Prediction: within 5 years Google will have successfully turned the web into a closed platform, with DRM and spyware being ubiquitous and efforts to circumvent them becoming ineffective
@sir You think we have 5 years left? Optimist.
@dredmorbius I said *within* 5 years
@sir Fair point, though again, painfully optimistic.
@sir 100%, i'm surprised this move hasn't already been made, or laws haven't yet suddenly mutated to permit this
Today I read about how #DoH is not the panache. Anyone with half a brain can see that but I think I'm most offended by #Firefox's implementation of it. They have given everything to the #propagandaMerchant itself, CloucHore?!
@sir Your “The web is dead.” in https://drewdevault.com/2020/08/13/Web-browsers-need-to-stop.html and Mozilla’s ongoing implosion made me think about this, too.
Maybe the way forward is to embrace it. Let the web become Google’s walled garden. Chrome instead of the AOL client. Use it for entertainment and centralized social media. And switch to simple, decentralized, open tools and protocols for all the other things.
@sir when I said this at work people dismissed it as the ramblings of someone being too paranoid. The writing is on the wall, and has been for ages.
@big_chip As @cwebber recently blogged, sometimes you have to show things rather than describe them. That's what I've been working on with "Rhapsode" (which I plan to follow with "Biblion" & "Haphaestus"). Besides people respond to optimism better than pessimism...
Maybe if you install Rhapsode on your phone and start talking with the web aloud, that'll lead people to ask *you* these questions. That's my hope!
@sir I think Google will fail for the same reason Microsoft did in the late 90s. Microsoft had something like 98% market share for browsers, but they failed to lock people in on the back end (it probably helped that IIS sucked).
Google can push the public around however they like on the browser side of things. To take a monopoly on the back end of things, though, they've got to either convince or strong-arm all the world's devs into abandoning their favourite web stacks, and that's tougher. Get rid of all Rails, Django, Laravel, ME*N, etc., devs in 5 years?
@ethicsperoxide I am only referring to browsers
@sir and the main reason cited will be security
@sir Don't let that happen.Disable the new "standards" in the browser and boycott websites which use them.That's the only thing we can do about it.I'll do my part.
It will only hasten the alternative internet into being. There's always hope.
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