Microsoft Edge Beta (Chromium)

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  1. Mr. Fox

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    Yes, I agree and it works fine for me, too. I just do not care for the UI. If I do not like the UI, the software "does not pass GO and does not collect $200" with me. The UI is not the only thing that is important to me, but it is the one thing for which I offer zero forgiveness when it does not meet my expectations.

    Windows 8.X was DOA for me due to that and Windows 10 is held in extremely low esteem for the same reason, albeit to a slightly less appalling degree. Never mind the fact that both of them suck on top of their butt-ugly UIs. Yes, you can mask or disguise the ugliness to mitigate the projectile vomiting, but you never forget that a monster face is hiding under the surface.
     
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    Brave deemed most private browser in terms of 'phoning home' Zdnet.com | Today

    The new Microsoft Edge and the Yandex Browser deemed the most data greedy.


    EDGE AND YANDEX
    But the most intrusive phoning-home features were found in the new version of Microsoft Edge and the official Yandex Browser.

    According to Prof. Leith, both used unique identifiers that were linked to the device's hardware, rather than the browser installation.

    Tracking users by hardware allows Microsoft and Yandex to follow users across installations and potentially link browser installs with other apps and online identities.

    The professor said that Edge collected the hardware UUID of the user's computer, an identifier that cannot be easily changed or deleted without altering a computer's hardware.
     
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    Read the research PDF for more details:
    https://www.scss.tcd.ie/Doug.Leith/pubs/browser_privacy.pdf

    I've got a lot of Microsoft endpoints blocked already, I'll check the list again and add the ones the report lists. Hopefully the browser will still function. It'll probably fall back to "plan B".

    Now that I think about it Edge has 3 stages of Privacy and I have the 3rd or strict set, to not allow any of that info out - I didn't see if the researcher checked that option - he seems to be checking everything at defaults, which is fair, but easily fixed.

    I also have several other extensions blocking and filtering (posted earlier) so I'm pretty sure I'm ok as is, but I'll have to set aside some time to make sure.

    I've also made a lot of configuration changes from default, including all the "helpful" ones that send info back and forth to Microsoft, all of the things he discusses can be turned off easily - but it's a pain to go through all the levels - with sublevels - of configuration menus', for example this one is hidden several steps down:

    "Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters"
    If you turn this off, you’ll only see suggestions from your favorites and history. Typed characters won’t be sent to the search engine used in the address bar."

    That's one I have turned off. I guess I could post all of my configuration pages at some point. :)

    I just re-read that line from the browser... "won’t be sent to the search engine used in the address bar", so "duh" search engine defaults to "bing" so it's sending the chars to bing, but I changed mine away from bing, so right there I'm not giving Microsoft correlating data.

    Probably get to the big dump of configuration tomorrow at this point, check through your own configuration looking for anything like "use a service to" or like "catch / stop bad downloads", or anything that "helps Microsoft", and perhaps start by setting Privacy to "Strict".

    Here's my Edge Extensions and other info until then:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/the-random-video-thread.758474/page-209#post-10993660
     
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    It's really extremely unfortunate... even tragic... the way literally everything, with super-rare exceptions, in the world of technology is turning out to be pure evil, (or broken garbage,) at its very core. The most respected companies that were once worthy of being regarded as gems that every nerd held in high esteem have become diabolical bastards that look for every opportunity to exploit. Calling it "telemetry" is nonsense. They are no different than hackers and malware authors selling their filth on the dark web other than their intentions are slightly less nefarious, albeit theft on a much grander scale than anything the hackers are capable of imagining in their wildest fantasies. I'm really getting sick of all of this [insert expletive]. This digital excrement is producing a disgusting stench on every platform known to man and the concept should have all of us projectile vomiting. People that are being spastic with fear over the Corona virus really should be a lot more worried about this crap.
     
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    The most respected companies as etc Microsoft... Do the same as with their OS. Destroy everything they touch!

    Bug in Microsoft Chromium-Edge causes black screen
    Posted on 2020-03-10

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    There seems that Microsoft Chromium Edge has a bug for some time now that suddenly turns the browser window black. The bug does not affect all users and occurs sporadically. Microsoft has already released a fix in newer betas, but it does not solve the problem for all users. But the fix at least brings improvement.
     
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    I have the same problem with Chrome. It is not isolated to Edge Beta. I have to disable hardware acceleration in settings or the browser window is black. That has been an ongoing issue for me with Chrome and Brave for a while now (all of which are based on Chromium).

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    I haven't seen this. And from the Edge article " There seems that Microsoft Chromium Edge has a bug for some time now that suddenly turns the browser window black. The bug does not affect all users and occurs sporadically"

    Probably the same for Chrome and Brave.
     
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    Yes. I don't know if they have determined what the problem is, but to fix it I disable the GPU (RTX 2080 Ti and my mobile 2060) in Device Manager, go to Chrome settings and move the slider to disable it. Then I re-enable the GPU in Device Manager. It does not happen on Windows 7, only Windows 10. It does it on Windows 10 on my laptop and desktop. Every time Chrome, Brave or Edge Beta receive an update, that slider gets turned on again and I have to re-disable it following the same steps. I think it is GPU driver related, and might affect RTX cards more than those with no ray tracing.
     
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