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Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 0) 234

by TheGratefulNet (#49803253) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

this actually sounds pretty good to me!

not sure its enough to make me learn french. also not sure its enough to make me want to move there and have to inhale next to frenchmen. I'll have to give it some more thought.

seriously, the US is the exact opposite. its almost like there is a celebration on how far you can depress US workers' wages, rights and personal time off. we have some of the least amount of time off in the world; probably worst in the developed world. corporations are 'people' (how absurd!) and they are always given the upper hand. we even have companies forcing you (since you have no choice) to 'agree' to binding arbitration, which is a bought and paid for NON-court that gets to judge your grievance against a company. you don't even get what's left of US justice; you get what a corporation thinks you deserve.

the US is fucked. we are burning thru our advantages - what we once had, that is. I wish we had a bit more of france's views toward workers and fairness. something in the middle would be great, you know! (dreaming on; know it won't happen).

Comment: Editorial incompetence strikes again! (Score 4, Informative) 16

The device footprint is 2.8x2.8m2

The actual measurement, from TFA, is 2.8x2.8 square micrometers.

Apparently timothy is too busy burying unflattering stories about his employer to bother reading what he's posting to the front page.

Comment: Re:Play on words (Score 1) 22

by hey! (#49802133) Attached to: More About Dan Shapiro and the Glowforge CNC Laser Cutter (Video #2)

It's perfectly sound marketing logic.

Explaining things to people who aren't up to speed yet is difficult and tedious; and in any even people don't have the patience to sit through explanations. So the obvious thing to do is to describe your product in terms that confuse everyone, equally.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 119

The hospital didn't show that normal lagtime won't affect remote robotic surgeries. It looked for possible effects of that sort and didn't find any. That's a good result, but it's only the start of a process that might show that doing this is reasonably safe for patients.

The real world is much more demanding and uncontrollable than simulation. Remember the Therac-25 incident. Thorough functional testing apparently showed that the machine was perfectly safe; it didn't take into account the difference between testers and people who would actually be using the device every day. While you can never prove the non-existence of some unknown and unpredictable factor, that doesn't mean that a long and critical search for things you might have overlooked is useless.

Comment: Re:sourceforge significantly reduces crapware (Score 5, Insightful) 50

Another reason is that it is not news worthy,

An organization that was formerly one of the major hubs of open-source and free software has hijacked the downloads of a major free software project, and is using that to push malware to their users. Do you seriously think that's non-newsworthy, especially to the Slashdot readership? WTF, do you work for Dice too?

or not even true.

Several of the submitted stories have been fairly well-sourced, and I haven't seen anything to suggest that they aren't true.

Comment: Re:sourceforge significantly reduces crapware (Score 5, Insightful) 50

maybe you should submit a story then, instead of writing off-topic comments

Until the Slashdot staff grows some balls and allows the story through, writing off-topic posts is the best we'll get.

It took the readers revolting over the Slashdot beta and making the comment sections unusable for the /. editors to descend from on high and even deign to address the complaints. Maybe something similar needs to happen here. Those with mod points (unfortunately I don't now) should at least mod up these posts, which reference a story that the readers here are obviously interested in but which /. finds embarrassing to their parent company.

+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by TheGratefulNet (#49799889) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

100%. this is why I refuse to install 'apps' and I really use my smartphone to just check email, run gps and sometimes use voice to make calls. most of a smart phone is wasted on me since I'm not a typical teen or 20someething who 'buys into' the whole shebang, lack of privacy and all.

android is not really trustable, carriers are a joke for trust, app writers tend to abuse their position and write crap or malicious code and the whole thing is a steaming pile of shit.

the smart phone thing had a lot of potential but I see that we have ruined this medium and device just like the 'business guys' have totally ruined the web and the internet as a whole.

now, I had nothing against uber before hearing this; but now, I won't be caught dead inside one of their cars, now. this 'war on your customers' is nothing I care to help fund or support!

uber can go fuck off. they don't exist to me, given this stance of theirs.

(and now I'm starting to have 2nd thoughts about having ANY 'contacts' in my contact list. again, phones cannot be trusted and apps, even less. best way to not have your friends spammed is, I guess, just to NOT even populate the contact list! seriously - might just return to flip phones and call it a century..)

+ - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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Comment: SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 11

At least two more recent stories from the firehose have been published to the front page, so it's a pretty safe bet that the Slashdot staff is going to just try to bury this.

Anyone remember when /. would have gleefully called out any company trying to pull this sort of stunt? Now it's degraded to the point where the staff is actively complicit in this sort of behavior.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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.

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Comment: Re:The Chinese are not the soviets (Score 1) 266

by hey! (#49793149) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Urges America To Challenge China To a Space Race

The chinese and americans make too much money off each other to go to war with each other.

Which of course means we are no threat whatsoever to to each other, because on both sides of the relationship the leadership is and is guaranteed continued to be completely rational.

Air is water with holes in it.