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in thread Title bar and menu face lift?

I have had too many things I liked screwed up by hipster "new! shiny!" change-for-no-good-reason and PerlMonks has been one of my few respites from that malignant idiocy. If it is not broken, do not fix it. "Old system that still works" is not "broken".

I completely agree! I too run NoScript. Often pages simply don't render with JavaScript turned off. Unless it is a page I really want or need to visit, I'll simply go somewhere else. Even for a page I have to visit I'll enable the minimum script I need to see the content I'm interested in. Funny how often that leaves large blank spaces free of adds and unwanted video content!

Optimising for fewest key strokes only makes sense transmitting to Pluto or beyond

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Re^5: Title bar and menu face lift?
by marto (Cardinal) on Sep 12, 2020 at 11:11 UTC

    The modern interwebs is fundamentally broken. It's sad that users have to take action to prevent crazy bloated, bandwidth wasting, cpu cycle burning garbage to protect their privacy and to enjoy a faster, less resource hungry experience. If you aren't already aware things like pi hole (old but nice write up by Troy Hunt here) exist to take away some of the associated ugly. Al Gore did not invent the interwebs for such shenanigans...

      ... bandwidth wasting ... to protect their privacy ...

      Funny you mention two areas where PerlMonks actually does wayy worse than modern web technology. :-D

      I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

        In some respects, and I believe we are thinking of the same things, yes, I agree. However with regards the more 'pedestrian' issues facing internet users in terms of tracking and advertisements, we're way ahead of the game by virtue of being somewhat 'stuck in the past', in addition to this, not being beholden to people expecting the site to pay for itself in what is now considered the normal fashion. As a direct consequence I've been a loyal Pair customer for 1 year shy of my registration here (after first logging in I didn't come back for about a year). When registering I specifically mentioned I'd become a customer due to their support of perlmonks. The Troy Hunt article is interesting, compare the bandwidth used browsing the tabloid news page, using some DNS level blocking (thanks to pi hole) vs normal browsing:

        "....I snapped the one without Pi-hole at 17.4 mins after I got sick of waiting. 2,663 requests (one of which was to Report URI, thank you very much!) and 57.6MB. To read the freakin' news. (Incidentally, in this image more than the others you can clearly see requests to domains such as fff.dailymail.co.uk failing as the Pi-hole prevents them from resolving.)"