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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:It's not about platform... (Score 1) 318

by khchung (#49790495) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Google doesn't care about the platform, they want screens in front of faces.
Putting 100 android screens in front of 100 faces 1% of the time is making them money.
Putting 50 iOS screens in front of 50 faces 2% of the time, is making them money.

As Lotus had learned from Microsoft - "DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run", it is ALL ABOUT THE PLATFORM.

If your revenue stream depends on someone else's platform, then that someone can kill your revenue whenever they decide to eat your lunch too.

If iOS succeeded in taking over 90% of the phone market, then Google's revenue stream from smartphones would be held hostage by Apple.

Comment: Can bad journalism be fixed? (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by khchung (#49774015) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

The case against journalism is straightforward: much of the news articles, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, journalists has taken a turn towards darkness. The apparent endemicity of bad journalist behavior is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, journalists too often sculpt facts to fit their preferred narrative of the world or retrofit hypotheses to fit their data.

Unlike journalists, however, science will always have to bow to reality. So, yeah, bad science practice will eventually run aground when reality hits, no matter how many epicycles one add to the model. But bad journalism will persists as long as it attracts eyeballs.

Comment: Study == execute? (Score 3) 396

Project Bookend is a secret (or 'was' a secret) initiative undertaken by the BOE to study what the fallout might be from a potential 'Brexit'

Good, so BOE management is doing their job, making plans for different scenarios that might happen. With the current situation in Europe, some countries might exit EU is not a very far-fetched scenario.

Calling this the "equivalent of the Manhattan project" is a major journalist FAIL here. The Manhattan Project is to build the bomb, not to study the fallout that might come from one. If the Project Bookend is a plan to make it happen, then the comparison might make some sense.

Yeah, I know, we can't expect much from journalists writing click-bait articles, but it should be called out nonetheless.

Comment: Re:former trucker here... (Score 1) 615

by khchung (#49708611) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

Or rather, how will the AI decide if it's safe to continue in the blizzard, or if it should pull over?

For an AI with non-urgent cargo, there is no real reason to continue in a blizzard. Only human drivers worrying about being trapped have a reason to keep moving.

When a blizzard is forecasted to approach, all the AI trucks will just go some predesignated waiting spot and sit it out.

Comment: Re:former trucker here... (Score 1) 615

by khchung (#49708599) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

Will be interested to see how AI deals with a mountain pass or city traffic; I think autonomous trucks will need human assistance for at least the foreseeable future.

The same way how AI or computer currently deals with other things that are beyond their ability... either avoid it, or signal for operator intervention.

Wouldn't be hard to imagine a team of drivers sitting in a control centers around the world to remotely handle any call-for-help from the auto-trucks. They would be able to see and hear what's around the truck, plus any information they needed, from the cameras/mics/sensors on the truck. The truck can have loudspeakers so the operator can talk to anyone (e.g. cops and other drivers) near the truck. They can remotely drive the truck if needed. In the worst case, they can park the truck at the side of the road and send a truck with a real driver to pick up the cargo, then send the empty truck back.

Or, for particularly tricky pass and roads, auto-trucks just completely avoid them, leaving them for real drivers. For non-urgent deliveries, it would be cheaper for the AI to take an AI-manageable roundabout route than to use a more-expensive human driver through the shorter route. For AI with infinite patience, they could be limited to use roads that are safe for trucks. Even if that just works for 70% of all trucking, that would make economic sense. Human drivers can work on the remaining 30%, until the AI slowly improves and eventually take over more and more of it.

Just like how drones are being piloted. Humans can take over when needed, while the AI can operate the remaining 99% of the boring times. Doesn't mean fighter pilots are all fired, but there won't be as many needed.

So, as a former trucker, would YOU like to drive a truck inside the truck, with all the hardships on the road, plus the risk of injury and death from accidents. OR would you like to drive it from an safe, air-conditioned control center near your home, where you can easily take breaks and go home everyday after an 8-hour shift?

Comment: Re: live by the sword... (Score 1) 612

by khchung (#49664685) Attached to: FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

Get your head out of the sand. In many places around the world, having an employment contract is the norm for *everyone*, including the janitor. And most employment contracts stated clearly what would be the compensation (usually 1 month or more advance notice, or equivalent payment in salary) if one side wishes to terminate the contract.

It is *very common* for larger companies to have standard employment contracts with 3 months of notice for contract termination. If you are in a more important position, or have unique knowledge/skills, you could negotiate longer notice (e.g. I have seen people with 6 months in some case).

Getting half a year of pay when you got fired isn't bad, huh?

Comment: Re:Not encryption, authorization (Score 1) 324

by khchung (#49593749) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

A lot of content out there is benign, or crackable - what you want to make sure of is that you're connecting to the site you intended, and that the content you're getting is what's intended. What the content actually IS (cat memes) can be less important.

A lot of mails out there is benign also, doesn't mean we shouldn't use envelopes whenever we can.

If only sensitive stuff is encrypted, it helps NSA to locate where are the sensitive stuff.

Comment: Re:It's already happening (Score 1) 407

by khchung (#49526437) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

Annual performance review time... Supervisor says. "You're doing great. Your raise is at the top of the range we're allowed to give. You got a bonus. But, there's a bunch of scary smart fresh-outs coming in. They don't sleep, they're incredibly productive, they're cheap (50% of my pay), they aren't married, they don't have kids. What are you going to do to differentiate yourself?"

It is time to take your money and walk away for some time. Let's those fresh-outs burn themselves out, then you can either come back or work as consultants fixing their messes.

Comment: Re:Hey you grumpy cynics... (Score 1) 356

by khchung (#49520003) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

1. The search results are only changing for non-mobile friendly devices IF the search originates from a mobile device, not for everyone.

Note to self: don't use Google on mobile devices, change their default search engine to DuckDuckGo.

I search Google for sites with the best content relevant to what I am looking for, I don't give a flying f**k whether the site have a "mobile friendly" version or not. I can read any webpage on my phone just fine, I can zoom in/out when needed.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke