Tucows Bans Pop-Up Ads, Goes Ad-Free

HughPickens.com writes: Tucows began as a software downloads site nearly 25 years ago and has since evolved beyond that early core business and into domain names, mobile phone service and symmetrical gigabit fiber Internet in select towns and cities in the US. Now Tucows has announced that as a gesture of goodwill, Tucows has banned deceptive ads, hidden download buttons, pop-ups, flypaper, toolbars and other such Internet nastiness from the the nearly 40,000 software titles it hosts for users on it’s download sites. “On the Tucows downloads site today, you’ll find no flashing ads. No toolbars. No pop-ups,” says CEO Elliot Noss. “You might see a few plugs for other Tucows services, but nothing too egregious and certainly not anything that’s pretending to be a download button.” With Tucows’ success in domain names, mobile phone service (Ting) and fiber Internet (Ting Internet), Tucows’ revenue from downloads has become less relevant when looking at the balance sheet. “We don’t lightly walk away from opportunities or revenue,” says Noss. “In the end, though, we’d rather have the Tucows name associated with good; with a belief in the power of the Internet to affect positive change. An ad-heavy site that packages browser toolbars along with every download isn’t something we want people to think of when they hear ‘Tucows,’.”


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The Pirate Bay Now Blocked In Chrome, Firefox, And Safari

An anonymous reader writes: Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari are actively blocking direct access to The Pirate Bay. Kickass Torrents suffered such a similar incident last month, because of the intermediary confirmation screen that appeared every time users navigated away from the site. The reason why these three browsers block access to The Pirate Bay is unknown, but it could be related to a malvertising campaign that has plagued the site for more than two weeks. Two weeks ago, the malvertising campaign intensified right when season six of Game of Thrones premiered.
Meanwhile, HBO is contacting sites asking them to remove Game of Thrones torrents, and sending thousands of copyright infringement warnings to ISPs, urging them to remind pirates that they can stream HBO content legally after purchasing a subscription to HBO.


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My Heroku diaspora

My Heroku diaspora

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One year ago today Heroku changed their pricing for what had previously been a free tier. It went to $7 a month. Doesn’t sound like much, right? But for the year before that I had been creating all sorts of little apps to do little things, and with each one at $7, the bill would have been hundreds of dollars a month. Today the same work is being done, all of it, on a $20 a month server at Linode.

At the time I thought Heroku had a great idea. I was puzzled by the economics, but I know how much they must spend on facilities and salaries, and figured they thought this was a good long-term investment. A way to build relationships (and lock-in) with developers who were smart enough to adapt to their radical idea for software modules. Maybe they still are, and that was just a detour. But I got off their bus and was reminded never to invest in platforms you can’t quickly and easily migrate off. The most expensive part of the transition was the time it took away from work I wanted to do.

I was surprised when this post showed up in my Memories on Facebook and it was only one year ago. Feels like much longer.


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Legendary Sound Designer Jory Prum Passes Away At 41

New submitter loren writes: It is with much sadness that I report that legendary sound designer Jory K. Prum, who worked on more than 120 video game titles, passed away April 22, 2016, at age 41, from injuries suffered in a March traffic accident. (Disclaimer: I am a long time friend of Jory and his family.) Here are some personal recollections from family, friends and colleagues… Also, a list of his game credits are on MobyGames. This post doesn’t do him justice, but I found news of his loss conspicuously absent on Slashdot.
Back in 2006 a Slashdot article about the game Bone apparently drew a comment from Jory himself (“Funny, I’m recording the dialog for Bone 2 right as I read this!”) and in 2004 the same account weighed in on an article about long hours at Electronic Arts. Wikipedia also reports that in 2001 Jory created a voice for Pixar’s Oscar-winning short “For the Birds,” and in 2014 recovered the aging audio for the classic point-and-click adventure game Grim Fandango.


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The House of Representatives Is Blocking All Apps Using Google’s Appspot.com

New reader calewithac writes: In an attempt to stop ransomware attacks, the House’s security team has banned all apps hosted on appspot.com from being used on its servers. This means that all appspot hosted apps are inaccessible inside Congress. According to Ted Henderson, the founder of the Cloakroom — an anonymous messaging app for Capitol Hill staffers — all of his apps are effectively not available to their target audience.


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Show HN: A list of command line tools for manipulating structured text data

README.md

What follows is a list of text-based file formats with command line tools for manipulating each (with a focus on Linux).

Delimiter-separated values, including CSV, TSV, etc.

Awk

Awk is a POSIX-standard command line tool for processing this sort of data.

SQL-based utilities

Name Programming language and database engine Features Usage link License
q Python, SQLite 3 Use header row for column names, custom input and output encoding, gzipped input, custom input field separator (string literal), custom output field separator, custom output formatting, table JOINs, Python module. Usage GNU GPL 3
sqawk C, SQLite 3 Use header row for column names, column name aliases, can skip lines until a regexp matches, custom input field separator (string literal, per-file), keep SQLite file, show generated SQL, table JOINs. Usage ?
Sqawk Tcl, SQLite 3 Use header row for column names, custom input field separator (regexp, per-file), custom input record delimiter (regexp, per-file), custom table names, custom output field separator, custom output record separator, merge selected columns into one, CSV input and output, Tcl output, table JOINs. Usage MIT
Squawk Python, custom SQL interpreter Access log and CSV input, JSON and CSV output, Python code generation. Three-clause BSD
termsql Python, SQLite 3 Use header rows for column names, custom field separator (regexp), custom record separator (string literal), lines as columns, skip a given number of lines and the beginning and at the end, merge selected columns into one, HTML, CSV, SQL and Tcl output. Manual MIT
textql Go, SQLite 3 Use header rows for column names, keep SQLite file, custom input field separator (string literal). Usage MIT
  • XMLStarlet

  • xml2 — convert XML and HTML to and from flat, greppable lists of “path=value” statements.

See also: Grep and Sed Equivalent for XML Command Line Processing on StackOverflow.

Name and link Description
jq A command line tool that implements a functional DSL for creating and manipulating JSON. It can convert JSON to other formats.
jshon Create and manipulate JSON using getopt-style command-line options.
json Similar to JQ, written in JS.
json2 Convert JSON to and from flat, greppable lists of “path=value” statements. Modeled after xml2.

Using jq with a format converter like Remarshal appears to be the best option.

Name and link Platform License Description
IniFile (DOS version) Windows (x86), MS-DOS Closed-source freeware Can set and remove properties in INI files. Can retrieve properties as a list of batch file set commands to set the corresponding variables. Changes files in place.
crudini Any with Python 2.x GNU GPLv2 Can set and remove properties in INI files. Can retrieve properties as shell script commands to set the corresponding variables. Can output updated INI data or change files in place.
initool Windows, Linux, FreeBSD MIT Can set and remove properties in INI files and check for their existence. Outputs updated INI data.
  • Augeas — can extract data from and modify a number of file formats. However, not all format are equally well supported by Augeas and for some formats only a limited subset of all valid files can be parsed.
Name Description File format
GNU Recutils “[A] set of tools and libraries to access human-editable, plain text databases called recfiles.” Text-based, roughly “key: value”
SDB “[A] simple string key/value database based on djb’s cdb disk storage and supports JSON and arrays introspection.” Binary
sqlite3(1) “[A] simple command-line utility […] that allows the user to manually enter and execute SQL statements against an SQLite database.” Binary

The contents of this document is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. By contributing you agree to release your contribution under this license.

Sqawk, Remarshal and initool were written by the curator of this document.


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Microsoft Sees Over 10 Million Cyberattacks Per Day On Its Online Infrastructure

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft’s user identity management systems, made up by Microsoft Account (formerly Live ID, for home users) and Azure Active Directory (for its cloud/corporate services), see over 13 billion user logins per day, with 1.3 billion for AAD. The company says that over 10 million (per day) of these login attempts are cyber-attacks, which the company is able to detect. This information comes via Microsoft’s most recent Security Intelligence Report, which also reveals details about a new cyber-espionage group named Platinum and that hackers are still using the same vulnerability (CVE-2010-2568) even today, which was used in the Stuxnet attacks. According to Pew Research Center, there’s an increasingly growing fear among Americans about cyberattacks. In fact, it’s the second most feared entity to them, the first being ISIS.


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