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Mozilla man: Firefox 4 will leapfrog JavaScript rivals

Tom Maddox
WTF?

WTF?

Okay, I must know: why the downvotes? Opera or Chrome fanatics with their panties in a bunch, or Javascript coders getting all cranky?

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Works fine

I'm running Firefox 4 beta 3, and it works fine with NoScript.

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Javascript

Want your browser to run faster? Disable Javascript (or run NoScript). With NoScript enabled by default, most sites load noticeably more quickly in Firefox than in Chrome or Opera (IE is actually pretty quick, too, but I don't generally use it). Without NoScript, it depends which sites I visit; sometimes Chrome wins, sometimes Firefox does.

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Google spins out happy-clappy autofill Chrome 6 beta

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Stop

Ooh, I know

It supports AdBlock, for one. Also, it doesn't come with a small but voluble cadre of annoying fanboys.

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Plane crash kills 'series of tubes' Senator Ted Stevens

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No . . .

. . . but I am related to him.

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In before the cretins

I may not approve of ex-Senator Stevens' politics, but neither will I celebrate his possible demise. In a world with millions of power-grabbing, self-serving politicians, he was just one more, and I'm sure even he had people who cared about him and who will mourn his passing. On their behalf and on that of the relatives of the others killed in the crash, I extend my condolences.

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Google, Verizon offer net neutrality proposal

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Stop

Ahem

"As is true with everything these days in the good ol' US of A, it all comes down to politics"

You could just take out all the words between "everything" and the subordinate clause and be just as accurate or possibly substitute it with "with humans." Seriously, find me anything in the world that matters at all that does *not* come down to politics. Even in supposedly pure practices such as math and science, politics still rears its ugly head; why should this be a surprise when dealing with the Internet, which affects billions of people?

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Apple iPhone app patent claim 'doesn't feel right'

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FAIL

Aaaand . . .

. . . this sort of douchebaggery is why I quit reading /. so many years ago. You know it's bad when Reg commentards set a higher standard for civility.

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Private browsing modes in four biggest browsers often fail

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Troll

Not even tested

But only because no one cares about Opera.

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iPad alert: Are you a selfish elite or an independent geek?

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Paris Hilton

Sure

Made entirely of synthetics and appealing to the mass market?

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I'm not a fan of iProducts

. . . but the original poster in this thread came off as a colossally arrogant douchebag and deserved to be put down.

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Judas Phone: more Photoshop tomfoolery

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Coat

Wrong

It's "their stupid." Get your flaming right, n00b.

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Apple, Google, NASA, and the Rainbow connection

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Megaphone

Soooooo . . .

You object to smart people getting together and sharing ideas? No one reading your blog, I take it?

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Dell sandboxes Firefox to boost corporate security

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Joke

That's nothing

I actually encase my entire computer in lead and manipulate the keyboard with mechanical waldoes. When I'm done, the container is ejected from the case into a thermite-driven furnace and incinerated down the last toxic molecule. That's what I call safe!

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Firefox engine outraces self after Jäger shot

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Stop

Um, no

Unless this is a very new feature set, Opera doesn't incorporate AdBlock+ or NoScript. You can add AdBlock+-like functionality (albeit inferior to ABP), but NoScript pseudo-functionality required an add-on, last I checked, which was also inferior to NoScript on Firefox.

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Gay teen mag closure sparks privacy fears

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Joke

Non-issue

This is a non-issue. If the gay teens in question didn't want their personal information exposed, they should never have made it available to a third party, especially one on the Internet. At least, that's the argument I always hear in the the discussions about Facebook violating users' privacy, so I don't see why it shouldn't hold up here.

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eBay whacked with giant patent suit

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And furthermore . . .

Having reread the article, it sounds like XPRT is claiming that eBay got a look at XPRT's technology and then went ahead and both used and patented it themselves without licensing it, which sounds pretty damn close to theft in the vernacular sense.

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FAIL

Commentards need to learn to read

The Reg is reporting that XPRT claims that eBay stole its technologies. If XPRT is *not* claiming that, then you might have a point, but it sounds like they are, so you don't.

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Alert

Welcome to The Register!

You must be new here, so I'll just let you know that if you get your panties in a twist over such a little thing, you'll surely be offended much more by, for example, their coverage of all things Apple. I look forward to your future expressions of offense.

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SCO rises from the dead (again)

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Badgers

Best. Job. Ever.

I want to be a SCO lawyer. Those guys must be raking in the cash, and all they have to do is file motions and send bills to whoever is still running SCO.

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'World's No. 1 hacker' tome rocks security world

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Troll

Well, that's good

"Evans – who often refers to himself as the "world's No. 1 hacker" and is regularly interviewed by various Fox News anchors and affiliates"

He's a shoo-in for CTO in the next Republican Presidential administration!

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Windows 7 Backup gets users' backs up

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Flame

Argh

After reading this article, I popped into the Backup application to check out its behavior. Turns out the network share to which I was backing up my data was no longer accessible since I changed my network password. No big deal, except that I'm on a domain, and Windows Backup should use my AD credentials, AND it never notified me that my backups were failing. Add my vote for this software being a POS.

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Apple iOS4 upgrade adds multitasking, folders... and pain

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Jobs Horns

Fanboi alert!

"With any OS update push, there will be problems. They are however occurring to a vanishingly small proportion of the user base."

And you know the proportion is "vanishingly small" how? Let's see your data, Sparky.

"This is usual and expected and in no way is it unique to Apple."

But . . . "Apple, it just works." The schadenfreude non-Apple users is the result of the smug fanboi gits who tout how seamless the Apple experience is, when, as you rightly point out, it's not, and that's just the nature of complex technology.

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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Stop

So, what you're saying . . .

. . . is that you have a different opinion about current Linux distros than the author of the article and would advise people to do something else.

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Copyright wally of the week

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"Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

From now on, Andrew Orlowski will be known to me as "The Dude." Andrew, I will drink a White Russian in your honor. The Dude abides.

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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

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Ubuntu 'more secure' than Windows, says Dell

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Linux

Finally

As a long-time desktop Linux skeptic, I finally think Ubuntu is ready for prime time. It's almost as usable as XP, quick to boot, more secure than Windows, and, of course, free. There are reasons I wouldn't recommend it for widespread corporate use, but it's good for many end-user workloads and home use. Hopefully Dell will actually promote it.

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China net addicts' great escape foiled by taxi drivers

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Seems like it's working

Being in this camp has already taught these youths valuable lessons about resourcefulness and perseverance. Next time, they'll know better than to trust the taxi drivers. Also, I anticipate a wacky sitcom based on these real-life events!

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Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

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Pint

Not quite

I gave up caffeine cold turkey some years ago, and, two weeks later, when the sharp stabbing pains in my head finally stopped recurring, I counted myself completely weaned. Some time later, I became addicted again because I found that my body clock wanted a nap in the mid-afternoon, a habit which is typically frowned upon by the humorless, suit-wearing Powers That Be, so I started drinking caffeine again to get through those dips in my circadian rhythms. A one-off test like that cited in the study fails to address how coffee gets people through the work day by allowing them to overcome the compulsion to slip into blessed unconsciousness and leave behind the hideous tedium of their quotidien lives.

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AT&T to ax unlimited data plans on iPhone Monday

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Troll

Quite right

The British spelling is "auxh," right? I know you guys love throwing extra "u"s and "h"s into every word willy-nilly, a throwback to the days when the official language of Britain was, ahem, French.

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HP unseats Big Blue as server king

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A good start

And when IBM's power has been eroded enough, perhaps someone will be able to strike a finishing blow into the black and undead heart of Lotus Notes, consigning it finally into the hell where it belongs and bringing peace to its victi--er, users.

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Computing smart-scope gunsight for US snipers

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This just in . . .

. . . not all lasers are in the visible spectrum. So, no, not so much.

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Windows 3.0 turns 20

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Flame

No fanbois?

I'm going to guess that the moderators are stuck under such an avalanche of invective that they haven't gotten any responses posted yet. I await the "creative" misspellings of "Microsoft" and "Windows" which so enliven a dull day, to say nothing of the froth-covered, bile-filled, largely-incoherent and misspelled torrent of vitriol and hatred which is sure to ensue. For extra points, please be sure to include the following:

Micros~1

Mircosoft

Micro$oft

Micro$haft

Windoze

Winblows

Window$

FLAME ON!

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Facebook boss admits privacy 'errors' and promises revamp

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Just to be certain

My upvote means I approve of Sarah's post, not the previous commentard.

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Can you give to charity and cost Microsoft money?

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Stop

Oh noes!

He sold software! That bastard! If he were an oil company exec or a mafia don or something like that, I could see your hate, but let's try to keep some perspective.

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Most browsers leave fingerprint that can ID users

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Coat

Good luck!

I'm behind seven Boxxies!

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Obama to promote RIAA's favourite lawyer

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Badgers

Basically

The issue that some people on the left have with Obama is that he's not everything he hoped and dreamed that he would be, and when people point out that he never promised to be, they have nothing to say. The issue that some people on the right have with Obama is that they're batshit insane. Meanwhile, most of the middle is pretty happy with him insofar as he's at least *trying* to fix the issues he's faced with and implement forward-thinking policies. Everyone thinks he could be doing a better job with their pet issue, but we won't see how truly effective he's been for some time yet.

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Was Microsoft's Office 2010 worth killing Clippy?

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FAIL

On what basis?

Oh right, it's made by Microsoft. Do you have any other actual criticism? No? I thought not.

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Drifting zombiesat could disrupt TV programming

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Coat

TV?

People still watch that, then?

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Scroogle scrapes back to life

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FAIL

Wossat, then?

Care to list which alternatives "work perfectly well"?

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Apple promises fanbois iPad WiFi fix

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Megaphone

CRY MOAR . . .

. . .fanboi.

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Mozilla spills plan for, yes, Firefox 4

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WTF?

Glad you like Chrome

Too bad it doesn't do all the things I need it to. One question: if you don't care about Firefox, why even read an article about it, much less take the time to comment?

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Email 2.0: Trying to catch up with the web

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Coat

Came for the Luddites . . .

. . . leaving satisfied. Go back to your typewriters, guys.

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Alleged Jobsian email promises iPad printing

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Coat

No, no, no

Apple is trying to figure out how to build a printer that can only print from an iProduct while using only Apple-branded iInk/iToner and print media (iPaper).

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'Minimalist, whimsical' Google search given Bing-like overhaul

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Coat

It's more Gnib than Bing

I.e., Google Now Is Bing.

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Applesoft, Ogg, and the future of web video

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WTF?

And if wishes were horses . . .

. . . we'd all be eating steak. You can believe whatever you want, unless you want to believe the truth, and the truth seems to be that codecs are software, therefore patentable.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: A (free) Mactastic experience

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FAIL

I like the downvotes

Indicates that the Linux groupthink is still in full effect. Someone requires something of Linux that it doesn't offer or support? They must be spreading FUD! It can't possibly be the case that Linux doesn't have or do what they want!

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It's a shame

that you can't read (or spell).

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Troll

Obvious FUD

<typical Linux fanboy>

This is obvious FUD. You must enjoy circling Ballmer's $haft with your lips. As everyone knows, Ubuntu has everything you could possibly need out of the box, therefore you must be lying! Go troll somewhere else, Trolly McTrollerton!

</fanboy>

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US boffin builds ultra-dense nanodot memory

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Stop

It's true

If there's one thing we've learned from the last century, it's that things always stay the same size and never get smaller or more efficient.

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