Re: Optimistically....Sony Bravia does not work
> BT Smart
Now THERE is an oxymoron if ever I saw one!
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I think that's where so many fall down. They just don't see the indirect reliance, even on services they pay for, that's where they really get you.
Look again at the things you *have* to do and the things that those suppliers rely on. For example, need to book a PCR test, or file your taxes? They rely on google services and they simply won't work if you have google blocked.
> People centralize on Google and Facebook but that is their choice.
I'd agree for Facebook, but not for Google.
If I really was interested in cutting off FB then no problem, one firewall rule blocking their ASN, and mission accomplished.
Try doing that with the all-seeing googly-eye... your life will become difficult, fast.
Need to pay HMRC? You can't
Need to book a PCR test? Nope
Want to donate to your favoured political party? It'll have to be offline.
Want to just use the web and go about your daily business? Computer says 'no'.
OFCOM revised their requirements something like 10 years ago, IIRC.
Analogue PSTN providers are only required to cover the first 60 minutes of an outage (though obviously many will far exceed this to ensure that they're compliant). For full-fibre they are required to provide 60 minutes battery backup for 'vulnerable' customers in their CPE and the rest of us are on our own.
I do use Bing and I think people do rag on it without really giving it a chance, but the value in google is not in search, the value is in the Orwellian level of data hoovering that informs the search.
Analytics, DNS, Safebrowsing, apis, fonts etc that almost all sites use, most of them we can’t really avoid without major degradation or loss of functionality, and which most users, even techies wouldn’t even think to look for.
"Offer something better than they do."
I knew googlebot would turn up at some point.
Google have been abusing their monopoly for over a decade and it is impossible not to give them data, data that makes it impossible for a new entrant to provide something better. The only company vaguely capable of giving it a run for it's money is Microsoft. But without access to the data from google analytics, as well as the analytics from google's SafeSearch, DNS, APIs, Fonts, Maps, YouTube and so on, that's pretty much impossible even for them.
If you don't believe me regarding choice... block google's ASN at your firewall, stop feeding them data, then try to go about your usual online activities. Trust me, we can wait while you do it, because you won't be long.
Google’s rationale is “can we virtually wipe every implementation off the planet?” or “can we harvest loads of juicy data to make a profit?”
If both of those are “no” then in the bin it goes. If they manage the first, and the second is still “no” *then* they bin it...