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Comment Re:Hmpf. Probably 90% of the problems also apply . (Score 1) 349

That's not the same thing, though, as having it right there in the file. An (almost) real-life example from a past job had something like this in it.

#For the last time, "useful_feature" isn't compatible with $database. The next one of you scrubs that "helpfully" turns this on will be killed.
#Remember, I have access to the sudo logs and to the personnel database. You can't hide. -- Local BOFH

Can't do that with a .reg backup

Comment Re:uBlock Origin (Score 1) 523

Better user interface? Seriously? How do you even figure out where to click on a window like this one and what all the buttons do? Oh, and of course there are no tooltips. Those are for suckers.

I agree with you on the tooltips issue - all of the elements just pop up the name of the extension. That could probably use to be fixed.

The interface seems pretty self-explanatory, though: red is blocked, green is allowed. Click on the red to turn it green, and vice versa. Click the universal "power" icon to turn on/off the extension.

Comment Re:Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin? (Score 1) 523

Privacy Badger has its own "Acceptable Ads" policy, which is as simple as promising to respect the "Do not track" header and supporting HTTPS.

I am an online advertising / tracking company. How do I stop Privacy Badger from blocking me?

One way is to stop tracking third party users who have turned on the Do Not Track header (i.e., stop collecting cookies, supercookies or fingerprints from them). That will work for new Privacy Badger installs.

If copies of Privacy Badger have already blocked your domain, you can unblock yourself by promising to respect the Do Not Track header in a way that conforms with the user's privacy policy. You can do that by posting a specific compliant DNT policy to the URL, where "" is all of your DNT-compliant domains. Note that the domain must support HTTPS, to protect against tampering by network attackers. The path contains ".well-known" per RFC 5785.

Privacy Badger currently checks for this specific verbatim policy document, though in the future Privacy Badger may allow content from sites that post different versions of a compliant DNT Policy, and that there may be ways for users to specify their own acceptable DNT policies if they wish to.


Personally, I find the approach to be less naive than ABP's, but only slightly.

I use uBlock Origin and find it to be lighter weight than the old Adblock Plus/edge extensions. Combined with uMatrix, it's a much more responsive and usable combination than the old ABP + NoScript pairing.

Comment Re:you've been etagged (Score 1) 523

As far as I know, your only option is to browse full time in private mode and to prevent the browser from caching stuff, which makes the browsing experience awful.

Self Destructing Cookies can clear the cache when the browser goes idle for a given time (I use 1 min), without having to brows in private mode, so it doesn't affect my browsing experience all that much.

Comment Re: No thanks (Score 1) 402

We have a real problem in our industry that UX is considered nothing more than UI.

Having dealt with too many UX "professionals", I am comfortable saying that the real problem in our industry is that UX people don't understand the basic damn concepts of UI. "Discoverability" shows up pretty frequently in this thread, for good reason. "Consistency" is another one.

Hell, half the time I end up scratching my head and wondering if the UX guy thinks a "Use Case" is a fancy new iPhone accessory.

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