This is one of those days I'm disgusted by what the web has become. Dubious Google CAPTCHAs sprinkled everywhere, in-page modals, 3 MB pages to show 280 characters, sites that only work in Google Chrome (motto: "The New IE6") or have sunk even lower to only being phone apps. Cloudflare hiding random strings with @ signs in them unless you have JS enabled. Videos instead of text.
Maybe I can just... not use the web, except for work? Can I do that? I kinda want to give it a try.
Often you aren't even able to solve those captures when you are using a VPN. This is so annyoing and as you've already mentioned this 'feature' is almost used everywhere! I try to avoid services who use Google captures.
Not to forget: autoplay videos, user tracking, paywalls, giant and annoying cookie/ gdpr forms, UI dark patterns...
@elias Good reminder to refresh my filter lists on my machine.
I wouldn't use the internet with adblocker.
@varx …or rather fight to change that situation 😃
@rugk I sometimes advocate for a simpler web directly to website owners, such as encouraging them to use JS only as a progressive enhancement, but mostly I just complain about it socially. 😅 Ultimately, I can only do so much by keeping my own sites written in a mid-00's style; I'm not the one coding up Google and Twitter's stuff.
(And I can only do so much of this sort of advocacy at work before I'm just That Guy.)
Honestly, given the security maturity of the Chrome sandbox, I now have no problem with running JS in my browser.
Bad integration of foreign unverified JS in websites by the website developers themselves is what keeps me awake.
No, I won't type my password in a login page that includes an non-sandboxed ad!
@x_cli @varx First, BTW, all browsers nowadays have very secure sandboxes – as if CHrome would be effectively better here. Also Firefox e.g. introduced multi-processes (electrolysis) architectures and also improved the speed quite a lot.
(There may rather be privacy problems with Chrome though: https://social.wiuwiu.de/@rugk/101111620938232666)
- Sandbox escapes (e.g. Spectre)
- Tracking scripts
- Excessive resource consumption
- Capturing of browser commands (e.g. Github stealing the '/' keyboard action, or things that screw with scrolling)
- Various other irritations, such as cookie/GDPR/paywall modals, animated crap, and infinite scrolling on magazine articles.
I agree that sandboxing is pretty good these days!
It is time for a new web.
Or a search engine that only indexes sites without trackers and work without js
@varx I'm planning on setting up a search engine that only searches a specific set of sites once I get the time to do it. Though it just occurred to me that a large fraction of "Web: The Good Parts" could be stored/browsed offline/locally.
@varx i am trying to use the web for less and less too
A Mastodon instance for info/cyber security-minded people.