Twitter 放出來的 Vireo,一套 Open Source 授權的 Video Processing Library

Twitter 放出 Vireo,一套以 MIT License 釋出的 Video Processing Library:「Introducing Vireo: A Lightweight and Versatile Video Processing Library」。專案庫在 GitHubtwitter/vireo 可以取得。

C++ 寫的,另外也已經提供 Scala 的接口,這應該是讓 Twitter 的人可以方便使用:

Vireo is a lightweight and versatile video processing library that powers our video transcoding service, deep learning recognition systems and more. It is written in C++11 and built with functional programming principles. It also optionally comes with Scala wrappers that enable us to build scalable video processing applications within our backend services.

在 Tools 的部份也可以看到很多功能,像是:

thumbnails: extracts keyframes from the input video and saves them as JPG images

viddiff: checks if two video files are functionally identical or not (does not compare data that does not affect the playback behavior)

另外要注意的是,預設不會將 GPL 的套件納入編譯,需要指定 --enable-gpl 才會編進去:

The following libraries are disabled by default. To enable GPL licensed components, they have to be present in your system and --enable-gpl flag have to be explicitly passed to configure

看起來主要就是最常見的那包... (libavformat / libavcodec / libavutil / libswscale / libx264)

樂天在 2018 也要進入日本行動電話的市場...

Twitter 上看到的:「第4の携帯電話会社 楽天が来年申請へ」。

IT大手の「楽天」は、NTTドコモ、KDDI、ソフトバンクのようにみずから基地局を備える携帯電話会社を近く設立し、来年、総務省に電波の割り当てを申請することが明らかになりました。認可を受ければ、国内に“第4の携帯電話会社”が誕生することになります。

丟出申請建立基地台的執照,現在是審核的狀態... 在台灣有點像是「第一類電信事業經營者」中行動相關的部份 (參考維基百科「臺灣電信業者列表」這邊的說明)。

這樣可以看看會端出什麼方案跟現有三家競爭... 對觀光客應該也有影響。

Avast 放出他們的 Decompiler,RetDec

AvastMIT License 放出他們的 Decompiler,叫做 RetDec:「Avast open-sources its machine-code decompiler」,專案在 GitHub 上的 avast-tl/retdec 這邊。

Decompiler,也就是直接把 machine code 試著轉回高階語言的程式碼:

這對於分析工作來說簡化很多,尤其是在資安產業的人... 以往比較常見是轉成 assembly 再用人工分析,現在這樣有機會讓大腦輕鬆一些。

雖然目前有些限制 (像是 32 bits only),不過 open source 出來後,可以預料會有不少人開始加功能進去:

  • Supported file formats: ELF, PE, Mach-O, COFF, AR (archive), Intel HEX, and raw machine code.
  • Supported architectures (32b only): Intel x86, ARM, MIPS, PIC32, and PowerPC.

原來 Oracle 與 Microsoft 裡的條款是這樣來的...

看到「That time Larry Ellison allegedly tried to have a professor fired for benchmarking Oracle」這篇文章的講古,想起很久前就有聽過 Microsoft 有這樣的條款 (禁止未經原廠同意公開 benchmark 結果),原來是 Oracle 在三十幾年前創出來的?而且這種條款還有專有名詞「DeWitt Clauses」,出自當初被搞的教授 David DeWitt...

Microsoft 的條款是這樣:

You may not disclose the results of any benchmark test … without Microsoft’s prior written approval

Oracle 的則是:

You may not disclose results of any Program benchmark tests without Oracle’s prior consent

IBM 的反而在 license 裡面直接允許:

Licensee may disclose the results of any benchmark test of the Program or its subcomponents to any third party provided that Licensee (A) publicly discloses the complete methodology used in the benchmark test (for example, hardware and software setup, installation procedure and configuration files), (B) performs Licensee’s benchmark testing running the Program in its Specified Operating Environment using the latest applicable updates, patches and fixes available for the Program from IBM or third parties that provide IBM products (“Third Parties”), and © follows any and all performance tuning and “best practices” guidance available in the Program’s documentation and on IBM’s support web sites for the Program…

CUPS 從 GPLv2 變成 Apache License, Version 2.0 了

CUPS 是處理印表機的軟體,在 macOS 以及其他各種 Unix-like 環境下都會使用。

在「CUPS relicensed to Apache v2」這邊看到 relicense 的消息,正式的公告則是在「CUPS License Change Coming」這邊可以看到:

Apple is excited to announce that starting with CUPS 2.3 we will be providing CUPS under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0.

剛好 GPLv2Apache License, Version 2.0 之間不相容,這樣跳過去算是趣味趣味...

Netflix 對 Landing Page 的效能改善計畫...

幹掉 React (噗):

官方帳號丟戰文出來... 後面就有人開始亂 XDDD

不過先拉回來看... 依照說明,其他頁面都還是跑 React,只有 Landing Page 被改寫,看起來 Landing Page 的 TTI (Time to Interactive) 是他們的 KPI,所以就被拿出來另外處理了...

當然也有可能有其他的陰謀論 (而且我覺得可能性是在的):因為之前 React 的專利問題,變成之後 Facebook 如果真的出手提出告訴,會以惡意侵權來告 (因為鬧這麼大以後,沒有理由裝作不知道了)。這次只換 Landing Page 可以當作是試水溫練功 (累積 migration 的經驗),後續再換內頁...

Amazon RDS 的 RI 也支援彈性計價了

AWS 宣佈 RDS 的 RI 也支援彈性計價了:「Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Offer Instance Size Flexibility」。

也就是說跟 EC2 的 RI 方式切齊,買 db.m4.2xlarge 的 RI 後,可以用在兩台 db.m4.xlarge 上:

For example, let’s say you purchased a db.m4.2xlarge MySQL RI in US East (N. Virginia). The discounted rate of this RI can automatically apply to 2 db.m4.xlarge MySQL instances without you needing to do anything.

包括了相當多種類的 RDS,主要是沒有 license fee 的類型都包括在內了:

Amazon RDS Reserved Instance size flexibility is offered in all regions for the MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and Amazon Aurora database engines, as well as the “bring your own license” (BYOL) edition of the Oracle database engine. To learn more about flexible RIs, please visit the Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Page.

但不包括要另外收 license fee 的 SQL Server 與 Oracle LI edition:

Size flexibility does not apply to Microsoft SQL Server and the License Included (LI) edition of Oracle.

Uber 在倫敦將會被停業

Uber 在倫敦將會被停業:「Uber has license to operate in London revoked」、「London regulator announces Uber ban」、「Uber London loses licence to operate」。

更精確的說是不再續發 license,舊的 license 只到 9/30:

Transport for London (TfL), which operates public transport in the capital, has made the decision not to renew the app-based taxi’s license in the city.

The license was renewed in May, but for a period of only five months. It will run out on 30th September, though the company will be allowed to continue to operate during the appeal process.

看起來主要原因是圍繞於 Greyball (利用演算法躲避執法人員的工具):

According to the TfL regulatory board, the ‘approach and conduct’ of Uber showed a lack of corporate responsibility, which could have resulted in public safety and security issues. It also raised concerns with the company’s ‘approach to explaining the use of Greyball, software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app.’

新任 CEO 則是出來道歉:「Uber CEO apologizes for “mistakes” in London」。

其實是利益團體之間的衝突... 這戲還在繼續演。

Facebook 決定修改原先的授權條款

Facebook 在各個單位的砲火下決定將本來的 BSD+Patents 授權改為 MIT license:「Relicensing React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js」。

Next week, we are going to relicense our open source projects React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js under the MIT license.

後面講了很多場面話,聽聽就好... 改成 MIT license 最大的理由應該還是在 PR 面的傷害。

Matt Mullenweg 決定對 React 的專利議題投下反對票

React 的專利問題繼續燒... (可以參考「React 的專利授權議題」,不過陸陸續續還有發生一些事情沒寫...)

Facebook 表態他們不會修改 React 的條款後,Matt Mullenweg (WordPress 的共同創造人,以及 WordPress.com 現在的老大) 直接宣佈了 Gutenberg (WordPress 新的 editor) 將全面停用 React 改用新的 library 開發:

[...] I'm here to say that the Gutenberg team is going to take a step back and rewrite Gutenberg using a different library. It will likely delay Gutenberg at least a few weeks, and may push the release into next year.

算是相當大的一個決策改變...

這件事情剛好讓人想到當年 MovableType 因為 license 問題而失勢 (而讓 WordPress 長起來),究竟 React 會不會逐漸被取代呢...