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+ - 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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Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 301 301

FTA: the diaries "remain in copyright until the end of 2015. Copies are in public libraries." Just wait a year and then there REALLY won't be an issue. There isn't a clause in the legal code about whether or not a horrible human being can or can't get a copyright, so until there's a court decision (which seems like flirting with what can and can't be said... Which seems like free speech) this case seems extra baseless. The comment that this has implications on research seems misplaced to me. Am I missing something?

This sounds like an advertising stunt to drum up some publicity. I would not be in the least bit surprised if this is released early 2016 under the heading of "The book they tried to ban".

Comment: Re:The experience (Score 1) 28 28

I didn't find this at all, and testing how it made my eyes feel was why I bought it.
I had been looking at getting the OR DK2 for a while, but what was putting me off is that I have pretty bad sight in my right eye. I don't watch 3D movies as they quickly makes my eyes ache, followed by a headache, and I didn't want to spend the money on the DK2 if it was going to be the same.
So, I ordered Cardboard, stuck my HTC One M8 in and was pretty impressed with what it could do, and the fact that I was actually seeing proper 3D without the eye pain. After a week of playing with it I ordered the DK2 and have had no problems with that either.
It probably will vary from person to person, depending on any eye problems that you have, but Cardboard is a pretty cheap way to test what results you can expect before you waste your money. And if don't mind spending some time setting it up it will even run Elite Dangerous :)

Comment: Re:Anybody know? (Score 2) 234 234

OK, I'm recounting a user report on forum from years ago from the back of my memory here, so take this paragraph with a grain of salt: (may have been a similar copy protection system, if not exactly SecuROM) I remember a user reporting a broken DVD writer. He bought a new one and replaced the "malfunctioning" drive only to find out that the new drive was also "broken". Turned out it was a DRM system that blocked the DVD writer and that user threw away a perfectly functioning DVD writer. Actual monetary damage here.

This may have been me on /. a few years ago, but it was with StarForce rather then SecuRom.
PC started running like crap after installing X3, so I decided to backup my music, photos and game files onto DVD. Every one failed. After much searching I found a website with an answer - a StarForce remover. Used that and my DVD started working again. Also my PC started running normally again. I have never bought a game with this kind of intrusive DRM since. The only way to get the message across is stop giving these people money, or better still, sue the bastards. Stopping people from backing up their photos because you are paranoid about piracy is not acceptable.

Comment: Re:OK, but not sure 123456 is any better than 1234 (Score 1) 116 116

A few years ago I swapped my credit card for a better interest rate on the balance, not really intending to use the card for purchases.

When I finally started using it for large purchases I decided to try out the the online banking, but as I had never used it before there was no password set up. I gave them a call and explained what I wanted to do and asked them to send me a password reset to get online with.

The reply: "Oh, we set that up for you when you opened the account. The password is set to your date of birth."

I was less than impressed.

This was Barclaycard in the UK, so If you have one of their cards and have never used the online banking I would go and change it right now (assuming they have not learnt anything about security in the meantime).

Comment: Re:Groan (Score 5, Insightful) 273 273

Spot on. My wife has worked in a hospital for about 12 years. A couple of years ago they switched the sanitiser to a cheaper brand to save some money. After about 2 weeks so many staff were unable to work due to dry/cracked/bleeding/infected hands that the hospital had to hire agency staff to cover shifts. The cost of this and unions getting involved had the old sanitiser brought back in shortly after. They haven't tried swapping brands since then.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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