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mediaanalysisd seems to not phone home on image preview in 13.2, with live text on or off. then again, who knows if it only does so if its database is a certain age or something?

ok, we've had siri suggestions turned off for ages. now live text is turned off too. let's see what other bullshit this computer does now.

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yet another new apple phone-home process you can block all network for: ndoagent, the new device outreach agent, which as far as i can tell only exists to upsell spam you. it phones home to fetch which doesn't have much in it.

more info at


I just observed a regression on CVE-2022-32857 (plaintext TSS signing during OS update, leaking unique identifiers to the network via http/80 connections to on 13.1 (M1) when updating to 13.2. My system's ECID was transmitted in plaintext.

apparent apple software update (13.1 -> 13.2 on M1) phoning home ( is telemetry AFAIK) admittedly via private relay (to obscure client ip) but this is happening with analytics OFF.

apple is using their private relay service (which presumably obscures client ip from apple APIs, but let's take them at their word on this) for a lot of macos-to-apple connections these days.

...including the connections to from the T2/M1/M2 updater process during macOS updates. however, i have analytics off, and no telemetry from my machine should be going to regardless, IP address obscured or not. :/

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behold, a penguin

(too tired to figure out the colors now, good night)

it used to be that a macos would continue to work right if you blocked (apple's remote feature flags api, as far as i can tell). now if you block that, you won't even see the current software updates available on m1.

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@gordonmb @gruber @kbarker @briankrebs @mmasnick @Edent

Let's suppose you're right. It's inexcusable to upload hashes of my pictures to a third party without my explicit opt-in. No?

all consumer electronics should support zigbee for pushing any/all buttons/selectors on them. all monitors should expose each input selector as a zigbee button, brightness up/down, etc.

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so despite home assistant suggesting that you can install it using a docker container, one of the main value-adds, "addons", does not work unless you install their custom distro on bare metal or in a VM. cool. ugh.

now macOS is asking me for an apple id login to "Update Apple ID Settings", because "Some account services will not be available until you sign in again."

I never signed in. I don't use an Apple ID. What account services does it think I want?

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the home assistant web interface phones home for all sorts of crap back to the mothership

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