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  • Are Roads Safer With No Central White Lines? Press2ToContinue writes: White lines along the center of roads have been removed in parts of the UK, with some experts saying it encourages motorists to slow down. So is it the beginning of the end... 2016-02-09T09:58:00+00:00
  • Google Working On Wireless Charging For Self-Driving Cars MikeChino writes: New FCC filings suggest that Google is currently installing wireless charging systems for self-driving cars at its headquarters in Mountain View. The documents suggest that the... 2016-02-09T07:01:00+00:00
  • China Just Made a Major Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Research New submitter TechnoidNash writes: China announced last week a major breakthrough in the realm of nuclear fusion research. The Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was able to... 2016-02-09T04:07:00+00:00
  • Wolves Howl In Different 'Dialects,' Machine Learning Finds derekmead writes: Differentiating wolf howls with human ears can prove tricky, so researchers have turned to computer algorithms to suss out if different wolf species howl differently. They think that... 2016-02-09T01:22:00+00:00
  • Java Installer Flaw Shows Why You Should Clear Your Downloads Folder itwbennett writes: On Friday, Oracle published a security advisory recommending that users delete all the Java installers they might have laying around on their computers and use new ones for versions... 2016-02-09T00:38:00+00:00
  • How the Cloud Has Changed (Since Last You Looked) snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at the new services and pricing models that are making cloud computing more powerful, complex, and cheaper than it was a few short years ago. 'We... 2016-02-08T23:54:00+00:00
  • Carbon Dioxide From the Air Converted Into Methanol Zothecula writes: The danger posed by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide has seen many schemes proposed to remove a proportion it from the air. Rather than simply capture this greenhouse... 2016-02-08T23:11:00+00:00
  • Instagram Launches Account Switching On iOS and Android Today, Instagram announced that users will be able to switch between up to five different accounts when using the app on iOS and Android. This new feature will be available later this week, when users... 2016-02-08T22:30:00+00:00
  • Sen. Blumenthal Demands Lifting of IT 'Gag' Order dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the layoff and replacement of IT workers by foreign workers at a state energy utility... 2016-02-08T21:57:00+00:00
  • Anti-Piracy Group BREIN Demands Torrents Time Cease and Desist An anonymous reader writes: Not even a week has gone by since Torrents Time appeared on the scene, and the site has already been served with a cease-and-desist letter. Anti-piracy group BREIN, based... 2016-02-08T21:15:00+00:00
  • GitHub Open Sources Their Internal Testing Tool destinyland writes: Last week GitHub released a new open source tool called Scientist, a Ruby-based library they've been using in-house for several years. "It's the most terrifying moment when you... 2016-02-08T20:34:00+00:00
  • The Hyperloop Industrial Complex Jason Koebler writes: Two and a half years after Elon Musk pitched the technology, actually traveling on a hyperloop is still theoretical, but its effect on business is not. There is a very real... 2016-02-08T19:53:00+00:00
  • Listen To Hawking's Second Reith Lecture On Black Holes, Illustrated An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has now put the second of Stephen Hawking's Reith Lectures up on their web site, with accompanying illustrations. It's not 'All you ever wanted to know about... 2016-02-08T19:27:00+00:00
  • Researcher Finds Tens of Software Products Vulnerable To Simple Bug An anonymous reader writes: There's a German security researcher that is arduously testing the installers of tens of software products to see which of them are vulnerable to basic DLL hijacking... 2016-02-08T19:10:00+00:00
  • Talos Secure Workstation Is Free-Software Centric — and $3100 [Updated] jones_supa writes: These days, the motivation to use open source software for many people is to avoid backdoors placed by intelligence organizations and to avoid software that has hidden... 2016-02-08T18:29:00+00:00
  • 5 things to watch in New Hampshire primary Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500
  • Rubio searches for answers while his opponents circle Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500
  • Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's ... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:35:15 -0500
  • FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chad Fitzgerald said defense lawyers had shown him "manipulated evidence" of cell phone records when he was on the stand last week. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:45:42 -0500
  • State seeks delay in 3 Freddie Gray trials, pending appeals BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the trials of three police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case until appellate courts decide if another officer awaiting retrial on related charges can be compelled to testify against them. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:00:32 -0500
  • More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crash A charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring more than 30 people and closing the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut. The bus, which was on its ... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:26:48 -0500
  • Report: Clinton considering staff, strategy changes to campaign Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:27:56 -0500
  • Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel By Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. Snow was falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire on Monday, with police and elected officials urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (100 kph) were expected in parts of coastal southeastern Massachusetts, raising the risk of downed trees and power outages, officials said. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:11:45 -0500
  • Firefox Nightly 24, weeks 1-6

    Speed & memory:

    • Fixed: 678037 - JS: Lazy bytecode generation.
    • Fixed: 883154 - JS: Add runtime wide cache for compiled lazy scripts.
    • Fixed: 875276 - JS: Don't create types for scripts until they are compiled by baseline.
    • Fixed: 868431 - JS: IonMonkey: Require baseline compilation, remove bailout-to-interpreter code.
    • Fixed: 845147 - Janky scrolling on pages with many small images.
    • Fixed: 873640 - Read-ahead not actually being used on omni.ja.
    • Fixed: 868441 - Bypass Cache When Lock Held Too Long.
    • Fixed: 791670 - Preload the new tab page.
    • Fixed: 846019 - Identify and aggregate extensions' compartments in about:memory.

    New web technologies:

    • Fixed: 52500 - HTML: Make regular CSS properties apply on <input type='file'>.
    • Fixed: 674927 - HTML: Support spellcheck=false for contentEditable.
    • Fixed: 549861 - CSS: Implement parsing of font feature properties.
    • Fixed: 856410 - DOM: Implement promises.
    • Fixed: 869996 - JS: Set.prototype.{keys, values, entries}.
    • Fixed: 815431 - JS: String.prototype.repeat.
    • Fixed: 881939 - Debugger: Enable source maps by default.
    • Fixed: 833385 - WebVTT: Implement Track element and TextTrack* DOM classes.
    • Fixed: 836599 - WebAudio: Implement OfflineAudioContext.
    • Fixed: 815643 - WebAudio: Implement ConvolverNode.

    WebAudio API rollout status

    Security & privacy:

    • Fixed: 842657 - CSP: Enable the CSP 1.0 parser.
    • Fixed: 763879 - CSP: Implement blocking of inline stylesheets.
    • Fixed: 880735 - Reimplement the plugin doorhanger with new click-to-play behavior.

    Other notable fixes:

    • Fixed: 866880 - Implement "Close Tabs to the Right" as a built-in feature.
    • Fixed: 600207 - SVG-as-image is fuzzy/pixelated when scaled or printed, when we trigger the tiling codepath.
    • Fixed: 234485 - xml:lang is not used for font selection or hyphenation.
    • Fixed: 602006 - Replace Error Console with Browser Console.
    • Fixed: 827915 - Get rid of SVG's own invalidation mechanisms and rely on DLBI instead.
    • Fixed: 823512 - Rewrite PeerConnection in JS-implemented WebIDL.
    • Fixed: 856427 - [Windows] Add vsync support.
    • Fixed: 794282 - [Linux] Enable GStreamer in official builds.

    Sources:

  • Firefox Nightly 23, weeks 1-6

    Speed & memory:

    • Fixed: 805241 - JS: Merge the new baseline compiler.
    • Fixed: 804676 - JS: Remove dependence of Ion compilation on ScriptAnalysis::analyzeTypes.
    • Fixed: 825928 - Graphics: Layers refactoring.
    • Fixed: 865546 - Graphics: Large scaled images in SVG's cause choppy scrolling.
    • Fixed: 854803 - Graphics: Images on slow network continously use 1 full core.
    • Fixed: 600307 - Rewrite and cleanup DOMStorage code.
    • Fixed: 566746 - Form history should use asynchronous storage API.
    • Fixed: 697377 - Form Autocomplete should use asynchronous storage API.

    For more, read Taras's Snappy blog and MemShrink blog posts.

    New web technologies:

    • Fixed: 765780 - Enable plugins and JavaScript in designMode.

    For more, read Firefox 23 for developers.

    Security & privacy:

    • Fixed: 838692 - Don't allow navigating named targets from sandboxed iframes.
    • Fixed: 549697 - Add click-to-play plugin UI to the addon manager.
    • Fixed: 834836 - Turn on pref to block mixed active content.

    Other notable fixes:

    • Fixed: 858538 - Download-attribute kills WebSocket connections.
    • Fixed: 560072 - Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor throws for many DOM objects.
    • Fixed: 485149 - Using box-shadow on a <fieldset> with <legend> does not follow box shape.
    • Fixed: 857820 - Drop only blink effect from text-decoration: blink; and completely remove <blink> element.
    • Fixed: 369180 - Proxy Authentication required while typing Search String.
    • Fixed: 649216 - Remove unnecessary delay when clicking tab close buttons sequentially.
    • Fixed: 636564 - [Mac] Lion-style floating scrollbars.

    Sources:

  • Firefox Nightly 22, weeks 1-6

    Speed & memory:

    • Fixed: 840282 - Land OdinMonkey (asm.js optimizing compiler).
    • Fixed: 759585 - Change the granularity of collection from compartment to zone.
    • Fixed: 829747 - Do Async Canvas layers update.
    • Fixed: 716859 - Streaming WebGL Buffers (Double-buffering, etc).
    • Fixed: 751418 - Enable OpenGL acceleration on Skia.
    • Fixed: 753768 - Move page thumbnails I/O off the main thread.
    • Fixed: 716140 - Multithreaded image decoding.
    • Fixed: 689623 - Layout needs to provide information on which images are visible or likely to be visible.
    • Fixed: 810151 - Use readahead for ordered jar files such as omni.ja. Should be ~10% startup speedup.

    For more, read Taras's Snappy blog and Nick's MemShrink blog.

    New web technologies:

    • Fixed: 629801 - HTML: Implement <time> element.
    • Fixed: 839371 - HTML: Implement <data> element.
    • Fixed: 841948 - HTML: Enable <input type=range> on Nightly and Aurora.
    • Fixed: 345195 - HTML: Replace the anonymous <input type='text'> in <input type='file'> by a simple text.
    • Fixed: 829602 - JS: ParallelDo intrinsic and self-hosted ParallelArray.
    • Fixed: 846406 - JS: Implement arrow functions.
    • Fixed: 789897 - JS: Implement the preventExtensions and isExtensible trap for proxies.
    • Fixed: 839979 - JS: Implement Object.is.
    • Fixed: 690659 - XHR: Filename parameter in the FormData.append method.
    • Fixed: 604039 - DOM: Prototype Gamepad (Joystick) API.
    • Fixed: 650295 - DOM: Add support for speech input.
    • Fixed: 782211 - DOM: Implement notification API spec.
    • Fixed: 736324 - DOM: Allow naming blob URL.
    • Fixed: 783129 - DOM: Implement the document.register interface method.
    • Fixed: 407983 - DOM: Add clipboardData to the onpaste event.
    • Fixed: 737100 - DOM: Extend Pointer Lock for non-fullscreen elements.
    • Fixed: 805613 - Fullscreen: Handle multiple fullscreen documents concurrently.
    • Fixed: 724554 - Fullscreen: Don't exit fullscreen when focusing window on different display.
    • Fixed: 700023 - Fonts: Enable Graphite font shaping by default.
    • Fixed: 419588 - Image: Add support for multiple ICO and ICNS sizes.

    For more, read Firefox 22 for developers.

    Security & privacy:

    Other notable fixes:

    • Fixed: 82301 - Today History folder should be expanded by default.
    • Fixed: 767944 - Implement a manager for centralized quota and storage handling.
    • Fixed: 253564 - Plain text documents should word-wrap. (Toggle using View > Page Style or the pref “plain_text.wrap_long_lines”)
    • Fixed: 548763 - [Mac] Show download progress in dock icon.
    • Fixed: 844604 - [Windows] Increase default text size on hidpi displays.
    • Fixed: 748740 - New tab is not opening after "Ctrl/Cmd+Click" on a link if there is "event.stopPropagation()" in the "click" handler.
    • Fixed: 738952 - PDF: make "Save as..." File menu entry and Ctrl+S work.
    • Fixed: 743252 - PDF: Don't print the URL and other information when printing PDFs.
    • Fixed: 830267 - Don't store plugin preferences via pluginreg.dat: store them per-mimetype.
    • Fixed: 760140 - AAC and MP3 not supported in <audio> (but AAC supported as a <video> sound track!) when the Fluendo Complete Codec Pack is installed.

    Sources:

  • Firefox Nightly 21, weeks 1-6

    Speed & memory:

    • Fixed: 784591 - Don't leave around decoded image data for display: none images.
    • Fixed: 836010 - When startup is determined to be slow, tell users about ways to improve their startup time.
    • Fixed: 823147 - Avoid hitting D2D slow path when drawing radial gradients from css.
    • Fixed: 821361 - JS: Optimize closures that only run once.
    • Fixed: 807853 - JS: Add parallel compilation mode.
    • Fixed: 715419 - JS: Specialize Array.prototype.sort when given the comparator is "return arg1 - arg2".
    • Fixed: 835417 - DOM: Mark DOM getters as pure when they are.
    • Fixed: 239254 - [Linux] Support disk cache on a local path.

    For more, read Taras's Snappy blog and Nick's MemShrink blog.

    New web technologies:

    • Fixed: 820508 - Add support for <main> element.
    • Fixed: 508725 - Implement scoped stylesheets.
    • Fixed: 440046 - Implement window.crypto.getRandomValues (secure PRNG).
    • Fixed: 828261 - Implement window.location.origin.
    • Fixed: 792263 - Implement decodeAudioData.
    • Fixed: 796463 - Enable WebRTC's PeerConnection by default.

    For more, read Firefox 21 for developers.

    Security & privacy:

    • Fixed: 838557 - Create and use a common interface for ASan/Valgrind memory handling functions.
    • Fixed: 821892 - Click-to-play: "Page Info" -> Permissions needs to be aware of plugin permission differentiation.
    • Fixed: 774315 - Click-to-play: Add "Hide this plugin" to context menu, to work around broken sites.
    • Fixed: 822371 - Mixed content: Improved UI for users who have set security.mixed_content.block_active_content.

    Other notable fixes:

    • Fixed: 833511 - Add rotation gesture support to image documents.
    • Fixed: 765398 - Implement three-state UI for DNT (do not track me, okay to track me, decline to state).
    • Fixed: 815640 - Make permission manager aware of "file://" (without dirty hacks).
    • Fixed: 726275 - Shift-click on back/forward button doesn't load page.
    • Fixed: 712763 - Session restore loads saved windows in reverse order.
    • Fixed: 608735 - DOM: XMLHttpRequest's getAllResponseHeaders() returns null if the request is the result of CORS.
    • Fixed: 838269 - DOM: Support cross-global |... instanceof DOMInterface|.
    • Fixed: 777385 - DOM: Support Paris bindings objects that are either nsISupports or non-cycle-collected as weak map keys.
    • Fixed: 818023 - JS: function.caller does not always work.
    • Fixed: 786135 - JS: Make parseInt("042") === 42.
    • Fixed: 827784 - [Windows] Provide an option to disable favicons on webpage shortcuts.
    • Fixed: 837859 - [Windows] Enable Windows Media Foundation support for H.264 AAC, and MP3 playback on Windows 7 and later.
    • Fixed: 813488 - [Windows] Enable metro browser build.

    All 4385 changes between FIREFOX_AURORA_20_BASE and FIREFOX_AURORA_21_BASE

  • Firefox Nightly 20, weeks 1-6

    Speed & memory:

    • Fixed: 816642 - Avoid fragmenting cache files.
    • Fixed: 807021 - Move LocalStorage writes off the main thread.
    • Fixed: 789932 - nsExternalAppHandler downloads files on the main thread.
    • Fixed: 813559 - JS: enable off-thread ion compilation by default.
    • Fixed: 747289 - JS: CSE on DOM getters when possible.
    • Fixed: 808245 - JS regexp: Use YARR's new MatchOnly JIT mode.
    • Fixed: 717853 - Testing: Integrate DMD into the browser.

    For more, read Taras's Snappy blog and Nick's MemShrink blog.

    New web technologies:

    • Fixed: 548206 - HTML: Implement the auto value for the HTML dir attribute.
    • Fixed: 676619 - HTML: Implement proposed download attribute.
    • Fixed: 769385 - HTML: Support <input type="date">.
    • Fixed: 808148 - JS: Math.imul().
    • Fixed: 817368 - JS: Map.prototype.{keys,values,entries}.
    • Fixed: 814562 - JS: WeakMap.clear().
    • Fixed: 795542 - JS Workers: StringEncoding API (TextDecoder and TextEncoder interfaces).
    • Fixed: 617532 - DOM: UndoManager.
    • Fixed: 564815 - DOM: Implement window.devicePixelRatio.
    • Fixed: 654352 - DOM: Implement document.caretPositionFromPoint().
    • Fixed: 819741 - DOM: Support ArrayBufferView instances as parameters to XMLHttpRequest.send().
    • Fixed: 811701 - DOM: Move innerHTML/outerHTML/insertAdjacentHTML from HTMLElement to Element.
    • Fixed: 779917 - Implement CSS.supports().
    • Fixed: 783409 - CSS flexbox. (No longer behind a pref.)
    • Fixed: 793617 - CSS mask-type.
    • Fixed: 818400, 648722 - CSS :scope (for the upcoming scoped stylesheets feature).
    • Fixed: 329212 - Display the <svg:title> as a tooltip.
    • Fixed: 803124 - Canvas: isPointInStroke().
    • Fixed: 748433 - Canvas: Extend compositing with blend modes.
    • Fixed: 495040 - Video: Implement playbackRate and related bits.
    • Fixed: 799315 - Video: Windows Media Foundation backend for media playback.
    • Fixed: 825594 - WebRTC: Enable mozGetUserMedia.

    For more, read Firefox 20 for developers.

    Security & privacy:

    • Fixed: 818732 - Switch Nightly to per-window private browsing.
    • Fixed: 456884 - Provide a way to open a link into private browsing mode.
    • Fixed: 810082 - Click-to-play: improve handling of invisible or hidden plugins (e.g. on music sites like Pandora).
    • Fixed: 746374 - Click-to-play: differentiate by plugin type.

    Other notable fixes:

    • Fixed: 675902 - New Downloads view for Places Library.
    • Fixed: 433168 - Context menu is not shown for form buttons and select elements.
    • Fixed: 614304 - ESC key stops animations and aborts XMLHttpRequest and WebSocket. (Jonas explains why) (Install SuperStop to make Shift+Esc do something similar.)
    • Fixed: 786120 - There should be default action settings for each direction which can override current settings.
    • Fixed: 263433 - Links in UI ('text-link' XUL widget) should open tabs rather than windows.
    • Fixed: 814952 - SVG ellipse with stroke but no fill is not displayed.
    • Fixed: 455165 - Firefox fails on chained ogg stream.
    • Fixed: 731974 - requestAnimationFrame generates too short/long frames, especially at the beginning of animation.
    • Fixed: 814101 - [Windows] Azure does not honor Windows cleartype setting.
    • Fixed: 805591 - [Windows] Add UI to be shown when plugin is unresponsive.
    • Fixed: 765215 - [Windows] Hangs on resuming from sleep.

    All 4260 changes between FIREFOX_AURORA_19_BASE and FIREFOX_AURORA_20_BASE

  • Firefox Nightly 19, weeks 1-6

    Speed & memory:

    • Fixed: 715402 - Wait until chrome is painted before executing code not critical to making the initial window visible.
    • Fixed: 756313 - Don't load homepage URI before first paint.
    • Fixed: 750417 - Closing a tab reflows the entire tab bar during the animation, making the animation crappy.
    • Fixed: 811176 - Clean up JIT code more aggressively.

    For more, read Taras's Snappy blog and Nick's MemShrink blog.

    New web technologies:

    For more, read Firefox 19 for developers.

    Security improvements:

    • Fixed: 799009 - Remove support for obsolete SSL-related warning prompts.
    • Fixed: 788653 - Make enablePrivilege pref name more dire.
    • Fixed: 801576 - Align Gecko and the spec on cross-origin access to window.history.
    • Fixed: 803181 - Change update background download interval from 10 minutes to 1 minute and update check interval from 24 hours to 12 hours.

    Other notable fixes:

    • Fixed: 661881 - Implement about:telemetry.
    • Fixed: 486918 - [Windows, Linux] Improve image downscaling.

    All 3995 changes between FIREFOX_AURORA_18_BASE and FIREFOX_AURORA_19_BASE