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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

Gerv Re:Nov. 1st 2014? CA/B doc mentions Nov.1st 2015 (92 comments)

CAs normally issue certs with 1-year validity. As they may not expire later than 2015-11-01, CAs will mostly stop issuing them on 2014-11-01. I guess you could ask them to cut a cert with a special, shorter lifetime but that would be hassle (and therefore extra cost).

about 5 months ago
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Another CA Issues False Certificates To Iran

Gerv Re:instant deletion of the CA: O RLY?!? (229 comments)

Justin: sadly not so, 3.6.21 is not released yet. It will be in the next 48 hours, though.

more than 3 years ago
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Updated: Mozilla Community Contributor Departs Over Bug Handling

Gerv Re:Important Points; But Not a "Community Lead" (334 comments)

We do care about bug reports, and we try and appear we care about bug reports - both by saying that we care, and trying to handle them. But Tyler is suggesting that our failure to handle all of them means that it might appear that our actions speak louder than our words.

If you want to help the two match up, do get involved with Mozilla :-) We could always use more help. Triage is how I got involved, over 10 years ago.

more than 3 years ago
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Updated: Mozilla Community Contributor Departs Over Bug Handling

Gerv Important Points; But Not a "Community Lead" (334 comments)

Mozilla has no such position as "Community Lead". Tyler was/is (he is still engaged in constructive discussion) a valued volunteer member of the Mozilla QA and triage community, but he does not have the title "Community Lead".

There are several things which Mozilla's new more rapid release process has made a bit rocky, as Johnathan Nightingale, the Firefox development manager, noted in a recent blog post (syndicated at the Future of Firefox blog). This is one of them.

And, of course, when Tyler says we have told bug reporters we don't care about their bug reports, that's not actually true. He is suggesting that this is what it might seem like. And clearly, it's not great when a bug report is filed and just sits there for months. Mozilla's success has made this a perennial problem for the last decade. We've cracked it, to a degree, before and I'm sure we can do it again.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Foundation Begins Redraft Process For MPL

Gerv Re:H.264 (65 comments)

The MPL already allows the bundling of proprietary components, if Mozilla wanted to go down that route. But they don't - as the links you post show. Pay-on-the-door video standards are not good for the web.

Gerv

more than 4 years ago
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MetaLab Accuses Mozilla of Ripping Off UI Elements In Mockups

Gerv Re:Hm.. its a mockup (159 comments)

Er, you can't cite your own comment in support of your comment. You need to provide a citation from Metalab that says they did report it privately first, and (preferably) a citation from Mozilla agreeing that this happened.

My understanding is that Metalab blogged without contacting Mozilla first.

Gerv

more than 4 years ago
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MetaLab Accuses Mozilla of Ripping Off UI Elements In Mockups

Gerv Re:Hm.. its a mockup (159 comments)

They did (privately) report it to Mozilla first. The blog went up after Mozilla ignored them.

Citation needed.

Gerv

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla's VP of Engineering On H.264

Gerv Re:Nonsense (675 comments)

Yes it's licensed under the GPL, but not _exclusively_ under the GPL. You can choose your terms from the quoted list of three. So a company - Mozilla or any other - could choose "MPL", and then combine the Mozilla code with proprietary code, whether it implemented video codecs or did something else. The MPL patent language only applies to the code in the final product which is MPLed, and the GPL patent language wouldn't apply at all, because the company's original choice of terms from the three was MPL, not GPL. Netscape is an example of a company which did this, but there are many others who do it today.

Gerv

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Released

Gerv Re:I'm sorry but this is pure bloat. (284 comments)

Lots of current Firefox features started life as addons. That's a normal way in the Firefox community to prototype something. Are you arguing that if a feature _could_ be implemented as an addon, it _should_ be? Because there's a whole bunch of stuff in the browser I'm sure you use regularly which _could_ be addons. But I bet it would annoy you to download Firefox and have to install 10 addons before it was usable.

Firefox 3.6 with Personas is faster in startup and rendering than Firefox 3.5 without them. If speed is your issue, you don't have an issue. If you don't like the feature, don't use it. It's not intrusive.

Gerv

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Starts To Follow a New Drumbeat

Gerv Re:Ministry of Truth (226 comments)

It's right in the founding documents: http://www.mozilla.org/foundation/documents/mf-ca-ct-registration.pdf

"The exempt purpose of the Foundation is to serve the general public by undertaking activities to (1) keep the Internet a universal platform that is accessible by anyone from anywhere, using any computer" (e.g. not just on Windows) "and (2) promote the continuation of innovation on the Internet". (page iii).

Gerv

more than 4 years ago
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Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

Gerv Re:I'm amazed (857 comments)

Depends what you are saying. "Hocked" means pawned, although you would normally say "put X in hock". "Hawked", at least in UK English, means "sold".

Gerv

more than 6 years ago

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Should The MPL 2 be GPL-Compatible?

Gerv Gerv writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gerv (15179) writes "The Mozilla Public License is currently being updated from version 1.1 to version 2. MPL 1.1 is not compatible with (any version of) the GPL without multiple licensing. I am trying to find out what projects currently using the MPL 1.1 think about whether MPL 2 should be automatically GPL-compatible or not, so hackers can use their code in GPLed projects.

If your project uses the MPL or a derivative, read my blog post, have a chat about it on your mailing list and let me know. I'm also making a list of projects using the MPL and a list of GPLed projects using MPLed libraries — do add your project if you fall into one of those categories!

(Note: this survey is just a survey — it's not official or binding on the MPL 2 drafting team.)"

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OpenStreetMap Sends UK Volunteer Mapper to Antigua

Gerv Gerv writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gerv writes "When Google launched their Map Maker community mapping tool last year, they included loads of Caribbean islands. This led Ed Parsons (chief Google Maps guy) to say that he was sad there wasn't any fieldwork involved. Well, now OpenStreetMap have gone one better — following a successful Pledgebank pledge, they have got together the money to send one randomly-chosen guy to Antigua for a week to work on the OpenStreetMap map!"
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Worldwide Firefox 3 Release Parties

Gerv Gerv writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gerv writes "The Mozilla project's Party Tool is now up and running, arrange Firefox 3 release/Mozilla 10th Anniversary parties all around the world at some point this month. The map shows parties in your area; if there isn't one, start one. :-) There are 255 at the moment; for Firefox 2 there were 648 parties with 5754 registered partygoers. So some way to go to beat that..."
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