Original title was: "Chrome 76 Has Given Billions of Google Users an Incentive to Use Firefox Instead"
Starts up with
> Chrome 76 update which brings plenty of things to like from a security and privacy perspective, and one real stinker as far as usability
Then follows with 3 paragraphs of explaining the upsides. Next, there's a completely unrelated paragraph about the whole ad-blocker extension v3 kerfuffle, which then transitions into a rant about the word "omnibox".
Finally half way through, we get to the crux, which is about the url simplification, which is insane to think that out of all the things people would leave Chrome for, it'd be because removing www. and https://. As if average users care one bit...
> Google has just released the Chrome 76 update which brings plenty of things to like from a security and privacy perspective, and one real stinker as far as usability and the potential for cyber-shenanigans is concerned. Whether it is enough to give many of the billions of mobile users of the Chrome browser (it has been installed five billion times according to Google Play) an incentive to march towards Mozilla Firefox remains to be seen. One thing's for sure, though; it's undoubtedly annoying the heck out of web developers.
On the other hand I suspect that users will get used to not seeing 'www' and the protocol and in no long time, will call browsers not following suit as "having cluttered UI."
Monopolies (even de facto ones) train their target users, and not the other way around. We will get used to yet another small erosion of choice, complexity and the appreciation of diversity that exposure to them brings.
If this is the direction in which Chrome is heading, the 5-billion or so users will know, without a doubt, whether a site is secure or not. I don’t see a problem with this change, per se. The others, especially targeting ad blockers, seem to be a step in the wrong direction.
This brings unnecessary bit of burden to user who would have to pause to make sure site is safe (bank, etc).
That is a bit like trying to strip 'not occupied sign from public toilet stall. Claiming that if its occupied appropriate sign will be displayed.
Say you want to use a stall and you couldn't see a sign if its free or not, that will give u a small pause before you 'try' one.
The actual article title is also phrased as a question not as a statement, "Has Chrome 76 Given Billions Of Google Users An Incentive To Use Firefox Instead?"