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  1. It depends on the license, open-source software may still have a license with certain restrictions, hence all the drama in the past with Mozilla-based browsers discussed on the forum.

    I don't know the specifics/quirks in this case, lawyers are better address for those. The less you need lawyers in life, the better...

  2. Yeah, Chromium can't use GPU for rendering on XP. Mozilla-based browsers may be able to use Direct3D 9, but get this, it's rarely mentioned, Direct3D 9 on XP DOES NOT WORK WELL ACROSS MULTIPLE MONITORS...well, it only does with A LOT OF LAG, the performance is only as it should be (within drivers'/OS capabilities) as long as the browser window is entirely on the primary monitor. Talk about waste of good hardware!

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  3. Careful with Debian. It's thought by some that it's more suited to those that are sure they need Debian specifically. Debian is outdated by design, which is not necessarily a good thing.

    I'm experimenting with it on my laptop since it's sill quite familiar choice if one has been acquainted with another Debian derived distro and is looking for 32-bit one...and at the same time wonder if the reason for Firefox crashing when trying to make it use hardware accelerated video decoding capabilities on the GPU is due to GPU drivers / Mesa from 2020.

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  4. It's not easy to make the switch when you're accustomed to Windows way of doing things and specific software. I've been keeping Linux around for years, just not as the main desktop OS.

    I don't know about the future (if there is such a thing), Win10 currently suits me the best, pre-Win7 versions don't suit me at all, I have grudges about every Windows version I used though and Win11 is way too alien.

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  5. On 2/27/2023 at 7:16 PM, UCyborg said:

    Something technical, I can't see embedded images here originating from pbs.twimg.com on my new and shiny Firefox 110 installation.

    On 2/27/2023 at 7:46 PM, msfntor said:

    I do NOT have this problem, all images are here.

    22 hours ago, mina7601 said:

    Hello, here, on a fresh Firefox 110 profile, I can't see them either.

    Found the reason, they're blocked by built-in tracker blocking feature, but can still see them when clicking the link to them, By default, blocking only happens in "private" windows. Not new in this particular version.

    On 2/27/2023 at 8:57 PM, msfntor said:

    What is happening on this MSFN.... no activity on other topics....:puke:

    I'm not much of a talker, plus tired from working and composing posts may take me significant chunk of time. I don't know about others, maybe they don't want to talk about other things here, maybe they go elsewhere for other topics, maybe they don't want to talk about other things at all...who knows.




    What the hell is Laibach all about? (it's in English)

    PS: Life is Life

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  6. Regarding Gmail, if I was reading correctly, access without OAuth2 is not possible anymore? If so, it seems to be enforced only for personal accounts. My corporate Gmail account still works with just classic username and password. At least I don't remember I had to change anything in the email client, I'll edit the post tomorrow after checking again to see if it's really the case.

    We have one application at the company that can send emails, but doesn't support OAuth2, they had to enable application password for it on Gmail side. It just generates unique password for application to use to authenticate with SMTP.

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  7. Something technical, I can't see embedded images here originating from pbs.twimg.com on my new and shiny Firefox 110 installation. There's an infinite spam of the following in the console:


    Unknown at the moment if it also happens with fresh profile.

  8. Yeah, those forks are always behind, mainline Firefox usually isn't (as much) AFAIK. And TBH, there's a good deal of flexibility in those old-school Mozilla-based browsers that I simply don't need (that I know, so extensions that I don't need) while there's probably also some that maybe I would find useful, but to get it, I would have to be the programmer to implement.

    I know there are folks that aren't interested in tweaking simply due to the fast pace that these browsers are changing and they just want something that will surely work on all those odd sites and not worry about fighting the browser on each update.

    When my parents were young, there was basically one car on the road, it was Zastava 750. If you had a car back then and came from these parts, it was probably that one. Now look at how many cars and different models are on the road. I don't know, maybe I'm straying a little, but sometimes I get these thoughts that all this so called "user choice" is more of a burden than the freedom. I could get by with most popular browser with mostly default settings if I wanted, but I guess I don't due to the nerdy side of me.

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  9. 3 hours ago, msfntor said:

    Very good, that one made me laugh, thanks...
    But about the image of the Hand of God: I have the eyes to see. I also have imagination and intuition...

    What I posted above was the dialog between two characters in the series I watched. It's not connected to the discoveries you posted, but it surely involved a hand, which was referred by the characters as the hand of God. I just remember it well enough that I quickly made an association. And while it's surely not God's hand in the literal sense, maybe the creators are/were a bit religious to put various religious references throughout the series. Source material upon which it was based on surely didn't have those.

    Maybe some lurker would recognize where it's from, I have a feeling I put too much information.

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  10. 21 hours ago, msfntor said:


    Ellison: What about Sarah?

    Silberman: She was on the floor. And the boy was with her. He was screaming. And then the--the first one, the big one, I'll never forget. He--he reached out his hand and he said: "Come with me if you want to live.". Like God reaching out to man. Like-- like the Sistine Chapel.

    Ellison: The hand of God.

    Silberman: Hand of God...Yeah...though...there's no proof, we don't talk about it. All of us who were there.

    Ellison: What if I told you I have proof?

    Silberman: What do you mean?

    Ellison: A piece of evidence I found during my investigation. That's why I came to you. For your corroboration. To show you that Sarah wasn't crazy. Nobody...is crazy.

    Silberman: What is it?

    Ellison: The hand of God.

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  11. I've been using the desktop Linux occasionally for over the decade now. Back when I bought this computer, the disk I bought with it lasted a really short time, I applied for warranty and while I waited for the new one, I could boot a Linux distro from the USB and play Quake Live, back when it was still natively compatible with Linux and launchable through a web browser plugin.

    Well, I guess that's what I mostly did when I messed with it, try to get fun stuff working. I also tend to use GParted for partitioning tasks, I don't remember when was the last time I used any Windows based partitioning utility, though it's also true it's not something I have to do often. It's also handy for backing up/restoring partitions on Android smartphone, you combine few command-line utilities and BAAM, you're writing a complete file system image. At least as long as you have the phone that's not completely locked down...

    For desktop, it was mostly GNOME 2 or later MATE, just because that's what Ubuntu came with all those years ago. These days, I gravitate towards KDE, among other things, it allows setting desktop background per-monitor. I was also surprised when I discovered I can turn off mouse movement acceleration (known in Windows world as "Enhance pointer precision" checkbox) in the GUI: "Whaaat, you can do that without needing to write a script that executes on login?"

    Oh, and Compiz (the compositing window manager) was fun. I'm not experimenting much these days, so don't really have a layout in my mind what exactly do different software combinations offer, and yeah, so far, I only used two desktop environments. It's also true I don't actually need some advanced functions in window management since I spend most time in the web browser anyway. Still, KDE is supposed to be pretty functional, and if you want functional, how much other options really are out there?

    What I find really strange, you apparently can't bridge wired and wireless network interface or maybe only with some complicated knowledge of networking on Linux. At some point, I wanted to plug my desktop to the laptop's RJ-45 port - the laptop wirelessly connects to the access point (modem) and if you have wired and wireless interfaces bridged on the laptop, plugging the desktop in would make it appear as an equal member on the network. If you use internet sharing option instead, then it will be hidden behind a NAT point. Bridging is easy on Windows, no idea how to do it on Linux (the wired/wireless combination is problematic, wired/wired should be a breeze). Oh, but I have a wireless router, the iconic Linux based Linksys WRT54GL, there, it's also easy, at least with the right community-developed firmware.

  12. Ha, my PC is also over a decade old, 14 years to be exact, it was bought with playing games in mind though while not breaking the bank. But the cheap laptop from 2014 is much slower, though I can still browse with handful of tabs open, even with Firefox 109.0.1. I've been recently experimenting with 32-bit Debian 11 with KDE on that laptop, so trying to save RAM while still being functional. I could probably get by even if that laptop was the only option since I'm one of the more patient folks while most seem INCREDIBLY impatient.

    It's been a while since I've been experimenting with Chromium more thoroughly, in the past I've been messing with Vivaldi and Edge, most recent was Edge 94, which I've setup when it was new and I still occasionally update extensions or their settings. But in the end, I always stick with Mozilla-based browser since Chromium is just inflexible in places where I'm used to more flexibility. Even Vivaldi doesn't let you move those extension buttons wherever you want, it's either all of them in one spot or another.

    At this point, I'm not sure if Chromium is even worth bothering with again. What sites don't work with Firefox that can't be fixed with user agent override, besides maybe some specialized apps needing Web Serial or WebUSB?

    My Firefox looks like this:


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  13. On 2/17/2023 at 10:38 AM, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    But Firefox is a dying bread and losing global market share to Chrome "for a reason".

    On 2/18/2023 at 6:29 PM, UCyborg said:

    Reason being, they've sold their soul to Google. R.I.P., @NotHereToPlayGames.

    On 2/18/2023 at 8:03 PM, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    In my opinion, Firefox started dying LONG before they sold their soul.

    What we have instead, is they sold their soul out of some sort of "If you can't beat 'em, JOIN 'EM".

    OK, looking back at what I said, it didn't make much sense. As someone said:


    Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Mozilla are all different heads of the same hydra, looking to control the Internet and the world.

    Source: https://digdeeper.neocities.org/articles/mozilla

    Also: https://digdeeper.neocities.org/articles/technological_slavery

    But who even feels like fighting system and even if they do, are they doing it in a way that would result in an actual long-term impact? IMHO, this world's a lost cause anyway and a big object from outer space could do us all a favor.


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  14. I jumped from Firefox 96.0.3 to 110 today, got about 6 extra points on Speedometer. I mostly use Pale Moon, but a bit of speedup is refreshing, though it also costs more memory and I lose some extensions (though also gain some other extensions - web altering ones really, not browser altering ones). Also needs more RAM, Pale Moon needs cca. 400 MB for 1x MSFN tab, 1x Speedometer tab, 2x GitHub project page tabs, Firefox needs 700 MB. 32-bit versions.

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  15. 2 hours ago, AstroSkipper said:

    Thanks for the link! I already knew this source for userscripts. But where did you find a link to Tab Mix Plus on this site? I can't see any there. :dubbio: AFAIK, there is just this pre-release of Tab Mix Plus in form of a webextension: Tab Mix Plus v1.0.0-pre, available on their homepage https://tabmixplus.org/, but unfortunately only for FF 78+.

    Sorry, got 68/78 mixed up. But yeah, that's the one, also linked here (GitHub page). It's not a webextension though, it's a legacy bootstrapped extension that depends on hacky re-enabling of loading of these types of extensions.

    FWIW, I've test driven MyPal when it was new on my XP x64 installation in multi-process mode, when first reports of BSOD started appearing, didn't BSOD on me once, and I've made it use all availabe RAM to the point pagefile usage naturally increased. I only encountered one specific crash of the browser, which could be worked-around with Microsoft's own compatibility shim IgnoreException. From what I recall, the exception indicating access violation had to be ignored. I found it interesting since unhandled memory access violations are often fatal and the program usually doesn't recover from it just like that.

    That said, my PC has top notch driver support for XP x64.

    Edit: Actually, not sure I'm remembering exception correctly. Maybe it was illegal instruction...UD2...encountered with sites using Web Assembly.

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  16. 12 hours ago, nicolaasjan said:

    New Moon has it like this as default:

    Mozilla/5.0 (%OS_SLICE% rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0

    Page load is still ridiculously slow compared to modern browsers...

    My initial load time with default agent above is cca. 30 seconds. The one I suggested drops it to cca. 13 seconds.

    It's been known for a long time YouTube's UI (aka. Polymer) is slow, especially in browsers not implementing Web Components and such.

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  17. Delay may be reduced by modifying/adding string pref general.useragent.override.youtube.com on about:config page and setting it like so: Mozilla/5.0 (%OS_SLICE% rv:6.0) Goanna/20230219 Firefox/42.0 PaleMoon/32.0.1

    I think the main thing is that it contains an ancient Firefox version along with a string it doesn't recognize so it's not 100% sure you're on old Firefox and won't show unsupported browser page, but the rest of their spaghetti code will go through faster that way (or you're being served a faster version, IDK).

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  18. 4 hours ago, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    It's a Lenovo Ultrabook with an Intel i5 and only 4GB RAM.

    Ha, the one I'm writing from now has only 2 GB of RAM minus 256 MB taken for video RAM.

    The other machine I have has 4 GB. Work laptop has 12 GB, but that doesn't count since it belongs to the company.

    On-topic, there's also Product Key Scanner by Nir Sofer.

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