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  • #16
    For those claiming this as a reason not to use Gnome Shell: how about you also stop using the evil Thunderbird as that program downloads your entire mail box onto your local machine for the CIA's convenience?! If you are concerned about your Facebook data falling into the CIA's hand then just stop accessing your personal Facebook account from a machine owned by the CIA.

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    • #17
      Not opting in in GNOME won't protect you from websites OWN sharing buttons

      Originally posted by oleid View Post
      What are you trying to tell me? This facebook option for gnome 3.12 is opt-in. If you decide to enable it, and thus make compontents of gnome to log in to facebook, I doubt that they'll get new information - maybe apart from the information that you use the gnome desktop - as facebook users tend to log in to facebook from their current location. They probably won't get a new IP from you, as they got your IP from logins done via your browser or your mobile phone, which is probably behind the same NAT router than your computer.
      You can opt-in or not in GNOME, but Facebook will get info on you whether or not you even have an account with them-unless you affirmatively block the sharing buttons in your browser or block Facebook outright in /etc/hosts.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Serge View Post
        It sounds to me like an attempt to empower users with data mining capabilities and making it easier for users to interact with Fb on something closer to their own terms. The actual application of this is probably of value only to people with intermittent Internet connectivity, but the fact that it exists I think is a positive development and hopefully will encourage other technical development with such goals.

        As long as this is an opt-in feature, I do not see what harm it is doing - no one's privacy is being invaded by default - and there are potential benefits to those who use Fb. Those of us who don't use Fb need not be concerned anyway.
        Well, there's that, plus people are kind of reading the story very specifically. GNOME doesn't just offer Facebook integration. It has a generic "online accounts" mechanism on which they can implement all kinds of 'online accounts'. In 3.11 the options are Google, ownCloud, Facebook, Flickr, Windows Live and Microsoft Exchange. It can configure various things in GNOME for you for each type of account.

        Take the ownCloud integration, which I love: you give it your ownCloud server address, username and password, and it adds a bookmark for your OC files to the sidebar in the file chooser and Nautilus, and configures your OC contact list and calendar into evolution-data-server (so you'll get alerts for your appointments and they'll show up in the calendar in the top panel, for instance).

        If you set up a Flickr account, you can browse your Flickr photos in GNOME Photos, which is also pretty shiny. It's really quite a lot like Android's open 'accounts' system, if you're used to using that, which apps can use to set up all kinds of 'accounts'.

        This is the kind of awesome feature GNOME is building with all the resources that the controversial changes in GNOME 3 freed up, and it doesn't really get enough press :/

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        • #19
          My initial reaction was strongly cautious. But if you already use these social networks (because that's where many real people are) it's surely useful to have an open-source client for them. Not all websites have the best UI, likely require JavaScript (a persistent security risk in web browsers) and such scripts are non-free software you can't easily change.

          It's also useful to collect and back up local copies of content. Automated scraping gives away less information than a real human's activity would. And you could even run the scrape via Tor (using end-to-end SSL) for this if interactive latency is no longer an issue.

          The question is whether the social networks in question would allow you such a convenient and presumably ad-free experience.
          Last edited by stevenc; 12-16-2013, 04:09 PM.

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