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Comment: Re:Buyer Beware (Score 1) 45

Not true.

You need Developer mode to install "unpacked" extensions, which essentially means "in development", with no auto-update.

On Windows, they disabled the ability to install packaged extensions from other sources, Developer mode or not. unless you have a domain-level enterprise policy to whitelist some.
On other platforms, you're free to install extensions from any source.
On any platform, you're free to install Chrome Apps from any source. The reasoning being that apps do not silently run in parallel and with access to your browsing.

Comment: Important note: this is potentially not permanent (Score 4, Informative) 176

by kav2k (#49390793) Attached to: Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC Is Dropped From Google Products

What this summary neglects to say is that Google is open to the idea of adding them back. Quote (link mine):

[...] CNNIC will be working to prevent any future incidents. CNNIC will implement Certificate Transparency for all of their certificates prior to any request for reinclusion. We applaud CNNIC on their proactive steps, and welcome them to reapply once suitable technical and procedural controls are in place.

Comment: Better explanation (Score 4, Informative) 149

by kav2k (#49085981) Attached to: Google Faces Anti-Trust Probe In Russia Over Android

There is a post (in Russian) that explains Yandex's position better.

It's quite long-winded, but boils down to the fact that several phone manufacturers were told that they will be globally denied access to Google services if they ship a Russian regional version with Yandex's competing services pre-installed.

It's not just a matter of "in Russia, choose between having Google Play / Google services and Yandex", but "try to pre-install competitors in one market and we won't give you Google Play access anywhere".

Comment: No developer mode in "stable" build, really? (Score 2) 196

by kav2k (#49034145) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing

[...] they will have to either test on Developer Edition, Nightly, or one of the unbranded builds [...]

Yes, there was much outcry when Chrome killed non-signed extensions installs, but at least it allows to load a development ("unpacked") version of any extension in the stable version. This is essential for testing, after all, to ensure it works and you can debug it on the platform most users actually run.

If FF does not allow it, well, nuts.

Comment: Bug in HW decoding == unwatchable (Score 2, Informative) 152

by kav2k (#48299739) Attached to: YouTube Opens Up 60fps To Everyone

There are some problems with this.

1. This is not optional for videos that support it. If it was processed as 60fps video, then 1080p and 720p streams will only be served as 60fps.
2. Chrome has an outstanding crippling bug for months now in H/W decoding: with the only viable workaround "disable HW decoding"

Those two combined together mean that 1080p60 is unwatchable on decent but not sparkling-new laptops under Windows, dropping frames / freezing constantly.

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