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[18:00] It is 2018 and people are still writing instructions on how to set up FTP servers. What a bunch of morons.
[21:59] Wtf is Mozilla up to? First they decide to remove the live bookmarks feature, killing Firefox's built-in feed reader. Then they come up with this mess. Two things about this really piss me off.
To begin, they take away their users' option to choose their own sources of information and intend to dump a load of crap that some algorithm decided was interesting. The point they are trying to make is that the internet is "like being guided" these days and they want to give users the chance to come accross new stuff by chance.
Yet ... what, if not guiding the users, is this? Especially since these recommendations are intended to be based on what users visited with this extension installed.
"Off the beaten path"? Not so much. Only another filter bubble. Have they really not figured out what a messed up idea this whole news feed crap is in the first place?
To make matters worse, the whole data this extension will collect (including browsing history, IP addresses) will be sent to a third party to analyze, which is a terrible idea in and of itself.
I know this thing is optional for the moment, but as far as I remember, so was pocket. I'm really not looking forward ...
Oh, and the other day I read about their plan to replace DNS with DOH. Why is this browser messing with a task that the OS should handle?
Mozilla's recommendation for using DOH (which, just as Advance, is opt in at the moment) is to use cloud flare as a resolver. Cloudflare too is a third party. And let me stress that they are a third party that I have no contract with. I do however have one with my ISP, who is to comply with far stricter privacy laws than Cloudflare, so while I do not actually trust them at least I have means to take legal steps if need be.
And these guys have the nerve to piss on Facebook about privacy issues. Are you kidding me?! (Pay attention to their twisted view on sharing data. According to them, it is all fine as long as they are transparent about this. Well, transparency my ass. How about you don't share your users' data at all?!)
[21:08] Useful find of the day: on any YouTube channel you'll find the
externalId in the source code, which you can combine with the string
https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id= to get the URL of the channel's RSS feed. So in case of the FSFE the URL would be
https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UC68ldbHwL_-5qzETqOaAMWQ (since they apparently chose not to set up a custom channel URL you'll find that the URL to their channel itself also includes said external ID). That's neat, because there are a handful of interesting channels I'd like to watch, but I don't want to set up an account for this.