New Firefox has a "Forget" button


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So… Somebody at Mozilla just discovered 8chan.


Wonderful. And here I was thinking that no sponsored ads built into the browser was one of the perks of using Firefox instead of chrome or IE.

“When you first launch Firefox now, a message on the new tab page will inform you what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and remind you that you can simply turn tiles off. If you do turn them off, you’ll get a blank new tab page and will avoid Firefox’s ads completely.”

How cute, a camel nose under the edge of my tent!


Cool, can I get one of these for my brain now?

“Hey 2 girls one cup doesn’t sound bad… OH GOD!” 5 min later “Hey 2 girls…”

On second though, never mind.

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That sounds very convenient for porn.

Theoretically, would this get rid of all records of an evening impulsively browsing lesbian hyena furry porn fanfic? ASKING FOR A FRIEND. #rule34

At first I thought “uhh Firefox and Chrome and Safari already have ‘clear the last from history’” but on closer look, this removes cookies as well… so, more like a retroactive version of private browsing.

The interface doesn’t specify, but I wonder if it also deletes things like cache entries and localStorage? Cookies are a great addition to this concept but are not the whole story of having the browser “forget”.

Firefox is joining Safari in making DuckDuckGo a built-in option for the default search – will be interesting to see if Chrome and IE follow suit but I guess I won’t hold my breath.

I’ve been using Firefox as my primary browser ever since it was Phoenix. Their more subtle payola crap was only mildly annoying, but outright adware is a bit harder to accept.

At my age who needs a forget button, now what were we talking about.


A button to access what Ctrl-Shift-Delete has done for years?

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I find this very hard to accept too. (It seemed like a couple years back there was a cluster of articles across the web about ad-blocking software and whether blocking is ethical; to me, that general discussion left out the question of whether most advertising is actually genuinely harmful, an easy case to make as I see it.) But then, I imagine a world without Firefox, and that’s a grim future. Mozilla would be much better off if it could diversify its revenue sources.

I’m confused as to why Chrome doesn’t already support DuckDuckGo out of the box – or at least mine doesn’t. But you can add it manually.

From DDG’s site, if you click “Add to Chrome” at the bottom, it seems to think DDG is in Chrome’s list of search engines. But for me at least, it isn’t.

However, to add it manually:

  1. Go to Settings\Search Engine
  2. Click Add a new search engine
  3. Search Engine: DuckDuckGo
  4. Keyword:,
  5. URL:
  6. Click Done
  7. Go back into Settings\Search Engine and select DuckDuckGo as Default.

Chrome has been able to do this since the beginning:


Ads have their place, but the problem is that they make relationships adversarial. The great thing about Firefox used to be that it was the browser that had the least reason to screw me over. I am sure that they will swear that they are still special and have my best interest at heart, but who doesn’t?

Just curious, how are you defining screw you over in this case?

Regarding browsers in general:

  • (Lack of) support for technologies for the wrong reasons
  • Trying to tie me to other products and services of theirs
  • Locking down or dumbing down features
  • Spying on me
  • Allowing privacy or (other) security to be suboptimal
  • Changing behavior to maximize ad views
  • Wasting my resources

Of course in this specific case the canges seem comparatively harmless for now. I just hope that it doesn’t create too much of a conflict of interest in the long run.


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