Category: net neutrality

Mailbox.org or Runbox?

For those of you familiar with these two services:

one is in Germany and other in Norway. Both are reasonably priced, but when it comes to functionality, I can’t see Runbox winning. It’s interface is very spartan, buggy, UTF-8 encoding doesn’t work everywhere, it has no calendar + it’s closed source. On the other hand, mailbox.org uses openXchange, has an integrated office suite, a calendar + constant OX updates.

Why is then runbox.com so much more popular online?

Thanks.

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I wrote a reddit comment nuker.

I was looking around the inet and I really didn’t like the control that the other reddit nukers gave you and I couldn’t find the source for them so it made me even more skeptical. So, this weekend I wrote a script for NodeJS that uses the Snoowrap API wrapper for reddit. I intended for this to be used on Linux. My instructions aren’t the best so having expreience in linux will make using the script easier. Check out the repo here: https://gitlab.com/theTRUEaltoid/redditcommentnuker

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Recommending YouTube videos based on my photo …

I am from Germany, so sorry in advance for some typos or bad grammar.

I was watching a video a few days ago on YouTube after it got recommended to me by YouTube. I have never heard of this YouTuber or was was watching this sort of videos. At this time I was wondering why YouTube showed me this video. I watch it at was thinking that the YouTuber took it way to serious and disliked it. It was by the way a video about a Lego set.

Today I was cleaning up my iCloud Photo Library when I came across a screenshot of exactly this YouTube Video. A friend of me has send a few weeks ago it into a What’s App group and had the same opinion about it. I can’t remember reading his message or seeing the picture because we had a conversation in the group and he randomly posted the screenshot. Just to be clear, there was no link, only the screenshot of the video.

So when I cleaned my library today I remembered watching it and saw that the screenshot was posted before YouTube recommended it to me. I was checking it twice because I was a bit irritated.

So at the end I think that YouTube somehow got access to my Photo Library. Even though I care about my privacy and YouTube should not have been able to get access according to my privacy settings. But they needed to have access to my Photo Libray and were checking it for information. In addition they needed to recommend me the video based on a screenshot.

It was the first time this happened to me. I now am even more scared of what they all know about me.

I’m asking now if someone got similar situations?

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HookTube is no more.

It’s a sad day.

From HookTube’s changelog:

rest in pieces It was a good run, 1.5 years. Started as a quickly made addition to the norbot project, and within long the server had to be upgraded several times. Of course YouTube Legal was an inevitability at that point. Special thanks to the many people who created plugins and extensions for hooktube, /g/, the five people who donated anonymously, and BitChute for working hard on a real YouTube alternative. See you in the next project. July 16: YouTube api features are back but mp4 <video> is replaced with the standard YT video embed. HookTube is now effectively just a light-weight version of youtube and useless to the 90% of you primarily concerned with denying Google data and seeing videos blocked by your governments. July 11: HookTube no longer uses YouTube api for anything, and most features (channel page, search, related videos, etc) are gone. No choice.

I personally use FreeTube now, but it’s a separate program not a website.

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And HookTube is back!

So I saw a couple of post mentioning Hooktube suddenly drop search, video suggestions, and channel viewing features. Now all that is back and running on hooktube.com. I’m a frequent user of Hooktube myself and wasn’t please when I have to add 3 separate lines to uBlock just to block YouTube TV popups. You now have the old Hooktube features back. Cheers.

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Private Phone OS.

I am currently using iOS, looking to switch to Googleless Android or Linux. Any suggestions for a phone? I am only looking to run Firefox and Signal. Spec doesn’t really matter.

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How would someone like Edward Snowden use Twit…

We all know that social media is quite the privacy nightmare. But how can someone like Edward Snowden use a service like Twitter without giving away too much information besides his tweets of course.

I’d imagine he probably uses Tor and loads legacy twitter.

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Can I use GDRP for having Instagram data on me…

Hello.

Basically the title. I am an EU citizen and I recently went through the data that Instagram has on me and I wish it to be erased. On GDRP’s official website is says: “You have the right to: request that personal data be erased when it’s no longer needed or if processing it is unlawful;”.

If I were to email Instagram and request it, will they delete it or they might be able to keep it? I am talking specifically about the conversations I’ve had on Instagram with other users.

Thank you.

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GDPR-Banner Blocklist

GDPR requires explicit opt-in into data collection. Many sites try to coerce you to opt-in by annoying banners like they did for the cookie regulation. In contrast to the cookie regulation you need to actively opt-in and “You consent by using the site” is not okay (GDPR §7, Recitial 32, 43).

Having an adblock list would serve two purposes:

  1. Not being bothered, especially when you are having a reasonable self-defense (cookie addons, etc.) yourself.
  2. Avoiding any active opt-in to remove the banners covering the website, thus not allowing any data collection.

For the legal side someone should sue them, but I am currently focusing on the “Do not bother me, but I still do not want to click »consent«” part.

Is here anybody who has interest in helping to build such an adblock list?

I think building an adblock lists is a lot of efford and when I just publish my few rules this would not block the consent banners on many sites you may visit every day. So the more people are interested in helping to maintain such a list the better.

When there are some people interested in helping we could organize to build something similar to prebake.eu (adblock rules for cookie banners) together with some information text about why blocking is better than consenting and possibly a hall of shame for the worst offenders.

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