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Re: Self-censorship 101 (was: Problems with https://manpages.debian.org/)


On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 02:14:36PM -0500, Nicholas Geovanis wrote:
> Not to go off-topic, but you wrote:
> "Difficult for me to judge. I do have over 13000 hostnames in /etc/hosts
> which I hope has an accelerating effect on loading pages (though I"
> So you aggressively flaunt conventional wisdom with this practice. What is your
> secret? I have often thought of doing the same when DNS queries crawl, but it
> seemed that surely if the answer was so simple, others would have
> discovered it already ;-)

It is simple, but the implementation is questionable.

One can put all major banner networks, maybe Google, Facebook and their
friends into your /etc/hosts and point all those entries to
Works wonders on loading Internet web-pages, although someone may
consider that "it can break web sites", or "it robs website owners of
their income", or some other such nonsense.

The main questions here are:

1) How does one obtains such site list.
Using any public source for this is suspiciously close to censorship.

2) Why bother with /etc/hosts at all, if one can use DNS or HTTP proxy
for the same purpose with much simplier configuration (hint - you cannot
block all sites in a domain via /etc/hosts unless you list all of them

3) Why cripple system-wide resolver for a single program (in this
case - a browser). A suitable browser plugin should suffice here.