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Weekend links

  • The creepy goes up another notch. Yahoo and AOL are … well, just read it. The headline is slightly overblown, but the reality is damnable enough.
  • Inside the brotherhood of ad blockers. This is great!
  • Per jc2k in comments: Black gun-rights activist and founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, Rakem Balogun, is arrested and financially ruined for criticizing police.
  • The NRA sues Cuomo over blacklisting. Seems that in addition to what we’ve already heard NY has actually fined companies millions for their perfectly legal dealings with the NRA.
  • Yeah, yeah, we know it’s not a democracy. But whatever it is, all this secrecy and deception from on high isn’t good for it. So sez Jim Bovard.
  • You can say many good things about Texas and freedom. But the state still remains in the grip of Reefer Madness. Now they’re trying to criminalize cannabidiol (CBD), the completely non-intoxicating component of pot often used for chronic pain or controlling seizures, which has been legal in all 50 states.
  • Let me get this straight. It’s okay for leftists to offend a conservative on campus, but if the conservative stands up and says her feelings were hurt, that’s intolerance and hate speech, worthy of an official reprimand.
  • And your feelgood story for the day (courtesy of BD): A special man with special blood helps save more than two million babies.


  1. brew
    brew May 12, 2018 8:50 pm

    re: ad blockers

    When lightbulbs are phoning home every two seconds, it’s time to go Dark in more ways than one….

  2. jed
    jed May 13, 2018 9:22 am

    Pi-Hole looks nifty. The description there is a bit murky though, as it’s conflating DNS requests with http requests, and doesn’t mention setting it as a proxy in the browser. As purely a filtering DNS server, it wouldn’t be able to: ‘Hah, I’m just going to return an empty page to you’. The end result is the same, except that the browser will time-out on the content that’s unfetchable due to DNS filtering. Using ‘page’ isn’t really correct either. Well, typical journalism, I guess. Your computer’s network subsystem will be expecting some sort of response to the DNS query, so I’m wondering whether Pi-Hole returns an unroutable IP address, or a timeout or other error code.

    It reminds me of the old Internet Junkbuster, which later got superceded by Privoxy, which seems to still exist. If you have a web proxy which blocks based on comparing http requests against a list of know bad actors, including the ad companies, the request never even gets to the point of a DNS lookup. Well, that’s how ad blockers work anyway, except they do it inside a browser.

    So … Pi-Hole is just more aggressive in what it blocks?

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 13, 2018 1:10 pm

    This is one of the consequences of the FCC removing the telecommunication companies from the Net Neutrality laws and allowing them to be treated as Internet companies, rather than like regulated phone service companies.
    No, I don’t think the NN government regulations would have any effect on data collection and targeting.

    Texas. Sigh. Pretty good government, if it weren’t for the pecksniffs.

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