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Submission Slashdot Burying Stories About Slashdot Media Owned SourceForge-> 1

KMSelf writes: DICE-owned Slashdot are burying stories over DICE-owned SourceForge taking over admi accounts for existing projects and injecting adware into installers.

As a Slashdotter since before logins and registrations, this is simply pathetic.

As Dan Luu writes:"I’m amazed at how quickly it’s possible to destroy user trust, and how much easier it is to destroy a brand than to create one."


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Submission Body Cam clears Police Officer ..->

An anonymous reader writes: The young woman in the video attempts to set the officer up by using her phone to record an audio only performance meant to make it appear as though he was acting inappropriately. She was attempting to ‘flip the script’. What she failed to realize is that the entire thing, including her devious performance, were recorded.
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Submission SourceForge Joins the Bundle Wagon

An anonymous reader writes: The irony of submitting this on /. is not lost on me.
"Apparently, SourceForge's mysterious "sf-editor1" has also claimed ownership of a number of other accounts for open source and other software projects."
SF is claiming ownership of these projects for the specious reason of them being "abandoned" when in fact these project simply stopped using SF (apparently for good reason).

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).

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Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 254

You should really evolve to start making use of the OOP features. Seriously, once you spend a few years applying OOP you will laugh at Wordpress, it's pretty terrible software. I'm not trying to be antagonistic or anything, it's just a step you should be making to be a better developer.

Comment Re:Assange said he likes crushing bastards (Score 1) 167

I may be wrong. but you appear to have deleted your initial comment which started this thread.

Can you say why? I was entertained by the argument but now I can't re-assess your initial position based on your arguments.

I have no solid opinion on the matter so please don't construe this as sarcasm.

Comment How the predictions happen... (Score 1) 201

We can not reliably say whether exposure N (mSv) will cause cancer in person P - we can only predict it based on previous observations.

Predicting the effect from radiation exposure is based on long-term epidemiological study data such as the Japan Life Span Study [1-3]. These compare the disease rates in large populations to neighbouring/control populations where radiation exposure was at natural levels.

These studies form the basis of a statistical reference when establishing the likelihood of developing an illness due to radiation exposure. They suggest that there is a ‘statistically significant increase of the risk of fatal cancer starting at the range of 50–100 mSv, possibly already at 10–50 mSv’ [4].

TFA: "Residents of Namie town and Iitate village, two areas that were not evacuated until months after the accident, received 10–50mSv"

Deterministic effects (i.e. observed reliably above a certain dose threshold) of exposure are seen above 100mSv [4].

TFA: "146 employees and 21 contractors received a dose of more than 100 millisieverts (mSv), the level at which there is an acknowledged slight increase in cancer risk. Six workers received more than the 250mSv allowed by Japanese law for front-line emergency workers, and two operators in the control rooms for reactor units 3 and 4 received doses above 600mSv".

Through previous observations of population exposures to radiation at similar levels, it is statistically likely that this accident will result in an increase in cancer incidence among this population.

[1] Preston, D.L., et al., Cancer Incidence in Atomic Bomb Survivors. Part III: Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma, 1950-1987 Radiation Research, 1994. 137 (2 (Suppliment)): p. S68 - S97.
[2] Preston, D.L., et al., Solid Cancer Incidence in Atomic Bomb Survivors: 1958–1998. Radiation Research, 2007. 168(1): p. 1-64.
[3] Land, C.E., Studies of Cancer and Radiation Dose Among Atomic Bomb Survivors. The Example of Breast Cancer. JAMA, 1995. 274(5): p. 402 - 407.
[4] Vock, P., CT Dose Reduction in Children. European Radiology, 2005. 15: p. 2330-2340.

Comment Bad Practice (Score 1) 110

This seems redundant to me, since the way in which we find relevant answers from a vast source of information such as the internet needs to (and will) change considerably in the near future so that we no longer scan large volumes of information and search results.

If you consider that in terms of efficiency of getting 'an answer from a question' we currently:

Have Question -> get vast amounts of information from intertubes -> sort through information -> hopefully get answer.

But this is stupid. We can build things (as demonstrated by Siri and Wolfram with natural language processing) that do the processing for us, so we can:

Have Question -> Tell [algorithm] -> get answer.

This is the most efficient way to get an answer from a question, we don't need to be involved in sorting and processing of vast amounts of information. I'm sure that in the near future we geeks will make this happen.

Submission Happy 20th Birthday, GSM & SMS->

udas writes: "2/3rds of the world's pupluation, 4 billion people, use cell phones today, and *all* of them have access to SMS. Groupe Spécial Mobile (GSM), set up in 1982, created the GSM standard, leading to a unified, open, standard-based mobile network. SMS, upto 160 7-bit character messages sent over control channels (when they aren't busy), was part of the original GSM specification itself. The first GSM handests were approved for sale in May 1992. But it was not until 1996, when pay-as-you-go sim cards showed up, and the kids got their hands on it, did SMS gain popularity. Today tey are used for advertising, notifications, surveying, etc!"
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Submission 'Crystal' simulator designed to model quantum behaviours ->

Waltre writes: "Dr Michael Biercuk and then team from The Quantum Science Research Group from the University of Sydney today published the details of their quantum computer/simulator which the author is claiming has " the potential to perform calculations that would require a supercomputer larger than the size of the known universe" — all in a machine the size of just 300 charged beryllium atoms."
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Submission Researchers claim quantum computer breakthrough->

sortius_nod writes: "Australian and international researchers say they have designed a tiny crystal able to run a quantum computer so powerful it would take a computer the size of the known universe to match it.

Details of the ion crystal, which is made up of just 300 atoms, are published in the journal Nature today by a team from Australia, South Africa and the United States."

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Comment Re:Wi-Fi (Score 5, Informative) 297

This is a good point, I've never gotten this either. According to the Wi-Fi page on Wikipedia,

"Wi-Fi" is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance and the brand name for products using the IEEE 802.11 family of standards.".

The article goes on to explain that,,

"The term Wi-Fi, first used commercially in August 1999,[31] was coined by a brand-consulting firm called Interbrand Corporation that the Alliance had hired to determine a name that was "a little catchier than 'IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence'"

So there you go, it makes no sense technically because marketing people were involved.

Comment Big Cost, little demand (Score 1) 48

The 3D trial in Australia was a real non-event [] since the cost of broadcast was excessive when considering the small amount of interest in watching 3D TV []
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FF XIII Timeframe Set, FF XIV Confirmed 140

Square Enix announced at E3 that Final Fantasy XIII is planned for release this winter in Japan, and spring 2010 for North America. A new trailer was released as well. A separate announcement brought details about Final Fantasy XIV Online, an MMORPG due out in 2010 for Windows and the PS3. A teaser website was launched, with a trailer and some information about the developers working on the project. "Final Fantasy XIV Online is being developed with a simultaneous worldwide release in mind. The game will be initially released in English, Japanese, French, and German. The game will be produced by Hiromichi Tanaka (Final Fantasy I, II, III, and XI) and Nobuaki Komoto (Final Fantasy IX and XI) will serve as director. Longtime Final Fantasy fans will be happy to hear the Nobu Uematsu will return to provide the score."

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