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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17 152

An anonymous reader writes "Last week, Mozilla announced it will prompt Firefox users on Windows with old versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight to update their plugins, but refused to detail how the system will work. Now, the organization has unveiled 'click-to-play plugin blocks,' which will be on by default in Firefox 17, starting with the three aforementioned plugins. (Expect more to be added eventually.) Furthermore, you can try out the feature for yourself now in Firefox 17 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux." Also coming in Firefox 17 is support for Mozilla's "Social API." The announcement describes it thus: "Much like the OpenSearch standard, the Social API enables developers to integrate social services into the browser in a way that is meaningful and helpful to users. As services integrate with Firefox via the Social API sidebar, it will be easy for you to keep up with friends and family anywhere you go on the Web without having to open a new Web page or switch between tabs. You can stay connected to your favorite social network even while you are surfing the Web, watching a video or playing a game."
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

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  • Only 18?? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Viol8 ( 599362 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @03:09PM (#41634321) Homepage

    I updated to 24 only 10 mins ago ... no wait, its updating itself again to 25 ... oh , no thats got some security issue , now its on 26 ... I'll get back to you...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 12, 2012 @03:27PM (#41634499)

    I have a MacBook 13" that I use at work. This is the only thing I can get. Believe me when I say I've tried everything* to get a different laptop. My boss is a big Apple user so I get this one in the end - pun very much intended.

    So here I am, OS X 10.5, unable to update the OS because I can't get a new machine, and up comes this neato message from Firefox.
    "Sorry, you are SOL. We won't let you upgrade to the new version of Firefox because your OS is SOOOOOOO old."
    Something like that.

    And then I have a flashback. It's eight years ago. I'm sitting in my living room. I'm on my Quadra 800. I'm on my bank's website and up flashes this message. "Update your browser"
    But I can't! To update my browser I need a new OS. To upgrade my OS I need a new Mac. TO upgrade my Mac I need a whole lot of money.

    That was the day I switched to a PC.

    How is it that eight years have passed and APPLE IS STILL DOING EXACTLY THE SAME CRAP THEY ALWAYS DID?

  • by Laxori666 ( 748529 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @03:48PM (#41634697) Homepage

    You mean, meeting in meat space? Heaven forbid. These mortal coils of ours are getting more and more outdated. It requires such effort to synchronize two intellects to meet at a certain point and time, and then to move two 200lb bodies from wherever they happen to be to that point in time and place in space.

    The inconvenience of course is in experiencing any sort of fleshy exertion as well as having to deal with the vicissitudes of the physical world. Going up a flight of stairs, getting delayed in traffic, etc. All serve to frustrate the would-be mortal coil transcender.

    It will help when we have cybernetic implants such that we can control our environment more readily with our thoughts. I'm thinking bionic arms and legs, and perhaps jetpacks, which are mentally-commanded, much like our regular arms and legs are, except they won't tire or feel pain.

    However, that's still not ideal as the machinery can break and still has to deal with physical forces. That'll just be a temporary stopgap until we can integrate everything meaningful into a consensual hallucination existing only on the computers of the world. Plug in, upload your consciousness, and then move about in and interact with a world entirely of your own making. No more need to move heavy bodies in the physical world, thus all of those muscles required for motion can atrophy, reducing the required caloric intake. The body becomes a more capable yet more powerful machine thanks to the mental interface into cyberspace.

    This won't be ideal at first until all the kinks are worked out. You're not gonna want a server outage to fry the brains of everyone currently uploaded to that server. It's that blasted physical world, again. But eventually the electronics will get smaller, we'll need less and less of our bodies, and we'll have a brilliantly glorious future consisting of billions of disembodied human brains side-by-side in gigantic clusters all uploaded to the most powerful networked computer program ever made, dependent upon almost-invisible/ethereal hardware. Boring from the outside, but inside, we won't have to eat, drink or sleep to survive. Just one long massive near-eternal dream whose inhabitants can do what they want, when they want: mass orgies, gigantic visceral FPSs, mini-golf simulations, RPGs, petting kitties, you name it.

    What a glorious future awaits this human race. Until then, I will continue living in this painful physical world... my first action will be to finish consuming this bag of fried pork skins.

In less than a century, computers will be making substantial progress on ... the overriding problem of war and peace. -- James Slagle