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Comment: Re:Defensive? (Score -1, Offtopic) 96

I'll believe that when they (a) join OIN or something equivalent or (b) grant a free license to those behaving in a civilized manner (developing free software, not suing around for patents, etc).

Up to then I'll consider them borderline trolls, regardless of whether "the lawyers told them to do so" (what a lame excuse, FFS!).

Its no surprise given the name of the academy that it will try to undermine others and take credit for their work. This is 100% the muslim attitude. If it is defensive it will be "defensive" in the same way that Al Qauida is - in that defensive means attacking anyone who might get in your way or that you perceive to be against you in some vague sense.

+ - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5

Submitted by tresf
tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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Comment: In a way this is good news (Score 1) 127

It shows that anti-corruption measures are working. The Russians had to go to great lengths to disguise their identity. In the cold war days they would have just paid some American a few million dollars for the information, or promised some Brit a chance to be part of the glorious socialist revolution by handing it over. Now they have to work for it!

Comment: Re:I'm sure /. will ridicule it, but... (Score 1) 306

I can't recall a single instance in my life when I had to apply any sort of chemistry-based knowledge.

Let's apply that same logic to computer programming. How often are these kids going to be interacting with computers in their lifetimes? Might it not be handy to understand how those computers work, and perhaps even know how to write scripts to automate tasks, for instance? Which of the two knowledge or skill sets (programming or chemistry) is more likely to have a direct impact on these kids lives?

TL;DR version: nowadays, computers ARE fundamental.

Actually you applied different logic. "Many people interact with computers so it would be useful to know how they work" vs "I can't recall a single instance in my life when I had to apply any sort of chemistry-based knowledge".

The same logic would be:

"I can't recall a single instance in my life when I had to apply any sort of chemistry-based knowledge".
vs
"I can't recall a single instance in my life when I had to apply any sort of programming-based knowledge".

or
"Many people interact with computers so it would be useful to know how they work"
vs
"Many people interact with chemicals so it would be useful to know how they work"

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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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.


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

Submitted by careysb
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: Clever tactic (Score 1) 253

by Chrisq (#49773641) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn
I predict that one of the "great concessions" that David Cameron will gain from Europe will be permission to block porn. They will probably come up with a whole load more things that they won't sweat about dropping so that David can go back with a long list and gleefully declare that his negotiations have been very successful, whereas in reality he won't have gained many of his important targets

//GO.SYSIN DD *, DOODAH, DOODAH

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