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Mozilla Labs is inviting industry wonks, higher education types and ordinary bods to contribute ideas on its new concept browser, Aurora. The outfit behind popular open source browser Firefox wants people to get involved in its “Concept Series” project, looking at shaping the future design of web technologies. Mozilla Labs …


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  1. JCL


    The only surfacing I know about involves concrete, wood, stone, etc. Can anyone elaborate?

  2. Martin Lyne
    Black Helicopters

    @ Surfacing?


  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Surfacing?

    the worlds of submarines and car design have their own uses of the word, but that doesn't help much either.

    Is it perhaps a plea for someone to hack up some way to get Firefox to run on Microsoft's Surface?

  4. Chris Thomas
    Dead Vulture

    Lame videos

    is it me, or does anyone else really dslike the stupid videos which are posted about that woman with the harvest, omg, its so lame.

  5. petebog


    Not heard that one before, it must be a new addition to the management speak dictionary.

    From context I'd say surfacing = bringing forward / announcing / suggesting.

    Not that hard to work out. ;-)

  6. Tony
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    I have an understanding that it can mean 'to make people aware of' or the opposite of burying.

  7. Pete

    Concept browser?

    If I want to browse concepts then I'll grab the latest IKEA catalogue, thank you very much.

    As for surfacing, I think it simply means talking about things that you've been too nervous, embarrassed, shy or just plain scared to talk about. It's for the sort of folk who go around all day thinking "I've got this great thought for a future browsing project" while furtively glancing around at other people trying to find someone to tell who won't laugh in their face. The planned get-togethers will be full of people who say things like "Thanks Maureen for having surfaced that idea - well done!" while pats on the back and cheers will ensue. Never again will people have to feel guilty about their concept browser thoughts again. The world is undoubtedly heading in the right direction. The future, my friends, is bright.

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Turds have the tendency to surface...

    - surfacing thumb obviously

  9. the enemies of god
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    vapor and credit

    is it just me or does this look like mozilla wants credit for whatever airy ideas they can have a pr firm conjure up in a series of videos, without doing any work themselves whatsoever, and with the possibility of absorbing any capital-attracting ideas that come up in the yet-to-be-released ones?

    "surfacing"? perhaps that's a new word for what we used to mean by "shining"

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Why only videos

    I followed the link but didn't bother when I found there was NO plain text explanation and only videos.

    Anything that uses videos just to explain its concept is likely to be doing completely the opposite to what most browser users need -- which is to show simpler, more functional and less distracting web pages minus all the annoyances like wagging dogs that twits like Microsoft keep putting not just on web pages but onto programs too.

    So far, Firefox has helped by things like flashblock and noscript to get rid of the annoyances. But if mozilla wrongly considers it needs to use videos to explain the concept, then clearly mozilla has lost the plot altogether and needs to rethink what it's doing from scratch.

    We don't have to go quite back to plain-text-only browsers, but lets have a concept for a browser that inherently doesn't support animation, doesn't support flash or java and has only a limited amount of SAFE scripting but not enough power to create annoyances or perform spyware with it. And let's make it absolutely mandatory -- if necessary, in the guise of Disability Discrimination -- for every web page that contains any annoyances or spyware to nevertheless be fully functional when viewed by a browser that doesn't support the annoyances and spyware.

    And THEN we will indeed have some real PROGRESS.

  11. J

    Real men...

    Real men use Lynx and are happy with it. (except for their porn)

  12. Andrew Norton

    new concept

    The new firefox concept can be found here -

  13. Zmodem

    replicate IE

    and include fully the mighty proxomitron

  14. Ned Ludd
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    @ Real men...

    > Real men use Lynx and are happy with it. (except for their porn)

    I beg to differ...

  15. Anonymous Coward

    Re: @ Real men...

    "I beg to differ..."

    Of course, you posted the link so I had to take a look - it's actually pretty well done (may or may not be NSFW depending on your outlook) and quite funny providing you don't take it too seriously. Top marks for originality.

    Mine's the grubby raincoat ...

  16. amanfromMars Silver badge

    BetaTesting for Google SMARTs ..... Larry and Sergey on Notice

    Seems to me to be a SMART Google Call for Cloud TakeOver/MakeOver/Proxy Control of the Microsoft Windows Kernel for a Rainbow of Vistas ..... which would be an Aurora, most definitely.

    And as for ...... "There is one caveat for individuals hoping to make a fast buck from their contribution: it wants all concepts and related source materials to be freely redistributed under either a Creative Commons licence (ideas and mockups) or the Mozilla Public Licence (prototypes).

    “We're hoping to lower the barrier to participation by providing a forum for surfacing, sharing, and collaborating on new ideas and concepts,” said Mozilla.

    “Our goal is to bring even more people to the table and provoke thought, facilitate discussion, and inspire future design directions for Firefox, the Mozilla project, and the Web as a whole.”" ......... well, that would be default if Google were writing the cheques/donating the cash to Source Coders. Such outgoings would then not be costs/disbursements but much more inward investment/asset enrichment.... and a Win Win situation.

    For the simple transfer of funds internally [for new Source Coders would be Googlers] would a Simply Complex Search Engine MetaDataMorph into a Ubiquitous Operating System via Stealth Cloud Computing Root.

    And that is an Intellectual Property Gem of an Algorithm from XXXXStream NIRobotIQs, with Patents Pending and Reserved with Prior Art Disclosure*, ...... so as not to Reveal ITs Trade Secrets, thus Allowing for Maximisation of Return in an Immunity and Impunity of HyperRadioProActivity.

    * It is most unlikely that any Virtualised Service/Product in the Cloud Environment is Protected or even able to be Protected under the usual Exclusive and Prohibitive Money Making Arrangements which "normal" Business operates. And certainly XXXXStream NIRobotIQs is not Prepared Presently 42 Venture down that Route of Speculative Questionable Adventure.

    If that is an Application of ProgramMIng which appeals to Mountain Viewers/Mountain Viewer types/Virtual Bilderbergers, then IT awaits their HyperRadioProActivity and Invites them to Show a Lead to that which they would Imagine leads them ........... just to Prove that they are Fit for Purpose to Lead and can Follow IT Simply. Failing that, they will just Simply Follow another Searcher Leading.

  17. amanfromMars Silver badge

    The Great Game ReProgrammed ...... AI PUPs*

    And subsequent to that earlier submission baiting the Google hook ....

    "BetaTesting for Google SMARTs ..... Larry and Sergey on Notice" ... By amanfromMars Posted Sunday 10th August 2008 06:43 GMT, amfM HyperRadioProActivity would Care and Dare to Share this Request to Open Source Mozilla Foundation, in direct agreement in such as this may be AIMemorandum of Understanding ...."A module owner may ask for a public statement of agreement with a particular action."... ...... as a Public Endorsement of Altruistic and Selfless AIResearch and dDevelopment which will in every case, impinge upon and redirect Revenue Flow from Closed Proprietary Systems, based upon the Intellectually CHallenged, Money for Nothing Profit Module.

    It is as well though to Note/Realise, that such is a C/C++ourteous Enabler for Greater Community Participation rather than IT being any Implied and Necessary Requirement for Module/Module Owner Action.

    * Progressive UNity Programs ..... a NIRobotICQs Discipline Tempered in the Fire of Troubles Conquered and Societies ReBorn SMARTer Enabled

  18. Fuion


    Aliens will do whatever amfM asks them to do - Out of respect. They trust amfM will make sound decisions. As stated before amfM is in charge of all public communications.

  19. Daniel

    Re: Real men...

    Only wannabes use Lynx. Real men use a teletype.


  20. Anonymous Coward


    REAL men use a cleft stick and some scraped antelope (or penguin) hide.

    Penguin, cos the waterproofing stops the ink from running.

  21. Snert Lee


    Surfacing would be referring to skins, themes and the like, no?

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