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Cake day: Jun 07, 2020


GrapheneOS is a custom Android fork with largely no security enhancements, besides UX rework and copypasting other security projects. They sell snake oil in the name of prestigious glory that FLOSS label carries.


Its lead developer (who became irrelevant in society) and his acolytes believe in purposely creating insane amounts of toxicity and drama to remain relevant in the privacy community. They baselessly label everyone with political epithets to defame everyone, and then scream “defamation” when a counter argument is presented to their manufactured position.

The long comment by official GrapheneOS account should be here: https://web.archive.org/web/20220502064114/https://old.reddit.com/r/PrivacyGuides/comments/uged1y/is_grapheneos_actually_good_or_just_hype/

Recently someone informed me of them creating drama with Bromite (on which their Vanadium browser is based) and FlorisBoard projects. They labelled those project maintainers with very bad, false epithets.




I had the opportunity to elaborate on the entire feature list of GrapheneOS, as per their website, last year. Look here. https://i.imgur.com/pQHoq84.jpg

There are only 3 things they ever did on their own as extras, and even they have basically no value in the grand scheme of things, them being offering:

  • instead of 16 character, 64 character password limit on lockscreen
  • PIN scrambling
  • Morula method of exec spawning instead of Zygote method used in most AOSP projects

Now, I will elaborate on these 3.

  • Elaborating on first one, it is kind of useless as you can see for obvious reasons.
  • For second one, you already understand why fingerprint avoids the issue of someone peeping at your PIN/password entered across your shoulder. Fingerprint is infinitely superior. Even more so with Android and iOS both offering biometric Lockdown features.
  • This one is somewhat half credible, but the goal is to destroy the memory blocks used by an app after it is exited, so that memory blocks do not retain essential text strings of data to exploit. For this, you can just go to Developer Options and enable “Don’t keep activities” and it will achieve the same effect as Morula method of exec spawning implemented by GrapheneOS.

So out of the 20-30 features GrapheneOS claims they developed, everything is either a modification of app permissions or firewalling or AOSP feature rebranding.

Also, as you may have famously heard about “Sandboxed Play Services”, it is not developed by GrapheneOS, but a project called ProtonAOSP, whose developer is kdrag0n. GrapheneOS copied that off and rebranded it as their own developed thing.

Recently someone informed me of them creating drama with Bromite (on which their Vanadium browser is based) and FlorisBoard projects. They labelled those project maintainers with very bad, false epithets.




Well, Braxman is not really about the useless services he offers. His commentary on privacy is fine, and there are a lot more scams like GrapheneOS that people need to worry about.

It was always a lie to fool everyone thinking GrapheneOS is in the same race as XDA, Braxman and individual reflashed Pixel sellers, trying to capitalise on privacy market by selling a phone.

If you believe DMCAs ever got successfully enforced on wild west internet, I have a little whisper secret to share with you about digital piracy.

Xiaomi lacks the patents and uses Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware. This is the same reason Honor will remain unaffected similar to Xiaomi. The goal was to destroy 5G patent pool of Huawei and prevent people from buying mainstream phones devoid of NSA backdoors.

Elaborate on these exceptions, sweetie. I want to know what is there in store for me.

Well idk about what or who are these tankies, but you are looking like a joke in this thread.

USA is always wrong. Add 2022 Ukraine and whatever countries from 1776 to 1899 yourself.

Yeah there was lots of actual murder from 2014-2022 you missed. Then you also missed Nazis painting blood swastikas on dead Russian womens’ chests. You are a little too late to the party.

You are too reactionary. Drink some water and go to sleep.

Failed Balkanisation of Russia + communism refuses to lose against genocidal superimperialist capitalist Anglo Fascism

Basically L + ratio for Anglo empire, so they cope using media-military propaganda bullshittery everyday

Nice projection, but you herald the immoral orientation of a neofascist by opposing Russian special operation.

Well now if you could stop being a neofascist, we could make more progress. And Anglosphere countries are effectively Nazi and Nazi allied/oriented currently, as per UN vote this month. I called you neofascist, not Nazi, and will call you latter when I spot those tendencies.

Too bad a neofascist like you wants to sing the tunes of Hitler even to this date, about how NSDAP was socialist. Right?

You can stop using internet right now. There are closed source bits of code in the JS you run off of websites natively. If you are not using LibreJS and IceCat, you have already been assimilated.

Relevant reading: https://github.com/zlw9991/node-ipc-dependencies-list https://web.archive.org/web/20220318095406/https://github.com/RIAEvangelist/peacenotwar/issues/45 https://security.snyk.io/vuln/SNYK-JS-NODEIPC-2426370

What are easy to present criticisms of mainstream outlets like BBC and CNN?
While it is easy to use phrases like "use critical thinking", this is not easy for elders or cousins in families to be told, as this is not lucid to understand in a snap. It is essential for criticism to be easily communicable to ordinary people that watch Google Feed or MSN News daily, and I feel that such criticism is not even easy to access or read, considering ordinary people have been cornered from MSM, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and rest of Big Tech and Western media apparatus. If you love your BBC and CNN feeds, avoid this post, this is not for you.

r/PrivacyGuides restored citation-less slander post as facts, and GrapheneOS community sockpuppet theory is proven correct by one of its members
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/143981 > Mod statement: https://np.reddit.com/r/PrivacyGuides/comments/rxf02a/theanonymousjoker_false_privacy_prophet/hs1dxux?context=3 > > https://i.imgur.com/LahmNkO.jpg > > dng99/dngray has branded a citation-less slander post as facts. These are the "community standards" of r/PrivacyGuides. Always remember this. > > u/trai_dep, the record stands corrected once again > > Moreover, my theory about GrapheneOS community using sockpuppets is true, as confirmed by... > > https://np.reddit.com/r/fdroid/comments/rxtc14/came_across_this_thoughts/hs1o6no?context=3 > > https://i.imgur.com/JX6uTpx.jpg > > Tommy_Tran = B0risGrishenko (OP of slander post). Thanks for confirming my GrapheneOS community sockpuppet theory.

r/PrivacyGuides is allowing a personally targeting post with my name in post title currently, slandering me and my smartphone guide
https://teddit.net/r/PrivacyGuides/comments/rxf02a/theanonymousjoker_false_privacy_prophet/ This is one of key GrapheneOS community members doing it, and r/PrivacyGuides has the same moderation team as r/privacytoolsio before, and the main moderator of r/privacy is also same. Has anyone seen this kind of behaviour in overall privacy community? Edit: https://ghostarchive.org/archive/ttkkU reddit post archived

100% FOSS Smartphone Hardening non-root Guide 4.0
https://lemmy.ml/post/128667 Crosspost but the guide body is so long, I had to break it into 5 parts.

https://lemmy.ml/post/69064 They did it before too. Admins? Mods? [@dessalines@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/dessalines) [@nutomic@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/nutomic) [@AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/AgreeableLandscape)

The heck is this nonsense? Instance admins please take note of this attempt to mislead the community members. [@nutomic@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/nutomic) [@dessalines@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/dessalines) [@AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/AgreeableLandscape) Also I made the post discussing soferman's month long comment and post history, if anyone wants to read and discuss it https://lemmy.ml/post/69058

Why does Lemmy look so wholesome even without the garbage stuff and gild award tokens? Why is there a lack of (retro and pre 2010) gaming discussions?
It feels refreshing like the old days of Reddit minus the bad stuff. People discussing hobbies, music, technology and stuff. The one thing this place needs now is gaming discussions.

Brainstorm time: Why do non-West country users have less participation on discussion forums? (Read text for context)
The USA/West-EU countries make up about 12% of the world's population, yet have about 80% participation on Reddit. Statistics do not differ much for other sites, as I used to have a decent non-anonymous tech blog years ago, where Google and WordPress offered me similar statistics of 70-75% of the visitors being from the Anglosphere. Is it because the citizens of these countries are drenched in individualist capitalist societal culture, and easier access to fast internet? What else could be the reasons, and cultural cues? I have felt that it is the core reason for this chaos and toxicity on the internet, where this very kind of immoral self-centered culture became a virtual hegemony over the decades. It is a thought that strikes my mind often, as someone from India/Asia, and there is almost non existent discussion about this anywhere.

How should one deal with China criticising CIA/NED funded articles posted on one's community?
Someone did it on r/privatelife, I removed it after notifying users for few hours, showing its annual $300K NED grants on NED website. Socialists will understand this problem more deeply.

How should admins, mods and users deal with sockpuppet harassers and downvoters?
I assisted admins, caught and got banned over the past week a user noobda, who created accounts noobde, noobdaREBRN and now noobrao. A few hours later now, I see 3-4 downvotes on every single comment of mine in the past week, and have gotten repeated death threats in PMs, likely by this very person. Is an IP address or IP range ban a good solution, that admins should consider implementing besides report option? I feel incredibly harassed here at Lemmy, though nothing common, where reddit users have abuse reported me to seek suicide prevention helpline, among many things.

Why are typical pseudo intellectuals, xenophobes and racist trolls leaking into Lemmy recently?
They are not only shitposting but also mass brigading, running down discussions to the ground.