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Looks like Otter is not including its own user agent string anymore. That's sad. Here is a random one just so
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Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/602.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Otter/1
Here is a request to go to website preferences:
Right now the user can change the user agent in website preferences by selecting from a menu. However, this would be a great spot to allow to enter an arbitrary string that would apply just for that website.
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All new pages open in a tab by default, I think. There are four options to popups under Quick Commands (F12 when a webpage is in focus).

Same options regarding popups are under Preferences > Content.
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More browsers, less browsers
Microsoft is building its own Chromium browser to replace the default [browser called Edge] on Windows 10.

On Android, Edge's square-y tile-y tab-switching is comfy. And the reading view is nice - no settings, but no settings needed because the default happens to suit me. Should I avoid updating from now on?
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DnD Central / Re: Tripe about Ukraine
Russia Ukraine incident: Duma 'to honour ship seizure troops'
The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament plans to give state awards to the border guards who fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors a week ago, Russian media say.
Mainly posting this for the neat map of the incident

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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Bush the First died at age 94. Gorbachev, 87, remembers good things about him https://apnews.com/e73505a6e6af447a99fb5ef9a4432974
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Currently Otter Browser supports only user scripts as extensions.
Are there any example files so users could understand how they are written? Are they exactly the same user scripts as used in Greasemonkey (or whatever the script extension there was called) or somehow different? Do old-time Opera user scripts work? Where to put the files?

Etc.
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DnD Central / Re: Tripe about Ukraine
After four years of war, Poroshenko actually declared state of war now that a suitable incident with boat shooting provided a reason. And he Russian adult men aged 16-60 should not enter Ukraine https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/30/ukraine-bans-entry-to-russian-adult-men-poroshenko
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Somehow in none of the histories about Thanksgiving is there any mention of turkey.


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The Lounge / Keeps Giving!
About a decade later Captain John Smith, who coined the term "New England," wrote that the Massachusetts, a nearby indigenous group, inhabited what he described as "the Paradise of all those parts."

Champlain and Smith understood that any Europeans who wanted to establish communities in this region would need either to compete with Natives or find ways to extract resources with their support.

But after Champlain and Smith visited, a terrible illness spread through the region. Modern scholars have argued that indigenous communities were devastated by leptospirosis, a disease caused by Old World bacteria that had likely reached New England through the feces of rats that arrived on European ships.

[...]

The epidemic benefited the Pilgrims, who arrived soon thereafter: The best land had fewer residents and there was less competition for local resources, while the Natives who had survived proved eager trading partners.
Happy Thanksgiving!
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In Canada

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are also sometimes traced to the French settlers who came to New France in the 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing food with the indigenous peoples of the area.

In the United States

Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia and a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group's charter from the London Company [...]

Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress,[17] each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.

On October 31, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a presidential proclamation changing the holiday to the next to last Thursday in November, for business reasons.[26] On December 26, 1941, he signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday.[27]

Since 1971, when the American Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect, the American observance of Columbus Day has coincided with the Canadian observance of Thanksgiving.
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So my laptops are better than yours? Or maybe Palemoon manages resources so much better. I don't even remember when I last opened Fx, but I remember that I opened it only to see what it looked like after some update a while ago. Everything looked ever more misaligned and I did not feel like trying any actual website with it. I should uninstall it because it has no reason to exist on my end.
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Privacy wise it offers even less user control than Chrome.
How about a specific example so we can compare and make an informed choice.

It's funny/sad to see how many of those people complaining about Google's monopoly and evilness are using their browser/forks helping Google to become even more powerful and hoggish.
Not helping, but simply trying to survive and get things done. If it were possible to live without Google's rendering engine, I would, just like I abandoned Microsoft Windows as soon as it became possible.
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The one primary reason I like Vivaldi is the interface toggle. There are also other good features reminiscent of Opera, like Quick Commands and secondary address field.[1] Then there are also features that are utterly inappropriate on desktop, such as Picture-in-Picture/video popout.

A secondary reason to have Vivaldi is that it has the Chrome rendering engine (an unfortunate necessity on the web, just like IE used to be around the turn of the century) while it is not Chrome.

In one blog post, Vivaldi CEO admitted he gave a finger to evil Google and got screwed.
We made effort to understand [Google's waffle about suspending Vivaldi's AdWords account] and to work with them on their various unreasonable demands (some of which they don't follow themselves, by the way). After almost three months of back-and-forth, the suspension to our account has been lifted, but only when we bent to their requirements.

A monopoly both in search and advertising, Google, unfortunately, shows that they are not able to resist the misuse of power. I am saddened by this makeover of a geeky, positive company into the bully they are in 2017.
He should have known better: When you know it's evil, do not give an inch. When the demands are unreasonable and they don't even follow them themselves, thou shalt not bend.

And isn't it mildly curious that he is not telling what the unreasonable demands were that he bent to? Let's hope it was just about money...
I like to think that I made them implement the secondary address field when I mentioned it in the forums :)
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DnD Central / Re: "Scientists Say" blather
And I always thought the real definition of kg was, as the article said, the mass of a litre of distilled water at its freezing point, and the etalon was just some secondary thing. Turns out the etalon was primary for some reason.
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Was that a Winamp clone? To me xbmc seemed more like Realplayer. Or more properly its extension, Real Jukebox (which would beat the crap out of modern iTunes).

A significant distinguishing mark for Winamp was its skins. Audacious and Qmmp can do the v.1 "classic" skins of Winamp. Unfortunately, my favourite was among v.2 "modern" skins.

Anyway, VLC is skinnable too. And VLC can load both your media library and online links as you please. Even though I prefer to keep those two functions separate for sanity, media library (with a sane organisation to keep onboard media distinct from the collection of bookmarks of streams) for one app and ad hoc media for another.
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DnD Central / Re: "Scientists Say" blather
Compared to its copies, the tiny cylinder [of etalon kilogram] appeared to be getting progressively lighter. That, or its copies were getting progressively heavier. It's impossible say which, since Big K, by definition, is exactly one kilogram.
So, scientists say that the kilogram was having weight issues. Therefore it had to be redefined.
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Population density thingie https://pudding.cool/2018/10/city_3d/
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@jax Turkey again as a European country? You always find a way to squeeze that in there.
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Merkel said it - we need an European army.
But a European army won't work when it is powered by Russian oil, I'd assume.

Then again, Hitler made something like this almost work when he attacked Russia.
On February 11, 1940, Germany and the Soviet Union entered into the German-Soviet Commercial Agreement... The trade pact helped Germany to surmount the British blockade of Germany.[97] The main raw materials specified in the agreement were one million tons of grain, 900,000 tons of oil and more than 500,000 tons of various metal ores (mostly iron ore) in exchange for synthetic material plants, ships, turrets, machine tools and coal.[128] The agreement also contained a "Confidential Protocol" providing the Soviet Union would undertake purchases from third party countries of "metals and other goods" on behalf of Germany.
Do we want to be like Hitler?

Edit: This reference is not random. It was not too long ago when Merkel was ultra-cozy with Putin and they envisioned visa-freedom with Russia and even an eventual EU membership for Russia. This coziness had been established by earlier Bundeskanzlers who outlined more ways to bring in more Russian oil to Germany.
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... I assume you only have one way to go. The way many countries have gone. Ban them [guns].
Which country? Can you bring an example?

I'm not @SmileyFaze but I can at least respect his opinion. I'd do the same with you. Mine is well documented. I'd go over it again with proper cause to.
My opinion is also very well documented here, in essay-length posts.

The best documented opinion in this thread is SF's. Because it's the most simple-minded opinion: More guns! Well regulated means no regulation! Let's not be like those other countries where govt is evil, they take your guns away and you have no rights!

You are not SF, but you appear to willing to bring up a country for comparison, right?
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I invited you to a debate. Rejection noted. Again.
You did not invite me explicitly, so there was nothing to reject. Not explicitly anyway.

What more do you find worth discussing or debating on this issue? In the absence of the other side, should we blow the apparent differences out of proportion on the same side we are on?
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I see. SF wins, as usual. KO by name-calling.
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Nothing in the bill of rights is meant to be restrictive.
Yet everything in the bill of rights *is* restricted, starting with libel and defamation laws restricting free speech. Why should it be any different with gun rights? Applying the gun-rightist argumentation with consistency, they should maintain that driver's licence regulation means that cars are taken away from the people.
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People are dumb. Removing guns is only accepting it as the way things have to be.
Why does it seem to gun-rightists that gun-control proponents want to remove guns and take guns away? In what other country have guns been taken away from people (as distinguished from regulated just like e.g. driver's licences are regulated)?

Access to guns is regulated everywhere in the world, even in armies. Well, particularly in armies! Moreover, it says "well regulated" in the 2nd amendment of the U.S. constitution. Gun-rightists always had the  option to be sensible on this point, but for some reason they prefer to be insane about it.
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and sentence their slaves for some crime or another to slavery, to keep their state of affairs.
Which is exactly what happened. See Civil Rights issues.
Yes. Which is why I said the Civil War was over nothing, i.e. it did not change much.

The Constitution is an old document and in a time where the Brits were taking American sailors as slaves to serve on their ships such a clause was more humane than the norm, for the time.
In this sentence, what does "American" mean? Surely not natives (so-called Indians)? Then who? African-Americans (really Africans)? The colonist rabble (really Brits)?