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Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 4, Informative) 201

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: Mozilla is not a public company (Score 1) 562

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: 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: 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:Free from the life-suck that is Diablo II (Score 1) 270

by dark_requiem (#46337567) Attached to: How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?
Meh. Even without the real money auctions, and reasonable loot drops that don't force you to go to the auction house, and even if the story wasn't the weakest of the three, and even if the gameplay was fun, and even if the skill and player stats system wasn't geared towards noobs, and, hell, even if they allowed LAN play and offline single-player, I still wouldn't care. Torchlight II. Had all the desireables from day one, none of the corporate crap that encumbered D3, and it was made by some of the same folks who made D1 and D2. So D3 is largely irrelevant to me anyway. Of course, I still don't play Torchlight nearly as much as I did D2, but I'm long out of school, I have a job, and a nascent business, and I live walking distance from crazy fun beaches and trails, so this is to be expected. Now, I WISH there were more hours in the day, so I could do all this and still have time to game. Considering relocating to Venus, but that seems like too many hours in the day.

"Life sucks, but death doesn't put out at all...." -- Thomas J. Kopp