I’m fucking done with Chrome. Fuck this.

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        Gemini is an application-level client-server internet protocol for the distribution of arbitrary files, with some special consideration for serving a lightweight hypertext format which facilitates linking between hosted files. Both the protocol and the format are deliberately limited in capabilities and scope, and the protocol is technically conservative, being built on mature, standardised, familiar, “off-the-shelf” technologies like URIs, MIME media types and TLS.

        That looks really cool. What would incentivise companies to use it over a regular website with tracking and whatnot?

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            Unfortunately this.

            Not only would companies not want to use it because of no incentives like what they get from the internet with monetary gains, it’ll likely only exist as an incredibly niche thing because not many people will hear about it due to the first part.

            That said, maybe that’s the best part of the whole thing. With less things to exploit, it wards off companies and “influencers” just using it to make money and it becomes more focused around hobbies like the internet once was.

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              Not only would companies not want to use it because of no incentives like what they get from the internet with monetary gains, it’ll likely only exist as an incredibly niche thing because not many people will hear about it due to the first part.

              That sounds amazing!

            • jadero
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              … it’ll likely only exist as an incredibly niche thing because not many people will hear about it…

              Sounds like they need some ads! :)

        • @[email protected]
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          a protocol for the distribution of arbitrary files, like http. A hypertext format, which http was intended for. Using mature technologies such as a bunch of stuff that http already uses.

          This is just http with extra steps. The problem is not in how the data is sent, but what data is sent. This is the equivalent of noticing people sending a lot of hate mail via snail mail, and the “solution” to that being to use square envelopes instead.

        • @[email protected]
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          we need a company-free web. today you search the web for anything and you only obtain garbage SEO optimized results because of the commercialization of the web.

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          “What would incentivise companies to use it over a regular website with tracking and whatnot?”

          Nothing…and that’s kinda the point.

    • @[email protected]
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      Hey you’re in luck! For just $99.99/mo* we’ll remove those ads.

      But we’ll still collect way more data than you think and in a couple months we’ll raise the price for the True Unlimited* plan

      **True Unlimited plan has like, so many ads, because fuck you.

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    Firefox it is and was for over a decade and more. Add uBlock Origin, uMatrix and some smaller stuff and the web suddenly becomes accessible.

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        Add-Ons I have installed are:

        • uBlock Origin
        • uMatrix (sadly deprecated)
        • Privacy Badger, shows/blocks trackers that made it through uBlock/uMatrix (which are not many if at all)
        • Decentraleyes, which caches libraries from CDNs so you don’t connect to these central servers again, disclosing your usage pattern
        • Cookie AutoDelete, mostly optional but clears cookies while browser is running and not only on close
        • DarkReader, so bright pages go dark
        • Sidebery, for organizing tabs (I miss true tab groups in Firefox, but only a bit)
      • lemmyvore
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        Firefox actually has most privacy stuff you need built-in nowadays. There are surprisingly few steps you need to harden it after install (on both desktop and mobile):

        • Install the uBlock Origin extension.
        • Switch Enhanced Tracking Protection to “strict”.
        • Turn on HTTPS-only mode in all tabs.

        Optionally:

        • Switch your search engine away from Google. I’ve been using DuckDuckGo with zero problems for years, but there are others.
        • Install the multi-containers extension, it can be used to load websites in isolated color-coded tabs so no data “leakage” can occur.

        You do not need any other extension. There is some advanced stuff for fingerprinting protection but they can do more harm than good if you don’t know what you’re doing. Stick to the above, update Firefox when prompted and that’s all.

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          I love the possibility to have uBlock Origin on mobile. I have Privacy Badger and Decentraleyes installed as well. Toolbar on bottom is another thing I can’t live without anymore. That’s configurable through settings.

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            You can use uBlock Origin on mobile in the Firefox nightly build.

            In the nightly build, you get to use pretty much all addons from desktop.

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          Yup, solid advices.

          I would add disabling recommendations for Add-Ons and Themes and clearing the initial default bookmarks.

          Of course you can pimp it out like setting config properties to enable experimental stuff like Wayland, WebRender, hardware decoding, etc. pp. before they get enabled by default in later releases.

        • @[email protected]
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          I’ve noticed DDG giving poor results lately and definitely putting me in a bubble. No matter what it gives hyper local results.

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            Same, I tried it for a while a few months ago but it never gave me as good results as Google. I’m very aware of the enshittification and will switch away as soon as I notice it not showing me what I want, though.

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              For the record I find it miles better than google, I just think they are getting to be more like Google in their results being tailored.

              When I search something I want to learn about I’ll often get local examples whereas I used to get the wiki or some general discussions.

              When I google it I get ads and pictures of myself in the shower.

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      uMatrix has been abandoned hasn’t it? I thought the dev had incorporated some of uMatrix into uBlock?

      Am I wrong in believing this?

    • @[email protected]
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      Firefox, and Vivaldi for the occasional site that doesn’t work on Gecko. (They’re built on the Chromium engine, but absolutely refusing to implement this crap)

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      Piggybacking here to let people know that hitting “no thanks” on that dialog only disables 1 out of the 3 new tracking methods added to Chrome. Besides turning off “ad topics” you need to go to preferences and also disable “site-suggested ads” and “ad measurement”.

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      It was never good. It’s performance sucked ass and I can’t think of s single feature it had that I got anything out of.

      I want my browser to do 2 things: load the fucking webpage and save bookmarks. That’s fucking it.

      • @[email protected]
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        Chrome actually used to run very well compared to Firefox, much lower general RAM and CPU usage doing the same thing. That was quite a while ago though

      • SuperJetShoes
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        It was the first browser to have tabs. That simple feature was cool AF at the time, especially the “Reopen last closed tab” and “Duplicate Tab” features.

        “Duplicate Tab” was awesome, letting you risk going down some sites rabbit holes without losing your starting context in the original tab.

        Awesome innovative features, now natural requirements for any browser.

        But it was all downhill since there.

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          It was the first browser to have tabs.

          Not true. I was definitely using tabs in Firefox and Opera before Chrome even existed. I’ve used CTRL/CMD+SHIFT+T to reopen last closed tab in all browsers for many years now so I can’t remember if that existed as a menu option for people who prefer to use a mouse, but the guts of the feature itself was there before Chrome existed as well. (I avoid duplicating tabs so I can’t say if that existed before.)

          I remember clearly when Chrome came out, it felt like this stripped down skeleton with less built-in features than I was used to, less customizability, and less features privacy that promised to be “fast,” yet didn’t seem any faster than a fresh browser install would normally be. The one innovation I associate with Chrome is browser-based online and offline web apps, but I don’t know if that started with them. (I’m guessing it probably did since they were in their heyday when that got to be a thing.)

          I was so disappointed when Mozilla spent years trying to make Firefox more like Chrome (which meant stripping down features and customizability) to attract people-- which clearly wasn’t working-- and it’s been such a relief to see them get back to being simple on the surface but poweruser-friendly under the hood, recently.

          small edit: to fix a mistake above (see strikethrough text)

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              Oh absolutely! I almost included more about who created tabs myself but my comment was already becoming a wall of text and I hadn’t used InternetWorks myself. 😅

              Since you bring it up, I’ve wondered for a long time if the folks who brought tabs to browsers might have also worked on TabWorks-- a very customizable (and much prettier) alternative shell/GUI for Windows 3.x.

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          Oh geez, thinking back to the “we had it first!” wars between Opera fans and Firefox fans about tabs back in the pre-Chrome days…

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        If you ignore privacy issues, it was the best browser a long time ago, for some years after it was new. I remember those days, installing AVG every time I reinstalled Windows Vista. My first laptop, my first time with internet, Twilight Princess and Sonic '06 was out, it was great. That was back when we liked Sonic '06, because it was new and we were young and dumb. I was in the USAF doing computer technician work.

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          I tried invidious and it’s great but my issue with it is I can’t see my subscriptions, see which videos I’ve already watched or leave likes on videos :/

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            can’t see my subscriptions

            FreeTube has good instructions for how to export your existing subscriptions from YouTube and then import those into FreeTube. Those go into the default “All Channels” profile. From there, you can make more profiles, and add subscriptions into those. I have several now: News, Academia, Bushcraft, Motoring, more. Switching between them is seamless, you don’t lose your place.

            see videos I’ve already watched

            There is a History you can go to, although it appears to only show history for “All Channels” (does not filter based on profile subscriptions used above). There is a settings toggle for “Hide Videos on Watch.”

            leave likes on videos

            That’s true, you can’t leave likes on or comment on videos (though you can view comments). I’m in the “oh fucking well” camp on that.

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                … Okay? I guess?

                I mean, a browser is an application, too. Add the Privacy Redirect extension to your browser, and it’ll open all YouTube links in FreeTube, so it’s really pretty seamless.

                I’m not sure what’s got me promoting FreeTube so much right now. I just started using it less than a week ago. The learning curve is quite shallow, and since I only watch videos on my desktop (not on my shitty shitty phone), I don’t have to be concerned with my history and subscriptions being synced anywhere.

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                  yeah a browser is an application but this requires me to install yet another application and idk it feels weird to install an application just for watching YouTube… I’m just hoping there’s other alternatives like invidious that are available on a browser

  • 🅱🅴🅿🅿🅸
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    Ah yes, “hey instead of us tracking you, can you just save us the computation effort and just tell us what you’re into? We’ll still keep tracking you though.” And this is somehow a privacy FEATURE? Even though they clearly say they’ll be sharing thisvinfo with websites you visit? Boggles the mind

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      Exactly. It’s corporate newspeak.

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    Firefox has always been my main browser but I don’t get OP’s point.

    Isn’t this a good feature because it allows personalized ads without tracking?

    Can someone explain to me?

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      “To stop everyone else from stealing your data, let us steal it for them!”

      It’s like trying to stop a fire by committing arson.

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        It’s like trying to stop a fire by committing arson

        I get the point you’re trying to make, but we regularly actually start fires to prevent fires.

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          That’s true. Maybe I should’ve picked my analogy better lol.

          • @[email protected]
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            Big reason why analogies are fallacies: they’re never a 1:1 representation of the subject and hand and usually serve to derail the conversation by making people debate the merits of the analogy.

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      According to this popup, Chrome is essentially sending my entire browsing history god knows where in order to build a user profile that is then used by advertising companies to display targeted ads on the websites I visit. But it allows me to control which topics get shown or hidden and somehow that is a “privacy” feature.

      I just don’t want my browsing history to be used for anything except finding what pages I visited in the past and that’s it. I’m sick of being tracked and having my whole god damn digital life being shared to fucking greedy corporations who want to send me ads to buy crap I don’t need.

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        According to Steve Gibson’s podcast, the analysis of your browsing history that converts it into topics is done in your browser, so presumably on your computer, not by sending the browsing history to a server. Only the resulting topics are shared with Google’s servers.

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          Ok. Still. Why is my browser using memory and spending cpu cycles on this shit?

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        the user profile is stored locally, websites get a random list of three topics