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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:Dry Heat (Score 4, Interesting) 153

by rsmith-mac (#49782875) Attached to: Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India

Well at least it is a dry heat.

Actually it's not, that's the problem. The humidity is around 30% during the day, which may not sound like a lot, but at 47C that's a heat index of over 55C! That's well into the extreme danger zone, you will get heat stroke extremely easy, even without being in the sun. And then of course the humidity will jump up during the night, so it may only be 30C outside, but the heat index is still in the 40s.

This weather is a very nasty combination of heat and humidity. You're basically looking at a sauna at times. Which is all well and good when you can leave the sauna, but even in the best of health the human body struggles to deal with these kinds of heat indexes over an extended period of time.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 1091

by rsmith-mac (#49731289) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

but they don't think everything else will just inflate along with it?

The increase in wages is expected to greatly outpace any increase in costs for the poor. Even if everyone gets an equivalent pay raise, that only increases labor costs, not material costs. Gas won't go up 50%, food won't go up 50%, etc.

In fact the only thing that would go up by 50% would be labor-intensive services. However since the poor primarily spend their wages on goods and not services, they are among the least impacted by an increase in labor costs.

Comment: Re:And now for a real question (Score 1) 214

The lifetime of your computer is, and always will be, your motherboard. Once it becomes old, outdated, and time for a replacement*, then you also must purchase a new Windows license. That is how it already works today with OEM copies of Windows.

* If it fails, then that's a different story. MS allows motherboard swaps, but it's basically an honor system and they'll stop approving non-human activations if you start abusing it

Comment: Re:So basically we're living in the best timeline? (Score 1) 126

by OverlordQ (#49699417) Attached to: How SpaceX and the Quest For Mars Almost Sunk Tesla Motors

At 7KWh, the battery really wont do anything except for the occassional brown/blackout and really how often does that last. if you dont have solar, there's absolute no point in getting one of these. And if you do have solar it'll just make the payoff slightly better. It'll still take you 3-5 years to pay off the powerwall for little to no gain.

Comment: Re: Pass because the price point is too high (Score 1) 80

by slaker (#49688959) Attached to: Intel NUC5i7RYH Broadwell Mini PC With Iris Pro Graphics Tested

You can get an entry-level Mac Mini, sure. It'll be physically larger and it'll be slower. You can also get slower Broadwell NUCs if you're actually price-sensitive enough to make that comparison. Figure that you'll pay $100 for 16GB RAM and $120 for an m.2 SSD + $25 for an Intel or Broadcom wireless card if you think you need one + whatever the barebones box costs ($300 for the Broadwell i3 up to $535 for the Broadwell i7). Apple's pricing on the Haswell Mac Minis is $500, $700, $1000 for an at-best 2.8GHz i5 with 8GB RAM or for a slug-like 1.4GHz ULV i5 with 4GB RAM and a magnetic drive on the low end.
To me it looks like the late 2014 Mac Minis lose out all the way around unless you're THAT hung up on getting OSX preinstalled or think Apple support is magic.

Comment: Re:Pass because the price point is too high (Score 1) 80

by slaker (#49688761) Attached to: Intel NUC5i7RYH Broadwell Mini PC With Iris Pro Graphics Tested

Any mITX rig with stock Intel cooling, a PicoPSU and an mSATA/m.2 SSD actually has plenty of room for airflow since the bulky metal boxes of hard disk and power supply are out of the way. I also find the Antec NSK150, which has a front-mounted PSU, to work well enough for mainstream desktops.

Comment: Re:Goddamn Heartbleed (Score 1) 95

by rsmith-mac (#49686705) Attached to: 'Venom' Security Vulnerability Threatens Most Datacenters

We can't have CVE-1234, no no, must be RageBoner or PantShitter or no one will take it seriously!

We can't have CVE-1234 exactly because no one will take it seriously, though I suspect you have the cause and effect reversed.

When the CVE list numbers in the tens of thousands and contains everything from the trivial (program may crash) to the severe (remote code execution), CVE numbers are meaningless. It doesn't tell me just how important this vulnerability is and whether I should be concerned. Whereas if someone takes the time to name it, it means it was important enough to get a real name.

Which is a terrible precedent to set, but if anyone has a better suggestion for naming vulnerabilities that gives them unique, easily communicated names, and in the process makes it clear whether they're a significant threat or not, well then I'm all ears. Otherwise for the time being, this is like complaining that people call oranges oranges rather than Citrus x sinensis.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky