Adobe Flash 將在 2020 年 End of Life

Adobe 發出的公告,將在 2020 年中止所有對 Flash 的支援:「Flash & The Future of Interactive Content」。

Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

然後 GoogleMicrosoft 也來補刀講兩句話:「So long, and thanks for all the Flash」、「Saying goodbye to Flash in Chrome」、「The End of an Era – Next Steps for Adobe Flash」。

美國政府暗中介入好萊塢的劇本,影響大眾對戰爭的看法

透過 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 取得的資料顯示美國政府 (包括了五角大廈、CIA、NSA) 如何介入好萊塢,影響大眾對於戰爭的看法:「EXCLUSIVE: Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA」。

灰標「US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows」可以看出影響的層面。

The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.

從很意想不到的地方介入... 引用其中一個說明:

Jon Voight in Transformers — in this scene, just after American troops have been attacked by a Decepticon robot, Pentagon Hollywood liaison Phil Strub inserted the line ‘Bring em home’, granting the military a protective, paternalistic quality, when in reality the DOD does quite the opposite.

Ubuntu 12.04 終結 (EoL)

Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) 上個禮拜宣佈終結了:「Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) End of Life reached on April 28, 2017」。還有被迫要使用 12.04 的人可以買 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance):「Introducing Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance)」。

話說回來,16.04 用到現在 (都已經出到 16.04.2 了),用起來覺得整體的流暢度與穩定度比 14.04 差了一大截...

離 PHP 5.5 官方中止支援不到兩個禮拜了...

PHP 網站上的「Supported Versions」可以看到 PHP 5.5 將要停止支援了:

PHP 5.6 因為是 PHP 5 的最後一個版本,有特殊待遇,時間會拉的比較長 (功能性更新多四個月,安全性更新多一年):

As it is the final PHP 5 release, support for PHP 5.6 has been extended: active support will run for an additional four months, and the security fix period has been doubled from one to two years. Other releases are unaffected.

話說 PHP 7.1 也在 alpha 階段了...

美國年輕人的理想職業

紐約時報報導 National Society of High School Scholars 問了一萬八千名美國年輕人 (15~29 歲) 理想的職業,也不少出乎意料的結果跑出來:「The New Dream Jobs」。

常見的網路公司在上面,但讓紐約時報感到意外的,FBICIANSA 也在上面:

When the National Society of High School Scholars asked 18,000 Americans, ages 15 to 29, to rank their ideal future employers, the results were curious. To nobody’s surprise, Google, Apple and Facebook appeared high on the list, but so did the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.

不過應該是不意外?在教育體系被灌輸愛國主義不就很容易就有這樣的結果?

法國法院認為 Facebook 條款違反消費者保護法令

在「France says Facebook must face French law in nudity censorship case」這邊提到法院認為 Facebook 的使用條款中要求必須在加州法院解決的條件,使得法國的使用者難以提出訴訟,違反法國的消費者保護法令而無效:

The Terms of Service add, "The laws of the State of California will govern this Statement, as well as any claim that might arise between you and us, without regard to conflict of law provisions.”

The appeals court agreed that Facebook’s Terms of Service were “abusive” and "violated French consumer law by making it difficult for people in France to sue,” according to the BBC.

引用的 BBC 報導可以在「Paris court rules against Facebook in French nudity case」這邊看到:

The Paris high court decided that the company's argument was "abusive" and violated French consumer law, by making it difficult for people in France to sue.

不需額外吃電的數位相機

Slashdot 上看到不需額外吃電的數位相機:「Researchers Design a Self-Powered Digital Camera」,原始的報導出自「This Digital Camera Doesn't Need a Battery Because It Powers Itself」這篇,另外有 PDF 論文可以看:「Towards Self-Powered Cameras」。

目前是原型機,只有 30x40 的解析度 (看影片應該是有一定程度的灰階能力?)。依照文章所說的,如果技術再成熟一點就會對 IoT 影響蠻大的?

Mozilla 與 Tor (EFF) 申請 Google Summer of Code 2015 被拒

Mozilla 申請 Google Summer of Code 2015 被拒絕:「Mozilla not accepted for Google Summer of Code 2015」。

不過以 Mozilla 的能量來看感覺還好?反倒是 Tor (EFF) 也被拒絕就讓人很訝異了...

Don't be evil 啊...

維基百科的使用條款更新,強制揭露利益衝突問題

維基百科昨天的使用條款修訂公告中,提到了「揭露利益衝突」的問題:「Making a change to our Terms of Use: Requirements for disclosure」,這份文件的最後方有簡體中文版的說明,對於看英文比較不通順的人可以先看中文版的說明。

在新版的「Terms of Use」裡面,有一個專門的章節「Paid contributions without disclosure」:

These Terms of Use prohibit engaging in deceptive activities, including misrepresentation of affiliation, impersonation, and fraud. As part of these obligations, you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation. You must make that disclosure in at least one of the following ways:

  • a statement on your user page,
  • a statement on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or
  • a statement in the edit summary accompanying any paid contributions.

這段修正可以從「Difference between revisions of "Terms of Use" - Wikimedia Foundation」這邊看到完整的 diff。

這是對於「付費編輯」的反制:國外甚至有專門收費找人編輯維基百科的公司在運作 (可以參考 2013 年 10 月的「Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner’s response to paid advocacy editing and sockpuppetry」這篇文章),這次在使用條款內直接增訂這一部份,將本來只是社群規範的項目變成直接上法院反制。

早該這麼做了,這件事情意義重大...