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posted by martyb on Thursday May 17 2018, @06:19AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the with-privacy-like-this... dept.

The once-venerated then once-defunct uBlock had been abandoned for years. Minimal interaction on Github, almost no commits, no interaction on the issue tracker not much of anything besides asking for donations for nothing. Well, a few months ago, a user by the name of uBlockAdmin unceremoniously joined Github and was given control of the uBlock repository. Not many changes have happened since. Basically, just changing the Readme around and bumping the versions for the various browsers, while ignoring the breaking bugs that makes bumping versions a bad idea. But, one commit does stand out from the rest: https://github.com/uBlockAdmin/uBlock/commit/76b89c0a22d20f3a66d7feab14e024f56ca65539 That is right folks, a privacy tool that makes money from people confusing it for another piece of software now has the bonus feature of tracking you! With renewed activity and new versions being deployed to the various extension stores (thus making it harder to tell the real from old by latest release date and incompatibility with newer browser versions), it might be a good idea to check if you are using the real thing: https://github.com/gorhill/ublock


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As reported here, uBlock added a user tracking feature. Well, after news spread on Reddit, uBlock on Firefox has been reverted to the almost three year old version by the Firefox team, as can be seen here and on Mozilla.org (note version on left sidebar is now Version 0.9.5.0.1-let-fixed Last updated 3 years ago (Oct 31, 2015)).


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by takyon on Thursday May 17 2018, @06:56AM (7 children)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Thursday May 17 2018, @06:56AM (#680649) Journal
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 17 2018, @07:12AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 17 2018, @07:12AM (#680652)

      What the hell do you have to lose?

      Not my virginity, no.
      The privacy, perhaps?

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:49PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:49PM (#680732) Journal

        Privacy?

        Use Google for everything and never worry about your privacy!

        --
        Biden needs to mandate an official static TCP port for running 'finger' with TLS 1.3.
    • (Score: 2) by pkrasimirov on Thursday May 17 2018, @09:14AM (3 children)

      by pkrasimirov (3358) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 17 2018, @09:14AM (#680665)

      Is a plugin going to block URLs for another plugin? Can uMatrix save users from uBlock?

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:56PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:56PM (#680737) Journal

      Yep. UMatrix. Never looked back.

      It's geeky. Not a tool for grandma. But it works.

      This may smell bad, kid, but it’ll keep you warm . . . -- Han Solo

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      Biden needs to mandate an official static TCP port for running 'finger' with TLS 1.3.
  • (Score: 2) by Subsentient on Thursday May 17 2018, @11:08AM (6 children)

    by Subsentient (1111) on Thursday May 17 2018, @11:08AM (#680681) Homepage Journal
    My hatred for humanity's nature is undying, infinite, heavier than a neutron star. Truly, we are a doomed species. In the end, at least there's the quiet termination of death, so our mistakes and atrocities might be forgotten for all time, no matter how long we lived.
    --
    “Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
    • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by DannyB on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:52PM (5 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:52PM (#680735) Journal

      My hatred for humanity's nature is undying . . .Truly, we are a doomed species

      Jeremiah 17:9 [biblehub.com]

      The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

      And then

      In the end, at least there's the quiet termination of death, so our mistakes and atrocities might be forgotten for all time . . .

      Or punished for all time?

      Unless you have the cure.

      --
      Biden needs to mandate an official static TCP port for running 'finger' with TLS 1.3.
      • (Score: 0, Troll) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 17 2018, @07:52PM (4 children)

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 17 2018, @07:52PM (#680860) Journal

        Your cannibal death cult of a religion is a major cause of the Western world's insanity. And if you can read Koine, you'll know the Bible preaches Annihilationism (or *possibly* Universalism at some remove, though this is harder to make the case for), *not* eternal torment. 4 of the early 6 church centers were Universalist, 2 after the teachings of Theodore of Mopsuestia and 2 in the vein of Origen, while only the Latin-speaking center at Carthage taught endless torture.

        If you're gonna quote Scripture, know WTF you're talking about. And hasn't it occurred to you yet, even once, that infinite punishment for finite sins committed by finite beings in finite timespans with finite reach is infinitely unjust? People like you scare the shit out of me, you know that?

        --
        I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
        • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday May 17 2018, @08:09PM (3 children)

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 17 2018, @08:09PM (#680867) Journal

          Actually, it has occurred to me yet.

          There are differing views on what the text says. Annihilationism and Universalism are not the only views.

          I don't think I generally say anything here that is too scary.

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          Biden needs to mandate an official static TCP port for running 'finger' with TLS 1.3.
          • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 18 2018, @12:49AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 18 2018, @12:49AM (#680948)

            This thread is dumb, arguing about what religions MEAN. Ha, they're supposed to GIVE meaning. Flush em' all, we've got the Bill of Rights which is way more useful than those rambling collections of self-contradiction.

            • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday May 18 2018, @12:54PM

              by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 18 2018, @12:54PM (#681131) Journal

              Religion is the best way to force healing upon a world that is deeply and violently divided by religion.

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              Biden needs to mandate an official static TCP port for running 'finger' with TLS 1.3.
          • (Score: 2, Funny) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday May 18 2018, @03:55AM

            by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Friday May 18 2018, @03:55AM (#681000) Journal

            "Differing views" mean somewhere between squat and jack squat when we are speaking of matters of fact, Danny Boy. The text says what it says, and it uses language like "aionios," "kolasis," and "olethros," NOT "aidios" or "timoria."

            And if you think you haven't "generally [said] anything here that is too scary," that's because you don't examine your own beliefs critically, probably because your worldview doesn't give you the tools with which to do so.

            In case you need that last one hammered home to you again: infinite punishment for finite crimes committed by finite beings with finite powers in a finite timespan with a finite reach is infinite injustice. The fact that you don't see this is terrifying, both of itself, and because of what it implies about your morals...or lack thereof, if your metaethics is anything like what I usually hear from apologists.

            I'm not going to lie: if it were up to me, every hellfire-and-brimstone fetishist on the planet would be burned 2/3 to death and then left to fend for themselves as shaking, gibbering, permanently-traumatized crawling masses of oozing scar tissue and eschar and agony, just to give them some perspective on what it is they say they believe. If THAT sounds scary, ponder that by comparison to your beliefs, I am not advocating anyone suffer for eternity, as you are.

            tl;dr: it's your Hell, *you* go there, and that's not even a Biblical position.

            --
            I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
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