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Submission + - Sourceforge re-packaging old software with adware

Koyaanisqatsi writes: As previously reported here, the Windows installer for the popular GIMP image editing software has been bundled with additional commercial software. What seems most disturbing is that apparently Sourceforge is making these changes to a number of other less-active packages in their site, according to reporting by Ars.

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Submission + - Wired personalises covers with subscribers' data (wired.co.uk)

Lanxon writes: Wired magazine in the UK printed private data of many of its subscribers on their new issue's covers. But not by accident. The move was to make personalised covers for a number of its subscribers, by using information about each given subscriber the magazine's editors dug up on them from around the internet. The reason: to highlight the current state of online privacy. The magazine's editor explains the reasons and technicalities behind the initiative, which is already causing a stir among UK media.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.