as much as i am definitely anti-paywall and i wholeheartedly think newspapers specifically have a duty to not lock news behind a paywall, i think it’s important to keep in mind that the reason right-wing shit never has paywalls is because they’re being given a blank cheque by incredibly wealthy people who are relying on the continued existence of the infinite conservative propaganda machine. anybody not part of that machine instead has to ask its audience to help fund the news. it’s not enough to just demand that news sites remove paywalls (though they should), we also have to ask why they’re struggling to remain afloat while alt-right news sites rake in millions because they can afford to just throw out all the horseshit they can because they’re literally never in danger of shutting down or going bankrupt. like yeah sure the paywalls but this cannot be allowed just like in general we cannot seriously be doing this
A month ago during the “soundcloud is going down” scare I wrote a script that basically downloaded my entire corner of SoundCloud at incredibly abusive speed and got bandwidth-banned for a month since CloudFlare detected it as a mass DDOS (which is fair I mean I was downloading like terabytes of data)
My favourite thing about tumblr is that people are just so people here. Like everyone is just some guy. People on instagram and twitter etc feel much less like just some guy. Or worse, the platform makes it feel cringe when someone is just some guy, like is that the best you got? But not on tumblr, everyone is just some guy and thats how it should be.
And now for an announcement from your friendly neighborhood IT worker.
If you use Ad Block Plus, you should uninstall it and download and install uBlock Origin immediately. (There are Firefox versions of all the extensions I’ll talk about here, just google ‘em. And some for IE, Edge and Opera.)
Ad Block Plus is now now only letting advertisers pay them to whitelist some ads, but is now letting advertisers pay them to put their own ads on websites INSTEAD of what you would normally see on that website.
Please remember that it’s possible to spread malware, including Crypotowall type malware, through ads on websites. Yes, ads are how websites make most to all of their revenue, but until ads can be trusted to not destroy your machine, you should not view them if possible.
Please make sure you get uBlock Origin and not just uBlock.
I also suggest installing a flash blocker like FlashControl. This will keep flash from automatically loading on websites you visit. Unfortunately, malware can be spread through just about any version of flash. Make sure you keep flash up to date, as well. FlashControl will be slightly disruptive to your browsing habits, but most things will load with just a single click. You can always disable it on a website if it’s being too disruptive somewhere.
If you really want to protect your privacy, install Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger will stop trackers / cookies from knowing who you are and where you’ve been on the internet. It also can be slightly disruptive, so if a site isn’t working correctly, disable one or both of FlashControl and Privacy Badger.
Even if you don’t want to do FlashControl and Privacy Badger, PLEASE do yourself a favor and move to uBlock Origin. Hope this helps!
Hey, if you’re not black and can’t get out and protest but want to know how you can help black people, consider donating to the Black Covid Relief Fund which goes directly to black people who’ve been affected by this pandemic. Black People are being disproportionately affected by this virus and anything you can give helps.