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Some years back I was working in a project that essentially dealt with all things related to foreigners and foreign affairs in Switzerland. You could manage entry visas, work permits, citizenship, international warrants, Interpol requests, etc.
One of the test managers (from client side - i.e. the government) was once manually "testing" and mixed up the production and test instance, to both of which he was logged in at the time.
The test case then ended up setting up an entry ban against himself, as he used his own name for testing...
Next time he returned from vacation the border control at the airport were like "Uhm, Sir, we can't let you into the country. Please come with us." :D :D
(He managed to clear that up in end, I dare say, though, that he learned his lesson.)8
So now on some websites if you click that do not sell my data cookie link, they send you to a page that asks for your name, email, state of residence, etc. before they “agree” to “not sell your data”
Is this a fucking joke?
When people make laws, why don’t they just outright ban collecting data rather than just allowing people to build human herding websites that trick people into giving more info when users try to opt out.6
The company did this thing where you have to submit a form asking for your temperature and other information. You have to answer it everyday and my manager said we should answer it before our shift starts so the fuckers would be able to extract all the data. I didn't follow this, of course. The most I'm willing to do is answer it as soon as my shift starts, not before my shift starts because fuck that.
You may say, "Oh well it would only take a few minutes." BUT THAT'S HOW IT ALL BEGINS, DOESN'T IT? Soon you'll be working overtime without even realizing it.
Anyway, the form has a lot of dumbass questions like "Did you travel outside the country in the last 14 days?" There's a travel ban for months now, bitch. Why is this even a question? Then there are the fields for full name, email address, and employee ID. All of this shit and more, you gotta fill up every day. It makes no fucking sense.
How hard is it that when we click the link to this form, we get authenticated since we're already logged in to the company website? If it's too hard, sure, let us login again. I have low expectations. All of the information you ask for every fucking day that we have to submit before the shift starts, you can easily derive from your own database. I highly doubt you're even gonna use any of this.
Nothing makes any fucking sense.2
I've had a Xiaomi Mi 8 for a few months now. Although I'm impressed by what I got for the amount I paid (a phone that cost about $250 for 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 845, Android 9 and premium build quality is quite a steal), it definitely comes with a consequence.
MIUI (specifically MIUI 11) is godawful. It is single-handedly the worst Android ROM I've ever used since my shitty Android 2.2 phone back around 2010. If you're gonna buy a Xiaomi phone, plan to install Lineage OS on it (but even that's a pain which I'll explain why later).
- Navigation buttons don't hide while watching a video.
Why? God only knows. The ONLY way to bypass without root this is to use its garbage fullscreen mode with gestures, which is annoying as all hell.
- 2 app info pages?
Yeah, the first one you can access just by going to its disaster of a settings app, apps, manage apps and tap on any one.
The 2nd one you can access through the app info button in any 3rd party launcher. Try this: Download Nova launcher, go to the app drawer, hold on any app and tap "app info", and you'll see the 2nd one.
Basically, instead of modifying Android's FOSS source code, they made a shitty overlay. These people are really ahead of their time.
- Can only set lock screen wallpapers using the stock Gallery app
It's not that big an issue, until it is, when whatever wallpaper app you're using only allows you to set the wallpaper and not download them. I think this is both a fuckup on Xiaomi and (insert wallpaper app name here), but why Xiaomi can't include this basic essential feature that every other Android ROM ever made has is beyond me.
- Theming on MIUI 11 is broken
Why do they even bother having a section to customize the boot animation and status bar when there's not one goddamn theme that supports it? At this point you're only changing the wallpaper and icon pack which you can do on any Android phone ever. Why even bother?
They really, REALLY want to be Apple.
Just look at their phones. They're well designed and got good specs, but they don't even care anymore about being original. The notch and lack of a headphone jack aren't features, they're tremendous fuckups by the dead rotting horse known as Apple that died when Steve Jobs did.
Xiaomi tries to build a walled garden around an inherently customizable OS, and the end result is a warzone of an Android ROM that begs for mercy from its creator. Launchers integrate horribly (Does any power user actually use anything that isn't Nova or Microsoft launcher?), 3rd party themes and customization apps need workarounds, some apps don't work at all. People buy from Xiaomi to get a high end budget Android phone at the price of some ads and data collection, not a shitter iOS wannabe.
They really, REALLY want you to have a sim card
If you don't have a sim card and you're using your phone for dev stuff, you're a 2nd class citizen to Xiaomi. Without one, you can't:
- Install adb through adb
- Write to secure settings
- Unlock your bootloader and get away from this trash Android ROM
What's the point? Are they gonna shadow ban you? Does anyone contact them to unlock their bootloader saying "yeah I wanna use a custom rom to pirate lizard porn and buy drugs"? They made this 1000000000x harder than it needs to be for no reason whatsoever. Oh yeah and you gotta wait like a week or something for them to unlock it. How they fucked up this bad is beyond me.
So yeah. Xiaomi. Great phones, atrocious OS.14
Sporadic news, now that I have a decent chunk:
AMD's stock price closes higher than Intel's (https://marketwatch.com/story/...)
a Mega Man live-action film is in the works (https://rockman-corner.com/2020/07/...)
T-Mobile will require all devices to have LTE (https://androidpolice.com/2020/07/...)
Patch any ASUS routers you have (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/20...)
Emotet is being fucked with (https://zdnet.com/article/...)
Garmin devices are being fucked (https://cnn.com/cnn/2020/...)
Bitcoin is now officially a currency (https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-la...)
Sonic Movie 2 is comig in 2022 (https://cbr.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-...)
ARM may be totally controlled by Nvidia soon (https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/...)
and the Republican Party is trying to ban the Democrats (either the name or wholly) because racism. (https://foxnews.com/politics/...)4