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:
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:
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…
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.
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?
If you do not want that google cookie, go to Prefs > Security and UNcheck the 3 top boxes about warn and block.
That Google do not let an independent site use this information is bad form, but hey, what else to expect from the advertising company?
*Note: This cookie appears every time you start Firefox regardless of if you even visit the ad company. Google wants you to have it and as Google pay the Mozilla wages… you get it.
Use the Roku, go to the Youtube channel to find a video.
Get an unskippable fucking advert for some retarded shite that has nothing whatsoever to do with the fucking music.
Fuck you Google.
I will rejoice the day the internet continues onward after you die.
Sooner is better.
Google is PART OF THE INTERNET PROBLEM.
I just posted a Youtube video to a different blog and because I wasn’t happy with the size of the video I went back to check the options. I see this:
Enable privacy-enhanced mode
So I click the linked ?
Enabling this option means that YouTube won’t store information about visitors on your web page unless they play the video.
What the fuck?
So for regular people, even if they do NOT play the video Google will still set cookies and swallow forever every bit of information they can get?
Google are part of the internet’s problem.
I hope one day someone posts everything Eric Schmidt does online and offline because hey, it’ll all be Wholesome and All American won’t it.
Google IS PART OF THE PROBLEM. WHEN WILL YOU SEE THIS?