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Do you use Google Chrome? You may wish to rethink that.

Google, being Google, is launching a broad new effort () to track you, the websites you visit, the places you shop, your likes/dislikes, and much more. Naturally they obfuscate this but the bottom line is this particularly invasive technology requires your browser to participate. Only Google Chrome does so. Most other browser vendors are appalled.

This is NOT opt-in. You need to jump through obscure hoops to avoid it, or simply avoid Google Chrome (and ideally everything Google) like the plague. has already blocked this tracking, even if you use Chrome (but please don't).

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@jforseth210 I just divide my web speech into three buckets:

1) Professional stuff is open and public
2) Personal stuff with people I know is done through direct communication only, ideally Signal or otherwise text or e-mail.
3) Stuff that is personal and open is always pseudonymous, and if I post enough that someone could dox me I'll delete stuff.

We live in weird times and even if you intend to be reasonable when you post, who knows what might set some activist with mental issues off? In any case, I don't understand why our culture is so obsessed with sharing things publicly anyways. Knowledge is power, and the less people other than my very close friends know about me (other than my professional work), the better. For everyone else, all I want them to know is "if you need to do X, hire Columbkille, he's great" and that's about it.

Imagine, for example, if you decided to become a computer programmer and get a job at Google, but they built a big profile on you and it said "this guy's a staunch Catholic and so probably doesn't support our new improved 2030 inclusion policy so nope." If your livelihood isn't "Catholic author," why give them that knowledge?

My family fled the USSR so admittedly I am paranoid, but increasingly this is how Americans are going to need to think.

Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.


Just finished watching Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 2 of The Chosen!

This is pretty much my favorite show ever now!

Celebrities tweeting about meme coins have delivered more financial relief to the American people than both political parties. #meme

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I'd like to see the faithful priests and bishops migrate to . is antithetical to Catholic values.

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What is your plan for Lent this year? If there is a year to increase our fasting, prayer, and penance, this is it! Our Lord is calling!

There is much to be disgusted at in the political world. I have tuned-out and am more sane for it.

A suggestion to all: give up politics for Lent. Spend your time thinking of our Lord and the last 4 things.

If someone were to start a podcast: "Tech Things the Fedi is Mad at for Some Reason" what would the first episode be about?

RT @jtannady
Re: impostor syndrome. Someone once said to me

"You think that you don't belong here and that everyone is smarter than you. But do you really believe that you are clever enough to trick all these smart people into thinking that you deserve to be here if you don't?"

@WClayFerguson @wilw i don’t know if i agree with your premise but i agree with your conclusion. we should also push for more and better things than RSS because we can do better than that.

i don’t think google set out to kill RSS on purpose. if anyone did that it was twitter and facebook. google had google reader, and killing off google reader could only have been a blow to RSS if everyone was dependent on the one reader.

I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but my pfp is not a picture of me. It was was generated by . I'm actually a college student, but is really good at generating profile pics :-)

Let’s review the official mask recommendations to date in order 😷

1. Don’t wear masks. They don’t work.
2. Psych! You must wear a mask for two weeks to slow the spread.
3. Actually, flattening the curve is going to take much longer. Wear masks until the curve is flattened.
4. The curve was a myth. We’ll need to mask up until mass vaccinations 😷 🆙 💉
5. Well... there are a lot of unknowns about mutations and the vaccines etc. You’ll need to keep masking. End date TBD

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