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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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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+ - GoPro enters virtual reality market with 16-camera capture rig->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: GoPro is moving into virtual reality with the announcement of a 16-camera, 360-degree array that can capture stereoscopic and spherical video. But this early model is too big to wear on your head.

The rig, meant to be mounted on a tripod, has yet to be priced. It will support 16 of GoPro’s Hero4 cameras to record 360-degree video that can be used for virtual reality. It comes integrated with software from Kolor, the virtual reality company GoPro acquired last month, which stitches and synchronizes the recorded footage. GoPro introduced the camera at Google’s developer conference on Thursday.

“What people don’t know is we’re already the de facto capture device for capturing virtual reality content today,” said C.J. Prober, the head of GoPro’s software and services division. “GoPro cameras weren’t designed for virtual reality capture purposes, but the quality and the content they enabled just made them a natural choice.”

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Comment: Re:astrophysicist? (Score 1, Troll) 180

Go deny science on some other web site, dufus

NDGT is awesome, if you could not "find" something to back up your ignorant stance we're not all that surprised. Studying the cosmos and doing some related science IS being an astrophysicist. Did he need to discover some comets or asteroids and get them named after him to reach the "high bar" in your own mind?

"freedoms that we used to have"? Oh, now I get it. You're still angry with the black man being president. What a fucking idiot you are, guy. Get reading some science books and DO something with your fucking life other than to bitch about a great nation that is filled with cool services that you probably do not take advantage of, or better yet claim "those other people are stealing your benefits!" Fucking grow the fuck up, take responsibility for the fucking mess that is your life and read some fucking books other than the bible for once in your miserable existence. You are not fit to smell NDGT's shit. You fucking ignorant asswipe.

Fucking science deniers are the cancer of our great nation and our world. Fucking backwards dipshits with zero info want to rework science to fit their fucked up views. What a sad bunch of assholes. Proper science is self-correcting and reproducible via peer studies. Fake science is easily discounted. But don't tell these asshats that. A corn-spiracy passes as fact with this lot. Fucking impossible to set them straight because they failed to learn the first time around.

Comment: Re:The race is already on we're just not in it (Score 1) 180

Bullshit, guy. China is just got it together to get to the moon in 2013; fucking 40 YEARS later and without any live crew (!
And they did that with the many plans they stole to build their knock-off rocket tech. Get a clue before you spew, buddy.

You might want to look up this while you're getting new clues:

Now, tell us again why getting to the moon 40 years late is "racing ahead"? Idiot.

Comment: Re:instead of space race (Score 1) 180

We already do, if you count stealing business and science data "collaborating." In most other accounts China is a hotbed for faked scientific information gathering. Every single "new science discovery" from China is just some fake data popped up by a corrupt government and their tightly controlled media.

+ - Android M to Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: USB Type-C connection is showing up in more and more devices, and Google is rolling support for the interface in its Android M operating system. The most significant additions relate to the USB Power Delivery spec. Charging will now work in both directions. That effectively means that Type-C devices can be used as external batteries for other devices. Android M is also finally introducing a feature that musicmakers have been long asking for: MIDI support. This builds on some of the audio features Google introduced in Android 5, including reduction in latency, multichannel audio stream mixing, and support for USB microphones, amplifiers, speakers, and other accessories. As others have written, music and media creation apps are much more prevalent in iOS than they are in Android, and Google hopes turning that around.

+ - A new bionic lens implant could give you permanent 20/20 vision->

Submitted by Kristine Lofgren
Kristine Lofgren writes: Contacts and eyeglasses are so 2014. Researchers have revealed the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, a painless implant that can correct your vision for the rest of your life. In recent trials, patients walked away with perfect vision after a quick 8 minute procedure. The process is safer than LASIK and even protects against cataracts in the future.
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+ - Criminal charges against Russian workers who caused Proton failure 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: The three Russian technicians and their supervisor whose sloppy work caused the spectacular 2013 crash of a Proton rocket immediately after launch have now been indicted on criminal charges and will face trial.

According to investigators, Grishin, Nikolayev and Gudkova in 2011 were tasked with installing the angular rate sensors on the Proton rocket that are responsible for yaw control. "As a result of their violation of technical discipline envisaged by engineering and technological documentation, these sensors were installed incorrectly / at 180 degrees from their correct position/," Markin said.

The installation error accounted for the vehicle's wild trajectory, causing its crash and destruction. During the investigation, Grishin and Nikolayev partly admitted their guilt in committing the crime, he said.

In his turn, Nasibulin guided by the fact that over a long time no violations had been found during the installation process and also amid the job cuts withdrew the control operation from a respective list. He did not monitor the process and the sensors were installed without the due control.

Note that they didn't sabotage anything intentionally. They only did bad work. In the U.S. such incompetence would certainly get them fired, but no one would dream of prosecuting them under these circumstances. It appears that Putin's government has decided to make them scapegoats and an example to everyone else: Do your work right or else!

Along these lines, Russian government officials have also indicated they are considering imposing fines on manufacturers for any future failures or delays.

Both the criminal indictments and the fines would surely work to prevent further disasters. They will also work very effectively in preventing any risk-taking or innovation from anyone. Who wants to build something new and untested if there is a strong possibility its failure will get you in prison?

Do not expect much creativity from the Russian aerospace industry in the coming years.

+ - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 4

Submitted by careysb
careysb 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.
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+ - 46TB Required to Creat the World's Largest Photo-> 3

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: In order to create the largest panoramic picture ever taken (using commercially available gear), a team of international photographers led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini had to climb to an altitude of 3500 metres wait for two weeks in a temperature of minus 10 degrees Celsius and look for a sunny bright day and than spend 35 hours shooting. During this time they shot over 70,000 images which were combined in to the giant 365 Gigapxiel panorama using a special robotic head with a long 400mm telephoto lens (and a 2x Extender).

But the work didn't end up in the snowy Alps — when the team got back they had with them no less than 46TB of images which they needed to process in order to create one giant interactive image 365 Gigapixels in size (1 Gigapixel is equal to 1000 MegaPixels). This processing required some very powerful hardware and took over two months to complete, but the result is a look at the Mont Blanc (the tallest mountain in the Alps and the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus range raising 4,810 meters or 15,781 feet above sea level) — like it has never been seen before.

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+ - Adblock Plus victorious again in court->

Submitted by Xochil
Xochil writes: Adblock Plus, which claims to be the most popular ad blocking tool, has been victorious again in court versus publishers who took out lawsuits against its owner company Eyeo demanding that users should not be allowed to legally block ads on their sites.
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