Why is this horrible website asking me to solve Google’s captcha in order to read the article?
I reached out to them and got a response. They’d hit a cap for recaptcha calls, they attempted mitigation, and it caused this problem. They’ve pushed an update which seems to fix the issue for me.
Cool that your reached out and got a response! Nice of them
Why should being “anti-Google” make one a risky visitor? I have nothing to gain and potentially something to lose from being followed around the web by Google so I take small measures to prevent it from doing so. This sentiment is completely antithetical to the spirit of the web – not to mention that it makes the web more inaccessible/more painful to use for about half the world’s population. It’s legitimately depressing.
Send servethehome a message, I can’t help you. But if they have recaptcha (from Google), then blocking Google things is a red flag. They can’t track you so can’t be sure it’s “you”, so you then must be a bug risk, or you must complete the captcha so they can gather more data on you.
I’m using Firefox on a macOS. True, there are several extensions that I have (Privacy Badger, DDG Privacy Essentials, Adblock Plus, Privacy Possum), but never ran into this issue.
I manage one site where I have Google recaptcha enabled on the entire site for a contact form, and I do sometimes get a captcha as well, on my non regular browser on the laptop that also runs tor, but that is to be expected. But I don’t know why this site does it…
On my iPad, the recaptcha popped up at the bottom of the page, leading to a low-contrast read. No tor or blocking, I’m logged into google. I’ll drop a line?
Edit: Comments are broken on the article, “Error: User response is missing.” I left a message in a contact form about both issues.
I got the same, quite weird.
The really interesting thing is the last paragraph, that iXSystems seems to be transitioning to Linux instead of FreeBSD, althought that could be misleading, as TrueNAS Core still seems to be just a rebranded updated FreeNAS.
Yeah, and I have to say, as a FreeNAS user, I’m not excited about the linux shift. I understand the move is supposed to make horizontal scaling more feasible, but 1- as a home user, that’s not a compelling feature, and 2- it’s still unclear to me why Linux is better suited for that than FreeBSD. And replatforming is a huge effort that will distract from feature work.
Of course, I’m not privy to the reasoning around this change, and I’m sure they have good reasons.
That said, I’m glad it’s remaining open source, since that enables me to continue using my home NAS well beyond the sunset of the FreeBSD branch.
On the one hand I love FreeBSD and have nothing but good experiences with it (and FreeNAS) but I chose it because of ZFS, many years ago, on an N54L. It’s a bit low on CPU these days and for my current needs being able to painlessly host docker containers and libvirt VMs for dev work on my NAS would be a boon, so Linux (if it has ZFS) would 100% solve my problem here. So while I’m a little sad I don’t have a really good reason.