Archive for April 13, 2012

Mozilla Working on Opt-in Activation for Plugins


Browser plugins like Flash and Java have always had their fair share of critics, but the clamor against them seems to be getting increasingly louder. Many of these critics no longer seem content with merely criticizing them, and instead want such plugins to be dispensed with at the earliest. Well, they now have a reason to pop the celebratory bubbly as Mozilla is working on incorporating a click-to-play mechanism for plugins in future versions of its flagship browser.

The “click-to-play plugin” feature, already available in Chrome and Opera, has now found its way into the latest Firefox nightly build, and is expected to enter the stable channel as part of Firefox 14. Obviously, this opt-in plugin activation scheme is aimed at preventing plugins from adversely affecting browser performance and security.

“To see and play with the feature, download a Nightly build of Firefox, go to about:config, and enable the plugins.click_to_play flag,” wrote Mozilla’s Jared Wein, the man in charge of the project, in a blog post. “When plugins.click_to_play is enabled, plugins will require an extra click to activate and start ‘playing’ content. This is an incremental step towards securing our users, reducing memory usage, and opening up the web.”

Under this scheme, users will be able to enable the click-to-play option either for all plugins or just the ones specified by them. Further, Mozilla also plans to allow itself to remotely enable this option in case of out-of-date and/or vulnerable plugins.

Image Credit: Jared Wein

PSA: Watch Coachella on YouTube, Google devices for free this weekend

Sure, Google's previous Coachella stream ran about as smoothly as Woodstock 1999's final hours, but that's no reason to abandon the idea. Mountain View has decided to give it another go, streaming 2012's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Youtube and to properly equipped devices. Looking to get your rock on? Hit the source link below.

PSA: Watch Coachella on YouTube, Google devices for free this weekend originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Apr 2012 23:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Voyager and the Coming Great Hiatus In Deep Space


MatthewVD writes "Some time in the next decade, the Voyager probes will run out of juice and finally go silent after almost a half century of exploration. John Rennie writes that the lack of any meaningful effort to follow up with a mission to interstellar space shows the "fragile, inconsistent state of space exploration." It's particularly frustrating since the Voyagers have tantalized astronomers with a glimpse into about how the sun's magnetic field protects us from (or exposes us to) cosmic rays. Have we gone as far as we're willing to go in space?"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Megaupload user data in limbo – USA TODAY



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