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Comment: "Advertising policies"? Try borderline malware. (Score 4, Insightful) 198

by Alphanos (#45426228) Attached to: SourceForge Appeals To Readers For Help Nixing Bad Ad Actors

The bottom line is that GIMP didn't want to be associated with tricking its users into installing borderline malware. If a program's installer is filled with traps that you have to carefully watch for to avoid - that sets off huge blaring alarms in the heads of most experienced users.

This is especially a problem for the open-source community, which still struggles to get a fair comparison with commercial software in the corporate IT world. If even major software gets saddled with nonsense like SourceForge is trying to pull, it could set back progress by years.

SourceForge had better smarten up before it becomes a ghost town. GIMP is certainly not going to be the last high-profile departure if things don't change.

While we're at it, the summary of this story was blatantly whitewashed. Mentioning the parent company link should be a bare minimum, not an excuse to abandon all pretense of impartiality.

Comment: Car Analogy! (Score 1) 129

by Alphanos (#37956312) Attached to: Verizon Announces Pay-Per-Use 'Turbo Boost' For Smartphones

Time for a car analogy! Cellular bandwidth is like the traffic on your morning commute. Recently there have been complaints of traffic jams, delays, and generally slow transit speeds. However, adding more lanes to the roads is expensive, so instead the road operator has come up with a fantastic solution. They will sell Turbo Boost buttons for drivers to install in their cars. If wielders of a turbo button feel that their commute is too slow, then by pressing the button they can technomagically force all other drivers to exit the lane the button user is driving in, thus clearing a fast path for them. Of course the lane changes aren't forced on other button wielders.

This amazing innovation is sure to solve the traffic problems in no time.

Comment: Fix This With Add-Ons (Score 2) 352

by Alphanos (#37511436) Attached to: Facebook Cookies Track Users Even After Logging Out

This and many other privacy issues can and should be fixed by use of proper Firefox add-ons. Sure we can decry the practice and wish that in an ideal world corporations would not do such things, but that's a waste of time. Use things like Adblock Plus, Ghostery, Beef Taco, NoScript, and Better Privacy.

I don't even see those Facebook buttons. Since in practice nobody will manually mess with their cookies each time they log out of a site, and may even want to visit other sites while still logged in, this is the only realistic solution.

Comment: Acts of War (Score 5, Insightful) 388

by Alphanos (#36310012) Attached to: NATO Report Threatens To 'Persecute' Anonymous

Oh. When we saw the story the other day that the US had declared that hacking and similar online attacks could be considered acts of war, I didn't understand the purpose of such a statement. Now I understand.

I think we might be seeing the start of America's next war on a general concept.

Any bets as to what the target will be stated as? Anonymity? The Internet in general?

Comment: Re:Wow, Biased Summary Much? (Score 1) 93

by Alphanos (#35318438) Attached to: AMD's Fusion APU Pitted Against 21 Desktop CPUs

The article makes clear that the comparison to desktop CPUs is being done to clear up corporate PR hyperbole. Although it's obvious to techies that a chip in this electrical/thermal segment can't compete with desktop processors that have many times the resources to work from, it's important for average users to have that cleared up.

However the article also makes clear that in the market segment this chip was actually designed for, it's a big success. This is of particular note since the Atom line had been dominating the segment for so long.

The summary makes it sound like this is some kind of failed desktop chip - definitely not the case.

Comment: Wow, Biased Summary Much? (Score 5, Insightful) 93

by Alphanos (#35317120) Attached to: AMD's Fusion APU Pitted Against 21 Desktop CPUs

Ok wait, so AMD's next-gen "atom-killer" successfully trumps Intel's next-gen Atom, but "the results aren't particularly encouraging" because it doesn't also beat full-fledged desktop processors? Seriously, talk about misleading.

In other news, iPods aren't the best at 3D graphics rendering, and cars are not the best choice for transatlantic shipping.

This is a test of CPU/GPU integration at the low end to start with - and a successful test at that.

Comment: Way too expensive (Score 1) 179

by Alphanos (#34868436) Attached to: First Ceiling Light Internet Systems Installed

It's easy to see that any system requiring special light fixtures and modems for each PC will be far more expensive than simply setting up a wireless access point or two for each floor of a building. This wouldn't even just be a one-time cost, but would apply as part of regular maintenance - which is easier, to swap out a router, or to bring in contractors to replace all of a company's light fixtures?

A system like this could really only be practical where conventional wireless can't be used for some reason. Perhaps in offices where security is the foremost consideration (CIA?), or a building right next to a high-powered radio broadcast tower.

Comment: Why these types of reports get kept secret (Score 5, Insightful) 100

by Alphanos (#34650700) Attached to: New Zealand Government Opens UFO Files
These types of reports are typically kept secret because in addition to stories that are totally made up, they could be a source of intelligence on military aircraft. When testing new yet easily observable capabilities (i.e. VTOL), you don't want foreign powers reading your citizens' UFO sighting reports to judge how far along you are, or for that matter even to track down which airfields are being used to test prototype craft. In some cases depending on local geography and political relations, the reports might even contain information on craft of neighbouring nations.

Comment: IT A-Team personnel No. 5: Coding genius (Score 1) 246

by Alphanos (#33654738) Attached to: The A-Team of IT — and How To Assemble One

"But the most important thing is they don't challenge you. You don't even have to explain what you want or provide a document."

Wow, I think this is just about the worst advice I can imagine.

Apparently, so long as the programmers "don't challenge you" by asking you to "explain what you want", all your IT projects will be wild successes!

Comment: Re:a couple grand? (Score 4, Insightful) 95

by Alphanos (#33321560) Attached to: Google Patches 10 Chrome Bugs, Pays Out $10K

It has to be a careful balance to set bounties like this at the right amount. The information and fixes are valuable, yes. However, If they set the payout too high, it could actually encourage their employees to write buggy software in the hopes of cashing in (i.e. through a friend or family member).

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."