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"Hidden Traps of the Internet" is now available for purchase from all major retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. For a full list of where you can purchase a copy, visit: https://judylmohr.com/books/hidden-traps/


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Fediverse! I’ve been building a bridge to Bluesky, and they’re turning on federation soon, which means my bridge will be available soon too. You’ll be able to follow people on Bluesky from here in the fediverse, and vice versa.

Bluesky is a broad network with lots of worthwhile people and conversations! I hope you’ll give it a chance. Only fully public content is bridged, not followers-only or otherwise private posts or profiles. Still, if you want to opt out, I understand. Feel free to DM me at @snarfed (different account than this one), email me, file a GitHub issue, or put #nobridge in your profile bio.

A number of us have thought about this for a while now, we’re committed to making it work well for everyone, and we’re very open to feedback. Thanks for listening. Feel free to share broadly.

tallship ,

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Johannes, There isn't one - they're talking out of their ass.

They're just making noise and emotionally distressed to discover that this is how the currently works, and always has worked - and it's not just the portions of the Fediverse, or even the Fediverse - it's the entire ...

"If you affect a public post, you have no expectation of privacy".

For those who still feel some sense of having been offended, I welcome them to unplug their computers and toss their iPhones and Androids into the trash. That's really their only option, and they'll come to that realization some day, maybe, and it is of no consequence for anyone else in the world if they don't.



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In case you forgot how it's spelled. 🙃

Linux_Is_Best , to random
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Firefox is in trouble.

Ideally, I usually prefer to promote good news, as opposed to bad news, especially when I am passionate about a project or development. I am a firm believer in both herd mentality and self-fulfilling prophecies.

I want to make it clear, my primary web browser of choice is still Firefox and I still regularly contribute to Mozilla.

But as I said, and I hate to write this, Mozilla Firefox is in trouble.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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For years now, whenever someone said they used two browsers, both Firefox and a Chromium-based browser, I sort of dismissed them. I viewed them unfairly as a calibrator against an open web.

Perhaps it was because I was fortunate, as every website I ever used worked just fine in Firefox.

What little and minor issues, were so small they were dismissible, and those were far and few. I am not one of those people who always expected perfection.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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But over the past two months now, I have started to increasingly noticed irregularities on how well Firefox renders websites.

At first, it was those minor things I could ignore and only noticed because someone else pointed it out. But over time, I am noticing a steady indifference toward Mozilla Firefox on the web.

Websites and services I had always used are not loading or rendering or playing as great as they once did.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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At first, I dismissed these little growing annoyances as perhaps user error.

I, after all, go to some extreme lengths to keep my browsing experience ad-free and tracker free. Overtime, I brought down my walls, and while things did help some, it did not resolve the increasing irregularities I was experiencing.

Eventually, briefly, I brought all my walls down, something I had not done in years, only to discover those irregularities continued.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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As a Linux users, I tend to distro hop. I am someone who likes to try new things and see, for myself, how the Linux ecosystem around me is changing.

That is to say, I was frequently starting off fresh with a fresh OS (operating system) and that, of course, included a fresh installation of Mozilla Firefox.

But recently, I had even installed a copy of Windows 10 and Windows 11, along with a fresh copy of Firefox.

The issue was, indeed, Firefox.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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To be more clear, the issue was the indifference of the web, towards, Mozilla Firefox.

I have been discovering fewer websites and services willing to fully support, Firefox. Webpages and services that "don't quite work right" when using, Firefox.

But the issue, at least for myself, goes further than web developers not being doubly sure that their services are completely Firefox supported.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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Personally, I am a T-Mobile Home Internet subscriber.

When using T-Mobile Home Internet, I noticed upon a fresh installation of Firefox, my browser (Firefox) would not download and install the non-free media plug-in Wide Vine (spelled as one word, WideVine)

I had performed multiple fresh OS and browser installs. I had switched DNS and changed IP addresses, regularly.

The only solution was to use a VPN or otherwise circumvent my ISP.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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I should mention, I reached out with other T-Mobile Home Internet users, and not just locally.

At first, I assumed it was exclusive to T-Mobile. But in my effort to network with people and track down the cause, I learned there are a fair share of Comcast Xfinity customers who have the same issue. But I should add, Comcast Xfinity is not available in my area, so I cannot further explore that myself.

Firefox is being excluded from two sides.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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I have been using a program known as, "PortMaster" to track all my incoming and outgoing connection.

As one of the unlucky people experiencing the "WideVine Issue" among T-Mobile Home Internet and Comcast Xfinity customers, I noticed WideVine is downloaded from a few sources (server locations).

One of those locations, Firefox does not check, but all the Chromium-type browser pull from when they have exhausted the other locations, which time out.


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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But as noted from the beginning, I have noticed increasing irregularities, and by that I mean, the indifference toward Firefox.

Since November 2023, more websites and services, have functioned less than optimal in Mozilla Firefox.

Remember, I was the person who this whole time always felt most people were making a big fuss out of nothing. I never expected perfect and mostly didn't notice any negative changes.

Recently, that included a gov site


Linux_Is_Best OP ,
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The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) website is meant to be easily accessible to everyone.

For the first time, ever, Mozilla Firefox experienced an issue with a government website. It gave me a bad memory of another web browser which also experienced an issue, many years ago: Netscape

Vivaldi Browser is what I used to overcome the technical issue. It is a Chromium-based browser. It made me think

I truly believe, Mozilla Firefox, is in trouble.


NatureMC , to writers
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The learning curve was steep but exciting. It brought me back to what I’ve been preaching for umpteen years: make your own web space the anchor of your actions!
I'm back with blogging and new plans believing in decentralised networking:
https://www.cronenburg.net/blogging/ @writers

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appassionato , to bookstodon
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A History of Fake Things on the Internet

Computer scientist Walter J. Scheirer takes a deep dive into the origins of fake news, conspiracy theories, reports of the paranormal, and other deviations from reality that have become part of mainstream culture, from image manipulation in the nineteenth-century darkroom to the literary stylings of large language models like ChatGPT.


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    "Dark MAGA: The Latest Cycle in the Far-Right Aesthetics Laundromat" by Tim Squirrell (2022).

    "Many people reading about the latest development in right-wing extremist aesthetics might think little of it or find it laughable – after all, Dark MAGA attempts to make a septuagenarian former President look cool and edgy. The problem with this reaction is that it both writes off the movement as fundamentally unserious – which it is not – and allows for further amplification by journalists and others who cover Dark MAGA as light news."



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    The only way to beat is to LEAVE YouTube. Whether you're a viewer or a creator, if you want a privacy-respecting that isn't riddled with advertisements, you have to vote with your feet.


    JustCodeCulture , to tech
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    A bit ironic given this is disseminated over the Internet...

    The Internet would be far better if giant corporations didn't control platforms & endlessly surveille & profile & do so very unequally--to me that largely is a capitalism, governance & regulatory failure--power & control of infrastructure.

    @histodons @sociology @anthropology


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    The Modem World: A Prehistory of Social Media

    Fifteen years before the commercialization of the internet, millions of amateurs across North America created more than 100,000 small-scale computer networks. The people who built and maintained these dial-up bulletin board systems (BBSs) in the 1980s laid the groundwork for millions of others who would bring their lives online in the 1990s and beyond.


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    The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works.


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    Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online

    This how-to guide will teach you how to use the web to verify the web, quickly and efficiently, including how to

    Verify news stories and other events in as little as thirty seconds.


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    Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet

    In her debut book, Extremely Online , Lorenz reveals how online influence came to upend the world, demolishing traditional barriers and creating whole new sectors of the economy. Lorenz shows this phenomenon to be one of the most disruptive changes in modern capitalism.


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    How Digital Forces Beyond Our Control Commandeer Our Daily Lives and Inner Realities

    There is no hand on the tiller of some of the largest global digital forces that influence our daily lives: from corporate sites such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, YouTube, Instagram, and Reddit to the burgeoning metaverse encompassing cryptocurrencies and online gaming to government systems such as China’s Social Credit System and India’s Aadhaar.


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