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

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:Technically, probably not a good move to dodge (Score 1) 153 153

True, but, meh? Nobody outside the USA knew what the attacks are, or if they were actually attacked. Nobody's posted any pictures of implants they've found either.

Also:
You left out quoting the top part where I was basically saying in absence of a kangaroo court... then this.

Comment: Technically, probably not a good move to dodge NSA (Score 5, Insightful) 153 153

If we pretend that laws mean something...

then they would be *safer* here in the USA where the NSA is not allowed to spy on them, because it's
A: in the USA (FBI territory, right?)
B: whoever it is would need a warrant.

Now, the NSA can do whatever they want, because they're completely
A: outside of the USA
B: totally foreign SIGINT

Comment: Having a hard time distinguishing from eugenics (Score 2) 199 199

If you are going to manually select for better mitochondrial DNA, what's the difference between that and manually selecting every other bit of DNA.

Sure, we select DNA when we choose a mate, but when you're twiddling with it below the cellular level what's keeping people from custom babies? Allowing *just* this will permit for a race of super men, bred for their superior metabolism by simply selecting better mitochondria.

"But this is for fixing a specific disease." Sure, but that doesn't make the results any different. You engineered a "better" baby. Why can't anyone else do that. What makes you and your broken DNA special? I want to engineer out acne & BRCA mutations. Oh, too bad for you, can't pay for custom baby fixing and now your baby is stuck with Alzheimer's. If we're just "fixing" things with babies, red hair is a "defect", let's remove that and replace it with blonde...

IMO, allowing this is a slippery slope.

Comment: Amusingly, this also got posted today (Score 1) 175 175

Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

"Students who gain access to a home computer between the 5th and 8th grades tend to witness a persistent decline in reading and math scores," the economists wrote, adding that license to surf the Internet was also linked to lower grades in younger children.

Comment: Do you even want their WiFi if it was free? (Score 1) 129 129

I mean, if the WiFi was "good", free, and there were multiple APs with plenty of antennas and bandwidth... would you use it? Especially at a convention?

Even if it's encrypted, people are just going to sniff out your traffic, because they know the key too. The benefit cellular hotspots confer is that only YOU know the WPA2 key.

Comment: Re:Honest question. (Score 1) 479 479

It's not like women currently in the profession are going to get paid more in this situation. Increasing the talent pool drives wages down. If you do this via H-1B or attempting to reduce barriers to women, you get the same results.

The OP wanted to know why everybody is making a giant fuss about it. It's not because companies suddenly developed a moral compass, but rather they figured out how to dovetail a "win-win" by adopting the cause. They get good PR, diversity increases, talent pool increases... but most importantly: costs go down.

There's no way to fight against this sort of wage suppression other than unionization, so if sexists want to use this as an argument, they'll just look like... sexists?

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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