@owen This is a really tough issue IMHO. Everything that gives you freedom to do what you want with your device also gives malicious actors an attack surface. And usually it's a few years before the malicious possibilities become obvious and widely utilized. There's definitely not an easy answer, it's a balance people like Apple have to walk. Android/google makes different choices: more freedom, but their app store is rife with scamtastic malware.
@owen In the real world, shady extension vendors are regularly pushing out unwanted and in fact weaponized code to users without "meaningful consent."
I'm gonna miss uBlock Origin too but I recognize the reasoning for and value of this move.
@owen Given the vast history of browser extensions being weaponized against the user, even extensions produced at one point by supposedly trustworthy developers, this is an incredibly positive, responsible move by Apple. Ad blockers are still possible without handing complete surveillance and control of every web page you're on to an extension and to whoever happens to currently control that extension (maybe, maybe not its original creator).
@owen Confirming that the update description was super generic and did not mention negative consequences for the users.
"Meaningful consent" implies more than a clause in the user agreement that says "we can update this at any time." It requires engagement with the userbase at large - and thus guarantees conflict, and compromise.
Maybe Apple would still have disabled this framework. Maybe not. What I do know, with high confidence, is that they didn't ask anyone outside the company if it was okay to do so, or explain what it would mean.
The latest Safari update permanently disables the framework uBlock Origin (and, incidentally, 1Password version 6 and lower) relies on. There will no longer be a uBlock version for Safari.
A while ago, someone on Twitter raised the point that users are rightfully gunshy about software updates because developers often use them to make unilateral and unwelcome changes. The question "did your users meaningfully consent to this change" goes unasked, let alone unanswered.
I want better.
@turtlebirb did I just run into you on Dovercourt, in Toronto?
What drives me to distraction is that whether I agree with stallman or raymond, or not, the systems they shaped through their respective takes on libre software have been such a pervasive part of my social background that I can't claim they haven't influenced me.
And they're both horrible, dangerous men who should not be allowed to have that influence - on anyone. I'm safe, but so many people aren't.
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