Deletions

I nuked my FB account a few days ago. One person noticed (love you.)

I just deleted Jacqui’s. I doubt that will be noticed.

Mark Zuckerberg is a fucking lizard.

Jack Dorsey is a lowlife fucking slimeball.

I’m glad to be rid of them – and I love my HOSTS files.

Link death

The all-new Twenty Nineteen theme highlights what I’ve noticed across the very many blogs which I both happen to see while working and also while browsing the net of an evening. The new theme is a single column affair. No sidebar. No widgets. No links.

Funny how so many people want others to link to their own site but they won’t link out…

I used archive.org to look at snapshots of this site since 2004. At one point I was showing 12/42 randomised links at a time (I’ve yet to find a database backup from then but it’ll be on a CD somewhere) so I made a list of most of the domains I used to link to. Those unlinked either go nowhere, or to a very different owner, or to some spammy site. Those linked are good links.

http://www.mindfulmusings.net
http://www.wump.info
http://www.uberwald.com
http://www.linguagymnastics.com
http://www.onefinejay.com
http://gpshewan.com
http://photomatt.net
http://www.heatheranne.org
http://carthik.net
http://nuclearmoose.com
http://www.os42.com
http://www.atthe404.com
http://www.nixit.co.nz
http://www.delymyth.net/en/
http://williambragg.com
http://www.differentsky.com
http://carelessthought.com
http://mindfulmonkeys.babygeek.org
http://www.ifelse.co.uk
http://geeksmakemehot.com
http://caitlin.kicks-ass.org/blog/
http://www.unknowngenius.com/blog/
http://www.skippy.net
http://www.gordonmclean.co.uk
http://h0bbel.p0ggel.org/
http://www.tekwh0re.net/
http://midnightalchemist.com/
http://www.miklb.com
http://www.ftwr.co.uk/blog/
http://www.white-pebble.net
http://www.fullyindependent.com
http://randomreality.blogware.com/blog
http://neenaw.co.uk
http://www.mikeschepker.com
http://simon.sp8.org
http://tossr.com
http://txfx.net
http://the-way-to-the-centre.org.uk/blog/
http://croaghan.com
http://www.brokenkode.com
http://www.village-idiot.org
http://www.wantmoore.com
http://www.xenu.net
http://blogtackular.com
http://raincoaster.com

Of all the above while clicking through only Raincoaster’s site jumped out as having a good list of links to other blogs (I’ll be reading those too).

So why aren’t people linking? Is it just the lack of a sidebar? Is it full width pages? Single Column themes? It’s not like the number of blogs is going down. Are link lists considered ugly? Are new ‘influencer bloggers’ not using them? Sidebars being used for twitter, insta and affiliate ads?

A quick skim of some older established blogs shows blogrolls, so why not new?
I am guilty of missing a blogroll too, something that I am rectifying.

And note all those http links in that list… and those lapsed and squatted domains.

Google Funding Choices

https://fundingchoices.google.com/start/

With Funding Choices you can automatically identify ad blocking visitors and ask them to disable their ad blocker especially for your site — or give them an alternative way to fund your content via Contributor.

Yeah right.

I’ll block what the hell I want – it’s my connection, not yours.

I’ll be polite – get lost.

Reddit – adblock it AF

So Reddit will make $100 million this year yet they are completely incapable of answering mods who have questions.

I help mod a sub that has over 500,000 users.

I have sent mails to the reddit admins multiple times.

They ignore them.

I adblock anyway but reddit? Fuck them.

If you are on Chrome .. lol .. yeah .. just give up. Why TF do you use spyware for personal browsing?

Firefox?

You need uMatrix and uBlock Origin. Block their ad systems.

Wasting time on reddit is fine, but at the very least do it in a way that makes those inconsiderate idiots zero money.

WordPress should be clearer (GDPR)

The 4.9.6 release includes new Privacy features. On the release post it says :

Data Erasure
Site owners can erase a user’s personal data, including data collected by participating plugins.

“Data”.
I really do think that this should have been spelled out a lot better. It’s not in the Codex that I could find.

Say very precisely what will happen.

I wanted to know and the only way to check was to try it.

I made a comment on my last post. This is what I saw in the site admin:

I then entered that email address into the Tools > Erase Personal Data page in site admin and I clicked the link

This shows

I click the button and go to Comments

So the result is that:
– the name is removed
– the url to their website is removed
– the email is removed
– the last octet of their IP is removed
– and the comment remains intact

WordPress really could have done a much better job and explained this to all it’s users.

(and don’t forget that as I get emails whenever a comment is left that will always have all the information now removed from the site. And if it’s in a search engine? Good luck with that..)

This GDPR junk

This is what I am doing.

1. There is no cookie banner/widget
Why? Because this site does not set a cookie unless you comment. You can read every post, every comment and no cookie will be set. Nothing.

2. Tracking
I track nothing. I use no stats plugin, I have switched off the Jetpack data collection.
There IS IP tracking at the server level but I have zero control over that. If it bugs you so much that your IP is stored then contact my host – http://krystal.co.uk – because I can’t help.

3. Comments
If you decide to leave a comment there is a checkbox. Read it. Decide what you want to do.

4. Comment removal
See the all-new super-shiny Privacy Policy page. Look up for the link.

5. Data processing
I don’t do it. WordPress plonks your comment data into the database. If – and only if – someone looks at the post then your comment is fetched and displayed.
It is not processed.
I’m sure a lawyer could argue otherwise but I don’t give a crap.

I don’t hold a gun to your head and make you enter information here.
I don’t try at all to find out any more about you.
I will delete what you ask.

That’s it. That’s the full extent of my complying.

GDPR Violation

I’m a UK citizen, I live in the UK and the servers this site lives on are UK based. So the GDPR absolutely applies and hey, I have no clue who see’s this site. I NEVER look at stats or that stuff.

I couldn’t give a shit.

Apparently I have to though.

Yeah yeah yeah the EU will go after the big guys but illegal is still illegal, yes?

The fucking problem is that no-one is telling personal fucking bloggers what they can or should fucking do.

“Talk to a lawyer”. FFS.

I could delete everything and have a 404 page but if you visit that I still get data. Is that data governed by the GDPR? I have no fucking clue.

My Cpanel has some stats thing. At least I assume it does (never looked) – I couldn’t give a monkey’s about stats (I posted years ago that I’d rather have one visitor and one comment than a thousand visitors and no comments) – and I have zero control over what it collects. Does it violate GDPR? No fucking clue. Am I going to pay to find out? GTFO.

As I see it the only 100% safe option is to point my name servers somewhere else. Then no traffic hits me so no worries.

“Hey fuckwit, you are over-reacting!!!”
Really?
Cool.
Then you tell me how my site is GDPR compliant. And indemnify me.
Still cool?
Thought not….

Zuckerberg. Data thief.

Ads again. He’s one slimy mofo.

I have ‘uninstalled’ the facebook app from my phone.

I then searched for and disabled the remaining facebook processes (there were 4).

That was several days ago.

On my Windows machine – which has NEVER logged into facebook – I logged into Amazon and bought a fan. And when using Menutab on my Mac I open facebook what do I see?

An advert for the same fan I bought.

Mark Zuckerberg is a total slimy lowlife scum sucking lying mother fuckering bastard.

May 25.

That’s the date.

GDPR.

#fuckfacebook

The world would be a better place without him.