[ubuntu-studio-devel] Default search engine

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Sat Sep 14 20:02:31 UTC 2013

Stuff like the Opera auto-resurrection of Google as default search makes me
glad I removed Chromium outright from my machines. I'm not going to use
any version of Flash that is not supported by Firefox or Rekonq, nor any 
website that requires Chrome or IE to get it to work. Flash is on its way out
anyway, even Liveleak is playing with HTML5 (buggy right now) and I have
never in my life used DRM'ed content like Netflix.

As a rule I don't use any browser that cannot be set not to run searches on typos
or on partially-typed URLs. I always disable "prefetch," "keyword," etc in "about:config"
in Firefox and shut down prefetch and ads in Rekonq as well. I don't trust Google
not to push a new "online service" in a Chromium update requiring reconfiguration
to deselect.

On 09/14/2013 at 3:41 PM, "Ralf Mardorf" <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>On Sat, 2013-09-14 at 20:12 +0100, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
>> That's a great idea! In today's world, for any distro to set 
>Google as a default
>> search engine places their users in danger. This is because of 
>accidental searches
>> when such functionality is not explicitly disabled, and Google's 
>NSA connections.
>Something scary
>I experience the same with Opera on Arch Linux, but I at least use 
>it as
>start page for Firefox, Midori, Opera and Google Chrom. Google 
>just in case I need to watch something that requires flash.
>FWIW, if a site can't be shown for my country, I'm using the 
>anonymoX add-on,
>https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/anonymox/ .
>I don't trust the add-on regarding to security, if I should need
>security, I'm using Vidalia (Firefox using TOR),
>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidalia_(software) .
>The NSA IMO isn't such a serious issue for averaged people, but
>marketing and other things are serous issues.
>"By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill
>yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I'm
>doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no
>rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. 
>yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now. Now, back to the show.
>Seriously, I know the marketing people: 'There's gonna be a joke 
>up.' There's no fuckin' joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang 
>yourself...borrow a
>pistol from an NRA buddy, do something...rid the world of your evil
>fuckin' presence." - Bill Hicks
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