Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Dec 2017 19:39 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

For a long time, it was just setting the default search provider to Google in exchange for a beefy stipend. Later, paid links in your new tab page were added. Then, a proprietary service, Pocket, was bundled into the browser - not as an addon, but a hardcoded feature. In the past few days, we’ve discovered an advertisement in the form of browser extension was sideloaded into user browsers. Whoever is leading these decisions at Mozilla needs to be stopped.

Mozilla garnered a lot of fully deserved goodwill with the most recent Firefox release, and here they are, jeopardising all that hard work. People expect this kind of nonsense from Google, Apple, or Microsoft - not Mozilla. Is it unfair to judge Mozilla much more harshly than those others? Perhaps, but that's a consequence of appealing to more demanding users when it comes to privacy and open source.

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Nothing spies more than Chrome
by cjcox on Mon 18th Dec 2017 21:34 UTC
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Want to turn off Pocket? about:config -> extensions:pocket:enabled: false

Want to turn off Google's menagerie in Chrome? You can't. Sorry. But firefox sucks, because it doesn't spy as well as Chrome does? It doesn't leak DNS like Chrome does. etc.etc...

Look... what I'm saying is just because you drank the Google Kool-Aid, you need to watch what you say about other browsers that do a lot more to protect you. Especially when you're accusing them of not protecting you.

As for the rest of the "problems", they are all shared by all the major browsers at this point. Just don't say Firefox sucks, I can pretty much prove you're wrong unless you're using some browser with .00001% of the marketshare (and even then, it's just because I haven't looked at it).

Is Firefox perfect? No. Just didn't deserve this weird diatribe.

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