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Doom Ported To the Web

mbrubeck Re:A re-write in JS would have been MUCH faster. (248 comments)

Note that Alon Zakai, who published this demo, is also the person who wrote the Emscripten LLVM-to-JavaScript compiler. So I think he does deserve a cookie. :)

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 Beta For Mobile Now Faster and Sleeker

mbrubeck Re:Horizontal fit? (70 comments)

This is a feature we want to add, but we haven't got it yet. Until then, you can try the Bigger Text add-on, which adds simple font size controls instead.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

mbrubeck Re:If only it was usable.... (128 comments)

The Android version uses the Android NDK to run Firefox's existing C and C++ code. A pure Java version would require rewriting all of that code in Java, which is a much harder task.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

mbrubeck Re:Not impressed (128 comments)

This article explains why the beta uses so much storage, and how we're making it smaller and faster in the next release.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

mbrubeck Re:Better, but... (128 comments)

See bug 591661 where this is reported - one of the comments has a (slightly annoying) workaround to use your own sync server in Fennec.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

mbrubeck Supported hardware list (128 comments)

The beta release requires a newer processor than the Hero. See the system requirements page for details, and an experimental (non-optimized) build for older and low-end phones.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox Mobile 1.1 Released

mbrubeck Re:Too bad it's still slow (57 comments)

Note: I am on the Mobile Firefox development team.

Load time is definitely an issue on Maemo. The built-in MicroB browser uses "faststart" which means that it starts a process when the device starts up, and that process stays in memory even after you close the browser. Firefox 1.1 doesn't use faststart, but we and Nokia are working on it for version 2 which will be the default MeeGo browser.

The "fennec" process running after you close the window is a bug, and one that I don't think we've seen before. If you'd like to help us solve it, you can report it here or to Thanks!

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Mobile 1.1 Released

mbrubeck Re:Any plans for a Symbian version? (57 comments)

Note: I am on the FIrefox Mobile development team.

MeeGo for Handsets is actually based heavily on Maemo. From our point of view at least, it's an incremental change rather than a complete replacement. Firefox for MeeGo will be an evolution of Firefox for Maemo. Of course, it helps that the bulk of Firefox code is already platform- and toolkit-agnostic - for example, we already have Qt builds for Maemo 5.

more than 4 years ago

2.0 Beta Chrome On Windows, Chromium On Linux

mbrubeck Re:illegal instruction (258 comments)

Same here, also on an older AMD box.

more than 5 years ago

Best Paradigm For a First Programming Course?

mbrubeck Re:All of them. (592 comments)

Unfortunately, they can't all be first.

But you can still do several in a first programming course. That's exactly what my intro CS course did. We worked with a functional language, an object-oriented language, a low-level assembly language, a logic programming language, and also theoretical constructs like finite automata.

more than 5 years ago


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