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Comment: Re:Disable Javascript already! (Score 2) 174

by StarFace (#47033129) Attached to: Malvertising Up By Over 200%

Only a small minority of sites flat out won't work without scripting. Just cruise past those idiot webmasters (they were probably making Flash only sites back in the day) and find an analogous site, there are usually many.

Then there are some that bitch if you have it off, like YouTube (they cannot track you as well without it, which is why they whine). But they are still functional. I can make full use of YouTube without scripting, with a Flash downloader. I get better performance than with their shitty streaming thing, anyway.

And always send feedback if a company or individual is clearly clueless over how scripting should be optional to the functioning of a site. If you never write in, they will never know their site is broken in a secured environment.

Comment: Re:Isn't hard drive access desirable? (Score 1) 361

by StarFace (#47010289) Attached to: How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Actually, speaking globally the average person with access to technology does pirate media and software. They might not be using Bittorrent, but the guy that burned the 500 Best Software DVD likely is. The average person is buying it from a street vendor. So with distribution as with the initial crack, it only takes a few people to facilitate, or "mainstream", if you wish, piracy.

Comment: Re:more downgrades (Score 1) 688

by StarFace (#46881535) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

Isn't that basically what I said? I think you're misreading me. SeaMonkey is an evolution from Mozilla as Firefox is, they are two separate forks from the same source, but SeaMonkey retains the core Mozilla design in its browser component (not to mention the suite aspect) whereas Firefox has gone consumer-oriented. However both started out from Mozilla, so saying that SeaMonkey is more like how Firefox used to be is not inaccurate.

Comment: Re:more downgrades (Score 1) 688

by StarFace (#46875913) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

Yeah, it still includes everything the old Mozilla suite did, though you can largely ignore all of that. I don't use ChatZilla and all that. The only important thing to me is that the browser component is sufficiently configurable and efficient. Firefox had the right idea to begin with, way back when, but in my opinion it has gone too far along the path of simplification and just seems to be trying to play catch up with a false target these days. I stopped using it several years ago when it was clear that the vision for Firefox wasn't in line with what I wanted out of a browser.

Comment: Re:more downgrades (Score 3, Informative) 688

by StarFace (#46875447) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

Opera died in the sense that it is no longer a leader in browser technology, as it has been for well over a decade, and is just skinning the Chromium project now. Out of context, that's okay, there have been plenty of skinning projects over the years that have been worth merit, but its the equivalent of say, Mozilla just giving up and using the IE engine and building a shell around it. They have ditched all of their code, from what I can tell, and unless you are keen on Chromium in general, I don't really see why you would be inclined to use the newer Opera versions over grabbing the latest Chromium build.

Opera before the transition vs. now simply is not comparable on any grounds. I used Opera for years, it was my favourite browser even though it didn't have the extension library that FF did, in large part because it natively did what it needed to do without extensions, and I liked their M2 client as well, which was one of the few e-mail clients that captured some of what Gmail got right. But, all of that is gone now. 100%, gone.

Perhaps some day they will rebuild some of their legacy, but I'm not crossing my fingers, especially with the misguided notions about bookmarks being worthless and so on.

Comment: Re:more downgrades (Score 1) 688

by StarFace (#46872433) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

In the past few years I've taken to just not even using a stylesheet when I browse. This isn't always easy to do in the browser, but some extensions can help. Web Developer extension can assign a keyboard shortcut so that if the design is super offensive I can just go back to something that uses a font size and window width I prefer. It often means scrolling past a header area rife with bullet lists, but that's an acceptable compromise for me.

Unfortunately some sites do not even gracefully degrade to simple display such as that, as they have a bunch of dumb Javascript stuff that is hidden by default, like "Page didn't load successfully" messages and progress spinners doing nothing. Ha. Yeah, it is getting to the point where browsing the web is like reading a crappy grocery stand magazine. I find myself doing less and less of it as well.

Maybe all of us that care should just move back to Gopher. :)

Comment: Re:Every year (Score 1) 453

by StarFace (#45597629) Attached to: The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

What are you talking about? My favourite game from a few years ago (and still is today for that matter) is Path of Exile, and I don't see that turning into a fingerpainting gamelet any time soon. In fact, I seriously doubt any of the games I have enjoyed over the past few years are something that could be even in theory turned into fingerpainting.
        I guess for people that just play casual games it does not really matter, but then we have not really changed the conversation have we? Just as some tasks are better performed at a workstation, like programming, some types of games will always be better suited for sitting down to something with hundreds of buttons, multiple monitors, maybe a joystick & throttle and several hundred hours to kill.

Comment: Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (Score 1) 631

by StarFace (#44963693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

You're making up issues that don't exist, either that or have no idea what you are talking about and are just repeating arguments you have heard elsewhere and have remembered only poorly. In all of the decades I have been using the hell out of computers, and I have used the hell out of them, I have never "automated" my config files. What the hell man? I can certainly perceive contrived scenarios where that might be useful, but that is not as burning desire for even geeks, let alone normal "power users".

What you probably heard people talking about is basic system control and "automation" (what we generally refer to as scripting), and the Mac has just as much of that as Linux does, and what it does not have installed by default, you can easily get, just like most modern Linux distributions.

With a new Mac I can get Zsh up and running with my eight year old dot files, dump all of my scripts written in Zsh, Ruby and Python into my home/bin, set up the path and be just as automated as I am on any Linux machine, and even more so, because I have access to surface layer software which is just so above and beyond anything provided within the Linux realm that it turns my entire GUI into something as keyboard driven and abbreviated as running pipes. Hell, with no more than eight keys I can tarball 15 files, upload it to my FTP server and then e-mail a copy to a proof pool. I have system-wide text abbreviation which triggers hand-coded scripts, boiler plates and just plain old things I'd otherwise have to type in over and over. Can you call up the results of a Ruby script within the search bar of your web browser? I can, and it is damn useful, too.

People that don't know how to use a Mac think it is all dumbed down and rigid, but that is only because they don't know how to use a Mac. They are as ignorant as the people that think you have to switch distributions if you don't like e default desktop manager.

Comment: Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (Score 1) 631

by StarFace (#44963503) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

The laptop keyboards have these keys, you just need to learn where they are because they are not printed on the key. They are where they have been on Mac keyboards for over a decade. You use the Fn key plus the right/left and up/down keys for home/end and pgup/pgdn respectively. Fn and delete for forward delete.

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