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Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge (

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

Submission + - FBI thinks Google is evil, Now.

Dishevel writes: In a story from Mike at TechDirt.
The last few weeks have been quite interesting in the world of NSLs, however. As we noted, a few weeks ago, a court in California ruled that NSLs were unconstitutional. And, now, it's come out that Google appears to be fighting an NSL, potentially in response to that very ruling. Of course, it appears that this news of Google fighting back wasn't supposed to be public either.

Submission + - CNET steps in it again. (

Dishevel writes: "CNET finally comes clean.
At CES CNET voted that Dish networks "Hopper" would be best of show. Of course CBS, owner of CNET steped in to kill that due to pending litigation over the Hopper.

Well they have finally come clean about it.
Sort of. My favorite part is these two quotes from the editor in chief of CNET Lindsey Turrentine.
"Going forward, I will do everything within my power to prevent this situation from happening again."
Followed by.
"If I had to face this dilemma again, I would not quit. I stand by my team and the years of work they have put into making CNET what it is."


Submission + - Diablo III Accounts Hacked: Stolen Gold And New, 'Mystery' Friends ( 1

chicksdaddy writes: "Blizzard Entertainment's update to the mega-popular Diablo game franchise hit a major snag over the weekend, after users started peppering support boards and the company with reports of raided accounts, missing virtual "gold" and mysterious new friends.

The reports began on Saturday, just four days after the new game was released to ravenous fans who made the game the most pre-ordered game title in history. Hundreds of users have registered complaints about raided accounts and the theft of hard-won virtual goods in forums on Blizzard's gaming site. Many report being the victims of account takeovers while they were online, suggesting that hackers may be taking advantage of a vulnerability in Blizzard's software or gaming platform.

Online forums on Blizzard's online gaming site soon filled with comments from players in the U.S. and Europe. One, titled "I lost all my money and items?" logged hundreds of comments from Diablo III users whose accounts were pilfered, often while they were online playing."


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Crowd-sourcing a TV-revolt?

kfsone writes: In many areas, you don't get to choose your TV-provider, you take the local offering or nothing; you don't get to choose your TV channels, you take a bundle (along with the extra cost so many additional channels costs) or nothing. And now, cable wants you to pay cable even if you have chosen to take your money elsewhere... What would happen if the disgruntled Slashdot community all called their Cable/Satellite providers on the same day/days and asked to terminate their subscription at the end of the current cycle due to "lack of an a-la-carte option" (reserving, of course, the option to call back and un-cancel)?

Submission + - Stopping Side-Channel Attacks (

blinkin247 writes: In the last 10 years, cryptography researchers have demonstrated that even the most secure-seeming computer is shockingly vulnerable to attack. The time it takes a computer to store data in memory, fluctuations in its power consumption and even the noises it emits can betray information to a savvy assailant. Fortunately, even as they've been researching side-channel attacks, cryptographers have also been investigating ways of stopping them. Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and her former student Guy Rothblum, who's now a researcher at Microsoft Research, recently posted a long report on the website of the Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity, describing a general approach to mitigating side-channel attacks.

Submission + - Dept of Interior chooses Google for email and collaboration services (

dloolb writes: As part of a major efficiency initiative that will leverage modern technology to save up to $500 million in taxpayer dollars by 2020, the Department of the Interior today announced a contract award for Department-wide cloud email and collaboration services using Google Apps for Government.

Submission + - Louisiana Politician sues his online enemies ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Citing defamation and "suffered embarrassment" allegedly caused by online comments posted at, Jefferson Parish interim President Steve Theriot has filed a lawsuit requesting the identities behind 11 user accounts on the website.
Social Networks

Submission + - Facebook cheating advertisers?

An anonymous reader writes: According to Finland's number one newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, Facebook is reporting incorrect user numbers. Last Tuesday (May 5th), Facebook calculated 562 020 users in Helsinki, a city of 578 000 people, or 97% of its entire population from newborns to pensioners. In Norway the numbers are even more off: Facebook claims to reach 690 640 Norwegians between the ages of 18 and 24, while the country's statistics list only 423 000 people in this age bracket!

See the hilariously garbled Google translation:
Role Playing (Games)

D&D 4th Edition Details Released 171

Wired is reporting that some juicy details of Wizards of the Coast's new 4th edition for Dungeons and Dragons are being leaked on to the web from the D&D Experience in Arlington, VA this week. "Wizards of the Coast, the current custodians of the D&D universe, have been talking about the upcoming fourth edition of the game for months, but they've been fairly cagey about hard details, preferring to tell us more about how elves love footraces than how much damage a fireball does. They're running actual 4e games at D&D Experience, though, and thanks to people with scanners, you can too!"

Janus Particles as Body Submarines? 42

Roland Piquepaille writes "Janus particles, which take their name from a Roman god with two faces, are microscopic 'two-faced' spheres whose halves are physically or chemically different. Now, U.S. researchers have shown that some of these Janus microparticles can move like stealthy submarines when an alternating electrical field is applied to liquid surrounding them. This could lead to new kinds of self-propelling microsensors or means of targeted drug delivery."

Submission + - Guilty verdict in music file-sharing case

an.echte.trilingue writes: CNN is reporting that the RIAA has managed to win in court. From the story "In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. Thomas denied wrongdoing and testified that she didn't have a Kazaa account.[...]

During the three-day trial, the record companies presented evidence they said showed the copyrighted songs were offered by a Kazaa user under the name "tereastarr." Their witnesses, including officials from an Internet provider and a security firm, testified that the Internet address used by "tereastarr" belonged to Thomas."

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