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2014-04-03 Eich and Mozilla

I use Firefox on my desktop both at work and at home. I don’t want Safari, Chrome or Internet Exploder. These days, the Mozilla foundation hired a dude called Eich who donated “$1,000 to the Proposition 8 effort to ban gay marriage in California.” See Exclusive: Mozilla CEO Eich says gay-marriage firestorm could hurt Firefox (Q&A) for details.

I had a conversation ranting monologue on IRC which revolved around two questions: How homophobic is Eich? Does “boycotting” a free product hurts him or the product?

My point was that I would like to tell Mozilla that having a homophobic boss is despicable. Writing a private email to let them know is not enough! Thus we enter the realm of politics where the actual boycott is not as important as news outlets writing about it. Let the scandal get some publicity.

In the interview, “Eich refuses to discuss his own beliefs explicitly or say whether they’ve changed…” I’m assuming they did not change much.

The article also says “Eich is the inventor of JavaScript…” A lesser sort of evil, I’d say! ;)

I think his argument is full of #fail. “If Mozilla cannot continue to operate according to its principles of inclusiveness…” and mentioning anti-gay marriage coders in Indonesia. How is that an argument? Does Mozilla also work with Hitler? (Just to cut that line of argument short.)

Karl Popper argued that you cannot be tolerant towards the intolerant. Actually, according to WikiQuote he said: “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”

I think that’s why it’s not important for me to hurt Eich personally. After all, he’s free to say what he wants and to sponsor what he wants. I have limited tolerance. It’s important for me to tell Mozilla that it’s not OK to hire such a person!. I don’t have unlimited tolerance.

Anyway, here’s to not boycotting Firefox and still helping the scandal get some publicity.

Update: Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Resigns After Protests from Gay Marriage Supporters.


Comments on 2014-04-03 Eich and Mozilla

Similar thoughts by Jörgen Schäfer on Google+.

A different perspective is offered on this blog: according to the community participation guidelines “Mozillians should treat this as a private matter, not a Mozilla issue.” I don’t feel that I need to be bound by these guidelines. I think it was the ethical thing to do. If you sell youself based on your values, as Jörgen Schäfer writes, then you had better make sure that the public faces of your company reflect these values.

AlexSchroeder 2014-04-05

Also, Jürgen Hubert links to this piece, on Google+: This Is What Can Happen When Your New Boss Is Homophobic.

AlexSchroeder 2014-04-22 05:08 UTC

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2013-07-30 Politics

Looking back at how things have gone in the last year I’d say that all my RPG conversation has moved to Google+ and this wiki-blog has turned into a repository of things I don’t want to loose when Google+ is shut down. All my political thoughts are on Twitter: @kensanata and I’m almost exclusively expressing myself via retweets. I’m also more than happy to talk about it on Twitter.

I post my pictures on Flickr at kensanata for myself and cross-post them to Facebook and a protected Twitter channel for the various family members out there.


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2010-08-24 Wiki-cong

We are Internet
We are Teledandys
We are Jellyfish
We are isomorphic
We are the wiki-cong
We are in your computer networks, leaking bits and bytes of your government secrets!
– from Do not let the Pentagon turn internets into Wikistan!

Don’t forget to tune into The Juice Media which does the YouTube thing. :)

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2006-07-07 Inappropriate For All Ages, a short video

Via GreyWulf [1], via BoingBoing [2]: A cool little 1.1M video about the real pirates stealing our future – You wouldn't! AbuseofPower.mov.



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