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Comment: Buried again (Score 1) 384 384

So editors are in here with disingenuous arguments that Slashdot hasn't been trying to bury the story. Just a busy 5-day weekend for one editor and despite other articles continuing to be posted during that time, this one got missed. Sorry, not "this one", I mean, "the three or four top-rated Firehose submissions". And finally this morning, after letting an article go through, it disappeared off the page after about an hour. Totally unrelated SQL glitch, right?

+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
Link to Original Source

+ - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 5 5

careysb writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 78 78

It's not name calling, it's accurate classification, Mr. I'm the Best, Doing the Most with Less. Your work--your posts in this thread--absolutely speaks for itself. What is says--shouts, really--is that you're an egomaniac impossible to work with. But keep on with the my-way-or-highway whines here and on your blog about the slights against you. Powerful advocacy, that.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 78 78

Oh yeah, a school in America's leading, cash-flush metropolis, servicing only gifted students who've made it past the SHSAT.

NYC's specialized high schools are wonderful. But tell some teachers in the Southeast that you're doing more with less and they'll deservedly laugh in your face. You're doing more with more.

Comment: Re:Lies! Lies! All lies! (Score 1) 284 284

I have no problem with the idea that fundamentalist Islam is a serious threat to human rights worldwide. I do object to false blanket statements that Islam is inherently barbaric and Christianity is not. For one, starting from a false premise is an impediment to finding solutions. For another, living in the U.S., barbaric fundamentalist Christianity is a far greater threat to my personal well-being than fundamentalist Islam could hope to be.

Comment: Agile truth. (Score 2) 507 507

Agile is nothing but an admission by clueless marketing/business development folks that they're terrible at their jobs. They have no idea how to do market research, they have no idea how to interact with actual or potential customers, they have no idea what a company's products actually do and what solutions they provide, they have no idea how to do the analytical side of their job, and have no vision at all for their industry. So instead they shove all the responsibility onto the development team: hack a small iteration together quick, show it to a customer (or more likely, show it to a cross-function representation of development groups within the company, none of which is trained in market analysis), and repeat until someone in upper management says "hey, this was supposed to be released this quarter". Then marketing will swoop in and offer to put together some glossies.

Obviously for situations like with a small start-up, you aren't going to have a well-rounded business development unit, and you'll be forced into having developers and other non-specialists pick up the business development slack. That's when agile makes sense: when you have no other option. But big companies with full business development and analysis teams pushing agile on its developers is nothing but welfare for idiot marketers.

Comment: Re:Lies! Lies! All lies! (Score 4, Insightful) 284 284

Well considering the massive support the Kill the Gays bill had in 84% Christian Uganda, I think a few more than 5 Christians supported it.

Now, if you want to compare Christianity in Uganda and the U.S. in terms of the legacy of exploitation, poverty, and strife, and how those issues are a more important factor in social attitudes and affect the interpretation and execution of a shared religion, be my guest. Just take it up first with the poster who made sweeping statements about Christians and Muslims.

Oh, right, that was you. Talk about disingenuous.

Comment: Re:Lies! Lies! All lies! (Score 5, Informative) 284 284


Was enacted, has since been struck down but only for technicalities: lack of quorum when passed. That is being appealed to Uganda Supreme Court, and if that fails it will be brought up again. Original bill included death penalty, was changed after International pressure to life sentence, but politicians have been working to amend to make homosexuality a capital crime as originally intended.

Either way, the legislation has also increased vigilante homophobia, Uganda gays "face an atmosphere of physical abuse, vandalism to their property, blackmail, death threats, and 'correctional rape'."

Bill was introduced following a two-day conference by U.S. Christians on how homosexuality is a threat to families in Africa.

American Family Association leader praises bill:


Family Research Council supports Uganda anti-homosexuality bill:


Comment: Re:Lies! Lies! All lies! (Score 1) 284 284

The main thing preventing Christians in the U.S. from regularly saying, and acting upon, "We will kill gays", is the protection offered by a secular government.

But give our U.S. Christians some influence outside our borders, like the American Family Association's encouraging Christian-majority Uganda to pass laws making homosexuality a capital offense, and we find Christian and Islamic fundamentalists to be rather similar.

Comment: Re:rather expected (Score 2) 284 284

Doctors who perform abortions would disagree with you. As would the women who end up dying from miscarriage complications at their Catholic-owned hospital systems. As would the AIDs patients in Africa who were scared away from condom use. There's also the KKK and other white power and militia groups who base their violent rhetoric on fundamentalist Christianity. Or the significant numbers of Christian Dominionists flocking to the military to explicitly wage modern crusade in the Middle East.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?