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Comment Re:No Apple (Score 4, Informative) 99

These companies aren't going to drop support for Apple's devices. They're going to serve both H.264 and the new free codec --- to support old not-upgraded devices, as well as Apple devices. So if Apple doesn't join the party, the main impact will be that iPhones need twice as much bandwidth as Android phones to play video.

This announcement is terrific news for free codecs. We've been fighting for this at Mozilla for a long time and now it looks like we have a good chance of winning.

Comment Re:Fixed it for you. (Score 2) 450

I'm mid-40s, my wife's a little older, our two kids are in their teens. No apparent loss of interest in sex from either of us. There was a period of reduced interest, but we got through it.

Two differences from your story: 1) my wife doesn't work right now (hopefully soon). 2) We're Christians, and regular sex is a commitment (1 Corinthians 7).

Comment Re:Mozilla, please stop destroying yourself! (Score 1) 192

C++14 is good in many ways. We have adopted many modern C++ features in Firefox, like closures. (STL features are unfortunately limited due to the crappy STL situation on Android.) However, it just doesn't provide any of the safety guarantees of Rust. You *can* write safe code in C++, but it's always very easy to accidentally write unsafe code that corrupts memory.

The Rust compiler is slow, but that's being worked on. The actual generated code is good. Servo benchmarks show it crushing Webkit, Blink and Gecko (even on single-core) --- mostly due to better algorithms, but it wouldn't win if Rust was a performance problem.

"2100 open Github issues" is a meaningless statistic. Compared to what? Zero issues would just mean it's a dead project.

Comment Re:Mozilla, please stop destroying yourself! (Score 2, Insightful) 192

"The Rust debacle"? Rust is doing great!

There's a lot of "post hoc ergo propter hoc" reasoning going on here. Your claims about how Mozilla's actions influence market share are completely unsubstantiated, and you completely ignore the effects of Google's actions (e.g. massive Chrome marketing spend).

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman