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Walter Schulz

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Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« on: May 04, 2019, 09:23:49 PM »
If you are among those Firefox users and wondering what happened to your precious add-on collection (NoScript, Ghostery and several others): Bug in Firefox, certification issue. Official bugfix on it's way.
If you are one of those more paranoid users who disabled Mozilla's data collection option: Type about:studies as address and change your preference (top option in privacy). You will get a hotfix visible in about:studies soon after. I had to restart Firefox several times to get my add-ons back.
I'm an ESR user and unable to use bug-fixed nightly. After official bug-fixed release you may want to reset your privacy settings ...
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Re: Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 10:22:12 PM »
Wait, Mozilla Data Collection? Where do I disable this?

Got ghostery and DuckDuckGo Privacy add on.

And just noticed right now everything is missing.. I did not update.
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Walter Schulz

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Re: Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2019, 10:31:32 PM »
about:studies -> Update Preferences
I think it is disabled by default in german versions.
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Re: Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2019, 12:21:05 AM »
Todays browsers are as big as an entire operating system. This amount of complexity is ridiculous and unnecessary. You cannot expect reliability and security from it.
I've been using Links2 browser for most of the time, it works just fine if you have other software working together (mpv, youtube-dl, subliminal, aria2c, etc).

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Re: Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2019, 01:30:17 AM »
Last week it took my sister some 40 minutes to follow my detailed informations how to make Teamviewer Portable run on her computer for some remote support. She gave my wrong information about her Email accesss (Still don't know why she was unable to send attachments and now I'm afraid to ask), was unable to tell me which version she used, was unable to access the download page on a second try, managed to confuse me with some things she did which I didn't tell her to do.
I love her deeply but I don't think the world would be a better place with her trying to work with Links2.
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Re: Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2019, 01:58:31 AM »
If you do not believe me the next remote session is yours!

I do believe you. I had experiences like that with some people.
But, people overestimate the difficulty to use simpler software. Let me give you an example: you want to watch some videos on youtube. If you do that on Chrome or Firefox, it needs to load >6MB of javascript and takes a bit time don't have a fast internet. Now with simpler software: just access with Links2 the mobile version of youtube; copy the link of the video and press F3 (a macro to call mpv+youtube-dl, using autohotkey on windows or xmonad/ion3 on unix-like systems). Done. Much easier. The same goes for streams, using streamlink. Or pdf, with aria2c+mupdf.
I think most people are just too comfortable to change their habit and way of work and do not consider other solutions.

Back to the topic, why have a browser that does all kinds of things? Why not have something that just does it... browse? A browser should be nothing more than: a http downloader to get/post and a html interpreter. Other stuff like CSS and Javascript should be optional. Oh, companies want to have fancy animations? Then create a separate software for it, using a safe language like Rust or Haskell, not Javascript. The introduction of javascript was probably the most awful thing that happened on the internet. Who the f* thought running a binary on every web page was a good idea? For f* sake.
I do think this complexity is ruining the internet, sincerely. This has to change.

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Re: Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2019, 09:41:53 AM »
worked for me. Thx Walter
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Re: Firefox users: Add-ons deactivated, solution available
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2019, 04:39:14 PM »
This should now be fixed, I got an update on both Linux and Android.
However a quick fix for it was to go to about:config and set xpinstall.signatures.required to false