It’s Time To Neuter The Firefox – Fascists!

by Mike

While repairing Mar-Mar’s computer after a supposedly friendly utility went rogue, I needed to re-install the non-Microsoft browsers.

Forward - to Fascism!

Forward – to Fascism!

I started typing in “firefox”, then thought better of it and checked their home page carefully – Hold the phone! “Please sign our Net Neutrality Petition”

First they fire the CEO under pressure from the Gaystapo, now they want to regulate the whole Internet – buffoons! I won’t be back, and I encourage our readers to look elsewhere, too. Before leaving Mozilla’s site, however, I left behind a few choice thoughts:

You fired an executive for his personal beliefs, although he made no attempt to link them to his work.

Worse, you are siding with Robert McChesney and his fellow communists at the laughably named Free Press, in a misguided effort to stifle Internet innovation by limiting investment.

Why would a limousine liberal use a limo at a higher price than a cab? To get to the other side of town, of course! NO – Actually, because the limo offers a premium service over a cab.
Firefox Fail
If network providers offer better bandwidth for a price, content providers will pay for the network enhancements that will benefit us all.
Only F*cking Communists believe that the pie is a fixed size and everyone should get the same miserable slice.

Essentially, Network Neutrality wants to ban the possibility of content providers paying for premium bandwidth to their customers, on the mistaken (communist) notion that the available bandwidth is fixed, and if somebody else’s share goes up, yours will go down.

Simply put, if you took out a premium subscription to, say, NetFlix, and they paid Comcast to increase the speed and smoothness of your streamed movies, They’d benefit, you’d benefit, Comcast would benefit, and they’d build out more bandwidth – then everybody else would benefit. That’s Capitalism!

KerpenPhil Kerpen, a leading free-market advocate, has the whole story over at Townhall.com, but here’s the pull quote about McChesney and his ‘Free Press’:

The founder of Free Press, Robert McChesney, once let the truth slip in an interview with a Canadian website called SocialistProject:

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

Avoid!

Avoid!

Well, good luck with that. Serious people should understand who the angry neutrality nuts are and what they want – and then do exactly the opposite.

And thus, I avoid Mozilla and Firefox like the plague – beware of Google, too, for they have similar inclinations.

Further reading:
Skip’s rant on the Brendan Eich firing
A little humor – Firefox re-education kamp, courtesy of Peoplescube.com
What Brendan Eich WOULD have done for Firefox:

EichBrendanEich
@BrendanEich

Other than neutralizing Chrome w/ E10S & Shumway, were I Mozilla CEO I’d differentiate hard on every front Google can’t starting w/ privacy.

Instead of making Firefox the go-to browser for privacy advocates, Mozilla has shown that nobody has any expectation of privacy around them! Fools!

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  • Leaven for the Loaf

    You hit a nail on the head with your last line. I dropped Firefox in disgust over the circumstances of Eich’s departure, but I know perfectly well that the nice folks behind Chrome can pull stunts of their own. Thanks for the primer on Net neutrality. I keep hearing about it without being able to figure out what its advocates are after.

    • If you really want to learn more, Phil Kerpen is the acknowledged policy expert on what is wrong with Net Neutrality.
      The better term (like anything statist) is “Enforced Equality” (of outcome).

  • So the alternative is Microsoft? IE???

    • granitegrok

      I’m now using Avant for my browser and emClient for email (after tossing FireFox and Thunderbird).

    • You know, sometimes I wonder if Microsoft might not emerge in the end as the winner by trying to be apolitical, and slowly (because they don’t move fast) building in “good enough” security.
      Not where I’m looking right now, though.

  • DNH

    So when is GraniteGrok moving the site off Nexcess hosting, given
    that Nexcess publicly states support for Open Internet and Net
    Neutrality?

    “Net Neutrality Is Fundamental to a Free And Open Internet” — nexcess on Twitter
    “Nexcess supports net neutrality and stands together with those who want
    to see a free and open Internet with equal access for all.” (Nexcess blog, May 30, 2014)

    I see the recent push against Net Neutrality more as being about profits for DSL and Cable providers than about “encouraging investment”. The firms who control access to consumers want to use their position as gatekeepers to extort content providers in order to maximize revenue.

    Comcast and other “last mile” providers have demonstrated an interest and ability in not only creating “fast lanes” for content providers who pay them off, but also to slow down or block traffic because it reduces demand for their premium services. For example, Bittorrent traffic is seen as reducing demand for premium channels and PPV, Vonage and other VOIP services mean fewer consumers buy their Triple Play bundled telephone service.

    • Providers who deliberately disadvantage customers will lose them to providers who don’t. My phone company now offers fiber to the home, so if my cable company mistreats me, I have a club with which to beat them – and I’m not afraid to use it!
      Read more of Phil Kerpen’s free-market research to get the compelte story.

      • DNH

        Lucky you. Less than half the country has more than one option for high-speed (10Mbps or better) broadband, often all available broadband carriers also sell phone service. What recourse do consumers have if every local carrier degrades Vonage and Skype traffic?

        Notice I said “degrades”, not “blocks”.

        Claiming that people will react to abuse by changing providers (if they can) is also assuming customers will be aware of bandwidth manipulation. Will I know the reason GraniteGrok loads slowly is that Comcast doesn’t like your politics (or just didn’t get this months payoff from Nexcess Hosting for ‘fast lane’ access), or will I see slow page loads and just stop visiting?

        When Comcast first started to degrade bittorrent, they lied to customers, said the problem had to be a software error on the user’s computer/firewall, denied they limited traffic based on protocol.

        Modern traffic shaping systems go beyond giving priority to certain content providers, also enforce maximum throughput per stream, degrade performance for content from non-paying sources.

        If Comcast can limit traffic from Amazon to each customer to a MAX of 4Mbps, the only thing end users will notice is that Amazon content always switches down to standard definition, no idea why. Maybe next time that customer wants to watch a TV episode, they’ll pay Comcast $1.99 for the HD stream from Xfinity instead of giving that $1.99 to Amazon?

        Revenue maximization in Phil Kerpen’s free market.

  • sb

    Government needs to stay out of regulating it.

    But I’m not a fan of the current setup either, with area monopolies charging outrageous sums for restricted upload and download speeds that never reach what our contracts say we are getting anyway. But it is still better than government’s fingers in the pie, by a long shot.

    About browsers, nobody in their right mind should be using Microsoft IE. What an unsafe hacker-haven that is at best. And it’s Microsoft! Yikes. If the only two choices in the world were IE or Firefox, you would have to use Firefox. Even after they fired the guy. No IE. Steer clear.

    I also refuse to touch Google and Chrome and anything related to Google.

    For Windows users and/or people who don’t want to tinker, I’d recommend trying Opera or Midori.

    I’m a Linux user so my options are a bit more varied than a Windows user, as there are even browsers that run in a terminal.

    Right now I am on Pale Moon (an open source browser based off of Mozilla) available for both Linux and Windows.

    I really like Luakit but that is Linux only. Very lightweight and fast with no bloat, but has a steep learning curve, so not for those who just want to click and run.

    Slightly off topic – search engines to try: Duckduckgo and Ixquick.

    • Tried Avant and killed it, disgusted after 24 hours. Trying Pale Moon on your recommendation, and on their insistence that there is NO business relationship with Mozilla. Thanks.

      • sb

        You’re welcome. I hope it works out for you. It should at the very least be much less cpu and memory intensive than you are used to with Firefox. I have Adblock and Ghostery plugins installed as well, with no problems. If you are a fan of NoScript (one of my pet peeves is websites with auto-start videos), I have recently discovered Bluhell Firewall, which is a lightweight no-fuss alternative. So far I like it.

        • I’ll remember those.
          So far Pale Moon is smoother and less hassle.
          Avant did some pretty stupid things, like mangling downloads just enough to fail the integrity check, and getting hung up on the certificate – not of the destination site, but of the DNS server!

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