Maybe I should replace untagged requests with img tags for hitchhiker's guide logos, and everything that looks like an image with a hitchhiker's guide logo png, just so I can see everywhere that these trackers would end up.

There's some things that if you basically block them without giving them a response, it basically just hangs the webpage loading until it times out, whereas an empty response with a 200 will just allow them to continue loading correctly. That may be a saner way to block the omnipresent google tracking.

On the going off the big 5 thing, the file sharing part is easy if you're at all tech savvy. Bittorrent, or self hosting on Linode, Digital Ocean, or Prgmr, and also self-hosting with nextcloud. Blocking AWS and Google Cloud breaks a huge chunk of the net though. I wonder how they're doing the block though. When I was trying to speed up my web page loading by blocking some tracking services, I redirected their requests to my own web server that responded to everything with just an empty response

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"Critics of the big tech companies are often told, 'If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.' I did this experiment to find out if that is possible, and I found out that it’s not—with the exception of Apple."

What happened when a reporter blocks blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple for a week.

Featuring:
- Onionshare
- Jitsi
- Purism laptop
- Nokia phone
- physical maps, calendar, and books
- cash

gizmodo.com/i-cut-the-big-five

I'm not impressed by the graphite thermal pad I'm trying out here, but it could just be that I went to a smaller case and downgraded my heat sink when I installed it. Will have to pick up some more fans, and see how it works with those, then install some NT-H2 compound and see if that drops the temperature at all compared to this pad. It's been mostly sitting at 69 degrees in the middle of winter, and I like my stuff a little cooler than that.

And #19, Diablo 3, #20 Kid Chameleon. I think that's the most games I've finished in January ever.

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I'm doing some test driving of the new #FNA Game At the Gates at twitch.tv/thfrw right now.

#PlayOnBSD

#16 Gain Ground, #17 Color Zen, #18 Gunstar Heroes. Still playing a lot of switch games.

Also, #15, Xenoblade Chronicles X, deserving of its own separate post because it took 108 hours to finish.

More game tracking, I'm a couple weeks behind. #3 Alien Storm, #4 Streets of Rage 2, #5 Virtua Fighter 2, #6 Streets of Rage 3, #7 Alex Kidd and the Enchanted Castle, #8 Alien Soldier, #9 Bio-Hazard Battle, #10 Bonanza Bros, #11 Comix Zone, #12 Crack Down, #13 Decap Attack, #14 Fatal Labyrinth. I've been on a bit of a Sega Genesis kick lately.

Upgraded to Mastodon 2.7. More hassle than I expected because of systemd flakiness though.

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Key takeaways from this incident are:

1/ Use unique email addresses with each organisation you share data with
2/ Don't share accurate information unless absolutely necessary
3/ Although my password was not breached, unique passwords are vital
4/ If you need to share a phone number, consider a second SIM and dual SIM phone or consider a service like mysudo
5/ Sign up to Troy Hunt's HIBP
6/ Exercise your rights under privacy legislation and complain when they are not upheld

2019 games, #1 One Piece Mansion, #2 Toejam and Earl Panic on Funkotron.

Oops, I haven't been keeping up on my game tracking here. #94: Tokyo Mirage Sessions, #95 Golden Axe II, #96 Streets of Rage, #97 Flicky, #98 Golden Axe III, #99, Suikoden 5. My second highest number of finished games in a year, only 1 short of last year. Probably blame Suikoden for that, took 82 hours to finish.

@zaitcev BTW, I think that Conception TV show was originally a (pretty lousy) game series.

Game #93 for 2018: Toejam and Earl. First time playing through it. about 4 hours to finish.

Game #92 for 2018, Super Mario Brothers 2. I'm pretty sure I never beat this game without a game genie back when I had it in the 80's, now I have.

Game #91 for 2018, Men's Room Mayhem. Been playing it off and on for 5 years, finally decided that I would just count it as done since I've done every bit of content in it.

Game #90 for 2018, World of Final Fantasy, final time 62:29:42

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