World: Google, you are so smart, impartial, and benevolent, please write all our protocols and standards.
Google: Oh yeah, btw, we don’t think you should be able to protect yourself from being tracked on our browser.
Google to break uBlock Origin on Chromium.
@aral Clever strategy. Limit the functionality to what's provided by the most popular ad blocker and nothing more. From Raymond's response it seems like he may not consider it worth just maintaining the Firefox versions, so even FF users may end up losing out due to Google's evil.
@aral I'm starting to think it may be necessary to start blocking Chrome and Chromium-based browsers.
@aral Hmmm, this comment about "maybe we shouldn't given Google so much influence over the standards." tempts me into pitching my Memex browser engine...
@aral Vivaldi: It's like Chrome but not shit!
@aral Google: guys, guys, can we talk about this somewhere more obscure that's harder to link to?
"Hey, can you post to the mailing list where we can ignore you?"
Chromium browsers include Brave, Opera, Vivaldi and many others:
@aral That is very, very bad 🙁 I literally can't imagine not using uBlock. The modern web is such a trashfire even *with* uBlock. I'm already on Firefox, but I would move to whatever browser is necessary to keep using uBlock.
Specifically uBlock Matrix 😛🙂
We're a Firefox with uBlock and uMatrix family.
Chrome will do themselves no favours doing this crap.
@aral Firefox FTW
@aral Wow. So Google is like: Thanks to Microsoft, just about every web browser is now based on our "open source" browser engine. Let's start dismantling all of the technologies that make it possible to avoid our survalience.
God Google makes me so mad!
@aral I'll just keep using firefox like i've been doing for like, a decade now
@aral welp, guess I better go find a new non-Chromium browser now
god fucking damn it
@aral So much for "Don't be evil"
@aral Would this break Brave too since it's based on Chromium? Wouldn't this help grow Brave?
@aral That is a deal breaker for me.
@aral it almost looks legitimate but these constraints look arbitrary and I don't see technical reasoning behind them. Only "longer list is hard to traverse" I guess.
Funny thing is, all adblockers are declarative, even umatrix, from the client side. The browser just have to expose more stuff in the rules. I don't believe it cannot be efficient enough.
@aral god the comment cops in the bug thread you linked are such pieces of shit, clearly just trying to shut down opposition and move discussion to somewhere where nobody will see it
treating these developers of the most critical extensions with millions of users like shit because they're not willing to jump through the hoops that the comment cops are throwing in their way
ugh fuck google
@aral Well, nobody (including google) is obliged to host other people's opinions on their infrastructure. That's why we are using Mastodon :P
@zalandocalrissian Exactly. Now think about how much of the population depends on Google and Facebook and <insert every other surveillance capitalist here> and you’ve just summarised why human rights and democracy are fucked unless we move beyond surveillance capitalism.
@aral well, when I checked the bug yesterday there were two comments. First one begging Google to fix this otherwise the guy goes back to Firefox. Second one calling for a Chromium Fork.
I can easily imagine that a lot of comments are out of the topic.
Then I would definitely prefer that these comments would be hidden by default.
@aral uhm... let’s not?!
@aral freedom of speech neither requires anyone to distribute your opinion, nor to hear it. It simply states you may not be punished for expressing it.
@ng0 There’s literally a link to the page in the original toot. I hadn’t even realised until you just pointed it out. I’m sorry I cropped out part of their excuse.
@aral With Microsoft on the Chromium bandwagon this is extremely bad news.
So do we have to run Ublock Origin on an OS level now?
Despite the surveillance drawbacks, I have been recommending a Chromebook to utterly non-technical friends and family as a safe and virtually no-maintenance solution. Only thing I had to help with was install uBlock and tweak the blocklists for them. Alas, that solution will have to go out the window as well then.
@aral @fschaap True, true. Due to the complexity of Windows and its vulnerability for malware, virusses etc I choose for the less complex, easier to use (and also cheap) ChromeOS for my elderly mom. If there is a Linux as easy to use (perhaps Elementary OS?) I might switch her again. On the other hand, she only mails and uses Facebook, so privacy is not very much on her mind. ;)
@nielsim @aral Exactly this. The people I recommend a Chromebook to have no usable concept of the technology they use or of privacy in the online domain. They simply want to send e-mail, use google to search and/or use Facebook or Whatsapp. And even if there was a super userfriendly Linux out there, I would end up being the sysadmin (if for nothing more than updates, but it usually entails far more cries for help) and for personal reasons that simply is out of the question.
@nielsim @aral I remember (10 years ago? during the first wave of netbooks) there was a company in the Netherlands selling completely locked down, centrally updated and maintained stripped down Linux PCs as "simple online devices for elderly people". You paid a subscription for integrated ISP and maintenance services and maybe some form of cloud storage (???). I really do think there is a market there for managed, privacy-friendly (thus open source/hardware) devices.
@nielsim @aral that's actually an interesting idea. safely-enough protected custom https certificate imported in browser, MiTM engine running as another user intercepting all http(s) requests and removing what should be removed.
i dunno, i don't think that switching browsers in case it actually breaks is an option. firefox is... making at least doubtful decisions lately, so they may just copy these changes too.
@aral I think it's important to follow up and also use a DNS perimeter blocker as well. It's a little more work, but it's worth it in the end because it works with devices that don't have ad-blocking capability on their own.
@aral Google is incredibly evil.
Use firefox and modify it so that it serves you and respects your dignity.
On PrivacyTools.io follow the guides that show you how to modify firefox in about:config.
Some websites may break, however I have only noticed Google Drive Videos not to work which I confess to still using.
@aral And thats why Im pissed of that Firefox is going Chromium. Wow.
@muzkore Did I miss something major or did you mean Edge? :)
@aral I read it earlier ( few weeks ago) but cant find where I read it so scrap what I said. Apologies. If I find it, I will post it.
@aral still rocking Firefox over here.
@aral thanks for the post
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