No. Never. Noooope. Nein!
175 posts • joined 23 Mar 2017
May I recommend uMatrix? I started with NoScript long ago and graduated to uMatrix not long after that - it allows you to set site specific rules, so that you don't have to allow some Google shenanigans globally in case one critical webpage refuses to work without it. You can even save your preset rules permanently and export your preferences to a backup file. All in all it makes for much more pleasant browsing while being much more potent at disabling unwanted content (cookies, frames, tracking images etc. as well).
So thank you google for your efforts, they haven't gone unnoticed. They sure brightened the morning for one or three us labourers, before we dive into our undefined behaviours and tripple equality operators once again today and tomorrow and the day after that, only to retire every evening to our dvds and vhses, toasting with a driest gin to beta, laserdisc and dart.
One has to wonder how much cash do actually the likes of Bill and Jeff need.
I once read a memoir of a pre-war European president who said that the best thing about the presidency for his civil existence was that he no longer needed to carry cash around as every human need was provided for. Which brings the question of how much of their times are these men on their own, outside their corporate existences which would seemingly require much more than 24 hours a day every day from us, only somewhat capable humans.
On one hand, the typical impact security tools and parental controls, as well as make it harder for law enforcement to catch criminals sets of all the usual important bells in the heads of all sane netizens, but Google being behind the lamented technology offsets any lingo-based gains.
The bottom line is that every corporation will be MITMing all employee generated traffic in no time unless they are already doing so. At home the situation is different - virtually everyone is neck deep in Google already, so there is nothing to fear there. The remaining half percent will carry on being called tinfoil hats and everyone will be happy again.
About the "google is in a race with facebook" - Google is winning by multiple lengths and is great at not making too much fuss about it as well. Look at it this way: it¨s very feasible to block Facebook completely at your firewall and it will get very little data about you (it still will courtesy of people around you, but very little of it actually). If you do the same with Google, two thirds of websites you visit from your well guarded Linux desktop computer will look hideously and the other third will get out of order completely. And that is just the web, you can't effectively avoid all the androids out there. Facebook is not winning.
We're already half way down indeed, and going fast and gaining speed.
FWIW Google do a good job remaining invisible on divisive topics (like for example Facebook getting all the flak for privacy intrusion) but they are still there and still doing business - there is no reason to believe they are any good when it comes to China.
People, cheifly those in managerial roles, and the CxO's more still than others, tend to forget that all we have now are computer businesses. Yes, theysometimes have some other machinery attached to the computers (like, baking ovens in the computer businesses formerly called bakeries, or big lorries in the computer businesses formerly called transportation companies). But forgetting this fact when you are a manager or worse the CEO herself, I see no other way out than it costing you your job.
Google are slowly but relentlessly walling up their garden and by the looks of it their garden is the whole web. Remember the great wall in one eastern country - it, too, was primarily not to let subject escape and only secondarily to protect the realm from invaders.
... and some, a tiny fraction of them, will actually do. For the rest, life goes on, the same as with Facebook zucking around with everything they can get on their users, Twitter selling phone numbers and Google privatizing the whole internet for themselves. And when the inevitable redacted hits the fan those who said they would stop would inevitably come after those who did with the historically proven "but come on help us out". Popcorn, anyone?
I wouldn't bet on the latter either. Just because even fewer people understand it than who understand basic sanity in software development doesn't mean that there is some inherent robustness to it.
"Date require (...) algorithm to interpret it" - not this again. Something like my XLS files need a separately stored Excel to interpret them?
I hear China et al. are great at suppressing, erm, unnecessary chaos and are very good at creating stable and supportive environment for development. I hear some call it "stabilised society". There is apparently plenty to learn from them.
... one of the latest pinnacles of availability of very sophisticated technology to complete morons which itself wouldn't be imaginable, let alone possible, hadn't it been for the decades of industrialization these people are so bent on protesting against.
Now please let me eat this tin of tuna to protest against overfishing our oceans!
Understanding what baud rate is as important today as it has always been as we, humanity, now require kitten videos streamed on demand in 4K over the air, which necessitates the likes of 1024-QAM and other unworldly modulations achieving more bits per symbol over the air than what was feasible mere years ago over tv cables. Very interesting stuff!
re "no way to know" - yes there is. But you don't want to as it is bad news in every single case.
(The last one I remember is uploading chunks of memory to MS base star regardless of content, be it your confidential documents, browser cache or private keys. Of course when done properly your private keys should be kept safe by the OS but who does security properly nowadays?).
... except that the big players in the unauthenticated part of the Web (of which there is a whole one, compared to a one in the authenticated part - you've guessed the names all right) don't need any cookies anymore. Given they own pretty much all of the infrastructure (other people's OS's and websites, in other words) and the cheapness of behavioral fingerprinting, they actually don't need the feared browser fingerprinting either.
The whole fight against tracking cookies reminds me of the famous React OS in which we can now reliably run mspaint.exe from Windows 98 to avoid the licensing and slurping woes of Windows 10. Well meant, and big kudos from me to all the people who made this possible (often in their leisure time), since it shows that there are still people who do care. But it is important nevertheless to stay current and understand that the big bags of sweet sweet dollars have already moved elsewhere some time ago.
Maybe they just fiugured that Qt commercial license, costing several thousand (Pounds/Euro/Dollar) per seat, isn't a justified expense when you can have the LGPL options which is basically the same except for some tiny OS-specific bits. Yeah, right. The folks at Qt know what they get paid for and we, mere mortals, don't get to hear all their success stories. What we do get to hear are stories like this, happening at every other dev workplace every other week, where the thousands scare the managers as they would need to go from the department budget and not the HR/personnel budget. I have fond understanding for those poor souls mocked for their decision, as I have had my numerous times at the cost optimal end of the budget whip as well.
We have been trying to communicate with them, but they haven't been particularly responsive... And why would they? Google seems to be in full Microsoft-in-the-00's mode, owning their users fully and completely. It looks to me that the business model at Google is to own everything they can, build a nice walled garden for theis
users subjects and fsck the rest. Which of course works nicely for everyone who expose themsevles to Google willingly or unwittingly. For the rest, though - tough luck. Just when the desktop alternatives became good enough for the average Joe, there is a new plague in store for us.
A job well done, let the perpetrators serve the whole time please.
But I can't not notice the wording of group used "other advanced technological means to thwart law enforcement efforts, including file encryption and cryptography" constructed to mean "encryption is a technological means for thwarting law enforcement". They are selling the backdoor business hard, aren't they. Apart from Tor & al hardly ever becoming subject to what is poised to amount to legal prohibition of encrypted communication, these days pushed for all around the western cultural hemisphere ever so actively and forcefully. This one cloud has a pitch black lining indeed.
It would have been more along Google's lines to have it built in and keep it on at all times, only to say "sorry we forgot to mention it, of course it is there and always on, why shouldn't it?" when caught. Because of course the gesture control is only there to comfort the easily misguided masses, the real purpose if better situational awareness and more complete coverage of the vast network of slurping devices.
There is hardly a website worth visiting without the dreadful Google Analytics et al in it (which in turn makes many of said websites hardly worth visiting). Some declare it somewhere deep in their "we value your privacy"
bullsh documentation, most do not. Yet there is no simple way for the web-browsing person to avoid being slurped naked (on desktop that is, on Andorid or other tablets the resistance is completely futile). I, for one, would love to see this practice addressed by authorities, and this development about the F-button goes in the right direction.
How about every citizen everywhere is given a hundred tokens in the shape and weight of local currency accepted by machines such as the one mentioned in this artice. Every citizen will be then allowed to cast their vote in the next election if and only if said citizen presents the whole of hundred tokens to the voting comittee. I strongly suspect a voting right would have been lost quite willingly over one lousy teddy bear here.
When my father was learning to drive a passenger bus many many years ago, the actual driving lessons were organized in groups. at the beginning of the first drive the instructor would ask who wanted to drive first. After someone volunteered, he'd order the rest of the group to stand in the aisle. With their hands in their pockets.
The problem today is that there is no single driver anymore so there is no way to get the required level of peer pressure to work.
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