So this happened: https://twitter.com/aral/status/1362062144003596293
And you can watch it unfold live on the recording of today’s S’update :)
Direct link to the exact time where I find out live that a company will rather remove the word “ethical“ from how they describe themselves on their site than stop enabling Facebook and Google to track and profile you:
@jasper @mdhughes @aral those keywords are getting demolished, sadly. mobile firefox removed support a few months back
( https://github.com/mozilla-mobile/fenix/issues/12099 - closed with no fix, pointing us at desktop decision)
and desktop firefox really has no clue how powerful this is and will make this to be search engines in the future.
( https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1653261 )
@jasper @mdhughes @aral well many people were raising concerns, many posted how they used the feature. The planned UI is mainly for search engines. Furthermore it seems to only work for a handful of these (but I have 20+ keywords!). Also so far no user-facing way of entering own things into that list has materialised. The word "demolished" wasn't chosen lightly. On mobile my workflow is very much broken already. I was using keywords heavily there as well.
@jasper This never worked for me in Firefox specifically for archive.org since %s will barf on full URLs (though I probably never tried just using a hostname)...
@feyn @aral @mdhughes If you bookmark "https://web.archive.org/web/%s" and make the keyword "wb", then you can write "wb<space>" before an URL & it will automatically grab the archive of a page. This is better than DDG, which should be avoided: https://source.puri.sm/toolauditor/CEAP/-/blob/master/audits/ddg.md And if you search via openworlds.info, you get a cached and proxied link for every result.
I just dipped into Mastodon and caught this.
Thank you, much smiling along,
Driving a carload of people you care about around in the darkness requires the lights to be on, right?
@aral this is so good 😂 live as well your reaction is awesome (will watch whole video when I get a mo - always miss your live short ones, will be on tomorrow for sure
@aral Browsing hundreds fo sites a day, i think to myself, the percent of true ethical sites (no trackers, fingerprintig, shady GDPR forms, etc...) is may be 1-2. Even worse - most of articles about privacy are in media that doesn't respect one itself.
@aral Annoying that the timecode doesn't work on the Mastodon embed.
(Also, I find it a bit odd that your accent sounds American, yet you pronounce the letter "o" in "Beyonk" correctly; most American accents go with "ah" or "or" instead of "o". Sorry if that's a bit personal).
@aral congrats with the breakthrough! A good reminder to focus on the very core solution first.
Btw, small tip to search quicker on twitter. Just type to search "from:aral [keyword]". You are welcome! ;)
@aral one question came up today watching today’s S’update:)
If the idea of Place is to completely decentralize the communication between nodes (Sites) how do we ensure the privacy, knowing that the data still have to travel through someones wires, routers, and ISPs. Is that where 100% encryption come into place? How secure is it? Or the communication is more of a public thing? And in that case power is in owning the nodes. Just curious!
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