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Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

ChrisJones the real problem here... (330 comments)

... is people not really paying attention to the facts.

  * This has been repeatedly stated to be an experiment in an alpha (i.e. testing only) release
  * Revenue gathering from the choice of search engine is nothing new (it's the main way Firefox generates revenue for Mozilla Corp)
  * The data gathered is which of the search boxes you use (the default firefox UI lets you search from the search bar, in the URL bar and the default homepage).

So basically this seems to be an experiment to figure out which of the search methods people are using most.

(disclaimer: I work for Canonical as a sysadmin. I'm not a developer and I don't work on Ubuntu directly, so I was not in any way involved in the planning/implementation of this, and I speak here only for myself as an Ubuntu user who's dismayed at the anger people are unbottling with little information)

more than 5 years ago
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OpenSUSE Beta Can Brick Intel e1000e Network Cards

ChrisJones Re:What is really happening regarding this problem (129 comments)

Of course, but the prevailing wisdom is that for the parts used on ICH8/ICH9 systems, a more complex series of actions is needed than simply flipping one bit.

more than 6 years ago
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OpenSUSE Beta Can Brick Intel e1000e Network Cards

ChrisJones Re:What is really happening regarding this problem (129 comments)

As I just pointed out elsewhere, that particular comment is not correct.
A BIOS update *may* restore the NIC, but it depends purely on the BIOS update including that information.
All of the available updates for my laptop do not include that, so the device was not recoverable. ie bricked.

more than 6 years ago
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OpenSUSE Beta Can Brick Intel e1000e Network Cards

ChrisJones Re:Badly written firmware. (129 comments)

err, what's the point of having firmware if your driver can't talk to it?

Also, this isn't about firmware, it's about Non-volatile memory. The chip uses it to store things like its MAC address.

You fail.

more than 6 years ago

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