'I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything'
"The more frequent effect of the Google block though is that the internet itself slows down dramatically for me.
"Most of the websites I visit have frustratingly long load times because so many of them rely on resources from Google... On Airbnb, photos won’t load... Because I’m blocking Google, Dropbox thinks I’m not a real person and won’t let me sign in."
Interesting read. Maybe we shouldn't block loading resources but use a proxy to return some form of valid (but not real) data, to satisfy the endpoint requesting or waiting on a response
@schlink Google has been essentially given control of the commercial Internet.
@schlink ah I know Kash. I have thoughts on this piece that I ought to share to her
I did not manage to stop writing mails to gmail users so far... Besides that I think I'm doing not so bad in staying google free. Luckily I don't need airbnb nor Dropbox...
@greg curious— what are your issues with the piece?
@schlink I watched the video and I'm annoyed. It has a vibe of "everything is bad, you can try it if you're crazy but you won't survive". Which is not what I would like to encourage in viewers. "this website has only three login options" no, there's fucking email field, right there!
I'm sorry, it's not by you, I'm just annoyed. It's possible and not thaaat drastic IMO but if you're entangled in this mess, especially for work then maybe yeah, it's harder.
@schlink That article has 18 trackers, at least of of which are google, at least one amazon and and at least one facebook.
@schlink To quote Upton Sinclair, 'It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.'
@schlink The author's reasoning for not deleting their Google account is wrong - Google does not release deleted account usernames. When I deleted a Gmail account over the summer, it stated a disclaimer that the name could not be reused after deletion.
This is disgusting, how is this compatible with a free society
*finds out something is hard* welp, guess we better give up then.