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Comment Re:Battery and solar panel technology advances (Score 1) 34 34

All those numbers are better than they could have been a few years ago. Try doing it with lead-acid batteries, less clever charging strategies, and older heavier less efficient PV cells and tell me how that works.

Thus it is progress. Incremental progress is still progress. 'Maturity' is still progress.

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Comment Re:Balance TOR's costs against the benefits. (Score 1) 36 36

4) We examined the TOR traffic and tried to minimize the abusive bits. In our case, we found that most of the TOR web browsing looked non-abusive. However, the majority of the SSH and RDP traffic looked abusive. So, we asked the TOR admin to limit those protocols.

I am interested to understand what level of inspection you could and did perform to decide "abusiveness". Especially for the secure traffic.

Rgds

Damon

Comment Re:So funny, but yeah, totally true. (Score 1) 152 152

I used to run a SPARC box with 4MB (yes, mega) as my gateway/firewall machine when I was one of the few ISPs in the UK with (a) a live 'Internet' connection and (b) any sort of firewall.

I called the machine 'lemon' (http://www.exnet.com/NTP/ARC/ARC.html lemon.exnet.com) because it was (as a safety measure) pretty much incapable of running a compiler in that space, but it ran a mail proxy and firewall (http://www.exnet.com/ExFilter/V1.1.3-manual.html which I wrote to make sure I understoof what was going on) just fine.

Rgds

Damon

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 1) 256 256

... maybe he'd suggest politicians be subject to greater financial transparency, and maybe be banned for a certain time from taking jobs in certain industries whose legislation they worked on as a politician.

This is how it's meant to work in the UK, but the body responsible for vetting jobs once leaving office seems never to say "no", and that's according to at least Private Eye and some private conversations!

Rgds

Damon

Comment Re:Deliberate mismanagement (Score 1) 96 96

Simply not true.

I worked there as a contractor during that period. It was fairly grim, but don't ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence for example. It was also a better outcome than for my previous client, Lehman Brothers, in that it wasn't dropped on the floor for no particularly good reason, throwing away even more value and confidence.

Please don't quote conspiracy theories in the absence of any actual facts.

It is true that reducing the global markets operation is stated policy, but that is about reducing risk and making RBS more viable, not to "run [it] into the ground".

Rgds

Damon

Submission + - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing -> 1 1

shanehiltonward 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.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and myPCBackup.com remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

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Submission + - SourceForge hijacks Win-Gimp, wraps installer in adware-> 1 1

slashdice writes: Ars Technica (and, well, everybody other than slashdot) is reporting on the reprehensible behavior by SourceForge, Slashdot sister sister site. "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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Submission + - 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?
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Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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