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Boosted: Mozilla plans to remove the Compact Density option from Firefox's Customize menu - gHacks Tech News

Mozilla plans to remove the Compact Density option from the Firefox browser's customize menu, which allows users to reduce the size of the browser chrome.

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/03/14/mozilla-plans-to-remove-the-compact-density-option-from-firefoxs-customize-menu/

I don't understand why #Mozilla is so intent on ruining their users' attitude toward them and Firefox. They're just going to slowly take away every useful feature in Firefox until it withers away to nothing.

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Boosted: Google-free /e/ OS is now selling preloaded phones in the US, starting at $380 | Ars Technica

If DIY flashing isn't your thing, refurbished Samsung devices are now available.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/03/google-free-e-os-is-now-selling-pre-loaded-phones-in-the-us-starting-at-380/

This is pretty cool. Now there's at least one viable alternative phone I can buy if my current one reaches its end-of-life. I'm still holding out hope for the #PinePhone and other #nix based smartphones. Getting a convergent Linux onto smartphones that can serve as a daily driver would be killer. But until then it's great that there's a choice that isn't a giant Silicon Valley silo.

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Boosted: Netflix acquires the rights to all 22 Redwall books, plans film and series

The film will be written by Over the Garden Wall's Patrick McHale.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/netflix-will-adapt-brian-jacques-redwall-into-feature-film-tv-series/

I loved the Redwall series as a kid so this is really exciting. But I can't shake the dread that Netflix will just cancel it after dropping the first half-season and that'll be the end of the series on TV.

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Boosted: Rust Foundation - Hello World!

https://foundation.rust-lang.org/posts/2021-02-08-hello-world/

Congrats to the Rust team and Mozilla for this milestone! I wonder if Mozilla could further its mission better by being an incubator instead of trying to develop its own products. They could develop technologies and build them into sustainable foundations. I trust Mozilla to think about the right things when starting a new technology, but I'm not so sure about their expertise to develop end-user products.

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