Thursday, January 19
Hell No Edition
- Apple's new M2 MacBooks and Mac Minis are out. Should you buy one? No. (Sneak.Berlin)
Remember the fuss when Apple was planning to scan the photos on your iPhone and alert the police if they thought anything on there might be untowards?
Well, they've implemented that, only on MacOS.
Without telling anyone.
And you can't turn it off.
This is unusual behaviour for Apple. It's not like they tracked all their users with unencrypted cookies, systematically locked users out of their own systems, or disabled third-party firewalls and network monitors that would let you track such activity.
Oh, wait, they did all those things.
- Microsoft may start laying off 10,000 staff this week amid slowing economy. (Tom's Hardware)
Well, let's not panic until it's confirmed.
- Microsoft starts laying off 10,000 staff amid recession. (Tom's Hardware)
They used the R word.
- Amazon is laying off 18,000 staff. (Bloomberg)
I might feel bad about this if these companies didn't suck so much.
- Speaking of suck, a TV adaptation of Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber is under way... With Stephen Colbert named as the series producer. (Variety)
Yeah, this is going to be bad.
- Mailchimp got hacked. Again. In exactly the same way as last time. (Tech Crunch)
See my note about feeling bad if they didn't suck so much.
- Someone stole my car and now I own hundreds of vinyl records. (Substack)
Los Angeles. Not too far off.
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Posted by: Frank at Thursday, January 19 2023 09:53 PM (rglbH)
Posted by: normal at Thursday, January 19 2023 10:40 PM (obo9H)
Posted by: J Greely at Thursday, January 19 2023 10:54 PM (oJgNG)
Personally, I'd like to turn it off just to stop the OCR; it further bloats the Spotlight search index, and Spotlight was already annoying for stopping you from ejecting external drives while it re-rescans their contents.
Posted by: J Greely at Thursday, January 19 2023 11:39 PM (oJgNG)
I'll tell my wife I'm investing all of our savings in tulip bulbs, and when she says that's stupid and I'm going to lose all of our money, I'll just tell her that I'm taking additional time to collect input and make improvements. Before I go ahead and invest all of our savings in tulip bulbs.
Posted by: normal at Friday, January 20 2023 03:00 AM (LADmw)
His thought process began and ended with the discovery that the offending daemon had the words "media" and "analysis" in the name. That's not good enough to support his claims, and actually makes it easier for Apple to blow off. Until someone gets a process trace or a traffic capture that shows possible shenanigans, Apple can just say "just a crank with an axe to grind".
Posted by: J Greely at Friday, January 20 2023 03:23 AM (oJgNG)
Louis Rossmann had a video about yesterday and he called it Copy Paste several times.
Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 20 2023 08:46 AM (BMUHC)
If you clicked Pixy's other links to his blog you'll see he's got a real bee in his bonnet about Apple phoning home in general, which, honestly, wants me to get a PC Engines box and start black holing sites en masse, starting with MS and Google analytics servers.
Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 20 2023 08:48 AM (BMUHC)
Posted by: Pat Buckman at Friday, January 20 2023 10:54 AM (r9O5h)
(which reminds me that I own a Little Snitch license and never got around to installing it on this Mac because the old version generated so much noise that it was worthless for spotting real issues; I suppose I should see what 5.x looks like)
Posted by: J Greely at Friday, January 20 2023 03:52 PM (oJgNG)
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