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Firefox bug: causes relationships to break up

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Found this while searching Bruce Schneier’s blog for something:
Bug 330884. From the report:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create 2 unique user accounts (for steps sake, let’s call the two accounts Joe and Mary) in Windows XP Home.
[...]
7. Log-in as Mary and open Firefox.
8. Browse, browse, browse… but you don’t really have to. Just go to “View Saved Passwords,” click on the tab that will show you sites to never save passwords for, and you’ll see whatever painful site Joe denied to save a password for.
9. Break-up with fiancé.

Ouch.
(Of course, the comments on the bug report include people giving relationship advice.)

Written by S

Wed, 2007-01-31 at 21:20:56 +05:30

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Firefox bug: Autocomplete bookmark keyword queries

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Steps to reproduce:
1. Use “g” (or something) as a keyword for some search.
2. Type “g long query goes here which is too long to type every time”.
3. A couple of days later, start typing it again, and notice that although URLs auto-complete, these bookmark keyword queries don’t.

It would be nice if they did. The Autocomplete Manager extension (doesn’t work on Firefox 2) seemed at first to be a solution, but it is not.

(I heard that there is a long-ignored bug filed about this, but I couldn’t find it…)

Written by S

Wed, 2007-01-31 at 00:26:55 +05:30

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Nutritionism

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An article called Unhappy Meals in the New York Times Magazine. Nearly 10000 words, every one of them worth reading.

Something (possibly unrelated) Freakonomics quorum on the obesity epidemic.

And Dean Ornish’s TED talk and an article.

Some more links I haven’t carefully read: Is nutrition science not really science?, Junk Food or Junk Science?, Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus.

Also, What if it’s all been a big fat lie?, and (heh) The Physics diet.

Written by S

Wed, 2007-01-31 at 00:25:06 +05:30

Greasemonkey script

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Via Lifehacker:
Eliminate extra exclamation points!!! on Zieak’s Blog. (Is 7144 on userscripts.org.)
Fixing things at the wrong end?

Written by S

Tue, 2007-01-23 at 23:27:55 +05:30

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What to do with a Debian/Ubuntu source package

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A Debian source package (something like this) often has files like xxxxx.orig.tar.gz, xxxxx-1.diff.gz and xxxxx-1.dsc. It wasn’t clear what to do with them, so I gathered courage and asked in #debian, and despite all the stories I’d heard about the channel, a couple of people were actually nice enough to answer: do dpkg-source -x xxxxx-1.dsc, which will extract the .tar.gz (don’t do it yourself) and apply the patch correctly. Then you have the source directory, where you can go and configure, make ….

Written by S

Mon, 2007-01-22 at 18:39:44 +05:30

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The Firefox right-click bug

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I was having a bug with Firefox where right-clicking in some places would bring up two context menus, a sort of double-menu with one on top of the other, and with both of them working (but clicking somewhere else outside dismisses only one of the menus).
I searched around on Google a bit and found no mention of it… Recently, one of my friends had the same bug, so we knew what to do — look in the list of extensions that we had both installed, and find which one was causing it. The culprit turned out to be Image Zoom. I uninstalled it, and now everything works fine.

Update: There is a video of this behaviour.
Update: It seems (seems) to be fixed: here.

Written by S

Mon, 2007-01-22 at 18:24:44 +05:30

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Indian music in the west: Ravi Shankar

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Indian Express article on India in the west, including the “disastrous” Woodstock.

The disastrous “non performance” was at Woodstock, the greatest pop jamboree ever. But, alas, it was too noisy for classical music. Worse, the flower children closest to the stage took their clothes off and proceeded to make love in the spirit of hippie freedom, even as Allah Rakha closed his eyes and covered them with his hands.
On this, the 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, it is worth our while to remember the distinction between cultural “fusion” and cultural “confusion”. Ravi Shankar at Woodstock represented the latter.

From Wikipedia:

Ravi Shankar has been critical of some facets of the Western reception of Indian music. On a trip to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district after performing in Monterey, Shankar wrote, “I felt offended and shocked to see India being regarded so superficially and its great culture being exploited. Yoga, Tantra, mantra, kundalini, ganja, hashish, Kama Sutra? They all became part of a cocktail that everyone seemed to be lapping up!”

From an interview with Rolling Stone:

What did you think of “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”?
To tell you the truth, I had to keep my mouth shut. It was introduced to me by my nieces and nephews, who were just gaga over it. I couldn’t believe it, because to me, it sounded so terrible.

Did you like the Monterey Pop festival?
I was shocked to see people dressing so flamboyantly. They were all stoned. [...] Then I saw Jimi Hendrix. I saw how wonderful he was at the guitar, and I was really admiring him, and then he started his antics. Making love to the guitar. And then, as if that was not enough, he burned the guitar. That was too much for me. In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God.

Do you miss the big audiences you had in the ’60s?
When George became my student, I got a new audience: the younger generation. And, of course, they came like a flood because the whole thing happened together with the hippie movement and this interest in Indian culture. Unfortunately, it got all mixed up with drugs and Kamasutra and hash and all that. I was like a rock star. The superficial people who just came because everyone else was going dropped out. Those who stayed are still there. They’re in middle age, and they don’t have beads or long hair, and they’re free from drugs. I never said one shouldn’t take drugs or drink alcohol, but associating drugs with our music and culture, that’s something I always fought. I was telling them to come without being high on drugs. I said, “Give me the chance to make you high through our music,” which it does, really. I think it’s good I made that stand, and that’s why I’m still here today.

Written by S

Mon, 2007-01-22 at 04:37:22 +05:30

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