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Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 4, Informative) 202

by BZ (#46753313) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

It's absolutely true. There were a bunch of blog posts by Mozilla employees supporting Brendan as CEO (even though many disagreed with his position on Prop 8), all completely ignored by the media. Looking at the relevant date range on should find them...

Comment: Re:On the other side, a bit looming problem (Score 1) 1109

by BZ (#46702721) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Three board members didn't quit over Brendan's presence as CEO. But the Wall Street Journal _did_ make up a story to that effect, which has gotten widely quoted, and refused to retract it when it was pointed out it was false. has a Q&A on the issue, but basically two of the board members had wanted to move on to other things for a while but stuck it out until the end of the CEO search (because that was the board's primary job at the time). They left the board as soon as a CEO was chosen, a week or two before the choice was even announced.

The third board member who left did leave because he did not think Brendan would make a good CEO, but for reasons that have nothing to do with the Prop 8 mess.

Comment: Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (Score 1) 1109

by BZ (#46702699) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Just for context, a number of Mozilla employees spoke up in support of Brendan during the goings on (twitter, blogs, etc).

Further, he explicitly asked people to keep working on the Mozilla mission, even without him. Keep in mind that Mozilla is not just a company; most people who are there aren't there just for the paycheck...

Now obviously they (we?) could have gone ahead and just imploded the Mozilla project over this issue by leaving. Would that have made Brendan feel better? I sort of doubt that.

Comment: Re:I dont get it (Score 2) 551

by BZ (#46568601) Attached to: Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

There is a difference between "self determination" and "referendum performed under armed guard, with no international election observers allowed into the country", but it's a subtle one, I grant. That said, it's the sort of difference that can give you a 95% "Join Russia" vote, with 80% turnout (76% of total voters, if you do the math) in a region where at most 60% of the population is ethnic Russian and at least 10% (the Tatars) are _extremely_ unlikely to have vote for union with Russia.

If you think those referendum results are fair and represent self-determination, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.

Comment: Re:How about a generic scripting engine? (Score 1) 505

by BZ (#46132011) Attached to: The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

For what it's worth, "millions of dollars" is a pretty low bar. A million dollars in the US will get you _maybe_ 5 person-years worth of work from anyone at all competent (using the normal rule of thumb that an employees cost to the employer is about 2x salary once you take into account benefits, employer taxes, equipment, office space, etc).

So 10 million dollars will get you a 10 years worth of work from 5 developers. As an example, the PyPy project is 10 years old....

For JS, between the various browser vendors, the right number is probably closer to 300-500 person-years (see for an attempted breakdown). Figure $100 million as a low estimate. Chances are, the people involved are being paid more than $100k a year, so adjust the estimate up accordingly...

Comment: Re:Is Firefox safer? (Score 5, Informative) 194

by BZ (#46002337) Attached to: Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads
You may want to read for Mozilla's policy for hosted addons. It says "will", but that page is also two years old. Those policies are in place now. The short of it is:
  1. All addons hosted by Mozilla get reviewed.
  2. Open source is not required, but source disclosure to Mozilla is.
  3. Any update to the addon triggers a new review cycle.

Comment: Re:Even runs on iPhone 5s... (Score 2) 177

by BZ (#45408625) Attached to: Linux Kernel Running In JavaScript Emulator With Graphics and Network Support

It depends.

Once you're in steady state, and if you don't use workers and don't use the new parallel processing primitives people are proposing for JS, you're right.

But during JIT warmup, and any time you have to JIT a new function or new codepath it matters because on multicore hardware you can do background compilation.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin