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Thats a good question that I would like to understand better. On first glimpse, FF provides protection “against fingerprinting by blocking third-party requests to companies that are known to participate in fingerprinting”.

Maybe that targeted approach is as good or better than heuristics but will take a closer look later.

Very interesting … sort of surprised to see digitalocean leading on an onion service:

DigitalOcean provides Onion Routed Cloud as an application in its marketplace. All you need to do is click ‘Deploy’ and the script will automatically configure ORC on a Ubuntu 18.04 server.

It is such a simple, quiet extension it was not clear to me if it did anything. Was surprised to see how much design went into it.

Pretty good list.

In terms recommending Privacy Badger, I was recently reading privacy possum’s analysis of it (he says he worked on PB at eff for 6 months) and how it drops the ball somewhat on fingerprinting

Here is a link: https://github.com/cowlicks/privacypossum

and a main point is this:

Privacy Badger’s fingerprinting blocking has a large deficiency, when fingerprinting is detected, the origin is marked as tracking (not the URL). So everything from that origin is blocked in a 3rd party context. This is a problem because it can lead you to block everything from a cdn. To get around this, Privacy Badger adds CDN’s to the “cookieblock list”. This prevents cookies from being sent to origin’s on the list. However, it then prevents fingerprinting scripts from being blocked, thus allowing fingerprinting.

I’d be curious to hear about other addons like decentraleyes, etc.

While it would be enjoyable to see someone take down this idea that egregious wealth consolidation at the top is OK so long as the rest of the world is equally serfish, I agree with this:

Unfortunately, much gloomier forecasts seem more plausible. The trade and technology war between China and the United States, while perhaps understandable from a narrow U.S. strategic point of view, is fundamentally pernicious from the global point of view. It will prevent the spread of technology and hamper improvements in living standards across large swaths of the world.

And then sites that will not serve users who are not using technocracy approved browsers like this new Chrome with built-in forbid lists, tracking, and compulsory advertising.

It is a little sad/ironic that decentralised spaces rely on centralised services to reach audiences, a bit like bitcoin largely depending on fiat. One of my problems with something like peertube or ipfs is not being able to find much content — which is traditionally solved by centralised indexing.

Perhaps this is an opportunity to improve discoverability issues.

“fediverse” apps (groups of interconnected servers used for web publishing) from the Play Store

Not sure about always. Wouldn’t an attention seeking troll posting something controversial enjoy tons of comments instead of downvotes? I guess a protocol is to upvote your favourite dissent instead of commenting?

Without a downvote button on an open, largely user moderated forum, you may very well start seeing more users appeal to mods. For example: “mods, can you remove/ban any Delete Facebook comments? OP is clearly asking how best to use it privately, not delete it”

What’s next? Facebook starts crying foul when ios 14 shows apps secretly accessing the microphone?

there were some 700,000 young mink on fur farms in the Netherlands, national statistics agency CBS said last week.


Great point. Flashing back to hours spent scouring hkey local_machine…_run, services.msci, add/remove What a nightmare windows is.

Fair enough … in some places the habitat “comes alive” around March 21 and seems like a start of something new as opposed to everything frozen solid in Jan, but advocating for marking the rebirth of the sun has been working great for millennia.

Especially if this is true:

Facebook’s stock jumped more than 5% on the news. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said the market sees Apple’s new rule as likely to shift demand toward Facebook’s own targeting system.


I noticed you left Facebook out of that forbid list. It would be funny if they took React proprietary.

Zuck and Cook should settle this the old fashioned way

“Ink-a-dink, a bottle of ink," I recited as I pointed back and forth between the two boys, “the cork fell out, and you stink.”

I would go so far as to say that earth based calendars might benefit from starting at an equinox instead of the height of (winter or summer), months should start at new moon, and days should start around sunrise instead of the middle of night. Space travellers will need a more universal calender.

Permanent, year-round standard time is the best choice to most closely match our circadian sleep-wake cycle

That note about plaintext email trended on another site and I thought it smelled like turd. This fact about it originating from a MS employee puts it in a proper light.

The author of the criticism, and sr.ht site operator, has some interesting commentary. His comments after mozilla layoffs were pretty blunt.

IMO, MS has embraced not just github and npm but node js itself and seems a threat to embrace extend extinguish javascript engines and committee standards.

Today, I discovered this article, “Relying on plain-text email is a ‘barrier to entry’ for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member”, a title which conveniently chooses to refer to Sarah Novotny by her role as a Linux Foundation board member, rather than by her full title, “Sarah Novotny, Microsoft employee, transitive owner of GitHub, and patroness saint of conflicts of interests.”

In version 3, users are no longer clicking on school buses and crosswalks but rather the google script silently observes our regular page interactions in the background, making a determination of the user (or bot) based on behaviour fed into algorithms derived from machine learning. That is a scary aspect of it, we don’t know when we are being observed.

I know many people love HBO, but it would be nice to see some other alternative arise to this entity owned by the AT&T beast.

On October 22, 2016, AT&T announced an offer to acquire Time Warner for $108.7 billion (including assumed Time Warner debt). The proposed merger was confirmed on June 12, 2018,after AT&T won an antitrust lawsuit that the U.S. Justice Department filed in 2017 to attempt to block the acquisition.[9] The merger closed two days later, with the company becoming a subsidiary of AT&T. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarnerMedia)

Example EFF suit against ATT: https://www.eff.org/document/scott-v-att-geolocation-complaint

EFF is now suing AT&T for selling this data without users’ consent and for misleading the public about its privacy practices

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Building unique, persistent user profiles in a post GDPR world

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Tracking Users with TLS Session Resumption

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Council of the Plebs

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