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Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects ( 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 640

Hey, so there are 3 of us now! I love GNOME 3. I left Linux for Mac at home, must have been Ubuntu 8.10 or 9.04 the last release I used. Skipped over all the drama & pain of GNOME 3 & Unity.

Almost 2 years ago I decided to switch my Work PC from Windows 7 to Linux, and did not care for what Ubuntu has become. Jumped onto my pre-Ubuntu distro, Fedora, and nearly instantly loved GNOME 3. Been very happy with it since using only a few extensions. It just stays out of my way until I open the activities menu.

Comment Re: Ubuntu 14.04 (Score 1) 210

You didn't really answer the question - what is tablet-like about it? Sure, it's got larger icons in areas but that's about all I can see.

Unity was not specifically designed for tablets, it was originally designed for netbooks which were all the rage when it was released. I recall using Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my old 7" ASUS EeePC 701 and Unity was definitely a more efficient default layout.

From Wikipedia.

Unity debuted in the netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10. It was initially designed to make more efficient use of space given the limited screen size of netbooks, including, for example, a vertical application switcher called the launcher, and a vertical space saver multipurpose top menu bar.

I definitely prefer GNOME Shell myself, but like Unity it too gets accused of being too tablet like. I simply don't understand, I can't imagine using either on a tablet.

Comment Re:re (Score 1) 112

I'd wager a lot of it is school assignments. School courses are rarely kept up to date with the current distros. I can't blame them for not keeping up with the latest Fedoras, but at least they should be running a supported enterprise release (i.e. RHEL6, but encourage them to use CentOS).

I see a lot of the "I am trying to install Fedora 10 but it won't work". Of course it's normally because the package repositories have been archived and the default install can't find them. When asked why they are using such an old version some people come clean and say it's for school, or say it's a "requirement".

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 201

Hmm let me think of all the Nexus devices which had an SD card slot (attmpted to do from memory in chronological order).

  • Nexus One (HTC, 2010) - yep
  • Nexus S (Samsung, 2011) - no
  • Galaxy Nexus (Samsung, 2011) - no
  • Nexus 7 (Asus, 2012) - no
  • Nexus 4 (LG, 2012) - no
  • Nexus 10 (Samsung, 2012) - no
  • Nexus 7 (Asus, 2013) - no
  • Nexus 5 (LG, 2013) - no

Eight devices, only the first had an SD slot, and only the first 3 actually had a removable battery. It's always been my opinion that Google wants folks using their cloud storage. Many apps don't like storing data on the SD card, but for me I'd like to have it for media, not apps.

Comment Re:Permissions (Score 1) 249

Apple is a lot more restrictive in permissions in general.

On Android you have to accept a laundry list of permissions when you install the app. You cannot selectively restrict what it can or can't do.

When you install an app on Apple you don't need to accept any permissions. The app by default gets no permissions but must request it when it needs it. For example "AppName is requesting access to your contacts: Allow / Don't Allow".

I'm an Android user (formerly Apple) and I think this is one area Apple has done it right.

Comment Re:Google is no better/worse than Apple (Score 1) 323

Not all of the code on your Android device is open source. Google could easily pack whatever they want into the Google Apps on your phone, just the same as Samsung, LG, HTC, etc could if they want. The OS itself is open source, but what you buy is very unlikely completely open (maybe with the exception of the Cyaogenmod devices)

Comment Re:Dumb reasoning? (Score 2) 566

All the major platforms can create virtual disk images, it's just not one of them is cross platform.

Windows 7 (not sure about previous) lets you create VHD disk images in Disk Management. I assume BitLocker can be enabled on these, more cumbersome than TrueCrypt since you'd need to attach the VHD then mount the BitLocker volume. Not sure how correct this is as I have Windows 7 Home Premium which doesn't do BitLocker.

Alternatively you could GPG encrypt the VHD file, but that would require decrypting it before attaching and would require that it be stored on disk in a decrypted state. TrueCrypt is purely on-the-fly, the data never touches the disk without being encrypted.

Macs support easily creating encrypted disk images through Disk Utility and mounting+unmounting them is painless. Even more so than TrueCrypt.

Linux you can create encrypted loopback files with losetup or cryptsetup. Cryptsetup supports mounting TrueCrypt volumes so there's that.

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