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Comment: Why all the hate? (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by pandronic (#48147609) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

Every time there's a new Firefox release, I sit back and watch a very vocal group spewing the same old tired rants and lies:

  1. Firefox is released too often. Why would you want to wait a year or more between releases as it was the case in the 3.x days? It's better to have features released as they are ready and improved upon and not wait years to release them at once and have most of them not work properly. Why does it matter if it's Firefox 33, or firefox 4.33 or Firefox 2014-10?
  2. The UI is a copy of Chrome's. There are not many ways you could do a minimalist browser interface. If you don't know shit about design, don't talk about design. Shit, probably these people think that design is some useless, time wasting activity that hipsters do and then jerk off to it. Why would you want to see more of the UI when you could see more of the content. Also there are multiple ways to customize Firefox and make it look as bad or as complicated you wish. You can even make it look like your grandma's browser for 1999.
  3. Firefox uses a lot of memory and has memory leaks. Firefox is the most frugal browser when it comes to memory and doesn't have more memory leaks than other browsers. It fact it's the best browser to use if you use lots of tabs. Sure, maybe you can find a corner case or some extension that sucks memory, but I bet you can find that in any browser or application of the same complexity. I have Firefox installed on a lot of 512mb,1gb,2gb and 4gb machines and it works just fine.
  4. Firefox is unstable. It might be unstable if you use shitty extensions. Just stop using shitty extensions that crash your browser. You wouldn't use apps that crash your OS, would you?
  5. Firefox is going extinct. No it is not, even by a long shot. It still has 500mil users. People are still using it because it's a good product, not because it's pushed down their throat by every means possible as is the case with Chrome or was the case with Internet Explorer back in the 90s. (Not saying Chrome is a bad browser, just that the difference in market share is because of marketing not because of quality).
  6. Firefox is breaking addons with every upgrade. This probably hasn't happened in years and years and even if it did it's understandable and forgivable when an addon hasn't been updated in years and uses antiquated APIs that are incompatible with the speed and security we've come to expect from modern browsers. I'm not running DOS apps on the latest version of Windows, why would you want to run old, slow and unsecure addons?

Besides that let me tell you some of the positive things that none of you assholes mention, because you like to talk out of your ass without even using the damn browser - it has the best looking and most intuitive developer tools out of any browser, a fast and feature complete Android browser with extensions, the best extensions out there out of any desktop browser, they offer an awesome email client and let's not forget that Mozilla is one of the best and most trustworthy organizations out there.

Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 60

by pandronic (#40747395) Attached to: Prime Ministerial Plagiarism Farce Continues In Romania

Really? His analysis is almost correct - what is not correct and a bit naive on his part is the fact that he thinks of the president as a great savior. The crack down on the corrupt former prime minister Adrian Nastase was in fact a way for the president and his party (PDL) to get back in the polls. I don't think he did it out of the goodness of his heart, but the accusations are valid and unfortunately are only a drop in the ocean when it comes to Adrian Nastase and his party (PSD). By the way, his party is the former communist party re-branded and it's full of former communist figures and secret police members. Ponta is just a pathetic puppet.

For the curious the post above translates to: "Fuck your mother! Fuck off!"

Comment: Fuck you MS (Score 2) 161

by pandronic (#40631223) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Windows Gadgets Via Security Update

As a once gadget developer I say "Fuck you Microsoft!" and here's why ... when gadgets were all the shit they pushed the gadget gallery and they pushed it hard. OMG, you can program in JS and HTML, you can reuse your webdeveloping skills. I was excited as fuck. So I made a farely popular free gadget. I thought that they would expand their site to make non-free gadgets possible, since the "gadget store" was littered with mentions about a misterious Microsoft currency, but that didn't happen, the updates were approved in more than two weeks, complaints about a dude who copied my gadget and published it in his name went unanswered for years, the docs were shit and incomplete, the gadget site was buggy, the Windows gadget app was buggy, IE9 made it even buggier, my polite post on the dev forum about the future of the Gadget Gallery was censored, really WTF?

Is this how MS will treat their Metro developers if it doesn't have the success the corporate douchebags in Redmond expect it to?

Comment: Re:And nothing of value was lost... (Score 5, Insightful) 329

by pandronic (#40540281) Attached to: Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

I can't imagine a web with no Javascript. It's like using half of the web. I'm a webdeveloper and website owner and I really, really, really don't care about people who don't have Javascript enabled. I'd rather give the rest a great experience and I don't want to spend time and resources to provide a fallback.

Also advertising supports many of my favorite sites. I probably wouldn't be paying for a subscription, but I think it's common courtesy to give website owners the chance to make a buck for their hard work. I have Adblock installed and I only use it when ads are too annoying that they disturb my browsing experience.

Comment: Re:YES! NO! (Score 1) 137

by pandronic (#40358495) Attached to: Mozilla Shows Off Junior, a Simple Browser Built for iPad

I don't use any of these add-ons, so I can say for sure, but after doing a quick search it seems it does. Check it out for yourself: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/mobile/search/?q=adblock&appver=&platform=

Also, I forgot to mention in my first post ... I use it on an ICS Asus Transformer, so I've got no idea how it works on phones.

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