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Yet another reason to not use Chrome
RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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(05-04-2019, 02:19 PM)Labster Wrote: it allows Mozilla to invade your computer and fix things like an overlord.

I know what you were going for here but all I can see is

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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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(05-04-2019, 02:19 PM)Labster Wrote: Yeah, if you have Normandy enabled in about:config, it allows Mozilla to invade your computer and fix things like an overlord.  As I said recently in another thread, the world is becoming a little bit more like Bubblegum Crisis every day.

I only enabled it for long enough to get my extensions back, and no longer.

There are people who, hearing about how to get the fix quickly, likely uninstalled Firefox immediately at that, because too many places have used data sent back for ill, and it's not worth the risk to get the fix at all.
"You know how parents tell you everything's going to fine, but you know they're lying to make you feel better? Everything's going to be fine." - The Doctor
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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I think I've used Firefox since I first got the internet and the PC I had wouldn't actually run IE6.

I'll cling onto it. A cert' SNAFU is an easy thing to happen. When work these days is waffle-stomped through the drain to keep up even critical things somethimes get splattered just from overwork - or someone esetting the calendar reminder a day too late (I've done that).

I'm a little less hesitant about Mozilla simply because there's less of a conflict of interest there. If it's a way of helping keep firefox free and open I don't particularly mind - in lieu of contributing code I can at least let there be some telematics by way of contribution to the project. I uused to run the test pilot stuff when I had a Linux install going.

I love the smell of rotaries in the morning. You know one time, I got to work early, before the rush hour. I walked through the empty carpark, I didn't see one bloody Prius or Golf. And that smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole carpark, smelled like.... ....speed.

One day they're going to ban them.
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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There aren't really any better choices than Firefox. Tor Browser is a fork thereof, and it's perhaps a little too paranoid. But if you're trying to avoid fingerprinting and keep a modern browser running, your choices are:
* Chrome, produced by the world's largest advertising company, that wants you to login to the browser itself
* Edge, which is produced by a company that advertises to you inside its operating system, and doesn't run outside Windows
* Safari is gonna be a pass, because they're falling behind and don't have a good extension system
* Brave, where the entire model is to control access to which advertisements you see
* Firefox, a nonprofit that is primarily supported by competitors who sell advertising and pay to be the primary search engine in each region

The original problem seems like an honest mistake, but the fix method seems surprising. They built a system that allows them to insert arbitrary security certificates into the browser, and turned it on by default. It feels like the kind of thing that could be leveraged by a nation state.
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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Well, it's the least-worst.

I did use Opera for a time since it used toi have email and Usenet in one box but that was a...... long time ago.

I love the smell of rotaries in the morning. You know one time, I got to work early, before the rush hour. I walked through the empty carpark, I didn't see one bloody Prius or Golf. And that smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole carpark, smelled like.... ....speed.

One day they're going to ban them.
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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(05-04-2019, 07:44 PM)Dartz Wrote: I did use Opera for a time since it used toi have email and Usenet in one box but that was a...... long time ago.

I used Opera as well once... and then they dropped the bookmarks menu (the constant drive to ultra-minimize software interfaces annoys me to no end), and I stopped using it.
"You know how parents tell you everything's going to fine, but you know they're lying to make you feel better? Everything's going to be fine." - The Doctor
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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I cant even remember that far back. I stopped using opera simple because I stopped - with no real cognitive or intentive reason.

I love the smell of rotaries in the morning. You know one time, I got to work early, before the rush hour. I walked through the empty carpark, I didn't see one bloody Prius or Golf. And that smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole carpark, smelled like.... ....speed.

One day they're going to ban them.
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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Mmm.

I dunno. Speaking of tablet devices, though, can anyone recommend an adblocker for Safari for iOS that doesn't require one to root the machine?
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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(05-04-2019, 07:27 PM)Labster Wrote: The original problem seems like an honest mistake, but the fix method seems surprising.  They built a system that allows them to insert arbitrary security certificates into the browser, and turned it on by default.  It feels like the kind of thing that could be leveraged by a nation state.

And that's the clue that I needed.

Instead of opening the browser up to surveillance, go into about:config and set xpinstall.signatures.required to false. I did this and uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger immediately re-appeared on my toolbar. Mind you, I also have Options|Security set to warn me if sites try to install add-ons.
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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The browser situation for me has become quite frustrating.
I have left my home system running Waterfox 56.2.2 after I found that more recent versions broke access to a large number of sites (boingboing.net, fanfiction,net, tthfanfic.org, etc.)
I would change back to Firefox, but I cannot find an equivalent Add-On to SaveAsFilename. Does one exist? I still need to have Java at work so I am stuck there.
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RE: Yet another reason to not use Chrome
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(blows dust off thread)

The Register: Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much
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Rob Kelk

"Governments have no right to question the loyalty of those who oppose them. Adversaries remain citizens of the same state, common subjects of the same sovereign, servants of the same law."
- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'."
- Isaac Asimov


"Don't let anyone think for you; most people can barely think for themselves."
-
Rare Earth, ending credits
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