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Comment Re:Cannot wait until this browser matures. (Score 1) 140

Basically anything with sophisticated Javascript or AJAX. Most Google sites (Maps started reverting to a dumbed-down html version before Google forced the new Maps), Facebook, bank websites, T-Mobile's website, etc. etc. Many, many different websites would show messages along the lines of "upgrade to a modern browser to use this site." It was also really slow and unresponsive especially with many tabs open. (PC is Win7 Pro 64-bit, Core i7 with 16GB RAM, SSD).

The final straw for Opera Chromium was that it stopped handling common MIME types: e.g. you couldn't have it open a PDF with an app (much less in-browser), it forced you to download everything.

So Vivaldi is potentially the best of both worlds - the ethos and usability of Opera Presto, with the speed and compatibility of Blink/V8. I like it so far.

Comment Re:Cannot wait until this browser matures. (Score 1) 140

I've been following the snapshot diligently, and as a huge fan of Presto Opera, it's almost everything that I've been missing (still currently using Opera w/Blink). The one deal-breaker for me is the fact that a few of my absolutely extensions don't work properly.

This. People here don't seem to realize that Vivaldi is the spiritual successor to Opera Presto, which was beloved by its fans in part for the features it offered. When Opera became just another simple Chrome clone, it lost that which made it special.

I hung onto Opera 12.xx as long as possible (until the major websites actively started blocking its user agent), and was so disappointed by Opera Chromium I went to Pale Moon. I've been using Vivaldi occasionally since early preview releases, and lately it's become so stable that it's been my default browser for the last month or two. Performance-wise, it seems faster than most other browsers, taking advantage of Chromium's excellent rendering and Javascript engines.

Features and settings have been constantly added in over time, but you have to remember that it's been in alpha until just now, and as such, is remarkably well-rounded. I expect many of the features people here need (flash blocking etc.) to appear over time, as well as the power features traditional Opera users love.

Comment Re:Who used it? (Score 1) 116

I could see it being a useful feature in companies that have switched from Outlook to GMail (although I don't work for such a company and use Firefox at home).

There's an app for that! It's called Thunderbird.
Chrome, with two tabs open (Gmail & calendar): 9 processes, 585MB of memory
Thunderbird with integrated Gmail, calendar, and chat: 1 process, 230MB of memory

Comment Re:Core Math at it again... (Score 2) 117

Maybe I'm missing something, but at 1 AUD = 0.70 USD, wouldn't 0.99 USD = 1.41 AUD (.99/.7~=1.41)? At that exchange rate, a 1.29 AUD app would be 0.90 USD. So the 1.49 is actually only a 4.3% markup over the equivalent USD price.

If you look at the chart in the second link, you can see that if the AUD and USD are at parity, the old AUD price markup over USD ranged from 22% to 30%, but at $1 AU = $0.70 US, the markup of the new prices ranges from about 4% to 17%, which actually is closer to equivalent. Sucks for Australians, but US app developers will earn closer to the same amount per sale.

Basically, at old AUD prices, Australian app purchasers were getting hosed when their dollar was strong, a deal when it became weak, and will be closer to even after the increase.

Or I forgot how to math.

Comment Re: So roll that into the Iraq war bill, and the r (Score 1) 528

I'm not French, but that's not fair. They did a lot of underground work to undermine the nazis. If you're talking about the policy of appeasement, then Neville Chamberlain -and thus the UK- is more culpable than France.

That's true. Plus the quick French defeat at the start of the war was more due to strategic errors than lack of effort. They relied on the imperviousness of the Maginot Line, the impenetrability of the Ardennes forest, and the neutrality of Belgium to protect their eastern border, and Germany invaded Belgium anyway and went through the Ardennes, rendering the Maginot Line basically useless.

Comment Re:Click Bait (Score 1) 47

"Largest Birdlike Dinosaur Ever" seems a more apt description.

I'd argue that's more misleading. Although the technical definition of "dinosaur" excludes pterosaurs, it's worth nothing that there were some rather large ones, notably Quetzalcoatlus which had a ~35 ft. wingspan, but wasn't feathered - it had wings of a thin fleshy membrane, like a bat.

So "dinosaur with birdlike wings and feathers" is an important distinction.

Comment Re:Interesting person (Score 4, Insightful) 284

Intolerant is baking a cake for a person that's on their fourth marriage while refusing to bake one for a lesbian couple that is finally able to marry after twenty years together.

"Intolerant" is defining "intolerant" as: "Intolerant is baking a cake for a person that's on their fourth marriage while refusing to bake one for a lesbian couple that is finally able to marry after twenty years together"...

No,it's not. It is intolerant to say to someone that you are not as important, not worthy of the same consideration as anyone else. How else would you define intolerant?

Forcing someone to act in violation of their personal convictions just because YOU think you are right is intolerance. Not accepting that somebody's views may differ from yours and deciding to make an issue about it to force them into submission to your view (no matter how right) is intolerance.

Tolerance is recognizing that others can be wrong and it's not your job to correct them; that you can choose to just walk away and let them be as wrong as they like, even if it's inconvenient for you. That's tolerance...

And it's important to remember that some intolerance is good: we as a civilized society do not tolerate murder or injustice for example (at least that's our goal - we often fall short but not for lack of trying). So "intolerance" should not be used an automatically dirty word; if an intolerant position is bad, it's not enough to label it so - you have to demonstrate why.

We as a free society NEED to tolerate differences of opinion, especially on important matters. It's sort of a prerequisite.

Comment Re:Customer recourse (Score 1) 116

Say you sign up with a company when their T&C says they won't use your phone number for marketing, but then they change their T&C to state the opposite. Now they have your phone number. Are they bound by the T&C they stated when you signed up? But even if they are, what is a customer's recourse?

I imagine the legal route is: they can change the T&C and you have to agree *if you continue to use their service*. If you do not continue to use their service they don't have your agreement to the new T&C and therefore can't act on it.

I don't know about Paypal, but many TOS include a clause that the TOS may change at any time, and you agree to be bound by future changes (the "Vader clause"). The purpose of this is presumably to avoid having to keep track of which users have agreed to updated terms: even if simply visiting a site constitutes agreement (which most TOS say does) they'd still have to keep track of who's visited the site when. The danger of such an open-ended contract should be obvious (Lando knows), and as far as I know is untested in court.

Legally, it's probably valid, but I can't imagine people signing a mortgage with language in it like "you agree that we can change the terms of this contract at any time in any way without notice to you and you are still bound by them." Somehow people don't give TOS the same weight, they just click whatever button is necessary to allow them to upload bathroom selfies for the whole world to see.

Comment Re:that's what happens (Score 1) 124

That touches on a thought I've often had: if "ignorance of the law is no excuse", then I'd really like to see a physical copy of all the laws by which I'm required to abide - federal, state, and local. I'm sorta surprised no one's played this as a tactic - I would have expected some grandstanding politician to roll out wheelbarrows of paperwork to make a point.

Use the Force, Luke.