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Get it here: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4922
The problem with using noscript on the modern internet (Web 2.0)
The whole noscript thing always struck me as totally unusable, it was updating itself constantly, restarting firefox on every update, and it did the exact opposite of what I wanted. And yes I did try running it, but it was, as noted, the exact opposite of what I wanted and needed, and was invasive and annoying as well.
Obviously this could be a bit more fine grained, but it's really great to have this easy to use option. Technically, this works very much the same way as adblock does, ie, it simply blocks data types from the domain you specify, the only difference is that adblock allows for more granular type controls, wildcards, different paths, and so on, but the idea is largely the same, user generared blacklist of undesired sites, default is safe.
From the yesscript page:
:: Quote ::Unlike NoScript, YesScript does absolutely nothing to improve your security. I believe that Firefox is secure enough by default and that blocking all scripts by default is paranoia. YesScript strives to remove hassles from your browsing experience, rather than add them.
I agree with this completely. I am very grateful to this author, sites running ajax/dhtml that I don't want to see or need but which i always have open were a real pain and were causing too much system cpu use, I tried noscript and found it totally useless, bloated, and just not the right method, this yesscript is the right idea, and it's clean and simple.
General information about how to handle un-blacklisting a page
So before you type in any response or comment to a site, if you have a page blacklisted, de-blacklist the page, then refresh the page, using F5 or your browser's refresh button, or just clicking in the address field of the browser and hitting enter (that method, by the way, actually reloads the page, it doesn't just refresh it. There is a slight subtle difference between these two, especially with pages containing forms).
I recommend the actual reload by clicking in the address field to be the most reliable with complex form containing pages.
I hope this helps you, it did me, a lot.
Sites that have really major dhtml/ajax abuse are bloomberg.com theoilddrum.com (on their comments threads, which use it to autorefresh some feature there). And many others.
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Thanks for sharing.
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