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One of the browser’s draws are it’s advertising privacy features. Context being they have a quick-access panel of toggles in the user interface for javascript, third party domains, other useful things?


Re: privacy additions - I use it on iOS only for the shield toggle interface (ie I disabled the reward and vpn fluff.) Have disabled cookies. Brave user protections are as user friendly to operate as the DDG browser is obfuscated (as in DDG has one toggle called GPC, that does literally nothing.)

On desktop, Firefox built-in protection (third party cookies disabled, everything else as strict as possible) plus a few choice extensions is pretty nice.

So my two cents is that Brave is only worthwhile on iOS where you can’t install browser extensions into Firefox…

Re: blockchain / human decency - I’m glad they’re pushing on a complex surface that Google Contributor veered away from in horror as that builds awareness of a variety of issues, ie: I’m not sold on how they implemented / their website refuses to render anything without javascript running so that’s a massive knock against them in my careless opinion. I wish librepay was as ubiquitous as patreon (stopped loading on my browser eventually due to some newly added and unknown required third party asset that I have no interest in troubleshooting…ask me what I think about google recaptcha.) The blood that lubricates the grindstone here is https://stripe.com/pricing#pricing-details which incidentally works perfectly without javascript

tl;dr: https://lemmy.ml/post/55603/comment/39186


Was that before Signal started exfiltrating your social graph via their “no opt out possible” contact discovery service, if so perhaps they’ve updated their opinion since then?


Warning, the rest of this is a wildly meandering rant against our modern privacy theater. Optional reading…

At least the old app permitted the user to deny access to the device address book. Shame they’re trying to solve a problem that doesn’t need solved: “Very few people want to install a communication app, open the compose screen for the first time, and be met by an empty list of who they can communicate with.”

That’s exactly what I want.

Stating “Clients that wish to perform contact discovery negotiate a secure connection over the network all the way through the remote OS to the enclave” is magic handwaving

Just don’t do it, and the problem is solved. It’s as though no one has ever implemented or used instant messengers before, or have been gaslit into thinking they weren’t an ideal base model (2015 and onwards with Google and Facebook realizing how “foolish” they had been.)

When Signal released the update to force this on users, I delete my address book, created a new one with only my own phone number in it, Erase-All’d Signal, reinstalled it, set it up once to use my new address book to upload that to The Cloud, then uninstalled Signal and never thought of using it again.

I totally get what they’re trying to do (or have been forced to do), but I’m fortunate enough to enjoy just the notion of privacy and I don’t require the protection that it may or may not provide for my personal safety (I assume and hope.) I’m certainly not going to endorse their mini-Apple "my way or the highway forced notion of privacy that they’re implementing with that approach to my social graph.

I get the same vibe from email these days from a lot of discussions. It’s some broken, useless thing when it’s the most useful, effective thing I’ve ever used in my life. 14 Eyes and everyone else endlessly scanning the metadata on email, that shame is firmly on them. No one is pretending that we have any actual privacy (except perhaps the Germany government on paper.) Signal is trying to have their cake and eat it to.

Regarding email being great, except for gmail: one of the most user hostile things I’ve ever used in my life. The spam UI buttons not whitelisting/blacklisting addresses is one of the most FU things I’ve ever experienced. And their spam filters will occasionally just blackhole some valid email without delivering it even into the spam folder (who knows why, the user has no input into that process as the one control surface they do provide, the ability to create filters that on paper whitelist a specific address, doesn’t override this process), in spite of delivering endless piles of obvious spam to my spam folder every day…further cementing the user’s recognition of the unreliability of delivery through the walls of their anti-federated garden…


Is it weird I want one of each this and https://www.pine64.org/pinetime/

Currently using an offline Fitbit (configured once with a fake email address to sync the time, then uninstalled the app) and kinda realized over time I’m very opinionated about the watch interface and the business model behind it…


This web page is the current ‘default landing point’ for new users interested in getting started with using Pi-hole on their home network. …