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

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:This won't end well. (Score 1) 196 196

The Forecastfox (fix version) on Firefox actually brought me back to using the browser because that extension is just so much better than every other weather extension. I'll keep using Firefox, even though it's noticeably slower then Chrome in some areas and tends to lock up for a couple seconds at times, just for the extensions it offers. That's how much those extensions mean to some users. If those disappear I don't see any reason to keep using Firefox, unfortunately.

Comment Re:Listen to Woz (Score 1) 61 61

Limited shared data? Now I start wandering into the cloud and Dropbox seems pretty good to me so far. Never actually leaves my hard drive but is available for others I choose to play with. Am hoping no one ever hacks that account but I knew the risks when I put it there.

Except that at that point it truly is in The Cloud on Dropbox's servers, you just still have a copy on your local drive.

Comment Re:Good (Score 2) 125 125

It's gotten to the point where it's almost odd for me to see a desktop now. At my office only a few people still have desktops because they're not up for a replacement yet. Those that are get a laptop. I've got a laptop now that sits docked most of the time, connected to my external mouse/keyboard and dual monitors. Same thing at home - my laptop replaced my desktop, but when it's time to do Real Work it gets connected to my external mouse/keyboard and dual monitors. Aside from serious gaming I don't see anyone buying desktops anymore, and I can't wait until the day when my phone can be docked just like my laptop and run real apps like Photoshop, Lightroom, and even a full browser rather than the mobile touch-friendly version.

Comment Re:The third link (Score 1) 57 57

That article was actually very popular when it came out because it's entirely built of questions. If he had just slammed Fieri it wouldn't have gotten near as many views as it did, but because of the way it was written it appeared on sites that it never would have otherwise. It's marketing, not an English journal.

Comment Re:Note to copper thieves - gloves won't work (Score 1) 363 363

consider this - an electric fence is designed to drop a 2,000 bull.

False. Have you ever actually been around a bull? Almost nothing will drop them. Electric fences are meant to be a deterrent - a 2,000lb bull will walk through one if he wants to.

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless. -- Sinclair Lewis