> Now, whether it helps to plug one hole like this when you're in a boat made of swiss cheese...
I think you are exaggerating. Besides i suspect your father was on windows isn't it ?
I had no problems at all with firefox on linux for quite more than 5 years, using only noscript, addblock and ghostery.. WOT if talking would say i'm completely crazy, my favorite pass-time was exactly going where it advices not to go lol
OTOH, when i tried v20, it started to block every page i went, even the most harmless trivial google searches, everything... thats no security!.. thats a stupid annoying paranoia, because still 99% of the times you just got to tell that you know what you are doing and the "whole" is established. Block all scripts not HTML... even with invalid more than uber useless stalin+hitler central authority certificates. At least ppl should be able to see what is asked to be blocked or is blocked, not blindly answer a stupid dialog page creeps!
Up to v18 i manage to turn off(kind of) the creepily stupidity, and remain super safe. But v20 is revealing itself a pig. I will only try next after i get v20 to behave and obey me, otherwise...
I SUSPECT WERE MOZILLA WANTS TO GO
No, it has nothing to do with *real* security, the central mania of authority "i got to choose for them and protect the sheeple from themselves", is a *faux argument* but is here to stay, and it has to do with something like this
Run Firefox ? ... run from the web as a service... supersafe, *centralized* sandbox, super filtered for malware, no direct connection with NSA headquarters at all lol... and low price "additionals" for every tastes and every seasons lol...
For me, hell will have to freeze over first and chickens born with teeth.. mozilla.
Like a joke around here: "the best anti-conception method of all is not to F " lol ... don't have or max avoid have anything important connected to the web, don't fall in temptations...
Malware is mostly and basically a huge exercise of "social engineering" not code, no virus or malware comes to you, you must go to them, search them and accept them somehow, everything from the web is "downloaded" first. Just don't click where they say to click, don't click to see a celebrity without panties... then you'll be pretty safe LOL
In that perspective, most of those "web services" brewing are the most UNSAFE, annoying, restrictive, INVADING, kind of MALWARE ever invented (not all but most of the more "pretentious" useful of the kind).
Web services and all about "web", its not only a fashion, is here to stay, there is no killer app for replacing this... most will say.
yes there is !
Simple... "X next" kind of replacing http... from the very top usability feature in a computer, with "persistent" or "persistent aware" connections, from desktop to desktop it would be possible, with encryption (already possible) but no public keys, direct point-to-point video conference (if desktops evolve in that sense you can even have group video conferences), direct sharing everything, and direct white boarding, *and all only, and exposed only, to whom you want*... and from cache servers, like squid and or others, you can even have "group intranets" for the web... "family intranets"... locally filtered and no possibility of tracking anyone individually.
I like the approach of *decentralized* "multi interconnected universes" of True3Dshell http://www.sixtyfourbit.org/3dshell.htm ... its a potential killer app waiting to happen, though the shell itself its yet very crude and uninteresting.
But then the *desktop will be your browser, not a browser being your desktop*. Gain don't lose usability and features. The speeds of local internet connections are more than enough for all this now, its even good for SmartTV with HD content lol.. and an encouraging thought if "containers" will be here on time for this.
That is why " just insult me with the theories", "they" ( the status quo) are going to kill X or the possibilities or real advancements... not embrace & extend, the successful tactic of MSFT, but kill it, obliterate it, get rid of it once and for all.. and they might succeed.
But with no centralized service capable of collecting some money, what will be the business model for the all OSS ecosystem ?
ummm... wonder if teaching the masses of users that don't have a clue or the wrong clues of what OSS is, *what is the difference, what the heck is it good for, for non-developers*... if compile install from online, optimizing for the hardware ppl can have, cannot prove itself to be a literal gold mine and the most useful web service of all.