Well christ on a stick, I feel I should print your post out and read it on the can to make sure I give it the attention it deserves. Dad always did his best reading when enthroned and I follow in his, er, footsteps.
I too have been on the road in snowy conditions. One could distantly argue it was reckless to boot - I was out solely as an excuse to be on the road in snowy conditions. It's difficult to find snow chains to fit my vehicle as there's not a big market for it, and currently the industry is heading towards the "weight weenie" goalpost, rather than concentrating on reliable machines. Anyone I took the first version of my home-made snow equipment for a careful, nay ginger, blast around the block. Upon return I realised that most of my efforts had been shed, so I had to backtrack on foot and undo my littering. Typical that all the parts I left in the white were...white.
Undeterred by this outcome - because science considers a fail to be winning - I decided to take the project to the next level, and headed to the local DIY outlet. On foot, I hasten to add. I don't want to risk killing myself before I get a chance to kill myself properly. I browse the available supplies in the store which will, in years to come, turn into a supermarket. I leave with a heavy rucksack of chains. I take steps away from the goal posts of so many of my kin. Weight bedamned.
Once I'm safely ensconced back indoors I begin the lashing and the first design used far too much chain, causing weight to genuinely be a problem. The rope I'd used to weave the chain around the wheels seemed redundant, too. Science once again triumphs in its failure and my second lacing method is much more efficient - a comparable surface area of chain with a fraction of the length of chain. I mirror my efforts to all of the wheels and venture out. I ventured out like a badass.
Those chains were quite a sight. And a sound. And they were actually pretty good! With noticeable traction on snow and ice I ventured out a few miles and came back with a plan. The plan was "This is brilliant, now I'll try it 250 miles away from home on uninhabited back roads by myself!"
Used in anger: http://simplypeachy.co.uk/journal/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/hardrock-snowchains.jpg
Write-up of most of the sordid affair: http://simplypeachy.co.uk/journal/tag/devon-bike-hike-winter-2010/?order=ASC
"An 'acceptable' level and form of advertising on the net"
When we are forced to start this conversation by pleading "Would you stop allowing my computers to be infected with viruses, with ransomware and trojans and stuff? Please, please, would you stop subjecting my computer to severe risk of infection? Please don't subject me to this." then it's very telling. IYAM it says that the Internet advertising industry cannot regain any sort of trust with us for a very long time. That they have to completely scrap every method they're using, every business practice and start again, from the ground up. They have lost their way so very badly that there *are* no directions back to the path. Their only choice can be to abandon their journey. Go home, and start again. Back from square one.
Only then can we even discuss other, very important facts, like stealing the bandwidth and CPU we pay for, tracking our every online habit without our permission and intruding on our private life.
Firefox records and submits telemetry, by default, without gaining consent. If you're going to abuse your user, why can't the user at least benefit? They have telemetry, so they at least know which users have this feature enabled ("I use this feature"). If their telemetry is thorough, they know which users enabled it, then disabled it and left it off ("I tried this feature. I then stopped using it"). Now you know how popular it is, rather than just using a supposition as one of your major reasons, you have data.
They have Bugzilla. So they can query all bugs that this feature caused or was involved in. They then look at their ~100 lines of code and can decide on how disruptive the codebase is as a result of it being unmaintained and have an idea of how this state detriments the user experience.
It's crashing "multiple times a day"? Where's the data? Firefox records and submits crashes by default. Where's the query you ran that gives you this evidence? Is it the fault of the feature, it's lack of maintainer, or is something breaking it that is the fault of neither?
Fucksake. Spy on us then just ignore the damn science that it does? How very asinine.
One small step for man, one giant stumble for mankind.