I'm old enough to remember when software that sent records of everything you did and websites you visited was called "spyware".
How times have changed.
And I don't mean that spyware has gone away.
@harald I know! Problem is, if you used those same criteria now, you'd be removing or blocking Google, Windows, Facebook, Android.... Things "everybody" uses
@jgoerzen When such stuff was about to get built into Audacity, people were telling me that I was overreacting because other applications that are definitely much better such as... Discord, or whatever, actively utilize it.
Maybe it's nothing these days, in comparison to video games that consume your entire kernel.
@jgoerzen I just started using it, this is literally the best solution of its kind that I have used so far. THANKS!
@jgoerzen the advertisement world is the new web now and content is forgettable after a flick of the finger.
@jgoerzen its insanity. Browser hijacks, spyware, etc, are mainstream, and the culture itself seems to have moved beyond caring about any of it. Its stunning. My job description used to include defending clients against what is now mainstream. Capitalism turned my internet into *this*.
@Milkman76 Well put. I absolutely agree. It is encouraging to see attempts at alternatives - #Gopher, #Gemini. And more broadly, #Matrix / #Element, #Signal, #NNCP, #Nextcloud, #ssh, #Syncthing, #OpenPGP / #GnuPG / #GPG, #OpenStreeMaps, and so forth. But obviously, while these are all growing, aside from maybe Signal, they are tiny compared to the spyware we all tolerate daily.
I talked about some of these topics here: https://www.complete.org/recovering-our-lost-free-will-online-tools-and-techniques-that-are-available-now/
For people who care about, support, or build Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS).