Snoonet & PIA

Statement today from Private Internet Access:

Private Internet Access is honored to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Snoonet. As a long time supporter of Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Snoonet is a natural addition to Private Internet Access’s yearly donation efforts.

Snoonet is a true Internet community platform with a mission in which we can proudly stand with in solidarity. Society and communication are important and nowhere is that more apparent than online. We share this world together. We share interests together. Let’s as a world commit our efforts to making community better. We’re in this together.


We’re in this together.
Really?

what the fuck? rdv was logging the entire network for a month?
pastebin

rdv owns Snoonet.

So while you might trust PIA certainly don’t trust what passes for reddit’s IRC channel.

Google has my fingerprint

Indiegala.com uses the new reCAPTCHA from Google.
If I login there using Safari (for the first time on that site) I get the ‘Click to show you are not a robot” and when I do I get logged in straight away.
If I login using Chromium when I tick the box I get shown an image matching task as I posted about here.
If I login using Firefox I don’t even get the chance to click anything and I am shown a very distorted couple of words and everything I enter is always wrong. So then I get shown some code to copy as I posted about here.
I clear cookies and all saved data in each browser when it closes so this behaviour by Google has to come down to 2 options as I see it.

  1. Google are using some sort of super cookie / evercookie.
  2. Google have fingerprinted my browser.

According to Panopticlick

Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 5,186,229 tested so far.

Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys at least 22.31 bits of identifying information

Looks like disabling javascript could be the way to go – hello NoScript.
Will also try blocking Google fonts/ajax.
And this is on top of uBlock, Privacy Badger and Ghostery.

Google are part of the problem. They are not part of any solution.

Replace irritants

There is a particular feminist whose views irritate the hell out of me. I don’t now read anything she writes but I do have to see her name when using certain sites I frequent. That alone irritates me. So I was delighted to find this Firefox extension – FoxReplace – because now instead of her name I see the term I have chosen to display. She would hate it but I love it. Makes my browsing so much nicer.

Google says I am a spammer

Reading this article on Google’s new CAPTCHA – and it’s associated privacy concerns and I see that very sadly it is now a required element to register at wordpress.org.
Since it started it has set me as a spammer. How so? I just tried to register a new account at wordpress.org and I entered the captcha text perfectly. It should have said I was not a robot but instead it shows me this:
spammer

It’s been the same since last December and I wait to see what happens when BT cycle my IP address. I am 100% sure Google will still say I am a spammer.

Own your information

A really good article on why blogging is not dead and for me this line is really important:

… it is the only communications tool, in contrast to every other social service, that is owned by the author; to say someone follows a blog is to say someone follows a person (This applies both for amateur and professional bloggers; most of the rest of this post is concerned with the latter).
Stratechery

All your posts and pictures on all those other services are not owned by you. If it important to you, shouldn’t you have more control?