So Apple is sending a request to their server for each app that you open on macOS and slowing you down in the process.

I ended up using Little Snitch to block many attempts to phone home when I used a Mac. For a privacy focused company, Apple does way too much of that.

I wrote this post on on my transition from Mac to Linux and how you can do the same.

@markosaric Fascinating stuff. I used to run a Hackintosh build, and I'm surprised Apple doesn't interfere with these users that much; I could definitely see them shutting down sus apps like Clover Configurator. The only program I couldn't get working was iMessage...

@profoundlynerdy Law seem ineffective to deal with these problems. They're circumvented or ignored.

Protocols and infrastructure do much better IME. If we all did backups with Syncthing, it'd be a more private world, even if there were no laws against snooping.

@markosaric Haha and there are people who believe they are buying privacy when they're buying Apple...

@turion @markosaric Every big company that sells "privacy" actually "avoid" any other company to have access to you data besides themselves.

@markosaric Soooo, if I read that correctly I should be fine with directing requests to to in /etc/hosts as long as I don't upgrade to MacOS Big Sur, right?

@markosaric I don't see why it's such a big deal to the author. Just don't use apple!

@markosaric It's insane the number of people who cry to defend Apple about how privacy respecting it is, and then you read stuff like this.

Found this work around (on birdsite):
1. Disconnect Internet (if possible)
2. Open Terminal
3. Run `sudo vi /etc/hosts`
4. Type `G$` (go to end of file)
5. Type `i`, left arrow, enter
6. Type ``
7. Press esc then type `:x` then press enter
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