posted at 5:57, 29 jul 2023#194
#152 - I started using DuckDuckGo and it's fine. The subtle UX problems I had with it many years ago were probably solved at some point.
I heard they engaged in some political censorship, it doesn't bother me very much but it suggests they have weak leadership and will be corrupted or implode eventually.
The future of hostile anti-user tech platforms seems to be coming sooner than I expected, lots of recent developments.
I probably don't have much insightful to say about this since I don't have an especially deep understanding.
An idea I had was if they set up browser-level DRM for all websites that cannot be circumvented due to it using the system TPM, we could start a movement of implementing a DRM check and then blocking access to our site if it succeeds.
This could definitely be circumvented with a browser extension that just refused to invoke DRM on certain websites, but I still think the idea could be polemically useful.
Especially since there would be not necessarily be any way to autodetect which sites were behaving in this way, so they would have to be manually whitelisted by the user after viewing our anti-DRM page.
I see no chance this could spread to mainstream corporate websites, but maybe it could further strengthen the personal hobby website subculture.
This makes me want to try to find or write some JS that can just detect the current audio/video DRM modules that are in browsers today. Another project idea...