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

Submission + - Tor is building the next generation Dark Net with funding from DARPA (

Patrick O'Neill writes: After years of relative neglect, Tor has been able to dedicate increasing time and resources to its hidden services thanks to funding in part by DARPA, as well as an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. DARPA's funding lasts 1-3 years and covers several projects including security and usability upgrades that close the gap between hidden services and the everyday Internet.

Submission + - How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth (

schwit1 writes: On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. Fortunately, the blast site of the CMEs was not directed at Earth. Had this event occurred a week earlier when the point of eruption was Earth-facing, a potentially disastrous outcome would have unfolded.

Analysts believe that a direct hit could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. . . .

According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair.

CWG’s Steve Tracton put it this way in his frightening overview of the risks of a severe solar storm: “The consequences could be devastating for commerce, transportation, agriculture and food stocks, fuel and water supplies, human health and medical facilities, national security, and daily life in general.”

Submission + - Ghost in the Machine: Teenager Finds Deceased Father's Ghost Car in Old Xbox (

concertina226 writes: Can people still have contact with their loved ones beyond the grave? Gamers on the internet are tearing up right now over a YouTube user's supernatural tale of rediscovering his father's spirit in an old Xbox game a decade after he passed away.

One of the users responding to the YouTube video was user 00WARTHERAPY00, who commented that after his dad died when he was six years old, he had been unable to touch the Xbox console that his father had played games with him on.

However, recently he discovered that the RalliSport Challenge game had saved his dad's winning lap and would replay the video of that lap over and over again, even though it was a decade since the record was set.

Submission + - ScummVM 1.7.0 Released

jones_supa writes: It's been a while since a new ScummVM release, but version 1.7.0 is now here with many exciting features. New games supported are The Neverhood, Mortville Manor, Voyeur, Return to Ringworld and Chivalry is Not Dead. The Roland MT-32 emulator has been updated, there is an OpenGL backend, the GUI has seen improvements, AGOS engine is enhanced, tons of SCI bug fixes have been applied, and various other improvements can be found. This version also introduces support for the OUYA gaming console and brings improvements to some other more exotic platforms. Please read the release notes for an accurate description of the new version.

Submission + - 2 Factor Authentication in the Real World? Please share your story. 1

Norsak writes: I work as an IT Manager. We have 1000 users on a Windows domain, a fairly common scenario
I personally doubt that implementing 2 Factor Authentication in my organization would be possible. If some of you have successfully upgraded a company to 2 factor authentication, I would be very interested in hearing about your experience.

My primary concern is:
There are so many different ways a user can currently use AD credentials.
Wouldn’t any Two Factor Authentication solution support fewer access permutations than the old Username + Password system it is replacing?

Here are some scenarios that come to mind:

- Offline Laptop cached credentials login
- Iphone & Android email login, as well as offline access to old emails.
- Non IIS webservers that use LDAP to authenticate against AD

My second concern is ease of use and its impact on user acceptance.
At the bank they plug smartcards into a reader; but solutions beyond the desktop, like Microsoft’s Azure MFA, appear much more clunky.

Please share your experiences.

Submission + - Obama nominates RIAA lawyer for Solicitor General ( 1

tripleevenfall writes: Barack Obama nominated former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr. on Monday to serve as the nation’s solicitor general. The solicitor general is charged with defending the government before the Supreme Court, and files friend-of-the court briefs in cases in which the government believes there is a significant legal issue. The office also determines which cases it will bring to the Supreme Court for review.

Verrilli is best known for leading the recording industry’s legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site Grokster, which ultimately led to Grokster’s demise. Until recently, Verrilli also was leading Viacom’s ongoing and flailing $1 billion copyright-infringement fight against YouTube.


Submission + - Apple restricts iBooks Author works to own devices (

An anonymous reader writes: Any author deciding to write their next book in the new iBooks Author is in for quite a shock. When it comes time to publish that book Apple points out you can't sell the book anywhere else without its permission. This is noted at the time of publication, but also in the EULA.

Needless to say the content probably belongs to you under law, but the creation of said work, and the format it takes in iBooks Author remains the property of Apple. Try and sell it in that format elsewhere and Apple will block it. Sell it on iBookstore and Apple will take a cut.

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