On the topic of net neutrality you may have seen this quote floating around:
"I'm authorized to state by my client today, that but for these rules we would be exploring those commercial arrangements."
This is from the Verizon lawyer Helgi C. Walker, and is touted as evidence that Verizon plans to prioritize or block Internet traffic discriminately, or create paid fast-lanes. Here's a little more detail on this and where you can listen to the full exchange.
is a feature that allows you to take, download, collect, and share screenshots. Mozilla added it to version 56 of Firefox. If you don't need it or never use it, here's how you can disable it.
is a feature that strips away clutter like buttons, ads, and background images, and changes the page's text size, contrast, and layout for better readability. Here's how you can disable it.
is a service that allows you to save documents, articles, and other content for later reading. It used to be an add-on for Firefox, but Mozilla decided to integrate it directly into the browser, which upset
many users. Here's how you can disable it.
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Lately there has been a scam text message going around trying to trick people into thinking their Bank of America account has been compromised in some way. It contains a fake authorization code, and a link to "block" the transaction.
During the Olympics, Yahoo displays a box in the lower left of your mail inbox with the medal count for each country. If you want to remove this, you can do so using any standard ad blocker.
Amazon often shows a video ad on their frontpage for their women's dresses section. It can be distracting, as any auto-playing video is. Here is an easy way to remove it using a standard ad blocker.
Yahoo has video ads that auto-play when you empty your spam folder or have an empty inbox or other folder. When they first introduced them you could disable them, but shortly afterwards Yahoo made them permanent. Here is an easy way to remove them completely using any standard ad blocker.
I created a small script that keeps track of all new Reddit posts that are created and all posts that reach the front page over the last 8 months (default subreddits in the U.S.). I was able to create a couple interesting time and day-of-the-week heat maps from the data.
YouTube annotations are semi-transparent boxes of text that cover a video while you're watching it. They can be different colors and sizes, and can pop up or go away at any point during a video. Sometimes they are useful, but most of the time they aren't. YouTube gives you a way to turn them off on a per-video basis in video options, but not permanently or site-wide. Here is how you can achieve that using an ad blocker browser extension and a simple filter.
Curious how many images and files Imgur hosts? Some public information is available in the Imgur AMA
and Imgur wiki
, but it doesn't contain information specifically on how many files Imgur has in its archives currently.