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Re: Some disturbing news

Postby lucianodato » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:24 am

CrocoDuck wrote:Let's just see what happens

After reading quite a bit in this regard I'm on that boat. Plus I need my github mild accomplishments in order to get a better job right now. In the future I don't mind moving over to gitlab or any other. So let's wait an see.
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Re: Some disturbing news

Postby Luc » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:40 am

CrocoDuck wrote:I don't actually have any project on GitHub. So, as long as things keep on being normal, I will just keep on using it the way I do.

There you are. I've not yet seen anyone mention this, but then again I haven't been looking:

One particular allure of Github for Microsoft could be tracking people. They probably already know that you visit github. Now, what projects do you visit? Which ones do you download? Do you develop or maintain any? Do you submit bug reports?

I am not quite sure how that kind of intelligence would be useful, but I'm sure the gold rush data miners of our time will find one.

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Re: Some disturbing news

Postby CrocoDuck » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:20 pm

Luc wrote:One particular allure of Github for Microsoft could be tracking people. They probably already know that you visit github. Now, what projects do you visit? Which ones do you download? Do you develop or maintain any? Do you submit bug reports?


Under GDPR they would commit a criminal offence if we were not explicitly allowing them to do so. Not that I believe that this would deter them from actually do that if they wanted. They can get away with that anyway.

GitLab might not be necessarily better though. One of their biggest investors is Alphabet Inc. We can expect those guys to be even more hardcore on the data gathering part, and some suspect they might want to purchase GitLab in the future. Nothing official going on, nor leaks. Just some conjecture.

Another example would be Bitbucket, already owned by Atlassian, that is quite active in the data science business I reckon.

So, the solution would be for me to self host? Not practical, sorry. I cannot handle it.

The solution will be something like this: https://github.com/git-federation/gitpub. My point is practicality before idealism. Sorry, it sounds douchy. I don't care. There is no point to me to become an hermit now, as I am still struggling to find the way to do some useful contributions to projects I care about.

As long as GitHub allows me to contribute to projects I value I will. I am not gonna jump in another random ship which might as well get the same fate in the near future. When a better solution will surface, I will happily migrate.

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I think companies should be by far more concerned about surveillance. For once, to the best of my knowledge, GitHub did not encrypt private repositories. Businesses all around the world which have private repositories on GitHub might now having MS lurking among those.
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Re: Some disturbing news

Postby gimmeapill » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:23 pm

Gitlab upping their game: https://www.zdnet.com/article/gitlab-moves-from-azure-to-google-cloud-platform/

They were hosted on Azure, everyone missed that ;-)


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