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    Hey Varg, I think you'd like these guys

    maybe look into getting a used one. It's an android, but it doesn't come with all those stock apps that you can't get rid of

    https://www.oneplus.com/
    Originally posted by wholepailofwater
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      Originally posted by 2mAn View Post

      Can you explain this to us apes here?

      I understand some of it but yea Im not a techie guy... I still listen to cassettes lol
      The pi-hole functions as a DNS server on a raspberry pi, a single board micro computer. You set your router to point to the pi-hole's static ip address as the DNS server and all requests are filtered according to the blacklists and filters you impose, regardless of which device is accessing the internet through your router. Anything not on a list is forwarded to a real DNS of your choice. There are a variety of block lists available and manual blocking/whitelisting options. Ads that are external to a site you are on never load, your connection behaves as if the ad server hosting them is down. The only ads that do show, in my experience, are internal ads like youtube ads. Those still require a browser extension to block. It does require some not-too-common computer skills to set one up, such as using PuTTY for SSH and basic raspberry pi setup, but the instructions are available and anyone who has used a command line before should be able to grasp it quickly.

      Originally posted by Motheye99 View Post
      I hate to admit it but I've almost gone full circle and want to get back with a iPhone again. The amount of data they leak and how vulnerable android is scares me.

      I may be paranoid but I also hate home smart devices due to microphones and how much of your personal info is stored in them. The only smart home device I tolerate is the original Nest thermostat, we have one at the family cabin the Sierras and its worth it to turn on the heater before you get there in the winter.
      You're not paranoid, you're informed. Security breaches are commonplace on smart devices and the tracking and phoning home done them is apparent to anyone who looks at the logs. The only smart device in my house is the smart tv, which was a gift, and doesn't have any cameras or voice command stuff, luckily. It just has streaming apps apps. I have an internet enabled thermostat but it is not 'smart' it's just accessible through the honeywell app to remotely set the temperature or change the internal schedule. Traffic originating from it is pretty much non-existent when I look at the logs, it just checks for connection occasionally and responds when I log in to the app. There never will be any nest, alexa, google home, ring, etc devices in my home. I don't need them and furthermore I do not trust the companies to protect my best interests.

      Originally posted by MrBurgundy View Post
      Hey Varg, I think you'd like these guys

      maybe look into getting a used one. It's an android, but it doesn't come with all those stock apps that you can't get rid of

      https://www.oneplus.com/
      Thanks for the pointer. At first glance, it looks like they're all bigger than I desire, but I'll look into it further.
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        Originally posted by varg View Post
        Shopping for a new phone sucks...
        I've been buying used flagship phones used off ebay for 6+ years now. I bought my second S5 there since I liked the first one so much, and then I bought my current (but now dying from broken screen/pink line/obsolescence) S7 edge there. I've never had battery life issues as long as I reset the phone ~once a week.

        I've always stuck to flagship phones because I've never seen a non-flagship android phone that wasn't absolute trash out of the box (camera/updates/lag/battery)

        I recently thought about upgrading to an S10e, but I'm kind of frustrated with android. I was a hardcore android guy for the freedoms you used to get, but I can't even restrict a program from data usage anymore. Apparently it's to do with Google's in-app ad revenue... Anyway, iphones have the ability to disable data on a per-app basis, so it seems the tables have turned in that regard. The amount of trash apps from samsung/google/verizon on this S7 edge is also insane.

        I'm very much not a fan of Apple as a company, but I'm actually considering making the switch.
        Originally posted by priapism
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        Originally posted by shameson
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          Originally posted by MrBurgundy View Post
          Hey Varg, I think you'd like these guys

          maybe look into getting a used one. It's an android, but it doesn't come with all those stock apps that you can't get rid of

          https://www.oneplus.com/
          I just became aware of them a few days ago... I'll have to seriously consider one for my next phone.

          Originally posted by Northern View Post

          I've been buying used flagship phones used off ebay for 6+ years now. I bought my second S5 there since I liked the first one so much, and then I bought my current (but now dying from broken screen/pink line/obsolescence) S7 edge there. I've never had battery life issues as long as I reset the phone ~once a week.

          I've always stuck to flagship phones because I've never seen a non-flagship android phone that wasn't absolute trash out of the box (camera/updates/lag/battery)

          I recently thought about upgrading to an S10e, but I'm kind of frustrated with android. I was a hardcore android guy for the freedoms you used to get, but I can't even restrict a program from data usage anymore. Apparently it's to do with Google's in-app ad revenue... Anyway, iphones have the ability to disable data on a per-app basis, so it seems the tables have turned in that regard. The amount of trash apps from samsung/google/verizon on this S7 edge is also insane.

          I'm very much not a fan of Apple as a company, but I'm actually considering making the switch.
          Maybe you need a OnePlus?

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            The Dark Side of Will Im not sure why but most of your posts get flagged lol
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              I'm clearly and obviously a spambot.

              Does it have to do with links in my posts?

              ETA: This one went right through.

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                Yea links usually get flagged, and for some reason quoting others does, but not always... still figuring out this new setup... sigh
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                  Originally posted by The Dark Side of Will View Post

                  I just became aware of them a few days ago... I'll have to seriously consider one for my next phone.



                  Maybe you need a OnePlus?
                  My friend is all about them. He's a super nerd too, so if he had some nerdy shit to complain about, he would.

                  I've only heard good things.
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                    MrBurgundy, the oneplus phones are very nice in the specs department, but were all too large or too old with the exception of the 5. I do not play games or watch TV on my phone so I can't justify sacrificing the dealbreaker requirement (size) for some impressive specs I will never use aside from the camera.

                    Originally posted by Northern View Post

                    I've been buying used flagship phones used off ebay for 6+ years now. I bought my second S5 there since I liked the first one so much, and then I bought my current (but now dying from broken screen/pink line/obsolescence) S7 edge there. I've never had battery life issues as long as I reset the phone ~once a week.

                    I've always stuck to flagship phones because I've never seen a non-flagship android phone that wasn't absolute trash out of the box (camera/updates/lag/battery)

                    I recently thought about upgrading to an S10e, but I'm kind of frustrated with android. I was a hardcore android guy for the freedoms you used to get, but I can't even restrict a program from data usage anymore. Apparently it's to do with Google's in-app ad revenue... Anyway, iphones have the ability to disable data on a per-app basis, so it seems the tables have turned in that regard. The amount of trash apps from samsung/google/verizon on this S7 edge is also insane.

                    I'm very much not a fan of Apple as a company, but I'm actually considering making the switch.
                    I loved my S5. I had one, which when the screen came off after getting it repaired, was beyond economical repair and was replaced with a second that was purchased "new" on Amazon. It was, I suspect, not new at all and came set to chinese with a counterfeit charger. That S5 is a few years old now and barely usable due to the shit battery life, and it crashes when the battery gets low. Fully charged, on the charger, with the cache partition wiped, it benchmarks (PCmark) in the slightly above average range for an S5, but as soon as it is off the charger or less than 100% the benchmark score drops precipitously. The other one with the screen taped on in my drawer performs similarly. At this point, it's just not usable anymore due to lack of good batteries. I agree with you about the flagship thing, many of the cheaper android phones I was looking at actually had worse specs in some ways than my S5, and almost always a worse screen (I love that high resolution OLED). Being an 900A model, it was impossible to root my S5 which always bothered me because I couldn't uninstall apps that came with the phone or implement data restrictions on an app-by-app basis or install a filter or firewall, like an in-phone pihole. It seems data control capabilities have only gone downhill in Android land. Having had a rooted phone (HTC One X) with various custom ROMs in the past, I didn't really want to go that route, just root access, because even the "stable" cyanogenmod releases caused random crashes with my One X. I was actually prompted to replace it by the fact that one night it crashed while I was sleeping and my alarm failed to go off, so I put it in a drawer and bought the S5.

                    As for considering making the switch... As I stated before, I am pretty anti-apple. My last apple product was an ipod classic that was a gift, which I liked, but I hated itunes and all of the proprietary and locked down BS that is common to apple. I really hated that they got rid of the headphone jack on newer iphones too. In the end, despite all of that, I guess you could now consider me switched, because there's a refurbished 256GB iphone 8 in the mail with my name on it right now. I might jailbreak it if it is on a version of IOS that can be jailbroken, but I will definitely be controlling the data on an app by app basis and putting something like privacy pro on it to make my digital footprint as small as possible, this was a factor in my choice. I bought the 256GB model because I do not do cloud storage and need that space for music, documents, pictures, memes, etc. I guess I'll need an adapter for my wired headphones when I want to use them, unfortunately, but I usually use bluetooth headphones and a bluetooth adapter with my stereo so no big deal. On the plus side, it's smaller than my S5, has a barometer unlike every lower end android phone I was looking at (I use that regularly), and it has wireless charging. By being in phones that were getting endlessly larger and just generally not any better, android just lost another user to apple

                    (edit)
                    Anyone with an iphone 8 have any screen protector recommendations? Not looking to spend a lot on them, the phone itself was already outside of my original budget, but it seems some of the cheaper ones are paying reviews off on amazon and there are issues with the glass not fitting the curve of the screen. My wife's screen protector is perfect, but she doesn't have any idea what the brand is. I'm 3D printing a TPU case for the time being, but still would like a glass screen protector.
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                      Originally posted by The Dark Side of Will View Post

                      Maybe you need a OnePlus?
                      I looked at the link you posted, saw $739 and nope'd. On second glance, I'm seeing stuff in my price range on ebay, so I'll look a little closer...
                      Still not sure if that fixes the telemetry concerns or the lack of data control
                      Originally posted by priapism
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                      Originally posted by shameson
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                        Originally posted by Northern View Post
                        Still not sure if that fixes the telemetry concerns or the lack of data control
                        I think only rooting and an app or a custom ROM will address that
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                          I googled and I think their custom Android version allows toggling data per app, but I need to look into it further.
                          Their wikipedia page (for OxygenOS) says they caught flack in 2017 for telemetry but you can uninstall the service?


                          Prices for the 6T look reasonable (~$360 for buy it now in good cond.) and comparable to S9's (which I considered, but every S9 on ebay has a cracked screen, so that's not a great sign)
                          Last edited by Northern; 01-10-2020, 01:05 PM.
                          Originally posted by priapism
                          My girl don't know shit, but she bakes a mean cupcake.
                          Originally posted by shameson
                          Usually it's best not to know how much money you have into your e30

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                            wife and I just got the iPhone 11 pro max...LOVE it. I know it's nothing that you were looking for but some places still carry flip phones. Get a flip phone and then for those specific things you want a smart-ish device for, use a used phone that doesn't have a sim card. You can still connect it to wifi and update it and such.
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                              Just got an email from Sixt with no real details. Looks like they are claiming I had 2 driving infractions within 2 hours of each other when I grabbed my rental car in Italy, back in October 2019. Last century PEOPLE, Im not living in the past, Im living for today... Lets see how this goes lol
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                                Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                                Just got an email from Sixt with no real details. Looks like they are claiming I had 2 driving infractions within 2 hours of each other when I grabbed my rental car in Italy, back in October 2019. Last century PEOPLE, Im not living in the past, Im living for today... Lets see how this goes lol
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