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So when you are using the @brave browser and type in "binance[.]us" you end up getting redirected to "binance[.]us/en?ref=35089877" - I see what you did there mates 😂— Cryptonator1337 (@cryptonator1337) June 6, 2020
@lakily
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Not surprised ¯_(ツ)_/¯

@SirLotsaLocks
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My exact reaction. This browser has been a weird sketchy deal from the beginning.

@lakily
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I would even consider Brave as a scam because of their token thingy.

@k_o_t
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how does this make them a scam? do you mean like from a perspective of a libre cryptocurrency?

@lakily
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I don’t see BAT as a solution to advertising online. Also it has none of the properties to be money or cryptocurrency. Its a token on top of Ethereum (which is another case) that Brave controls. You may ask, users don’t buy it with money and only earn it how that makes it a scam? It has monetary value in the market, created out of thin (launched as an ICO) and the distribution is being done by Brave via their “anonymized tracking of users” it just feels wrong and not legit. Can users verify how much BAT Brave controls? Here is an interesting analysis about that: https://medium.com/glassnode-insights/an-on-chain-distribution-analysis-of-basic-attention-token-bat-4cc60fd0c48a

@k_o_t
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They don’t exactly hijack, they simply autocomplete the website name with their own referral code, which is still pretty low play on their side

i’m not really surprised…

this just goes to show that the data mining/ad personalisation based revenue model eventually always turns malicious…

@dietcokke
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That’s fair. I just copied the title from the hacker news post.

sseneca
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I don’t understand why people ever chose Brave over Firefox

@k_o_t
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Stuff like native IPFS support and support for hardware acceleration on Linux etc

SnowCode
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I used Brave in the past to get a fast browsing and the chrome extensions as well. I got back to Firefox because my CPU don’t like Brave.

Otherwise I don’t think it’s a bad software. They are growing and the link that is given is logical because Binance is the main sponsor of Brave.

Some people complains about the BAT Tokens but these are opt-in.

The thing I complained about was about the sponsored images when you open a new tab. Shouldn’t be opt-out according to me. And should be only linked to their BAT Tokens program.

@AgreeableLandscape
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I got back to Firefox because my CPU don’t like Brave.

Can you elaborate? Genuinely curious.

SnowCode
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I mean Brave is based on Chromium and Chromium is consuming a lot of CPU. Firefox is very lightweight compared to Chromium-based browsers. That’s the main reason I got back to Firefox.

I haven’t used Firefox for a long time now and it seems actually pretty good. But maybe not as fast for some reasons.

@AgreeableLandscape
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If they had simply asked if they could do this (and actually respected the user’s decision, apparently that can’t be taken for granted), no one would have a problem with it.

Not that solves Brave’s other problems though.

@k_o_t
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and it’s especially weird that they didn’t opt for opt out option given that they know that a lot of people that use Brave are either privacy minded people or devs (or both) so they had to know that there would be a lot of backlash

SnowCode
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What do you mean by opt-out option? Opt-out for what?

@k_o_t
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basically to by default autocomplete urls with referral codes but allows users to turn it off if they wanted to

SnowCode
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Oh OK I understand now. Yes it’s true, this is not very fair.

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