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Bert Hubert blog.powerdns.com

Firefox is considering a move to third party DNS lookups

Specifically, they are considering making CloudFlare the default nameserver. A new feature called "Trusted Recursive Resolver" (TRR) could be turned on by default, and therefore override the DNS changes you've configured in your network. Cloudflare says it takes your privacy more seriously than telecommunication service providers do because this DNS query will be encrypted, unlike regular DNS. They also promise not to sell your data or engage in user profiling. Cloudflare and Mozilla have set out a privacy policy that rules out any form of customer profiling. Their story is that many ISPs are doing user profiling and marketing, and that moving your DNS to Cloudflare is therefore a win for your privacy. This is a deep subject with many, many layers. Dig deep on this one. So, the question is — under what circumstances would it be OK for Cloudflare (or any other third party) to take over our DNS by default?

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Chrome waytab.io

Get a random item you've liked/bookmarked when you open a new browser tab

Waytab connects to your browser bookmark, Github, Twitter, Pocket, Pinterest and Unsplash account to remind you of your stars, likes and bookmarks every time you open a new browser tab. This looks like a good idea, well executed. I've long given up on bookmarking, liking, and starring stuff because I never go back and revisit. Waytab changes all that.

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Benjamin Bouvier blog.benj.me

Making calls to WebAssembly blazingly fast

Benjamin Bouvier, Compiler Engineer at Mozilla, writes about speeding up calls from JS to Wasm in Firefox. If we want more WebAssembly (wasm) adoption, there shouldn't be a big costly barrier between the two universes. That is, calls from one world to the other should be fast. For a very long time, calls from JS to asm.js/WebAssembly have been quite slow in Firefox. In fact, we didn't optimize them at all. He goes on to say... Starting with Firefox 60, the JIT compiler makes no distinctions between calling a JavaScript function or a WebAssembly function, meaning it uses the same call optimizations for both kinds of function. Benjamin continues through several more bugs mentioned on the Bugzilla bug board with fixes to speed up calls from JS to Wasm in Firefox.

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Firefox hacks.mozilla.org

Firefox 61 – Quantum of Solstice

The latest version of Firefox adds some powerful new features. It enables parallel CSS parsing, which combines with their existing parallel CSS style computation to make CSS in Firefox incredibly fast. In addition, this version adds a brand new Accessibility Inspector, giving developers direct access to the 'accessibility tree' screen-readers use to interact with a website. This is HUGE for helping developers make websites more accessible.

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