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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

Gah, I'm clearly tired, I can't even get subject-verb agreement right.

My point is, the discussion is about whether he was forced out by his employers.

His (past) employees are not his employers.

Sorry for the language difficulties, I'm going to bed now. :)

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

You're implying that Eich reports to the people who report to them?

Now there's a novel corporate structure!

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

I'm not suggesting I know one way or another, it's the folks saying "he was forced out" who seem to be insisting--as does the headline here.

That having been said, Eich doesn't make the claim he ws forced out by the board. Mozilla doesn't make that claim. Lilly, who resigned from the board before this ruckus because of Eich's appointment, says he resigned for reasons that had nothing to do with Prop 8, and doesn't appear to make that claim.

All I can see to support the claim that he was forced out by the board comes down to supposition and/or prejudice. Anything *could* be true, but I don't see any reason to find your explanation better than any other.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (1116 comments)

I'm not at OKCupid, (don't even have an account there anymore), but I totally agree with you about taking responsiblity for one's actions.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

"Marriage is not a right...", says you.

"Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man", said the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Viriginia.

I'm afraid I'll take their opinions over yours.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

What makes you think that people outside the company weren't as much or a greater influence?

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:....indeed. (1116 comments)

Not from all accounts that have reached my ears, no.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (1116 comments)

"GLBT organizations have a perfect right to express their opinions,"

I'll be impressed if you can point at a signficant GLBT organization that actually did discuss Eich. As near as I can tell, the repsonse was entirely grassroots, and not limited to GLBT individuals.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

Except that the statement followed the resignation.

So, if you're saying that Eich was psychic or had a time machine, and can prove that, you've made your case.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Joe Decker ....indeed. (1116 comments)

And, to my mind, the biggest point was not "how did you vote in 2008?" but "are you open enough to treating the people you intend to manage objetively, even if they are LGBT?"

Given his dodging about his feelings today, I'd suggest that even if he was forced out, the issue wasn't his vote, but instead, his ability to do his fucking job today.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Joe Decker My response would be, I'm afraid, no. (1746 comments)

I'm not going to acknowledge that.

If someone is on record as not only saying, but actively paying to support making sure a group of people enjoy fewer civil liberties than another, and that person's *job* is managing people, some of whom are in that group?

In that case, I don't think it's bigoted to question whether they are capable of perfoming that job well.

That's not bigotry. That's common sense.

And to heck with 2008, while we're at it. If his suport for treating people equally had changed in the past six years, he had more than enough opportunities, including the CNET interview less than 72 hours ago, to not directly avoid answering that question.

about 5 months ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

Joe Decker Re:Yes Amtrak's better (525 comments)

Ahh, cool! I'd just checked the Coast Starlight. Thanks!

about a year ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

Joe Decker Re:Yes Amtrak's better (525 comments)

I've done Seattle -> San Francisco Bay Area on Amtrak, and it was (by comparison with plane travel) nice. I'd thought that that route might extend to Vancouver, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

about a year ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

Joe Decker Re:My answer (525 comments)

...But I wonder how much of the mess that happens at borders is caused by cultural misunderstanding....I have great sympathy for the traveler described in the article, but I've never had a single problem traveling in the US and my only frustration with TSA is that they slow things down.

I'm sure some problems do happen because of cultural misunderstandings, but speaking as someone who grew up in the USA: the problems with the TSA are far more than cultural misunderstandings. I've had good experiences, to be sure, but some pretty horrible ones as well. I'll now drive half way across the country to avoid flying when it's possible, sadly that won't get me to many of the other places I need to get to.

about a year ago
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Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death

Joe Decker Re:Information wants to be free (128 comments)

Printing, even if it's rarely used, can have significant up-front costs. I'd still like to see an accounting, though.

about a year and a half ago
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First Bionic Eye Gets FDA Blessing

Joe Decker Re:Food and Drug (42 comments)

Meh. Wrong link, to the WP article history rather than the article. Sorry about that.

about a year and a half ago
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First Bionic Eye Gets FDA Blessing

Joe Decker Re:Food and Drug (42 comments)

No, the inclusion of "articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals" in the original act creating the FDA (the FFDCA, the C is "Cosmetics", btw) has been more or less uncontroversial for longer than you or I have likely been alive.

Moreover, I have really have no desire to return to the era of Mrs. Moffat's Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness , or the bionic equivalent thereof.

about a year and a half ago
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Instagram: We Won't Sell Your Photos

Joe Decker Re:The First Rule (234 comments)

The reason they do this is so ....

I look forward to your justification for why Facebook feels it necessary to strip embedded copyright information from uploaded images.

(Arguably in violation of the DMCA.)

I'll wait.

--Joe

about a year and a half ago
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Orphaned Works and the Requirement To Preserve Metadata

Joe Decker Re:stripping metadata? (129 comments)

Funny, I had just been talking about this the day before yesterday.

In any case, http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/1202

(b) Removal or Alteration of Copyright Management Information.— No person shall, without the authority of the copyright owner or the law—
(1) intentionally remove or alter any copyright management information,
(2) distribute or import for distribution copyright management information knowing that the copyright management information has been removed or altered without authority of the copyright owner or the law, or
(3) distribute, import for distribution, or publicly perform works, copies of works, or phonorecords, knowing that copyright management information has been removed or altered without authority of the copyright owner or the law,

about a year and a half ago
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Orphaned Works and the Requirement To Preserve Metadata

Joe Decker Re:stripping metadata? (129 comments)

Actually, the DMCA does have an anti-copyright notice stripping provision.

I'm not 100% convinced that Facebook's Terms of Service legally allow them around this, but I'll be damned if I'll be the one footing the bill for that case.

about a year and a half ago

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