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Comment: Re:Wow, so much bitter negativity for no good reas (Score 1) 67

Personally, I'm not THAT thrilled; I'm more interested in AR than VR. As for the imporvement: it would've happened, sooner or later. Technology marches on, etc, etc.

Oh, and I loathe facebook. DK lost any appeal to me when they sold out.

Comment: Re:Australis killed Firefox (Score 1) 194

by ravenlord_hun (#47523467) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

the stink over Australis became a fervor almost a year ago in most circles

That. And people also moaned about the chrome-ness and especially the lack of add-on bar since I can recall. What did that feedback accomplish? Exactly nothing. Australis got pushed through anyway, because UI uniformity with the 5" smartphones is the highest priority for a desktop browser everyone uses on 24" displays.

So what should have the users done? Everyone forks Firefox and makes their own variant without the stupid changes?

Comment: Re:Is anyone left to care? (Score 1) 194

by ravenlord_hun (#47523389) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264
Entitlement, what? If they were doing out of altruism - THEN I could understand your point. That is not the case, however. Mozilla employees are paid (largely by Google, iirc) and it's literally just another job. It only stands to reason that if they are not doing a good job, they get criticized. I doubt they care too much anyway. It's not like they get fired over something as trivial as user feedback... unlike some of us.

And seriously, if pointing out flaws in a new design is "ruining the effort" then simply plug your ears and go back to your la-la land where everything is always peachy and your moz-dev gods are infallible.

Comment: Re:Latest version (Score 1) 194

by ravenlord_hun (#47518661) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264
Downgrading is a seriously bad idea - security patches are a must for browsers. ESR can save you for a while, but it's really just a time-delaying tactic. The v24 ESR for Firefox runs out of support just now, meaning even ESR users will get to "enjoy" Australis soon enough. As for the shelf life of the addon, that's really dependant on what the FF devs do; they are free to do changes that borks the mod. If they do something that makes the mod unable to recreate the addon bar, then there it is! No more addon bar for you. And THAT is what worries me, not the mod-dev calling it quits.

But whatever floats your boat! Me, I'd prefer a browser that doesn't need patching just because some manager decided to (intentionally) gimp it. So for now, Pale Moon it is... will see what the future brings.

Comment: Re:Addon: Classic Theme Restorer (Score 1) 688

by ravenlord_hun (#46872715) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign
You're right, most of those are not visible at first glance. Mostly because most them are things that were already there (I still use Firebug for development, for example) or because the changes are minimal (FF is right now using 2.2GB memory with 4 tabs open, I never noted any real increase in responsibility and FF still has a perchance to just randomly crash out, networking plain DOES NOT WORK if you use a proxy that overrides SSL certs etc etc).

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by ravenlord_hun (#46644693) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Well I actually said I was a huge opponent of Iraq and I've been so from the start.

I get that - but I still don't get the reasons behind your comparison. ;)

But at the end of the day the failure of Iraq was fundamentally one of incompetence, there were certainly lies and criminal acts, but I believe the core motive of the people in charge was to help the Iraqi people.

That's kind of a very dubious claim - and one that rests more on personal bias than anything proveable... I see the US in much less of a rosy light, given how they, you know, installed Saddam there in the first place. And then supplied him with WMDs so he could kill the very rebels the US proclaimed to now side with.

Unfortunately expecting them to perform a useful intervention in Iraq was a bit like asking an elephant to run a daycare, an act of dubious value that was fated to end in tragedy.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I'm sure that trying to help is going to be a real comfort to all those who died - or have to live in constant fear thanks to their country descending into civil war.
In short: given the absolute mess that Iraq became, I wouldn't care about the intentions of the US - even if I really believed they were doubtlessly altruistic to begin with...

The reason why I found Crimea to be MORE objectionable was because Putin has no noble motive. It's land theft pure and simple, made on a pretext so flimsy it makes Iraqs WDMs to be as common as sand. And while the body count has been low it runs the risk of war in an otherwise stable part of the world and significantly escalates the tension between the West and Russia, the long term consequences of the Crimean invasion could be far worse than those of Iraq.

Land theft is kind of a misnomer. There are very important navy bases in Crimea - ones which the Russian navy kept using after the USSR dissolved... and which they must've felt in danger after their puppet government got kicked out of Ukraine. Not that I approve of this move - had enough of Russia sitting around here for fifty years - just saying it's a whee bit more nuanced than you make it seem like.

As for reactions and fears... the world is only up in arms because we are reminded of the Cold War. If China decided to annex parts of Mongolia, I could tell you what would happen: a big, fat nothing. Ukraine is too close, and the bad memories with Russia are too recent. But this was really to be expected; after the NATO continously expanding east and losing Serbia, Iraq and now Ukraine... of course Russia would react in some way.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by ravenlord_hun (#46644551) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis
But Russia already controlled the overwhelming majority of the gas/oil. Most if that stuff going through Crimea/Ukraine is doing that - going through. They aren't produced locally; they ususally arrive from Russia and just get transported further west. I know because there were yearly disputes between Russia and Ukraine about the prices, and the continous Russian threats to stop the pumps made every damn country here build ludicrous amounts of reserves...
If Russia wanted to threaten W-EU with closing the tap, nothing stopped them from doing so already. I really think it was just their fear of losing the comfortable bases in Crimea that made them act; though I wouldn't be surprised if they now annexed more territory - to secure a land route there.

And I still don't get why is Crimea worse - the US would have happily made a puppet-state out of Iraq were it not for the civil war their continously naive (and short-sighted) decisions made. Sure, they wouldn't have annexed Iraq in name; but they would have still ran the show. Why - how - is that better?

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