"The whole Earth is going in ruin and the young generations should make more noise about it. A small hand of greenwashing isn't sufficient, we need to put the whole model of economic development in discussion".

As an atheist, I would have never expected the more leftwing thing of the Italian electoral campaign to come from a Pope. And I couldn't agree more with him.

If you wanted the online service X to be ads-free and not collect and resell your personal data, how much should you pay to make up for their lost revenue?

It's a question has been roaming in my head for a while, and today I've decided to try and collect some rough data to come up with a price tag.

's ads revenue in 2021 was almost $115B. The platform has about 1.9B daily active users, and 2.9B monthly active users.

($115e9 / 2.9e9) / 12 = $3.3 per month

Do we want to assume instead that most of the ads revenue comes from the daily active users, and the fraction from those who login every other week or so is negligible? No problem:

($115e9 / 1.9e9) / 12 = $5 per month

Would you be happy to pay up to $5 to use a social network that connects you to the whole world, but that doesn't hoard your personal data like a junkie, doesn't resell your personal data to controversial actors like Cambridge Analytica, and doesn't profit from targeted ads that push people towards extremism?

Many prefer to see a few ads and don't mind what is done with their data, as long as the service is free. Many, instead, would surely prefer to pay $5 a month, if that's the price to pay to buy Facebook's respect for your data.

The main problem is: why aren't we even given that choice?

Hey , why so suddenly passive aggressive?

Is it because I block your ads on YouTube and scrape videos with youtube-dl? Or because I block all the traffic to on all of my devices? Or because I use PiHole over VPN to block your ads even on my Android devices? Or because I sometimes use AdNauseam just for the sake of flooding you with garbage ads data? Or because of all of these factors combined?

Come on, don't take it so personal :)

The list of web services under my " cloud" bookmarks folder has grown quite a bit since I started my diaspora away from big clouds.

It definitely took some effort, but I feel like the products that I use today are on par (if not better in some cases) with what is provided by most of the commercial or surveillance-based solutions out there. With the difference that everything runs in my closet or on a VPS.

Do you use or recommend any alternatives to the products in this list?

๐Ÿ“– migration, from my account to my local cloud, completed โœ…

It took me a while to do the jump. I had a library on my Kindle with a few hundreds books. I invested a few hundreds bucks over more than a decade to buy ebooks and create my digital library.

I felt very uncomfortable whenever I thought of those precious resources being lost in somebody else's cloud, while the money I paid only granted me the permission to _view_ the content provided by Amazon's servers, _only_ on the devices compatible with Kindle resources, _only_ using the software built by Amazon, and _only_ using Amazon's closed formats. Anything outside of that clearly defined perimeter is illegal. A suspension of my account would be sufficient to lock me out of my library. And I probably have no easy way of passing those books to my kid, like parents used to do with their kids before surveillance capitalism came over. I just couldn't accept all of this. But, on the other hand, Kindle provided a very comfortable ecosystem, and that motivated my reluctance.

Now I've finally made the jump though, and I couldn't be happier.

- I used to convert all of my Kindle books to .epub. However, the DeDRM plugin (github.com/apprenticeharper/De) didn't work out of the box - Amazon has probably come up with some other twists on their KNX compression+encryption to make our lives harder. What worked though was to download the purchased books one by one through the "Download to device over USB" option at amazon.com/mycd - a lengthy process, but at least I got the ebooks in the AZW* format that Calibre and DeDRM could digest.

- I moved all the .epub files on a path shared through - hopefully when the ebook reader apps for NextCloud get fixed my NC interface could also become a place to read my books.

- I installed (github.com/linuxserver/docker-) on my local server, and enabled the feed. Make the server accessible over my VPN, set up an nginx reverse proxy with HTTPS, and that's all you need. Big kudos to the development team for building a Java app that manages somehow to be lightweight!

- After trying many apps (most of the ebook reader apps on F-Droid have a UI that feels so 2000s), I settled for , which comes with a decent UI and good support for OPDS feeds out of the box. The only downside is that bookmark synchronization only works over Google Drive, and it requires the version hosted on the Play Store to work. It'd be nice to support NextCloud, or (even better) any virtual storage exposed by Android.

Except for the synchronization still working over Google Drive, I'm happy for finally making the jump - now I feel like my kid will have something to read even if dad's Amazon account gets suspended, or if Amazon at some point in the future goes out of business.

I'll probably still have to buy some books from the Kindle store (especially when it comes to recent books), but I'll always make sure to convert them to .epub and add them to my open library as soon as I get them on my devices.

is a quite interesting category of attacks: just annoy the user with popups that ask for admin privileges until the user clicks Yes.


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