@sheogorath Well said. I hadn't noticed this was a larger thread, my bad. Thanks for all the work you have done!

@sheogorath Agreed, but how do we protest against this?

Petition and pressure Google to roll back? EFF is already doing that, but I don't think Google is going to listen.

Artificially break your site on Chrome? Ask visitors to switch browsers? Even if there's a way of doing that without breaking Brave et al, I doubt enough people will be willing to do that.

Show a polite message without breaking the site? Most people will just dismiss it like they dismiss a cookie banner.

GitHub Pages "blocks" Google's FLoC now by adding the opt-out header.

I don't think this is any reason to celebrate. #Google pulled two tricks here:

1. It identified all websites that are against this standard, making it easy to rank them worse.
2. Provided a technical solution to a social problem making all the tech elitist feel good by adding a header instead of protesting.

All in all, I feel this header legitimises the standard more and more "because you can opt-out". #FLoC #privacy

I have to admit: I am tired of fighting.
I am tired of fighting for privacy.
All the things i have to take care of to prevent people from controlling and breaking the web (not only looking at Google).
I am tired of people spamming javascript-bloated bullshit into the web just to track me.
I am tired of trying to educate people about their basic right to privacy.
I am tired of hearing: "But i have nothing to hide..."
How do people keep fighting while staying sane? #privacy #tired

Engineered complexity in our systems is what keeps us shackled to the whims of big tech. The key to devolution is simplification. Simplify, simplify, simply. Remove, reduce, distill… and then maybe we stand a chance at owning and controlling the infrastructure as individuals.

Twitter thinks I’m interested in the topic of Arsenal.

The closest thing I’ve tweeted is cricket.

@cassidyjames FWIW, they are aware of this issue, and there appears to be a more technical reasoning to their choices.


Nothing conclusive, but if the upstream block lists that Brave relies on are convinced about Plausible, then we might see a better outcome not only on Brave, but on every extension etc that currently blocks Plausible.

@aral I wish Medium had a “sarcastic slow clap” option.

@aral Of course this is surveillance capitalism, but it is also actively harmful in that it potentially deludes people into making poor life decisions.


> “People find value in reflective practices like astrology, meditation, and journaling.”

(Yelling at the authors)
Well, at least the other two are subjects of psychological research and have proven benefits. Don't mix your pseudoscientific bs into the list just because “easternization.” The East is already suffering enough stupidity, day in and day out, due to its superstitious past.

@cassidyjames Just dropping in to remark that someone does notice all your en dashes and curly quotes.

Brave blocking privacy-respecting stats is especially ironic given that their web browser literally tracks everything you do on the web, uploads profiles of you, and then explicitly and literally sells your attention to an ad network.

Just realized @UbuntuBudgie@twitter.com logo is actually Venom with a Sharingan.

Sam: How did you break Zemo out of prison so easily? What are you, Cyborg?

Bucky: Why are you referencing DC? What are you, Deadpool?

When you finish work early on a Friday and don’t want to pick anything new:

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@proactiveservices @celia Because there are so many people apathetic to privacy and security, it makes those who do care sound like some sort of doomsayers.

IDK how to express this in text, but somehow “O Elbereth Gilthoniel” and “We all live in a yellow submarine” just fit together.

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While reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, all joyful Elvish songs formed a natural tune in my head.

It wasn’t until I finished reading the latter (five minutes ago) that it hit me: it was the tune of Yellow Submarine by The Beatles!

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