Sink until you hit rock bottom



  • Isn't free software great?

    (In case you don't know: That's Mozilla Firefox on Android. Top Sites edited out so you can't guess my pr0n fetishes)

    I have no idea what the add-on does, but it's very likely spyware, makes your browser slower, sucks on your bandwidth, and on your data plan, and on your phone's RAM (pick any five). But hey, it's at least webscale, right???

    The only explaination I have for this behaviour is that the site specified in the screenshot pays Mozilla some amount of money for this.

    Fuck you too, Mozilla. Fuck you.



  • Why are you using Firefox for Android?



  • @ben_lubar said:

    Why are you using Firefox for Android at all?

    FTFY



  • Chrome used to have a bug which made some things not work. That bug has long been fixed, but I sticked with Firefox because the UX was mostly the same (that is, until today(.



  • @FILE_NOT_FOUND said:

    Chrome used to have a bug which made some things not work. That bug has long been fixed, but I sticked with Firefox because the UX was mostly the same (that is, until today(.

    I am using IE11 which in some regard is much better than many other browsers. At least all the ECMA 3 related javascript bug like parseInt('017') have been fixed.



  • @ben_lubar said:

    Why are you using Firefox for Android?

    Because Chrome Mobile doesn't have plug-ins? At least, not as far as I can figure out.



  • It's not 2006, stop using Firefox.



  • @FILE_NOT_FOUND said:

    Chrome used to have a bug which made some things not work.

    I did a thing that had a result.



  • There's Dolphin on Android, and it's pretty cool too. As for the add-ons, well, they have to pay their grumpy cat lovers somehow...



  • Watching pr0ns on a smartphone is TRWTF



  • @FILE_NOT_FOUND said:

    Chrome used to have a bug which made some things not work.

    Used to ‽‽…

    Last night Chrome auto-updated and broke my extensions!! Why? Because they weren't Chrome Store "blessed" extensions! Their response: "Oh, well we noted in November on our forum that we were going to do that…"

    Really, in your forum which, all the world knows how to find?? And which all the world obviously subscribes to and lurks on? Really, when you have a facility to push those announcements to the users of your browser??

    It just felt like a sneak attack. Unfortunately Mozilla has already pissed me off to much for me to ever go back to FireFux. (Thunderbird is still a go however). So it's off to Chrome's dev channel for me. :frowning:



  • @M_Adams said:

    Really, in your forum which, all the world knows how to find?? And which all the world obviously subscribes to and lurks on? Really, when you have a facility to push those announcements to the users of your browser??

    It wouldn't matter, Chrome auto-updates so you're screwed anyway whether you know it or not. It's like a thief who breaks into your home, tells you "I am stealing your TV" and then walks out with it. Sure you got a warning but your TV is still gone and your window is still broken.



  • True, but really would a message tab saying "BTW… You have these non Chrome Store extensions, which we will disable in the near future. Start haranguing the distributors to publish them to Chrome Store: [List follows]", be so hard to do for the auto updates preceding the change? Fuckers, the lot of them.

    I maintain an "in house" app (Eclipse based FTW :) ) that does just that: warns about depreciated stuff on it's auto updates; mostly so I can get feedback to make the depreciation process smoother for the users, or even (gasp) decide to not go through with the depreciation.



  • BTW… From the posts over at productforums.google.com of which I've posted one or two, most of the "hate" for the disabling of extensions is from users of anti-viral, and accessibility extensions. Way to go team Google, bravo!


  • SockDev

    Of course none of us saw any of this coming.

    Vendor gives away free product, vendor's free product potentially interferes with vendor's other, much more lucrative, product, vendor is going to neuter free product as best able to protect filthy lucre.

    First they came for the anti-virus, and I did not speak out
    -- I never had a virus.

    Then they came for the accessibility, and I did not speak out
    -- I have no accessibility issues.

    Then they came for the ad-blockers, and I did not speak out
    -- I have no ads of my own.

    Then they came for your privacy and identity
    -- and there was no-one left to speak for me.



  • I have a number of "survivalist nut-job" friends busily prepping for the "zombie apocalypse" (sic).

    As I get older, they are sounding much less "nut-jobby" (as long as you understand "zombie apocalypse" is metaphorical… It's much more likely to be a "welfare queen apocalypse"Trollbait™ at least in the US)… and I've actually been "buying in" with them. Some $$ here, stashes of MREs there, some copies of useful books to each, etc... Gotta keep them options open :(



  • Did you seriously just equate the slaughter of 11 million people to a change in a computer program you use to browse lolcats?


    Filed under: #godwinning



  • Do you seriously not understand metaphorical parallelism, and the concept of a "canary"?

    Yes the holocaust was and is a shameful thing, but it all started from the smallest of infringements; which no one spoke out against. It was a political example of a real world "Reductio ad Absurdum" and/or one of "Slippery Slope".

    Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in which instinct has learned nothing from experience.
    George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905


  • SockDev

    I would amend that observation today, though. Today it is not about remembering the past, it is about being prepared to listen to it.

    This is one of the things that really gets my goat about all the historical remembrance going on this year regarding the 100th anniversary of WWI. There's a lot of 'never forget' and a lot of 'will not forget' being thrown about but it seems to me that the wisdom we could learn from listening to history is never listened to.



  • I'm not sure the amendment is necessary as the last line of the quote states:

    This is the condition of children and barbarians, in which instinct has learned nothing from experience.


  • @M_Adams said:

    instinct

    Let me read a letter I recently received. 'Dear Dr. Breen. Why has the Combine seen fit to suppress our reproductive cycle? Sincerely, A Concerned Citizen.'

    Thank you for writing, Concerned. Of course your question touches on one of the basic biological impulses, with all its associated hopes and fears for the future of the species.

    I also detect some unspoken questions. Do our benefactors really know what's best for us? What gives them the right to make this kind of decision for mankind?

    Will they ever deactivate the suppression field and let us breed again?

    Allow me to address the anxieties underlying your concerns, rather than try to answer every possible question you might have left unvoiced.

    First, let us consider the fact that for the first time ever, as a species, immortality is in our reach.

    This simple fact has far-reaching implications. It requires radical rethinking and revision of our genetic imperatives.

    It also requires planning and forethought that run in direct opposition to our neural pre-sets.

    I find it helpful at times like these to remind myself that our true enemy is Instinct.

    Instinct was our mother when we were an infant species.

    Instinct coddled us and kept us safe in those hardscrabble years when we hardened our sticks and cooked our first meals above a meager fire
    and started at the shadows that leapt upon the cavern's walls.

    But inseparable from Instinct is its dark twin, Superstition.

    Instinct is inextricably bound to unreasoning impulses, and today we clearly see its true nature. Instinct has just become aware of its irrelevance, and like a cornered beast, it will not go down without a bloody fight.

    Instinct would inflict a fatal injury on our species.

    Instinct creates its own oppressors, and bids us rise up against them.

    Instinct tells us that the unknown is a threat, rather than an opportunity.

    Instinct slyly and covertly compels us away from change and progress.

    Instinct, therefore, must be expunged.

    It must be fought tooth and nail, beginning with the basest of human urges: The urge to reproduce.

    We should thank our benefactors for giving us respite from this overpowering force.

    They have thrown a switch and exorcised our demons in a single stroke.

    They have given us the strength we never could have summoned to overcome this compulsion.

    They have given us purpose. They have turned our eyes toward the stars.

    Let me assure you that the suppressing field will be shut off on the day that we have mastered ourselves...the day we can prove we no longer need it.

    And that day of transformation, I have it on good authority, is close at hand.

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  • SockDev

    I'm sensing equal parts V for Vendetta and Idiocracy going on here. Sometimes I wish there were actually a $deity to pray to because maybe $He can fix it because we sure as s*** can't.



  • It's this guy:

    If there's a deity in this case, it's a man named Gordon swinging a crowbar at police officers.


  • SockDev

    Who?



  • Wow! TDEMSYR!

    The quote is promoting reason over instinct.

    Here's your sign:



  • Did I seriously find not one, but two people who have never even heard of Half-Life?



  • Oh, I've heard of Half-Life.

    However, not living in a parental basement, I've had to work (at a job where only 40 hrs in a week means I'm seriously in danger of being buried under mounds of paperwork) to 'keep body and soul together', along with keeping the house standing, the car running, and everyone healthy.

    This means the last computer game I played left me with one quote, which is oddly apropos in this day and age: "The cake is a lie".

    The one and only bit of wisdom found in a computer game. (Other than elves eat to much and valkyries are wimps).



  • Portal was released 3 years after Half-Life 2, and they were distributed in the same package. So you're pretty close to having played it.



  • Did not know it was originally part of a package deal...
    Here's the cover from the copy of Portal I had, obviously never paid attention to "The Orange Box" notice:



  • @ben_lubar said:

    Did I seriously find not one, but two people who have never even heard of Half-Life?

    I've heard of Half-Life, but I had no idea that was where you pulled that junk from.


  • SockDev

    I've heard of Half-Life, played Portal (when Steam were giving it away for free in the run up to Portal 2) but I didn't get the reference on account of never having actually played Half-Life.



  • @Arantor said:

    Then they came for your privacy and identity
    -- and there was no-one left to speak for me.

    FYI - (ab)using this quote is one of the things that immediately makes me put you on the "People I Hate" list.

    Seriously, people have been yelling "OMG if this-and-this thing happens we're gonna be reenacting a live-action version of 1984" since, well, 1984 was written. Since then, a lot of those things happened, and yet nobody is knocking at my door.

    For 99% of people, the whole privacy scare is hardly an issue because no government or evil corporation gives a flying fuck about your night RedTube sessions. And that 1% that should actually be concerned? They know how to avoid them.


  • SockDev

    That's the thing, though... it's not really the government you have to fear in this case. I also guess you've never had to deal with identity theft?


  • BINNED

    @ben_lubar said:

    If there's a deity in this case, it's a man named Gordon swinging a crowbar at police officers.

    FTFY


    Filed under: The quote is bullshit, but I had to hit "Like", because H-fucking-L



  • @Arantor said:

    That's the thing, though... it's not really the government you have to fear in this case. I also guess you've never had to deal with identity theft?

    Your identity is worthless. Even if it wasn't, Google already owns it if you're using Android, so why not just sit back and enjoy Chrome?


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