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“Never” is never the best choice of word to use… It may just mean that many are doing it incorrectly, or in name only.
Germany, for example, seems to be taking it more seriously - see https://youtu.be/I_fUpP-hq3A
It should work yes, but their won’t be any follow button once the person arrives at the Lemmy profile. That said if you go to https://nerdica.net/profile/liwott, you see see lost of “posts” so maybe following @firstname.lastname@example.org may show those posts elsewhere?
After so many years of the Internet being in place, the many Chinese and other languages should also be just as present. I think the issue is maybe that English speakers do English searches in Google (or similar) which return English results mostly. If a searcher lived say in the Far East and did a search in Korean or Chinese, I’ll bet the results look different to what an English searcher sees.
That said, I’m also not too sure how well Google is optimised for returning non-English results. Do French or Italian speakers find search engines up to par for their languages?
I never said i would want it, I actually use wired earbuds. I Post about it because it’s of interest and something different. Firstly as it is open source and secondly because of the first point, I’m hoping it will also be repairable / replaceable batteries. That said my wired earbuds do keep catching on door handles so maybe that is a reason for me to go wireless…
Well not “problematic” as it actually works great, and I’ve never had to touch it. But yes, I’m not sure all the mobile app clients have implemented this option, which is why I mainly use the desktop browser. Having such a “watchlist” is essential for me for monitoring topics of interest. I prefer to follow topics, than profiles.
Thinking further though, for those of us outside the USA, DRM is not such an issue in that the “breaking” of DRM for personal use, is not criminalised (unless we were to redistribute and copy it to others which would be a copyright violation). Likewise, we don’t have extension after extension for copyright expiry dates. So for me, it was really not an issue to strip the DRM off my Amazon books I bought, hence it never really worried me too much as I stored them all in epub format.
So legally whether I buy a paper book or an electronic copy, it is both bought on conditional use as I never own the original creation. I can make a backup of my paper book, but can’t make 10 copies and sell them. Yet if I buy an artwork, I am buying the full rights to the original, and can sell it (can I make copies and sell it?). The more I suppose it is unravelled, the more complicated it can get.
Yes, I get your point there, but I’m just saying that was not the point of my post. Whilst I prefer open source over proprietary any day (and I actively promote open source every day), people should have the freedom to choose how they want to market their stuff, just like we have the right choose what we want to buy or not.
It would be interesting though to see how the world turns with zero DRM and zero copyright. I suppose a lot of authors, artists, musicians, actors, etc would have to get real jobs ;-) To a large extent DRM/Copyright has an ecosystem that revolves around similarities with the right of ownership of property (land, cars, clothes, etc). It certainly changes the dynamics somewhat… If you think about it, today many do actually live off what their assets earn for them. For example AC/DC today would have zero income from all their hit songs as they would just be freely available for anyone. Shame they’d have to keep touring and doing live concerts until they die.
We don’t know for sure yet - depends on whether it gets registered as an open standard. The idea seems to be also, moving away from a central service that controls everything. Ideally, this protocol could be adopted by other decentralised services. For example, ActivityPub is far from perfect, and only the Zot protocol for example has true nomadic / portable identity as far as I know.
Yes, it draws from what is published on their own website at https://www.cloudflare.com/our-story/. It is still speculation though as to what is happening. They claim their motivation was to identify and prevent spammers and other malicious actors taking websites, by crowdsourcing and blacklisting bad actors. From that perspective, users will see numerous addresses blocked that are supposedly part of those identified.
So yes, one could say, is that real? Well that’s the point, we don’t really know either way, and as far as I’m aware there have been no court cases yet against CloudFlare ie. evidence brought forward justifying criminal actions.
Certainly my own website was being hammered every day as I can see for the WP WordFence security plugin. WordFence also blocks masses of IP addresses based on attempted logins as well as crowdsourced data from similar actions elsewhere that they have detected. I can see people, after being blocked, running up their IP address range attempting to get around the block. So there are genuinely bad actors out their running automated tools to do this. That does not make WordFence now a bad thing. So websites are looking at many ways to try to protect themselves from this constant bombardment, that also uses up the hosting network traffic.
I’m not saying either that Cloiudflare does not have the potential to do bad. We can see how they work technically. But have they actually sold users’ data, have they exploited the man-in-the-middle or given others access to it? That I’ve seen no evidence of yet. I just dislike ungrounded speculation, as that leads to conspiracy theories that may be unfounded.
What interests me is that there is too much speculation without actual facts. We can suspect anything of anyone (including Lemmy, Facebook, etc). We’ve seen the numerous factual revelations about Facebook and a few others, but then there is something that proves they are being unethical. I’d be interested to see such facts though about CloudFlare, not what they can potentially do.
Cloudflare also means a lot to small websites that want to obscure their hosting IP address, and who want to make use of a global CDN to speed up the response on their self-hosted sites, as a CDN. So yes, they do also provide a positive service in that regard. They are not a free service as many including big corporates pay CloudFlare - that payment is not to get our data or push adverts into our websites, but to use the actual service. So that I see as their business model.
Yes they break the end-to-end SSL, but for plain public websites that is not a major concern. I gather the paying service is where corporates go for security which allows pass-through of SSL to the hosting site.
For smaller guys, CloudFlare can provide a valuable service if the data being hosted is not super sensitive. Yes it is US based, but so are many IT services, and again that needs to be considered in terms of what you are hosting. I recently went to look for alternatives that would be free for global CDN, obscuring IP, proxy, malicious traffic protection, etc and really could not find anything. Only basic DNS services.
I did a post about the new instance at https://gadgeteer.co.za/new-perthchat-australian-lemmy-decentralised-social-network-is-an-example-of-where-social-networks-should-be/, and let my family in Australia know. Really hope it takes off!
They do say it is early days still and not fully dependable V1.0. So there is work in progress, and they still want to have an independent security audit done. I think they are pretty open and forthcoming about what is not yet done. They were quite clear to state the product is not ready yet for the Ukraine war for example, and state people should not consider it for that use.
Certainly in principle one does not want to build on unmaintained code (different from code that has not requited an update for any good reason for a while).
So it is really a proof of concept now that is usable, but not yet declared finished as far as the security side goes (implying some of those loose ends mentioned). I gather from that we should not yet be judging it as a finished or production ready product.
It’s not just ads, but also trackers. Idea is to filter all devices across the house. So far about 20% of all my devices’ DNS queries are blocked ads and trackers (that’s on Linux, Android, iOS, etc). I notice as soon as I hit a news site, things go sky high on the blocking.
But remember, a VPN is not going to filter out DNS ads and trackers - it just routes to a remote point and drops you out there. But yes this is a transparent on-site solution where we spend 98% of our time. Out and about is not covered by this.
Well maybe but that product only covers Windows and Linux desktops so my Macbook, phone, TV, and other devices are not covered. By doing this upstream on my router I have the whole house’s devices covered by one product that I can manage globally. AdGuard is not a VPN product though, for that I have a product which I can enable per device or also on my router for the whole house.
“Burns” meaning present tense? They were shipping a lot of their plastic waste to Asia. Most countries are guilty of burning waste, but more to the point, is what current initiatives are being put into practice by countries. Which countries are making the real effort - clearly we see from that video that Germany is putting that effort in. Yes, certainly it is not across the whole country, but instead of dwelling on the negative, it is about celebrating the positive change that is being initiated.
No matter what the change, it takes from months to years to happen. The point is if the change has started to show, we should be celebrating that, and encouraging others (and within that same country) to do the same.