Every Mozilla browser [such as Firefox] includes a special “about” feature that allows you to configure certain sections just by typing “about:whatever” into the address bar. For example, if you type “about:about,” you’ll see a list of all the menus they offer. Some of the menus are actually cute Easter eggs, like “about:robots,” which takes you to a page referencing things like Blade Runner, Futurama, and the eventual annihilation of all mankind. However, if you type “about:mozilla,” perhaps looking to learn a bit more about the browser, you’ll come across a red screen with ominous Bible-like text written on it…

6 Awesome Easter Eggs Hidden in Programs You Use Every Day

The current “directory tile” ad experiment shows only for new Firefox users. A new “enhanced tile” program to launch soon will mean existing users can see some ads, too.

Well, this is exactly why I stopped using firefox. I do not want ads in my browser, also they endorsed DRM in HTML5, contributing to a further lockdown of the internet in the name of copyright.

They had their chance of being relevant, but we have better alternatives now. Use a firefox fork such as Pale Moon or Waterfox instead, don’t support what Mozilla has become. And especially don’t switch to Chrome, either.

Net Neutrality: Mozilla tells the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers

Mozilla might not be as big as Google or Netflix in most consumers’ minds but as the maker of the popular Firefox browser, it does have some clout. That’s why it’s noteworthy that Mozilla on Monday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission use the “nuclear option” against Internet service providers by reclassifying them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

We also need to remove the revolving door between the telecom industry and the FCC.

Act your part to preserve net neutrality:


Mozilla's Call for Users to Monitor Firefox for Security Violations

As a result of laws in the US and elsewhere, prudent users must interact with Internet services knowing that despite how much any cloud-service company wants to protect privacy, at the end of the day most big companies must comply with the law. The government can legally access user data in ways that might violate the privacy expectations of law-abiding users. Worse, the government may force service operators to enable surveillance (something that seems to have happened in the Lavabit case).

Worst of all, the government can do all of this without users ever finding out about it, due to gag orders.

… Mozilla has one critical advantage over all other browser vendors. Our products are truly open source. Internet Explorer is fully closed-source, and while the rendering engines WebKit and Blink (chromium) are open-source, the Safari and Chrome browsers that use them are not fully open source. Both contain significant fractions of closed-source code.

… To ensure that no one can inject undetected surveillance code into Firefox, security researchers and organizations should:

  • regularly audit Mozilla source and verified builds by all effective means;
  • establish automated systems to verify official Mozilla builds from source; and
  • raise an alert if the verified bits differ from official bits.

In the best case, we will establish such a verification system at a global scale, with participants from many different geographic regions and political and strategic interests and affiliations. [X]

So Mozilla is saying that users need to monitor the source code of it’s product, Firefox, because the government could force it to spy on the public. If such code is found, Mozilla wants a public alarm sent out so users know they are being spied on. While it’s disgusting that the government can force a company to violate it’s user agreement and put a gag order on preventing the company from revealing that at least it’s possible for Firefox to be monitored by users unlike other browsers like Chrome or Explorer.

Saletan, whose piece is about how the campaign that culminated in the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is just like employers firing gay employees, writes, in the second to last paragraph of his piece: “Losing your job for being gay is different from losing your job for opposing gay marriage. Unlike homosexuality, opposition to same-sex marriage is a choice, and it directly limits the rights of other people. But the rationales for getting rid of Eich bear a disturbing resemblance to the rationales for getting rid of gay managers and employees.”

Being gay and being homophobic are nothing alike, but he hears “a disturbing resemblance” in the rationales for getting rid of gay employees and getting rid of homophobic CEOs, so that’s good enough for casually eliding not one but two false equivalencies: Gay/homophobic and employee/employer.

These pieces were published in New York Magazine (Chait), The Atlantic (Lovett), Mother Jones (Drum), and Slate (Saletan). This liberal concern trolling filled with false equivalencies and perfunctory nods to legitimate criticism only to discredit its validity is what passes for serious intellectual discourse in major publications, as long as it’s white dudes who are sniffing sagely at how out of control all the social justice is getting around here.

Mozilla Factory Space /// Japan

Interior design : Nosigner

Nosigner design studio has designed new offices for Mozilla Japan, Mozilla Space Factory, based on the idea of ​​Open Source. Mozilla Japan is part of the Mozilla Foundation, which promoted the idea of open source and open source software. 

This office is built using common products such as corner or plastic pallets, which explores the concept of “Open Source modules Furniture”.



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