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the latest samsung phone has a "bixby" button
when you press it, it immediately launches samsung's shitty version of alexa/siri/etc
you can't disable it
every time someone manages to release a way to disable it samsung patches the exploit

this is the most popular android manufacturer

what the FUCK.

@SanfordianPhil @lynnesbian I mean, of course it is. They want you to use it. Bixby demands your attention!

@SanfordianPhil @lynnesbian and what an absolutely dogshit name for a virtual assistant

@Thomas @lynnesbian apparently it is impossible to pronounce in Korean so that's a whole market pissed off out the gate

@Thomas @lynnesbian I haven't found one thing saying why they named it that, but maybe

@SanfordianPhil @Thomas @lynnesbian It's not particularly hard to say in Korean, not sure where people got that idea. I mean, the Korean pronunciation isn't exactly the same as the anglophone one, but it's no tongue twister or anything.

@Adoxographer @Thomas @lynnesbian ok, I was just going by an article I read, no knowledge of the language myself

@lynnesbian remembering when the virtual assistant was literally just called galaxy

@lynnesbian Wait really? That's terrifying. Especially given the fact that Samsung accounts for 20% of Korean GDP and makes military equipment.

@lynnesbian I'd still wanna tcpdump that traffic and find the cosine distance between network requests and my speech patterns as determined by a voice recorder.

I mean I'd be too lazy to do it, probably, but I'd think real hard about it. Or like not get the fishy phone. But I have an iPhone out of really dumb habit so I'm a hypocrite.

Do you know any good safe open source phones?

@sophia i'm incredibly hyped for shop.puri.sm/shop/librem-5/ when it's ready (april 2018)
there's also the neo900 which is in the works
and if you'd reeeaally like to, you can try porting ubuntu touch to your phone, although that can't be done with an iphone

@lynnesbian Well then...
♫♬ SAY WHATCHA MEAN TO SAAAAAY♫♬
♫♬ SAY WHATCHA MEAN TO SAYYYY♫♬

@lynnesbian Clarification: There's more than one Bixby package on my device.

Also, I'm afraid to delete them because I know what happened the last time I tried to delete a built-in launcher. 😬

@lynnesbian It's weird how nowadays the more you spend on a phone, the worse it gets.

@lynnesbian You can disable it. However, you must activate it and register with Samsung before you can do so.

@lynnesbian i hate it so much! i have never, ever, purposely pressed that button its the most annoying thing cause it launches Bixby and you cant leave the launch screen and cancel it until its done launching

@lynnesbian The condition of Actually Existing Android on new phones is usually really bad, and Samsung is especially well known for that.

The first thing I did when I got a Samsung phone was install Cyanogen (now Lineage).

@lynnesbian I refuse to even set it up, I just have to live with the annoyance of hearing "Hi! I'm Bixby!" every time I accidentally push the stupid button

@lynnesbian
samsung suck big willys and don't even stick to standard fastboot comms so they can stick their smelly phone up their bums lol

@lynnesbian
Now, if it were a "Busby Berkeley" button, that would be cool

@lynnesbian
Stop trying to make bixby happen.
It's not gonna happen

@lynnesbian They should have done like blackberry did with their extra button.

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