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*The subscription dependency notification system (<code>requiresLocation</code> and <code>requiresTitle</code> parameters) should have a way to recognize that [https://secure.fanboy.co.nz/filters.html Fanboy Complete List] includes EasyList and is therefore an acceptable alternative
 
*The subscription dependency notification system (<code>requiresLocation</code> and <code>requiresTitle</code> parameters) should have a way to recognize that [https://secure.fanboy.co.nz/filters.html Fanboy Complete List] includes EasyList and is therefore an acceptable alternative
 
*[https://secure.fanboy.co.nz/index.html Fanboy's Anti-Facebook Filters] should probably have dependency changed to Fanboy Social List (which already has EasyList as its dependency in the first place)
 
*[https://secure.fanboy.co.nz/index.html Fanboy's Anti-Facebook Filters] should probably have dependency changed to Fanboy Social List (which already has EasyList as its dependency in the first place)
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==== Privacy Badger ====
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:''Ref: [https://www.eff.org/privacybadger Official EFF download and documentation page]''
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*All Wikimedia Foundation projects need to be whitelisted (i.e. given "yellow" status) because the MediaWiki software sets high-entropy cookies to track login sessions, and the resulting full ("red") blocking of hotlinked content causes breakage for registered Wiki[mp]edians. This does not affect images (<code>upload.wikimedia.org</code>) so much as things like user scripts.
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*''Admittedly a rant:'' I think the clause<!-- I know I'm stretching the term, but it's not a full sentence --> "... and sometimes (though not always) users may understand that the price of an excellent free tool like Google's search engine is measured in privacy, not money" needs to be revised to be less pushy to users. Yes, I know Google is breaking their "[[wikipedia:Don't be evil|Don't be evil]]" promise. The problem is, interpreting that clause to refer to ''all'' first-party tracking makes it sound like, "Until Privacy Badger implements fingerprinting countermeasures, the best way to prevent first-party tracking is to [[wiktionary:vote with one's feet|vote with your feet]] by avoiding the site in question entirely." Obviously, privacy risks may overlap with legitimate work needs.
  
 
=== Websites ===
 
=== Websites ===

Revision as of 05:34, 12 May 2014

Web browsing

Firefox

  • Why does Firefox always wrongly complain about not being the default browser after uninstalling Shark007's Advanced Codecs? While Firefox's warning message is on screen, IE claims not to be the default browser either (checked only via Internet Settings, not by actually starting IE). No other browsers are installed on my system.
  • Search engine autodiscovery wrongly notifies of an unencrypted version of the same search engine that the user just used in https (try DuckDuckGo or qrobe.it - in the latter case, this is probably because Firefox notices only the first of two <link rel="search" ...> tags. However, DDG appears only to have one such tag per page...)
    • Other than that case, if the page was reached via a query from the search bar, but autodiscovery finds a search plugin nevertheless, consider warning the user that the existing search plugin is outdated...?
  • If you start typing in the URL bar and very quickly click on one of the results, before the history service has caught up to your typing (meaning that not all of the typed characters have yet been taken into consideration in matching history entries), it gets interpreted like pressing the Enter key. This means that an error will result if the typed text is not a valid URL or domain name.

Adblock Plus

  • The subscription dependency notification system (requiresLocation and requiresTitle parameters) should have a way to recognize that Fanboy Complete List includes EasyList and is therefore an acceptable alternative
  • Fanboy's Anti-Facebook Filters should probably have dependency changed to Fanboy Social List (which already has EasyList as its dependency in the first place)

Privacy Badger

Ref: Official EFF download and documentation page
  • All Wikimedia Foundation projects need to be whitelisted (i.e. given "yellow" status) because the MediaWiki software sets high-entropy cookies to track login sessions, and the resulting full ("red") blocking of hotlinked content causes breakage for registered Wiki[mp]edians. This does not affect images (upload.wikimedia.org) so much as things like user scripts.
  • Admittedly a rant: I think the clause "... and sometimes (though not always) users may understand that the price of an excellent free tool like Google's search engine is measured in privacy, not money" needs to be revised to be less pushy to users. Yes, I know Google is breaking their "Don't be evil" promise. The problem is, interpreting that clause to refer to all first-party tracking makes it sound like, "Until Privacy Badger implements fingerprinting countermeasures, the best way to prevent first-party tracking is to vote with your feet by avoiding the site in question entirely." Obviously, privacy risks may overlap with legitimate work needs.

Websites

  • The CyanogenMod wiki has an apparently buggy installation of Universal Language Selector(?) which randomly changes the language on every pageview, refusing to remember my attempts to manually select English. Why? My Adblock Plus subscriptions are blocking http://freegeoip.net/json/?callback=mw.uls.setGeo, but whitelisting that doesn't help.
  • tcrf:'s File namespace seems to be pointing to the old wiki.rustedlogic.net server name for a checkerboard image used to fill in image transparency (on mouse hover?). A DNS entry exists, but the connection times out due to the IP address not corresponding to an existent server.

Android

  • Does Google Play Store show a centralized list of apps needing updates (like in iOS), so I can still complete any updates if I mistakenly dismiss the notification? (This is not an especially complex question; the problem is weak googlesearch-engine-fu on my part)
  • Are there apps for non-rooted devices that allow the following:
    • Automatically activate the system-wide "power-saving mode" setting if battery ≤ X%
    • Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep iff battery ≥ X%
  • The below would probably require root to work with a stock ROM, if they existed
    • Remove nag messages related to app auto-update settings in Google Play Store
    • Make all developer options persist across reboots, or at least 4x MSAA

Other

Folding@home

G'MIC

  • For the 64-bit Windows build, the supplied version of libstdc++-6.dll causes some built-in GIMP plugins to fail, specifically web-page, file-pdf-load, and help-browser. (I don't really need these in my workflow, but this is of course a reportable issue nonetheless.) Apparently they normally look for libstdc++-6.dll somewhere else in the GIMP installation, but they give the working directory higher precedence in the path. (Resolved PEBKAC: I should have extracted G'MIC elsewhere and reconfigured GIMP to look in that folder. But it's probably still worth asking for the documentation to be clarified.)

MediaWiki software

  • AbuseFilter extension: Attempting to view a diff or oldid (properly "item") of an abuse filter that has only one revision wrongly displays a message, "You are editing an old version of this filter. The statistics quoted are for the most recent version of the filter. If you save your changes, you will overwrite all changes since the revision you are editing." This is wrong because the (single) revision is the newest; a better message would say something about the absence of a previous revision with which to compare. An example on this wiki is Special:AbuseFilter/history/15/diff/prev/41 (which actually redirects to Special:AbuseFilter/history/15/item/41) as of this edit. I have also noticed this on the English Wikipedia, though I have no corresponding example handy.

Skype

  • Why does the call quality rating system penalize one out of five points for "speaker too loud," even though I don't hear any problem? It's been like this on every computer on which I've ever used Skype.
    I assume Skype is reading back the audio output and looking for clipping, though as stated, there isn't enough clipping for me to hear. Is a little clipping really that bad? Does this relate to audio enhancements applied by the sound driver? Is there some misuse of the program-specific volume APIs in Windows Vista/7? (Someone on the official forums mentioned this)