That project might either be a joke or simply dead. The corresponding github repo has no plugin, and there's nothing on the chrome store (obviously).
The concept is sound, though; it's trivially easy to fake tracking data, and only a little bit harder to build a tracking token sharing platform (to deliberately screw with analysis that links tracking tokens to location or other data).
Turns out this thing already exists, at least for Chrome:
self-hosting fediverse (pleroma)
#pleroma docs: Having trouble getting the right versions of Elixir + Erlang running on your production host because you prefer running LTS versions of Ubuntu? Try setting those up with asdf.
me: uh, okay. I guess that might resolve the horrible dependency conflicts I'm getting.
me: But now how do I install all of the pleroma dependencies with asdf?
#pleroma docs: We're not going to help you any more than that. You're on your own.
This reminds me that despite being a diehard firefox user, I don't really provide them much financial support. This is partly a side effect of the dual org structure, but on the commercial side the few products I could buy all rub me the wrong way.
I made a resolution to provide more financial support for things I use, so I should investigate this again, but they don't make it easy.
social.coop governance, kaniini
I'm a bit irked by the (admittedly tiny) role s.c had in legitimizing those who hounded kaniini off the fediverse.
My understanding was that silencing a lot of pleroma instances (including the ones kaniini ran) was capitulation to a cancel mob primarily to prevent said mob from targeting s.c. I could be wrong about that story, but the handful of times I've brought it up have had minimal response thus far.
Irked for a while, but now it might be time to migrate.
The last few releases (compatibility updates to match Django versions) have been relatively simple to implement, but then an extra 2-4 weeks of fighting with travis to get tests to pass. This would be a lot easier and go a lot faster if travis had a mechanism for ssh'ing into a build container.
surveillance capitalism, GOOG
It used to be you could just blacklist the google analytics, google tags and a few other google domains and disable most of their tracking.
Now any site that allows SSO with Google is preloading login details so you can one-click login. The side effect is yet another tracking vector, and possibly exposing your google account details to any random website. It's probably trying to be secure, but that part of the browser security model has a... checkered history.
twitter federation hullabaloo
Jack does not tweet for users. Jack tweets for investors. This is a project that will go nowhere and do nothing, but using the word 'blockchain' will convince some additional Dunning-Kruger VCs to hand over some money.
The last thing Twitter will do is federate with an anti-advertising, pro-privacy platform like the fediverse.
blockchain, grammar prescriptivism
I can't stand how the word "blockchain" is used currently, sans articles (a, the), because there's often more than one of them.
Substitute the word you actually mean and make the grammar work. In many cases, you mean "database" in which case "using a blockchain" is correct. In rare cases, you're using the word as a brand*, so pretend it means "postgres" in which case "using blockchain" is correct.
* probably because you're trying to impress VCs.
self-promo, music, pdx
My samba reggae band Arrasta is playing this Sunday at the farewell party for Popi's Pastries, a food cart in the Mercado pod on Foster.
It was going to be a fundraiser, but she's closing up shop, so instead there's no charge, you can just come and hang and dance to some fast and loud* drumming, taught to us by our Bahia-born capoeira instructor.
Search "popi's pastries facebook" for the event page.
* maybe bring ear protection
OUYA, greyhat cracking
Sometime early next year, we'll probably announce the release of an app you can load on an OUYA to unlock games from the new storefront. It'll be on the honor system, with pointers to how to donate money to devs for games they can't really distribute anymore, as well as a portal for devs to upload new games to.
At some point, we may even put together plans for an open-source version of the console.
OUYA, greyhat cracking
The #OUYA console was an early example of kickstarter success syndrome, where money and inexperienced creators put out a mediocre product. It runs Android, was bought by Razer, and shitcanned back in June, leaving most consoles useless.
For the last half year, I've been working on breaking its security, while others have been rebuilding the storefront and uploading the games to the Internet Archive.
It's functional enough now for a game jam:
No longer here. Now at @gdorn where I am my own moderator and admin.
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here