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  • #11
    Originally posted by synaptix View Post
    What ever happened to the Mozilla Foundation being a non-profit organization? This stinks of profit whoring to me.
    The foundation might be non-profit, but the main workers (programmers) are (always) paid and paid well, if you don't want childish source code in the browser you better have a paid project rather than a testing minefield for hobbyists.
    Truth is, regardless of what a working group is called - a "foundation for homeless children" or "organization for preserving democracy" - its members are almost always paid, and usually well paid. Nobody works for free, not in capitalism nor in socialism.

    The problem is finding the golden middle where you can earn enough yet not be an ads circus.

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    • #12
      absolutely disgusting

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      • #13
        I would gladly opt in to some limited advertising to help fund Mozilla. I think they should have offered the opt-in a long time ago and not allowed themselves get so bogged down in efforts outside of their core are of expertise. If they were still focusing entirely on the web itself, they wouldn't be losing market share to Chrome. Since they are losing market share, they are also losing revenue and having to find new sources of it. I can't imagine an organization like Mozilla having an easy time cutting, but maybe they should seriously consider it. Pushing ads to all users will likely upset people and bleed them of market share even more. This is a sad day.

        To the anti-capitalism comments...I like to say that I prefer "free markets" over just "capitalism." While free markets is technically a form of capitalism, it is a form that doesn't exist in the world anymore. Most of the arguments I've heard against capitalism are against non-free market capitalism (at least in my country), even if the person doesn't know it. People have forgotten exactly what a free market is.
        Last edited by Prescience500; 02-12-2014, 02:01 PM.

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        • #14
          It's just some default bookmarks on the new tab page, like Opera, nothing to really worry about.
          And only on fresh profiles.

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          • #15
            Originally posted by peppercats View Post
            absolutely disgusting
            Elaborate please.

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            • #16
              Chrome does not have embedded ads. As far as I know, it's just chromium with proprietary extensions from people like Adobe and Google.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by Michael Larabel
                As a longtime Firefox user myself, I don't mind at all Mozilla pushing these basic ads into the browser as they better try to capitalize off the web browser.
                As a longtime FireFox user myself, I'll enjoy using modified versions that disable the ads. Cause it is open source after all.
                Ads are a way of life on the Internet; as a publisher myself dependent upon ads for making a living, and believer in capitalism, great job Mozilla.
                Ads? What ads? I see no ads.

                BTW, the last time I had ads enabled on your website, a random popup would obliterate my screen. Ever get around to fixing that?

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by ObiWan View Post
                  It's just some default bookmarks on the new tab page, like Opera, nothing to really worry about.
                  And only on fresh profiles.
                  This. Nothing in the original article indicates that it will be dynamic advertising like the one Phoronix does. It will probably be just a few preloaded bookmarks and tiles with sponsored urls tailored to each geograpgical region.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by computerquip View Post
                    Chrome does not have embedded ads. As far as I know, it's just chromium with proprietary extensions from people like Adobe and Google.
                    Whole Chrome is an ad for Google and its services

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                    • #20
                      Sigh. Why Mozilla why.

                      I'm hoping there will be a way to disable it in about:config or at boot time if compiling nightly...

                      I'm sure debians version won't have it included.

                      On a side note, anyone know how to get a 64bit client of chromium on windows?

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