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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
-An ad blocker (the web is horrible with ads enabled)
-The Flash plugin, as mentioned - optimally _not_ using gnash but the official Adobe Flash plugin.
Hv3 and the art of minimalist web-browsing
Posted Dec 18, 2008 10:36 UTC (Thu) by jbh (subscriber, #494)
Ways to block ads
Posted Dec 23, 2008 4:38 UTC (Tue) by i3839 (guest, #31386)
Posted Dec 18, 2008 11:03 UTC (Thu) by njd27 (subscriber, #5770)
1. Design a nice minimalist browser. It's fast on low resource systems.
2. Get lots of users who appreciate the speed.
3. Wait a minute, we don't have necessary features such as pop-up blocking, adblocking, phishing detection, etc.
4. Add them. Oh dear, we've become a bloated big browser.
5. Rinse and repeat.
Posted Dec 19, 2008 4:31 UTC (Fri) by lysse (guest, #3190)
Posted Dec 19, 2008 13:21 UTC (Fri) by phillemann (guest, #49231)
Posted Dec 19, 2008 19:13 UTC (Fri) by lysse (guest, #3190)
You say "RMS escapistic", but all I can see is sheer pragmatism. Flash kills my machine. 90% of its practical use is watching Youtube videos, and I've got youtube-dl and mplayer for that. (And frankly, the rest of it, bar the last 0.1%, is non-Youtube videos. That's leaving aside the majority Flash usage - stupid loud annoying adverts, site intros and unwanted media streams that can't be turned off or bypassed.)
In any case, if you want Flash, use Firefox. The big shiny browsing experience is what it's used for. Asking every browser to support Flash is just demanding a pointless conformism; isn't one of the points of the free software ecosystem that diverse needs can be catered for with diverse software, without having to look to the profit line for justification?
(Oh - and don't be so bloody rude to people who are doing nothing more than expressing a view contrary to your own. It would be bad enough even if you HADN'T completely missed their point.)
Posted Dec 19, 2008 23:22 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Dec 20, 2008 14:00 UTC (Sat) by Tet (subscriber, #5433)
I call bullshit. I've heard this claim many times, but personally I've
never found it to be a problem. I surf the web without an ad blocker,
and I barely notice them anyway. Now a flash blocker is without doubt
necessary. But since hv3 doesn't yet support flash anyway, that's a
Posted Dec 20, 2008 14:57 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Other people may just dislike the attention-grabbing flashing, or perhaps
just think they're tacky. :)
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