@Angle @hypolite @meena It calls home so much that it is now effectively spyware; and apart from the privacy issue, this creates a vulnerability surface where the browser breaks if something remote breaks (happened January 13 of this year).
There is a general practice of gratuitous changes to things in the UI that were not broken, and removing features that they don't want to support anymore (e.g. the text encoding menu).
And it is deliberately made difficult to freeze or roll back versions.
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