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Comment Re:Web is already broken (Score 1) 99

I whitelist googleapis. But blacklist doubleclick and anything else obviously ad or tracker related. If Google can track me through googleapis, I'm not that worried about it. I don't mind if Google finds out what brand of soft drink I like, but wouldn't want them to find out what I like to do related to my sex life, for instance.

Comment Re:Web is already broken (Score 2) 99

uMatrix is your friend. I navigate just fine while whitelisting some sites, and blacklisting all ad-related and tracking JavaScript. It's easy to use for any geek on slashdot. But not for granny.

By default uMatrix pretty much only allows 1st party JavaScript which is a good compromise. Then sometimes features don't work. For example sites using Disqust (disgust) for comments. You can then selectively enable that one with a simple click if you want to read comments. Or some sites have videos that require you to enable JavaScript. If you visit a certain site regularly, then you can selectively enable just enough JavaScript for the features you want to work, but no ads or tracking. Then click a save button to remember the selections for this website.

uMatrix also gives you fine control. (hence matrix) The rows are for different sites where html, css, javascript, frames, cookies, media, xhr, and other things come from. The columns are the items I just mentioned. Sometimes I get a site that deceptively says "Something interfered with this website loading". It's an anti-ad blocker thing. On those sites, you disable JavaScript and ONLY JavaScript from the 1st party. But you need to keep the other columns from 1st party, like html, css, etc in order to have any page content.

It's not directly an ad-blocker, but it is basically the most effective ad blocker I think I've seen.

Comment Re:Why Not Try? (Score 3, Insightful) 442

Because. What they REALLY want is different. They want unsupervised, unmonitored, warrantless access to all your data, any time. All the time. That is what this is actually about. Even if they need secret gag orders imposed upon tech companies. They want unmonitored access.

We now have:
Secret Laws
Secret Interpretations of Laws
Secret Courts
Secret Warrants
Secret Court Orders
Secret Arrests
Secret Trials
Secret Evidence (not made available to the defense)
Secret Convictions
Secret Prisons
Secret "enhanced interrogation" programs


Gee, it sounds like we've become everything we were fighting against in the previous century.

Comment Re:Exactly, how urgent is this problem? (Score 1) 442

The government thinks it might, somehow, be able to stop terrorists by snooping through all our papers and effects.

We have the TSA groping and disrobing everyone at airports. Nail clippers are a major threat. Hey, I've got a pair of nail clippers and I'm going to take over the plane! And nobody can overpower my nail clippers!

The worst attack on US soil, 9/11, only cost a few thousand lives. That is horrible. But it is not an existential threat to the US.

Comment Re:Wrong Way to Solve the Problem (Score 1) 442

We are always going to have enemies. No matter what other efforts you try. We cannot appease them. Fighting them might be difficult. But it's still worth doing. But that doesn't mean we should compromise our own security and freedom because we are too afraid. Oh, wait. TSA at airports. Even the worst attack, 9/11 only killed a few thousand people. It's horrible. But it is not an existential threat to the US.

Comment Re:There is no middle choice here (Score 2) 442

Encryption can be either secure or insecure. You can't have it both ways.

If secure, then the hackers can't break it, but neither can the government.

If insecure, then the government can read your data, but so can the hackers.

If US made products are known to have mandated weak encryption, the rest of the world will take note of that. It will put US products at a competitive disadvantage relative to other products not subject to mandatory weak encryption. US travelers abroad can have their valuable trade secrets stolen because: think of the children!

Comment Re:Spoiled short-term-thinking brat (Score 4, Insightful) 442

If the FBI gets their way on this weak breakable encryption, it will have economic consequences for the US.

The other 96% of the world's population will know that they can't trust American products. They might make their own phones, systems, devices, etc even more secure against American TLAs. Thus accomplishing the opposite of what the TLAs want.

Aren't the majority of smartphones already made outside the US? Maybe all they need to do is build their own secure OS with secure encryption that the US won't like. Will the US stop people coming in with foreign made phones that are too secure?

What about economic consequences of American executives traveling abroad using insecure US made equipment and having valuable trade secrets stolen?

But think of the children!

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