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Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

Coopjust MX Greens are not new (298 comments)

MX Greens have been used with MX Blue switches for a while. Usually the only green switch on the keyboard is the spacebar, it's meant to be a stronger (heavier, requiring more actuation force) version of the blue for that purpose.

The use of MX Greens for an entire keyboard is new though.

As others indicated, you can buy a Unicomp if you want a "real Model M" anyways. The click is not as tactile and the feel from the tactility is different between buckling springs and MX switches (a click leaf is different from the THWACK of a buckling spring buckling and hitting the wall). If you want a heavier actuation cherry switch with a lighter click, get an MX. If you want a Model M-like keyboard, get a Model M or Unicomp Customizer...

about a year ago
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US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption

Coopjust Re:Am I missing something? (358 comments)

Bad writeup here. First article is for Fricosu where a foregone conclusion was found, what OP summary is referring to is a different John Doe case.

more than 2 years ago
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US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption

Coopjust Re:Headline contradicts atricle (358 comments)

Bad editing with the recent Fricosu case (foregone conclusion reached, judge compelling decryption) and the Doe case (what headline refers to, no foregone conclusion, judge rejecting compelled decryption) both in the summary.

more than 2 years ago
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US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption

Coopjust Re:File as the Key (358 comments)

They'd still have to prove that you had the USB drive that decrypted the drive. If they had it already, they could decrypt it without you; if they don't, they would need to confessing to having it somewhere in some form or otherwise proving it exists and is yours.

more than 2 years ago
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US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption

Coopjust Re:Only when they don't already know? (358 comments)

Also in Boucher's case they were able to get specific, and in Boucher's case, he only used a container, so files with names suggesting CP were there, and the defendant voluntarily decrypted them so they could be viewed.

The ICE agent examined the computer and saw a file labeled “2yo getting raped during diaper change,” but was unable to open it. After the suspect navigated to the encrypted portion of the hard drive, the ICE agent located and examined several videos or images that appeared to be child pornography. Id. The district court concluded that the “foregone conclusion” doctrine applied under those facts because any testimonial value derived from the act of production was already known to the Government and therefore added nothing to its case

The circumstances are different here, hence why a foregone conclusion was not found.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:Third Party Addons... (305 comments)

The Anon I replied to alleges that addons cover extensions (ABP, Betterprivacy, Ghostery, Skype, etc.) AND plugins (Flash, Shockwave, java - anything that uses the NPAPI).

So if my initial interpretation was correct (same as yours- this is for extensions not plugins), that won't be a problem; if his interpretation is correct (keeping in mind that he challenged mine - plugins/extensions are under the addons umbrella, both appear in the addon manager, etc.) it would be.

I guess the only way to find out will be to install a copy of the beta and then a plugin or two.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:wow (305 comments)

The development cycle is better but using major numbers is stupid and has rendered it meaningless IMO. Chrome ratchets up the version number similarly, they just don't trumpet it and instead silently update (which Mozilla is deeply opposed to).

Honestly I think the default option should be default stealth update like Chrome and, during install, ask if people want continuous silent updates. Let the nerds opt out if they have concerns and let everyone who doesn't like to know about every update get it.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:Third Party Addons... (305 comments)

If that's true, then it's as comprehensive as I'd hope. I just wonder if Firefox will whitelist certain addons at the risk of seeming to play favorites (if people don't check to enable Flash and then try to go to Youtube, it won't work).

Either that or prompt when a plugin that's present but default disabled would be used and ask if they want to enable it with a notification. Not sure of the handling code for that, but I can't imagine it being impossible.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:Third Party Addons... (305 comments)

Mozilla blog mentions that it's for addons, which are different from plugins (plugins use NPAPI - Flash, Java, Shockwave, etc. - vs XPIs). They are separately listed in the addons manager for that reason. At this point, I'd say it probably doesn't apply to plugins, but the page doesn't give enough context to determine that.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:are you kidding me? (305 comments)

Chromium does, they're just doing it at a more frequent rate. People acclimate to minute changes made very often (every few days) over bigger/more changes made at once (even if it's every few weeks instead of every year or so).

eBay changed the color on the background of a part of a page from one color to another - IIRC it was yellow to purple - and users flipped so much they changed it back. Then, over the course of several weeks, they did many intermediate colors, changing it a couple days a week. Suddenly, no one noticed the page they complained about in the past had, again, changed color completely.

The Chromium team has done a great job in that regard.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:Never again (305 comments)

It's an addon/plugin/profile issue. I'd argue the last one is probably the worst because it's hard to diagnose without creating a new profile.

If you update everything (Flash/Shockwave/Java/etc. - I'd recommend Secunia's PSI to check your programs, including plugins, for updates) and it doesn't help stability, I would disable all addons and browse until you find the one causing the problem.

You may say "Why bother?". As a nerd, I enjoy addons with no comparable functionality in Chrome/Chromium and I support Mozilla. My FF7 installs work very well although I won't lie and say Firefox has been problem free (no browser has been). It may be worth examining if you liked Firefox as 7 is a good improvement over 6 even despite the development time. I don't seem to have the stability/bloat issues others complain about.

Anyhow, up to you if you want to examine it for you. In the end, whatever works for you works for you and you are either going to try to diagnose Firefox or ignore it.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:Why is this an article? (305 comments)

Define better. It really depends on the usage scenario. Not in RAM usage or ability of addons to modify browser behavior beyond the highest level.

I have IE, Chromium, Firefox, and Opera installed and they each have strengths and weaknesses. However, my primary browser is Firefox.

8 is adding some neat features, but I think a quarterly check-in would be more appropriate. However, 8 beta does add some features Firefox users have been seeking for a long time, like opting into addons installed by third party programs.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Beta Available

Coopjust Re:Third Party Addons... (305 comments)

Users will receive a one-time notification to review and confirm third party add-ons they want to keep, disable or delete. When Firefox starts and finds that a third-party program has installed an add-on

I assume this include Microsoft stealth adding extensions to the browser?

IE: Windows Media Player Plugin

Yeah, addons that added themselves outside the normal system weren't always removable (through Firefox) and Firefox never asked about them. Yahoo Toolbar, Bing, etc.

Change for the better. Users who don't explicitly want something are unlikely to approve it (since it's disabled by default), and users who don't know better are more likely to ignore it (again, disabled by default). I think you'll have few "click-throughers" that will check the box to enable the addon then hit continue.

However, they're talking addons at this point (Adblock Plus, BetterPrivacy, Greasemonkey, Skype etc.) - NOT plugins (Flash, Shockwave, Java [except the Console, which is an addon], etc.). In the comments somebody asked if it applied to plugins and they said "Skype is an addon so it will have this" - I'm guessing it won't ask for plugins.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

Coopjust Re:Sometimes (585 comments)

That was a more recent Iron addin then when that article was written, but even then modern versions change very little. With the WebRequest Experimental API and Adblock Plus for Chrome using it in dev builds now, blocking is essential comparable (and unlike beforeLoad, the webRequest API doesn't have a really shitty success rate).

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

Coopjust Re:Sometimes (585 comments)

It changed barely anything, in essence; three options plainly visible and easily disabled in Chrome/Chromium's options (persistently disabled between upgrades, I might add) were removed, the rest were copyright notice changes and resource changes (e.g. "Chromium" to "SRWare Iron", icon, etc.). Calling it a true privacy fork is disingenuous when it disables three user accessible options and is otherwise just rebranded, persistently behind in version/security updates, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

Coopjust Re:Why? (585 comments)

Chrome doesn't accept toolbars, has a minimalist fixed interface (a lot of printer drivers & other shit install addons), updates Flash & such automatically, etc.

Plus advertising helps Chrome tremendously.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

Coopjust Re:I used to be a Firefox fan (585 comments)

Most problems I've had with bloat in Firefox relate to bad plugins (Shockwave, Flash, etc.) and bad addons.

If you've updated all your plugins to their latest versions, disabling all of your addons and enabling them one by one until you find what's leaking can be helpful.

In my experience, Firebug is an awesome and flexible tool, but it leaks. I only enable it when I need to. That's one example.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

Coopjust Re:Sometimes (585 comments)

SRWare Iron is a joke; go with a Chromium build if you're looking for a completely open source version of Chrome, then disable the four options SRWare codes out entirely. They'll remain persistently disabled between installs (I just use the builds of Chromium provided by Google and update occasionally).

The WebRequest API (experimental) is promising but at this time it doesn't touch what Firefox has; Chrome/Chromium simply do not permit extensions the same level of access.

There are only a few real world browsing scenarios that I have encountered with Chrome (vs. FF7) that Chrome is faster, and sometimes I have encountered the inverse. However it depends on the machine; on slower machines, Chrome is a lot faster, and Opera is great for older PCs because it'll run circles around both.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses

Coopjust Re:Make the best browser (555 comments)

Adblock Plus for Chrome is incomplete and cannot block many elements properly, including those loaded by legitimate resources (say, a Flash player); see the many issues merged into this Chromium issue.

about 3 years ago
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NoScript Anywhere In Development For Android

Coopjust Re:site-specific permissioning (57 comments)

RequestPolicy works great in conjunction with NoScript. Don't know if it works with Firefox mobile (doubt it), but it's great for site specific permissions on the desktop.

more than 3 years ago

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