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Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Adds Private Browsing

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the more-features-late-in-the-game dept.

Mozilla 216

CWmike was one of several readers to point out the release of Firefox 3.1 Beta 2, the first version of its flagship browser to switch on the much faster TraceMonkey JavaScript engine and sport a working privacy mode dubbed "Private Browsing." An ancillary addition to Private Browsing is a new addition to the "Clear Recent History" dialog box allowing users selectively to erase the last hour, the last two hours, the last four hours, today's, or all browsing history — previously, the wipe was all or nothing. This beta includes support for "web worker threads," a developing specification that will let Web-based application developers run background processes to speed up their apps. One feature present in Beta 1 is gone in the new beta: Ctrl-Tab switching. According to the developer, the UI needs more work; the feature probably won't be in the final 3.1.

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OH SHI- (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045499)

Go look at CNN, China just got attacked by nukes!

Kudos for the improvements, but... (2, Insightful)

acid06 (917409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045515)

Come on... no Ctrl+Tab switching?
How could anyone possibly use it without that feature?

Seems like a deal-breaker for me...

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045527)

Don't know what the hell they were thinking with that. I hope there's still some method of switching between tabs without reaching for the mouse.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (2, Informative)

AlterRNow (1215236) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045599)

Alt + [0-9] allows me to switch tabs without the mouse ( not sure on any limitations e.g. only up to 10th tab ).

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

acid06 (917409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045819)

Well, right now I have 23 opened tabs (including this one).
Unfortunately, I don't see any key labeled "23" on my keyboard. :(

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (5, Informative)

Billhead (842510) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045887)

Ctrl + Page Up/Page Down navigates through tabs.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046027)

Well it's a good thing that I don't have other binding set in place for those keys outside firefox... oh wait.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (3, Insightful)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046135)

Ctrl + Page Up/Page Down navigates through tabs.

Ctrl+PgUp/PgDn requires the use of my right hand (either both hands with left on left-Ctrl and right on PgUp, or just the right with thumb on right-Ctrl). I still need to move my right hand from my mouse to the keyboard and back.

Ctrl+Tab, right next to Alt-Tab, lets me keep a hand on the mouse (which is very much in use during a browsing session, especially with mouse gestures), without the additional movement needed to click on tabs. Ctrl+Tab is a much better use of both hands than Ctrl+PgUp/PgDn will ever be.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046519)

Unless one mouses with the left hand. Dextrist!

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (5, Informative)

Shining Celebi (853093) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045865)

Don't know what the hell they were thinking with that. I hope there's still some method of switching between tabs without reaching for the mouse.

You can still switch tabs with Ctrl+Tab, it's just the fancy effects [mozillalinks.org] to go along with it are gone, as well as it switching based on recency instead of order. It'll work the same way it does in Firefox 3. You can also switch between tabs with Ctrl+PageUp and Ctrl+PageDown.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (2, Interesting)

auric_dude (610172) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045543)

The acid test is will it now pass the http://acid3.acidtests.org/ [acidtests.org] ?

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (2, Interesting)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045621)

No. Maybe Firefox 3.2. *shrug*

More interesting that talking about numbers in the Acid3 test is about the features lacking though. And a major part lacking here would be SVG fonts.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (2, Interesting)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045619)

Dunno why this was modded funny... have they seriously disabled that? If so, why???

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (0, Offtopic)

acid06 (917409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045641)

Honestly, I have no idea why it was moderated funny either.
If I had mod points and could mod myself, I would myself insightful.

But, uhm, I guess you just can't predict Slashdot behavior.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

nozzo (851371) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045707)

ctrl-tab is a feature I use often flicking between tabs. Now there's a usability bug as far as I'm concerned.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (4, Informative)

louzerr (97449) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046645)

Firefox 3.1 beta ADDED NEW FEATURES to Ctrl+Tab. Those NEW FEATURES are buggy, and likely won't make it into the 3.1 final.

They didn't BREAK anything ... just the opposite. Ctrl+Tab will behave in 3.1 just as it does in 3.0.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045643)

Next question, how the hell did they break it? The UI needs more work, WTF? Maybe they were trying to add some eye candy to it.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (3, Informative)

creepynut (933825) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046055)

I suspect this is the reason: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox3.1/control_tab [mozilla.org]

A few bug reports I found:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=459303 [mozilla.org]
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=463723 [mozilla.org]
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=445476 [mozilla.org] (This seems to suggest it can be disabled, but I haven't tried Fx3.1 yet)

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045751)

Strange, works for me. I mean, I press Ctrl+Tab and I move to next tab. Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Tab takes me to previous tab, as always. Only difference is that they have removed eye-candy, which irritated me anyway. And in Beta 1 Ctrl+Tab used to switch me to most recently used tab instead of simply next tab at the right, which also was annoying. I hope they will let the user configure this behaviour in the final version.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

yfkar (866011) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046109)

And in Beta 1 Ctrl+Tab used to switch me to most recently used tab instead of simply next tab at the right, which also was annoying.

Yeah, that's amazingly annoying. Normally, I can see straight from the tab bar how many Ctrl+Tabs (or Shift+Ctrl+Tabs) I need to get to a particular tab. When using recently used tabs (like the default in Opera) instead of the tab order I just become disoriented.

Dear blacks, this song sets your cause back 50 yrs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045789)

This doesn't bode well for the eternal question of who is the smarter primate - blacks or gorillas.

"Stanky Legg" - G-Spot Boys

Chorus

Bitch im wild!
Do the stanky leg (3x)
when I hit the dance floor.
I be-
Do the stanky leg (3x)
Bitch Im wild up! (repeat from begining)

Verse 1:

When I hit the dance floor, you know Im doin the stanky leg. (do it!)
Sauce on my ring (ay) then I rub it 'cross your head.
You an h boom cool chick you can do it too.
Jack your feet up in the air and check your Myspace too.
Now you can lean wit it,
now you can drop wit it.
You can switch to the other leg and you can stop wit it.
Now get it, get it (4x)
Now hit the booty do, hit the booty do (2x)
Now you can get wit it, you can get wit it. (2x)

-Chorus-

Verse 2:

Now I cant focus watch me do like my bro (like my bro)
Stick your leg out, dougie fresh, and drop it low.
(bitch in the backround) Look i can can do the stanky leg!
Then go on let me see it.
Ro- roast up your weight and get slide next to me.(ay!)
Ay you better bang yourself cause I can tell that your hot.
I hope you wind it up, lean back and show your socks.
Dip. Dip. Then i want you to stop.
Do the booty do.
Lift it up and let it drop.
-And dont forget...

-Chorus-

Verse 3:

When I slide through the place my slide goes walky but they digg it.
I stick my leg out on the floor and start jiggin.
Wiggly legs, watch me shorties drop it to your feet.
Do the stanky leg watch me step and grab my knee.
Now drop like a goon, but dont chicken noodle soup.
I want see you dropt it, shake that woop da dee doop.
drop that, woop da dee doop
shake that, woop da dee doop (2x)

-Chorus-

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045811)

Chill guys. The ctrl+tab switching that they are referring to is a new flashy, graphics update of the feature we know and love. Sort of like alt tab, showing previews of the pages and the like.

I doubt they're removing the entire feature.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (5, Informative)

evilNomad (807119) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045827)

The Ctrl+Tab functionality is still there, they just removed the new interface that they had added in beta 1..

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (5, Informative)

y5 (993724) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045917)

The Ctrl+Tab functionality is still there, they just removed the new interface that they had added in beta 1..

Mod parent up. I'm using the latest nightly, and you can still CTRL+TAB. It just removes the screen previews from the previous beta, which IMO were slow and annoying.

I wish the summary were more clear.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046053)

Why use screen previews which are bound to be slow and cumbersome. if you need some sort of indicator, why not just use favicons and page title and have something more like ATL+TAB under Linux, Windows, etc.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046593)

Windows Vista uses a similar alt+tab thing, and XP did as well on some OEM versions (or if you installed the microsoft powertoy yourself). I actually prefer it to the old icon thing, useful if you have several windows of the same program open.

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045909)

Geez did you people actually download the beta and try it?

CTRL-TAB still works. I am rotating through tabs as we speak.

All that was removed was the fancy previews of the tabs as you hit CTRL-TAB. They removed it to work on the impli

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045967)

Looks like they removed it to work on that accidental-posting bug...

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (2, Informative)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046039)

I keep a "close" button on my mouse. This is really just Alt+F4 but in Firefox to close a tab it's CTRL+W. (I can address this in program-specific options though)

I keep a "toss window" button on my mouse to "toss" a window from one screen to the other, but I can't use it on a tab.

I've got a button to tile all the windows via Switchr (kinda like what they've got on a mac), but it doesn't help with tabs.

In firefox I don't have a forward or back button. I use a Shift button and a Minimize button instead. Shift+Mousewheel up is Forward, and Shift+Mousewheeldown is Back, and Shift+Leftclick is Open new window. I could also work around this by finding a way to change Shift+Leftclick to opening a new tab instead.

I can find a way to compromise my usage in order to use tabs, but windows already fill the role better. So it is possible to use firefox without using tabs.

(However, at work, I do use tabs because I have far less screen real estate and just a basic mouse. )

Re:Kudos for the improvements, but... (1)

Pearlswine (1121125) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046063)

Come on... no Ctrl+Tab switching? How could anyone possibly use it without that feature?

Seems like a deal-breaker for me...

Ctrl+tab switching still works, it's the same as in firefox 3.0. They took out the beta 1 feature where if you hit ctrl+tab a window with a picture of all your current open tabs would open up (much like alt-tab in vista).

Think Same. (0, Redundant)

Xenex (97062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045521)

It's taken over four years to copy Private Browsing from Safari [apple.com], yet they didn't even bother coming up with a new name!

What's worse... (1)

Tatarize (682683) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045551)

In the future they are going to invent the browser without bloat stealing it from Chrome and Firefox 1.0.

Re:Think Same. (4, Funny)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045809)

What is private browsing?

Sometimes pegged with the catchy moniker of "porn mode", while in privacy mode..... URLs are not recorded in the browser history, cookies are not saved and other evidence is purged from the computer at the end of the session.

This sounds like something I need.
All the time.
Every day.
24/7.

Re:Think Same. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045931)

You must have really strong hands.

Use portable firefox then (2, Interesting)

Fallen Andy (795676) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046101)

on a memory stick. That way you can carry around your bookmarks etc. between machines. I'm doing that right now from a friend's internet cafe... See here [portableapps.com]

Andy

Re:Think Same. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045831)

Private monkeying?

selective history deletion (4, Insightful)

Firkragg14 (992271) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045537)

No more suspicious empty history porn fans.

Re:selective history deletion (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045799)

My memory of managing history in 2.0 is that it was awkward and irritating. In 3.0, it is easy bring up the library and delete the bookmarks for an arbitrary amount of time, so empty history porn fans should have disappeared already.

Re:selective history deletion (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045821)

Most distros, if you set up a user with a UID less than 1000, it doesn't show up anywhere on login screens, etc, but still functions normally. Name it something deceptive like httpdaemon and bury the home directory somewhere within /etc and tada, your own fully featured stealth pron user. No guarantees, but my SO hasn't found it after three years...

Poisted AC for obvious reasons (ie, she reads /.)

Re:selective history deletion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046417)

Poisted AC for obvious reasons (ie, she reads /.)

You have a female SO that reads slashdot?

Sorry dude, you're already busted.

These features (1)

mtarnovan (1337149) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045559)

are already available in Chrome/Chromium, and I find them very useful. Good thing they found their way to Firefox. I always found it very annoying to have to delete the whole cache in Firefox, especially since you have to do so rather often when you are working on html/css.

Finally! (1)

Rangu Nikorasu (1424593) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045561)

Finally I don't have to worry about clearing the history... wait, did I remember to enable the add-on...? Lol, good for the hardrive memory impaired, doesn't write all the useless crap to the disk!

Seems top-heavy compared to Stealther (2, Informative)

Eccles (932) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045565)

Stealther did the same thing, but started a heck of a lot faster and could even delete downloads. It doesn't work completely with 3.1 though. Clearing the history for periods of time is a nice touch for those who forget to engage the private mode.

Previously the wipe wasn't what you wanted. (1)

Rufty (37223) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045573)

Wipe private data doesn't always work, see bug:- https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=462831
So how about fixing it before adding to it?

Javascript speed (3, Insightful)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045639)

If the new Javascript engine is turned on, does this mean that the new Firefox beta gives a larger e-penis [somethingawful.com] than Chrome or the latest Safari?

Seriously, I am thinking it might be time to start learning Javascript (to a higher level than just being able to copy and paste snippets to autoscroll the page and other simple effects). It's not perfect but it has wide support and mindshare, which is more important than any technical criterion. What I want to do is display simple graphs in the browser of things like stock prices, based on information fetched over SOAP (yeah I know SOAP is a bit clunky, but it's the interface I have). Can more experienced programmers recommend Javascript tutorial sites (at a higher level than 'copy and paste this snippet of code to get cool smilies!') or a good set of libraries?

Re:Javascript speed (3, Informative)

Azeroth48 (855550) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045699)

learn jQuery.. one of the best lib ever made for javascript! http://jquery.com/ [jquery.com]

Re:Javascript speed (3, Interesting)

JuanCarlosII (1086993) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045781)

jQuery is probably good starting point if you want to be able to do simple things very quickly and easily. If you are interested in actually learning the language itself as opposed to just how to do things in one particular library then I'd also recommend looking at Prototype [prototypejs.org]. Prototype reveals a little more of the native DOM than perhaps jQuery allows so IM(NS)HO is a better primer for someone looking to grasp the fundamentals of the language, whereas jQuery is probably the best for actually "getting stuff done". I also cant recommend John Resig's book Pro Javascript Techniques [jspro.org] enough, although it may be pitched slightly high for a beginner. Reading it seriously changed the way I thought about JS (and subsequently my entire career/life/destiny) so if you're an enthusiastic amateur looking to progress then I think it's perfect.

Re:Javascript speed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045765)

If you want to programmatically draw graphs you should check out the Canvas Tutorial [mozilla.org]

Re:Javascript speed (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045773)

Try Jquery. If you don't like it, try Prototype or the stuff from Yahoo. There are many dozens of other libraries to try if none of those are to your liking.

Mozilla Developer Center is a decent place to start as far as learning the language:

https://developer.mozilla.org/En/JavaScript [mozilla.org]

Re:Javascript speed (1)

JuanCarlosII (1086993) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045981)

Another point worth making is that if you are purely interested in learning JS, as opposed to simply getting a job done, there's a lot to be said for taking the functionality you use most often from 3rd party libraries (and in some cases, the missing functionality you wish was in your favourite library) and attempting to write your own.

I was forced into doing this a year or so ago by a client who refused to use any code that we couldn't fully support, and didn't own the IP of (they're a major financial institution, so there was some logic behind this stance, but they never grasped why it didn't need to apply to JS).

As a result I've now got a stable library which is 1/4-1/3 the size of jQuery or Prototype and will allow me to accomplish 99% of what I do on a day-to-day basis quickly, easily, and is stable x-browser.

I appreciate this isn't for everyone, and it's taken a year of near continual work to get to this stage, and there's still a lot of ongoing work.

Before anyone asks, the original version of my home-rolled library is not mine to distirbute, but I am taking some of the things I've learned and working on my own version as and when I find time/motivation which I may well release into the wild if it ever gets mature enough - http://in.tellig.net/2008/11/21/elmojs-and-etherpad/ [tellig.net].

Re:Javascript speed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046073)

Or you could, you know, write your own with standard scripting knowledge instead of using someone else's copyrighted crap.

Seriously, all that these libraries do is make Javascript more complex, bloated and difficult to understand for actual web developers.

Re:Javascript speed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045833)

Check out Dojo's graphing control (under the dojox experimental namespace). It does what you ask and takes care of whether the browser supports svg, vrml, or whatever. The whole graph is rendered on the client-side.

It does seem a bit slow, but for a single graph, it might be enough for you.

Re:Javascript speed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045995)

Oreilly books are quite excellent.
And I've always liked javascript for one overpowering reason.
It uses the client's clockcycles, not my servers'.
I've also noted that there are always ways to do the things that javascript 'doesn't do' with some judicious, but minimal, server-side code.

Nothing new (4, Informative)

fxkr (1343139) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045649)

Isn't this what Distrust [mozilla.org] is for? And that one is even better:
  1. Activate it.
  2. Surf.
  3. Deactivate it.

It then deletes everything that happened between 1. and 3., but keeps what happened before you activated it.

You know what this means! (1)

Shivinski (1053538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045659)

allowing users selectively to erase the last hour, the last two hours, the last four hours, today's, or all browsing history

I think I speak for every male here when I say, halleluja to private porn browsing without having to whipe out all your login cookies afterwards!

Re:You know what this means! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045705)

Like you'll be browsing for porn for an hour. Still waiting to delete individual entries.

Can we disable this ? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045697)

with IE7 via group policy you can stop the user from clearing history etc, can Firefox do the same ?
or is Firefox going to be deemed a security threat by Administrators ? which is not good for corporate usage and compliance

Re:Can we disable this ? (-1, Troll)

miknix (1047580) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045839)

with IE7 via group policy you can stop the user from clearing history etc, can Firefox do the same ?
or is Firefox going to be deemed a security threat by Administrators ? which is not good for corporate usage and compliance

Are you STUPID or IGNORANT enough to think there is only a Operating System available?

1) If you run firefox as unprivileged user, you can't change system (widely available) options.
2) Why the fuck you want to prevent users from clearing history? That's a privacy threat not a fucking "security threat".
3) Read (put whatever UNIX for stupid people book here) and be a MAN.

Re:Can we disable this ? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046179)

It is more common than you might think. I've heard people, network admin at decent sized site type people, talking about applying group policy to linux machines.

Re:Can we disable this ? (1)

miknix (1047580) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046553)

I'm not a sysadmin myself so pardon my incorrect usage of terms.

I know there are some group policy implementations for UNIX. Samba does a good job (much better than windows from what I've heard).
Although, I only worked on systems with POSIX ACLs.

I never saw a system that prevents users to clean their history (maybe because I avoid windows machines) but, IMHO, that's a privacy concern.

WTF (Where not what) has my CTRL-TAB gone... (-1, Flamebait)

Arimus (198136) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045713)

Using Firefox 3.0.3 CTRL-TAB does exactly what I want, it moves from one tab to the next... so what improvements needed to be made to the UI?

Please stop 'improving' things for the sake of it.

Re:WTF (Where not what) has my CTRL-TAB gone... (1)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045919)

Again, did you even use the beta? CTRL-TAB is still there and works as it did in 3.0. They just removed the fancy tab previews they had been experimenting with.

Re:WTF (Where not what) has my CTRL-TAB gone... (1)

y5 (993724) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045939)

Relax. CTRL+TAB is still there, only without the cute screen preview menu from the previous beta.

Re:WTF (Where not what) has my CTRL-TAB gone... (1)

oji-sama (1151023) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045969)

I've got this setting disabled, not quite sure if there are any other relevant settings (you could try filtering with ctrlTab or Tab):

about:config
browser.ctrlTab.mostRecentlyUsed --> false

Because some people don't quite get it (4, Interesting)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045815)

If your workplace has you going through a proxy, no amount of stealth in the browser is going to help.

I have had a ton of people requesting I install Chrome for them ( which violates policy anyway ) because they mistakenly think that the privacy feature will hide their browsing habits from the logs.

Oh, they try to be sneaky about it, sure. But that's what their after. I have half a mind to install it for them, then watch the logs to see what they don't want me to know about.

Re:Because some people don't quite get it (1)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046157)

I don't admin Windows boxes anymore, but I was under the impression that Chrome would install without admin privileges (i.e., not in "\Program Files\") if the user didn't have them. Is that not the case?

Re:Because some people don't quite get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046187)

Ideally, private browsing would default to https. If we were really wishing here, it would also have a "set your own proxy/proxies" mode so you could go through any third party proxy if the workplace (or wherever) has a proxy.

Re:Because some people don't quite get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046191)

Maybe because then whoever you're trying to hide your browsing habits from will just look at this list and say, "why the hell would you need to block this site?"

Why don't they add an option... (1)

y5 (993724) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045881)

to whitelist/blacklist storing items in your history/cache by URL? They have it for just about everything else!

Right-click, go to "View Page Info", and click "Permissions". It should be right there. Any takers on writing an extension for this?

Re:Why don't they add an option... (1)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046239)

Well, then there would be a record. If you have chickswithleukimia.com blacklisted, then your wife and kids could go into the blacklist list and see that you put it in. A record of the fact that you don't want people to know you look at that site is an admission that you go there.

Re:Why don't they add an option... (1)

pbhj (607776) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046679)

Who'd have thought that chickswithleukaemia.com would be so popular it has typo squatters ....

[no I didn't check if it exists]

Re:Why don't they add an option... (1)

Talar (1245824) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046293)

If you don't want a certain URL in your history you probably don't want to have the same URL stored in your blacklist either.

Re:Why don't they add an option... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046533)

I already wrote an extension to do that.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8622 :)

Privacy Browsing in IE 8 Beta (1, Troll)

the-matt-mobile (621817) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045921)

It's interesting that IE actually had the private browsing feature with IE 8 Beta first. While I have no interest in going back to IE whatsoever, it's a very good thing that they're finally building innovative features, and it's also a good thing that Firefox is having to play catch-up feature-wise for the first time. Wow - real competition in the browser space - what is this, 1998???

Re:Privacy Browsing in IE 8 Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046439)

IE didn't have it first, it just had it before FF. And besides, neither one has been officially released yet.

Background processes? (1)

mario_grgic (515333) | more than 5 years ago | (#26045937)

I really do hope that the submitter is confused and that Firefox will not be spawning background processes, or else that would be the end of Firefox.

I've been using a simpler solution for a few years (5, Interesting)

Skapare (16644) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046175)

My solution is that each time I start a web browser, it first runs through a script that creates a replica of the .mozilla directory in a unique place. The HOME environment variable is set to the unique directory. When it's done, I exit and just wipe out that directory.

Re:I've been using a simpler solution for a few ye (5, Funny)

JustinOpinion (1246824) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046583)

I've been using a simpler solution for a few years

I love Slashdot.

Only on Slashdot would it be "simpler" to code a custom script that automatically runs when starting a particular application, generates a new temporary profile, sets an environment variable to use that profile, and deletes the profile on exit; rather than sometimes click a menu item marked "private".

I'm not disagreeing that your solution is simpler, by the way. It is actually a great way to force a particular behavior in a robust way, and is simple to use once implemented. But it's only "simpler" for Slashdotters!

New tab button (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046269)

Oh great! They've removed the new tab button from the button bar (i.e. where the back, forward, and reload buttons are) and moved it to the other side of the screen! And the Go button is completely gone too (although its usability dropped after it was moved to the wrong side of the screen too).

By the way, anyone know if the private browsing mode disables the disk cache completely? Snoopy people could dig out deleted cache items afterwards if disk cache is used.

Seems like overkill (1)

Steffylicious (1427497) | more than 5 years ago | (#26046397)

"An ancillary addition to Private Browsing is a new addition to the "Clear Recent History" dialog box allowing users selectively to erase the last hour, the last two hours, the last four hours, today's, or all browsing history"

Oh please, as if you need to erase any more the last 3 minutes when you're done with "Private Browsing"? Any longer than that and you're just wasting time.

background thread? oh my! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26046449)

I hope this won't make /. eat even more cpu... Btw, Ctrl-Tab is app switching in BeOS anyway :p
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