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Comment: Re:Wait, 314 million per year? (Score 4, Informative) 113

by jopsen (#48439095) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

That is a lot of money. What could they possibly be spending it on because it certainly isn't firefox. I mean... it is a nice browser... but.... 314 million?

Disclaimer I work at Mozilla... There is obviously a lot of development, not just Firefox and FirefoxOS, but also research projects like rust, servo (new browser engine), daala (video codec). Followed by an end-less line of smaller projects, services and what not. For example I work on a project called TaskCluster which runs tasks (currently only docker containers on AWS spot nodes); the goal of this project is to make our CI infrastructure faster, cheaper and easier to configure (more self-serve; and more cloud based).

But this is only the development things... Mozilla does things ranging from lobby work (net neutrality to name one); to education and campaigns for this (See webmaker parties). Sometimes I'm surprised to see all the things that goes on at Mozilla.

A lot of what Mozilla does yields little obvious results... A lot of it is high risk (from a business perspective)... A lot of it has no business perspective at all. But Mozilla is not about money, it was we should really dump a lot of the projects that goes on :)

Comment: Why do you speculate??? (Score 1) 113

by jopsen (#48439059) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Yahoo knew this, and probably offered them $150 million a year (Google may even have declined to make an offer of renewal

From the official blog post you'll see that all the options, including a renewal of the Google contract, had stronger economic terms (for mozilla).
To spell it out: Google offer to renew the contract and to pay more than they currently do.

I see this partly as a way to diversify revenue, by having different partners in different geographical regions. And as a strategy to avoid a fostering a global search mono-culture.

Comment: Re:Google Should Offer More Money (Score 2) 382

Why would Google want to crush Firefox? What motive does it have?

No, but the way Google is creating a mono-culture, creating chrome-only services (only porting to other browser later), and increasingly rolling features out to the web around the standard bodies (I hangout a guy who works on web components at Mozilla); maybe Google is increasingly becoming a problem for the open web... (maybe not intentionally, but still going too big)
Mono-cultures are bad. With different default search deals in multiple geographical regions, Mozilla is not only diversifying it's revenue stream, it's also not supporting a single global mono-culture.

Comment: There were options... (Score 3, Interesting) 382

by jopsen (#48422643) Attached to: Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

But I think Google cut Mozilla out of some revenue sharing thing. It doesn't look like there was much choice.

This is not the case... I was the internal meeting at Mozilla earlier today, and it was made very clear that all options (including Google) had stronger economic terms (than the current deal).
So it wasn't because Google cut Mozilla out.

See the official announcement too:

Personally, I see how this can only foster more competition, less monoculture and thus a better web.

Comment: Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (Score 2) 223

by jopsen (#48379243) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

Why should the government prevent competent adults from entering into an agreement that includes a rebate? Sure, the companies are hoping that many will not claim it, but that's the customer's choice./quote> Because as you say the companies are actively planning to make the advertised price/rebate not possible, or very complicated for the customer to get. Most rebates only serves to confuse the customer, so they can't see the real cost. This is not honest business.

For the customers to compare products, with such complicated pricing schemes is just not feasible; it would take days to evaluate. In many cases it is fraud, just very hard to prove intent when companies claim institutional incompetence.

Either way, it is a government issue to promote and ensure a transparent market that facilitates competition.

Comment: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (Score 1) 245

by jopsen (#48365457) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

This seems like it should be a violation of the DMCA. It probably isn't but it sure seems close.

Isn't this just hacking, in the criminal media-defined sense of the word.

With recent additions from patriot to fraud act, this smells a lot like "conspire to commit" at the very least. It certainly seems like unauthorized access, as you forced access to information you were not authorized to access.
Just because the internet protocols have lots of holes does not mean they can be legally exploited.

Is this a crazy thought?

Comment: Re:This just proves... (Score 1) 173

by jopsen (#48343723) Attached to: Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

That's a far cry from learning what it takes to create quality software.

Sure, that doesn' t mean they are useless... Sure, if you pay them a regular tech-salary...
But can you have second-class developers in a company?

For example writing tests, or internal web applications based on rock solid automation APIs. Or web-based dashboards for presentation of metrics collected and exposed through a stable APIs...

I 50-75 % of study points for my MSc in CS comes from or is related to large group projects. As someone who is smart and skilled, I quickly learned how to isolate parts of the project and hand out smaller isolated pieces. Typically, just implement a strategy pattern, then tell someone write a strategy or two that filled the interface of my strategy. In the meantime I could rely on a strategy with a bare minimum implementation, for example hard code input instead of loading from file, accepting memory leaks, accepting poor performance.

It's not always easy to use people with limited skills, but it's not impossible. Though you obviously don't get the same results.
On the other hand, I have an MSc and is super generalist, and sometimes I'm wasting my time writing simple things in node.js, not that everything in node is simple :)

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 1) 695

by jopsen (#48315651) Attached to: UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

I point out the fact that the majority of R&D into this comes from America, ..... and yet, you point to a link that has to do with using our technology, to make your companies.

Okay, I might have that link wrong... It's not unbelievable,but [citation needed] still stands...

Note, without building something... ie. applying technology you're not getting a big energy sector with private R&D.

Comment: Re:I don't know what they are doing to burn coal n (Score 1) 332

by jopsen (#48315637) Attached to: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years
3 servers is not normal house hold :)
But A/C is a big eater... so LED vs cheap ordinary energy saving bulbs does not matter, if you have A/C.
Perhaps you should look at how low the A/C and what level of isolation you have...

That said, I have not here in San Francisco nor in Denmark ever paid for A/C. SF is the only place I've had electric heating.. tsk tsk..

Comment: Re:I'm not sure the point... (Score 1) 132

by jopsen (#48306959) Attached to: Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

I write code in the editor of my choice, then I open chrome and look at my results. Any issues are addressed with the already pretty nice built in tools.

This could be interesting... In chrome break points move when you modify the code... It make console.log() debugging hard...
Yes let's face it we all debug with printf :)

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