Facebook Eyes Browser Acquisition, Wants to Throw an Opera Party

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TrollBot5000

Earlier I stopped myself from going off on a drunken rant on how I hate facebook and Mark Fuckerberg. Personally I've found Opera to be an (almost) great browser. It's really fast and stable but the main problem lies with a lack of good addons. If you're one of those that don't for whatever reason have a use for addons then I'd pick Opera over Firefox. Well...wait what about Chrome/Chromium well... I'd like to use it but every few youtube videos gives me the awwwwww snap son we don' fucked up again!! The question I have is what does this mean for Opera's future. I guess it's not that surprising that Opera is in financial trouble and it's a shame because if you think about it it was the underdog before Firefox was. So on a final note Opera really is a top notch browser worth taking a look at. For me personally it's just a shame that the extension library is kinda weak. Maybe just maybe FB acquiring Opera will be a better purchase than spending a billion dollars on Instagram. And good for you Paul implementing the captcha feature even though noone likes doing it but if it prevents "my aunt made 50 billion dollars in 20 minutes" then I'm all for it.

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Paul_Lilly

To be clear, I'm not the one to blame/thank for the site's CAPTCHA. Mucking around with the site's design and security features, outside of posting articles and nuking spammers I come across, is above my pay grade.

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TrollBot5000

ahhh I see. I just noticed that I don't see captchas on everyones articles like Brad's for instance. I don't think I need to re-iterate that MPC has a serious spam problem so whoever is in charge really needs to get serious and put an end to it. I'm sure you've seen enough people complain. I'm sure nuking them individually has to be annoying and tedious.

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Supfresh

considering a significant percentage of facebook's current profits are derived from selling user data/ trends to advertising/ market research companies, how long before everyone is complaining that this new version of the browser is tracking people's usage (no longer limited to pages that use the facebook 'like' button)? same time the stock begins to plummet, probably.

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livebriand

http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

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SodaAnt

Ugh. I actually use opera, and I like it a lot, but if it gets bought, I probably will stop using it.

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noobstix

I wonder how much further down Facebook's stocks will go. Surely it wouldn't go down past 50% of the initial price right?

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dgrmouse

Why not?

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jordinyc

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sarcasm

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winmaster

Don't you dare touch my Opera! Fucker...

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jordinyc

Yeah. It's not like anyone right-clicks anymore. Double clicking should always result in generating a context menu that prevents CTRL+C from working until you hit ESC to get rid of the menu. I mean what other browser does that? None! WINNING!

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Ghok

And do you really think that's a deal breaking feature for everyone? seriously? I've never noticed it until now (and yes it's annoying) but there are many other reasons why I like the browser that I feel is far more important (such as strength in customization and independence).

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jordinyc

Does that mean they'll finally fix what sucks about it?

Like how you can't double click on text without it giving you a context menu, and if you don't choose COPY from that menu, it doesn't copy your double-clicked selected text, even if you hit CTRL+C. HELLO, people know how to right-click, it's not that hard.

Or how you have to click once inside a YouTube (or any flash element I suppose) before you're allowed to use the controls within, like STOP or MUTE.

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T3RR0RH4WK

Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame.

/constructive comment

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Zoandar

Opera has proven, to me, to have the least typing lag on forums and email, so I rely on it heavily on my portable devices. But it has no master password protection for saved passwords, so I rarely use it on a PC. If FB buys it up and privatizes it, I won't be happy. I've tried many other browsers on Android and none of them are as fast when mobile-device typing on a forum. In fact, most are downright abysmal.

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macncapn

opera>settings>preferences>advanced>security>setmasterpassword

/done

that being said my longtime use of opera will end if this acquisition were to go through. I like my privacy and I don't trust facebook or google to respect it, no chrome or opera for me.

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praetor_alpha

Interesting. I wonder if Opera adoption would pick up because of it. Then I ask would so many people use Chrome if it wasn't made by Google?

I'm not too concerned about it. I only open it to see if web pages I'm working on render properly, and I've never had a failbook account.

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ChromiumNitrate

I'm sure Opera's "staunch following of enthusiasts" would dissipate really quickly if Facebook bought Opera out. I certainly wouldn't stay on Opera, guess I should prepare to move to Firefox, on both desktop and mobile.

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Ghok

As someone who has been using Opera since the 90s, I can say here and now, if Facebook got a hold of it, they wouldn't give a toss what users like me would think. There's so few of us.

I don't know which browser I'd turn to. Probably Chrome.

I suppose I could stay with Opera if all the facebook stuff is optional.

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Neufeldt2002

"I'm sure Opera's "staunch following of enthusiasts" would dissipate really quickly if Facebook bought Opera out. I certainly wouldn't stay on Opera..."

Just what I was thinking, but more of a question of how many would stay?

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Mortal_M

But I'm sure they'll trick many of Facebook's users who are not computer savvy into using Opera.

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