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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:Talk about conflicted... (1746 comments)

You've triggered my "someone is wrong on the Internet" reaction again. You can play humpty-dumpty all you want, claiming words mean what you say they mean when you use them, but the term "public company" has a very specific meaning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

In any case, my point here -- the reason that it's important to keep in mind that Mozilla is *not* a public company -- is that the rampage against Mozilla wasn't an attempt to hurt some corporate profit machine to compel it to act. It was an intentionally-inflicted tragedy of the commons, designed to damage a public good because some people thought that the collateral damage of destroying a nonprofit was an acceptable trade-off for making this specific point.

about three weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

This displeasure was large enough to have him removed from Mozilla.

The board and executives would have kept him on -- he was not forced out by the company. He left because certain members the public wanted to burn him at the stake, and didn't care about the collateral damage their campaign was doing to Mozilla. And he wasn't willing to hang around and let that damage continue.

about three weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:Talk about conflicted... (1746 comments)

I think Howard Stern was right, if you're planning on leading a public company....

Public? Really? What is Mozilla's ticker symbol?

No, Mozilla is the opposite of a public company.

about three weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

He and mozilla made a business decision.

The only decision that Mozilla made here was to accept his resignation, which is really kind of pro-forma when a CEO goes to the board and announces his intention to leave.

about three weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

To be clear, no one in a position of power other than Brendan decided that Brendan should step down and leave. This was Brendan's decision. The crucifixion of Brendan was done at the hands of the public, and he left to prevent further damage to the project. This has nothing to do with the operation of a private business, unless your position is that Mozilla should have continued to employ Brendan against his will.

about three weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

chefmonkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

So your position is that the board should not have accepted Brendan's resignation? Spell out how you think that would work.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

chefmonkey Re:I think one thing we've glossed over (824 comments)

At the risk of feeding what is probably a troll, I'll point out that you are confused about Mozilla's financial structure. Do some research.

about a month ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

chefmonkey Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

Sure. Apple, Microsoft, me, you -- it's all the same: it makes no difference to Rockstar.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

chefmonkey Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

No, but shooting you in the head won't stop the dog. Apple, Microsoft, et al. did bad things. But there's nothing you can do to them to stop the rampage.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

chefmonkey Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

Also FTFA:

And because it’s independent, it can antagonize its owners’ partners and customers in ways that its owner companies could not. “The principals have plausible deniability,” says Thomas Ewing, an attorney and intellectual property consultant. “They can say with a straight face: ‘They’re an independent company. We don’t control them.’ And there’s some truth to that.”

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

chefmonkey Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

Google's own patent bank doesn't matter, because Rockstar Consortium doesn't do anything other than undermine the very fabric of the tech industry for their own gain. They exist only to collect rent on innovation itself. FTFA: "'Pretty much anybody out there is infringing,' says John Veschi, Rockstar’s CEO. 'It would be hard for me to envision that there are high-tech companies out there that don’t use some of the patents in our portfolio.'"

To spell it out more clearly, Google can't sue Rockstar over patent infringement, because Rockstar doesn't actually do anything that Google would have a patent on (unless Google owns some "Method and Process for Utterly Crippling the Tech Industry Using Patent Lawsuits" business process patent we don't know about).

The timing couldn't be better. We finally have the first credible effort in U.S. Congress to re-evaluate how patents are handled (http://eshoo.house.gov/press-releases/eshoo-introduces-patent-litigation-reform-bill/), and couldn't have crafted a better supervillian than Rockstar if we tried. They even have a comically bombastic name to put a cherry on top of their already odious persona.

about 6 months ago
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Cisco Releases Open Source "Binary Module" For H.264 In WebRTC

chefmonkey Re:Oh, goody, I can "consume" silent movies now... (95 comments)

Well, keep in mind that an MTI video codec is mostly intended to serve the purpose of preventing complete failures to negotiate. Also, the MTI that 's being proposed in the IETF is H.264 baseline, which is a far sight worse than VP8 by pretty much every metric imaginable. If H.264 baseline is selected as MTI, then I would imagine that the existing implementations will continue to offer VP8 in preference to H.264 baseline, and fall back to H.264 baseline only as an emergency backup "codec of last resort".

As far as Opus is concerned, both Firefox and Chrome currently use Opus as their preferred audio codec for WebRTC, and have since day one. Opus was a relatively uncontroversial choice as the MTI codec, so I suspect any other interested parties will be happy to do the same.

In terms of Opus support for the audio element... well, try it out for yourself. Put this in an arbitrary HTML file, load it up in Firefox, and see what you get: <audio src="http://radioserver1.delfa.net:80/256.opus" controls/>

about 6 months ago
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JavaScript-Based OpenRISC Emulator Can Run Linux, GCC, Wayland

chefmonkey Re:Javascript is a language - can write stuff in i (89 comments)

The point here is that emscripten can get within 1/2 native speed when the resulting code is put on a modern JavaScript engine. You're not regressing 25 years; you're regressing about 18 months.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Working On 'Helpful' Copyright Violation Pop-ups

chefmonkey Re:The Oatmeal Got it Right (284 comments)

Oh, that's easy: "It looks like you're downloading illegal content. 'The Game of Thrones' cannot currently be purchased online. Click here for a special offer to add HBO-on-demand to your Comcast subscription for only $18.99 per month! (Note: Two year commitment required. Non-TV subscribers must also add the $39.99-per-month 'Digital Starter' package to take advantage of this deal)."

Yeah, I can't imagine that Comcast has a profit motive here or anything.

about 9 months ago
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Firefox OS Smartphones Launching, But Will Anyone Buy One?

chefmonkey Re:FireFox Cant (127 comments)

The company got purchased...

Huh? Purchased? Owners? Gold fever?

Mozilla is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. No one stands to get rich from this.

We'll welcome you back to the reality-based conversation whenever you feel like re-joining us.

about 10 months ago
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Firefox OS Smartphones Launching, But Will Anyone Buy One?

chefmonkey Re:Not the best market to launch in (127 comments)

Yeah, I guess it's just Spain and nowhere else.

If only there were some large, developing continent where most countries use Spanish as their native language. Some place where non-smart-phones are still in wide use because people don't want to pay $800 for an iPhone or $400 for an Android phone. Some place where a low-cost, highly capable phone might be welcomed. If only...

about 10 months ago

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Woman Sues Apple for iPhone price Cuts

chefmonkey chefmonkey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chefmonkey (140671) writes "A woman has filed suit against Apple, Jobs, and AT&T over the iPhone price reduction. Her suit alleges that price discrimination between early and late adopters has hurt the resale value of her iPhone. Her list of grievances also includes the discontinuation of the 4GB model, the existence Apple's price protection program, and the fact that early adopters bought the phone before any hacks were available to untether it from AT&T."
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chefmonkey chefmonkey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chefmonkey (140671) writes "It's been pretty commonly said that unauthorized copying of music hurts the major record labels much more than it does independent bands and bands on smaller record labels. Apparently, this isn't always true. Earlier this year, Dependent Records closed its doors for good due to declining record sales. While Dependent was a small label, they've been in business for 25 years now — and the arguments they make linking unauthorized downloads to their demise are compelling. (For example, they point out that first-week sales of an album totaled half the number of unauthorized downloads of that album from a single Russian MP3 download site during that same week.) It's pretty obvious that big labels, like Sony, aren't going away any time soon — so, if unauthorized copying of music is demonstrably shutting down the small labels, what kind of music will we actually be left with when all the dust settles?"

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