lucy24 - 10:49 pm on Oct 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
Where's the "jumping up and down screaming in rage" emoticon when you need it? Isn't this the same thing FF did a few dozen releases ago when it benevolently decided not to show the protocol in the address bar? I assume bookmarks still store the whole thing; it's purely a matter of visible display.
At this point the internet-using world can be divided into people who know what an address bar is and people who don't. Are browsers trying to destroy the difference? "The address bar shows exactly where you are, excluding how you got there-- because you don't need to know-- and the essential details of page construction-- because we don't want you to trouble your pretty little heads about that-- and, heck, let's leave off www too to make it all tidier, and as long as we're at it we'll omit those pesky extensions."
People who use short pretty user-friendly URLs can gloat, because they are unaffected.