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Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer ( 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

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.

Comment High resolution monitors with wide aspect ratios (Score 1) 162

Would really love to see some high resolution / high DPI monitors with wide aspect ratios...

As someone who has been running a dual monitor setup since before LCD monitors became mainstream, I really like the idea of 21:9 aspect that LG has brought to market. But would love for it be wider (so it can replace a typical dual monitor setup), closer to 3:1 aspect ratio, and with a vertical resolution of no less than 2160 pixels... (so a screen like 6480 x 2160 would be really nice in a ~31" diagonal form factor).

Regarding DPI, so sick on this sub 100 DPI crap PC monitors are stuck with. If a cheap phone can have 220+DPI, why can't we have the same in a monitor! (note: The above res on a 31" panel would have a DPI of 216).

PS. Currently running 2x 20" 1680x1050 in my setup... so would like something to better this 9yr old setup...

Comment Re:x64 only (Score 1) 115

Something is not right here... The Q8200 is 64bit capable (as are most Core 2 Quad's) -

Also you mention you have 8GB RAM, so unless you're 100% sure you are using a PAE enabled 32bit kernel, you won't be using 8GB of RAM effectively if you have a 32bit kernel running. (Since 32bit kernels without PAE can only address 4GB).

The only thing the Q8200 lacks is VT-x, but for a FreeNAS (or any storage server) setup that's a mute point...

You might to double check you hardware and setup...

Comment Re:It ain't the price (Score 1) 125

Just wondering if I could plug it into my Linux desktop, and copy files to/from easily or do I have to play for MS crapware to fully use.

IIRC, the Windows Phone MTP stack works really well with libmtp (the main MTP client stack in FOSS land), so for any modern distro it should be plug-n-play... (providing it uses a modern version of go-mtpfs, gMTP, gvfs-mtp or kio-mtp).
I personally have an Android phone (HTC Desire X), so can't provide first hand experience with WP and Linux, but the libmtp mailing list/bug list has very few reports for WP8 issues.

Disclaimer: I am the lead dev for gMTP.

Submission + - Slashdot's new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant (

An anonymous reader writes: Technology Lab / Information Technology
Slashdot’s new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant
Flashy revamp seeks to draw new faces to the community—at the cost of the old.

by Lee Hutchinson — Feb 12 2014, 6:55pm E

        Web Culture


In the modern responsive Web Three Point Oh Internet, Slashdot stands like a thing frozen in time—it's a coelacanth stuck incongruously in an aquarium full of more colorful fish. The technology news aggregator site has been around since 1997, making it positively ancient as websites are reckoned. More importantly, Slashdot's long focus on open source technology news and topics has caused it to accrete a user base that tends to be extremely technical, extremely skilled, and extremely opinionated.

That user base is itself the main reason why Slashdot continues to thrive, even as its throwback interface makes it look to untrained eyes like a dated relic. Though the site is frequently a source of deep and rich commentary on topics, the barrier for new users to engage in the site's discussions is relatively high—certainly higher than, say, reddit (or even Ars). This doesn't cause much concern to the average Slashdot user, but tech job listing site (which bought Slashdot in September 2012, along with Sourceforge and a number of other digital properties) appears to have decided it's time to drag Slashdot's interface into the 21st century in order to make things comfortable for everyone—old and new users alike.

Submission + - How to Tell Your Client That His "Expert" is an Idiot

Esther Schindler writes: It’s a danger for any consultant, and for most inter-departmental internal project staff: To get the work done, you need to work with someone else who supplies expertise you lack. But when the “expert” turns out to be the wrong person how do you tell the client (or boss) that you just can’t work with that individual? It’s possible to do so, but it does take a deft hand. Here's one set of instructions, but surely there are plenty more you could add.

Submission + - How to Beat Software Vendors' Sneaky Price Hikes

snydeq writes: Between complex licensing and the cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP have lots of ways to hike up prices. InfoWorld's Robert L. Scheier offers tips on how organizations can fight back against sneaky price increases. 'More vendors are building hidden price increases into complex new variations to on-site licensing models, as well as to their newer cloud and subscription offerings. Rather than having "clear-cut, outright, aggressive price increases," vendors are becoming "more subtle and devious," says Jeff Muscarella, executive vice president of the IT and Telecom Division at sourcing consultancy NPI.'

Submission + - Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Under Attack (

wiredmikey writes: Microsoft released an advisory today warning users about a new zero-day under attack in targeted campaigns occurring in the Middle East and South Asia.

According to Microsoft, the vulnerability resides in the Microsoft Graphics component and impacts certain versions of Windows, Microsoft Office and Lync. The problem exists in the way specially-crafted TIFF images are handled. To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would have to convince a user to preview or open a specially-crafted email message, open a malicious file or browse malicious Web content. If exploited successfully, the vulnerability can be used to remotely execute code.

The vulnerability affects Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 as well as Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. Right now, Microsoft Word documents are the current vector for attack.

Comment Re:I'm ready to replace Make (Score 2) 179

Both Ant and Maven can compile C/C++ code, either through native support or via plugins.

Maven: and

Mind you, we have so many build tools available, why not just pick one that suites you and your target environment? (eg make for C/C++, groovy/ivy/maven for Java, etc).
eg cmake and scons all are popular as well...

Comment Major technical problems... (Score 1) 1191

Only played with this quickly but:

1. The main page fails on the W3C HTML5 validator. Seriously, don't the devs run this first before pushing to production. (Or don't web developers actually do automated testing)?

2. Horribly broken with javascript off. (The "more comments" button takes you to the main page)? Yes, I browse /. with NoScript ON disabling javascript (It's not /. I'm worried about, but the adservers).

3. My screen reader can't read it. (It would appear that the new site has several issues, namely lack of any appreciation for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)) Which is a MASSIVE FAIL to anyone with a disability, especially for those that rely on screen readers or even screen magnifiers. The layout also breaks if you use large fonts as well. Oh, I'm not a citizen of the US, but aren't there federal guidelines for accessibility, and not following them gets your ass sued for discrimination?

4. As others have mentioned, the whitespace, the general lack of identity (it looks like a cheap blog) all have negative impacts as well.

Comment Re:The specs... (Score 1) 155

CPU: Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M

Atom D25xx and D26xx being CedarView based CPUs all have PowerVR SGX545 based GPUs (aka GMA3600), so does this mean that PowerVR has developed a working Linux / X11 driver for the GPU, or have they simply disabled the PowerVR GPU and using the GPU from the 945GSE chipset?

Seems a waste on many levels to have disabled silicon on the CPU and using the GPU from the chipset...

IMHO, they would have been better off using the Atom N570, despite losing some clock speed, the N570 GPU is 100% supported by the Intel graphics drivers and works extremely well under Linux. (My N570 power netbook running Arch would easily get 7-8 hours with light coding / web browsing and 5-6 hours watching videos). Alternativeely one of the AMD APUs would also have been an excellent fit for what they are trying to do.

Comment Old tenants (Score 2) 217

We've lived in our current place for about 3 years now, and we still get at least 1 piece of mail each month for old tenants who rented our place before us!

We've gotten everything from drivers license renewal notices, vehicle registration notices, taxation letters (Australian Tax Office), voting enrollment notices, even had debt collection letters and for a few weeks even phone calls from debt collectors! (They stopped once we advised the debt collector that the old person no longer lives at the address, we don't know them and we had forwarded the matter to the police as we constitute what they are doing to us is harassment - that was after daily calls for 3 weeks asking for the person at ungodly hours, eg calls at 6am, 9pm, 6pm. The police actually did follow the matter up and advised them to stop calling/contacting us once they verified our own claims. I asked for charges to be laid, but they would only do so if they called again once the police asked them to stop).

Mind, not as bad as my mother-in-law. She has received a Christmas card for the last 20 years for the person that lived in her house prior to her. And she and her husband bought their house 20 years ago!

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz