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Matt Thompson: Mozilla Learning in 2015: our vision and plan

do, 22/01/2015 - 19:47

This post is a shortened, web page version of the 2015 Mozilla Learning plan we shared back in December. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be blogging and encouraging team and community members to post their reflections and detail on specific pieces of work in 2015 and Q1. Please post your comments and questions here — or get more involved.

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Within ten years, there will be five billion citizens of the web.

Mozilla wants all of these people to know what the web can do. What’s possible. We want them to have the agency, skills and know-how they need to unlock the full power of the web. We want them to use the web to make their lives better. We want them to know they are citizens of the web.

Mozilla Learning is a portfolio of products and programs that helps people learn how to read, write and participate in the digital world.

Building on Webmaker, Hive and our fellowship programs, Mozilla Learning is a portfolio of products and programs that help these citizens of the web learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world. These programs also help people become mentors and leaders: people committed to teaching others and to shaping the future of the web.

Mark Surman presents the Mozilla Learning vision and plan in Portland, Dec 2015

Three-year vision

By 2017, Mozilla will have established itself as the best place to learn the skills and know-how people need to use the web in their lives, careers and organizations. We will have:

  • Educated and empowered users by creating tools and curriculum for learning how to read, write and participate on the web. Gone mainstream.
  • Built leaders, everywhere by growing a global cadre of educators, researchers, coders, etc. who do this work with us. We’ve helped them lead and innovate.
  • Established the community as the classroom by improving and explaining our experiential learning model: learn by doing and innovating with Mozilla.

At the end of these three years, we may have established something like a “Mozilla University” — a learning side of Mozilla that can sustain us for many decades. Or, we may simply have a number of successful learning programs. Either way, we’ll be having impact.

We may establish something like a “Mozilla University” — a learning side of Mozilla that can sustain us for many decades.

Surman Keynote for Day One - Edit.008 2015 Focus

1) Learning Networks 2) Learning Products 3) Leadership Development

Our focus in 2015 will be to consolidate, improve and focus what we’ve been building for the last few years. In particular we will:

  • Improve and grow our local Learning Networks (Hive, Maker Party, etc).
  • Build up an engaged user base for our Webmaker Learning Products on mobile and desktop.
  • Prototype a Leadership Development program, and test it with fellows and ReMo.

The short term goal is to make each of our products and programs succeed in their own right in 2015. However, we also plan to craft a bigger Mozilla Learning vision that these products and programs can feed into over time.

Surman Keynote for Day One - Edit.003 A note on brand

Mozilla Learning is notional at this point. It’s a stake in the ground that says:

Mozilla is in the learning and empowerment business for the long haul.

In the short term, the plan is to use “Mozilla Learning” as an umbrella term for our community-driven learning and leadership development initiatives — especially those run by the Mozilla Foundation, like Webmaker and Hive. It may also grow over time to encompass other initiatives, like the Mozilla Developer Network and leadership development programs within the Mozilla Reps program. In the long term: we may want to a) build out a lasting Mozilla learning brand (“Mozilla University?”), or b) build making and learning into the Firefox brand (e.g., “Firefox for Making”). Developing a long-term Mozilla Learning plan is an explicit goal for 2015.

What we’re building

Practically, the first iteration of Mozilla Learning will be a portfolio of products and programs we’ve been working on for a number of years: Webmaker, Hive, Maker Party, Fellowship programs, community labs. Pulled together, these things make up a three-layered strategy we can build more learning offerings around over time.

  1. The Learning Networks layer is the most developed piece of this picture, with Hives and Maker Party hosts already in 100s of cities around the world.
  2. The Learning Products layer involves many elements of the Webmaker.org work, but will be relaunched in 2015 to focus on a mass audience.
  3. The Leadership Development piece has strong foundations, but a formal training element still needs to be developed.
Scope and scale

One of our goals with Mozilla Learning is to grow the scope and scale of Mozilla’s education and empowerment efforts. The working theory is that we will create an interconnected set of offerings that range from basic learning for large numbers of people, to deep learning for key leaders who will help shape the future of the web (and the future of Mozilla).

We want to increasing the scope and diversity of how people learn with Mozilla.

We’ll do that by building opportunities for people to get together to learn, hack and invent in cities on every corner of the planet. And also: creating communities that help people working in fields like science, news and government figure out how to tap into the technology and culture of the web in their own lives, organizations and careers. The plan is to elaborate and test out this theory in 2015 as a part of the Mozilla Learning strategy process. (Additional context on this here: http://mzl.la/depth_and_scale.) Surman Keynote for Day One - Edit.016

Contributing to Mozilla’s overall 2015 KPIs

How will we contribute to Mozilla’s top-line goals? In 2015, We’ll measure success through two key performance indicators: relationships and reach.

  • Relationships: 250K active Webmaker users
  • Reach: 500 cities with ongoing Learning Network activity

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Learning Networks

In 2015, we will continue to grow and improve the impact of our local Learning Networks.

  • Build on the successful ground game we’ve established with teachers and mentors under the Webmaker, Hive and Maker Party banners.
  • Evolve Maker Party into year-round activity through Webmaker Clubs.
  • Establish deeper presence in new regions, including South Asia and East Africa.
  • Improve the websites we use to support teachers, partners, clubs and networks.
  • Sharpen and consolidate teaching tools and curriculum built in 2014. Package them on their own site, “teach.webmaker.org.”
  • Roll out largescale, extensible community-building software to run Webmaker clubs.
  • Empower more people to start Hive Learning Networks by improving documentation and support.
  • Expand scale, rigour and usability of curriculum and materials to help people better mentor and teach.
  • Expand and improve trainings online and in-person for mentors.
  • Recruit more partners to increase reach and scope of networks.
Surman Keynote for Day One - Edit.011 Learning Products

Grow a base of engaged desktop and mobile users for Webmaker.

  • Expand our platform to reach a broad market of learners directly.
  • Mobile & Desktop: Evolve current tools into a unified Webmaker making and learning platform for desktop, Firefox OS and Android.
  • Tablet: Build on our existing web property to address tablet browser users and ensure viability in classrooms.
  • Firefox: Experiment with ways to integrate Webmaker directly into Firefox.
  • Prioritize mobile. Few competitors here, and the key to emerging markets growth.
  • Lower the bar. Build user on-boarding that gets people making / learning quickly.
  • Engagement. Create sticky engagement. Build mentorship, online mentoring and social into the product.
Surman Keynote for Day One - Edit.014 Leadership Development

Develop a leadership development program, building off our existing Fellows programs.

  • Develop a strategy and plan. Document the opportunity, strategy and scope. Figure out how this leadership development layer could fit into a larger Mozilla Learning / Mozilla University vision.
  • Build a shared definition of what it means to be a ‘fellow’ at Mozilla. Empowering emerging leaders to use Mozilla values and methods in their own work.
  • Figure out the “community as labs” piece. How we innovate and create open tech along the way.
  • Hire leadership. Create an executive-level role to lead the strategy process and build out the program.
  • Test pilot programs. Develop a handbook / short course for new fellows.
  • Test with fellows and ReMo. Consider expanding fellows programs for science, web literacy and computer science research.
Get involved
  • Learn more. There’s much more detail on the Learning Networks, Learning Products and Leadership Development pieces in the complete Mozilla Learning plan.
  • Get involved. There’s plenty of easy ways to get involved now with Webmaker and our local Learning Networks today.
  • Get more hands-on. Want to go deeper? Get hands-on with code, curriculum, planning and more through build.webmaker.org
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Air Mozilla: Community Building Forum

do, 22/01/2015 - 19:00

Community Building Forum The Grow Mozilla Community Building Forum

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Air Mozilla: Reps weekly

do, 22/01/2015 - 17:00

Reps weekly Weekly Mozilla Reps call

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Schalk Neethling: Resolving Error: pg_config executable not found on Mac

do, 22/01/2015 - 16:10
Every once in a while when I have to get an old project up and running or simply house cleaning a current project, I run into this error, and each time it trips me up, and I spend a ton of time yak shaving. Well, today was the last time. To future me, and whomever … Continue reading Resolving Error: pg_config executable not found on Mac
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Mozilla Release Management Team: Firefox 36 beta1 to beta2

do, 22/01/2015 - 13:54

Beta 2 is a busy beta release. First, because of an holiday in the US, the go to build has been delayed by a day (Tuesday instead of Monday). Second, a lot of fixes for MSE landed.

  • 129 changesets
  • 271 files changed
  • 5021 insertions
  • 2064 deletions

ExtensionOccurrences cpp80 h51 js37 ini21 xml15 html8 java6 list4 css4 jsm3 xul2 sjs2 nsi2 xhtml1 webidl1 nsh1 jsx1 json1 in1 cc1

ModuleOccurrences dom105 browser36 toolkit19 mobile16 media13 layout12 netwerk11 testing10 security8 js5 uriloader2 gfx2 xpcom1 image1 editor1

List of changesets:

Armen Zambrano GasparnianBug 1064002 - Fix removal of --log-raw from xpcshell. r=chmanchester. a=testing - 93587eeda731 Karl TomlinsonBug 1108838 - Move stalled/progress timing from MediaDecoder to HTMLMediaElement. r=cpearce, a=sledru - 15e3be526862 Karl TomlinsonBug 1108838 - Dispatch "stalled" even when no bytes have been received. r=cpearce, a=sledru - b07f9144d190 Jeff MuizelaarBug 1090518 - Fix crash during webgl-depth-texture.html conformance test. r=jrmuizel, a=sledru - 36535f9806e6 Jan-Ivar BruaroeyBug 1098314 - Ignore and warn on turns: and stuns: urls until we support TURN/STUN TLS. r=bwc, a=sledru - 3b4908a629e8 Brad LasseyBug 1112345 - Tab streaming should scroll stream with layers and not offsets. r=snorp, a=sledru - 3956d52ad3f0 Karl TomlinsonBug 975782 - Bring media resource loads out of background while they delay the load event. r=cpearce, a=sledru - cdd335426a39 Karl TomlinsonBug 975782 - Stop delaying the load event when media fetch has stalled. r=cpearce, f=kinetik, a=sledru - 3abc61cb0abd Dave TownsendBug 1102050 - Set consumeoutsideclicks="false" whenever the popup is opened. r=felipe, a=sledru - a33308dd5af8 Brad LasseyBug 1115802 - Scrolling no longer working when tab mirroring from fennec. r=snorp, a=sledru - f6d5f2303fea Karl TomlinsonBug 1116676 - Ensure that AddRemoveSelfReference() is called on networkState changes. r=roc, a=sledru - ad2cfe2a92a5 Karl TomlinsonBug 1114885 - Allow media elements to be GC'd when their MediaSource is unreferenced. r=roc, a=sledru - 44e174f9d843 Dave TownsendBug 1094312 - Properly destroy browsers when switching between remote and non-remove pages and override the default destroy method in remote-browser.xml. r=mconley, a=sledru - 08f30b223076 Dave TownsendBug 1094312 - Fix browser_bug553455.js to handle the cases where the progress notification is hidden before it has fully appeared. r=Gijs, a=sledru - fc494bb31bec Dave TownsendBug 1094312 - Fix browser_bug553455.js:test_cancel_restart by pausing the download for long enough for the progress notification to show reliably. r=Gijs, a=sledru - b71146fc0e37 Margaret LeibovicBug 1107925 - Don't launch fennec on search redirects. r=bnicholson, a=sledru - 6796cf5b59b1 Mark HammondBug 1116404 - Better timeout semantics for search service geoip lookups. r=felipe, a=sledru - 06bb4d89e2bf Magnus MelinBug 1043310 - AutoCompletion doesn't take capitalization from address book entry, can leave angle brackets characters >> in field, when loosing focus by clicking outside (not enter/tab). r=mak, a=sledru - 1d406b3f20db Matt WoodrowBug 1116626 - Null check mDecoder in AutoNotifyDecoded since it might have been shutdown already. r=karlt, a=sledru - e076d58d5b10 Matt WoodrowBug 1116284 - Don't run MP4Reader::Update after we've shut the reader down. r=cpearce, a=sledru - 2fd2c6de0a87 Bobby HolleyBug 1119456 - Make MP4Demuxer's blocking reads non-blocking and hoist blocking into callers with a hacky retry strategy. r=k17e, a=sledru - fa0128cdef95 Bobby HolleyBug 1119456 - Work around the fact that media cache does not quite guarantee the property we want. r=roc, a=sledru - 18f7174682d3 Andrea MarchesiniBug 1113062 - Part 1: PIFileImpl and FileImpl merged. r=smaug, a=sledru - 23f5b373f676 Andrea MarchesiniBug 1113062 - Part 2: ArchiveReaderZipFile non-CCed. r=smaug, a=sledru - f203230f49f4 Andrea MarchesiniBug 1113062 - IndexedDB FileSnapshot not CCed. r=janv, a=sledru - 962ac9efa80c Matt WoodrowBug 1105066 - Make SeekPromise return the time we actually seeked to. r=kentuckyfriedtakahe, a=sledru - e16f64387888 Matt WoodrowBug 1105066 - Chain seeks in MediaSourceReader so that we seek audio to the same time as video. r=kentuckyfriedtakahe, a=sledru - 154dac808616 Anthony JonesBug 1105066 - Seek after switching reader. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - a0ffac1b2851 Matt WoodrowBug 1119033 - Don't try to evict when we don't have any initialized decoders. r=ajones, a=sledru - a78eb4dd84f0 Kai-Zhen LiBug 1119691 - Fix build bustage in dom/media/mediasource/MediaSource.cpp. r=bz, a=sledru - 7edfdc36c3cf Bobby HolleyBug 1120014 - Initialize MediaSourceReader::mLast{Audio,Video}Time to 0 rather than -1. r=rillian, a=sledru - 201fee3158c1 Bobby HolleyBug 1120017 - Make the DispatchDecodeTasksIfNeeded path handle DECODER_STATE_DECODING_FIRSTFRAME. r=cpearce, a=sledru - aa8cdb057186 Bobby HolleyBug 1120023 - Clean up semantics of SourceBufferResource reading. r=cpearce, a=sledru - 60f6890d84cf Bobby HolleyBug 1120023 - Fix some bugs in MockMediaResource. r=cpearce, a=sledru - e5cc2f8f3f7e Bobby HolleyBug 1120023 - Switch SourceBufferResource::Read{,At} back to blocking. r=cpearce, a=sledru - 423cb20b5f43 Dão GottwaldBug 1115307 - Search bar alignment fixes and cleanup. r=florian, a=sledru - c7e58ab0e1f6 Dave TownsendBug 1119450 - Clicks on the search go button shouldn't open the search popup. r=felipe, a=sledru - 17b6018c53f0 David KeelerBug 1065909 - Canonicalize hostnames in nsSiteSecurityService and PublicKeyPinningService. r=mmc, a=sledru - 82cce51fb174 Abdelrhman AhmedBug 1102961 - Cannot navigate AMO without closing the Options window. r=florian, a=sledru - 5ac62d0df17e JW WangBug 1115505 - Keep decoding to ensure the stream is initialized in the decode-to-stream case. r=roc, a=sledru - 4d3d7478ffa4 Olli PettayBug 1108721 - HTMLMediaElement.textTracks needs to be nullable in Gecko for now. r=peterv, a=sledru - 5fba52895751 Bobby HolleyBug 1120629 - Cache data directly on MP4Stream rather than relying on the media cache. r=roc, a=sledru - f7bd9ae15c9e Julian SewardBug 1119803 - Uninitialised value use in StopPrerollingVideo. r=bobbyholley, a=sledru - 0a648dfd0459 Andrea MarchesiniBug 1111971 - A better life-time management of aListener and aContext in WebSocketChannel. r=smaug, a=abillings - 19e248751a1c Ryan VanderMeulenBacked out changeset e91fcba59c18 (Bug 1119941) because we don't want to ship int in 36b1. a=sledru - 1d99e9a39847 Ryan VanderMeulenBug 1088708 - Disable testOSLocale on Android x86 for permafailing. r=gbrown, a=test-only - 483bad7e5e88 Ryan VanderMeulenNo bug - Adjust some Android reftest expectations now that they're passing again. r=gbrown, a=test-only - 454907933777 Mark BannerBug 1119765 - Joining and Leaving a Loop room quickly can leave the room as full. Ensure we send the leave notification if we've already sent the join. r=mikedeboer,a=sylvestre - 9b99fc7b7c20 Sotaro IkedaBug 1112410 - Handle set dormant during seeking r=cpearce a=sledru - 5d185a7d03b5 Mike ConleyBug 1117936 - If print preview throws in browser-content.js, make sure printUtils.js can handle the error. r=Mossop, a=sledru - 2fd253435fe4 Dave TownsendBug 1118135 - Clicking the magnifying glass while the suggestions are open should close the popup and not re-open it. r=felipe, a=sledru - ee9df2674663 Chris PearceBug 1112445 - Ignore the audio stream when determining whether we should skip-t-o-next-keyframe for async readers. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - f82a118e1064 Steve FinkBug 1117768 - Fix assertion in AutoStopVerifyingBarriers and add tests. r=terrence, a=sledru - 53ae5eeb6147 Matt WoodrowBug 1121661 - Null check mDemuxer in MP4Reader::ResetDecoder since we might not have created one yet. r=bholley, a=sledru - 28900712c87f Chris PearceBug 1112822 - Don't allow MP4Reader to decode if someone shut it down. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - c8031be76a86 Ryan VanderMeulenBacked out changeset 53ae5eeb6147 (Bug 1117768) for bustage. - 96d0d77a3462 Martyn HaighBug 1117130 - URL bar border slightly covered by fading edge of title. r=mfinkle, a=sledru - ca609e2e5bea JW WangBug 1112588 - Ignore 'stalled' events because the progress timer could time out before receiving any HTTP notifications on slow machines like B2G emulator. r=cpearce, a=test-only - d185df72bd0e Ryan VanderMeulenBug 1111137 - Disable test_user_agent_overrides.html on Android due to frequent failures. a=test-only - cd07ffdd30c5 Steve FinkBug 1111330 - GetBacktrace needs to be able to free the results buffer. r=njn, a=lsblakk - f154bf489b34 Robert StrongBug 1120673 - Verify Firewall service is running before adding Firewall exceptions - Fx 35 installer crashes on XP x86 SP3 at the end (creating shortcuts) if the xp firewall service is stopped. r=bbondy, a=sledru - bc2de4c07f1b Nicolas B. PierronBug 1118911 - GetPcScript should care about bailout frames. r=jandem, a=sledru - 66f61f3f9664 Bobby HolleyBug 1121841 - Clear the failed read after checking it. r=jya, a=sledru - 0f43b4df53bb Bobby HolleyBug 1121248 - Stop logging unimplemented methods in SourceBufferResource. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - b8922f819a88 Michael ComellaBug 1106935 - Part 1: Replace old tablet pngs with null XML resources. r=mhaigh, a=sledru - 0b7d9ce1cdc7 Ehsan AkhgariBug 1113121 - Null check the parent node in nsHTMLEditRules::JoinNodesSmart() before passing it to MoveNode; r=roc a=sylvestre - 64d25509541e Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1121757: Prevent out of bound memory access should AVC data be invalid. r=kinetik a=sledru - 84bf56da4a55 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1121342: Re-Request audio or video to decode first frame after a failed attempt. r=cpearce a=sledru - 7a8d1dd9fff3 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1121342: Re-search for Moof if an initial attempt to find it failed. r=kentuckyfriedtakahe a=sledru - dfbca180664d John DaggettBug 1118981 - initialize mSkipDrawing correctly for already loading fonts. r=jfkthame, a=sylvestre - beb62e1ad523 Mike HommeyBug 1110760 - Followup to avoid build failure with Windows SDK v7.0 and v7.0A. r=gps a=lsblakk - fe217a0d2e9a Paul Kerr [:pkerr]Bug 1028869 - Part 1: Add ping and ack operations to PushHandler. r=standard8, a=sledru - fc47c7a95f85 Paul Kerr [:pkerr]Bug 1028869 - Part 2: xpcshell test updated with ping/restore. r=standard8, a=sledru - b653be6b040a Gijs KruitboschBug 1079355 - indexedDB pref should only apply for content pages, not chrome ones, r=bent,a=sylvestre - 97b34f0b9946 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1118123: Update mediasource duration following sourcebuffer::appendBuffer. r=cajbir a=sledru - 9a4a8602e6f4 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1118123: Mochitest to verify proper sourcebuffer behavior. r=cajbir a=sledru - 61e917f920c9 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1118123: Update mediasource web platforms tests now passing. r=karlt a=sledru - 7cd63f89473b Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1119119: Do not abort when calling appendBuffer with no data. r=cajbir a=sledru - 4fe580b632e5 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1119119: Update web-platform-tests expected data. r=karlt a=sledru - a1a315b3ff6b Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1120084: Implement MSE's AppendErrorAlgorithm. r=cajbir a=sledru - da605a71901e Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1120086: Re-open SourceBuffer after call to appendBuffer if in ended state. r=cajbir a=sledru - 7dd701f60492 Ben HearsumBug 1120420: switch in-tree update server/certs to aus4.mozilla.org. r=rstrong, a=lmandel - 59702337a220 Kartikaya GuptaBug 1107009. r=BenWa, a=sledru - 8d886705af93 Kartikaya GuptaBug 1122408 - Fix potential deadlock codepath. r=BenWa, a=sledru - e6df6527d52e Phil RingnaldaBug 786938 - Disable test_handlerApps.xhtml on OS X. a=test-only - d1b7588f273b Jan de MooijBug 1115844 - Fix Baseline to emit a nop for JSOP_DEBUGLEAVEBLOCK to temporarily work around a pc lookup bug. r=shu, a=sledru - 54a53a093110 Andreas PehrsonBug 1113600 - Part 1. Send stream data right away after adding an output stream. r=roc, a=sledru - 73c3918b169f Andreas PehrsonBug 1113600 - Part 2. Handle setting a MediaStream sync point mid-playback. r=roc, a=sledru - e30a4672f03f Andreas PehrsonBug 1113600 - Part 3. Add mochitest for capturing media mid-playback. r=roc, a=sledru - c17e1f237ff0 Andreas PehrsonBug 1113600 - Part 4. Handle switching directly from audio clock to stream clock. r=roc, a=sledru - b269b8f5102c Gian-Carlo PascuttoBug 1119852 - Don't forget to update _requestedCapability in Windows camera driver. r=jesup, a=sledru - ee09df3331d0 Paul Kerr [:pkerr]Bug 1108028 - Replace pushURL registered with LoopServer whenever PushServer does a re-assignment. r=dmose, a=sledru - be5eee20bba5 Daniel HolbertBug 1110950 - Trigger a reflow (as well as a repaint) for changes to 'object-fit' and 'object-position', so subdocuments can be repositioned/resized. r=roc, a=sledru - 2b2b697613eb Chris DoubleBug 1055904 - Improve MSE eviction calculation. r=jya, a=sledru - 595835cd60a0 Martyn HaighBug 1111598 - [Tablet] Make action bar background color consistent with the new tablet tab strip background. r=mcomella, a=sledru - 3e58a43384cd Tim TaubertBug 950399 - SessionStore shouldn't forget domain cookies. r=yoric, a=sledru - 91f8d6ca5030 Tim TaubertBug 950399 - Tests for domain cookies. r=yoric, a=sledru - 670d3f856665 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1120075 - Use Movie Extend Header's duration as fallback when available. r=kentuckyfriedtakahe, a=sledru - 18ade4ad787e Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1119757 - Allow seeking on media with infinite duration. r=cpearce, a=sledru - b0c42a7f0dc7 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1119757 - MSE: handle duration of 0 in metadata as infinity. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - 3e5d8c21f3a2 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1120079 - Do not call Range Removal algorithm after endOfStream. r=cajbir, a=sledru - 2a36e0243edd Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1120282 - Do not fire durationchange during call to ReadMetadata. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - 9bb138f23d58 Dragana DamjanovicBug 1108971 - Fix parameter in call GetAddrInfo. r=sworkman, a=sledru - 2dbbd7362502 Sotaro IkedaBug 1110343 - Suppress redundant loadedmetadata event when dormant exit. r=cpearce, a=sledru - fae52bd681e0 Sotaro IkedaBug 1108728 - Remove dormant related state from MediaDecoder. r=cpearce, a=sledru - 9ad34e90e339 Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Remove unnecessary arguments to ::Seek. r=mattwoodrow, sr=cpearce, a=sledru - d7e079df1b3d Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Stop honoring aEndTime in MediaSourceReader::Seek. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - 67f6899c6221 Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Fix potential race condition with mWaitingForSeekData. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - 871ab0d29bb8 Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Clean up semantics around m{Audio,Video}IsSeeking. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - 35f5cf685186 Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Move the interesting seek state logic into DecodeSeek. r=mattwoodrow, r=cpearce, a=sledru - 3e1dd9e96598 Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Make seeks cancelable. r=cpearce, r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - 2195dc79a65f Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Handle mid-seek Request{Audio,Video}Data calls. r=cpearce, a=sledru - 4f059ea15ecf Bobby HolleyBug 1121692 - Tests. r=mattwoodrow, r=cpearce, a=sledru - 56744595737c Michael ComellaBug 1116912 - Don't hide the dynamic toolbar when it was originally shown but a tab was selected. r=wesj, a=sledru - 55bd32c43abd Valentin GosuBug 1121826 - Backout cc192030c28f - brackets shouldn't be automatically escaped in the Query. r=mcmanus, a=sledru - 12bda229bf83 Nicholas NethercoteBug 1122322 - Fix crash in worker memory reporter. r=bent, a=sledru - c5dfa7d081f4 Ryan VanderMeulenBug 1055904 - Fix non-unified bustage in TrackBuffer.cpp. a=bustage - c703f90c5b80 Patrick McManusBug 1121706 - Don't offer h2 in alpn if w/out mandatory suite. r=hurley, a=sledru - 131919c0babd Barbara GuidaBug 1122586 - Unbreak build on platforms missing std::llabs since Bug 1073716. r=dholbert, a=sledru - 506cfb41b8f3 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1121876 - Treat negative WMF's output sample timestamp as zero. r=cpearce, a=sledru - e017341d2486 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1121876 - Configure WMF decoder to output PCM 16. r=cpearce, a=sledru - cd88be2b57ac Robert LongsonBug 1119698 - Ensure image elements take pointer-events into account. r=jwatt, a=sledru - 94e7cb795a05 Chris PearceBug 1123498 - Make MP4Reader skip-to-next-keyframe less aggressively. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - cee6bfbbecd7 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1123507 - Prevent out of bound memory access. r=edwin, a=sledru - 8691f7169392 Geoff BrownBug 1105388 - Avoid robocop shutdown crashes with longer wait. r=mfinkle, a=test-only - ea7deca21c27 Anthony JonesBug 1116056 - Change MOZ_ASSERT() to NS_WARNING() in Box::Read(). r=jya, a=sledru - 54386fba64a7 Jean-Yves AvenardBug 1116056 - Ensure all atoms read are valid. r=mattwoodrow, a=sledru - 1f392909ff1f Xidorn QuanBug 1121350 - Fix extra space on right from whitespace. r=roc, a=sledru - 598cd9c2e480 Kartikaya GuptaBug 1120252 - Avoid trying to get the APZCTreeManager if APZ isn't enabled. r=mattwoodrow, a=bustage - 1b21115851ef

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Advancing Content: Request for Innovation: Content and Ad Tech

do, 22/01/2015 - 12:16

We founded the Content Services group at Mozilla in order to build user-first content experiences and services within the Firefox browser that:

  • Respect user choice
  • Respect user data
  • Provide user value
  • Where possible, create new revenue opportunities for Mozilla and our partners

We have delivered Tiles in Firefox and have successfully tested some content partnerships. Our next objectives are:

  1. To provide a better content and advertising experience for our users within Firefox.  This may include but is not limited to the creation of new units, better personalization, and a higher volume of partners for varied content.
  2. To push the industry forward.  We are sure that there are content and advertising technology companies who aspire to the same principles we do but do not have the tools to act with today.

That’s why in the next few days we will be contacting a number of content and advertising tech companies, both large and small, to discuss an RFI (“Request for Innovation” – a partnership proposal) for providing more automation and scale in our offering.  Scale allows us to deliver content to our users across the globe so we keep the experience for users fresh and current.  Automation allows us to do this on a scale that’s significant.  We have to engage with the industry’s state-of-the-art.  That means working programmatically (and this can be a very complex space to operate in).  We know that there are many people in ad tech who welcome our involvement – many have already joined the project.

One of Mozilla’s distinct qualities is its ability to bring in champions for our cause, from advocating for open standards to sharing the vision of an open mobile ecosystem, we are at our best when we focus on our own competence and bring others into our community.

This will not be business as usual.  We have a very clear sense of who we would and would not partner with, and any relationship we enter into has to support our values.  And while there may be some areas for discussion we will not partner with organizations who blatantly disrespect the user.

We are explicit about this in the RFI: we want to work with partners who align with the Mozilla mission and our user-centric ethos to change and evolve the industry through this engagement.  As talked about in previous posts on this blog, we’re looking for support amongst our three core principles:

  • Trust: Always architect with honesty in mind. Ask, “Do users understand why they are being presented with content? Do they understand what fragments of their data underscore advertising decisions?”
  • Transparency: Always be transparent. “Is it clear to users why advertising and content decisions are made? Is it clear how their data is being consumed and shared?  Are they aware and openly contributing to the dialog?”
  • Control: Always put the control with the user. “Do users have the ability to control their own data? Do they have the option to be completely private, completely public or somewhere in between?”

Our team is working hard to deliver against these promises to our users:

  • We believe digital advertising can respect users’ privacy choices.
  • We can build useful products and experiences that users will choose to engage with, and provide an experience that delivers value.
  • We believe publishers should respect browser signals around tracking and privacy. Our content projects will respect DNT signals.
  • We will collect and retain the minimal amount of data required to provide value to users, advertisers, and publishers.
  • We will put users in control of product feature opt-in/out.

We’ve launched the early version of our platform in the Firefox anniversary release (33.1), last November and we’ve been learning and tweaking it since.  2015 is a big year for us to scale and build better experiences and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you.

Feel free to reach out to us (contentservices@mozilla.com) or join our interest list.  

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Christian Heilmann: Browsers, Services and the OS – oh my…

do, 22/01/2015 - 12:02

Yesterday’s two hour Windows 10 briefing by Microsoft had some very interesting things in it (The Verge did a great job live blogging it). I was waiting for lots of information about the new browser, code name Spartan, but most was about Windows 10 itself. This is, of course, understandable and shows that I care about browsers maybe too much. There was interesting information about Windows 10 being a free upgrade, Cortana integration on all platforms, streaming games from xbox to Windows and vice versa. The big wow factor at the end of the brief was HoloLens, which makes interactivity like Iron Man had in his lab not that far-fetched any longer.

hololens working

For me, however, the whole thing was a bit of an epiphany about browsers. I’ve always seen browsers as my main playground and got frustrated by lack of standards support across them. I got annoyed by users not upgrading to new ones or companies making that hard. And I was disappointed by developers having their pet browsers to support and demand people to use the same. What I missed out on was how amazing browsers themselves have become as tools for end users.

For end users the browser is just another app. The web is not the thing alongside your computing interaction any longer, it is just a part of it. Just because I spend most of my day in the browser doesn’t make it the most important thing. In esssence, the interaction of the web and the hardware you have is what is the really interesting part.

A lot of innovation I have seen over the years that was controversial at that time or even highly improbable is now in phones and computers we use every day. And we don’t really appreciate it. Google Now, Siri and now Microsoft’s Cortana integration into the whole system is amazingly useful. Yes, it is also a bit creepy and there should be more granular insight into what gets crawled and what isn’t. But all in all isn’t it incredible that computers tell us about upcoming flights, traffic problems and remind us about things we didn’t even explicitly set as a reminder?

Spartan Demo screenshot by the verge

The short, 8 minute Spartan demo in the briefing showed some incredible functionality:

  • You can annotate web page with a stylus, mouse or add comments to any part of the text
  • You can then collect these, share them with friends or watch them offline later
  • Reading mode turns the web into a one-column, easy to read version. Safari, Mobile browsers like Firefox Mobile have this and third party services like Readability did that before.
  • Firefox’s awesome bar and Chrome’s Google Now integration also is in Windows with Cortana being available anywhere in the browser.

Frankly, not all of that is new, but I have never used these features. I was too bogged down into what browsers can not do instead of checking what is already possible for normal users.

I’ve mentioned this a few times in talks lately: a lot of the innovation of add-ons, apps and products is merging with our platforms. Where in the past it was a sensible idea to build a weather app and expect people to go there or even pay for it, we get this kind of functionality with our platforms. This is great for end users, but it means we have to be up to speed what user interfaces of the platforms look like these days instead of assuming we need to invent all the time.

Looking at this functionality made me remember a lot of things promised in the past but never really used (at least by me or my surroundings):

  • Back in 2001, Microsoft introduced Smart Tags, which caused quite a stir in the writing community as it allows third party commenting on your web content without notifying you. Many a web site added the MSSmartTagsPreventParsing to disallow this. The annotation feature of Spartan now is this on steroids. Thirdvoice (wayback machine archive) was a browser add-on that did the same, but got creepy very quickly by offering you things to buy. Weirdly enough Awesome Screenshot, an annotation plug-in also now gets very creepy by offering you price comparisons for your online shopping. This shows that a functionality like that doesn’t seem to be viable as a stand-alone business model, but very much makes sense as a feature of the platform.
  • Back in 2006, Ray Ozzie of Microsoft at eTech introduced the idea of the Live Clipboard. It was this: [Live Clipboard…] allows the copy and pasting of data, including dynamic, updating data, across and between web applications and desktop applications. The big thing about this was that it would have been an industrial size use case for Microformats and could have given that idea the boost it needed. However, despite me pestering Chris Wilson of – then – Microsoft at @media AJAX 2006 about it, this never took off. Until now, it seems – except that the clippings aren’t live.
  • When I worked in Yahoo, Browser Plus came out of a hackday, an extension to browsers that allows easier file uploads and drag and drop between browser and OS. It also gave you Desktop notifications. One of the use cases shown at the hack day was to drag and drop products from several online stores and then checkout in one step with all of them. This, still, is not possible. I’d wager to guess that legal problems and tax reasons are the main blocker there. Drag and Drop and uploads as well as Desktop notifications are now reality without add-ons. So we’re getting there.

This year will be very exciting. Not only does HTML5 and JavaScript get new features all the time. It seems to me that browsers become much, much smoother at integrating into our daily lives. This spells doom for a lot of apps. Why use an app when the functionality is already available with a simple click or voice command?

Of course, there are still many issues to fix, mainly offline and slow connection use cases. Privacy and security is another problem. Convenient as it is, there should be some way to know what is listening in on me right now and where the data goes. But, I for one am very interested about the current integration of services into the browser and the browser into the OS.

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Henrik Skupin: Firefox Automation report – week 49/50 2014

do, 22/01/2015 - 08:19

In this post you can find an overview about the work happened in the Firefox Automation team during week 49 and 50.

Highlights

During the first week of December the all-hands work week happened in Portland. Those were some great and inspiring days, full of talks, discussions, and conversations about various things. Given that I do not see my colleagues that often in real life, I have taken this opportunity to talk to everyone who is partly or fully involved in projects of our automation team. There are various big goals in front of us, so clearing questions and finding the next steps to tackle ongoing problems was really important. Finally we came out with a long list of todo items and more clarity about so far unclear tasks.

In week 50 we got some updates landed for Mozmill CI. Given a regression from the blacklist landing, our l10n tests haven’t been executed for any locale of the Firefox Developer Edition. Since the fix landed, we have seen problems with access keys in nearly each locale for a new test, which covers the context menu of web content.

Also we would like to welcome Barbara Miller in our team. She joined us as an intern via the FOSS outreach program as driven by Gnome. She will be with us until March and will mainly work on testdaybot and the conversion of Mozmill tests to Marionette. The latter project is called m21s and details can be found on its project page. Soon I will post more details about it.

Individual Updates

For more granular updates of each individual team member please visit our weekly team etherpad for week 49 and week 50.

Meeting Details

If you are interested in further details and discussions you might also want to have a look at the meeting agenda, the video recording, and notes from the Firefox Automation meeting of week 48. Due to the Mozilla all-hands workweek there was no meeting in week 49.

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Stormy Peters: Amazon Echo: 7 missing features

do, 22/01/2015 - 02:51

We have an Amazon Echo. It’s been a lot of fun and a bit frustrating and a bit creepy.

  • My youngest loves walking into the room and saying “Alexa, play Alvin and the Chipmunks”.
  • I like saying “Alexa, set a 10 minute timer.”
  • And we use it for news updates and music playing.

7 features it’s missing:

  1. “Alexa, answer my phone.” The Echo can hear me across the room. When my phone rings, I’d love to be able to answer it and just talk from where ever I am.
  2. “Alexa, tell me about the State of the Union Address last night.” I asked a dozen different ways and finally gave up and said “Alexa, play iHeartRadio Eric Church.” (I also tried to use it to cheat at Trivia Crack. It didn’t get any of the five questions I asked it right.)
  3. Integration with more services. We use Pandora, not iHeartRadio. We can switch. Or not. But ultimately the more services that Echo can integrate with, the better for its usefulness. It should search my email, Evernote, recipes, …
  4. Search. Not just the State of the Union, but pretty much any search I’ve tried has failed. “Alexa, when is the post office open today?” It just added the post office to my to do list. Or questions that any 2 year old can answer, “Alexa, what sound does a dog make?” It does do math for my eight year old. “Alexa, what’s 10,000 times 1 billion.” and she spits it out to his delight. He’s going to be a billionaire.
  5. More lists. Right now you can add items to your shopping list, your todo list and your music play lists. That doesn’t work well for a multi-person household. Each of us want multiple lists.
  6. Do stuff. I’d love to say “Alexa, reply to that email from Frank and say …” Or “Alexa, buy the top rated kitchen glove on Amazon.” or “Alexa, when will my package arrive?”
  7. Actually cook dinner. Or maybe just order it. :)

What do you want your Amazon Echo to do?

Related posts:

  1. 9 Things Amazon Needs to do to Make Book Readers’ Lives Perfect
  2. How to check out free books on your Amazon Kindle
  3. Email etiquette guides for online tourists

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Mike Shal: Combining Nodes in Graphviz

do, 22/01/2015 - 01:00

Graphviz is a handy tool for making graphs. The "dot" command in particular is great for drawing dependency graphs, though for many real-world scenarios there are simply too many nodes to generate a useful graph. In this post, we'll look at one strategy for automatically combining similar nodes so that a more understandable dependency structure is revealed.

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Mike Hommey: Fx0を購入

do, 22/01/2015 - 00:25

Two weeks ago, I went to a local au shop to get a hand on the Fx0, KDDI’s LG-manufactured Firefox OS phone that was released in Japan for Christmas in a few flagship shops and on the web, and on January 6 everywhere else in Japan.

They had it on display, like any other phone.

But they didn’t have any stock, so I couldn’t bring one home, but ordered one.

Fast forward two days ago, the shop called to say they received it, and I went yesterday to get it.

Unboxing

Since the phone is not sold without a carrier subscription, the shop staff does the unboxing for you, to place the SIM card in the phone. But let’s pretend that didn’t happen.

The Fx0 comes in a gold box with a gold Firefox logo, wrapped in a white box with the characters “Fx0″ embossed.

Opening the gold box, unsurprisingly, reveals the gold transparent phone.

Reading articles about this phone, opinions are divided about its look. I’m on the side that thinks it looks awesome, especially in the back. I does look bulky, probably because of its rather sharp edges, but it’s not much larger than a Nexus 4. Nor is it much thicker.

One side has “au” embossed, and the other has “Fx0″.

One downside of the transparent theme is that it limited the types of materials that could be used, so it sadly feels plastic to the touch. At least that’s why I think it is this way.

At the bottom of its front, a single “home” button, showing the Firefox logo.

Turning it on

Well, it was already on when I first got my hands on it, but in our pretense of unboxing, let’s say it was not, and that I turned it on for the first time (which, in some sense, is true). This is what it looks like when it boots:

After unlocking, the home screen appears.

I’ll be trying to use it as my main (smart)phone, and see how that goes. I’ll also test some of its KDDI specific features. Blog posts will come along. Stay tuned.

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Kim Moir: Reminder: Releng 2015 submissions due Friday, January 23

wo, 21/01/2015 - 21:36
Just a reminder that submissions for the Releng 2015 conference are due this Friday, January 23. 

It will be held on May 19, 2015 in Florence Italy.

If you've done recent work like
  • migrating your build or test pipeline to the cloud
  • switching to a new build system
  • migrating to a new version control system
  • optimized your configuration management system or switched to a new one
  • implemented continuous integration for mobile devices
  • reduced end to end build times
  • or anything else build, release, configuration and test related
we'd love to hear from you.  Please consider submitting a talk!

In addition, if you have colleagues that work in this space that might have interesting topics to discuss at this workshop, please forward this information. I'm happy to talk to people about the submission process or possible topics if there are questions.

Il Duomo di Firenze by ©eddi_07, Creative Commons by-nc-sa 2.0

Sono nel comitato che organizza la conferenza Releng 2015 che si terrà il 19 Maggio 2015 a Firenze. La scadenza per l’invio dei paper è il 23 Gennaio 2015.

http://releng.polymtl.ca/RELENG2015/html/index.html

se avete competenze in:
  • migrazione del sistema di build o dei test nel cloud
  • aggiornamento del processo di build
  • migrazione ad un nuovo sistema di version control
  • ottimizzazione o aggiornamento del configuration management system
  • implementazione di un sistema di continuos integration per dispositivi mobili
  • riduzione dei tempi di build
  • qualsiasi cambiamento che abbia migliorato il sistema di build/test/release
e volete discutere della vostra esperienza, inviateci una proposta di talk!

Per favore inoltrate questa richiesta ai vostri colleghi e alle persone interessate a questi argomenti. Nel caso ci fossero domande sul processo di invio o sui temi di discussione, non esitate a contattarmi.

(Thanks Massimo for helping with the Italian translation).

More information
Releng 2015 web page
Releng 2015 CFP now open

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Air Mozilla: Passages: Leveraging Machine Virtualization and VPNs to Isolate the Browser from the Local Desktop

wo, 21/01/2015 - 21:00

 Leveraging Machine Virtualization and VPNs to Isolate the Browser from the Local Desktop Lance Cottrell, chief scientist for Ntrepid, presents Passages, a secure browsing platform for business which leverages machine virtualization and VPNs to completely isolate the browser...

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Ian Bicking: A Product Journal: The Technology Demo

wo, 21/01/2015 - 20:01

I’m going to try to journal the process of a new product that I’m developing in Mozilla Cloud Services. My previous and first post was Conception.

As I finished my last post I had a product idea built around a strategy (growth through social tools and sharing) and a technology (freezing or copying the markup). But that’s not a concise product definition centered around user value. It’s not even trying. The result is a technology demo, not a product.

In my defense I’m searching for some product, I don’t know what it is, and I don’t know if it exists. I have to push this past a technology demo, but if I have to start with a technology demo then so it goes.

I’ve found a couple specific experiences that help me adapt the product:

  • I demo the product and I sense an excitement for something I didn’t expect. For example, a view that I thought was just a logical necessity might be what most appeals to someone else. To do this I have to show the tool to people, and it has to include things that I think are somewhat superfluous. And I have to be actively reading the person viewing the demo to sense their excitement.

  • Remind myself continuously of the strategy. It also helps when I remind other people, even if they don’t need reminding – it centers the discussion and my thinking around the goal. In this case there’s a lot of personal productivity use cases for the technology, and it’s easy to drift in that direction. It’s easy because the technology facilitates those use cases. And while it’s cool to make something widely useful, that won’t make this tool work the way I want as a product, or work for Mozilla. (And because I plan to build this on Mozilla’s dime it better work for Mozilla! But that’s a discussion for another post.)

  • I’ll poorly paraphrase something I’m sure someone can source in the comments: a product that people love is one that makes those people feel great about themselves. In this case, makes them feel like a journalist and not just a crank, or makes them feel like they are successfully posing as a professional, or makes them feel like what they are doing is appreciated by other people, or makes them feel like an efficient organizer. In the product design you can exult the product, try to impress people, try to attract compliments on your own prowess, but love comes when a person is impressed with themselves when they use your product. This advice helps keep me from valuing cleverness.

A common way to pull people out of technology-focused thinking is to ask “what problem does this solve?” While I appreciate this question more than I used to, it still makes me bristle. Why must everything be focused on problems? Why not opportunities! Why? An answer: problems are cases where a person has already articulated a tension and an openness to resolution. You have a customer in waiting. But must we confine ourselves to the partially formed conventional wisdom that makes something a “problem”? (One fair answer to this question is: yes. I remain open to other answers.) Maybe a more positive alternative to “what problem does this solve?” is “what does this let people do that they couldn’t do before?”

What I’m certain of is that you should constantly remember the people using your tool will care most about their interests, goals, and perspective; and will not care much about the interests, goals, or perspective of the tool maker.

So what should this tool do? If not technology, what defines it? A pithy byline might be share better. I don’t like pithy, but maybe a whole bag of pithy:

  • Improving on the URL
  • Own what you share
  • Share content, not pointers
  • Share what you see, anything you see
  • Every share is a message, make it your message
    Dammit, why do I feel compelled to noun “share”?
  • Share the context, the journey, not just the web destination
  • Own your perspective, don’t give it over to site owners
  • Know how and when people see what you share
  • Build better content, even if the publisher doesn’t
  • Trade in content, not promises for content
  • Copy/enhance/share

No… quantity doesn’t equal quantity I suppose. Another attempt:

When you share, you are a publisher. Your medium is the IM text input, or the Facebook status update, or the email composition window. It seems casual, it seems pithy, but that individual publishing is what the web is built on. I respect everyone as a publisher, every medium as worthy of improvement, and this project will respect your efforts. We will try to make a tool that can make every instance just a little bit better, simple when all you need is simple, polished if you want. We will defer your decisions because you should decide in context, not make decisions in the order that makes our work easier; we will be transparent to you, your audience, and your source; respect for the reader is part of our brand promise, and that adds to the quality of your shares; we believe content is a message, a relationship between you and your audience, and there is no universally appropriate representation; we believe there is order and structure in information, but only when that information is put to use; we believe our beliefs are always provisional and tomorrow it is our prerogative to rebelieve whatever we want most.

Who is we? Just me. A pretentiously royal we. It can’t stay that way for long though. More on that soon…

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Gervase Markham: “Interactive” Posters

wo, 21/01/2015 - 17:52

Picture of advertising poster with sticker alongside with QR code and short URL

I saw this on a First Capital Connect train here in the UK. What could possibly go wrong?

Ignoring the horrible marketing-speak “Engage with this poster” header, several things can go wrong. I didn’t have NFC, so I couldn’t try that out. But scanning the QR code took me to http://kbhengage.zpt.im/u/aCq58 which, at the time, was advertising for… Just Eat. Not villaplus.com. Oops.

Similarly, texting “11518” to 78400 produced:

Thanks for your txt, please tap the link: http://kbhengage.zpt.im/u/b6q58 Std. msg&data rates may apply Txt STOP to end Txt HELP for help

which also produced content which did not match the displayed poster.

So clearly, the first risk is that the electronic interactive bits are not part of the posters themselves, and so the posters can be changed without the interactive parts being updated to match.

But also, there’s the secondary risk of QR codes – they are opaque to humans. Someone can easily make a sticker and paste a new QR code on top of the existing one, and no-one would see anything immediately amiss. But when you tried to “engage with this poster”, it would then take you to a website of the attacker’s choice.

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Mozilla Fundraising: Should we use the Mozilla or Firefox logo on our donation form?

wo, 21/01/2015 - 17:30
Our end of year fundraising campaign has finished now, but while it’s fresh in our minds we still want to write up and share the results of some of the A/B tests we ran during the campaign that might be … Continue reading
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Pete Moore: Weekly review 2015-01-21

wo, 21/01/2015 - 16:25

This week I’ve started work on the Go port of the taskcluster client: https://github.com/petemoore/taskcluster-client-go.

This week I learned about AMQP, go routines and channels, Hawk authentication, TaskCluster architecture, and started using some go libraries.

Other activities:

  • b2g bumper code reviews
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Bogomil Shopov: Why is Bulgaria Web Summit 2015 so different from any other event?

wo, 21/01/2015 - 13:35

When I talk to sponsors and even to friends about the Summit, they always ask me what makes our event different.

So here’s the secret:

We started this event 11 years ago (under a different name) as an effort to create something amazing and affordable for IT guys in Bulgaria. At the same time we never compromise with quality. The main purpose of the event is for our attendees to learn new things, which they can apply in their work on the very next day and to return the “investment” they have made in the conference.

Speakers

In most of the conferences I’ve been in Europe, well-trained company folks talk about their success at Fakebook or Playpal and how to clone it to your company – This doesn’t work and you will not see it at our event and in the same time you have to spend tons of money just to listen to the guy.

In the most conferences I’ve been in Europe, well-respected gurus talk about some programming art – they do that all the time, they just talk, they don’t code anymore – You will not see this at our event – We invite only professionals and they share their experience with you and on the next day, they will not depart for another event, but they will go back to do the thing they do the best.

We have had amazing speakers over the years. Some of them became friends of the event and they can come again and again, even without paying them a dime. We build relationships with our speakers, because we are Balkan people and this is what we do.

Many people still remember Monty’s Black Vodka, Richard Stallman‘s socks and many other stories that must be kept secret :)

 

The audience

We do have the best audience ever! I mean it. We have people that haven’t missed an event since 2004. They are honest and if you screw up they will tell you and they will give you kudos if you do something amazing. In most of the years, the tickets are sold months before the event, even without a schedule and even without the speakers yet known, because we proved the event is good.

We have people who met at our event and got married, we have people who met at our event and started business together, we have companies that hired great professionals because of our events; we have kicked off many careers by showing the people great technologies and ways to use them.

 

The money

Of course it’s not all about money. We do need them to make the event great, but our main goal is not to make money out of it. As you can see the entrance fee is low – for the same event in Europe (same speakers) you would have to pay 5-10 times more. We realize that we live in a different country and the conditions are different, but we are trying to find a way to keep the fee low and at the same time to still keep up the quality of the talks and emotions. We can achieve this only thanks to our sponsors. Thank you, dear sponsors!

 

Experiments

We do experiment a lot. We are trying to make a stress-free event, full of nice surprises, parties and interesting topics.

We are not one of those conferences where you get tons of coffee in the breaks (sometime we even don’t have breaks, nor coffee for that matter, just beer!) and a schedule 3 months in advance or you can sit and pretend you are listening, because someone paid you the fee. With us you are a part of the event all the time: we have games, hackathons and other stuff you can take part in. We give you the bread and butter, use your mind to make a sandwich. :)

 

We grow

We failed many times at many tasks, but we are learning and improving. We are not a professional team doing this for the money. We are doing this for fun and to help our great and amazing community. We count on volunteers. Thank you, dear volunteers!

 

Marketing?

We are one of the few events that don’t have history of the event on their website. Duh! We do believe that if you visit us once (because a friend told you about us) you don’t need a silly website to convince you again to come :) We do not spend (a lot of) money on marketing or professional services. We count on word of mouth and you. Thank you!

Join us and see for yourself!
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Gervase Markham: Your Top 50 DOS Problems Solved

wo, 21/01/2015 - 10:29

I was clearing out some cupboards at our family home when I came across a copy of “Your Top 50 DOS Problems Solved”, a booklet published free with “PC Answers” magazine in 1992 – 23 years ago. PC Answers has sadly not survived, closing in 2010, and its domain is now a linkfarm. However, the sort of problems people had in those days make fascinating reading.

Now I’ve finished blogging quotes from “Producing Open Source Software” (the updated version of which has, sadly, yet to hit our shelves), I think I’ll blog through these on an occasional basis. Expect the first one soon.

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Air Mozilla: Bay Area useR Group Official Meetup

wo, 21/01/2015 - 04:00

Bay Area useR Group Official Meetup The Bay Area R Users Group hosts Ryan Hafen, Hadley Wikham and Nick Elprin. Ryan Hafen - Tessera is a statistical computing environment that enables...

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