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Comment: Re:Is this where SF jumps the shark? (Score 1) 11

There is no other way to put it than they flat-out lied about the abandonment.

According to the gimp-win developer, they locked him out of his account. So Sourceforge is rather confident he wont be making further updates. Of course that's more of a hijacking than an abandonment.

Who still uses Sourceforge, though? What with the ads that look like fake download buttons and the wrapping of open source software with malware installers that's the worst possible place to obtain code. Scumbags, the lot of them.

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

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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:Duh (Score 1) 311

by dcollins117 (#49788411) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

That wasn't their argument. Their claim was that the web page should not be altered before it is rendered in the browser.

And that's a terrible argument made by clueless people. I'm surprised the court let them get away with wasting their time. No one could or should expect to control exactly how a web page is shown to the end user because you don't know their presentation requirements. I probably need new glasses and turn my browser's font size up to what is probably an absurd degree. If the day comes when I'm totally blind I'll use text-to-speech or some other accessibility tool according to my needs. And I'll stop using Adblock Edge when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Comment: Re:did they damage the car? (Score 2) 460

by dcollins117 (#49769095) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

...did they reimburse the guy?

They will, likely to an exorbitant extent once he gets a good attorney and sues. The cops are going to have a lot of fun explaining to a judge and jury why they broke into the guys car and blew his stuff up. Especially in view of the fact that they were dead wrong to do so.

Comment: Re:Laugh (Score 1) 85

This shows the next stage have a total capital expenditure of 8 dollars per device and after that near 0 CapEx.

8 dollars per device assuming it is in every net-enabled device. No capital expenditure assuming chip manufacturers decide to embed this in their products. Those seem like rather large assumptions to me.

Comment: Re:Useless vs ASIC (Score 1) 85

This is an ASIC. From TFA:

"The concept is interesting, but every time you are doing an activity, even bitcoin mining, you are consuming power, even if it uses an ASIC," said industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy, referring to the type of chip 21 has developed, an application-specific integrated circuit.

Sounds like they are trying to build a distributed network of them. How well it will work remains to be seen.

Comment: Re:Lawyers (Score 1) 124

by dcollins117 (#49720567) Attached to: Prenda's Old Copyright Trolls Are Suing People Again

Remember, the fundamental purpose of the American legal system to keep lawyers wealthy, and judges are nothing but lawyers in robes. Just as dishonest.

My personal experience with lawyers is almost universally bad*, and with judges it's been universally good.

Usually when I talk to lawyers I have to speak slowly, because I can see them crunching the numbers trying to calculate how much money they can make off either me or the case. Amusingly, on a particularly sensitive issue, I received the exact opposite legal advice from two lawyers who happened to be husband and wife (one referred me to the other.) I thought "of course they can't agree on anything, they're married" and went with someone else.

Judges on the other hand have gotten things right, at least in the few instances I've dealt with them. Lawyers, I find, lie for a living, and judges are used to being lied to for a living so they're pretty good at dismissing bullshit.

* The lone exception is the real estate lawyer that helped me buy my home. He was over 80 years old, a friend of the family, and charged ridiculously low fees for the service he performed. Sadly, he passed a few years ago. May he rest in peace.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 3, Informative) 190's not about safety, it's about making people feel like they are safe.

I'd feel safer if security professionals vetted the system, and verified that it was safe from hacking. Precisely what the FBI is actively working to prevent.

I do like the phrase "other-worldly outlandish" to describe the situation. It beats "hogwash", which was my first reaction. This is just a search warrant application, though, and I wonder what the FBI agent's culpability is for making, let's say, "less than truthful" statements in order to obtain a search warrant.

Comment: Re:not surprised (Score 1) 649

by dcollins117 (#49704897) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

To just kill him and dump his carcass in a hole the ground seems like a waste of viable organs. Consider how many people are in desperate need of organ transplants. Why not keep him alive long enough to match his parts to people that could make good use of them? Eyes, kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, whatever. Blood banks can always use more plasma, he's sure to have plenty of that.

To see true justice he should be forced to contribute back to the society he harmed, in my view.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 866

by dcollins117 (#49681893) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

It matters plenty. While it's good news that more people are applying critical thinking skills and choosing to discard that which is incredible, it is very bad news that the vast majority of people lack this capacity.

That says something astonishing about our species and the way the brain works. It's also great news for charlatans. Want to get rich? Make friends and influence people? Tell them what they want to hear. Most of them will buy it hook, line, and sinker.

Comment: Re:Tiversa breached systems? (Score 1) 65

Because if the corporation will pay a fine, but a person would get jail time ... that's pretty much what a double standard means.

Where it gets interesting is that for about $80 and a a little paperwork you can incorporate yourself. Whether you are contemplating a life of crime or just concerned about the possibility of someone suing you, it seems like money well spent considering all the legal protections you gain.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 164

by dcollins117 (#49622189) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

It's more like the FBI's investigations into various criminal and subversive groups.

The FBi is a law enforcement organization. It's their job to investigate US citizens when there is reason to believe they are involved in breaking US law.

The NSA is a military organization. Their charter (and the constitution) explicitly precludes them from targeting US citizens, yet they do it anyway. What does it mean when a country's military deems every citizen such a threat to national security that they are considered valid intelligence targets? It says to me we are considered the enemy - each and every one of us. This cannot possibly end well.

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