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Submission + - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing ( 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 remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).


Submission + - Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap (

beelsebob writes: In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM.

Comment Twitter is fragile (Score 5, Insightful) 256

Twitter's infamous 'Fail Whale' was also called into action as servers at the micro-blogging site crashed as 66,000 Tweets were made within a 60-minute period.

That's it? That's all it takes to bring Twitter to its knees? A measily 18 tweets per second? Do they manually transcribe the messages after having read that an air gap was the most effective security you could get? Or is the article plain wrong.

Seriously confused here.

Comment Re:FFS NO NO NO!!!! (Score 1) 429

Do one job and do it well

That's UNIX mentality, but you're applying it where it makes no sense. It's fine when you can have as many little tools as you like, but I don't want to have to carry a phone, a gps, a camera, a texting device, a pda, a handheld gaming device, etc. when I can get it all in one phone. If you want a phone that's only a phone, get one. There are plenty out there, but the vast majority of people enjoy having multiple devices in one.


Submission + - Rockbox / iTunes Communicate for syncing (

DarkkOne writes: Though it won't be included in their upcoming 3.2 release (due in a week), Rockbox hackers have developed a patch to allow some players (those with software controlled USB) to answer the iTunes SCSI inquiries and convince it they're an iPod that can be synced with. Among other things, this currently allows Rockbox to tell iTunes we can support WAV files recorded at frequencies not normally able to be synced to an iPod. This comes on the heels of (and as an extension to) the new USB stack inside Rockbox. The image in the article may not prove anything, but the code is available on the Rockbox patch tracker for any to play with. This, among other things, allows iTunes to sync to players without specialized scripts. For those who wish to use the iTunes music store to buy their newly DRM-freed music but want a little more choice in the hardware department, this could soon be the answer.

Comment Re:Correlation is not causation (Score 1) 307

all a groups copyrighted work was suddenly available for download for free

I keep seeing this mentioned, yet Youtube only holds 47 shortish Monty Python clips. Where can I see the rest of their stuff then? Do people simply not care, and just assume that everyone else is right when they say that MP put all their stuff online?

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.