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+ - 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( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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+ - 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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Comment: Re:The race is already on we're just not in it (Score 1) 272

Yes, because aliens on the moon told us to. We know this because when Neil Armstrong saw the aliens on the moon /in space, they brainwashed him. If this seems contradictory or paradoxical its because that is what the aliens want you to think!

It's aliens all the way down.

Comment: Re:Tax Tires (Score 1) 837

by penandpaper (#49739267) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

The real problem I see with this approach is that it adds to the economic benefit of using worn out tires for as long as possible, which is definitely not in the public's best interest.

Yeah. I agree. You do not want people driving on unsafe tires and any tax on tires would incentive people driving on them for as long as possible. On the flip side, you could also try to incentivize proper tire use by giving tax credits for proper maintenance and use (tire rotations, keeping air pressure at optimal levels, etc).

Maybe just one more thing the police look for when they pull people over? Inadequate tire tread is the new broken tail light.

Comment: Re:Tax Tires (Score 1) 837

by penandpaper (#49739163) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

I like this idea, but on a 100k mile tire at $0.015/mile (the rate proposed in Oregon) that would be $1500 for a new set of tires (or $375 per tire if you have four tires and each tire gets charged at a fourth the rate). Given that a cheap new tire costs around $50, that would be a significant (perceived) price hike for new tires.

Agreed. It is an idea that has problems and I haven't given much thought into solving them.

But I think you would have to handle the taxes as a separate transaction from the tire. Consider something like a loan from the state. You pay back the taxes owed over an established time (no interest). Once paid, you are done.

You could try to incentive proper tire use by having little tire tax deductions to try and offset the large cost. e.g. Rotate your tires every 10k miles, gain $100 credit that goes toward the total taxed amount. Or ensuring that every month your tires are properly inflated you gain $10 (tire pressure can effect mpg too!), or some amount worth the effort (that doesn't make the system ineffective).

As far as the black markets, tax dodging, etc. Maybe something like car registration, proof you are paying/have paid. One more paper to drive with. Did you pay your taxes to drive on this road?

I am not sure. If someone has some ideas I would like to hear.

Comment: Re:Tax Tires (Score 1) 837

by penandpaper (#49739019) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Do I have to pay another round of taxes on the replacement tire even though it didn't make it to EOL? Is the State partly responsible because I paid tax on the tires with the expectation that they would spend the money on improving the roadways?

I would guess you could pay a smaller tax if the tier did not reach EOL. I am not sure how that would be enforced so maybe it isn't practical (maybe give a cause for a tire replacement, submitting the old tire as proof, that could lower the one time tax).

I think the second question is a good one because this tax (and the one in TFA is about ensuring the infrastructure is maintained with a stable revenue stream). If the state is not able to maintain the roads with an adequate revenue source, obviously there are other issues going on with that government.

Comment: Tax Tires (Score 3, Interesting) 837

by penandpaper (#49736627) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

My state legislators actually asked this question and got me thinking about a one time tax on tires. It has the benefits of the gas tax (anonymous, based on usage) but the added benefit that you can approximate the weight that a tire will carry on the road.

During a purchase you could either pay all taxes up front and be done with it or set up a monthly billing cycle so that poor can still make ends meet without dreading lost tread. Once taxes have been paid you are done and do not have to pay that tax until your next tire purchase. If a tire is expected to last 100k miles it, it is estimated to carry X weight for Y length of time (miles driven) meaning Z dollars in maintenance. Tax = Z - any other road infrastructure income/subsidies (gas tax still in effect could subsidized the tire tax making it cheaper).

This could also help spur better usage of tires (keeping them properly inflated [increasing MPG], rotating tires, etc). I am not sure how to handle used tires. Also, this doesn't help if you have to travel on dirt roads or poor roads that wear on tires more than pristine new black top.

Just a random thought, I haven't gave it much thought after initially discussing it with legislators.

+ - Google Offers Cheap Cloud Computing For Low-Priority Tasks->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: Much of the history of computing products and services involves getting people desperate for better performance and faster results to pay a premium to get what they want. But Google has a new beta service that's going in the other direction — offering cheap cloud computing services for customers who don't mind waiting. Jobs like data analytics, genomics, and simulation and modeling can require lots of computational power, but they can run periodically, can be interrupted, and can even keep going if one or more nodes they're using goes offline.
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What sin has not been committed in the name of efficiency?