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Submission + - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 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.
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Comment 100 times as many cheap devices costs just as much (Score 1) 101

The article suggests that the price of the device is around two orders of magnitude lower than the price of the planned devices. But then it turns around and says that they'd need up to two orders of magnitude more devices.

This isn't cost savings. This is just the Internet of Things applied to an existing problem. If it works better, fine, but don't say that the solution is cheaper....

Submission + - An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI->

malachiorion writes: If you're into robots, AI, you've probably read about the open letter on AI safety. But do you realize how blatantly the media is misinterpreting its purpose, and its message? I spoke to the organization that released letter, andto one of the AI researchers who contributed to it. As is often the case with AI, tech reporters are getting this one wrong on purpose. Here's my analysis for Popular Science. Or, for the TL;DR crowd: "Forget about the risk that machines pose to us in the decades ahead. The more pertinent question, in 2015, is whether anyone is going to protect mankind from its willfully ignorant journalists."
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Submission + - Philae's bumpy landing->

lexsco writes: The BBC has an article showing photos of Philae's landing taken from Rosetta. They show it's position at various times as it bounced across the surface of the comet and it's final resting place. It looks like the probe is receiving some sunlight, so here's hoping that it is enough to charge the batteries up.
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Submission + - Data Transmitted Across Vienna Using Twisted Beams of Light-> 1

Zothecula writes: The city of Vienna has hosted a laser light show with a twist, with University of Vienna scientists having tested a new way of transmitting data over a light beam. The technique, which exploits classical and quantum mechanics, promises to provide the ability to send much more information through the air much more securely.
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Comment Re:Ticket ToS (Score 2) 226

this is pertinent, but doesn't affect copyright law, which in most countries exists regardless of and completely separate from most contractual agreements.

as I mentioned elsewhere, they might have standing to eject you from the stadium over a breach of this contract, but that doesn't mean copyright law is applicable.

Comment probably BS (Score 1) 226

It would certainly be a violation of copyright law to repost a broadcast of the game. But taking your own video seems like creating a derivative work, if nothing else.

They would be within their rights to ban the usage of video recording devices inside the stadium, because it is ultimately private property and you've paid to see a performance. They would probably even be within their rights to sue you for breach of contract by making nonuse of recording devices a condition of your ticket price. But failing that, and failing a willingness to sue over it, I don't see how it could fall under copyright law.

Comment LINPACK/LAPACK/Netlib (Score 2) 314

right up front: I know about this only because I work for these guys, but...

there's a whole host of Linear Algebra-related software written for high performance computing environments that is attributable largely to various teams of academics throughout the past 30 or so years. It is my understanding that these libraries get used by most anyone doing high-performance computing.

http://www.netlib.org/lapack/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAPACK

Comment SmugMug (Score 1) 680

$40/year, unlimited storage, unlimited uploads, will keep things private, and unlimited traffic for the photos you want to share. They use Amazon's S3 server system, which is the platinum standard in digital archival safety. Plus, they're cooler than Flickr. The only way this doesn't work is if your internet connection isn't pretty decent. Then, keeping up with the uploads could become a pain.
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Halo Elite Cosplay Puts Others To Shame 115

AndrewGOO9 writes "Pete Mander, a special effects artist from Ontario, Canada seems like he might have either had way too much time on his hands or just really enjoys Halo. Either way, this is one of those costumes that makes all of the cosplayers at a con feel like their best efforts just weren't quite up to par."

To be or not to be, that is the bottom line.

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