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Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb writes: The creator of software that stops adverts from appearing on websites has defeated two news publishers that want to prevent its tech being used on their pages.

The owners of Germany's Die Zeit and Handelsblatt had claimed that AdBlock Plus's product was anti-competitive and threatened their ability to make money.

But a court in Hamburg ruled that users do have the right to use the plug-in.

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Comment: Re: The answer has been clear (Score 1) 382

by gbjbaanb (#49518251) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

not so - all big companies lease their equipment so they can mark it as a taxable expense and claim tax back on it and reduce their capital expenditure budgets, after a few years the manufacturer contacts them and asks if they want shiny new kit to replace the old junk that is now out of warranty and they always say yes.

Its all about getting someone else to buy your equipment for you.

Now I can't say if this is true of telecoms companies too, but even they will replace their kit eventually.

Comment: Re:I'm ready....My ISP isn't. (Score 1) 382

by gbjbaanb (#49518229) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

Andrews and Arnold will give you IPv6... but you forgot to say which country you are in, so maybe this information is useless to you! (they're in the UK BTW)

But we're making progress, a few years ago the routers weren't IPv6 compatible and everyone said why should they bother if there wasn't any ISP support, and the ISPs wouldn't add IPv6 support as the routers weren't compatible.

Now this chick-and-egg situation is broken, they have no excuses.

Comment: Re:No they can't ignore consumer protections (Score 1) 247

by gbjbaanb (#49477399) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

lol. "Dear Google, we realise you have decided to pull out of business with the EU member states so we write to you to regretfully inform you that all your companies in Ireland and the Netherlands that you created for some reason or other will also be pulling out of doing business with the EU. We have communicated this information to the US treasury department as we believe the cash held by those companies will be sent back to the USA and we're all wondering whether you'll be paying the tax bill by money transfer or several truck loads"

Comment: Re:Useless (Score 1) 39

by gbjbaanb (#49477315) Attached to: Getting Started Developing With OpenStreetMap Data

I was referring the OP to it. I have updated OSM data for my local area when I found it was lacking absolutely vital information on the location of the local pubs. I also helped my work colleague fix a road section as it wasn't giving him the correct satnav details for his drive home.

OSM is awesome because I can do these things. Its not difficult to do either, just enough of an impediment to deter those who might want to deface the data.

Comment: Re:And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

That is also naive. The US is still the largest economy in the world, the companies are here because the money is here

I think you'll find the money is not in the USA, otherwise those companies would have to pay tax on it, hence all the 'not here' companies with the same name.

So, if they are happily opening offices overseas to save on tax anyway, why not employ workers in those companies and get them to collaborate with the parent company? With today's technology in comms and remote working, its not so much of a problem at all - in fact it can be a better condition to be in if your company places a lot of emphasis on having meetings, your offshore team would simply get on with their work while you wasted yours!

You could also pay them less in their own country, so I really do wonder why these companies are so hell-bent on increasing immigration.

Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 3, Informative) 407

partly population concerns - while Amwerica is a big, wide, empty country you all want to live in very crowded little communities. Increasing immigration causes more pressure on those communities for things like housing and traffic.

Then there's the economic issue, while the wild west had no social care benefits, today you have many. So every new immigrant either has no job and gets benefits, or has a job and pays his own way but helps to displace another worker who then ends up on benefits.

In the UK we see this a lot, while immigration has increased dramatically, the number of jobs has increased relatively slowly, so we have 6 million immigrants but 2 million unemployed. Our health and education systems have not been funded accordingly though, and are showing signs of collapse. Hence, immigration is a good thing, but only to a point - not as an unlimited influx.

Its probably entirely linked to the rate of immigration overall, in the old days when we had few immigrants being drip-fed into the system things were OK, now we have a flood people are getting concerned.

Comment: Re:Or a simple solution. (Score 1) 95

by gbjbaanb (#49436829) Attached to: Microsoft Creates a Docker-Like Container For Windows

Actually that was one of the "great new things" for .NET applications - you could deploy your application using the DOS copy command!!! Fantastic...

except then they added the GAC and the crap in the various .net frameworks folders like installutil etc and now they'vbe come up with a new 'great new thing' to let you deploy your applications using the copy command.. I wait with anticipation for it to get a dependency on hyper-v administration console and various Windows Server features and updates.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 626

that, and the fact that the people using it got a kicking from some other group. We don't speak much Latin anymore, we speak a bastardised Germanic-y language called English even if we have kept a few words for specialists.

And I'd say we only speak English nowadays, not because how the sun never once set on a salmon-pink part of the map, but because the Americans chose to speak it. If the USA had chosen German as their national language years ago, perl would probably be quite different!!

Now that happened, and we add the previous corpus of English-speaking people, I think its reached a critical mass to make it a de-facto standard (like how Windows and not anything really good is our most common OS, or javascript is the only browser-based language worth knowing :-)

Maybe one day we'll replace it with Marain, but we'll need either a Utopia or Dictator to arrange that for us!

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