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Comment: Re:Price is a second order function (Score 1) 288 288

There's a huge difference between a big boat trailer behind a pickup truck and a small generator behind a Tesla. With decent instrumentation and driver assist the Tesla will practically drive itself. Imagine cameras on the trailer and angle sensors in the hitch, with on-screen instructions telling you which way to turn the wheel as you back up around a corner or into a parking space. Piece of cake, even for a "guy with a midlife crisis."

Backing up a trailer isn't rocket science; you just have to be careful and overcome your natural tendency to turn the wrong way. If you're telling the truth about your hobby you know full well that most people even manage a boat trailer on a ramp with no backup cameras without incident.

Comment: Re:Computer science and the lowest common denomina (Score 1) 179 179

Computer Science is the study of computation. Computer programming is engineering, not science. I don't know what it's like today, but when I was in college most of the Computer Scientists could barely program at all, and in general looked down on programming as a kind of crude, dirty manual labor.

Comment: Re:Why the switch in nomenclature? (Score 1) 181 181

4K UHD has nothing to do with horizontal resoution. 4K is because its exactly 4 x 1080p tiled 2 by 2. (see how the FHD fits exactly 4x into UHD).

That makes no sense whatsoever, and is also wrong. Following the first link in the wikipedia article you cited, we find this: "4K resolution, also called 4K, refers to a display device or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels."

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

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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+ - Sourceforge hijacks GIMP For Windows project, adds malware to downloads->

David Gerard writes: SourceForge has taken over control of the GIMP for Windows SF project and is now distributing an adware/malwared installer for GIMP. They also locked out the maintainer, Jernej Simoni. Sourceforge claims it was "abandoned" and they're providing a service by "mirroring" the original, though it's unclear how much value malware adds for the end user, rather than for SF. (This comes two years after SF claiming its malware was just "misunderstood".) Since being busted, SF is now serving an .exe that matches that at the official download site. Other projects recently hijacked by SF include many Apache projects (Allura, Derby, Directory Studio, the Apache HTTP server, Hadoop, OpenOffice, Solr, and Subversion); Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, and FireFTP; Evolution and Open-Xchange; Drupal and WordPress; Eclipse, Aptana, Komodo, MonoDevelop, and NetBeans; VLC, Audacious, Banshee.fm, Helix, and Tomahawk media players; and many others.
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Comment: Re:done already, and so? (Score 1) 216 216

Putting the checksum right next to the binary on the download server only helps to check for bitrot in the download. It does nothing whatsoever to establish provenance of the binary, since whoever put the binary there could generate their own checksum from it. You need a checksum or signature that is more trustworthy than the binary in order to verify it.

It would be nice if every publisher would sign every downloadable blob, and the OS maintainers would countersign the true public keys for all popular projects. Then we wouldn't have to care about whether we're downloading from an "official" site or not.

Comment: Re:What it really says... (Score 1) 184 184

Using spinning media for proper backups is almost impossible. See http://www.taobackup.com/

There is nothing in that story to suggest that HDDs are considered inappropriate for backup media. What is your theory? I've used HDDs for deduplicating daily snapshots for the last 15+ years and found them to be every bit as reliable as tapes, and far far easier to use.

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