Equivalent firefox addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/amp2html/
Redirects users to non-AMP versions of amp pages automatically.
As far as I can tell that’s all Brave is doing. They’ve written their article to make it sound more complex, but I’m not sure it really is.
Too bad this is not the default in Firefox. It should have been, since AMP was first introduced. I will never use Brave because of their BAT cryptocurrency scam.
Any resources/info on it being a scam (other than “it’s crypto”, ideally)? I was under the impression that it was a helpful idea, but maybe I’m missing something.
My understanding is that they crawled social media to find photos of the owners of websites in order to make it look like the website owners were part of their website donation project. If people then subsequently donated in the belief that the money would go to the people Brave claimed it would go to, but the site owners weren’t participating in the project, the money would be held in some escrow account for some time until Brave took the money themselves.
They’ve also been really shady in increasingly making their browser pretend it’s just Chrome, making it impossible to block or inform visitors about the scam.
Here’s pushcx’s comment about it when it affected lobste.rs: https://github.com/lobsters/lobsters-ansible/issues/45
EDIT: And here’s Tom Scott’s twitter thread about it: https://web.archive.org/web/20181224160027/https://twitter.com/tomscott/status/1076160882873380870
Hm. I’d heard of those things. I guess I agree that’s not a great impression. I can understand why they would make such a mistake in good faith. Then again, when you’re trying to “fix the web” you can’t steamroll the very content creators you’re trying to help. And even if it was the result of ignorance as they suggest, it certainly calls into question their diligence in less visible parts of their operation. Maybe they need to do more to assure potential users of their ecosystem that such oversights won’t happen again.
In any case, I can understand better now why someone would hew towards Firefox rather than Brave. What a shame… Anyways, thanks for your reply!
They’re also run by a bigot. Stay away.
don’t you work for google? might be worth mentioning if you’re commenting on an article about how a competing browser is sidestepping one of google’s more evil recent projects
I’m not speaking as a Google employee and I don’t work on Chrome. It’s a big company. I did work on other browsers for a long time in the Mozilla ecosystem, including working with LGBT ex-Mozillans when we looked around the Prop-8 donations to see if anyone we knew had made donations and saw Eich’s significant donations to deprive equal human rights to people he knows and worked with. My feelings about this have nothing to do with who I happen to work for at one time or other. I’m a huge fan of a broad ecosystem of browsers offering a variety of takes on the web - I spent half my career working on that vision - but don’t get your supposedly privacy focused browser from someone with a history of attacking the human rights of vulnerable people.
If Brave’s technology is sound, it could always be forked. Similar to how people run de-Googled forks of Chrom(e|ium) to opt out of Google’s spying.
I’ve been avoiding Brave because they’re not based on Gecko, but this is yet another thing starting to make me look that way.
I love Mozilla and only use FIrefox and Thunderbird, but it has been more and more difficult to hold this position when I see their management continuously trashing their employees and their users.
On the other side, I’m uneasy with Brave, they’re trying to fight Google by using a browser engine written and maintained at ~80% (my guesstimate) by Google…
I still don’t know how to feel about Brave. On one hand their privacy features seem miles ahead of the competition. But on the other hand there’s their crypto currency stuff I’d rather have no part in.
I’ve recently warmed up to Chromium (and by proxy Chromium-based browsers like Brave) because it’s sandboxing is so clearly much better than Firefox (even with FF’s recent improvements - which I love to see, don’t get me wrong!).
Yeah. Brave’s privacy is only rivaled by Librewolf. Thankfully, the cryptocurrency nonsense is opt-in. And yes, I’m hoping Firefox gets caught up with Chromium security, but it’s not there yet. But the strides they’ve made with RLBox is good to see.
It’s opt-in, unless you make some content for which they’d like to collect donations on your behalf. When they opt in for you, it’s no longer opt-in.
Indeed, the RLBox improvements are good to see!