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I've become concerned about the attitudes towards government in the technology industry. It seems to me (perhaps exaggerating a little) that much of the effort in computer security these days considers the major adversary to be the government (whether acting legally or illegally), ...
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New blog post:  How browser developers should seek feedback from Web developers
We were having a discussion about how browser developers should seek feedback from Web developers about the evolution of Web technology and the specifications that define it. I suggested the following list of things that browser developers should do, and Anne thought it was worth blogging: ...
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So I've been very surprised for the past few days that http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2013/niaid-08.htm hasn't been getting major news coverage.  Given that 1-2% of the world's deaths are from malaria, this seems like pretty big news.

I happened to discover it via Facebook, via a post shared by one of the co-authors of the Science article (a friend of a friend, perhaps?).  When I saw it, I assumed I'd be seeing it elsewhere soon.  Coincidentally, this led me to a bunch of browsing of related wikipedia articles, which led me to tweet https://twitter.com/davidbaron/status/365743975828697088 which is probably my most retweeted tweet ever (retweeted by Nick Kristof, even).  (I wonder, perhaps, if I ought to be tweeting more about technology and what I work on, and less about news that I read.)  But that tweet was really in the context of the news about the malaria vaccine development, which I was expected to be widely reported within hours, but wasn't.  So it propagated far faster than its context, which didn't fit within the 140 characters.

It's not clear to me if there's some reason that this isn't as major a news story as it sounds, or if it's just been missed by the press.  Yes, I'd think it still needs plenty more testing, and it's not clear to me how big an obstacle the requirement of intravenous injection is.  But I'm also inclined to think it is pretty big news, given that the NIH seems to be treating it as big news, and the editors of Science appear to have put the article on a very fast track for publication.  (Or is the closeness of the dates in http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/08/07/science.1241800.abstract actually the norm for Science?)

Anybody know which it is, or what I'm missing?
NIH vaccine researchers publish results of early-stage clinical trial
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New blog entry (yesterday):  Ten years of the Mozilla Foundation:  http://dbaron.org/log/20130715-ten-years
Ten years ago today, the Mozilla foundation was incorporated. This was a major step forward for the Mozilla project; for the project's first five years or so, it lived within Netscape / AOL / AOL Time Warner. Those first five years were also pretty closely aligned with when I was in college, ...
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New blog post: Priority of constituencies
Since the HTML design principles (which are effectively design principles for modern Web technology) were published, I've thought that the priority of constituencies was among the most important. It's certainly among the most frequently cited in debates over Web technology.
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New blog post:  A possible approach to shorter release cycles.  http://dbaron.org/log/20141106-release-cycles
One of the problems we've been facing with Mozilla's release cycle is that it takes a relatively long time for code to get from commit to the mozilla-central repository to get into the hands of our users. It's currently 12-18 weeks, because the current process has four repositories (central, ...
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New blog post:  Fifteen years.  http://dbaron.org/log/20130919-fifteen-years
After a few weeks of testing NGLayout (also known as Gecko) builds and discussing them on newsgroups, I filed my first Mozilla bug fifteen years ago. Back then, the bugmail looked like this: From nobody@mozilla.org Sat Sep 19 20:27:07 1998 Return-Path: nobody@mozilla.org Received: from ...
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So, since this is my current mechanism for reporting bugs in Google+:

What's the chance that Google+ can stop treating Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn the same as PgUp and PgDn (and capturing them).  Because those hotkeys are somewhat useful elsewhere, for switching between browser tabs.  Please check the .ctrlKey modifier first.  (And also .altKey, .metaKey, and .shiftKey, while you're there.)

I tend to avoid loading Google+, because once I load it it's harder to switch tabs.

Yes, I know there's a tradeoff about whether browsers should let Web apps steal the browser's hotkeys.  I think the reality is that unless browsers all agree on an exact set of key combinations that can't be stolen, we're going to have to let Web apps steal all the others, since refusing to let an app use (and cancel the default behavior of) a key combination that other browsers let it use could break that app.
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And then there are sites that have hot keys but don't prevent their default action which means that they end up doing both actions...
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New blog post:  Why debug builds (and assertions) are important. http://dbaron.org/log/20130729-debug-builds
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    Computer Science, 1998 - 2003
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  • Mozilla Corporation
    2005 - present
  • Mozilla Foundation
    Technical Lead, 2003 - 2005
  • AOL (Netscape)
    Senior Software Engineer, 2003 - 2003
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