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+ - Google Photos Launches With Unlimited Storage, Completely Separate From Google+ 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: At its I/O 2015 developer conference today, Google launched Google Photos for Android, iOS, and the Web. The new service is completely separate from Google+, something Google users have been requesting for eons. Google is declaring that Google Photos lets you backup and store “unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free.” All of Google’s various photo offerings had storage limits based on your Google account (Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+).

+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
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( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Best tool for website + mobile site construction (w e-comm later)

Submitted by kaladorn
kaladorn writes: I've built networked client-server apps in java/C/C++. I've built web services. I've built websites by hand (old school when browsers weren't compliant) and later with tools like RVSSiteBuilder.

The scenario I'm confronted with: My partner wants to open a small craft business initially on the side and I want to help her get an internet presence for that small business. I've read dubious things about the economics of Facebook Business Pages. We may take an Etsy presence.

I feel like we'd also want our own website. Initially, I just need forum/blog/social media widgets, galleries and static content but I'd like to have the site built by a tool so she can work on it and I can do minimal troubleshooting. I'd also like to either have the tool (or a tool) create the mobile site to match or at least make the site itself work well on mobiles. I'd like a later easy integration option for some e-commerce solution if we have a big enough success to justify that expense.

So: Too much to ask from a cheap or free tool suite? Or is there one out there that supports those goals and with which slashdotters have had good luck?

I've checked out some (DudaMobile, some of Google's tools, and some others offered by hosting companies) but what their PR never tells you is is the project going to implode later on because of some major issue or glitch they didn't mention. That's where it's nice to draw on collective experience.

If you have the experience with using tools to build small sites with mobile availability for the context (via a separate tool-generated mobile site or the main site just working well on mobiles) and/or with integrating e-commerce later, what would you recommend? (For ecommerce I"m just thinking of being able to take CC payments mostly, though debit would be nice too)

Comment: Re:Maybe this will end "extreme" couponing (Score 1) 87

by lister king of smeg (#49799901) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

I hate those people and their giant binders of coupons. Why? Because if you get stuck behind one in line, they double or triple the wait time.

As someone who has had to work a register with those assholes so do we the cashiers, especialy when they try to argue with your managers for 15 minutes about store policy and combined coupons tying up lines.

+ - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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+ - US Justice Department Urges Supreme Court Not To Take Up Google vs. Oracle

Submitted by Areyoukiddingme
Areyoukiddingme writes: The Solicitor General of the Justice Department has filed a response to the US Supreme Court's solicitation of advice regarding the Google vs. Oracle ruling and subsequent overturning by the Federal Circuit. The response recommends that the Federal Circuit ruling stand, allowing Oracle to retain copyright to the Java API.

+ - Silk Road founder begs judge to 'please leave me my old age' ahead of sentencing->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: If federal prosecutors have their way, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road, will be sentenced to an extremely long prison term: we’re talking 20 years at the very minimum.

According to the New York Times, the prosecution handling the case has opted not to seek a life sentence for Ulbricht, but will instead try to convince the presiding judge that Ulbricht deserves a sentence that is “substantially above the mandatory minimum of 20 years.” Three months ago, a jury convicted the 30-year old Ulbricht on seven criminal counts, including narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

Ulbricht’s sentencing is scheduled for Friday.

Meanwhile, Ulbricht late last week begged the court for leniency in the form of a 1.5 page letter he sent to Judge Katherine Forrest.

The letter reads in part: "Even now I understand what a terrible mistake I made. I’ve had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age. Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days ahead, and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker."

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+ - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 5

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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Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 2) 314

by lister king of smeg (#49785393) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Those of you who block ads but still consume the services of sites that run them without paying into any subscription fee, why do you freeload?

If you like something you support it, right?

I still have not figured out the bizarre-o world of the internet where some people want something for free, block any attempt to pay for it via ads, refuse to pay subscriptions, won't buy the T-shirt, etc., but still want it to be there tomorrow for them when they wake up.

I'm addressing now folks who do that - who do you think pays the bills on sites? Who do you think puts the work in? Do you get paid for doing YOUR job?

Questions ever unanswered..

The problem isn't not wanting to pay the site maintainers its not wanting to be subjected to potentially malicious code embedded in attack ads. And as this same subjects comes up ever couple of weeks now I am just going to copypaste my response to this same objection from a little over two weeks ago.

I trust Slashdot not to attack me. But Slashdot is paid by "acme ad company" to insert their ads. Acme will pipe through whatever code crackers and malicious operators gives them as long as they get their money. I don't trust acme because of this and I certainly don't trust the person placing the ad. But here is the problem acme doesn't care as, I am a product not a customer. They only have to appease Slashdot and who ever is placing the ad. In fact their is a disincentive to scrutinize the content on the ads they are selling as they get paid either no matter the content and passing up bad operators is lost money. They can get away with it because if Slashdot viewer complain then they can say they will look into it opps one got through our system and nothing happens. So the only way to be safe is to block ads.

Comment: Re:Why artificial? (Score 1) 416

In fact, why do we have to talk about intelligence? What about the Kardashians? What would they do if they showed up here? What would we do if we met the Kardashians? Would we try to eradicate them?

I personally believe that if a super intelligent AI were to find out about the Kardashians they would justifiably decide to eradicate our species.

Comment: Re:32MB? (Score 2) 227

by lister king of smeg (#49764205) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things

Could you tell us which percentage of Chrome-based browsers and Android phones do not communicate with Google?

From your misleading post it sounds like the number should be 90. If that was so, nobody would care, but the reality is the other way around.

well my amazon tablet runs android and doesn't use google services for anything but search and i was given the option to pick theirs amoung a list of several competing services. Same with chromium I choose to use google search because the competitors are shitty and/or and even more evil.

Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 531

I agree wholeheartedly. Sadly, the handwriting for this has been on the wall for some time. I can only hope Debian's Iceweasel port of Firefox does not adopt this "feature".

This makes me start to wonder if there is a reduced capability browser -- something leaner and meaner, focused militantly on privacy and even going so far as to deliberately not support portions of HTML5 (e.g. DRM).

Coders of the world, here's a niche you could fill...

I have been considering going the other way entirely and switching to sea-monkey as I already use both firefox and thunderbird but both have been being shit upon by mozzila devs but from what i have seen seamonkey seems to get less abuse and lets me continue to use my addons.

All constants are variables.