Subject: Re: Now all I need is a 4x5 digital back.
> >> Apologies for no TinyURL. That's a decision made by Firefox.
> > there's never a need for that on usenet, nor is the decision up to
> > firefox.
> it's to shorten long urls, so that can be very useful on usenet as
> well as web based forums.
usenet is not space-limited. urls can be as long as necessary, as can
> No need to deal with pesky line wrap and
> risk url breakage or re-assembly required by another reader on
> another client.
there's nothing to deal with. delimit the url with <> and it 'just
if it doesn't, then the newsreader being used is buggy. fix *that*
rather than inconvenience others.
url shorteners obscure the actual url, potentially hiding malicious
sites. they should *only* be used as a last resort in space-limited
mediums where there's no other option and only when the source can be
trusted to not link to something other than what they're claiming.
usenet is not such a medium.
> It's possible the OP meant that google has declared tinyurl a 'non
> safe' site and firefox is whining about that when the OP tries to
> visit. it's happened before with false positives via google.
he said it was the lack of https.