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MozCorp Announces Firefox 1.5 Extension Competition

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the embrace-and-extend dept.

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vain gloria writes "The Mozilla Corporation has launched a competition to Extend Firefox by developing an innovative new extension for the soon-to-be-released latest version of their popular browser. The competition runs until January 6th and the three big prizes are Foxified Alienware PCs. Keen developers may want to grab a copy of the 1.5 Release Candidate and get a head start. Better check your passports first though, as those outside the US, EU and Canada (or in Québec) are ineligible to enter."

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260 comments

if that is necessary... (5, Funny)

TheWart (700842) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949186)

"Better check your passports first though, as those outside the US, EU and Canada (or in Québec) are ineligible to enter."


On second thought, if that is necessary for you to remember where you live, then maybe you shouldn't be entering the contest.

Re:if that is necessary... (1)

cozzano (666947) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949207)

On second thought, if that is necessary for you to remember where you live, then maybe you shouldn't be entering the contest.

location = @"EU"; No problem...

Re:if that is necessary... (1)

The Shrewd Dude (880136) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949220)

Huh? But I live in Azeroth!

Re:if that is necessary... (4, Insightful)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949240)

This geographic limitation is very weird and runs opposite to the worldwide nature of open source software.

Why aren't Africans or Asians or Australians (or whateverians) allowed to enter ? What's wrong with the other north Americans (Mexicans) ?

Is this a language issue ? Part of the "fight against terror" (sic) or what ?

Re:if that is necessary... (4, Insightful)

Shaper_pmp (825142) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949279)

More likely legal requirements, or restrictions on shipping technology (the first prize) to other countries.

Remember the furore about banning the sale of PS2s to Iraq because the chips could be used in missile guidance systems?

Then why is Quebec excluded? (2, Insightful)

dmoen (88623) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949393)

Remember the furore about banning the sale of PS2s to Iraq...

So MozCorp is worried that those crafty Quebecois will use the first prize to build weapons of mass destruction?

Re:Then why is Quebec excluded? (1)

Lucractius (649116) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949461)

what about us down under? its not going to cost THAT much to ship the stinking prize down here is it... you can ship to EU but cant be stuffed Shipping to AUS... im almost tempted to go try opera isntead of the 1.5 RC like i was intending to do tonight...

The reason (4, Informative)

bcore (705121) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949611)

It's not political or anything, Quebec just has REALLY strict contest laws that require the contest promoters to jump through a lot of hoops. Most contests here in Canada are usually advertized as being "contest void in Quebec" or whatever to that effect.

Here's a bit more info [pr9.net]

Re:if that is necessary... (1)

GoodOmens (904827) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949579)

Yea I remember when apple first released their G4. Since it was declared a "super computer" aka did 1 gigaflop a second, it couldn't be sent to a lot of countries because of security concerns.

Granted they could have just come here and bought one then sent it back ....

Re:if that is necessary... (0, Flamebait)

Un quebecois (621765) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949290)

Hope some day I'll be able to check my quebecois passport. Until then I only have a passport of a foreign country. Whoohoo. Quebec is on the map. Even on slashdot. Thank's. Thank you all.

Re:if that is necessary... (0, Troll)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949577)

Quebec was GIVEN to the British in 1763 via the Treaty of Paris
and has been part of Canada ever since so why don't you sad whining
Quebecoi nationalists just get over it or go live in France. Though
to do the latter you'd obviously have to learn to speak proper
french , not the mongrel dialect of it you lot speak.

Re:if that is necessary... (1)

canuck57 (662392) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949333)

On second thought, if that is necessary for you to remember where you live, then maybe you shouldn't be entering the contest.

I guess this is true if you live in North America. And our governments wonder why software development is going offshore. Politicians aught to ask how silly their laws are.

Shame... (1)

Elixon (832904) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949376)

"Better check your passports first though, as those outside the US, EU and Canada (or in Québec) are ineligible to enter."

I thing that european developers are as good as american, don't you think? I didn't know that Internet (Mozilla) playes on state borders... :-(

Re:Shame... (1)

databyss (586137) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949608)

European as in "EU" European, which is included in the permitted list?

Re:if that is necessary... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949420)

I didn't know that Quebec is not in Canada. Goddamn separatists.

Maybe that should have said (not including Quebec).

So Norway's out... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949573)

This is weird. You might think it was intentional...

what about existing extensions? (3, Interesting)

brenddie (897982) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949198)

are they elegible?

Re:what about existing extensions? (1)

drstock (621360) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949210)

are they elegible?
RTFA maybe?

Re:what about existing extensions? (1)

anickname (656552) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949296)

Well the page says upgraded and new. Just discovered this baby, which I find very innovative http://amb.vis.ne.jp/mozilla/scrapbook/index.php?l ang=en [vis.ne.jp] It allows you to collect parts of or whole webpages while categorizing and editing them and keeping the original link. Very cool. It's a shame he's from japan. Be gentle on his site though I haven't given him the heads up.

Re:what about existing extensions? (1)

Nogami_Saeko (466595) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949496)

I certainly hope so, because installing 1.5 disabled 90% of my plugins from 1.07. My total 1.5 install time was less than 30 seconds before I uninstalled and went back to 1.07.

A 1.5 release is nowhere near as important as having my plugins work, so I'm not contemplating upgrading permanently any time soon... Anything that encourages developers to update existing plugins is worthwhile IMHO.

N>

Re:what about existing extensions? (1)

PhoenixPath (895891) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949592)

Because it's so hard to get the 1.07 extensions working in 1.5?

Takes about 5 seconds per extension, all you need is an archive proggie, and a text-editor.

Extract the RDF file, bring the maximum version number up to 1.7 and pop it back into the .xpi file.

Worked on every single one of my broken extensions. YMMV.

MozCorp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949203)

I thought it was the Mozilla Foundation (AKA MoFo)

Re:MozCorp? (1)

serialdogma (883470) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949219)

It looks like they spilt off their advertising and such into its own company about 4 months ago.
http://www.mozilla.org/reorganization/ [mozilla.org]

Japan (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949215)

Stupid of them to leave out Japan and other parts of Asia ... there's lots of good geeks who could build good extensions there.

Re:Japan (2, Informative)

zecg (521666) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949255)

The very (IMHO) finest of Firefox extensions (when regarding complexity, usefulness, ergonomics and overall polish), ever - Scrapbook [vis.ne.jp] is from Japan.

Re:Japan (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949352)

IMNSHO, excluding anyone purely on geographical location is stupid. If the person has the tools and skills required, they should be elligible to enter, full stop. I don't care if they live in Canada or Outer Mongolia, if they are able to enter they should be permitted to enter.

I realise that in some cases it may be impractical or impossible to give them their prize, but so what? Donate it to a worthy cause, or give it to the next best entry. If the contest was restricted on the basis of skin colour, or sex, or similar, people would be up in arms in protest.

That said, I can't actually see where it says that anyone is excluded on the basis of geographical location...

Québec (-1, Flamebait)

Tashmire (926583) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949221)

I'm glad to here that they singled out Québec and are not allowed in the competition. They are sore losers. US will win, like always. Try to be more innovative then us. Try it. This competition should take part in the Olympics.

Re:Québec (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949243)

Idiot! Quebec is ALLOWED! But, they ARE singled out, even though they are IN Canada. That is tres stupid!

Now, Quebec IS kinda like Canada's wife... Always threatening leaving for more money and a better suitor...

Re:Not like the wife (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949389)

Actually Quebec is like little girl that was lost in the woods, France said wtf it's too cold we want the islands! So Canada said whatever we'll feed her, then Quebec grew to feed herself and in the start of her teen years began to wonder why she should be working in her adopted parents shop.

now for the past 15 years it has been 2 out of 3 tech competitions don't let her enter(I know!)...
is it because there are no french windows installations that don't use those screwed up french keyboards?
is it because the tech companies don't want to be bothered to pay to have rules translated?
is it because outsiders keep calling their trademark food a word that rhymes with time instead of a word that rhymes with gin?
is it because the girls are so hot here that no one believes that guys can be really great at coding and all that crap and not be geeks?
is it because there is a town in her that allows people to wear white socks with black shoes?
is it because there is no oil in her?

...so she began whoring. and everyone in her loves their little whore, but the rest of the family... oh boy... until they find a way to get in her without getting caught... they would but they're afraid of being accused of you-know-what so they just watch the neighbours (well there's only one neighbour really) visit their little whore sister and mutter their bitter comments in their rockers on the porch sucking on their diet coke and white rhum (beurk).

will she catch an std? (don't think so) will she find a guy and settle down? a girl maybe? (nothing wrong with that) who knows, but whatever it is I hope she decides to get into those competitions!!! blah.

Re:Québec (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949251)

It's okay... Quebec's language police probably would confiscate the computer in anyhow, since it's unlikely that "ArticlesÉtrangers" appears in a significantly larger font than "AlienWare"....

Re:Québec (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949292)

You realized that you are violating copyright and trademarks by using the word "Ol****cs" without proper authorization?

Re:Québec (1)

Tashmire (926583) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949299)

Well i'm sorry if I pissed off people from Québec, all i' be sayin is all the nice Extensions are on sisters in Philly. Shaniqua, Jeromes little sis, has a nice set she got from the lady's shack.

Experienced vs Novices (5, Interesting)

clear_thought_05 (915350) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949229)

I wonder how the little guys (ex: SVG Switcher for FF1.5 [latenightpc.com] ) will compete with the big guys (ex: Web Dev Toolbar [mozilla.org] ).

I just hope that the small guys are judged fairly and those with years of experience don't just take over the whole competition. Or maybe that's okay, because in the end (perhaps) it will be the big serious guys against eachother and all the newcomers pretty much don't have a chance.

Just my opinion, I wonder what others might think.

Re:Experienced vs Novices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949245)

I just hope that the small guys are judged fairly and those with years of experience don't just take over the whole competition. Or maybe that's okay, because in the end (perhaps) it will be the big serious guys against eachother and all the newcomers pretty much don't have a chance.

I don't download my firefow plugins based on how Indie they are. Do you? I download the ones that do what I need and do them well.

There's still scope for the little guy doing something original and innovative.

Re:Experienced vs Novices (1)

clear_thought_05 (915350) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949332)

I don't download my firefow plugins based on how Indie they are. Do you? I download the ones that do what I need and do them well.

There's still scope for the little guy doing something original and innovative.


I agree but I think the experienced guys have a rather significant head start. And I think in the larger scope the big popular ones are popular because they do what majority of people need and the fact that they work well.

Re:Experienced vs Novices (1)

JimBowen (885772) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949252)

I think they should have a class for new guys, so at least they can compete for best in class.
The big guys should have their prize too, hnowever. They churn out a lot more so than the small-time guys do, so it makes sense to have more prizes for them.

Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestants?? (2, Insightful)

Livino (928438) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949234)

I though Mozilla and the whole free and open source movement was about, well, openness in the first place... Now they're shutting out 85% of the world! (and possibly a similar proportion of the world's developers if Brazil, India, China, South Africa etc. are taken into account. I'm assuming Russia is being included in Europe)

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (2, Informative)

slavemowgli (585321) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949246)

They were talking about the EU, not Europe, so Russia is out as well.

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949309)

I'd say the PATRIOT Act is a likely culprit here. By restricting candidacy to "allied" nations, Mozillia become less of a target for investigation and scrutiny than if it allowed candidates from more suspect countries like, Iran, Saudi-Arabia, China, France.....

Oh Wait.

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949422)

It probably has something to do with the actual giving out of prizes. There's many lotteries in Canada that are open to everyone except quebec residents. Not because we don't like quebec, but because there's lots of other rules to follow. I'm sure you could get someone in the US to submit your entry if you think it was good enough. They could claim the prize, and then ship it to you. They maybe could just have a contest for the people who can't enter, and just give them the recognition of winning, instead of a real prize. I'm sure just putting that on your resume would be a big enough prize.

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

Paul Rose (771894) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949326)

It is a competition with non-trivial prizes.

There are significant legal restrictions, tax restrictions, etc. It would take a fair amount of work for them to make it legal in more places.

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (2, Insightful)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949359)

Considering that Quebec is NOT in the permitted list, it probably has to do with the legality of awarding a prize. Quebec has wierd laws about that and almost every contest I see in BC has some rider about "not valid in Quebec".

So, they probably verified it was OK in the US, the EU, and non-Quebec Canada, but either couldn't or didn't verify it was legal elsewhere and thus don't allow entrants from nonvalidated places.

(Sorry if that makes no sense, I'm just ending a nightshift here)

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (3, Informative)

Predathar (658076) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949605)

Quebec does have special rules and regulations, but mainly the problem with contests is that there is a FEE to be paid to the province in order to have a contest. Yes that's right, if you want to include Quebec in a contest, you must first pay up, something about a fee to make sure the contest is not bogus... to protect the consumer or something like that I seem to recall.

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

cow ninja (306125) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949362)

I am sure there is a reason that they didn't include them. Geeze.. It's not like they said 'I hate those guys!! Exclude those bastards!'

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

Livino (928438) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949387)

Well it was the EU not Europe after all. Sorry. So Russia's out too. As for the legal complications, they could've come up with a cash prize or something else... This is very bad PR for the Mozilla Foundation and Firefox. They're not in a position where they can simply shun most of the world, especially considering that the places they excluded are the most likely to use Mozilla products! Very sad for them. As a Brazilian, I think I'll switch to Opera or start using Konqueror for the time being.

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

RandoX (828285) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949388)

I may be wrong, but aren't there export restrictions on high-end computing systems, which Alienware may arguably fall into that category?

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

kmartshopper (836454) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949555)

I may be wrong, but aren't there export restrictions on high-end computing systems, which Alienware may arguably fall into that category?
Seriously, God forbid the terrorists play Battlefield... and win!

Re:Why only U.S., Canadian and European contestant (1)

Livino (928438) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949405)

As for legal reasons, well... Isn't that lame they couldn't bother to check those before deciding on an international contest? I'm pretty sure there are customs duties to be paid in the EU and Canada if the PC is shipping from the U.S. So that's not a good reason. These guys need a new PR team fast! Hehehehe

extentions are great..... (4, Insightful)

Celt (125318) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949247)

Without the 30-40 extentions that I make use of on a daily basis I would have properly have moved to Opera by now, but the extentions make firefox great so I continue to use it :)

As well as the excellent extentions like adblock, tabbed browser prefs and sessionsaver its also the little extentions like GMail Delete Button, Wellrounded and MediaPlayerConnectivity that make Firefox a great browser.

Good idea that their running a competition as I'm sure it'll ensure their are even more great extentions in the future, I just hope developers update then as time goes on.

Re:extentions are great..... (2, Informative)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949286)

I agree with you that extensions are what makes Firefox as good a browser as it is. However, I have become very wary of trying to run with too many. In my experience, there is a tendency for extensions to conflict with each other. As a result, I now only include those that I consider genuinely important. Those with marginal utility, even though they may be nice, no longer have a place in my system. For me, about a dozen extensions give me most of what I want: the days of 30-40 extensions are over.

Re:extensions are great... but... (1)

evilad (87480) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949339)

Really the extensions are what make the application. Firefox itself isn't really much more than a platform. I really wish someone would create an application bundle with a collection of most of the frequently-used plugins.

It is one of my pet peeves that I must remember to download a dozen extensions on every new install.

Re:extensions are great... but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949552)

Do a search for an extension called "mass installer".

I may fit the bill for what you want to do.

Re:extensions are great... but... (1)

insignificant1 (872511) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949584)

For this problem I have made use of the MRTech Local Install plugin:

Download all the exensions you like into one folder; install the Local Install plugin; then use it to select all the extensions you have downloaded for installation. It installs all at once.

So archive that directory with the downloaded plugins and keep it with you for future Firefox installs, and so long as the extension .xpi's are compatible with the latest version of Firefox, you just have to install them and let Firefox update them to the newest version.

It isn't as good as what Firefox COULD do, like something where you carry a list of extensions around (a la the Info Lister plugin) whereby Firefox actually re-installs that list automatically, on-demand, and with the newest version of the plugin. Now THAT would be a useful feature of Firefox.

Oh yeah, and I agree it is a HUGE pain in the ass to do the extension download from their site. Really crude interface considering there are so many plugins already; it can take a long time to go through the entire list, the search feature is poor, and installation requires too many clicks.

Re:extentions are great..... (0)

Moderator (189749) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949539)

Fuck that shit, if the only thing that resulted from this contest was that Multizilla was ported to Firefox, not only would I be a happy man, but I'd finally be able to move over to Firefox from the Suite. No extension currently out there handles the features that Multizilla does; Tab Browser Extensions doesn't even come close.

Want to win? (5, Interesting)

mr_tommy (619972) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949262)

Why not buld a bit torrent client into Firefox? See this bug on Bugzilla [mozilla.org] for a start point; I'm pretty sure you'd have a good chance if you put this together!

I can see it now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949390)

Open-source world's biggest memory-leech, meet ... the second-biggest memory leech! (Which of you guys is which again?)

Together at last! And we all lived happily ever after with 2GB of DDR3 and no desire to run any other apps at the same time.

Re:Want to win? (1)

highspl (523486) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949430)

Ha! The link doesn't work, as links to bugs from slashdot are blocked. How 'bout a non-blocking slashdot to bugzilla plugin. WINNER!!!

Re:Want to win? (1)

nicklott (533496) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949456)

And while you're at it, why not stick a toaster in your tv? I've always wondered why Sony don't do the TVToaster...

Re:Want to win? (1)

ghee22 (781277) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949463)

This is already a google sumer of code project [mozdev.org] in alpha, and another community based extension [mozdev.org] (and soon to be standalone), also in alpha.

They allow you to upgrade extensions and still win. Here are the keys gentlemen/gentlewomen, start your engines!

Or a goat client... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949560)

Visit an ASP or Cold fusion site, click on the extension, and it automatically uses SQL injection to place appropriate artwork onto the site...

Re:Want to win? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949600)

Yet another bug in the mediocre browser firefox.

IE is tha man.

Dumb Move. (2, Insightful)

donnacha (161610) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949271)

Better check your passports first though, as those outside the US, EU and Canada (or in Québec) are ineligible to enter.
And they wonder why take-up has been lower outside the US? [slashdot.org]

Dumb, dumb, dumb. Especially when it comes to extensions - my rough recollection is that most of the best extensions seem to be by Europeans.

They're probably going to claim that they had no choice because it's tricky/expensive to ship electronics outside the States but, c'mon, how hard would it have been to arrange an alternative prize, at least to avoid rubbing the world's nose in it at a time when America isn't exactly the most popular kid in the class. If Mozcorp has a PR, he/she should probably reconsider his/her position.

Re:Dumb Move. (1)

tgd (2822) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949311)

Or maybe their legal department didn't have the money or resources to verify the contest met local laws in hundreds of countries?

I know assuming you're smarter than people who made decisions you don't understand is the slashdot way, but insulting people who probably actually know more about their job than you is pretty childish.

Re:Dumb Move. (1)

Westley (99238) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949331)

Um, EU=European Union, which seems to quash most of your objection.

And as for why take-up has been lower outside the US - do you really think it has anything to do with the competitions for extension developers?

Re:Dumb Move. (1)

eric_brissette (778634) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949341)

It's still early here, so maybe I'm just misunderstanding your point... but the text you quoted says that people in the United States, Europe, and Canada are able to enter the competition. So what's your complaint again?

Re:Dumb Move. (1)

macpulse (823760) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949563)

my rough recollection is that most of the best extensions seem to be by Europeans.

EU = European Union. That means the contest is open to those in Europe... the place you believe to be the source of the best extensions.

Why Québec? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949273)

Yeah. We are part of the Canada. We are important. They don't want us to leave but we can't even participate to Mozilla contests. WTF?

Once again: OSS is not US specific! (0, Flamebait)

MikeTheBike (802199) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949278)

Can someone tell these boneheads that we outside of the US aren't to pleased to allways see that the event horizon of the US citizen ends at the border of the US of A. Ever heard of things like KDE and Linux??? Not invented in the US!!! Suprise, suprise! Go back to the drawingboard and come up with a contest worthy of the Mozilla project!

Re:Once again: OSS is not US specific! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949489)

OSS may not be, but there are export restriction on PCs to some parts of the world.
So the restriction is the prize.

Re:Once again: OSS is not US specific! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949576)

Okay, as soon as you say something coherent.

The MozCorp .... (0, Flamebait)

plsavaria (823160) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949294)

thinks that Québec isn't in Canada! I knew it! In your face Canada.

Re:The MozCorp .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949317)

It's more because you have to register your contest with the "Régie des alcool, des courses et jeux" (loose traduction : Office of alcool, gambling and lottery).

http://www.racj.gouv.qc.ca/Index.asp?lang=en& [gouv.qc.ca]

Re:The MozCorp .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949336)

Hey watch it dude or we'll have to stage another love in !

Re:The MozCorp .... (2, Informative)

cybergrue (696844) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949451)

This is because the rules for contests winnings in Qubec are comnpletely different then anywhere else in North America. If I recall correctly, the major difference is that a percentage of the potential winnings has to be given to the Qubec government as a tax for the contest to be run there, even if it is not won by a Qubecor. That an a whole lot more paper work means that residents of Qubec are excluded from most contests run in North America.

Re:The MozCorp .... (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949488)

Thats just lame.
Why cant we have a world where stupid laws like that dont exist and cool contests like this can be open to all the world instead of a chosen few.

Although I suppose if there were no laws whatsoever, there would be nothing to stop unscruplous companies from running contests and not giving any prizes.
Or to stop companies moving to places like the bahamas or other tax havens to avoid paying the gambling/lottery taxes on their big prize payouts.

Re:The MozCorp .... (2, Informative)

frankcow (925500) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949457)

Dude, every person in Québec believes they're not in Canada either!!!!

End of shelf-life for Flock? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949302)

After RTFA, I immediately thought that this is some attempt to knock Flock out of the browser landcape before it even gets any traction. I like Flock but I never understood how some could secure the funding for making a customized Firefox.

not in quebec (1)

azatht (740027) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949314)

it states:
Where? Contest is open to residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec), and the European Union. Void where prohibited.

Windows XP? (1)

rufus_sd (872392) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949315)

It is interesting to see that the Firefox development prize has a big headline about how the Alienware machine run best on windows xp...

A webdav client extension (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949325)

I would really love to see a webdav client extension for Firefox. It would give a consistent experience with webdav server accross platforms, and could even end up being more usefull than what microsoft did (which from their side was clever, because it prevented a direct concurrent to their proprietary SMB server to thrive thus denying a world of possibilities outside of their realm).

Why only U.S/Canada/E.U (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949342)

I didn't find it anywhere in the official rules rules, FAQ, or other place in their webpage From FAQ:
Is the contest open to International entries?
Yes. Please see the contest rules for more information.
Now here from the official rules:
4. ELIGIBILITY

The Contest is open only to individuals who are at least 18 years of age. Employees of Mozilla Corporation and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, advertising agencies, and families, and persons living in the same household as such employees, are not eligible to participate. The Contest is subject to all national, federal, state and local laws and regulations. These official rules are void where they are prohibited or restricted by law or regulation.
Does not say a word about nationallity of entrant. Or am I missing something?

javascript verification, please (2, Informative)

Isomorph (760856) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949347)

Someone make a Javasript verificater.

I have been programing some javascript programs, but they
don't work when I move to Opera or MSIE.

A plugin that could check if the code is standart complient
whould be great.

Or if the plugin know what code can't run on MSIE.

Where does TFA mention geographic restrictions? (4, Informative)

Agelmar (205181) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949348)

I've read TFA, and I can't see anywhere where the rules prohibit entries from Japan etc. The only thing in the rules I can see that mentions geography is "These official rules will be void where any provision thereof would be found invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction. If you are a resident of such a jurisdiction, you may not participate in the Contest." and later, "...he/she is a resident of a jurisdiction where these official rules may be enforced in their entirety and without modification."

Nowhere does it specifically limit the contest to USA,CAN,EU that I can find - I'm wondering where the OP got this? Can anyone shed further light on the subject?

Re:Where does TFA mention geographic restrictions? (2, Informative)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949366)

It's in the contest rules [mozilla.org] ...

Re:Where does TFA mention geographic restrictions? (1)

grenthal (822245) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949374)

http://developer.mozilla.org/contests/extendfirefo x/ [mozilla.org] Look where it says "Where?"

Re:Where does TFA mention geographic restrictions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949399)

Yes it's on the frontpage, but not in official rules to which I have to agree to participate. So that kind of legaly makes everyone eligable. Or am I missing something?

Re:Where does TFA mention geographic restrictions? (2, Informative)

Agelmar (205181) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949407)

Interesting - it's in the "Contest Rules", but not in the "Official Contest Rules" [mozilla.org] . That's most odd in my book.

dont leave us out! (3, Funny)

shrewd (830067) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949367)

theres alot of talent in antarctica, why should they be excluded?

That's news to me (1)

chrisnewbie (708349) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949382)

"US, EU and Canada (or in Québec) are ineligible to enter."

Since when did québec separate from Canada?

Rules & eligibility (1)

dago (25724) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949392)

Strange, the published rules [mozilla.org] don't make any mention of the location of the participatns (or I read them too fast).

Who cares ? fix the plugin manager (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949412)

Who cares what new crap's being added to Firefox.

When is its plugin mangler going to stop trying to force me to install fucking flash etc. ?

Slow Down Cowboy!

Slashdot requires you to wait between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.

It's been 2 minutes since A COWORKER WHO USES THE SAME PROXY last successfully posted a comment

Better pop-up extentions? (4, Informative)

NXprime (573188) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949418)

Better pop-up extentions? 1. A popup blocker that works %100 of the time. Even with Firefox 1.5 Beta2 build, I still get a popup by clicking this link http://www.activewin.com/awin/default.asp [activewin.com] and then clicking anywhere on the page at all. Appearently they have a javascript that knows when you're 'touching' a webpage? I have to highlight text to read better so I don't know why this is going on. I do have my settings set at opening pages or user clicked popups in the same window as the current tab. Don't know if that's causing it or not. Is there a nicer Windows news website than Activewin? I'm really starting to hate that pop-up infested site. 2. Flash pop-up detector. Go here. http://www.cleveland.com/ [cleveland.com] a flash ad flys across the page. I like using Flashblock that blocks all flash (yeah, right) until I allow it to. Happens sometimes on yahoo.com news pages too. I guess I'm asking for a noscript type extension, but is dormant until I ask it to block scripts for a webpage since it's only these websites driving me nuts right now. A blacklist if you will. I spent more time messing with NoScript extension then going to my daily 45 websites. Plus I like installing a new clean install of firefox and updated extensions meaning I don't have time redoing this crap all the time. Disabling SOME scripts for websites would be cool too. Spellcheck as you type for Firefox would be a killer extension too. :)

Re:Better pop-up extentions? (1)

ghee22 (781277) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949508)

I went to both sites.. i didn't see any ads. Turns out that the extensions I have work just fine. They are a combo of Adblock [mozilla.org] with Adblock Filterset.G Updater [mozilla.org] .

Adblock (1)

growse (928427) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949453)

I want an extension that lets me run linux within windows. Seriously, better extensions are always good, it's partly what makes firefox the great thing it is.

security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949504)

I wonder what they're going to do to prevent extensions that preform phishing attacks or keylogstuff. I can see it happening allready: you type in your creditcard number and that oh-so-cool extension that draws christmas lights under the menu bar sends the number to those l33t h4x0r d00dzzzz.

I know you can always view the code of the extension (XULstuff IIRC) but is there anyone that checks the code?

Maybe I should just use a not-so-tricked-out browser (not IE ofcourse) and put my tinfoil hat on whenever I need to do something "dangerous".

(maybe FF should implement a way to completely turn of extensions)

This will only make thing better! (1)

TheZorch (925979) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949506)

An Extensions competition for Firefox will only make things better for us. Firefox/Mozilla just reached the 10% marketshare mark recently. Woot!

FF is superior to IE in every way. I have nothing but problems with it everytime I use it, and the only time it does seem to work without a hitch is when I visit Windows Update. What's up with that!?

Compared to FF my copy of IE is slow and lumbering. I have several installed Extensions and it doesn't slow me down at all. I use FastFox one of the best Extensions ever and it really does work, I use FlashGet which I just love, and it would be cool if an Extension could be made to integrate Azureus (open-source BitTorrent Client) into FF. I'd also like to see a WinAmp Compatibility Extension as well as one that adds a true FTP client to FF with the ability to pause and resume downloads and even queue up downloads so you can do them one at a time instead of all at once if you're on dialup. A very useful Extension would also be one that allows parents to restrict access to certain websites by requiring a passcode to browse to them. It would have a list of known site that aren't safe that it can download and parents can add their own. Now that would really boost FF usership ten-fold. I'd like to see IE try to beat that.

Québec (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949543)

"...those outside the US, EU and Canada (or in Québec) are ineligible to enter."

Québec is part of Canada, eh. Caulisse!

Québec (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949547)

Québec is IN Canada.... Why the parentheses?

Re:Québec (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13949568)

because 49% of them want to separate, so some of us pretend they don't exist.

A plugin idea (2, Interesting)

baxissimo (135512) | more than 8 years ago | (#13949602)

I'd like to see a plugin that lets me override annoying javascript that prevents resizing windows. It's my window damnit, I should be able to resize it if I want to. Or a plugin which lets me add the standard menu bar to a window that doesn't have it if I want the window to have a freaking menu bar.

Ok, probably not bedazzling enough to win the competition, but it would still be a great plugin to have.
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