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Comment Re: Just serving the customer (Score 3, Interesting) 189

They're really not. Anyone who pays the owner money can advertise whatever they want.

If you can show some credible evidence that they don't follow their own guidelines for what's an acceptable ad, which seemingly restricts what advertisers can push out, then "advertise whatever they want" is a bit sweeping.

I'm in two minds about the Acceptable Ads feature in Adblockplus. On the one hand, it's giving in somewhat to advertisers, but on the other hand, it's arguable that it encourages/pushes advertisers to limit their excesses, which is itself a good thing. I use Adlbockplus myself, but I do turn off the Acceptable Ads feature (personally got fed up with the excesses of the advertisers over the years, so decided to burn all their houses). Still, as long as I can disable the feature, and Adblockplus still blocks ads, then I'm fine with it as an interesting compromise (for others to try out ;) ).

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.


Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis 63

An anonymous reader links to this story at The Stack (based on this translated report) that "The Moscow authorities will begin using the signal from Muscovites' cell-phones in 2015 to research patterns of traffic and points of congestion, with a view to changes in travel infrastructure including roads, the Moscow metro and bus services. The tracking, which appears to opt all users in unilaterally, promises not to identify individual cell-phone numbers, and will use GSM in most cases, but also GPS in more densely-constructed areas of the old city. The system is already in limited use on the roads, but will be extended to pedestrians and subway users in 2015. The city of 11.5 million people has three main cell providers, all of whom cooperate fully with authorities' request for information. A representative of one, Beeline, said: "We prepare reports that detail where our subscribers work, live, move, and other aspects."

NJ Museum Revives TIROS Satellite Dish After 40 Years 28

evanak writes TIROS was NASA's Television Infrared Observation Satellite. It launched in April 1960. One of the ground tracking stations was located at the U.S. Army's secret "Camps Evans" Signals Corps electronics R&D laboratory. That laboratory (originally a Marconi wireless telegraph lab) became the InfoAge Science Center in the 2000s. [Monday], after many years of restoration, InfoAge volunteers (led by Princeton U. professor Dan Marlowe) successfully received data from space. The dish is now operating for the first time in 40 years! The received data are in very raw form, but there is a clear peak riding on top of the noise background at 0.4 MHz (actually 1420.4 MHz), which is the well-known 21 cm radiation from the Milky Way. The dish was pointing south at an elevation of 45 degrees above the horizon.

Comment Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 937

But they don't allow for the possibility that the phenomena they're rejecting might simply be avoiding them because it's offended by them.

Seems like the insecurities of a human rather than some god. Who made who out of whose image?

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.

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