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submitted 10 months ago by Owl@hexbear.net to c/technology@hexbear.net

Google is now rolling out a system where Chrome directly tracks your activity and shares its summary with advertisers.

Also Firefox is faster as of like two months ago.

It takes five minutes to switch browsers, and the difference is so little that you'll often forget you did it.

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iOS sucks (hexbear.net)

Got an iPhone some months ago because it was cheaper than getting a Pixel or S24 and I hate it.

The apps suck, sideloading sucks ass because of both apple restrictions and the lack of modded apps, browsing sucks because the adblockers suck because the extensions suck, FOSS is pretty much dead of iOS, call spam detection sucks, keyboard sucks.

I never saw an ad on android for the past three years because of how good my setup was with modded apps and Firefox+uBlock but iOS is pure Advertisement Hell.

The OS visuals and responsiveness are better than most android skins but 60Hz is trash as well and 4GB ram means that I can not even open like 3 tabs at once without the others shutting down.

The photo management sucks the most. Any photo I save goes straight to my Camera Roll and has ZERO organization which memes no more epic funny memes are getting saved on my phone anymore.

The integration with Google Photos is also non-existent and images get saved only when I manually sync them and I will never buy iCloud because I hate the locked down apple ecosystem.

Modded apps also suck and nothing is as good as revanced plus the 7 day refresh limit sucks because of course apple wants 99$ per year to have the godlike ability to install your own apps.

Airdrop is maybe the only positive I remember about this. And maybe the battery life which is better than my previous phone's battery.

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submitted 1 day ago* (last edited 5 hours ago) by Tomorrow_Farewell@hexbear.net to c/technology@hexbear.net

Have been trying to set it up for hours now. Nothing works.

  • Latest version does not seem to have winutils support, and using it causes errors when using some important methods. (EDIT: this is likely wrong, and the winutils stuff that I have should probably be fine.)
  • Older versions require to be built with Maven. However, that just gives me a PluginExecutionException.

I need to do this ASAP, preferably within the next 3 hours.

I have nowhere else to ask for help, it seems, especially considering that reddit-logo suspended an account I set up specifically for asking questions after I edited a relevant post.

Highly doubt that anybody will be able to help me.

EDIT2: the issue has, thankfully, been resolved. I was using Python 3.12, and switched to 3.11.8. That made the problem go away.

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submitted 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago) by asante@hexbear.net to c/technology@hexbear.net

i should stress that no development has been made to this since last month and the only recent development was the sole contributor suggesting the idea to the official ActivityPub repo last week.

the contributor proposed sending an E2EE message as follows, using PGP keys that are stored with password encryption on the instance's server:

  1. It requests the recipents public key
  2. If there is a recipent public key, it sends the recipents public key to the sender
  3. If there is a recipient public key, it encrypts the message
  4. If there is no recipient public key, it will warn the user that this message will send unencrypted and the user can reject sending the message or continue sending the message with encryption.
  5. The message is sent to the user

currently, fediverse services just use existing E2EE services (Matrix, XAMPP, etc.) and while the demand isn't big i think it would be really convenient. especially as a part of ActivityPub, E2EE messages would work over different fedi services to any fedi account, as opposed to separate, incompatible implementations maintained by each fedi service.

what do you guys think about this idea? cool or no?

edit: btw if you don't know, "private" messaging on fediverse is equivalent to mentioned-only posting, meaning the instance admins can read them as plaintext. this is why Lemmy has a disclaimer warning that your messages aren't private, has a Matrix account field on your profile to securely message with and why virtually no fedi services have tried implementing E2EE encryption

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submitted 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago) by LGOrcStreetSamurai@hexbear.net to c/technology@hexbear.net

What's the mindset behind forcing a user to create an account to view the media on a page? For example an artist I like posts their art on Instagram and Twitter but I can't look at it unless I create an account. What's the dumb corporate rationale behind this? I have seen this on so many sites you can't even see what's there without an account? Doesn't it just scare users away? I know it certainly does for me. If I have to log in just to view a page I don't want to view the page.

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submitted 3 days ago by Owl@hexbear.net to c/technology@hexbear.net

The linked article does his math wrong - the ad revenue per page view is $0.00258, so the profit per page is actually $0.00207.

This will radically accelerate the problem of search results being full of AI-generated spam.

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They reposted posted it on their mastodon account today.

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All goo.gl short links will die.

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submitted 4 days ago* (last edited 4 days ago) by crafted_104@hexbear.net to c/technology@hexbear.net

Keep in mind that I don't encourage anyone to use Discord, and you are definitely better off using open source alternatives like Revolt or Matrix. However, if you absolutely need to use Discord (which I will not advocate), the least you could do is either use it in private browsing and erase the cookies after use, or use any open source client listed in this post!

Today i'll be showing you some open source clients to Discord that will at least try to give you some privacy instead of the original Discord client. Before you use any of these, make sure to turn off Discord telemetry in settings, then uninstall Discord and replace it with these open source clients, or as I said before you can use it in private browsing and erase the cookies after use!

Goofcord (Probably the best option!)

This client has such a silly name, but let me explain what it is first lol. Goofcord is a Discord client that focuses on privacy and customization while providing you full control over everything. It blocks most tracking and uses a variety of features, such as message encryption, to improve your privacy and security. It also includes Vencord and Shelter built in, uses Invidious links instead of YouTube, performs much faster than the original Discord client, has great support on Linux, Windows, Mac and even Windows 7/8 systems and is the best client on this list. I highly recommend it! Download it here on the GitHub

Webcord

Webcord is a Discord client built without the Discord API. It significantly improves the user's privacy. It prevents known tracking and fingerprinting methods, but it does not end there. It also maintains permissions to sensitive APIs such as the camera and microphone, and it creates its own user agent to match the one used by Chromium browsers. Webcord is also fully written in Typescript rather than Java, runs on Electron, and is very customizable. Download it here on the GitHub

Datcord

Datcord is an open-source Discord client that respects your privacy, uses Firefox instead of Chromium, and renders emojis better than the standard Discord client. Keep in mind that it just removes some of the tracking, and Discord may can still track you (Just not as much). It will still feel the same as the original Discord client, just significantly faster, and if your computer can't run Goofcord or Webcord, this is a viable alternative! Download it here on the GitHub

SpaceBarChat

Spacebar is a free, open-source communication platform that is compatible with Discord. It is decentralized, adjustable, expandable, secure, and highly customizable. You can easily add your Discord bots and other content to it, and this is likely the best solution for people who prefer to selfhost. I would not call this an open source discord client, but rather a discord compatible alternative. There is actually no client used for Spacebar at all, you just simply make a account and use the website!

Mobile Support

Aliucord (Android)

Aliucord is a open source modification of the original Android discord app which blocks most Discord Tracking/Analytics (Not all of them), has support for Plugins and has a In-app updater system to keep Aliucord and your plugins up-to-date!

Unfortunately, there is no Open Source IOS Discord client available since IOS is proprietary (unless you jailbreak your phone, which is extremely risky) or until Apple makes IOS open source, which is highly unlikely going to happen in the future. You're probably better off using Discord on your PC only.

Will you now have 100% privacy with Discord? No, you won't, and as I previously stated, your best option is to use a Discord alternative such as Revolt or Matrix, but if you absolutely must use Discord (which I do not recommend), you can at least use one of these Open Source Discord Clients that will at least attempt to provide you with some privacy. Choose whatever runs on your computer best and stick with it!

As always if there is any incorrect information on this post, please notify me and I'll change it right away!

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How accurate do you think this blog post is? "Google now defaults to not indexing your content". I quoted the last two sections.

Google Now Defaults to Not Indexing Your Content - Vincent Schmalbach

The New Reality: Selective Indexing

This brings us to the current state of affairs: Google is no longer trying to index the entire web. In fact, it's become extremely selective, refusing to index most content. This isn't about content creators failing to meet some arbitrary standard of quality. Rather, it's a fundamental change in how Google approaches its role as a search engine.

From my experience, Google now seems to operate on a "default to not index" basis. It only includes content in its index when it perceives a genuine need. This decision appears to be based on various factors:

  • Extreme content uniqueness: It's not enough to write about something that isn't extensively covered. Google seems to require content to be genuinely novel or fill a significant gap in its index.

  • Perceived authority: Sites that Google considers highly authoritative in their niche may have more content indexed, but even then, it's not guaranteed.

  • Brand recognition: Well-known brands often see most of their content indexed, while small or unknown bloggers face much stricter selectivity.

  • Temporary indexing and de-indexing: In practice, Google often indexes new content quite quickly, likely to avoid missing out on breaking news or important updates. Soon after, Google may de-index the content, and it remains de-indexed thereafter. So getting initially indexed isn't necessarily a sign that Google considers your content valuable.

I've observed this shift firsthand. In the past, when I set up a new domain, it would be indexed within an hour or faster, sometimes in seconds. This was true even for brand new domains with no mentions anywhere and no backlinks. When I searched for the title of one of those brand new blog posts or some unique sentence from the article, it would be right there on the first Google page.

Now, for each piece of content, Google decides if it's worth indexing, and more often than not, the answer seems to be "no." They might index content they perceive as truly unique or on topics that aren't covered at all. But if you write about a topic that Google considers even remotely addressed elsewhere, they likely won't index it. This can happen even if you're a well-respected writer with a substantial readership.

Interestingly, I've noticed that when content does manage to get indexed, it often ranks surprisingly well. It's as if the hurdle of getting indexed has become so high that once you clear it, you're already most of the way to ranking. However, getting to that point has become exponentially more difficult.

Importantly, this extreme selectivity isn't applied equally. Big, recognized brands often see most of their content indexed quickly, while small bloggers or niche websites face a much higher bar for inclusion. For these smaller players, it's not just about creating good content anymore – it's about convincing Google that your content is absolutely necessary for their index.

The Consequences

Google has transformed from a comprehensive search engine into something more akin to an exclusive catalog. For users, it means that the information they're looking for might exist but remain undiscoverable through Google.

I'm sure that a vast amount of valuable content is being overlooked. Information that you might search for may never appear in Google's results. Not because it doesn't exist, but because Google has chosen not to include it. For content creators, it presents a significant challenge: how do you gain visibility if Google refuses to index most of your content?

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