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Comment: Mozilla is not a public company (Score 1) 564

by asa (#46671835) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

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.

Comment: We're fixing this (Score 4, Informative) 333

by asa (#46338251) Attached to: How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

Firefox OS is trying to fix much of this.
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.

Comment: Re:Firefox sucks day after day (Score 1) 152

by asa (#41635727) Attached to: Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

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.

Comment: get your facts straight (Score 3, Informative) 152

by asa (#41635437) Attached to: Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

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:

Comment: Re:Think About This (Score 5, Informative) 176

by asa (#41277927) Attached to: Microsoft Ready To Address EU Antitrust Concerns

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?

Comment: Re:Far-fetched (Score 1) 407

by asa (#40707871) Attached to: Plan to Slow Global Warming By Dumping Iron Sulphate into Oceans

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.

Comment: Re:Mozilla "Foundation" is a corporation... (Score 4, Informative) 378

by asa (#40572613) Attached to: Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

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.

"The most important thing in a man is not what he knows, but what he is." -- Narciso Yepes