#1 2018-02-13 18:44:11

Knock on from an old thread here:

http://high-street.org/uploads/11_coinhive.jpg

Notice the small print, mine coins for them to gain access.  Fuck Salon forever.

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#2 2018-02-13 19:11:29

Emmeran wrote:

Knock on from an old thread here:

http://high-street.org/uploads/11_coinhive.jpg

Notice the small print, mine coins for them to gain access.  Fuck Salon forever.

I saw that this morning when I went there. They do offer an alternative path to the content, however, which is to turn off your ad blocker (and that' s what I did).

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#3 2018-02-13 19:15:34

I would still rather "pay" for content with a few unused cpu cycles than have advertising bukkaked all over my eyeballs and psyche.

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#4 2018-02-13 20:17:13

My ad blocker (Ublock Origin) allows you to override on a per site basis, so I can leave the ad block enabled generally, and simply turn it off (once) for Salon. It remembers that site's setting until I change it again. Even with the blocker off, I don't see any ads or otherwise obnoxious content at Salon. If that changes down the road I'll adjust my settings as needed.

I run with an ad blocker enabled always, and Java script disabled by default, and I don't accept third party cookies, I find my browsing experience to be remarkably tame, subdued and controlled with just those few simple adjustments. Basically, I forget what a trash pit the net can be because it doesn't look that way to me any longer through the window of my current browser settings.

I also run Linux, and I found that life got much simpler and more pleasant when I left Microsoft's products behind. Microsoft enabled spammer activity in ways that Linux doesn't seem to.

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#6 2018-02-14 09:31:14

Smudge wrote:

I also run Linux, and I found that life got much simpler and more pleasant when I left Microsoft's products behind. Microsoft enabled spammer activity in ways that Linux doesn't seem to.

That's akin to moving to a cabin in the deep woods to avoid having passerby's drop litter on your lawn...

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#7 2018-02-14 09:33:08

Smudge wrote:

I also run Linux, and I found that life got much simpler and more pleasant when I left Microsoft's products behind. Microsoft enabled spammer activity in ways that Linux doesn't seem to.

The power, and great danger, of Linux is that the hacker community leaves it alone for the most part.  It's not the OS of the masses.  However, there are some serious exploits available for anybody with too much time on their hands.  I've found that if you take the proper precautions, Window$ is no more vulnerable than Linux.

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#8 2018-02-14 09:44:49

Baywolfe wrote:

The power, and great danger, of Linux is that the hacker community leaves it alone for the most part.  It's not the OS of the masses.  However, there are some serious exploits available for anybody with too much time on their hands.  I've found that if you take the proper precautions, Window$ is no more vulnerable than Linux.

Nothing I said is at odds with any of this. I was discussing being spammed (annoyed by obnoxious advertisements) which, in my experience, was worse when using MS products. Connect the dots; the primary reason MS invades your privacy is so that it can sell the information it gleans to advertisers. My OS doesn't collect any information about me.

In my view, the chief advantage of using Linux (I use Mint) is that you aren't fighting your operating system for control, or to maintain minimal privacy, at the same time you're fighting all of the other bastards out there. That's worth a lot to me, but others (most of them, obviously) come down differently on this. More power to them.

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