* Posts by Trilkhai

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Trilkhai

Re: No Dictaphone Function Right Out The Box!

"an OS should be immediately useful and should ship with a basic set of useful functions right out of the box"

The problem there is that what qualifies as 'basic' & 'useful' varies a great deal between people based on their career, talent & interests.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

Trilkhai

Re: Maybe they could make an addon?

I switched to Pale Moon for the same reasons a few years ago, after spending a year or two with SeaMonkey.

As for Video Download Helper, the Modified For SeaMonkey 1.x version can be used under PM, though I don't know if it's still fully compatible with all current websites. You might also read/ask the Alternatives to JetPack/SDK Extensions thread on the Pale Moon Forums, since (unlike me) they actually know what the hell they're doing. :o)

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Trilkhai

Re: Fuck Mozilla and its "bend over and let us fuck you" attitude

No reason to stop using the web — there's enough browsers that either support legacy Firefox extensions or have equivalents in their own ecosystems these days. A quick rundown, since the names always pop up without explanations:

SeaMonkey: Firefox's still-updated parent; XUL extensions (maybe JetPacks?)

Waterfox: Australis fork; XUL & JetPack extensions

Pale Moon: pre-Australis fork; XUL extensions & PM rebuilds of many JetPacks

Vivaldi: fully customizable unique UI; Vivaldi & Chrome extensions

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Trilkhai

Re: Forks are already out. Try Waterfox

Seconded — and logging into eBay with LastPass also works perfectly fine in Pale Moon. I had no idea that it wasn't working in Firefox; then again, I switched to PM full time when Australis came out.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Trilkhai

Moto e4 reacts the same to warm fingers...

Oddly enough, while I've never run into it with any other Android device, I've discovered that my Moto e4's touchscreen & fingerprint reader similarly fail if I attempt to use it when my hands are overly warm. I have to wait a good 3-4 minutes before I can use it after getting out of the shower or washing my hands in warm water, for example — a bit problematic when somebody's calling me, an urgent notification arrives, or I need to pause my music.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

Trilkhai

Accuracy, for the love of dogs, accuracy!

I think that I could handle my mother using fewer words than necessary for me to figure out the problem *if* she managed to use the correct freaking words. For some reason, even though she's been using computers and the Web for 25 years, sometime after she turned 60 she began randomly mixing up Internet & desktop terminology, like “I clicked on the Windows button, but a window said my program couldn't be found, so I tried a different bookmark and now I can't get to my genealogy site!"

I've tried to get her to understand that it's important for her to use the right words so I can understand what's wrong, but she always uses the same argument people who mangle English online do — "as long as you can figure out what I meant, then that's good enough."

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Trilkhai

Re: PBKAC

I think that my faith in humanity's intelligence evaporated when an ER doctor asked me, “have you had your congenital birth defects your entire life?”

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Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

Trilkhai

Re: Now is that "10 per cent better than humans" or "10 per cent better than American humans?"

Doesn't the US also have a much greater dependence on cars in general than the UK? I'm just thinking: if Americans have to spend a lot more time behind the wheel on average than the British do, then it could be that the fatality rate per hours driven is equivalent, even though the per-capita rate is higher.

I can't say for others' experiences elsewhere, but the handful of simple 1-lane "traffic circle" roundabouts we have in my town are both faster & safer than the traditional intersections are. (If we had the multi-lane type that's common across the pond, I might feel differently.)

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Trilkhai

Re: As I've said many times

"More importantly, those numbers are skewed by drunk drivers and other people not paying attention."

My thought exactly. There's a good reason why insurance companies charge different amounts to drivers based on our age and driving record — there's a big difference between "all drivers on average" and "middle-aged drivers with 12+ years experience and a spotless record."

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Trilkhai

Re: You're expecting sense?

No… Bill Gates stepped down from being Chairman way back in 2014; he's now just listed as a "technology adviser" but doesn't appear to have much influence, given he was/is against MS becoming a hardware company.

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

Trilkhai

Re: TRACK RECORDS

That's the thing that frustrates me as an agnostic when I see comments taking the stance of "bad things having happened means that any possible 'good' doesn't count." Pretty much everything capable of making a positive impact on humanity will also have been associated with or used to cause harm—and a lot of the time, the people saying "bad nullifies any good" would protest angrily if somebody made parallel statements about their favorite part of computer technology, like computer games or the Internet.

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

Trilkhai

Re: I'd suspected this for years.

> From what I gleamed from the page linked, I'm afraid that the "HW abuser"

> in your comment doesn't mean "Hardware Abuser".

I couldn't sort out what you were figuring "HW abuser" stood for based on that page or the one it linked to, but based on the Wikipedia description of the Chaos Manor column, "HW abuser" sounds like it was in fact about a standard user/non-expert "abusing" hardware:

"Pournelle wrote the "Chaos Manor" column in Byte. In it Pournelle described his experiences with computer hardware and software, some purchased and some sent by vendors for review, at his home office."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pournelle#Journalism

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

Trilkhai

Re: Fix Earth's Climate Using Terraforming Instead of Seeking Escape!

A rocket/orbiter/spaceship won't do us any good if Earth happened to be hit by an asteroid, either. At best that might get the richest people off the planet, but wouldn't protect even a fraction of a percent of Earth's flora & fauna, and the human survivors would have the prospect of spending their remaining days on a planet that makes Earth's most barren desert look like the freaking rainforest by comparison.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

Trilkhai

Re: I wonder

It's a shame that Pratchett didn't ask another close relative or friend to finish what he was working on, rather than asking his daughter — I wouldn't be ready to even seriously contemplate the idea for years in her position...

One of my other longtime favorite comedic-fantasy authors (Diana Wynne Jones) instead asked one of her sisters to consider completing her final in-progress novel after her death. Her sister did eventually step up, and did a good enough job that very few people can tell where she took over.

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Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence

Trilkhai

Pale Moon, too

Thanks for the tip — I just checked in Pale Moon, and it similarly has:

media.autoplay.enabled

image.animation_mode

dom.animations-api.core.enabled

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

Trilkhai

Re: Reader mode

I think that the author meant that Safari & Chrome don't come with ad-blockers built in, and that a lot of people use them without looking into adding any.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

Trilkhai
Meh

Re: Aww

While the new ones aren't my favorite style, I don't find them quite as grating as the melting gummy-treats... Actually, if they'd *really* been blobs — wavy-edged splats centered in their frames — I probably would've liked them for their quirkiness. Having them puddled at the bottom of the frame like somebody stepped on (or possibly microwaved) a gumdrop, however, is definitely not appealing to me.

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Trilkhai

Unless I'm misunderstanding what you mean, Google included the ability to set & revoke each app's permissions on a fine-grained level in Nougat. It works in the almost-stock version that came on my Moto E4, at least...

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British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

Trilkhai

It's quite easy to see in the second/enlarged image in yesterday's article, if you missed it:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/17/bing_there_dong_that/

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

Trilkhai

Re: isogen74

“The underlying issue is that consumers are not really willing to pay the costs of goods produced where workers have the same standard of living that they think they are entitled to.”

Actually, it depends heavily on where those workers are located and whether the consumer can afford the higher price. Most people I've encountered will quite proudly pay slightly-higher prices to support locally-owned stores if they can afford it and all else is equal. They're uninterested in paying prices they can't comfortably afford, however (which is why shops like Wal-Mart are a huge hit with the rural poor), or supporting people that aren't from the same general region.

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

Trilkhai

From what I can tell, Mozilla is suffering from the same "bugfixing is boring, let's make something new" syndrome as the KDE & GNOME developers have for the past several years. Requests from traditional extension developers to include the elements they'd need to make their extensions work on the new versions were met with a big "wontfix" — not can't, won't... Other non-Chrome browsers (e.g. Pale Moon) manage to install security updates rapidly without having to rip their UI to shreds, and often those browsers are also quite a bit faster than recent FF builds.

I'm a Linux user as well — I used Mosaic followed by Netscape, Mozilla Suite, and Firefox until Australis showed up. By that time it was clear that Mozilla didn't give a whit about their userbase, so I jumped ship to Pale Moon, which continues to let me use my old extensions without a hassle.

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Trilkhai

Pale Moon works fine without hiccups on my system, and I've got a relatively old Core2Duo laptop...

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

Trilkhai
Holmes

@kraphus

I'm baffled as to why so many people don't see it ­— but then again, my traits are pretty close to the polar-opposite of a stereotypical woman, so it'd be hard for me to overlook how silly it is to lump together people by gender...

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

Trilkhai

Re: foreshadowing?

Thanks for posting that — I remembered reading it back when it was first making the rounds and wanted to share it here just now, but couldn't find it in my bookmarks or on the Web.

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McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name

Trilkhai

Its rep was trash long before 2013...

<quote>McAfee himself was partly responsible for damaging his own name-brand, calling the 2013 version of the security suite "the worst software on the planet" in a bizarre NSFW video featuring himself, some strippers, some suspicious nose powder, a handgun, and a PC.</quote>

From what I recall, McAfee was decent software back before Intel purchased it, and their changes made it notorious for being awful & extremely hard to get rid of. John McAfee made the video because he was fed up with people berating him over software he hadn't touched in almost 20 years and insisting he tell them how to remove it.

Personally, I got a kick out of the video — both because I find lunatic antics amusing, and because I remembered having more than one "dammit, am I going to have to clean-install Windows to get rid of this POS?!" moment when trying to purge McAfee (or Norton) from people's systems.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Trilkhai

Re: midas != microsoft

That would explain a lot, given a hell of a lot of Millennial Pacific Northwest/West Coast engineers also happen to be hipsters...or at least do a damn good imitation.

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

Trilkhai

Re: Place holders

Nice Try File System is far too kind — I've been known when frustrated to call it "Not This Fucking Shit!".

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

Trilkhai

Or repair it yourself

I usually buy low-end or used phones that cost a little over half that much, but I fix/replace any bad parts myself if at all possible, since most of the repairs are pretty simple. My logic is that if hardware is damaged enough that it needs a professional to work on it, then whatever problem I'm noticing is likely just the tip of the clusterfuck, and in that case I just sell it as-is for parts.

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Trilkhai

Mac, not MAC

The computer's called a "Mac" — a "MAC" is the unique network address that a device has to identify it on a network.

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Trilkhai

Re: Error 53

Even if the income from repairing a phone is negligible, it gives Apple the chance to sell other stuff to the person while they're in their store, particularly things that would relate to whatever had been wrong with the phone.

Also, it could be a pretty decent generator of sales of new iPhones. Apple stores aren't easily accessible everywhere (do they offer mail-in repairs?), so if the option of taking an iPhone to a third-party repair shop wasn't available, the user would donate or sell a broken one as-is and buy a replacement. The same outcome would be likely to result for people (especially non-technical types who got the news third-hand) who got the impression that all repairs lead to the iPhone being unable to tolerate upgrades.

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Trilkhai

Full site hosting's not easy for everyone...

A bunch of people have commented that PhotoBucket's users could switch to a cheap full site host for far less money than PB's extortionate fee — while technically true, the reason a lot of those people were using PB because they lack the skills needed to host their own site. I'm fairly technically capable, wrote/hosted my own site & blog from 1996-2003, and I find modern 'tools' like C-Panel too much of a pain in the ass to bother with, so I sure wouldn't expect the less-technical crowd to deal with it.

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Trilkhai

Thanks for suggesting that — I've been trying to find a decent host, as the ones I had been using for the past several years have all either merged, shut down, or switched to crappy interfaces.

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Trilkhai

Re: $400 per year

From what I've been seeing while hunting for a new provider, the bigger & more popular they are, the less likely they are to offer any "old-school" amenities, including webspace. Some of the medium-sized ones like Sonic.net now seem to take the "you have to know it's there & search in order to find it" approach, either because they're phasing it out or to avoid confusing the non-technical types.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

Trilkhai

Re: Placebo

That would be fine *if* prescription was strictly limited to people that aren't reporting any symptoms that could belong to anything more troubling than a cold virus. There's still far too many people who report red-flag symptoms, but who aren't taken seriously by the doctor/nurse they talk to. Right now, the doctor at least has to either admit they can't do anything, dedicate more time to researching the issue, treat based on a similar condition, or suggest something clearly non-medical**, giving the patient the chance to seek real care elsewhere. It'd be too tempting to many doctors to be able to avoid the discomfort or risk in those options by simply prescribing sugar pills with the false claim they'll 'cure' the person.

**I saw a neurologist in my 20s for sudden balance issues, intermittent weakness on one side, tremors, neck muscle spasms, etc. only to be told condescendingly that "girls your age are under a lot of stress, you should learn to meditate." (A neurosurgeon found that I have a tiny abnormality in my skull that forces my brain to herniate a bit into the spinal cord canal, and something had inflamed it enough to cause symptoms. If I'd seen a chiropractor out of desperation instead of getting heavy NSAIDs, the 'adjustment' could easily have caused paralysis or death.)

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Debian 9 feels like home with security upgrades and a flaming vulpine warming your toes

Trilkhai
Thumb Up

Re: Nice changes-

And if Devuan doesn't fulfill their needs, PCLinuxOS is also systemd-free and easy to leap to from Debian, thanks to its use of apt & Synaptic.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

Trilkhai

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company."

Or the various cell & landline phone companies. I think that Lily Tomlin's brilliant monopoly-era skit summed it up best: "we don't care; we don't have to, we're the phone company."

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

Trilkhai

Considering he discovered it accidentally by trying to transfer more money out of his account than he actually had, "smart" isn't the word I'd use. It's a shame El Reg echoed the claim that he's a "hacker" — that sets the bar so low that script kiddies look like evil geniuses by comparison.

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Trilkhai

Based on the redness, I think the bowtie on his cheek is probably the new one... Then again, I admit that I'm distracted enough by the stupid haircut** & cloud of pubic hair under his jaw that I might be overlooking something.

**Kids: just wait a decade and you'll be snickering as much as my generation has at the crimped hair, bulletproof bangs, mullets, and rat-tails popular when we were growing up.

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

Trilkhai

Re: Buck the trend

Well, here's one major reason on the business level: there's very little in terms of creations competing for the attention (money) of the many people that enjoy vintage/retro-style games, and an ongoing avalanche of brand-new titles competing for the funds of people that enjoy modern-dry gaming.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

Trilkhai

Re: Arrrrrrgh.

I was curious, so I did a quick search: it's incredibly rare (under 1% of users) but delusions are an identified side-effect of Celexa. I don't know enough about precisely what she said or how her boyfriend had acted to say whether it's a realistic explanation.

While I've never taken Celexa, I can unfortunately attest that some anti-depressants can cause side-effects that are so rare as to not be formally listed, just discussed among patients. In my case, the drug is Wellbutrin — after the first few days, my suicidal depression changed into a constant state of cold, unempathic rage. I took some of my anxiety medication (Neurontin) out of desperation, and thankfully it cleared away the bizarre anger.

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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

Trilkhai

Re: OTT

To paraphrase my 35-year-old brother: "People born in the early 80s can't be Millennials, we almost all got normal names!" :-)

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

Trilkhai

When it comes to "desktops" that don't either require the user to do really extensive config or make it difficult at best to customize simple things (like choosing the color and style for window elements, not a united preset theme**), there really isn't anymore.

**I wouldn't mind the united preset approach if 99% of the options didn't boil down to "grayscale with a very minor accent color." (If I want my windows to be a shade of blue, dammit, I don't want to have my options boil down to "gray with slight hint of teal", "black with a hint of cerulean", and "white with faint blush of something that might qualify as blue in the right light.")

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The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

Trilkhai

I think you might be mixing up two versions of the nuclear instructions...

1) One old edu video repeats the words "Duck…and cover!" in sync with kids/adults ducking low to the ground and covering their head/back with their coats.

2) Some schools taught that if there was an incoming bomb, everyone should lean forward, lace their fingers behind their necks, and put their head between their knees — hence the "and kiss your ass goodbye." (Both parents in/near SF were taught that one.)

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Trilkhai

Re: Windows 10 printing in general..

"There is no option in the Linux Print dialog box to [print in monochrome or color]."

Unless I'm totally misunderstanding you, that's not the case under MATE, TDE or KDE 4 in PCLinuxOS -- it's offering me 'Color' options of Vivid, Natural, or None. I do have to manually click on my printer (even though it's the default) to see that tab, though; maybe Mint/Cinnamon have the same quirk?

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

Trilkhai

Depends on the store

Admit it, you’ll do anything to avoid being left alone at home.

Not even close, at least not for most shopping — I'd much rather hang out at home making an idiot of myself singing along to old rock songs and taking advantage of the lack of interruptions to actually get some stuff done. On the other hand, if it's a trip to buy office supplies, books, tech, or to a pet-supply store, count me in.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

Trilkhai

Actually, $170k is a lot of money not only on the West Coast, but even within the SF Bay Area. The isolated pockets of affluence just skew the statistics, while shock at the prices in those locations is what generates headlines.

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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

Trilkhai

Re: Cartel of shite

That would be a lot easier to do if Amazon would adopt eBay's harsh stance on sellers who actively send counterfeit or broken items to buyers.

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Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files

Trilkhai

That actually made sense

I saw the same BBC headline and was thrown by it until I read the article. Turns out that the request actually makes sense: their health problems (cardiovascular issues, diabetes, extreme obesity, etc.) mean that the sedative to knock them unconscious might not work properly, leaving them to suffer horribly during execution. Witness accounts on whether each did or not are conflicting.

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FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

Trilkhai

Re: Lawyers

Only if they're incompetent or don't do their job of representing their client to the best of their ability. Personally, if someone with power & money decided to make my life a nightmare in a way that the judicial system could handle, I'd want a decent lawyer to take my case, not try to argue it myself...

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Trilkhai

Re: I recently ditched Firefox.

I'll stick with firefox but I […] like the _OLDER_ look a _LOT_ better. So here's what I'm thinking: As MATE was to GNOME, it's time for a FIREFOX FORK!

That's exactly what Pale Moon is; I've been using it in Linux since Firefox went full Australis:

http://palemoon.org

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