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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

BZ Re:no problem (313 comments)

CrimsonAvenger's point was that we've had evidence since the early 1800s that humans (and probably other hominids, in fact) ate mammoths. Nowhere did he say that humans were eating mammoths in the 1800s.

3 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

BZ Re:Version number confusion (194 comments)

It's really not that complicated. Firefox releases work like this: 6 weeks of development, 12 weeks of testing and stabilization (split up into two 6-week phases called "aurora" and "beta"; the former corresponds more or less to feature freeze and the latter more or less to "code freeze unless we discover a stop-ship issue"), then release.

So right now 31 is released, 32 is beta, 33 is aurora, and development is happening on 34.

5 days ago
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Firefox 31 Released

BZ Re:I would like (just) a web browser please (171 comments)

I suggest you take that browser from the old days, run it on today's web sites, and see how many hundreds of MB it takes. Assuming it loads them at all.

about a week ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

BZ Re:NASA has become small indeed... (108 comments)

It's a matter of funding.

Looking at the chart at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... and in particular the inflation-adjusted line there tells you pretty much what the story was: at the peak of the Apollo program NASA's budget was about $40 billion/year in today's dollars (the red line in that graph is in 1996 dollars). NASA's budget today is less than $18 billion/year.

Or to put it in relative-to-the-economy terms, in 1966 NASA was 4% of Federal budget expenditures. 4% of the 2013 US expenditures (actual, not requested) would be $138 billion, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2...

I bet if you funded NASA at that level (even just the inflation-adjusted one; I understand that the overall budget structure is quite different now from what it was in 1966, so the $138 billion number is pretty much meaningless), I bet it could produce results a lot quicker than it can at current funding levels...

about a week ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

BZ Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

That would take a lot more development effort, since plug-ins depend on a lot of functionality being present in-process with them that's based on libraries that make up a good bit of that 54MB.

On Mac, the plugin process is the same binary as the 32-bit Firefox process...

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

BZ Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

You mean have it download both versions, on 64-bit, right? It's not a matter of choosing: you need a 32-bit process to run the plug-ins in, and a 64-bit one for the actual browsing.

This is doable, and being worked on; it's just not been a top priority for various reasons.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

BZ Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

Mac OS supports shipping both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries in a single executable. That's what Firefox on Mac does.

That _is_ a viable solution on Windows, albeit with multiple executables, but it about doubles the size of the download. Unfortunately, Windows users are very sensitive to the download size for their web browsers; past experiments have shown uptake dropping rapidly as the download size increases.

about a month ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

BZ Re:Did they restore "delay image loading"? (270 comments)

Do you mean the "Load images automatically" setting?

The preference for that seems to still be in about:config. It's called "permissions.default.image" and the values are documented as: // 1-Accept, 2-Deny, 3-dontAcceptForeign

about a month and a half ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

BZ Re:Explanation of Mozilla (403 comments)

You're mischaracterizing Brendan's position on DRM, as I'm sure he would tell you if you just asked him personally. I strongly recommend you do so.

He doesn't like DRM, and neither does anyone else at Mozilla, but you do realize that he was CTO and then CEO while most of the negotiations with Adobe were happening, right?

about 2 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

BZ Re:Pragmatic, makes sense. (361 comments)

We've tried sandboxing the plug-in process Flash runs in. It breaks all sorts of existing Flash-using stuff, unfortunately.

The benefit of having a sandbox from day 1 is that you don't have that problem.

about 2 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

BZ Re:Finally no more plugins (361 comments)

The difference is that the CDM will be sandboxed in a low-privilege process with no direct access to the OS and kernel, which is not at all how Flash works.

about 2 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

BZ Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (361 comments)

1) A third party is writing the plugin.
2) We did wait until it was inevitable. Every single other browser is already shipping it, Netflix is using it, and other sites are starting to use it. The only alternative to shipping this was to make sure Netflix and other video sites continued to work with Flash or Silverlight _and_ that Flash and Silverlight continue to work indefinitely.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox OS 1.3 Arrives: Dual SIM Support, Continuous Autofocus, Graphics Boost

BZ Re:Why Firefox OS? (68 comments)

Mozilla decided to create B2G for several reasons, but one of them is because most of the world's population in the near future will be accessing the internet from a phone or _maybe_ a tablet, not a full-on laptop or desktop. And people using phones or tablets don't install non-default web browsers, statistically speaking, not least because storage is pretty limited on phones, so if Mozilla wanted to be in the market at all it needed to be shipping the default browser on a phone people would use.

There was also the reason of wanting a phone/tablet marketplace without vendor lock-in, which requires apps to be portable between phones from different vendors. That's where web apps come in. And yes, apps that you can move to your new phone even if you get it from a different manufacturer are intrinsically more valuable than apps that you lose if you move from iOS to Android or vice versa.

As for why you'd go for Firefox OS over Android, one answer is it performs better on limited hardware (think a phone with 256 megs ram, and yes, it's pretty hilarious what counts as "limited hardware" nowadays). If you say you're not likely to be buying a phone with those sorts of hardware specs, then you're not the target market. Remember what I said about "most of the worlds population" above? Well, the total population of Europe and North America is about 25% of the population of the world. The other 75% is not out to buy $600 phones. Neither are parts of Europe and North America, of course...

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

BZ Re:It has a combined address/search bar (688 comments)

The search bar is there for a simple reason. It's to allow a place to do searches with search autosuggest without sending every single URL you type to the search provider.

Chrome adopts the "send all the URLs the user types to the search provider" approach by default, unsurprisingly.

Of course if you don't care about the search autosuggest feature, you can just customize away the search bar.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

BZ Re:Don't care (688 comments)

Actually, they do not have that right. Employers in California are explicitly prohibited from doing that. See California Labor Code section 1102 at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-...

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

BZ Re:Lets organize a boycott .. (204 comments)

Just to be clear, I think the Eich thing was a witch-hunt. As is the counter-witch-hunt.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

BZ Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (204 comments)

It's absolutely true. There were a bunch of blog posts by Mozilla employees supporting Brendan as CEO (even though many disagreed with his position on Prop 8), all completely ignored by the media. Looking at the relevant date range on http://planet.mozilla.org/ should find them...

about 3 months ago

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IE9 dead code elimination buggy

BZ BZ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BZ (40346) writes "It looks like the dead code elimination that IE9 applies to Sunspider is not just very narrowly targeted but also incorrect: it eliminates code that isn't actually dead."
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