1. The FF29 and FF30 GUI is crap. The previous one was superior in every aspect. That panel thing you get by clicking the "hamburger menu" is a mess that I won't even try to decipher. Curved GUI elements are inane on a rectangular display. The background tabs are hard to tell apart, the borders between them suck. Just get the old theme restorer add-on to fix all this stupidity.
2. FF29 and FF30 crash every 20 minutes with HTTPS-Everywhere add-on installed. It took me a while to figure this out, disabling Flash or Hardware Acceleration etc. has nothing to do with it. That add-on has to be updated, although I don't understand why the problem crept in with FF29+.
3. The changelog in this article is for FF28. WTF Slashdot? The correct changelog is at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/f.... It has nothing to do with VP9 or HTML5 or Opus. Firebug 2.0 compatibility is accurate however, so the summary is a hodge podge of FF28 and FF30 changes. But I knÄ±ow why, because it's getting icreasingly difficult for Mozilla to post a damn changelog on time. It takes about 1-2 days after the update gets pushed out before a damn changelog appears for the actual version.
Size this thing up to 14" and call it a laptop. I'll buy it instantly.
Where do you get that crazy claim?
Mantle currently only works with AMD GCN (Graphics Core Next) cards, those are the 7000 and later series. And even then the older 7xxx's don't even get the full benefits at the moment (work in progress apparently). What makes you think Mantle will ever work with Nvidia (or Intel for that matter) GPU's when they don't even work with most of AMD's cards? The vague claims in the AMD presentation slides from two months ago?
And what's even more bold is your claim that it works "on any OS". Where do you get that? Who is working on OSX or Linux support, where's the news of an ETA, state of progress etc? And then there is the whole issue that game engines need to support this and currently we only have the Frostbite 3 engine that does that. And are games built on Frostbite 3 going to be interested in porting to non-Windows OS's ?
This whole Mantle is a long shot, designed to tide AMD over by reducing CPU-load on games until AMD can come up with a decent CPU architecture again. It is probably going to from "too niche" to "already obsolete" over the course of the next 3 years and become another Glide. It is not going to kill Windows.
Only OpenGL, with its proper OPENness from the get go, meaning support on all GPU's on all OS's since its inception has a chance of ever unseating DirectX.
And finally the taskbar/aero peek stuff finally behaves properly on Windows !
Pet peeve taken care of ! I also feel a certain improvement in speed and responsiveness in general Nice nice nice.
Of course, this is not a not a complete solution. In a perfect world, codecs, like other basic Internet technologies such as TCP/IP, HTTP, and HTML, would be fully open and free for anyone to modify, recompile, and redistribute without license agreements or fees. Mozilla is fully committed to working towards that better future. To that end, we are developing Daala, a fully open next generation codec. Daala is still under development, but our goal is to leapfrog H.265 and VP9, building a codec that will be both higher-quality and free of encumberances."
Link to Cisco's announcement: http://blogs.cisco.com/collaboration/open-source-h-264-removes-barriers-webrtc"
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Read from the massive catalogue of what's out there for free and never pay for e-books. This is how I recommend you go about it:
1. Get your e-ink based reader (I recommend the new Kobo Aurahd).
2. Head over to one of the many sources of out-of-copyright books like http://www.gutenberg.org/. Browse and find stuff you may like. Also keep an eye out for CC-licensed books around the web.
3. Go forth and indulge in http://libgen.info/ or a similar e-book piracy web site and get your fix, because, well fuck 'em.
Maybe you won't find every damn book you desire to have right now, but you will find so many good books that are more than enough to last you a lifetime.
Enjoy the reading and the savings.
I see a benefit in not having google creep up when i mis-type some url and it goes to a surprise search with Google (kind of like surprise butt-sex).
Now that kind of case can also go to Startpage or DuckDuckGo or whatever the user has set.