No one (not even me) likes this.
No one (not even me) wants this.
No one (not even me) needs this.
No aspect of this beta addresses any actual problems (like unicode support, or giant spam comments that get modded up a point for being Long Comments) with the current site.
Every aspect of this beta would add actual problems to the current site.
This is not feedback, this is a warning: Don't let the beta happen.
The funny part is that (after apparent months of bait-and-switch tests) they finally give that beta notice the day after nbcnews.com switches (without notice) to their mobile-frien^Wdesktop-hostile layout, with predictable and proper user response. I personally had to delete any trace of nbcnews from my RSSes to keep my sanity.
Desktop-hostile layouts* are bad, and not listening to users who simply do not want them, like me, is really bad.
Not sure about cry...but let it be a(nother) warning to those who'd flip their startup for profit.
Once you sell the business to a bigger business, it's theirs and theirs alone, no matter their assurances otherwise, and they won't go your way on anything else from then on, except (co)incidentally. (See also jawed.) So finish all your goals there first.
Torvalds has said in the past something about that he doesn't want to associate with "free software" (or at least FSF) types because they're so "extreme" or such (can't find a link sorry). (Also that if a GNU kernel or 386BSD had existed that he probably wouldn't've wrote Linux.)
That doesn't excuse G+ use (the first link actually caught me off guard...me and my stupid blind-clicking), but he doesn't see himself as so much of a strict FOSS advocate, so you probably see why he wouldn't give as much of a crap about whether the publishing channel is FOSS as, say, you or rms.
The general internet user gets to be tracked, advertised-to, and generally fucked over as usual. But the address bar will look swag with that
Yup, this was a glorious coup by company higher-ups.
Grats, Opera management. You managed to kick out a good founder, kick out a good engine, and kick out any certainty that you won't be sold out to Facebook (Facebook, ffs!). You even made me wonder, between Tolfsen's account and the second engine change (from WebKit to Blink), if Google has simply stuffed your ranks with their management just to Elop the place.
There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923