Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Apr 2010 11:57 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Google Now this is something that I find really interesting. We all know and love Google Chrome/Chromium (and if you don't, you're demonstrably wrong), but Google recently made a change in the developer version that ruffled some feathers: the URL field will no longer show the "http://". This made a lot of people very upset.
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by jaklumen on Tue 20th Apr 2010 05:31 UTC
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I got that Thom was being sarcastic. But I've found repeatedly that people's varying ideas of humor do not always connect up well on the Internet. It is indeed a subtle concept that can be misinterpreted, also in a variety of ways.

I like a lot of what Google is doing, but I wouldn't declare it perfect. The Debian branch of Chrome (at least what has come to Ubuntu/Mint) has problems... CSS not displaying correctly, I think, as well as fonts. I liked the faster JavaScript times, but I returned to Firefox eventually. Firefox handles WYSIWYG editing for a particular blog I use better, and I missed the Search Engine extension too much. Obviously, I'm not a big fan of the Chrome "omnibar". And I'm not so sure this new idea of hiding http:// is so fantastic, many reasons already stated here among them. http:// may be rather ubiquitous, but it would get in the way of those that understand and use the other protocols (I know a few people that still use ftp:// who aren't out-and-out techies).

(By the way, I chuckled wryly when I saw mention of the Gopher protocol struck through. I also chuckled when I looked up spdy://, after reading the comment about it, and saw what that was all about. It does seem ironic.)

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