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Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer (arstechnica.com) 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.


Submission + - Understanding Gnome 3 - Without the min, max but (unixmen.com)

An anonymous reader writes: While you are waiting for the Gnome 3 impatiently for the April 2011 release, you could attempt peaking at new shell. Those who have had a go at it come away excited at the substantial changes. The desktop design is spanking new and definitely appealing. New intuitive messaging, without have to switch, that allows you to reply are some of the distinctive and immediately identifiable changes. GNOME3 is essentially the next generation shell and several legacies of the GNOME 2 have disappeared because there is no room for them in the new shell design.

Submission + - Worm in wild is targetting industrial controllers (nytimes.com)

Kevin Stevens writes: "In a story from the NY Times that sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel, there appears to be a worm in the wild developed by an intelligence agency that targets specific industrial controllers used in Iran's nuclear weapons program. If that isn't sensational enough, looking at the strings inside the worm's code reveal that the project's internal name is a reference to a biblical story about the Jewish people pre-emptively attacking the Persians who were plotting against them."

An Experiment In BlackBerry Development 207

ballwall writes "We've all read the stories about how lucrative selling apps on the iPhone can be (or not), but what about other platforms? BlackBerry accounts for twice as many handsets shipped as Apple, according to Gartner, so I decided to find out. I wrote about my experiences developing my first BlackBerry application including sales, platform issues, and a bunch of other things I thought new mobile developers might want to know about."
Data Storage

Best eSATA JBOD? 210

redlandmover writes "I already have an HP Media Server (upgraded processor, and memory) that has already been upgraded internally to 3.5TB. I'm sure everyone already has their favorite backup solution (RAID, WHS, a billion external hard drives, etc). My question is: what is the best JBOD (Just a Bunch of Drives), eSATA-connected, external hard drive enclosure? (Preferably, at least 4 drives.)"

Lies, Damn Lies, and Battery-Life Statistics 200

theodp writes "What if automakers measured gas mileage by rolling their cars downhill with their engines idling? They might, Newsweek's Daniel Lyons suggests, if they took inspiration from the MobileMark 2007 notebook battery-life benchmark test, the creation of a consortium called BAPCo, whose members are — surprise — computer makers and other tech companies. Laptops score big numbers, Lyons explains, because they're tested with screens dimmed to 20%-30% of full brightness, Wi-Fi turned off, and the main processor chip running at 7.5% of capacity. Professional reviewers see company-generated battery-life claims as a joke. 'The rule of thumb is that in real-world use you get about 50 percent of rated battery life,' says a Gizmodo associate editor. Leading the call for reform is the not-necessarily-altruistic AMD, who gripes that MM07 was created in Intel's labs and rigged so Intel chips would outscore AMD chips, which draw more power when idle."

Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades Screenshot-sm 716

A large number of schools participating in a pay-for-grades program have seen test scores in reading and math go up by almost 40 percentage points. The Sparks program will pay seventh-graders up to $500 and fourth-graders as much as $250 for good performance on 10 assessment tests. About two-thirds of the 59 schools in the program improved their scores by margins above the citywide average. "It's an ego booster in terms of self-worth. When they get the checks, there's that competitiveness -- 'Oh, I'm going to get more money than you next time' -- so it's something that excites them," said Rose Marie Mills, principal at MS 343 in Mott Haven. Critics, who are unaware that most college students don't become liberal arts majors, argue that paying kids corrupts the notion of learning for education's sake alone.
The Media

Submission + - Fantasy and Superhero genre's die by the sword (projectmercurycomic.com)

ProjectMercury writes: "What in the world happened to stories about super-powered, spandex-wearing people saving the world? Or dragons being slain by knights in shining armor? Aside from the popularity of blockbuster movies like "The dark Knight" and "Lord of the Rings", what truly happened? Stan Lee no longer rules the Marvel Universe and the late Gary Gygax hasn't ruled the world of fantasy for many years and it seems that comics have all gone the way of "reality television", and role playing games have become so watered down that the long-time players refuse to update their resources. http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/39309975/m/488009452931 I respect and even read a few as i call them "reality comics" http://allancomic.com/ and i understand the niche these stories and daily strips have carved out in the webcomics community. I can't help but feel nostalgia though that when i visit my local news stand all i can see is superman, batman or even the xmen a lot closer to reality than they were when i was a wide eyed teenager. I have attempted to combine both genre's into one with my webcomic Project:Mercury, but i am not yet able to get a gage on the fan reaction, as traffic is still growing. what do you guys think caused this change? Check my comic at http://projectmercurycomic.com/"

Submission + - Ottawa Experiment

MrShaggy writes: http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/customer-owned-fiber.ars There is an on-going idea. Owning the last mile that goes into your house. The cost is around 3Gs, and it allows unfettered access to a neutral node. From there, the individual ISP's have to pay to get into the Neghborhood node. The idea that now there is no sense of Monopolistic portions. At+t and Bell canada would actually have to play fair, in order to stay in bussiness.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.