So I don’t use Chrome but I have Ungoogled Chromium (https://codeberg.org/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium) as certain things only work under Chrom(ium) and I only just realised Google requires a Google account to install extensions.
Hint: You can bypass this restriction using this the Ungoogled Extension Installer: https://github.com/UnnoTed/Ungoogled-Chromium-Extension-Installer
The lengths we have to go to in order to protect our privacy from basic everyday things is ridiculous. We need fundamental change. Surveillance capitalism needs to die.
Become shell literate
"It becomes especially hard under these conditions to hold on to the value in activities that, by their very nature, are future-directed, such as education or institution-building."
"...what’s disrupted is the structure of care that sustains why we go on doing things together, and this can only be repaired through renewed solidarity."
Security researcher Bruce Schneier on COVID-19 and Acedia:
"What unsettles us is not only fear of change. It’s that, if we can no longer trust in the future, many things become irrelevant, retrospectively pointless. And by that we mean from the perspective of a future whose basic shape we can no longer take for granted. This fundamentally disrupts how we weigh the value of what we are doing right now."
Or annotated law: the official annotations that judges rely upon to interpret the law. States have partnered with outside orgs to create these, which means if you live in that state and want to know what your law means, you have to pay to see it.
A Deputy Prosecutor Was Fired for Speaking Out Against Jail Time for People Who Fall Behind on Rent — ProPublica
So a bunch of people who are making technology to improve the Web apparently /just/ found out that Google services don't allow many browsers, except Firefox/Chrome.
That's been policy for /months/. I have been complaining loudly for /three months now/ about how that fucked me over.
Y'all, please recognize that the ignorance to these events is demonstrative of the focus of these people building a better Web - they're able to go /three months/ without realizing that a the Web's largest service provider has cut off all but the largest browsers. Who are they talking to, or not talking to, that lets them maintain that sort of ignorance for so long?
In my circles the move was devastating /overnight/, as we all suddenly found ourselves needing to install Firefox on very old/weak computers, to check out texts and voicemails!
"The web as an open standards platform is rapidly falling apart. :\"
It fell apart /years/ ago, literally more than a decade, as service providers acquiesced to state communication monitoring services.
Just... how do you expect to build a better Web if you are so ignorant as to the broad strokes of its history, outside the bubble of commercialized English Web use, and its little subculture of "commercialized FOSS English Web use"?
Who are you building a Web for? What will be done on it?
I have been shouting as loud as I know that y'all are gravely underestimating the scope of the problem you are looking at. I've been shouting it in poetic language, and in pseudocode.
What is it going to take for folk to realize that in order to build a better Web, they're going to have to learn what the Web is, and in order to do that, they're going to have to learn what the culture of the Web is, and to do that, they're going to have to learn a lot more about cultural identity, at all.
(Which ironically is the same problem I have with most kyriarchists, regardless of field: an ignorance that their reality is a cultural perspective, nothing else.)
(One shark among the dead fish.) Dead fish are somewhat rare, speckled gulls a first, ducks a first, and loons are around, but not every day.
Just know that your computer isn't yours. The issues with #Apple's latest OS update laid out very well by @sneakdotberlin but this is not much better on Windows, Android etc.
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