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Saying that #-9 will eventually seize to exist but become a part of # is to the untrained eye eerily akin to a corporate takeover where one entity is absorbed by a larger one.

1. I understand the importance of supporting open source projects. They're usually labours of love by idealists. That's why I've donate to open source developers I support when I have spare money, or try to help out with minor pull requests whenever I'm able to contribute.

2. Very nice for cketti I assume. Now he's a part of the corporation, since Thunderbird is owned by MZLA Technology Corporation is owned by Mozilla Foundation, right?

3. I struggle to think of any # improvements for the last decade and beyond that I've considered positive, besides bringing extensions to mobile browsers.

In fact, most of the many, many changes have been "Fine, I guess" at best and completely system breaking at the worst. Like removing extension support for mobile browsers or removing XUL from desktop browsers.

Saying that you have more of those resources to throw at #-9 isn't something I consider positive.

I do recognize this is a utterly subjective stance.

4. I wasn't familiar with that term, so I had to look it up. "Not invented here (NIH) is the tendency to avoid using or buying products, research, standards, or knowledge from external origins."

I see what you mean. Do you perhaps see how I wonder why you're avoiding to use the research and knowledge from a fully open source project to improve your own?

5. My impression is that the sort of lifting Mozilla have done the last 12 years have driven away 75% of their users.


I like that Thunderbird and K-9 are joining forces. I'm excited for the results because both are great open source programs 😀 # # # #


So, my first #
# # poll has ended. the results are here: https://mastodon.social/@Unatributed/108450137107624580

Unfortunately not a lot of respondents, but the ~60/40 split was enough to get me to install vivaldi.

Unfortuantely I won't be sticking with it. Why? My main reason for installing it was the new mail client, which reminded me of the old # and # browsers. Alas, the mail client doesn't work the way I need it to, and there are lots of forum posts about problems with it...


… And that’s why it riles me up to no end to see corporations like Mozilla Corporation that are not what they say they are getting away with blatantly lying to our faces while very successfully staving off effective regulation for Big Tech, sucking up funding, and acting as honeypots for devs who do really care only to neutralise them with projects they know will not actually threaten the Silicon Valley status quo.

(Also, I suck at stepping away from the keyboard apparently!) :)

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So much for not caring… I mean it’s so blatant, it infuriates me!

*steps away from the keyboard*

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Mozilla could tell you it’s hugging you while actually slapping your face with a wet wish and some tech folks would be like “so, that’s what a hug feels like. I kinda like it!”

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Me: Their literal head of policy (now ex, apparently) begged me to go easy on them at a data protection conference and asked “why do you hold us to a higher standard?… We’re just another silicon valley tech company”

Folks: That’s not what they are. Why do you think that’s what they are?

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Me:

X exists by violating your privacy.

Y exists by being funded by X for allowing X to violate your privacy.

Therefore, Y is not the defender of your privacy that Y says it is.

Folks:

What atrocious logic! Y is clearly an independent organisation that exists to protect your privacy.

(I mean I wish I was making these up but they’re just based on responses I’m getting here and have gotten over the years.)

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Gonna set up Earthzilla to save the environment. We’re going to be funded by half a billion dollars from ExxonMobil every year.

Y’all are going to absolutely love us, I can tell!

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Me: Mozilla exists because it gets half a billion dollars from Google for allowing them to violate your privacy by default on their browser.

Folks: what nefarious conspiracy theory is this?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Basically, “are we getting away with it?” (Whatever ‘it’ is now… whatever the catch is this time… to be fair, I’ve stopped caring. Folks seem want to believe what they want to believe and don’t appreciate it much when you point out even the most glaring issues with their darlings.)

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Mozilla’s survey for its new Firefox Translations extension.

Exactly the questions folks who are doing nothing dodgy would ask.

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Screenshot of one question of an online survey form asking people to answer from 1 (strongly agree) to 7 (strongly disagree). 

Statements are: 

The system is deceptive 							
The system behaves in an underhanded manner 							
I am suspicious of the system’s intent, actions, or output 							
I am wary of the system 							
I am confident in the system 							
The system provides security 							
The system has integrity 							
The system is dependable 							
The system is reliable 							
I can trust the system 							
I am familiar with the system


This looks cool: # has released an add-on for # that can do web page # *locally* instead of sending data to the cloud.

https://blog.mozilla.org/en/mozilla/local-translation-add-on-project-bergamot/

Based on Project Bergamot and implemented in WebAssembly

https://browser.mt/


Mozilla Introduces Local Machine Translation Tool for Firefox

https://debugpointnews.com/firefox-machine-translation/

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Unfortunately, Firefox is the best browser you’re going to get under capitalism/Silicon Valley.

Thankfully, we can do so much better than capitalism/Silicon Valley.

If we want a browser owned and controlled by the people, we must fund an organisation owned and controlled by the people to build and maintain it. (So, for example, an independent org funded by our taxes.)

And, hey, they don’t even have to start from scratch. They can, for example, fork Firefox. ;)

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How much do you pay for #?

Nothing?

That’s odd.

Because Mozilla Corporation makes half a billion dollars a year. If they’re not selling you a browser, what (or who) do you think they’re selling to whom?

Hints: you, Google (and anyone else who’ll pay them for access to you).

In people farming, you are the livestock being farmed; you’re the lab rat (heck Mozilla even runs “experiments” on you; they’re not coy about it).

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yup, but I'm still in favor of supporting the best of bad options. The compromises they make that I don't agree with, I accept as a compromise with society. Honestly, what aspect of society *doesn't* require significant compromise for most to participate? I can't think of one. The # folks can keep doing what they do, so long as they keep listening, which is more than I can say for 99% of the institutions I would have something to say to.


What’s the difference between a browser that’s private by default and a browser that is private by configuration?

About half a billion dollars in revenue every year.

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Now kids, tell me, if you’re not private by default what are you by default? Think about it, I’ll wait.

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There’s private and then there’s Mozilla “private™”

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Mozilla’s new Firefox Translations extension is totally offline. Totally. Totally Mozilla offline.

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Screenshot (detail) of Firefox Translations settings screen:

“Allow Firefox Translation to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla?

This includes high-level user interaction and error reports. Changes to this setting can be made any time in settings. Data is stored securely and without personally identifying information.”

Report high-level user interactions: toggle button, on.

Report errors: toggle button, on.


I am really happy about this announcement from #: a free, completely local, # engine. Also you can run the training pipeline yourself. And, it can translate your input in forms to the language of the site. https://blog.mozilla.org/en/mozilla/local-translation-add-on-project-bergamot/


If folks have to create a version of your browser that respects privacy by default, perhaps your organisation is not the champion of privacy you say it is.

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What would Firefox be if it was private by default?

It would be LibreWolf.

https://librewolf.net/

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Nice, the # gave # money to develop an offline, privacy friendly translation engine, and it's been released!

https://blog.mozilla.org/en/mozilla/local-translation-add-on-project-bergamot/


It is so amazing what # has achieved:

Back in 2013 asm.js, which has now evolved into # # - one of the most relevant technologies for computing in the future.

2015, what has started as a research project by Graydon Hoare, the # programming language, which will define how we will develop software in the future.

I think people don't appreciate this enough.

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Fucking hell, as some of you have pointed out in the comments, also, it’s tied to my router. I have the same router I had in Malmö. If this is not a GDPR violation, I have no idea what is.

So Mozilla – Defender of Privacy™ – is storing my location history, tied to my router, without ever having gotten consent from me to do so.

This is a fucking scandal.

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Recently, there has been misinformation about #Mozilla's browser #Firefox claiming that a new feature called #FirefoxSuggest would send any address bar inputs to advertising companies by default.

This is not true.

In reality, all sponsored suggestions are given offline by default, meaning that no additional user data is sent anywhere. Online suggestions are strictly opt-in.

Please do not spread false information.

🔗 https://support.mozilla.org/kb/navigate-web-faster-firefox-suggest
🔗 https://searchfox.org/mozilla-central/rev/d488f68d845a87cc107612b667951152c34fb116/browser/components/urlbar/UrlbarPrefs.jsm#543
🔗 https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1727907