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L.A. Times: JavaScript Inventor Gave $1,000 To Pro-Prop 8 Forces

The Los Angeles Times is reporting Brendan Eich, the co-founder of Mozilla and the inventor of JavaScript, donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 Fund, which worked to pass a marriage-equality ban in California.

Despite some legal wrangling, the names, home states and employers of Prop 8 donors’ are on the public record and have been tallied by the Times in a handy online database. (It also lists people who contributed against the ban.) Thankfully, it appears Eich (right) was the only staffer from Mozilla—which operates Firefox, the Web browser you’re probably reading this on—to cough up some dough for the haters.

Y’know, there are a lot of ugly stereotypes about computer programmers, but we’d never put “homophobes” among them—Eich just makes his fellow tech nerds look bad.

Here’s hoping he stays a virgin for another 51 years.

Photo: AcidJazzed

 

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Apr 4, 2012
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  • 18 Comments
    • FreddyMertz
      FreddyMertz

      I removed Mozilla from my pc…got Chrome…eh….thinking of going back to Explorer now.

      Apr 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      Other people of Mozilla have donated against H8, thankfully. I hope it pains Eich to know how much pro-gay activism people do on the net nowadays. Screw him.

      Apr 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anon
      Anon

      This ruins my theory that intelligent people cannot be homophobic. Bummer.

      Apr 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dave
      dave

      Chrome is better anyway.

      Apr 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kris
      Kris

      A whole $1,000?!? Wow…

      Apr 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J
      J

      He’s ewwww. Just ewww.

      Apr 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      @Anon: Oh honey, don’t worry. That theory may still stand. After all, not all programmers are intelligent. It’s a discipline. Work on it long enough, you’re bound to make something replaceable–like Firefox.(Posted this using the multi-colored Google Chrome)

      Apr 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      Also, Eich looks pitiful. I’m not even talking about his physical appearance. He just seems like one of those self righteously clueless people who only seem smart because he reads a lot. It’s sad.

      Apr 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 7 · Belize wrote, “@Anon: Oh honey, don’t worry. That theory may still stand. After all, not all programmers are intelligent. It’s a discipline. Work on it long enough, you’re bound to make something replaceable–like Firefox.”

      Hate to break the news, but Javascript was developed by Netscape, which Microsoft put out of business in a manner that triggered an anti-trust suit, plus prosecution from the Department of Justice. Microsoft ended up paying Netscape $750 million to settle it.

      BTW, javascript has nothing to do with the Java programming language beyond both using a syntax similar to the syntax used by the language C. The original javascript implementation was buggy and very slow. After years of work, borrowing ideas on “just in time” compilers developed for Java, the performance is now far more reasonable. Plus javascript was standardized as a language technically named ECMAScript.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 2:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • W
      W

      You know he has like 4 kids right?

      Also, I myself personally am in favor of gay marriage and equally, but one should not condemn Mozilla for a member of staff’s actions, I mean plenty of staff smoke but you don’t see anti-smoking campaigners saying Mozilla is evil for that reasons, law in California says you must list your employer if you donation if over a certain amount.

      If you are hellbent on going against what he has created and is involved, go into your settings/preferences on your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc), turn JavaScript off and enjoy your internet experience.

      I’m not saying I condone his actions, but in the same way we accept those who have different religions, sexual orientation or so on, we should accept this is his view and not go on a witchhunt.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • whatever
      whatever

      He’s not just an employee. It was his company. Anyway, as a long time Linux Firefox user, this is the perfect excuse to ditch that bug-ridden constant-crashing POS browser forever. Even Internet Explorer has caught up and surpassed Firefox. Chrome is far far better. Safari, Opera, etc. etc.. the options are many. There couldn’t be an easier product to boycott than third rate open source crap-ware like Mozilla Firefox.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 5:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      I hope this becomes incredibly awkward for him, and I hope people will forever ask him why he thinks HE deserves the comfort and security of marriage and a family, but his friends and colleagues don’t.

      I wish it would cause decent and valuable people at Mozilla to hand in their resignations, telling him they don’t wish to associate with a hateful bigot.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 10:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ginasf
      Ginasf

      No problem… just dumped Firefox and am using Google Chrome. Adios jerk. Being a talented nerd doesn’t make your bigotry and less odious.

      Apr 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erik
      Erik

      I have such foresight! I dumped Firefox for Chrome 3 years ago.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 12:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      You can read some of the history (more or less Eich’s version) at http://brendaneich.com/2011/06/new-javascript-engine-module-owner/ . A lot of people were involved from multiple companies.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 2:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J
      J [Different person #1 using similar name]

      I have respect for his donating to Prop 8.

      Why? Because he has the guts to stand on his own and not kiss ass like the other asshole homophobic hypocrites who voted against P8 for superficial reasons.

      Now,I don’t like him because he’s a homophobe but I respect his decision.

      Apr 8, 2012 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L
      L

      It’s always the same story, if you disagree with the homosexual activists, you’re a “hater” and a “homophobe.” There’s always lots of emotional language, labeling, and name calling. It’s still a free country, right? Has anyone noticed, by the way, that the pro-gay movement is awfully demanding? You either agree, or your the enemy. For all the accusations about the political Right forcing it’s perspective and religious ideology on everyone, isn’t it a bit hypocritical to do the same thing with gay activism? You’re either with them, or you’re wrong. Hmmm. Telling it like it is, if you’re anyone of influence and you’re not pro-gay, you’ll be pressured to become pro-gay or go bankrupt by being tied up in lawsuits for years. Is this really the group you want to support?

      Apr 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimmy
      jimmy

      rolls eyes

      Apr 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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