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Alphabet/Gulag is Closing Down (Tightening the Screws in the Name of 'Security')

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Summary: Gulag (or Google) does not care about the Internet; it just wants to extend and control it, but it frames that as a matter of "security"

THE video above is about the company "Alphabet" (calling Gulag "Alphabet" is like calling Facebook "Meta", which is mostly a form of distraction from distasteful activities, just like GitHub pretends not to be Microsoft). Alphabet as a name came up and was advertised around the time many scandals had piled up. We're meant to be thinking YouTube, for example, has nothing to do with Gulag (even though the login is the same!) and this thing called Alphabet is looking over everything. Don't fall for it!

"We hope that one day the Web will be less than 10% of all Internet traffic and Gemini, which is bandwidth-conserving, will reach 1%.""Less secure apps" is what Gulag now calls traditional software, not so-called "apps" -- a misnomer that typically means proprietary software that spies heavily on the users. The page speaks of "your [sic] Google Account", which will change at the end of May. Why the change? They pretend to value security, but given how they treat users' privacy and given the back doors (there's some history there; see the video) only a gullible reader would fall for it.

Thankfully, some alternatives are emerging and rising fast. Gemini, for instance, needs only 2 more capsules (visible to Lupa) to reach 2,200. To quote: "There are 2198 capsules. We successfully connected recently to 1777 of them."

We hope that one day the Web will be less than 10% of all Internet traffic and Gemini, which is bandwidth-conserving, will reach 1%. If not Gemini, then something similar to it, which scales fine on residential connections and can thus be self-hosted from people's homes.

A few days ago a longtime GMail used [sic] told us that "Google [is] effectively pulling the plug on Thunderbird," but Mozilla says nothing about it. Thunderbird is how millions of people access GMail, so that's a pretty big deal and Mozilla ought to be concerned. I told this used [sic] that I "saw that [news] and do not expect even the so-called 'media' to cover it or for Gulag Noise (Google News) to pick up a story about it..." (for reasons explained in this previous video)

"GMail is not E-mail but an attack on E-mail as a protocol and an attack on the distributed/decentralised nature of E-mail."With a little effort one can find that about 7 years ago Madame Baker, not yet as CEO of Mozilla, wanted to kill Thunderbird, wrongly arguing that people were moving to "GMail" anyway (yes, she mentioned GMail specifically). At the time, she was already being paid a lot by Gulag (mostly the deal with placements for the address bar and search bar in Firefox). "Maybe she will move sideways over to Alphabet officially," the used [sic] said (he had already move away from GMail, albeit not completely). "Like de Icaza has been..."

"An additional point is that aside from helping them complete the coup," the used [sic] concluded, "she may have little to no value."

Mozilla has itself become a data collection company; being subsidised by Gulag and run by former Facebook managers won't help. We expect the war on E-mail to progress. GMail is not E-mail but an attack on E-mail as a protocol and an attack on the distributed/decentralised nature of E-mail. Microsoft too contributes towards this agenda and it's in Mozilla's Board.

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