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Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 1) 202

by OhPlz (#46755895) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

The problem is that in order for people who do a public facing job where their personal reputation and popularity affects the company's fortunes to have free speech without consequences everyone else would have to be forced to support the company no matter what. Boycotts could be made illegal, but how would you stop people uninstalling Firefox after his appointment?

Why do you think laws are necessary? In this case, it's already illegal in that state to fire someone for political donations. Yes, murky, he "stepped down". I'm suggesting that we as a people do better. I'm sure if someone were to dig, we could find something on most people that others could take offense to. None of us are innocent.

The CEO distinction doesn't do much for me. I get what you're saying, but it still had nothing to do with his role at Mozilla. Do you want the best person for the job or the one that's not as qualified but is more "socially acceptable"?

I agree that leaks are worrying, but in this case I'd argue that donations to political campaigns should be public. If someone without money to spare wants to endorse or promote a cause they have to speak, revealing their position.

Democracy can't happen with a gun pointed at you. Labor unions already target those that don't vote "with" them. I really don't want them having people's addresses.

Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 2) 202

by OhPlz (#46753469) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

You're still framing this as a prop 8 issue. It's not. This has to do with people's private lives versus their public lives. I don't want my employer invading my life beyond the workplace, and I believe we all have a right to separate our personal lives from our work lives. I also think that anonymity plays an import role in a democracy. If people can't speak or donate or act for fear of their livelihoods, what good is free speech? Even the founders used pseudonyms before the revolution. There may not have been one otherwise.

I'm also concerned about these data breaches. A list of gun owners was leaked, and all hell broke loose. Lists of donors were released, this happened. What next? Planned Parenthood customers? GOP voters? Names of patients with terminal or expensive-to-treat illnesses? Actions and consequences. Is hope and change now accomplished by targeting individuals for destruction? Sounds good until the horde comes for you. And I say that as the non-anonymous party in this back-and-forth.

We should be better than this.

Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 1, Insightful) 202

by OhPlz (#46752781) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

Step back and see the bigger picture, will you? Mozilla has a lot of power in that their browser is used by a whole lot of people. Is that a group that should take sides on political issues? Protecting free speech should be their absolute number one priority. No one wants a web browser or mail reader that has ideologues controlling it. Would you use a web browser pushed by the NSA?

It's true what you say about free speech, and it does have consequences. Chrome got a lot of new users out of this, ironically. Ousting a CEO for one donation many years ago when even the President of the USofA believed the same at the time is a bit absurd. You raise an interesting point too. He was fired over information that should never have been released. That just makes it that much worse.

Think about the shoe on the other foot. What if companies started firing people for donating to some issue you care deeply for? Prop 8 is a side show here. This could have been about any issue, left or right. I'm not in favor of going after people in the workplace for what they believe in their personal life. If he was supporting NAMBLA, that's one thing. But this is a contentious issue, one of many. We need conversation, not condemnation. Forcing silence for fear of losing one's profession is horrible. That's not American.

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

by OhPlz (#46752301) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

They stood by and watched their CEO get ousted because of a donation to a cause that the majority supported. They could have championed free speech instead.

Knowing that Mozilla is now a "social justice" organization, who would trust their software? They could be cataloging everyone's surfing habits in order to use it against them later. They deserve a backlash.

Comment: Re:Why just the BBC ? (Score 1) 109

by OhPlz (#46751557) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

We haven't stopped putting people in, but the non-violent criminals are generally the first to win the favor of "catch and release" policies that mean to address overcrowding. It's so out of control even in the small state I live in that nearly all prisoners had their sentences reduced and even violent offenders were able to leave prison months earlier than they were sentenced for. Knowing that, is the threat of prison much of a deterrent anymore? Even across the pond, that lunatic that shot up the island full of kids was ranting about inhumane treatment because he didn't have access to the latest video game machine. It's lunacy. I think the "enlightened" nations have forgotten what punishment is.

Comment: Re:Why just the BBC ? (Score 1) 109

by OhPlz (#46750383) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Does anyone in a modern country actually fear the police anymore? The prisons can barely hold violent offenders, even if they busted these theft rings, they're probably not going to prison for long, if at all. The best the police could probably do is thank them for not assaulting anyone as they're stealing from them.

Comment: Re:Car blog? (Score 1) 152

by OhPlz (#46717065) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

I'm tired of seeing Tesla articles on the front page, it's noise in the way of actually interesting tech news. It's not unlike TV providers putting ads in the program guide grid. It's noise that gets in the way.

Most vehicles, if not all, have protective covers on things. The hood, for example. My Jeep (second vehicle) has metal plates covering all sorts of things. This might be a neat article for a car news site, but why here? How is the techy?

Comment: Re:Makes perfect sense (Score 1) 142

by OhPlz (#46561049) Attached to: Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

due to lots of laws on the books calculating pensions differently for different agencies and different years of service it's almost impossible to code the business rules to take in different factors into account

If that's true, I wonder how the IRS processes tax returns. I can't imagine anything more complex than our tax laws. I doubt it's that bad, more likely it's that our government is really bad at taking on big projects.

At least they've put a new spin on the term "data mining".

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