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Submission + - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing -> 1

shanehiltonward 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.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and myPCBackup.com remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

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Image

Australian Politician Caught Viewing Porn 150

destinyland writes "An Australian Parliament member has resigned after admitting he'd used government computers to access porn and gambling sites. McLeay 'gave an uncomfortable press conference outside Parliament House,' notes one technology site, 'during which he admitted he had acted in a standard not expected of cabinet ministers.' Paul McLeay was also the Minister for Mineral and Forest Resources as well as the Minister for Ports and Waterways. In resigning, he apologized to his constituents and parliamentary colleagues, as well as to his wife and family."
Wine

Wine 1.2 Released 427

David Gerard writes "Stuck with that one Windows app you can't get rid of? Rejoice — Wine 1.2 is officially released! Apart from running pretty much any Windows application on Unix better than 1.0 (from 2008), major new features include 64-bit support, bi-directional text, and translation into thirty languages. And, of course, DirectX 9 is well-supported and DirectX 10 is getting better. Packages should hit the distros over the weekend, or you can get the source now."
Networking

Nmap 5.20 Released 36

ruphus13 writes "Nmap has a new release out, and it's a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, 'Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumbies, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify. This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if X.org on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat and Ndiff. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. '"

Submission + - Microsoft applies for patent on Tufte's sparklines-> 1

jenkin sear writes: Data Visualization Guru Edward Tufte developed Sparklines, a great way to display condensed data as an inline graphic. Excel's new version has incorporated the design element- and Microsoft has applied for a patent on them- without so much as a by-your-leave from Tufte. So much for a kinder, gentler Microsoft.
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Submission + - Russian Whistleblower Cop on YouTube ->

AHuxley writes: Russian police officer Alexei Dymovsky has released a series of videos in full full uniform calling out corruption and asking Prime Minister Putin to act.
“Maybe you don’t know about us, about simple cops, who live and work and love their work. I’m ready to tell you everything. I’m not scared of my own death,”
"“I will show you the life of cops in Russia, how it is lived, with all the corruption and all the rest – with ignorance, rudeness, recklessness, with honest officers killed because they have stupid bosses.”"
His series of three 2-to-7-minute long videos released over the past week have together garnered 1 million hits on YouTube, and have spread across Russia.
Dymovsky was promptly fired after the clips spread across the internet, and a local prosecutor has opened an investigation into libel.
An interior ministry source accused him of working for foreign agents and hinted that the format of Dymovsky’s complaint was a problem, using a medium that remains largely free of government control.

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PC Games (Games)

America's Army 3 Has Rough Launch, Development Team Canned 150

incognito84 writes "The development team responsible for the creation of the freeware game America's Army 3 has been canned, days after the launch of the highly flawed game, which was distributed mostly via Steam. 'The anonymous America's Army 3 developers in touch with Kotaku unsurprisingly didn't sound too pleased with the current situation, venting that "a lot of good people [worked] insanely long hours on this game that was butchered by outside sources.' The game's launch was plagued by massive server authentication issues which inhibited most players from playing it even two days afterward. One of the developers made a post on the official forums saying they were 'effectively stabbed in the back,' and that much of the funding was filtered to the bureaucracy. A patch has been released to address some of the game's issues."

Comment Re:Wow, it only took 30,000 complaints... (Score 1) 361

They aren't complaining about legal behavior, are they? These dirtbags are breaking the law.

If it took 30,000 calls to the cops before they got off their butts and investigated a robbery, would that be appropriate?

If they have 100 credible reports of an organization involved in lawbreaking, they should investigate. And they should get off their fat asses far quicker to save everyone the enormous time and trouble.

Image

Dormitory Turned Into Huge Color Display 69

macson_g writes "Students from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) once again turned one of their dormitories into huge display. The project is called P.I.W.O. (B.E.E.R.). This time they converted a 10-story building into 4-color, 12x10 display. The business was used to display animations, and to play interactive games as well. On the project page (in Polish, Google translation here) you can watch an almost hour-long video, featuring music videos, a Tetris session, a dancing Michael Jackson, Duke Nukem and Mario."
Media

Submission + - CNN.com To Launch Web 2.0 Re-design This Weekend->

ReadWriteWeb writes: "This weekend CNN is re-launching its website as an enhanced multimedia site — packed with web 2.0 features such as recommendations and user generated content. Over the past year or so many mainstream publications have 'web 2.0-ized' their web presence. BBC has been a leading force, while in March USA Today announced a re-design. Now it's CNN's turn.

The new CNN.com features a big increase in multimedia, including live video content that was previously only available via the subscription-only CNN Pipeline. It is also now in Flash, rather than Windows Media format. The video content has been integrated into the main site and is available for free. CNN has beefed up its content with that web 2.0 favorite, "user-generated content". Also there is a recommendation feature called "We Recommend" — which is based on past browsing."

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GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Eben Moglen: Global Software Industry Post-GPL3

Dan Shearer writes: "Three days before GPLv3 was released, Eben Moglen delivered the annual lecture of The Scottish Society of Computers and Law in Edinburgh, Scotland giving his thoughts on The Global Software Industry in Transformation: After GPLv3. The text transcription, audio and 384kbit video are up at archive.org. Eben looks back at the "legislative action" achieved by the GPLv3 community over the last 18 months, and also from the 22nd century. A riveting presentation for all present."
Toys

Submission + - Adults fess up to Webkinz habit

bednarz writes: "Turns out Webkinz aren't only for kids. Many adults admit to having Webkinz of their own. In an online Network World survey, about 25% of parents who have kids with Webkinz admit to secretly having their own Webkinz that they feed and exercise during downtime at work. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/040207-wider -net-webkinz.html"

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