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Has this group of FireFox supporters gone too far?

By deepsand ·
A group calling themselves "Explorer Destroyer" has undertaken an active campaign to get users to download FF via the Google Toolbar.

While there is nothing wrong with their goal, I take issue with their tactics on 2 points, both of which treaten net neutrality.

1) The referenced "dead serious" approach creates a de facto split in the net along browser lines; and,
2) Google seems to being a willing participant.

Read the article & give us your comments.

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Firefox Backers Create 'Destroy IE' Campaign

'Explorer Destroyer' movement takes aim at Microsoft's browser.

Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service
Tuesday, April 25, 2006


SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of self-titled "political activists" in Massachusetts has started an aggressive campaign to get browser users to switch from Microsoft's Internet Explorer to Mozilla's Firefox.

Taking advantage of a new program by Google, the campaign, called Explorer Destroyer, pays users $1 for each referral to Firefox made through Google Toolbar, according to the group's Web site.

"You already want people to switch to Firefox. Now's the time to get serious about it," according to the site. "Google is paying $1 for each new Firefox user you refer....Now you can advance your ideals, save people from popups and spyware ****, and make some serious money."

Google did not return calls seeking comment for this story, but the search giant offers a standard $1 per user referral fee to Web sites that generate new downloads of Firefox with the Google Toolbar.


How It Works
According to the Explorer Destroyer Web site, the group offers Web-site owners scripting technology that detects whether a visitor is running IE. If so, an alert will appear advising the visitor to download Firefox so they can either view the site better or view it at all. Whenever a visitor to a Web site using the group's technology switches to Firefox from IE, the owner of the Web site will get the referral fee if they have signed up for Google's AdSense program.

There are three types of alerts site owners can put on their page--"gentle encouragement," "semi-serious," or "dead serious."

If a Web site owner chooses "gentle encouragement," site visitors who are using IE will see a banner across the top of the page that encourages them to download Firefox. A "semi-serious" site will put up a splash page encouraging a user to download Firefox, with a link for downloading Mozilla's browser as well as a link to the Web site.

Those who choose the "dead serious" alert actually block users with IE from viewing the page, informing them they must install Firefox to view the site. View a demo of what happens when a user clicks on a site with this rating.


Why Attack IE?
In addition to the Explorer Destroyer Web site, where users can download the scripts for their sites and get more information, the group also has launched another Web site that parodies IE and provides users with reasons why they should switch to Firefox.

One reason for switching, according to the site? "It will make Bill Gates soooooooooo mad." "Seriously--super, super mad," the site goes on to say. "And even more than Bill, let's think about Steve 'I'm going to ... kill Google' Ballmer for a second. If there's anyone that's going to absolutely **** a gasket when they see this Web site, it will be him."

Other reasons the site offers for switching from IE to Firefox include: "Reduce your weekly family and friends tech support load to eight hours"--a reason that pokes fun at various problems users encounter when using IE--and "If we knew Web designers would hurl themselves off it, we wouldn't have put the Golden Gate bridge so close to San Francisco," which cites developer difficulties in making Web sites IE-compatible.

The Explorer Destroyer group did not immediately respond to an e-mail requesting an interview Tuesday.

A Mozilla spokesperson declined to comment on the group's efforts, and Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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nope, they have not gone far enough.

by Jaqui In reply to Has this group of FireFox ...

the download should be to lynx not firefox, then they could kill this multimedia shite on websites as well.

and yup, I actually sent them an email stating that until the link is available for lynx, the campaign is a waste of time, since no real website requires anything but basic text capability in a browser.

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Hear, hear. We don't need no stinkin' peectures.

by deepsand In reply to nope, they have not gone ...

In fact, let's go even further, and return to the days of BBS's, and FIDO!

Long live DOS.

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You have Internet smello-vision?

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Hear, hear. We don't nee ...

How do they transmit the smells with those "stinkin' peectures"? And how do you replicate them locally from your computer?

Must be a real hassle with some of those pictures of garbage dumps and political speeches (most of that hot air really stinks).

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Just arrived in time for deja vu

by oneamazingwriter In reply to You have Internet smello- ...

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=194068&messageID=2002657

This wave length stuff is better than anything digital!

:^0

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day ja view - no today is Monday my time

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Just arrived in time for ...

and it is easily viewed once you turn the light on - currently 4 am.

Wave length stuff moves quick as it moves the length of the waves.

Speaking of speed.


Four men were sitting around a conference room table being interviewed for a job. The interviewer asked, "What is the fastest thing you know of?"

Pointing to the man on his right.

The first man replied, "A thought ... It pops into your head, there's no forewarning that it's on the way ... It's just there. A Thought is the fastest thing I know of."

"That's very good!" Replied the interviewer. "And now you .... Sir," He asked the second man.

"Hmmm . Let me see, a blink! It comes and goes and you don't know it ever happened. A blink is the fastest thing I know of."

"Excellent!" Said the interviewer. "The blink of an eye . That's a very popular clich? for speed." He then turned to the third man who was contemplating his reply.

"Well, out on my Dad's ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there is a light switch ... When you flip that switch, way across the pasture the light at the barn comes on in an instant. Turning on a light is the fastest thing I can think of."

The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. "It's hard to beat the speed of light." He said. Turning to the fourth man, a Newfoundlander, he posed the same question.

"After hearing the three previous answers ... It's obvious to me that the fastest thing known is diarrhea," Said the Newfie.

"What!" Said the interviewer ... Stunned by the response.
"Oh ... I can explain," Said the Newfie. "You see, the other day I wasn't feeling so well and ran for the bathroom. But, before I could think, blink, or turn on the light ... I **** my pants. .

He got the job!

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Thanks for the hint; I've been wondering where those strange odors ...

by deepsand In reply to You have Internet smello- ...

have been coming from! They've been driving me and the dog crazy.

I finally decided that some kind of wildlife had taken shelter somewhere within the walls of my house and perished there.

You saved me the grief and aggrevation of having to call in a specialist to locate and remove it.

I owe you big time for the heads up.

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I miss the bbs days

by vlape In reply to Hear, hear. We don't nee ...

hmmmm the days of mudd.... many moons ago my local bbs had 15 lines. It was the coolest thing around. then again dialing into the library and seeing what books were available was a great pass time too..... where did the 80's go

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There was something viscerally satisfying about ...

by deepsand In reply to I miss the bbs days

figuring out the the correct settings re. parity, no. of stop bits, etal., and succeeding in making contact with another machine, all at the whooping speed of 300 baud!

Bring back FIDO!

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Not possible

by NickNielsen In reply to There was something visce ...

FIDO has unfortunately been put down.

But 7,1,even is engraved on my brain...

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And, let's not forget Genie.

by deepsand In reply to Not possible

Or, the original Delphi, at 800-365-4636.

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