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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

asa Re:no $12 deal for you (106 comments)

I don't think the so-called slashdot effect is in effect these days except for casual and amateur sites. Pretty much any serious site can handle a hard slashdot hit any more.

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

asa Re:Mozilla doesn't build hardware (89 comments)

Your attempt to confuse here isn't really helpful.

Google does *sell* Google Glass and Nexus phones and tablets and Chromecast and Nest and soon Dropcams and probably more. They are "Google products" branded and sold by Google as theirs.

Mozilla only has one device that it works on directly, the Firefox OS Flame reference phone. The rest of the hardware you see out there is being made and sold by someone else.

And that's not just true of the hardware. Much of the work going on to extend Firefox OS software into areas outside of phones is being done by third parties for their products.

about 4 months ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

asa Mozilla doesn't build hardware (89 comments)

Mozilla doesn't build hardware. We make software, including Firefox OS. Firefox OS is a completely open platform freely available for any company to build on top of without restriction. There are dozens of companies building Firefox OS-based products today and there will be more tomorrow, covering mobile phones, tablets, TVs, set top boxes, game consoles, streaming dongles, wearables, and more. Some of those companies are working directly with Mozilla and others are taking the code and running with it on their own.

about 4 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

asa Mozilla is not a public company (564 comments)

Mozilla is not a public company. It is a 501C3 tax exempt non profit and its wholly owned taxable subsidiary. Our stockholders are the people of the world. Our decisions are based on maximizing the value of the Internet for the benefit of everyone everywhere, especially those who lack representation from the giant institutional multinational publicly traded corporations like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft.

about 7 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

asa We're fixing this (333 comments)

Firefox OS is trying to fix much of this.
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firef...
https://developer.mozilla.org/...
The Web is the most successful platform of all time and we're leading the pack on bringing a the Web platform to mobile in a way that's integrated rather than fractured like the existing app store models.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

asa Re:Silent update still broken (152 comments)

Can you point me to the bug you're talking about? Thanks.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

asa Re:Firefox sucks day after day (152 comments)

If you don't use any social providers, you'll never enable the social integration features in Firefox. Mozilla has hundreds of engineers working to make Firefox better. Not everyone is going to find value in what every one of them are working on. Social API is a small team, just a handful of developers, working on something that *will* be useful to hundreds of millions of Facebook and other social service users.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

asa Re:Social API? (152 comments)

It's not an opt-out. It's an opt in. Users who don't want to see it won't. You'll only see it if you're using a supported social service and you opt in. Otherwise you'll never know it was there.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

asa Re:how long (152 comments)

The feature is there for those who want it and not for those who don't. It's "off by default" and only enabled if you are using a service that supports it (like Facebook today) and you opt in to it.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

asa get your facts straight (152 comments)

This is simply inaccurate. Firefox 10 (via changes that arrived way back at Firefox 7) was dramatically better than Firefox 4-6 and Firefox 15 was a good bit better than Firefox 10, thanks to killing add-on leaks and some other minor but incremental improvements in Firefox 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Or to put it another way, Firefox 7 and Firefox 15 both made major advances in memory usage. More memory and performance optimizations hit in 16 or will in upcoming releases with Incremental Garbage Collection, IonMonkey, and then a Compacting Generational GC.

I realize that unsupported assertions based on anecdotes is the norm around here, but expect to get called when they're the opposite of the truth. For the details, read the last few months worth of posts here: https://blog.mozilla.org/nnethercote/

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Ready To Address EU Antitrust Concerns

asa Re:Think About This (176 comments)

I know a few ppl will try to use market share agreement

This has little to do with market share now. Microsoft consented to a legally binding agreement with the European Commission. You might not approve of that agreement, but Microsoft and their division of anti-trust lawyers did agree to it. Now it would seem that Microsoft is in violation of that legally binding agreement and the EC is rightly talking with Microsoft about that.

Should companies be able to sign legally binding deals with governments and then simply ignore them?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Ready To Address EU Antitrust Concerns

asa Re:Think About This (176 comments)

It's really quite simple, actually.

You may not agree with the deal that Microsoft made with the EU, but Microsoft and their anti-trust lawyers did agree to it and it is legally binding.

Any questions?

more than 2 years ago
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Plan to Slow Global Warming By Dumping Iron Sulphate into Oceans

asa Re:Far-fetched (407 comments)

The current plan seems to be "do nothing big enough to stop a massive extinction event, but do lots of little things around the edges that make people feel better while we all slip past the point of no return."

I'm not enthusiastic about most of the geoengineering ideas floating around today, but I suspect we're going to end up needing some of them. In that light, lots of experiments now to understand as much as we can before we're forced to use one or more of them seems prudent.

We won't do the right thing. We're simply not courageous enough a species. But maybe we'll get lucky and some crazy geoengineering stunt will save this planet from catastrophe.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox OS Will Win Big With Developers - Mozilla

asa Re:Go for it (229 comments)

Firefox has better memory management than any other popular browser. If you aren't seeing that, then you aren't on the latest Firefox version or you've got some horribly leaky add-ons installed. (The add-on problem is fixed in Firefox 15 Beta and will be available in 6 weeks.)

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

asa Re:Mozilla "Foundation" is a corporation... (378 comments)

Indeed you are correct. The Mozilla Foundation is a corporation. Specifically, it's a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. As a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, our "profits" are measured in the amount of public good we create.

We invest resources for the benefit of the public. If we invest resources wisely, we maximize the amount of benefit we deliver to the public. If we invest unwisely, we fail to maximize the amount of benefit delivered to the public. It's our responsibility to always invest wisely so we can maximize the return for the public. Not doing so would be a failure to deliver on our mission -- our promise to the world.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

asa Re:I can't wait! (378 comments)

Firefox OS works fine when there's no connection. Apps are cached for off-line use. When they get another connection, they sync.

more than 2 years ago

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Beyond Comment Threads

asa asa writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asa writes "The Knight Foundation and Mozilla are running a series of news innovation challenges. The goal: get the world's smartest hackers thinking about how news organizations can harness the open web. The current challenge is all about comment threads. This seems like the perfect question to pose to Slashdotters: how would you foster more dynamic spaces for online news discussion? How would you preserve the context of online discussions and stamp out trolls? All ideas, technical, practical or impractical are welcome. What technologies (federation, atomic commenting, moderation, algorithms) would you employ? What are the immutable social dynamics? Knight and Mozilla will work with the best challenge entrants to deploy the solutions in newsrooms at Al Jazeera English, the BBC, boston.com, The Guardian, and Zeit Online. Submissions are open until May 22nd."
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Firefox 3 Will Be Released on June 17

asa asa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

asa writes "Mike Beltzner has announced at Mozilla's Developer News Blog, "After more than 34 months of active development, and with the contributions of thousands, we're proud to announce that we're ready. It is our expectation to ship Firefox 3 this upcoming Tuesday, June 17th. Put on your party hats and get ready to download Firefox 3 — the best web browser, period.""
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asa asa writes  |  more than 8 years ago

asa writes "On Aug. 11th, work officially began on the Firefox crop circle. The morning was spent doing a practice run in a nearby field. By noon, we had figured out our strategy and began work on the main attraction! Everyone worked through the night and the crop circle was completed the following morning. What a blast! We took a ton of aerial footage via airplane (thanks to David "Crash" Mandrell) and helicopter. more..."

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