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posted by chromas on Thursday August 13 2020, @05:55AM   Printer-friendly
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Mozilla lays off 250 employees while it refocuses on commercial products

The Mozilla Corporation announced today it was laying off approximately 250 staff members in a move to shore up the organization's financial future.

The layoffs were publicly announced in a blog post today. Employees were notified hours before, earlier this morning, via an email [PDF] sent by Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Corporation CEO and Mozilla Foundation Chairwoman.

Baker's message cited the organization's need to adapt its finances to a post-COVID-19 world and re-focus the organization on new commercial services.

[...] In 2018, the Mozilla Corporation said it had around 1,000 full-time employees worldwide. Mozilla previously laid off 70 employees in January. Several sources have told ZDNet that the recent layoffs accounted for nearly a quarter of the organization's workforce.

Main casualties of today's layoffs were the developers working on the company's experimental Servo browser engine and Mozilla's threat management security team. The latter is the security team that investigates security reports and performs incident response. The security team that fixes bugs in Mozilla products is still in place, according to sources and a Mozilla spokesperson.

Changing World, Changing Mozilla


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @12:18AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @12:18AM (#1036378)

    If the classroom was me and 57 black guys, or 57 Indian women, would I have persisted when the course work got too hard?

    Take your politically correct white punk ass to India, or China, or anywhere in the world, and see if you can get a job. When you've accomplished something like that, we might listen to your whining. Until then, you're just another self-loathing white fuck.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @08:13AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @08:13AM (#1036470)

    How would you categorize yourself, if I may ask?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @12:24PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @12:24PM (#1036510)

    Funny how "political correct" means "easily offended" but you're the one upset at the suggestion you might have had an unfair advantage. Which one of us is the whining one?

    The point is that in the US when I went to school, white men were just under 40% of the population and 90% of the tech industry. I wouldn't expect to fit in as a student or job applicant in India or China, because it would be pretty normal for the classroom or company work force to be at least 95% Indian or Chinese, respectively. But in the US, if you were someone that wasn't a white guy trying to get into tech you felt like a fish out of water in the classroom and in the workforce, and that gave white guys an unfair edge. Most of us are oblivious to the edge because it's not the kind of thing we consciously think about it. But it still exists, and we unconsciously benefit.

    There are people that have the raw talent or just the sheer grit to get into the industry despite the obstacles. That includes most of the women in the industry in the US today, and most of the non-whites, and a good portion of the white guys in the industry too. But it's not everyone. Of the 57 white guys in my college CS classes, I knew 10 or so that breezed through the course work. They probably would have succeeded no matter what. And 10 or 20 washed out. But of the remaining 30 or so, how many of us would have succeeded if we felt out of place in the classroom? I don't know, but I guarantee it's less than 30.

    You want to shut diversity programs down? Kick me and millions of others like me out of the industry too. It's only fair way to tackle the situation.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @03:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14 2020, @03:31PM (#1036566)

      (Self loathing racist and sexist whining by a rich white male, who completed a hard program with average results, yet was lucky to get a 6 figure job in the tech bubble)

      How 'bout we put cardboard cutouts of non-white males in the classroom, so that non-white male students don't get "scared away"? Would that help assuage your obsession about the sex and race of the other students?

      I did study in China, and the race and origin of the other students and the people on the street didn't matter a shit to me. I was there to study a program I had chosen, and that was that. But I am from an older generation that still believed we were all equal regardless of sex and race.

      In the US, there weren't many white women in my CS classes. But there were many more among the Chinese and Indians. Society wasn't pushing CS. Nobody was forced to enroll. Apparently foreign cultures were more accepting of their daughters doing CS. And once we got through, we got jobs in industry for around $40k and went to work.

      When did we in America turn into a country where it seems self-loathing pussies are dominating the narrative? We are expected to be competitive like that?