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After 4 months of waiting, that is the response I got from Widevine, Google’s DRM for web browsers. For the last 2 years I’ve been working on a web browser that now cannot be completed because Google,…
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19553941
Posted by smaddock (karma: 132)
Post stats: Points: 211 - Comments: 72 - 2019-04-02T13:43:02Z
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Iʼm sorry but weʼre not supporting an open source solution like this
After 4 months of waiting, that is the response I got from Widevine, Google’s DRM for web browsers. For the last 2 years I’ve been working on a web browser that now cannot be completed because Google, the creators of the open source browser Chrome, won’t allow DRM in an open source project.
The browser I’m building, called Metastream, is an Electron-based (Chromium derived), MIT-licensed browser hosted on GitHub. Its main feature is the ability to playback videos on the web, synchronized with other peers. Each client runs its own instance of the Metastream browser and transmits playback information to keep them in sync.
If someone is creating a browser that wants to playback media, they’ll soon discover the requirement of DRM for larger web media services such as Netflix and Hulu. There are a few DRM providers for the web including Widevine, PlayReady, and FairPlay.
As far as I’m aware, Widevine is the only available DRM for a Chromium-based browser, especially so for Electron. Chromium accounts for roughly 70% market share of all web browsers, soon to include Microsoft’s upcoming Edge browser rewrite. Waiting 4 months for a minimal response from a vendor with such a large percentage of the market is unacceptable.
This isn’t something I’m alone in either, several Electron users have waited months for a response. More prominently, the creators of Brave Browser also had issues waiting for replies from Google Widevine.
“This is a prime example for why free as in beer is not enough. Small share browsers are at the mercy of Google, and Google is stalling us for no communicated-to-us reason.” - Brian Bondy, Co-founder & CTO of Brave
I’m now only left with two options regarding the fate of Metastream: stop development of a desktop browser version, or pivot my project to a browser extension with reduced features. The latter requiring publishing to the Google Chrome Web Store which would further entrench the project into a Google walled garden.
If you know of any way to help out, please get in touch.
See post on Hacker News for discussion thread.
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Widespread website blocking being used to limit spread of terror attack video.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19443986
Posted by geephroh (karma: 349)
Post stats: Points: 84 - Comments: 151 - 2019-03-20T16:44:47Z
#HackerNews #4chan #8chan #and #australian #blocked #for #hosting #isps #shooting #video
A laptop with a no-entry sign over its screen.
Internet service providers in Australia have temporarily blocked access to dozens of websites, including 4chan and 8chan, that hosted video of last weekʼs New Zealand mass shooting. New Zealand ISPs have also been blocking websites that host the video.
In Australia, ISP Vodafone said that blocking requests generally come from courts or law enforcement agencies but that this time ISPs acted on their own. "This was an extreme case which we think requires an extraordinary response," Vodafone Australia said in a statement, according to an Australian Associated Press (AAP) article yesterday.
Telstra and Optus also blocked the sites in Australia. Besides 4chan and 8chan, ISP-level blocking affected the social network Voat, the blog Zerohedge, video hosting site LiveLeak, and others. "The ban on 4chan was lifted a few hours later," AAP wrote.
"The ISPsʼ decision to block access to websites was controversial as they acted to censor content without instruction from either the Australian Communications and Media Authority or the eSafety Commissioner, and most smaller service providers have decided to keep access open," The Australian Financial Review wrote.
The ISPs are facing some government pressure, though. Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone to a meeting to discuss ways to prevent distribution and livestreaming of violent videos, Financial Review wrote.
"We understand this may inconvenience some legitimate users of these sites, but these are extreme circumstances and we feel this is the right thing to do," Telstra said in a statement, according to AAP. Optus said it decided to block websites hosting the video after "reflecting on community expectations."
The website blocking is temporary and expected to be lifted when video of the attack is removed, according to Guardian Australia. Facebook and Twitter werenʼt blocked, "because they are taking active steps of their own to remove the material from their pages." Facebook has removed at least 1.5 million videos of the attack from its website.
Still, LiveLeak was blocked even though it took copies of the video off its platform.
Communications Alliance, a trade group that represents Australian telcos, said ISPs tried to minimize inconvenience for users despite blocking websites.
"These ISPs have sought to balance community expectations to remove access to the video with the need to minimize any inconvenience that may arise from legitimate content being blocked as an unavoidable, temporary consequence," Communications Alliance said, according to AAP.
New Zealand blocking
New Zealand ISPs took a similar approach. "The countryʼs main Internet service providers, Spark, Vodafone, Vocus and 2degrees, are blocking any website which has footage of the Friday 15 March Christchurch mosque shootings," CIO New Zealand wrote on Sunday.
The ISPs "agreed to work together to identify and block access at [the]DNS level to such online locations," such as 4chan and 8chan, according to a Bleeping Computer article on Saturday.
"This is an unprecedented move by the telecommunications industry, but one that they all agree is necessary," New Zealand Telecommunications Forum Chief Executive Geoff Thorn said, according to CIO. "The industry is working together to ensure this harmful content canʼt be viewed by New Zealanders."
Thorn acknowledged that "there is the risk that some sites that have legitimate content could have been mistakenly blacklisted, but this will be rectified as soon as possible."
The white nationalist terrorist attacked during Friday prayer at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, and killed 50 people while injuring 50 more. The gunman live-streamed 17 minutes of the attack.
New Zealand authorities have been arresting people who share video of the shooting. As we noted in our coverage of the arrests, New Zealand and most other countries donʼt have free speech protections as extensive as those found in the US.
Australia and New Zealand also do not have net neutrality rules that prevent ISPs from blocking websites. In the US, net neutrality rules were taken off the books last year. Even when US rules were in place, the ban on blocking only applied to lawful Internet content, and the rules also did not apply when ISPs had to cooperate with law enforcement, public safety, or national security authorities.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19400795
Posted by EE84M3i (karma: 236)
Post stats: Points: 113 - Comments: 130 - 2019-03-15T15:53:51Z
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The Republican-controlled Senate approved a resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration at the U.S. Mexico border, putting Congress on a path to its first veto confrontation with the Trump administration.#NPR #Drumpf #Trump #fakeEmergency #blocked
Twelve Republicans voted with all Senate Democrats to approve the resolution. The Democratic-controlled House approved it last month, 245 to 182, with just 13 House Republicans breaking with the White House.
Windows 10 Pro…No Bloat, Junk, Crap or Spyware
I think I’ve done it?? Got #Windows10Pro down to 12Gb (including the open source I’ve installed) and only the system files are left…Everything else is #removed and #blocked in the #firewall and only #opensource #software is installed. 5 year old laptop, 1.6GHz processor, 4Gb RAM and it’s running like new
That being said... I wish I could see when someone had blocked me, because while I might continue to read their posts, I wouldn't bother commenting, or otherwise attempting to engage them in conversation.
Which, aside from "feed" accounts like RSS feeds or news feeds, is pretty much the primary reason why I participate in social media: to engage with interesting people. So knowing whether they're not responding because they aren't seeing my comments, or because they're seeing them and actively ignoring them, or because they're seeing them and just choosing not to respond, would be useful information for me, and potentially beneficial for them.
Like I said, I get it. This is just me musing.
#metadata #blocked #extrovert #social-media #conversation