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Submission + - SourceForge hijacks nmap account despite prior promises ( 1

Khyber writes: SourceForge is still at it. Despite their June 1 announcement that they would no longer do such a thing, word on the nmap development mailing list directly from the maintainer shows otherwise. Their account has been completely wiped, with nmap now accessible on Sourceforge only through an account that sf-editor1 and sf-editor3 control.

Submission + - SPAM: SQL server instructor India

ann21wheeler writes: Microsoft has releases the first public preview of SQL Server 2016 The first public preview of Microsoft's SQL Server 2016 database is available now, and users can opt for more faster, more frequent updates to it.
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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 At which point does it become impossible? (Score 1) 227

1. A self-optimizing AI system is developed to trade stocks, scanning the internet to identify factors that influence prices and replicating actions that it sees have been used elsewhere.
2. The system initially chooses to sell stocks based on negative news stories about companies (eg of a DDOS attack on a company's web site).
3. The system finds it can make more profit if, after it has sold stock based on fresh bad news, by rebroadcasting that news to social media to multiply the effect.
4. The system finds it can make more profit if it embellishes the stories before rebroadcasting them.
5. The system finds it can make more profit by actively participating in the DDOS attack.
6. The system finds it can make more profit by replicating the action and launching its own DDOS attack (after first short-selling the company's shares).
7. The system finds it can make more profit by launching other kinds malware attacks like infecting factories, airline navigation systems, car networks, etc.

Comment Re:Good move. (Score 2) 124

It's not Google's fault as such, but it is their problem

Yes it is Google's fault for implementing a take-it-or-leave-it approach to permissions. Eg if I install a flashlight app, I should be able to agree to permission to keep the device awake, but not to access my location and SD card or have full internet access.

Comment iRobot is missing an opportunity (Score 1) 88

iRobot has gained a lot of experience in robots, but they are missing an opportunity to make it big because they do not have focus. They produce such a wide range of products - Military and domestic - none of which has the "Wow factor". I think if they focussed on building something which did a useful job really well, they could become the Apple of robotics. The time is really ripe for it and if they don't fill this gap someone else will.

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