Adblocking, old man yells at cloud
I grew up on dialup. 1200bps, max. I remember what it was like to get anything done at that speed, and now that it's no longer a thing I wouldn't inflict it upon anyone. That's why I try to keep my stuff as lightweight as possible, with as few deps as possible.
Treat others as you'd want to be treated, right?
A couple of years back I went to an HTML5 meetup and hung out with a bunch of web developers. I suck at web design (so much so that I didn't bother to try to write a new theme for my website, I used one that someone else made and tweaked it a little). One of the webdevs noticed that I use a couple of adblockers and yelled at me for taking money out of his mouth. That one cannot eat money, and that he gets paid a (much larger) salary (than I do) is beside the point.
So I put my laptop on the local network (Windbringer had been tethered to my mobile - OPSEC, ya' know) and asked him for the URL of the website he works on. He gave it to me. I opened it in a bare Firefox profile (no addons, no config tweaks, new right out of the box). His precious website loaded fully after just under three minutes.
Then, to make things fair, I rebooted Windbringer, got back on the local wireless, and opened it in my usual Firefox profile, with all the adblockers turned on. His website loaded in about five seconds.
"Your website loads so much tracking garbage up front that your page won't load in less than three minutes. I don't have time for that." And I left.
Unsurprisingly, I haven't been invited back, but my point stands - too much crap means your page won't load in a reasonable period of time.
Steve "Bull" Ratkovich is in a bad way, health-wise. Can the Fediverse help him?
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Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it's hard to delete
Google collects the purchases you've made, including from other stores and sites such as Amazon, and saves them on a page called Purchases.
Social networks are a scary thing. Just because I had heard of it, I cloned the #twint git repo (https://github.com/twintproject/twint) With just a couple of minutes of looking over stuff and running a few tests, I can download all of the tweets containing the word "trump" near the city I live in since 2016...Could then scrape followers, etc. Research for social engineering made easy!!
In which your anti-hero, me, rants about Linux and corporate interests.
I love that Linux (especially GNU/Linux, but honestly Android and similar stuff as well) has such a dominance in the world right now. Given how most of the world uses smartphones to replace laptops and desktops, it's almost inappropriate to say that they aren't, themselves PCs.
That said, I find it extremely harrowing that FOSS platforms in general have been co-opted by corporate interests (of a wide variety) to lock down systems with anti-consumer and anti-competitive software.
I'm especially looking at Android when I say that, with its increasing shift away from copyleft licensing and hardware-enforced jailed gardens.It's not just them, but they're a prime example. Options like LineageOS, which also has its problems, are essentially hacks around those things and aren't really alternatives for the vast majority of the smartphone-using public.
The war for the web (which is how the vast majority of personal usage interacts with the internet) is happening in browsers and the vast majority of web users use whatever is natively installed. The war for the future of our personal computing (who owns the data? the processing?) is happening in our core platforms. Smartphones dominate that discussion in profound ways, some of which you might not even realize. So in a global sense, it's pretty conservative to say that the future of the internet and our personal computing is being fought almost entirely in the smartphone market.
Yours in esteemed villainy,
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