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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Microlith Re:What do they spend the money on? (149 comments)

Stupid features and interface changes no one wants

Better to just never, ever change, right?

bugs from real users go unresolved.

Whereby "real users" are... who exactly? What obscure bug have you hit, and how does my not hitting it make me not a "real user."

2 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Microlith Re:Time for a truly open browser (382 comments)

Firefox, with its marketing deals and in-browser ads is no longer "it".

Yeah, those in browser ads you'll probably never see.

It would be great to have an independent project driver by developer enthusiasm rather than anyone's business needs.

And it'll succeed, just like Linux has succeeded on the desktop.

Linux kernel and many other projects manage that somehow.

There is a lot of money behind the Linux kernel. Many changes that go in are explicitly because of business needs.

4 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Microlith Re:Libre Browsers offer DuckDuckGo (382 comments)

Libre browsers like... Firefox! Which is why icecat/iceweasel exist in the first place.

4 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Microlith Re:I'm happy to announce (382 comments)

So Mozilla goes for funding sources other than Google and your CEO gets pissed off? Sounds to me like your CEO is irrational and you had a bone to pick with Mozilla (over some perceived, but nonexistent, slight against you.)

4 days ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Microlith Re:they are thinking Google has them by the balls (309 comments)

or take Google's money by showing ads from a Google-owned ad network.

And it's not this either, given that they're basically sponsored slots that pretty much only new installs see.

if Mozilla would stop fucking with the interface of Firefox and making it a Chrome clone

It'll only be a Chrome clone when they remove the ability to customize the UI via add-ons.

We have muscle memory and we expect things to work certain ways. Changing it just annoys the user base.

That sounds like the worst reason to slam the brakes on UI improvements. On the other hand, maintaining the flexibility of the add-on system is golden and lets people like me keep the UI pretty much identical to how it was in the 3.x days, rather than whining like a 4year old.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

Microlith Re:Not going to happen (74 comments)

An organization like Mozilla should be especially careful not to take sides on politics.

Even when one of the sides is obviously wrong? Good 'ol dose of false equivalence?

They now have a record of using someone's personal information against them.

Ah, so now Mozilla is responsible for the actions of others? Or do you have evidence that Mozilla (the corporation) took action against Eich? As it stands, Eich chose to step down of his own volition and there's no evidence against it.

Who knows what person will be their next target

Given Eich wasn't opposed by Mozilla, I don't expect anyone will.

or whether or not they'll use their software products to snoop on whom they perceive to be the enemy

And now we delve into paranoid bullshit territory.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

Microlith Re:Not going to happen (74 comments)

The whole Brendan Eich situation and your cowering to the social justice warriors makes me not only avoid your products, but actively remind people that you are a sleazy political organization first, with a browser tool far second

Yeah, how dare an organization that is, essentially, politically minded in the first place take a principled stand for acceptance, respect, and equality instead of falling on Eich's sword for him.

Also:

social justice warriors

Yeah, fuck them for even thinking about changing the status quo. People should just accept their lot in life, even if that means they get shit on for no good reason. Just so long as you don't have to care!

Google's heart isn't much better but at least they have tact in their public relations.

Yeah, a better organization would defend bigotry and turn a blind-eye towards abusive behavior. /s

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

Microlith Re:Chrome for Android and Safari for iOS? (74 comments)

So, they're running Android and iOS on your computer to run the same binaries as those platforms?

Of course not. But, of course, you have to find something to hate on. Mozilla can do no right.

If not, it's only emulation

Which is a decent first step.

when someone says they're emulating another browser the result is usually not worth it and nowhere close to the actual results on the other platforms.

Yep, and only an idiot would rely on the results of emulation and not engage in on-target testing.

about two weeks ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Microlith Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

It hasn't taken off because the carriers directly interfered with the roll out in an effort to push their own system - which they never bothered to actually promote.

Whereas with Google Wallet, I can unlock it ahead of time and re-lock it at my convenience. The biggest obstruction as of late is finding places that I can use it at, and apparently that list has just shrunk.

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Microlith Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

They did disable it. For a large number of people, it'd be indistinguishable from broken.

Why are people defending malicious behavior?

about a month ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Microlith Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (164 comments)

You must be too young to remember the uproar over the Kane & Lynch/Gamespot incident from a few years back.

I don't, probably because it wasn't as rage-filled and rooted in misogyny as this roundabout is.

There have been plenty of other similar explosions over the years, and none of them involved sexism that I recall.

They weren't nearly as hateful or accompanied by vitriolic attack campaigns against small handfuls of individuals who had the temerity to point out the piss poor behavior of those on the "gamergate" side.

But you keep believing all the embarrassed game journalists who keep saying "The ethics of game journalism are just fine, no need to...HEY LOOK OVER THERE, IT'S SEXISM!!!!"

Gamergate was horribly sexist and misogynistic the moment it appeared, and harped on an indie developer in was they never ripped into an AAA developer.

But please, keep defending a (loosely knit) group who so far has rape and death threats under their belt, who whine about "censorship" then engage in abusive campaigns to silence those who point out that "hey, you're being horrible to other people for no real good reason."

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Microlith Re:Income inequality is bad because ... (839 comments)

Take two people, put them in a room, one guy has a net worth of $100 and the second has a net worth of $5000. What harm is the second person doing? We're talking about a factor of 50x here.

Idle examples are pointless.

Take away the room, let them live their lives, what harm is that second guy perpetuating? Make the difference a factor of 1000 or a 1,000,000, and where do we see him doing harm?

At a factor of a million here he's probably able to exploit loopholes that reduce his effective tax burden well below what the guy with way less money has to deal with. He's probably also wining and dining politicians to get his way. Likely he's also contributing to the continual depression of wages to ensure that his own wealth goes up at the expense of others.

When I hear folks talking about this, what I really hear is, "since one person doesn't need that much money to live, the government should take the difference and use it to make MY life better,"

Money is, currently, pooling at the top of the income ladder. The problem isn't so much that they have high wealth so much as it doesn't move. This is bad for the economy as a whole.

because from where I'm standing in a first world country, it seems to be just so much complaining over sour grapes.

That just means you're myopic. 90% of a nation's wealth being held by less than 10% isn't healthy, particularly when they're complaining about how consumers aren't buying.

about a month ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Microlith Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (164 comments)

It's about unethical journalists.

But only when a game designer's jilted ex-boyfriend posts hearsay about it. AAA publishers were doing worse shit all the times but there was no uproar of this intensity. Now Gamergate is about fueling a false persecution complex and attacking anyone who points out how horrible they're being.

Those same journalists have been trying for weeks now to deflect this focus away from them and pretend it's about sexism, changing gamer culture, etc.

No, "gamergaters" instantly made it that when they began their hate campaign and harassment.

they themselves don't have to answer for a decades-long games journalism tradition of "journalists" being in bed with the very companies they're supposed to be covering (through advertising, bribes, press releases disguised as "previews," etc.)

And where was the unbridled hatred and rage towards EA over the whole Shadow of Mordor controversy? Oh, right, it was virtually nonexistent because that's not the point anymore. The point now is solidarity against whatever enemy-du-jour that is seen as "attacking gamers" or other such delusional bullshit.

about a month ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Microlith Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

Know what the troll wants and what the troll needs... and deny that troll both.

The only way to do this is to comply with the troll's demands - that you stop doing what you are doing and disappear.

about a month and a half ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Microlith Re:Greater Internet F***wad Theory (993 comments)

The correct response is to find and confront these people. No one should have to get used to an environment with a constant onslaught of horrible shit spewed by the emotionally stunted.

about a month and a half ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

Microlith Re:Robber barons (283 comments)

Net neutrality is a restriction on the free market.

Good, the "free market" doesn't actually exist.

And which of the Koch's businesses would benefit from this?

That's ignoring the larger power game they're playing. Inhibiting net neutrality takes power out of the hands of the people and puts it into corporate hands.

How is opposing net neutrality "rent seeking"?

By letting them toss up artificial barriers between points on the internet and causing an increase in rates across the board for no improvement in service.

Oh, there are rent seekers involved in this: the super wealthy like Soros and Buffett

THOSE EVIL LIBRUL BASTARDS! THEY CONSPIRE AGAINST GOOD, CONSERVATIVE MURICANS!

about 1 month ago
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Hacking USB Firmware

Microlith Signed Firmware (97 comments)

A write-protect switch won't help you here, Timothy. They're going and reflashing the microcontroller, which means vendors will probably just burn a public key into the microcontroller and refuse to boot if the image signature doesn't match. They'll still have the firmware update capability they'll never use, but won't have to worry about attacks like this - short of someone stealing their private key.

about 2 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Microlith Re:just wow (302 comments)

The rest is but a websearch away.

I hate this shitty mentality, but apparently it's worldwide. No, I'm not going to go searching to dig up evidence for whatever wild claims you choose to make, you need to present it then and there.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes."

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No Custom ROMs for DROID X, 2

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "According to Tom's Hardware, the bootloaders for the DROID X and DROID 2 will be encrypted and signed, much in the same fashion as the Motorola Milestone (GSM DROID) as well as their other handsets. If they cover their bases, unlike last time, this will bar owners from installing 3rd party ROMs."
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