Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users – 9to5Google

9to5 Google:

In a response to the overwhelming negative feedback, Google is standing firm on Chrome’s ad blocking changes, sharing that current ad blocking capabilities will be restricted to enterprise users.

Google sucks. I keep Chrome installed, but I only use it for Google’s own sites. Everything else lives in Safari, and I keep Firefox around as a backup. I never log into a Google property outside of Chrome.

There’s a system preference panel called Choosy that I’ve been using for years. It lets you set a default browser for certain URLs. I’ve configured it to automatically use Chrome whenever I click a link that goes to a Google-owned site. Works great, highly recommended.

Signal v Noise exits Medium

DHH:

Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

Seeing more and more pieces like this around the web makes me think that Micro.blog has some staying power. I’m still enjoying that community even though I haven’t been engaging much over the last couple of months. Over the next few months, I’m hoping to clear some of the dust and cobwebs off of this site and spruce things up a bit.

Goodbye Facebook

Jean MacDonald:

The more time I spend on Micro.blog, the worse I feel about participating in other social networks: the creepy targeted advertising, the outrage, the endless lists of tips that imply something is wrong with me, all the notifications and suggestions that are intended to capture more of my time and attention for the benefit of the platform.

Once again, I find myself deleting Instagram and Apollo (a Reddit client) because both services make me feel dirty. Putting content on my blog feels good.

Announcement Teaser for Secret 'Ghostbusters' Film

A quote from Jason Reitman at FirstShowing.net

This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.

I’m not sure how they’re going to do this without Harold Ramis. And Bill Murray was staunchly against doing another film (going so far as to shred a draft script that was sent to him by Dan Aykroyd).

I liked the 2016 reboot, and I’m sad there won’t be a sequel. And I worry about this new movie’s existence being seen by the women-hating fans of the franchise as validation for their vile behavior toward the cast of the 2016 film. I’m also worried it’ll suck. But that’s a cool teaser trailer.

Wil Wheaton Leaves Mastodon

I’m done with social media. Maybe I just don’t fit into whatever the social media world is. I mean, the people who are all over the various Mastodon instances made it really clear that I wasn’t welcome there (with a handful of notable, joyful, exceptions, mostly related to my first baby steps into painting), and it seems as if I was just unwelcome because … I’m me? I guess?

Folks are saying that community management is the solution. That if you have good tools in place, this sort of thing is avoidable. To that, I say: unless your community management system can scale to 7 billion users, it’ll never work. Technology can’t solve the problem; you’d have to change human behavior, and that’s not gonna happen.

An open-door policy means anyone can come in, and they will, and they’ll bring their hate and negativity and bigotry with them. Unless you control who gets in (either directly through moderation or indirectly through obfuscation or inserting on-boarding costs like fees or requiring certain technological know-how), the masses will show up. Some of them will bring their tiki torches.

This isn’t a solvable problem, at least not from a technological standpoint. It’s a problem inherent in who we are. People will always find a reason to dislike each other.

I think we should all follow Wil’s lead. Stop using social media. Delete our accounts. “Walk hand in hand into extinction. One last midnight. Brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.”

Or, at the very least, find some communities that are private or that present barriers to entry that trolls won’t or can’t cross. And then, when you’ve found a nice place to hang out, at least try to treat people decently.

Smart Home Is a Home That’s Always Spying on You

Om Malik:

I for one, refuse to use Alexa and Google Home in my apartment. I don’t trust them, much like I don’t trust Facebook. Apple seems to be doing a good job of keeping its nose clean, but who knows when they come under pressure from “activist” investors.

I can’t even trust Apple on this. My wife and I debated buying a HomePod, and we ultimately decided that no smart devices like this should ever be in our home. It’s a bit tinfoil-hat, but imagine the fun a government could have with these things. Tracking down illegal immigrants and dissidents could be as simple as tuning into a home’s always-on audio stream. No thanks.

Diversity and Inclusion at Micro.blog: Where We Are, Where We Want to Go

Jean MacDonald:

Micro.blog was built from the ground up to protect its users from the type of abuse so common on Twitter and elsewhere. In the Kickstarter campaign, Manton’s one stretch goal was to hire a community manager to be steward of this commitment. As our community takes shape, I feel strongly we have something to offer to those who have not felt welcomed on other social networks. For my part, I am reaching out to people whom I talked to a year ago and encouraging them to give Micro.blog a try, now that there is a fairly active community of users.

I’ve noticed more women signing up and actively participating on Micro.blog, which is really encouraging. I’m glad to see that inclusivity continues to be a driving force behind what they’re building.