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Submission + - Sourceforge re-packaging old software with adware

Koyaanisqatsi writes: As previously reported here, the Windows installer for the popular GIMP image editing software has been bundled with additional commercial software. What seems most disturbing is that apparently Sourceforge is making these changes to a number of other less-active packages in their site, according to reporting by Ars.

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Comment Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 3, Insightful) 443 443

So, in who's interest is it that the police perform these "for show" stunts?

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone or other means of tracking the car from a distance, and not risk killing several bystanders in a crash? This time only the bad guy died, but even him did not deserve capital punishment for a car jack ...

Comment Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (Score 1) 146 146

Very nice indeed! But out of curiosity, what makes the eclipse an interesting moment to do this (which I suppose is intended for exact distance measurements), as opposed to say, any new moon? I don't mean this out of spite, it is really my curiosity kicking in, can you ask your wife what data is this intended to gather and to what end?

Comment Re:Breathtaking (Score 2) 47 47

This is a very interesting moment in time. At this rate of development, it is quite possible that in a decade or two we'd have full spectrographic analysis of the atmospheres of a handful of words. This might not be the ones best suited to sustain life, but we might get to those as well. Can't wait!

Comment Re:144KWh on my last bill (Score 1) 327 327

Well, different from a central HVAC, where you set the thermostat and forget, with individual units I make a decision when to turn on and in which rooms. In the end, I only use cooling when temp gets higher than 26C (79F), and only on rooms being used, taking care to close doors. I calculate in a given week I have a total of about 20 hours of AC running, give it or take it.

And only during summer, winters are mild enough that no heating is needed (it would be electric if needed, not propane or oil)

Comment 144KWh on my last bill (Score 1) 327 327

Weather turning warmer here in the south hemisphere, so there's more A/C. Should peak at some 200KWh at the height of summer.

And I telecommute, so I'm at home most of the time, but usually only one room has the A/C turned on (it's not central, but very efficient inverter split units on each important room)

Other costs are the refrigerator, lighting, TV gear, etc.

Comment Hanselman: not (yet) an artificial pancreas (Score 1) 119 119

From Scott Hanselman, who actually depends on this sort of stuff to stay alive:

"It's WAY too early to call this Insulin Pump an Artificial Pancreas"

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ItsWAYTooEarlyToCallThisInsulinPumpAnArtificialPancreas.aspx

Read the article, it is very interesting and he makes some very compelling arguments as to why this is a bit too much hype...

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