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Comment One of the undecided undecided. (Score 1) 272

I'm more on the undecided front. However, I'll review the situation after six to nine months and make a firmer decision. I'd rather look before leaping.

Like many here, one thing I don't like is the forced updates. Even if difficult to find for the average user, they should add an option to review and decline updates.

Comment Re:bye (Score 1) 531

No, you're just out of touch.

I'm not the one comparing tabs to tiles within tabs, as if their usefulness is comparable by any reasonable margin, hence your hyperbole. Yeah, I know, you can ultimately do without both, so they can be comparable in that regard, but the impact of both isn't the same by a long shot. Bit of a false comparison you pulled there.

Tiles are useful for some, but they can be superfluous for others. We're all different, and I don't begrudge the inclusion of tiles in Firefox if there's an option to disable them (as long as they're not a means to advertise). I can see their use for some types of user, but I can also do without them for my type of use.

Still, whether one's in touch or out of touch, tiles are hardly what one could reasonably call a major feature. A useful feature, an additional one, but hardly the end of the world if not included.

Anyway, moving on.

Comment Re:bye (Score 1) 531

Ever since Opera invented speed dial years and years ago, it has become an indispensable part of the browsing experience. So much so that the other browser makers copied it. You might not use it, but it is a major feature that most users want.

I can see it being something that helps others and that they could well want, but then there are many minor things that help others and that they may also want, but aren't major if not there. I have no problem with the inclusion of tiles in Firefox (not adverts, though), but I'd hardly see it as a major issue if they were removed. Such things like the URL bar is major functionality; tab tiles is additional functionality. Suggesting that tab tiles is major functionality is verging on hyperbole.

Comment Re:bye (Score 2) 531

So you have to cut out a major piece of browser functionality to remove the ads. Bravo.

Hardly major. In fact, I personally find the silly boxes a hindrance rather than a help. Still, yeah, for others it might be beneficial to have your most visited sites there for you in pictorial form on a new tab, but I'd hardly call it major functionality.

Comment Re:A better Firefox alternative (for me) was PaleM (Score 1) 158

It feels "less quirky" than Seamonkey, and some of the Extensions that I have used for years ( Like Tree Style Tab) work with PaleMoon while they don't in Seamonkey.

You can get a few of the problematic extensions to install and work on SeaMonkey using the Firefox & Thunderbird Add-on Converter for SeaMonkey. Not all of the Firefox and Thunderbird extensions can be converted, but it certainly expands the frontiers.

Comment A bit too late for me... (Score 1) 99

It's a pity that I completely uninstalled Opera some months ago, after waiting several months with vague promises and excuses about a coming release. It was mostly a secondary browser for me, so I didn't lose much sleep purging it. It also has lost a lot of the features that enticed me in the first place.

Now that it's finally here, I'm not sure I can muster up the effort to install it. Maybe I'll wait a year... or maybe longer.

Comment The old 99% claim... (Score 3, Insightful) 110

"I would say 99 percent of teachers see the benefit of it,"

Not damning the point that the Supt. of Holyoke Public Schools made or supporting it, but I tend to distrust anyone who claims that 99% of a group supports their side to bolster their argument. I know, figure of speech, but still indicative... at least 99% of the time.

Comment Re:In otherwards (Score 3, Interesting) 664

It might be fine for Japanese culture... I don't know. But it sure as hell wouldn't fly here. As soon as I found out those were required I'd be out the door.

The problem is that there is always some desperate person willing to take your place, either out of apathy or economic necessity. Eventually, if enough of these people fill in the vacancies, then you'll find this sort of thing spreading to other workplaces, again chasing you out. It'll spread if it's allowed to. Still, there's always collective action to avoid this kind of thing. Pity that such defensive action is sort of frowned upon today, though.

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.