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Google says they don’t want to kill ad blockers, moves to kill ad blockers
- Google has been moving to deprecate the extension API that allows ad blockers to cancel network requests from ad networks.
- They want to replace the existing API with a hobbled and less functional version—while retaining the deprecated API for corporate customers willing to pay.
- They say this will make “browsing faster” but have not really explained how.
- Ad Blocker developers—including the developer of UblockOrigin—have said this is Google declaring war on ad blockers.
- In a blog post on chromium.org, Simeon Vincent (Developer Advocate for Chrome Extensions) says:
There’s been a lot of confusion and misconception around both the motivations and implications of this change, including speculation that these changes were designed to prevent or weaken ad blockers. This is absolutely not the goal. In fact, this change is meant to give developers a way to create safer and more performant ad blockers.
But many ad blocker developers aren’t buying it. Basically, the way Declarative Net Request will work is that the extension will tell the browsers which URLs to block, and the browser will handle blocking them. That puts a lot of the power in the browser’s hands.
MS Moves to Separate the UI from the OS
- Windows preview build 18917 is showing signs of the future of the OS.
- The new modularized version of Windows seems to be where they’re headed.
- Twitter user Albacore showed that a new feature of Windows called “Shell Update Agent” is able to obtain and update the shell on command.
- This is in contrast to before where the shell was integrated into Windows and was not upgradeable without a Windows update.
- This makes since as Microsoft will be using the Windows kernel in other things, now. Like the hololens and other devices.
- It makes me wonder—will this allow for running a shell-less version of Windows? Will it be possible to run Windows with GNOME or KDE Plasma at some point?
CERN Ditches MS in favor of Open Source Alternatives
- A CERN software engineer Iban Eguia tweeted:
At @CERN, we are moving away from @Microsoft products due to their license fee increases for our research laboratory. We will try to use open-source software as much as possible. 🙂
- Whatever your reason for using Open Source; this is awesome news.
- CERN is a major player in the world of science and for them to be declaring autonomy from proprietary software—this could be a game changer.