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+ - SourceForge Joins the Bundle Wagon

An anonymous reader writes: The irony of submitting this on /. is not lost on me.
http://arstechnica.com/informa...
"Apparently, SourceForge's mysterious "sf-editor1" has also claimed ownership of a number of other accounts for open source and other software projects."
SF is claiming ownership of these projects for the specious reason of them being "abandoned" when in fact these project simply stopped using SF (apparently for good reason).

+ - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing -> 1 1

shanehiltonward 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.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and myPCBackup.com remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

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+ - SourceForge hijacks Win-Gimp, wraps installer in adware-> 1 1

slashdice writes: Ars Technica (and, well, everybody other than slashdot) is reporting on the reprehensible behavior by SourceForge, Slashdot sister sister site. "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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+ - Goatse billboard hack horrifies drivers in Atlanta->

Yossarian45793 writes: In a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, hackers managed to get a video billboard to display the goatse image for several hours. Many slashdotters are familiar with that horror, and now a number of Atlanta residents are too. I'm surprised that such an obvious prank took this long to happen, and I wonder how many more times it will given the proliferation of video screens in public places.
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+ - MP3 Backend of Firefox and Thunderbird Found Vulnerable->

jones_supa writes: A critical vulnerability has been found in the MPEG-1 Layer III playback backend of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. Security researcher Aki Helin reported a use-after-free scenario when playing certain audio files on the web using the Fluendo MP3 plugin for GStreamer on Linux. This is due to a flaw in handling certain MP3 files by the plugin and its interaction with Mozilla code. A maliciously crafted MP3 file can lead to a potentially exploitable crash. Linux is the only affected platform, so Windows and OS X users are safe from this particular vulnerability.
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+ - India Bans BBC Documentary on Rape

An anonymous reader writes: India's far-right Hindu Nationalist government headed by Narendra Modi has banned telecasting and viewing online of a BBC documentary on the 2012 Delhi rape which shocked the nation. The documentary consists interviews of the rapist Mukesh Singh, his lawyers and the victim's parents seems to expose the male dominant nature of Indian society. Indian government is now attempting to ban the documentary worldwide. Critics of Indian government's action has accused it for not addressing issues women face and instead trying to hide the dirty secrets of its culture from the world. Some Indian websites also reported that the views expressed by the rapist is echoed by policemen, lawyers and politicians of the nation. So far the government's attempt to ban the video online is with mixed success.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 58 58

I studied chemistry in a non-English-speaking country and in situ was a known term. It means that a specific compound needed in a reaction is made in the same vessel as the synthesis continues, not separated and transferred to another flask. Example: reacting sodium with ethanol to produce sodium ethoxide followed by transesterification.

On site would in deed mean that something was prepared in the same laboratory or even the same fume cupboard.

Comment: Re:Sounds unlikely to me (Score 2) 135 135

Re "heaviness of water": Water molecule (molecular mass 18) is lighter than eg. oxygen gas (molecular mass 32) or nitrogen gas (molecular mass 28). The reason water stays liquid is that it forms hydrogen bonds with the neighbouring water molecules, thus raising the boiling point.

Comment: Openstreetmap, Nominatim, OSRM (Score 1) 208 208

You could consider donating server space and bandwidth to Openstreetmap projects. There's a wiki for OSM but it's quite confusing at times. Then there's Nominatim, the name search; it requires lots of computer resources. Open source routing from OSM data can be done with OSRM, which is quite fast.

Perhaps extracts of OSM data for downloading would be nice, eg. just roads, waters; see what's already available.

Comment: Re:First pass (Score 4, Insightful) 44 44

The theory is that there's a big (really big) store of comets in Oort's cloud on the far outskirts of the solar system. They have never been near to the Sun having been formed far from the centre. Once their movements are perturbed they may go towards the Sun.

It really may be the first pass ever.

+ - MicroxWin Creates Linux DIstribution That Runs Debian/Ubuntu & Android Apps ->

An anonymous reader writes: VolksPC who developed MicroXwin as a lightweight X Window Server has come up with their own Linux distribution. Setting apart VolksPC's distribution from others is that it's based on both Debian and Android and has the capability to run Debian/Ubuntu/Android apps together in a native ARM experience. The implementation doesn't depend on VNC or other similar solutions of the past that have tried to join desktop apps with mobile Android apps. This distribution is also reportedlby compatible with all Android applications. The distribution is expected to begin shipping on an ARM mini-PC stick.
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