Daily Archives: August 28, 2015

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1


Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash’s ability to auto-play in Chrome.

The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out “many” Flash ads in the process.

Netizens can right-click over the security-challenged plugin and select “Run this” if they want to unfreeze an ad. Otherwise, the Flash files will remain suspended in a grey box, unable to cause any harm nor any annoyance.

Click-to-play … Run if you wish

Back in June, Google warned that, in cooperation with Adobe, it would change the way Flash material is shown on websites.

Basically, “essential” Flash content (such as embedded video players) are allowed to automatically run, while non-essential Flash content, much of that being advertisements, will be automatically paused.

As we explained a couple of months ago, it’s effectively taking Chrome’s “Detect and run important plugin content” feature, and making it the default: only the “main plugin content on websites” will be run automatically. That should put a stop to irritating ads around the sides of pages.

Google’s reasoning for the move is largely performance-based, apparently. The Chocolate Factory worries that with too many pieces of Flash content running at once, Chrome’s performance is hamstrung, and, more critically, battery life is drained in notebooks and tablets running the Flash plugin.

Crucially, the move will help kill the spread of malware via malicious Flash files, particularly dodgy adverts that have popped up on sites used by millions and millions of people.

Google said advertisers who are worried about having their ads switched off should consider converting their Flash artwork to HTML5. According to the cyber-goliath, “most Flash ads uploaded to [Google] AdWords are automatically converted to HTML5.”

So, in other words, if you’re not on Google’s ad network, you’re locked out of Chrome – unless you also switch to HTML5 artwork.

Interestingly, Google’s security engineers have been helping Adobe’s programmers to shore up Flash with anti-hacker defenses.


Sri Lanka Cabinet formation delayed again

Thonda n Douglas to join govt

Sri Lanka’s new government has further delayed formation of the Cabinet beyond the already agreed deadline of September 1. The election was held nearly two weeks ago in which the United National Party (UNP) failed to win the absolute majority of 113 seats in 225-member assembly.

The UNP and the Opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party decided to form a national unity government following which there were serious negotiations and disagreements over the sharing of key portfolios.

Duminda Disssanayake, the SLFP acting general secretary, said the new Cabinet was most likely to be inducted on September 4. He said the SLFP’s 64th convention would be held on September 2 in Polonnaruwa and said they had invited all party officials including President Maithripala Sirisena who is the party Chairman, to attend the event.

Mr. Sirisena pledged to form a national government with his members providing the majority for the national unity government which will be in office for a minimum period of two years.

However, some members of the SLFP who are followers of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have announced that they would not join the national government but would work as the main Opposition.

Mr. Sirisena has allowed the MPs to act according to their wishes. Mr. Sirisena on Monday appointed three members of the Cabinet including the foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera.

They were appointed to host a visit by a group of top US State Department officials.

Infographic via lankapage


Sri Lanka opt to bowl against India in third Test


Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and decided to bowl against India in the third and final match of the three-Test series at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here on Friday.

India have made two changes to their side for the encounter, bringing in Cheteshwar Pujara and wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha in place of the injured Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha.

Sri Lanka have made three changes to their side, replacing Dushmantha Chameera, Jehan Mubarak and retired Kumar Sankakkara with Kusal Perera, Nuwan Pradeep and Upul Tharanga.


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (wicket—keeper), Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal, Kusal Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Upul Tharanga.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Naman Ojha (wicket—keeper), Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Tamil parties to back UNP-SLFP ministry in Sri Lanka


The Eelam People’s Democratic Party and the Ceylon Workers’ Congress together account for three Members of Parliament.

Two Tamil parties have pledged support to the proposed national government to be formed by the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) together account for three Members of Parliament.

Leaders of the parties, Douglas Devananda and Arumugan Thondaman, were Cabinet Ministers in the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

But the EPDP left the United People’s Freedom Alliance and went alone in the recent polls. Even though the CWC remains part of the Alliance, its leader, Mr. Thondaman, identified himself as a follower of President Maithripala Sirisena during the campaign.

Mr. Devananda and Muthu Sivalingam, CWC president, told The Hindu that their support to the government had nothing to do with any claim for ministerial positions.


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