John Peel and censorship

There was a conversation in a work Slack channel about memories we have when significant events happen. Reagan being shot, 9/11, Mandela’s release, Diana. I remembered that I’d posted when John Peel died – this was pre-Twitter – so I thought I’d find the post.

Into Bing I go. No result
I try DDG. No result.
As a last attempt, I try Google
site:romanticrobot.net john peel
and I STILL see no result.

Weird.

But I do see this:
Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more

So for some weird reason my post here – http://romanticrobot.net/2004/10/26/rip-john-peel/ – does not appear in search engines.

Odd.

It’s hardly controversial, is it.

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.

Google. Again.

A long time ago there was a comment spam plugin which showed images. It was something like “Click the kittens to prove you are not a spambot”. It failed.
google
I think Google missed that bit. The failure bit.

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.

Google Hypocrisy

Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be).
Google blog

Google’s success in “assassinating” a democratically-elected legal opponent last week raises troubling questions about corporate power and accountability. … A global corporation which is expected to bank $60bn in revenue this year and which is worth $382bn, has silenced an elected prosecutor.
The Register

Google are the problem.

NSA? Why not Google?

I use Adblock, Ghostery and Privacy Badger.
I went to login to my Indie Gala account and they threw one of the new Google Captcha things at me.
It was blocked by the EFF’s Privacy Badger. I had to allow the tracking to be allowed to access products I had bought.
Because the stupid damn captcha was so distorted I kept getting it wrong. In the end it asked me to copy and paste code:
Fucking Google

They are using the new captcha. The one that is friendly to humans. Yeah, right.

Someone reverse engineered their new code, posted it to Github and posted it to Hacker News. Google asked them to take it down. They complied. Screw Google – as I had a Github account I copied it.
This isn’t just a captcha. It tracks. From the HN thread:

Google servers will receive and process, at least, the following information:

Plug-ins
User-agent
Screen resolution
Execution time, timezone
Number of click/keyboard/touch actions in the iframe of the captcha
It tests the behavior of many browser-specific functions and CSS rules
It checks the rendering of canvas elements
Likely cookies server-side (it’s executed on the www.google.com domain)
And likely other stuff…

Fuck Google.
I hate spam. I hate spammers. But I despise Google even more.

So when the NSA or GCHQ comes up in the news, just remember that Google does more and with less oversight.

Inbox: Google owns my life.

Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.
Larry’s Propaganda Spokesman

Oh just fuck off will you. The only “something new” created is a way to suck even more user information in to feed this advertising company need to know more so they can pack your eyes with even more ads.

“When you start using Inbox, you’ll quickly see that it doesn’t feel the same as Gmail—and that’s the point.”
The point is that they don’t want you to feel like you are being data-mined.

Please – are you so stupid to fall for this?