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This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 261

Mozilla planet - di, 20/11/2018 - 06:00

Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed. This is a weekly summary of its progress and community. Want something mentioned? Tweet us at @ThisWeekInRust or send us a pull request. Want to get involved? We love contributions.

This Week in Rust is openly developed on GitHub. If you find any errors in this week's issue, please submit a PR.

Updates from Rust Community News & Blog Posts Crate of the Week

This week's crate is cargo-sweep, a cargo subcommand to clean cargo's various temporaries. Thanks to Viktor Holmgren for the suggestion!

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Call for Participation

Always wanted to contribute to open-source projects but didn't know where to start? Every week we highlight some tasks from the Rust community for you to pick and get started!

Some of these tasks may also have mentors available, visit the task page for more information.

If you are a Rust project owner and are looking for contributors, please submit tasks here.

Updates from Rust Core

124 pull requests were merged in the last week

Approved RFCs

Changes to Rust follow the Rust RFC (request for comments) process. These are the RFCs that were approved for implementation this week:

No RFCs were approved this week.

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Quote of the Week

It’s like building stuff with LEGO. Sure, it could be a single type, but then you’d need a type for every possible combination of types, which would arguably be a whole lot worse.

– Daniel Keep on rust-users

Thanks to llogiq for the suggestion!

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This Week in Rust is edited by: nasa42, llogiq, and Flavsditz.

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Chris Ilias: How to fix Firefox Sync issues by resetting your data

Mozilla planet - ma, 19/11/2018 - 20:31

Firefox has a refresh feature, which resets some non-essential data to help fix and prevent issues you have using Firefox. Your Firefox Sync data does not get reset, but there may be cases when resetting that data will help fix issues. It will erase data on the server, but don’t worry; your local data will stay intact.

  1. Open the Firefox Settings page (about:preferences), and select the Firefox Account panel.
  2. Click Disconnect, then click Just Disconnect to make sure you’re not signed in.
  3. Click Sign in.
  4. Enter your Firefox Account email address, then click Continue.
  5. Click the Forgot password link.
  6. Enter your Firefox Account address, and click Begin Reset to receive a password reset email.
  7. Follow the instructions in your reset email to change your password.

After you’ve reset your password and reconnected Firefox to your account, your local data will be uploaded to the server.

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Mike Hoye: Faint Signal

Mozilla planet - ma, 19/11/2018 - 17:34

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It’s been a little over a decade since I first saw Clay Shirky lay out his argument about what he called the “cognitive surplus”, but it’s been on my mind recently as I start to see more and more people curtail or sever their investments in always-on social media, and turn their attentions to… something.

Something Else.

I was recently reminded of some reading I did in college, way back in the last century, by a British historian arguing that the critical technology, for the early phase of the industrial revolution, was gin.

The transformation from rural to urban life was so sudden, and so wrenching, that the only thing society could do to manage was to drink itself into a stupor for a generation. The stories from that era are amazing– there were gin pushcarts working their way through the streets of London.

And it wasn’t until society woke up from that collective bender that we actually started to get the institutional structures that we associate with the industrial revolution today. Things like public libraries and museums, increasingly broad education for children, elected leaders–a lot of things we like–didn’t happen until having all of those people together stopped seeming like a crisis and started seeming like an asset.

It wasn’t until people started thinking of this as a vast civic surplus, one they could design for rather than just dissipate, that we started to get what we think of now as an industrial society.

– Clay Shirky, “Gin, Television and the Cognitive Surplus“, 2008.


I couldn’t figure out what it was at first – people I’d thought were far enough ahead of the curve to bend its arc popping up less often or getting harder to find; I’m not going to say who, of course, because who it is for me won’t be who it is for you. But you feel it too, don’t you? That quiet, empty space that’s left as people start dropping away from hyperconnected. The sense of getting gently reacquainted with loneliness and boredom as you step away from the full-court vanity press and stop synchronizing your panic attacks with the rest of the network. The moment of clarity, maybe, as you wake up from that engagement bender and remember the better parts of your relationship with absence and distance.

How, on a good day, the loneliness set your foot on the path, how the boredom could push you to push yourself.

I was reading the excellent book MARS BY 1980 in bed last night and this term just popped into my head as I was circling sleep. I had to do that thing where you repeat it in your head twenty times so that I’d remember it in the morning. I have no idea what refuture or refuturing really means, except that “refuturing” connects it in my mind with “rewilding.” The sense of creating new immediate futures and repopulating the futures space with something entirely divorced from the previous consensus futures.

Refuture. Refuturing. I don’t know. I wanted to write it down before it went away.

Which I guess is what we do with ideas about the future anyway.

Warren Ellis, August 21, 2018.

Maybe it’s just me. I can’t quite see the shape of it yet, but I can hear it in the distance, like a radio tuned to a distant station; signal in the static, a song I can’t quite hear but I can tell you can dance to. We still have a shot, despite everything; whatever’s next is coming.

I think it’s going to be interesting.

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Mozilla Fights On For Net Neutrality

Mozilla Blog - vr, 16/11/2018 - 21:08

Mozilla took the next step today in the fight to defend the web and consumers from the FCC’s attack on an open internet. Together with other petitioners, Mozilla filed our reply brief in our case challenging the FCC’s elimination of critical net neutrality protections that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally.

The fight for net neutrality, while not a new one, is an important one. We filed this case because we believe that the internet works best when people control for themselves what they see and do online.

The FCC’s removal of net neutrality rules is not only bad for consumers, it is also unlawful. The protections in place were the product of years of deliberation and careful fact-finding that proved the need to protect consumers, who often have little or no choice of internet provider. The FCC is simply not permitted to arbitrarily change its mind about those protections based on little or no evidence. It is also not permitted to ignore its duty to promote competition and protect the public interest. And yet, the FCC’s dismantling of the net neutrality rules unlawfully removes long standing rules that have ensured the internet provides a voice for everyone.

Meanwhile, the FCC’s defenses of its actions and the supporting arguments of large cable and telco company ISPs, who have come to the FCC’s aid, are misguided at best. They mischaracterize the internet’s technical structure as well as the FCC’s mandate to advance internet access, and they ignore clear evidence that there is little competition among ISPs. They repeatedly contradict themselves and have even introduced new justifications not outlined in the FCC’s original decision to repeal net neutrality protections.

Nothing we have seen from the FCC since this case began has changed our mind. Our belief in this action remains as strong as it was when its plan to undo net neutrality protections last year was first met with outcry from consumers, small businesses and advocates across the country.

We will continue to do all that we can to support an open and vibrant internet that is a resource accessible to all. We look forward to making our arguments directly before the D.C. Court of Appeals and the public. FCC, we’ll see you in court on February 1.

Mozilla v FCC – Joint Reply Brief

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Firefox Monitor Launches in 26 Languages and Adds New Desktop Browser Feature

Mozilla Blog - do, 15/11/2018 - 04:35

Since the launch of Firefox Monitor, a free service that notifies you when your email has been part of a breach, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up.

In response to the excitement from our global audience, Firefox Monitor is now being made available in more than 26 languages. We’re excited to bring Firefox Monitor to users in their native languages and make it easier for people to learn about data breaches and take action to protect themselves.

When your personal information is possibly at risk in a data breach, reading news and information in the language you understand best helps you to feel more in control. Now, Firefox Monitor will be available in Albanian, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English (Canadian), French, Frisian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Argentina, Mexico, and Spain), Swedish, Turkish, Ukranian and Welsh.

We couldn’t have accomplished this feat without our awesome Mozilla community of volunteers who worked together to make this happen. We’re so grateful for their support in making Firefox Monitor available to more than 2.5 billion non-English speakers.

Introducing Firefox Monitor Notifications

Along with making Monitor available in multiple languages, today we’re also releasing a new feature exclusively for Firefox users. Specifically, we are adding a notification to our Firefox Quantum browser that alerts desktop users when they visit a site that has had a recently reported data breach. We’re bringing this functionality to Firefox users in recognition of the growing interest in these types of privacy- and security-centric features. This new functionality will gradually roll out to Firefox users over the coming weeks.

While using the Firefox Quantum browser, when you land on a site that’s been breached, you’ll get a notification. You can click on the alert to visit Firefox Monitor and scan your email to see whether or not you were involved in that data breach. This alert will appear at most once per site and only for data breaches reported in the previous twelve months. Website owners can learn about our data breach disclosure policy here. If you do not wish to see these alerts on any site, you can simply choose to “never show Firefox Monitor alerts” by clicking the dropdown arrow on the notification.


You’ll be notified of a data breach when you visit a site in Firefox


For those new to Firefox Monitor, here’s a brief step-by-step guide on how Firefox Monitor works:

Step 1 – Visit to see if your email has been part of a known data breach

Simply type in your email address, and it will be scanned against a database that serves as a library of known data breaches.

Step 2 – Learn about future data breaches

Sign up for Firefox Monitor using your email address and we will notify you about data breaches when we learn about them.

Step 3 – Use Firefox to learn about the sites you visit that have been breached

While using the Firefox browser, when you land on a site that’s been breached, you’ll get a notification to scan with Firefox Monitor whether or not you’ve been involved in that data breach.

Being part of a data breach is not fun, and we have tips and remedies in our project, Data Leeks. Through recipes and personal stories of those who’ve been affected by a data breach, we’re raising awareness about online privacy.

We invite you to take a look at Firefox Monitor to see if you’ve been part of a data breach, and sign up to be prepared for the next data breach that happens.


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Your Privacy Focused Holiday Shopping Guide

Mozilla Blog - wo, 14/11/2018 - 13:00

For the second year, Mozilla is releasing *Privacy Not Included. We’ll help you identify which connected devices provide robust privacy and security features — and which ones don’t. 

🎶 He sees you when you’re sleeping 🎶

🎶 He knows when you’re awake 🎶

🎶 He knows if you’ve been bad or good… 🎶

The lyrics to “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” detail an omniscient Saint Nicholas. But in 2018 — in an era of always-listening products and apps — the lyrics might as well be detailing the latest connected device.

This holiday season, Mozilla is helping consumers identify which connected products are secure and trustworthy — and which aren’t. The goal: help consumers shop for gifts based on how well they protect the privacy and security of their friends and family, in addition to traditional factors like a product’s price and performance.

For the second year, we’re releasing *Privacy Not Included, a shopping guide that lists connected devices’ privacy and security traits. Mozilla researchers spent the last several months exploring whether or not products encrypt personal information, offer automatic security updates, have clear privacy policies, and more.

Our researchers focused on the season’s most popular connected devices in the United States, from Nintendo Switch and the latest Roku to Fitbits and assorted drones, smart watches, and even a smart dinosaur. This year’s guide features:

  • Mozilla researchers did not make a conclusive determination if over half of the products met Minimum Security Standards. This was based on factors including if a company did not respond to inquiries or if a company’s response conflicted with recent independent security audits or penetration tester reports.
  • Answers to important questions like, “Can this product spy on me?” “Is it tracking my location?” and “Can I control the data it collects about me?”.
  • The debut of the Creep-O-Meter, an interactive tool allowing readers to rate how creepy they think a product using a sliding scale of “Super Creepy” to “Not Creepy,”  as well to share how likely or unlikely they are to buy it. The home page of the *Privacy Not Included guide lists product based on rankings from Not Creepy to Super Creepy (Nearly 2,500 ratings were submitted by users during the guide’s beta testing period that began in late October.)

  • An assessment of how easy — or hard — it is to read a products’ privacy policies using  Carnegie Mellon’s Explore Usable Privacy project, which created an algorithm to determine reading levels. The most common reading level required is a college reading level (grade 14). Tile Mate’s privacy policy is identified as the most difficult, requiring a college graduate reading level (grade 18), while the Tractive GPS 3G Pet Tracker is identified as the easiest to read, requiring a middle school reading level (grade 8).

We soft-launched this year’s guide at MozFest in October. And already, readers are weighing in. Nintendo Switch — which features encryption and automatic security updates — has emerged as one of the more trusted devices among users in the guide, with 72% of readers saying “not creepy.” Alternatively, the FREDI Baby Monitor — which lacks encryption and has the default password “123” — has 73% of readers saying “super creepy.”

So, why does Mozilla publish *Privacy Not Included?

There’s no shortage of holiday shopping guides. But most focus on price and performance, not privacy. We believe that’s a major oversight. Each day, more and more headlines emerge about flawed connected devices. These devices can track our locations without us knowing; they can sell our data to a galaxy of advertisers; and they often can be hacked or manipulated. In recent years, even stuffed animals and a children’s doll have been compromised.

*Privacy Not Included is part of Mozilla’s work to spark mainstream conversations about online privacy and security — and to put individual internet users in control of their own data. This guide compliments other Mozilla initiatives, like our consumer privacy campaigns; our annual Internet Health Report; and our roster of Fellows who develop research, policies, and products around privacy and security.

Thanks for reading. And safe shopping!


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Firefox Ups the Ante with Latest Test Pilot Experiment: Price Wise and Email Tabs

Mozilla Blog - ma, 12/11/2018 - 16:00

Over the last few years, the Test Pilot team has developed innovative features for Firefox desktop and mobile, collaborating directly with Firefox users to improve the browser – from reminders to return to a tab on your desktop to a simple and secure way to keep track of your passwords.

Today, just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Firefox Test Pilot team is introducing Price Wise and Email Tabs — the latest experimental features designed to give users more choice and transparency when shopping online. These game-changing desktop tools are sure to make shopping a breeze with more options to save, share, track and shop. We’ve also made a few updates to the Test Pilot program itself to make it even easier to become a part of the growing Firefox users testing new features.

Price Wise – Track prices across major retailers and get notified when the price drops

Online comparison shopping is more popular than ever, but it’s often hard to know when to buy to get the best deal. With Firefox Price Wise, you can add products to your Price Watcher list and get a desktop notification automatically every time the price drops. Users can even click through directly from their list to purchase as soon as the price changes, making online shopping more affordable and efficient. The feature is currently only available in the U.S., and works with products from five major retailers: Best Buy, eBay, Amazon, Walmart, and The Home Depot. This list of retailers were among the top 10 visited by Firefox users and we’re working to expand to more retailers in the future.

Email Tabs – Save and share content seamlessly as you browse the web

While there are many tools to help users share and save links when browsing, research shows that most of us still rely on email to get the job done – a manual process that requires multiple steps and services. We think there’s a better way. With Email Tabs, you can select and send links to one or many open tabs all within Firefox in a few short steps, making it easier than ever to share your holiday gift list, Thanksgiving recipes or just about anything else.

To start, click the Email Tabs icon at the top the browser, select the tabs you want and decide how much of the content you want to send – just the links, a screenshot preview or full text – then hit send and it’ll automatically be sent to your Gmail inbox.

Decide how you want to send whether its links, screenshot preview or full text

How about saving the links for future reference? Email Tabs also lets you copy multiple tabs to Clipboard for outside sharing. The feature only works with Gmail right now, but we’re working on adding more clients in the near future. This will be seamless if you’re logged into Gmail already, if not you can always log in once you’re prompted.

Copy one or multiple tabs to Clipboard

And of course, the best part of Price Wise and Email Tabs? With Firefox private browsing and content blocking features, you can shop online with extra protection against tracking this holiday season.

Improved Test Pilot for Users to Shape Firefox

We appreciate the thousands of Firefox users who have participated in the Test Pilot program since we started this journey. It’s their voice and impact that have motivated and inspired us to continue to develop features and services. Thanks to their support, we’re happy to share that several of our experiments are ready for graduation.

Send, which lets you upload and encrypt large files (up to 1GB) to share online, will be updated and unveiled later this year. Our Summer experiments, Firefox Color, which allows you to customize several different elements of your browser, including background texture, text, icons, the toolbar and highlights, and Side View, which allows you to view two different browser tabs in the same tab, within the same browser window, will graduate as standalone extensions.

We’re always working to improve our Test Pilot program to encourage Firefox users to participate and provide feedback on the latest Firefox features. With this version of Test Pilot, we’ve simplified the steps to make it easier for users to participate than before. To learn more about our revamped Test Pilot program and to help us test and evaluate a variety of potential Firefox tools, visit


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