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

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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: dont' engage it with people there? (Score 1) 389

Do you, with non neglible cognitive ability, not realise people, kids, or emergency personnel can walk into an area where a car has apparently paused to let them through? And that technology that replaces human function better behave somewhat 'human' ?

Comment: Floating-yet-submerged pipeline? (Score 1) 678

Hmm... How about a floating-yet-submerged pipeline?

Water flowing through plastic tubes anchored offshore ... (still submerged mind you - but not laying the seabed).

It could start small -- say two 12 inch pipes, then more, or larger, pipelines added once the concept was proved.

Why does this work? For one thing, eminent-domain, right-of-way issues pretty much go away. And the problem of structural support turns into keeping pipeline sections from _rising_, rather than falling (caused by the natural bouyancy of the pipeline and its contents)

Comment: Article is false. (Score 1) 320

by sonamchauhan (#49499451) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

First of all none of the signatories are from Columbia university (i.e. none of the signatories are his colleagues)

Secondly, many of the 'distinguished' signatories are in cahoots with the GMO industry -- including one that was earlier a shill for the tobacco industry. See this post for details: http://science.slashdot.org/co...

You may not like Dr. Oz, but beware - this enemy of your enemy is not your friend.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 128

Haha - you can't see the wood for the trees! (this idiom has a double meaning here)

See the tree? The wood is almost all 'fixed' carbon.

And when it dies, a tree doesn't go 'poof' in a cloud of CO2. Instead, organic matter gets trapped in the ground and new topsoil is created (again, mostly carbon).

Recall a well tended urban 'nature strip' in an older suburb (a century or more)? Typically, the strip tends to 'pops out' from its concrete lining. That's a small version of the same effect.

Some interesting info I just came across: http://managingwholes.com/new-...

Comment: Re:And airplanes without passengers... (Score 2, Insightful) 460

by sonamchauhan (#49421577) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

Instead of having airlines staff the flight deck back up again to previous levels (i.e. reinstating the flight engineer, or adding a third pilot), cue the snake-oil salesmen with the same pitch - irresistible to airlines - which got us into this mess.

"Shame about that last crash...
"You know, you _CAN_ increase safety _AND_ lower costs
"How? Well, for starters, one less pilot on the flight deck...

Comment: Re: Delivery drones (Score 1) 162

by sonamchauhan (#49368857) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

Dude : droning on against disbelievers is not helpful to your cause.

Stop the frankenstienish stretched analogies. Some folk here have creative alternatives and are not trolls ; they deserve serious answers.

And yes, they are right about the danger - a sudden gust of wind that lifts a large, twisting, plastic sheet can foul all of a drone's propellors - whether 6 or 16. Which can fly it into a powerline, a soft skull, another drone, or your windshield doing 67 mph.

  You do.not.want to be below one of these when it happens in crowded skies.

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