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Re: firefox > Preferences > When Firefox starts.

On 4/24/19, David Wright <deblis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> [I presume that replying only to me was a mistake.]

Nope, responding to your "my /etc/hosts file has ~14000 lines" didn't
seem all that germane to the thread.  & not that this is either, but
if you'd prefer to keep it on the list I don't mind.

> On Tue 23 Apr 2019 at 10:38:41 (-0400), Lee wrote:
>> On 4/22/19, David Wright <deblis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Sun 21 Apr 2019 at 20:30:53 (-0700), peter@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> >>     From: David Wright <deblis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> >>     Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 16:13:11 -0500
>> >> > Does the behaviour reported in your OP cause you *great* concern?
>> >>
>> >> No.  Just wastes time.  Opening a simple local HTML home page requires
>> >> roughly a minute rather than roughly a second.
>> >
>> > I tend to forget that, because my /etc/hosts file has ~14000 lines,
>> > pages appear a lot faster here.
>> Have you looked at bind's dns rpz?
> Just now.
>>   http://zytrax.com/books/dns/ch7/rpz.html
>> It lets you do things like
>> *.2o7.net               CNAME   .
>> *.doubleclick.net       CNAME   .
>> to block entire domains instead of having to list each and every
>> hostname in the domain.
>> And you can log what is blocked/allowed to make troubleshooting easier
> It might be a good *mechanism* for the diversion itself, but AFAICT
> it's aimed at the *policy* implementers rather than the end-user.

Just out of curiosity - do you think pi-hole is aimed at policy
implementers or end users?

> The value I get from Dan Pollock is the list of sites rather than the
> most elegant mechanism for handling that list. Looking at the comments
> in the list, and by comparing evolving versions, it does appear that
> Dan actively "opens holes" where people report interference or
> difficulties using certain legitimate sites.
> Finally, I wouldn't know where to start to compile a list of sites
> like that.

If you're a business, you can buy access to an rpz feed.

If you're a [home?] network admin it's simple enough to enable logging
& see what all is allowed that you'd rather have blocked.  And/or grab
things like Dan Pollock's list and turn them into an rpz file.  I just
don't like the size & the churn in curated host files - I'd rather
have a single line
and have them all blocked vs. the maybe hundreds of lines blocking
each specific host.