate on Sanders-focused subreddits, so I have no way of evaluating the validity...

    In fairness, those listed subreddits weren't the one's you claimed had push this agenda before, and I don't participate on Sanders-focused subreddits, so I have no way of evaluating the validity of the claim on those subreddits. The CTH podcast encouraged its listeners to vote, I don't know anything about the subreddit.

    Onto your claims about 2018, progressives did win multiple key races. 2018 wasn't as great as I'd have hoped, but AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib, among many others won. Your own source lists more progressive wins than losses. Even if I concede the point, we have a sample size of... 2 and a half now, where nearly half of our sample size contradicts your claim? A Biden win isn't a huge win for conservative democrats. Trump should be a softball pitch for any non-Trump candidate, and right-wing democrats can only beat him half the time.

    Healthcare, Immigration Reform and housing costs are all issues that liberals also care about

    Just a decade ago, we had every branch of government controlled by right-wing democrats, and the needle hasn't moved on healthcare, housing costs, or immigration reform. For many working-class folks (myself included,) healthcare costs went up, as well as housing costs! The only liberals meaningfully talking about healthcare are progressives and the rightists who attempt to sanewash them.

    4 votes