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Stack Overflow lets Facebook track us across their sites - Meta Stack Overflow

By now, everyone who follows technology should be aware of the scandals around Facebook's ethics and data privacy. Many users distrust them and are uncomfortable with their data collection practices. Unfortunately, Stack Overflow directly links to profile pictures from Facebook. This (unintentionally) allows user activity throughout Stack Exchange to be tracked by Facebook.

Have a look: when I load a page containing any avatars hot-linked from Facebook, my browser automatically sends a request including a Facebook identifying cookie and the URL of the page I'm viewing on Stack Exchange. They don't just know that I'm visiting the site, they also get to know which topics I'm interested on throughout the network.

We need mandatory public insurance

Cases like this - where a hospital charges people with private insurance outrageous sums to subsidize uninsured patients and those on Medicaid to the point that they are not "in network" with any private insurers - is precisely why the US needs at least German-style mandatory but regulated public insurance schemes (that are private-run) that every healthcare providers are required to accept (rich people can pay for private insurance on top, or opt out but can't opt back in).

Fun anecdote: despite Zuckerberg's donation causing the hospital to be renamed, they don't even take the insurance plan that most Facebook employees use.
#healthcare #insurance
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The Free as in Freedom podcast returns after a 15 month hiatus! Your co-presenters, Bkuhn and @o0karen0o (Conservancy's Executive Director and President respectively) kick off the return with discussion of the popularity of "pretend" #FOSS licensing in 2018.

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2019: New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!
Bonne année Michel !


Superbe poster par l'artiste Miriam Klein Stahl et ses etudiantsde la "Berkeley High School Arts and Humanities Academy".


If you're on Android, this is one more reason to make sure you're on Android 9: no-hassle DNS-based ad blocking!

As someone originally from a country where DNS is used to restrict user freedom, it is refreshing to see it put to use to protect user privacy instead

#adguard #dns #privacy

Haven't really checked about Google specifically. But in-app ads do seem to get blocked (apps handle it differently; some would continue as if the ads have been rendered, some would refuse to let you access the perks that are paid for by ads). Ironically the ads that Android Police themselves run are also blocked.

The setting is easy to toggle without re-entering the DNS URL, so I'm going to just toggle them off when accessing ads-supported apps and then toggle them back on.