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Comment Re:So long and thanks for all the broken plugins. (Score 1) 105

It was largely those "plugins" (addons) which caused Mozilla to struggle so much with improving Firefox

The plugins are about the only reason to keep using Firefox. If it wasn't for those, we might as well use Chrome, which Firefox practically is anyway except for the plugins.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 105

Abstract version of every Firefox story every:

$name, Mozilla's director of $whatever, today announced a new policy of $random. "We have no idea what to do any more with our product so we're announcing a new policy of $random, which we will pursue until $current_time + delta at which point we'll abandon it and leave users hanging". Mozilla creative director $other_name added "We ran out of ideas in 2012 so this is just another attempt to copy Chrome. This position is quite a good job really, I haven't had a single creative thought for four years but I can maintain my position by mimicking whatever Google does and still get paid!". The markets responded through Firefox's market share dropping another 3 percentage points, now rating below WebWombat 2.0 for the Amiga".

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 237

Anything is better than eBay's Global Shipping Program:

PitneyBowes: About a week to get to Erlanger, Kentucky (often the opposite direction to where it's supposed to be going), then a week or so there, often with re-packing by semi-trained gorillas armed with sledgehammers, then it falls into a black hole with no tracking or accountability for 1-3 weeks after which it may or may not turn up, but since there's no tracking there's no way to find out. Cost is max( Fedex, USPS, DHL, UPS ) cost + 50%.

If you were to design a pathological bad shipping system, you couldn't do much worse than eBay's GSP/Pitney Bowes.

Comment Re: Comment (Score 1) 318

Of course, this makes discrimination easier and more prevalent. But in many countries discrimination is legal. For instance, many job ads in China will specify "Han only" to make it clear that they don't want to hire any Tibetans, Hui, Uighurs, etc.

And definitely not Greedo. That tricky bastard always tries to shoot first.

Comment Re:Exposing those who store plaintext passwords (Score 1) 126

It's not so bad, fully 50% of the users were actually FBI agents pretending to be 14-year-old girls. The remaining 99.999% were guys pretending to be teenage girls. The one genuine girl on the site has said she's not too fussed since she didn't use it that much anyway, it was too full of FBI agents and guys.

Comment Re:What's the _actual_ algorithm. (Score 1) 78

Also:

So what will be the impact of this? Will we see cheaper, lower-power encryption devices? Or maybe quicker cracking times in brute force attacks?

No.

And that's not just applying Betteridge's Law. The answer really is "no", even if someone manages to turn it into a simple algorithmic implementation.

Comment Re:To be fair to google (Score 0) 129

Google has fairly strong competition with Firefox on Android.

Say what? Firefox on Android has market share of half a percent. Shit, desktop Linux had a higher market share than that when Microsoft was prosecuted for monopoly practices. Browsers like Opera Mini have ten times the market share of Firefox on Android. It may as well not exist for all the presence it has.

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