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2014-03-03 02:52:09 AM
Google has a good point in curating the extensions.
 
2014-03-03 02:56:43 AM
My GOD- they are blocking unsigned extensions in the BETA channel.  And in the future, they may require that developers submit their extensions for review before approval?  And they don't charge to be a developer?

Worse than Weedlord Bonerhitler.
 
2014-03-03 02:59:25 AM
But yea, <b>subby</b>, you're totally right.  Just like Apple.
 
2014-03-03 03:02:47 AM

The RIchest Man in Babylon: My GOD- they are blocking unsigned extensions in the BETA channel.  And in the future, they may require that developers submit their extensions for review before approval?  And they don't charge to be a developer?

Worse than Weedlord Bonerhitler.


You realize that this means they will simply not approve things the don't like. Like YouTube downloaded capable of getting 1080p. Or maybe Adblock? Having something like this enabled by default is fine, but without a way to disable it, it's a bad thing.
 
2014-03-03 03:02:57 AM
Well, if they do that, I'll be back to Firefox.

Chrome was nice and responsive too...
 
2014-03-03 03:08:35 AM
I have the latest versions of IE, Safari, Opera, Firefox, and Chrome installed. I will let them fight this out between themselves.
 
2014-03-03 03:10:10 AM

kitsuneymg: You realize that this means they will simply not approve things the don't like. Like YouTube downloaded capable of getting 1080p. Or maybe Adblock? Having something like this enabled by default is fine, but without a way to disable it, it's a bad thing.


Or your antivirus, or your password wallet, or the app I use to block scripts and trackers.

Yeah, I feel much safer knowing that anyone can run arbitrary scripting on my PC because Google wanted the ad revenue.
 
2014-03-03 03:11:21 AM

fluffy2097: kitsuneymg: You realize that this means they will simply not approve things the don't like. Like YouTube downloaded capable of getting 1080p. Or maybe Adblock? Having something like this enabled by default is fine, but without a way to disable it, it's a bad thing.

Or your antivirus, or your password wallet, or the app I use to block scripts and trackers.

Yeah, I feel much safer knowing that anyone can run arbitrary scripting on my PC because Google wanted the ad revenue.


Because people are twisting your arm to use chrome.
 
2014-03-03 03:14:39 AM

doglover: Because people are twisting your arm to use chrome.


I'm not saying anyone is. It's just farking annoying to switch all the time.

It's especially annoying from a company thats moto is "don't be evil."
 
2014-03-03 03:15:42 AM

kitsuneymg: The RIchest Man in Babylon: My GOD- they are blocking unsigned extensions in the BETA channel.  And in the future, they may require that developers submit their extensions for review before approval?  And they don't charge to be a developer?

Worse than Weedlord Bonerhitler.

You realize that this means they will simply not approve things the don't like. Like YouTube downloaded capable of getting 1080p. Or maybe Adblock? Having something like this enabled by default is fine, but without a way to disable it, it's a bad thing.


I'm not saying this is a good development, but to compare it to Apple's draconian policies is absurd.
 
2014-03-03 03:18:03 AM

fluffy2097: doglover: Because people are twisting your arm to use chrome.

I'm not saying anyone is. It's just farking annoying to switch all the time.

It's especially annoying from a company thats moto is "don't be evil."


Look,

They put "HEALTHY" on celery. They put it on kid's cereal.

They don't put "DELICIOUS" on grass fed T-bone steak. They put it on pots of MarmitePU

When a company says their motto is "Don't be evil." ...
 
2014-03-03 03:23:59 AM

kitsuneymg: The RIchest Man in Babylon: My GOD- they are blocking unsigned extensions in the BETA channel.  And in the future, they may require that developers submit their extensions for review before approval?  And they don't charge to be a developer?

Worse than Weedlord Bonerhitler.

You realize that this means they will simply not approve things the don't like. Like YouTube downloaded capable of getting 1080p. Or maybe Adblock? Having something like this enabled by default is fine, but without a way to disable it, it's a bad thing.


The thing is, I'm virtually certain that the stable release of Chrome will wind up with some way to disable the requirement.  Why?  If they don't do it, someone else will.  There will either be some kind of jailbreak, or worse someone will find a way to fake the digital signature necessary for installation.  Such things exist for vastly more locked down systems like iOS, and Chrome is partially open source.  There's no way they can stop it, so better for them to have a hand in it at least to avoid the PR hit.

Now admittedly the option may be buried in the menu equivalent of a locked file cabinet inside a disused lavatory with a sign on it reading "Beware the Leopard", but it'll be there.
 
2014-03-03 03:32:09 AM

doglover: When a company says their motto is "Don't be evil." ...


Look, I understand that the free love swinging data party Google is throwing means that I've got to let strange people look at me naked. I'm cool with that, It actually gives me a bit of a boner.

The problem is that Googles bouncer at this party is automated, and every once in a while, TheRapist.yourmedicalinfo.cx slips into the party because the automated server sees Therapist, not The Rapist.

When Googles bouncer farks up, the rapist can follow me home and have his way with my personal information.

and that's not cool Google. Not cool. I get to keep my own bouncers.

/I think I got kinda sidetracked....
 
2014-03-03 03:50:40 AM

fluffy2097: doglover: When a company says their motto is "Don't be evil." ...

Look, I understand that the free love swinging data party Google is throwing means that I've got to let strange people look at me naked. I'm cool with that, It actually gives me a bit of a boner.

The problem is that Googles bouncer at this party is automated, and every once in a while, TheRapist.yourmedicalinfo.cx slips into the party because the automated server sees Therapist, not The Rapist.

When Googles bouncer farks up, the rapist can follow me home and have his way with my personal information.

and that's not cool Google. Not cool. I get to keep my own bouncers.

/I think I got kinda sidetracked....


The rape is coming from inside the house!!
 
2014-03-03 03:54:17 AM
Easier than educating the farktarded users that made this asinine measure necessary, I suppose.
 
2014-03-03 04:19:33 AM

fluffy2097: When Googles bouncer farks up, the rapist can follow me home and have his way with my personal information.


HI THERE
 
2014-03-03 05:10:39 AM
The walled garden model is a good idea for consumer products. Keep the malicious away from idiots, even if it means developers have to show the new stuff is harmless.

Now, if they could fix the memory hole in their STILL 32 bit browser for windows.
 
2014-03-03 05:35:00 AM
doglover:
The rape is coming from inside the house!!

Disturbing news indeed, coming from a man with your username.
 
2014-03-03 07:04:53 AM
Another shot in Google's war against adblockers and YouTube video downloaders. Thankfully, Google Chrome is not the only version of the Chromium browser out there.
 
2014-03-03 07:51:26 AM
Both sides are bad so buy Apple?
 
2014-03-03 08:22:13 AM

bsharitt: Both sides are bad so buy Apple?

Linux
 
2014-03-03 08:24:20 AM

bsharitt: Both sides are bad so buy Apple?


I'm on my MacBook Pro running Chrome, so I guess it cancels out?
 
2014-03-03 08:30:55 AM
But how does this impact Iceweasel users?!
 
2014-03-03 08:39:56 AM

The RIchest Man in Babylon: kitsuneymg: The RIchest Man in Babylon: My GOD- they are blocking unsigned extensions in the BETA channel.  And in the future, they may require that developers submit their extensions for review before approval?  And they don't charge to be a developer?

Worse than Weedlord Bonerhitler.

You realize that this means they will simply not approve things the don't like. Like YouTube downloaded capable of getting 1080p. Or maybe Adblock? Having something like this enabled by default is fine, but without a way to disable it, it's a bad thing.

I'm not saying this is a good development, but to compare it to Apple's draconian policies is absurd.


Tell us more about how Apple blocks certain Safari extensions.
 
2014-03-03 08:45:38 AM
Dear Entitled Neckbeards: Google doesn't owe you anything.
 
2014-03-03 08:55:12 AM

CujoQuarrel: bsharitt: Both sides are bad so buy Apple? Linux


Crouton
Linux

Voila, fully operational battlestation/offline chromebook.
 
2014-03-03 08:56:07 AM

CujoQuarrel: bsharitt: Both sides are bad so buy Apple? Linux


If you are buying Linux, you're doing it very very wrong, unless you are an enterprise user.

AspectRatio: Dear Entitled Neckbeards: Google doesn't owe you anything.


Then I don't owe them my data. They get my data, I get my porn the way I like. Thats the trade off.
 
2014-03-03 09:19:03 AM

doglover: fluffy2097: kitsuneymg: You realize that this means they will simply not approve things the don't like. Like YouTube downloaded capable of getting 1080p. Or maybe Adblock? Having something like this enabled by default is fine, but without a way to disable it, it's a bad thing.

Or your antivirus, or your password wallet, or the app I use to block scripts and trackers.

Yeah, I feel much safer knowing that anyone can run arbitrary scripting on my PC because Google wanted the ad revenue.

Because people are twisting your arm to use chrome.


Wait, so you're truly upset that people are critiquing Google to get back to making a decent product?
 
2014-03-03 09:24:03 AM

fluffy2097: doglover: Because people are twisting your arm to use chrome.

I'm not saying anyone is. It's just farking annoying to switch all the time.

It's especially annoying from a company thats moto is "don't be evil."


This is hardly evil. They give away a very good, free product. Putting some restrictions in it isn't committing genocide.
 
2014-03-03 09:26:07 AM

wildcardjack: The walled garden model is a good idea for consumer products. Keep the malicious away from idiots, even if it means developers have to show the new stuff is harmless.



Except it doesn't.  How many examples slipped by and were pulled after the fact?  (see: flashlight tethering app)

You cannot review thousands of new and updated applications per day in-depth to find malware - it's not financially viable, and the lag time would be horrendous (2+ weeks to see the update).
 
2014-03-03 09:29:19 AM

meanmutton: This is hardly evil. They give away a very good, free product. Putting some restrictions in it isn't committing genocide.


Letting random strangers run arbitrary code on my computer via way of their browser; because they won't let me run a plugin to protect myself, is fundamentally evil.
 
2014-03-03 09:42:45 AM

fluffy2097: meanmutton: This is hardly evil. They give away a very good, free product. Putting some restrictions in it isn't committing genocide.

Letting random strangers run arbitrary code on my computer via way of their browser; because they won't let me run a plugin to protect myself, is fundamentally evil.


You poor thing. Maybe there's a victim's support group you can attend.
 
2014-03-03 10:17:43 AM
How did only allowing corporate approved apps suddenly become a great thing in the eyes of certain hater group?
 
2014-03-03 10:31:09 AM
So, this would mean no Adblock on Chrome since the app does not come from the official Google store.

Guess it's time to see what Firefox looks like after these past few years using Chrome...
 
2014-03-03 10:44:52 AM

fluffy2097: meanmutton: This is hardly evil. They give away a very good, free product. Putting some restrictions in it isn't committing genocide.

Letting random strangers run arbitrary code on my computer via way of their browser; because they won't let me run a plugin to protect myself, is fundamentally evil.


Or you could, you know, just use one of the anti-scripting plugins you can get through Google.
 
2014-03-03 10:47:53 AM

Need a Dispenser Here: So, this would mean no Adblock on Chrome since the app does not come from the official Google store.


Umm.. yes, it does.   https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/adblock?hl=en

Adblock and Adblock Plus are both there.
 
2014-03-03 10:50:14 AM

CujoQuarrel: bsharitt: Both sides are bad so buy Apple?
Linux


You're doing it wrong.
 
2014-03-03 10:57:47 AM

meanmutton: Need a Dispenser Here: So, this would mean no Adblock on Chrome since the app does not come from the official Google store.

Umm.. yes, it does.   https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/adblock?hl=en

Adblock and Adblock Plus are both there.


Oh. Had it been put back in? For a while there you had to go directly to the dev's website.
 
2014-03-03 11:02:36 AM
Having just recently spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get an obviously evil extension uninstalled from my daughter's laptop, I have mixed feelings about this. If Chrome vets the extensions, it will weed out most of the malware out there. But if I want to install an unsupported extension, I'm SOL. And given that most of Google's revenue comes from ads, they might start to look askance at things like ABP.
 
2014-03-03 11:45:20 AM

SpankyPinkbottom: Having just recently spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get an obviously evil extension uninstalled from my daughter's laptop, I have mixed feelings about this. If Chrome vets the extensions, it will weed out most of the malware out there. But if I want to install an unsupported extension, I'm SOL. And given that most of Google's revenue comes from ads, they might start to look askance at things like ABP.


Why would Google care if you block ads for people who aren't Google?
 
2014-03-03 12:13:04 PM
You have to click a couple extra things to install an unsupported extension? Wow, this is worse than Hitler!
 
2014-03-03 01:48:50 PM
Wonder how that'll effect Chromium. It runs the extensions from the Chrome store, but maybe it'll still go around the restriction.
 
2014-03-03 02:38:48 PM
BOTH SIDES ARE BAD SO BUY APPLE
 
2014-03-03 02:49:10 PM

machoprogrammer: BOTH SIDES ARE BAD SO BUY APPLE


You're biased, Mac Ho Programmer.
 
2014-03-03 03:45:21 PM

Dragonflew: machoprogrammer: BOTH SIDES ARE BAD SO BUY APPLE

You're biased, Mac Ho Programmer.


Oh very well played. +5 interwebs to you.
 
2014-03-03 04:36:00 PM

Dragonflew: machoprogrammer: BOTH SIDES ARE BAD SO BUY APPLE

You're biased, Mac Ho Programmer.


This is the best thing I've seen on the Internet today.
 
2014-03-03 05:03:58 PM
It is funny to see the Google apologists are every bit as ready to defend their idols as the most rabid Apple fanboi is.
 
2014-03-03 05:22:45 PM
Well that explains why the youtube center extension stopped working in Chrome for me.
 
2014-03-03 05:48:33 PM
Seriously? You guys haven't enabled developer mode before? It's easy. All this changes is to better prevent malicious extentions from installing themselves without your consent like all the other extensions on the store.
 
2014-03-03 06:31:12 PM
This is why I love the Geek tab. It's a long, cool, frothy mix of first world problems.
 
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