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So web browsers are bad, right?

And web browsers being bad is making the internet bad, right?

Or maybe the internet being bad is making web browser bad.

Doesn't matter.

The upshot is that we should stop using bad web browsers recreationally, and stop using services that can only be accessed from bad web browsers.

And when that isn't possible, build alternatives that work from not bad browsers.

That's why I'm so happy that Brutaldon exists.

So, what are the core features a good web browser should have?

What shouldn't it have?

If you were redesigning the web, today, knowing what you know about popups, cookies, malicious javascript, etc. What would you design?

@ajroach42 I guess the question is, how would you *split up* the web, so that applications that really do need the abused functionality went off into their own space (perhaps with its own protocol), while the pieces we like would stay in their own space in which annoyances are relatively difficult to implement.

@freakazoid Right. I'm not suggesting that we try to replace the web entirely. It is very useful, as much as it is a giant problem.

I'm wondering aloud what the core functionality of a modern document delivery platform should look like.

A thing that does what the web was supposed to do, rather than what the web does.

@ajroach42 @freakazoid
You hit it on the head wrt seperating document delivery from other uses. The most essential sites to me are all document delivery, and I couldn't give a fig's second fiddle whether they were http, ftp or gopher so long as I can find and get the files I need.

@ajroach42 @freakazoid
This deeply ties to: Most of my computer use is offline interaction with documents, or interaction with knowledge bases I would prefer to cache my segment of and use offline. There is no sense in hitting the net again just because I needed a refresh on the definition of Witt vectors for the fifth time this week.

Andrew (R.S Admin) @ajroach42

@feonixrift @freakazoid changing relationships with networked data.