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Axel Springer Goes After iOS 9 Ad Blockers In New Legal Battlle ( 223

An anonymous reader writes: Germany's Axel Springer, owner of newspapers like Bild and Die Welt, is pursuing legal action against the developers of Blockr, an ad blocker for iOS 9. Techcrunch reports: "In October, Axel Springer forced visitors to Bild to turn off their ad blockers or pay a monthly fee to continue using the site. Earlier this month, the publisher reported the success of this measure, saying that the proportion of readers using ad blockers dropped from 23% to the single digits when faced with the choice to turn off the software or pay. 'The results are beyond our expectations,' said Springer chief exec Mathias Döpfner at the time. 'Over two-thirds of the users concerned switched off their adblocker.' He also noted that the website received an additional 3 million visits from users who could now see the ads in the first two weeks of the experiment going live."

Comment Re:First they ignore you (Score 1) 130

Ooooooooooooooh really? RedHat has dropped million and millions of dollars acquiring software and then they open source it. Seems like they are staying *very* true to their roots.

According to wikipedia, Arch Linux, CoreOS, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mageia, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu all have systemd. Most of those are very recognizable names. So why just pick on RedHat?

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

I don't think it is doing a kill -9. I suspect it has more to do with making sure it tracks parent/orphan processes correctly by taking advantage of cgroups. So far I haven't had corruption issues. If I had, then I'd blame systemd and it using something like a kill -9 when it wasn't required. But nope, nothing of the sort. It just works. If they made a change by back-peddling, it hasn't impacted me one way or the other.

Lol about RedHat being compared to Windows! You're crazy! I take advantage of the same things with debian and systemd. I don't run into the orphan issue because I'm not running custom noob code at home on my debian boxes.

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1, Interesting) 572

Unmaintainable? Really? That is a bit over the top.

So far, systemd has made my life easier. The company I work for has written custom daemons. I'm expected to get the software deployed into AWS. It is very easy to whip up a systemd script to manage the software no matter what quirks the software has about running as a daemon. I have also noticed that systemd does a much better job making sure daemons get shutdown. Java programs seemed to be the worst when it came to shutting them down. Systemd gets the job done. Some programs are not the best written daemons, but systemd seems to wrangle them in.

I keep seeing message about systemd causes strange crashes. So far I haven't experienced this. I've been upgrading a personal desktop system since Fedora Core 9. There was a difficult upgrade around Fedora 15 or so (first systemd). But I was able to get the system back into shape.

So why do some people have so many problems with systemd? I dunno. Maybe I just have a ton of experience with RedHat. I started with RedHat 3.0.3. Before that I ran Slackware. That, and maybe I just like to learn. I'm not put off by a glitch here and there. I want to learn why and how something broke. But, again, systemd hasn't broke on me.

Comment Re:License to Private Server (Score 1) 106

I'm not sure I understand the use case here. Is this a multi-player game that they host? If they turn off their game servers, and the game is a multi-player game, then it is essentially dead. (At least for multiplayer). Are you thinking of bnetd here, where you can recreate a multiplayer experience on a local server?

Comment Hate to say it... (Score 4, Interesting) 106

As much as I hate the DMCA and DRM in general, I have to concede that at least some of what the Copyright office has proposed here are reasonable exemptions to DRM. Game authentication, unlocking tablets, etc. Kudos to them for that. I do understand it is a small victory, however, and easily reversible. But still, at least they are putting some thought into it and not just giving all DRM producers carte blanche.

Comment Only utility companies (PUC's) can meter (Score 2) 554

Recently I was talking to an electrician that was upgrading the charging ports at a parking structure. He was telling me that only government recognized utilities can meter the electricity (PUC's). Parking garages are getting around the issue by charging a higher flat rate for parking in a spot with a charging station. They also have NFC cards to turn on the charging stations for people that are paying extra for the spot. The thing is, in a commercial building, the employer is usually paying for the spot. This creates a bit of an issue because it incentives people to charge their cars only at work when the grid is in high demand instead of at home when the demand is lower at night. The told me there is a company called Freedom (you'll have to look it up). That is making grid aware charging stations that will turn off the stations during high demand grid. That is when the fun really begins! The charging stations will turn off the power automatically and people can't override it by grabbing the wire in the next space over.
Hardware Hacking

Desktop Turing-Welchman Bombe Build 69

An anonymous reader writes: I completed a months long project to build my own version of the Turing-Welchman Bombe. My machine uses a Raspberry Pi2 and an Arduino to drive stepper motors to turn the three output indicator drums and to drive an LCD display, to work like the indicator unit on the real Bombe. Everything was custom made by me at home. The unit is built to reflect the style of the real Bombe at Bletchley Park and to run in a similar way but as a portable, desktop sized unit. To demonstrate it I use the same Weather Report Menu as used at BP to demonstrate their real Bombe. The entire build was painstakingly documented over many months but the link given shows an overview and a film of the completed machine in action.

Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 2) 269

With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

What? Have you even been to an active paper company forest?

Yup! My cousins used to cut trees for the paper mills.

Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 4, Interesting) 269

It wouldn't make any sense to take a nice large, straight tree and turn it into paper of any sort. If you need a roof or wall, you have to start with a large straight tree. With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

It amazes me that people think they are saving a tree when they don't use paper. I highly doubt they have even seen what kind of trees paper is made from. When I explain this, people usually tell me, "That makes sense." Of course it does!

This reminds me of the Mike Rowe's TED talk about how a lot of people talk about things they think they know. Until a person actually tries sheep farming, they really don't know a thing. I ask my dad (grew up on a farm) about the subject Mike Rowe covered in his talk, and sure enough, he knew about it.

Also of note, the abstract mentions that the number of trees has been too low in previous estimates. I wonder how this new estimate will change climate/CO2 modeling:

"This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate."

Comment Re:Goodbye Redhat, keep making the same mistake.. (Score 1) 167

What Microsoft turned WBEM into is a monstrosity. WBEM was just supposed to be an enhancement of SNMP. Instead of key/value type system, it allows real parameters to be sent to the remote system. But then, Microsoft. And now Microsoft is abusing it even more with DSC! WBEM was never intended to do some link DSC. What RedHat is doing with WBEM is exactly what it is supposed to be used for.

Comment Re:Ubuntu was great on the desktop (Score 2) 167

RHEL has a solution for this now. It is called Software Collections and the Developer Toolset. A developer can use latest Python, but the base system still uses the "stable" packages. All of this is still packaged as rpms, so the same management tools still apply. Note that the support cycle is much shorter for packages in the Software collections, but it is easy enough to take upstream and use the .spec file to roll your own.

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