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Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally. The messages, which will appear instead of paid-for ads, will ask users to close their web browsers. The move comes as part of a continuing effort to stop piracy sites from earning money through advertising. Police said the ads would make it harder for piracy site owners to make their pages look authentic. "When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic," said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu). "This new initiative is another step forward for the unit in tackling IP crime and disrupting criminal profits. "Copyright infringing websites are making huge sums of money though advert placement, therefore disrupting advertising on these sites is crucial and this is why it is an integral part of Operation Creative.""

Comment: Re:Surprise, surprise... (Score 1) 689

by jones_supa (#47545529) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

GCC is open source. If Linus is such a great expert on the issues with it then why isn't he fixing them? Probably because he doesn't have the skills.

You can't just go and fix every program, even if they are open source. It takes a lot of time to familiarize one with the code base. That is probably limiting Linus here too. His bug report is very precise, and that will greatly ease the job of the GCC developer who actually fixes the bug.

Comment: Re:Linux, a miracle (Score 0) 689

by jones_supa (#47545219) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
The problem with Linux and OSS in general is that these kind of weird problems can pop up any time and are partly the responsibility of the general public to test and report. With Windows and Mac, the extensive quality assurance catches a lot of this stuff and I do not have to worry about it in the first place. I am not saying that even commercial OSs are perfect, but they are much more smooth sailing. I still share your argument that with closed software, it is almost impossible to reach the engineers if there is a problem.

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