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Submission + - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP (arstechnica.com) 5

careysb 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.

Submission + - Sweidsh Prosecutors Offer to Interview Assange in London (bbc.com) 1

HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that Swedish prosecutors have offered to travel to London to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over sex assault allegations. Sweden sought Assange's arrest in 2010. Prosecutors had previously insisted on questioning him in Sweden. Assange denies the assault claims and has been living at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 and fears that if he is sent to Sweden he could then be extradited to the US to face charges over leaking material. The Swedish prosecutor explained the change in strategy by saying the that potential charges against Assange will expire in August under the statute of limitations. Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, welcomed the move. "This is something we've demanded for over four years."

Submission + - Microsoft turns (almost) any camera into a Kinect

mrspoonsi writes: Microsoft has been working on ways to make any regular 2D camera capture depth, meaning it could do some of the same things a Kinect does. As you can see in the video below the team managed to pull this off and we might see this tech all around in the near future. What’s really impressive is that this works with many types of cameras. The research team used a smartphone as well as a regular webcam and both managed to achieve some impressive results, the cameras have to be slightly modified but that's only to permit more IR light to hit the sensor.

Submission + - How do you assess the status of an open source project?

Chrisq writes: Our software landscape includes a number of open source components, and we currently assume that these components will follow the same life-cycle as commercial products, they will have a beta or test phase, a supported phase, and finally reach the end of life. In fact a clear statement that support is ended is unusual. The statement by Apache that Struts 1 has reached end of life is almost unique. What we usually find is:
  • Projects that appear are obviously inactive, having had no updates for years
  • Projects that obviously not going to be used in any new deployments because the standard language, library, or platform now has the capability built in
  • Projects that are rapidly losing developers to some more-trendy alternative project
  • Projects who's status is unclear, with some releases and statements in the forums that they are "definitely alive", but which seem to have lost direction or momentum.
  • Projects that have had no updates but are highly stable and do what is necessary, but are risky because they may not interoperate with future upgrades to other components.

By the treating Open Source in the same way as commercial software we only start registering risks when there is an official announcement. We have no metric we can use to accurately gauge the state of an Open Source component, but there are a number of components that we have a "bad feeling" about.

Are there any standard ways of assessing the status of an open source project? Do you use the same stages for Open source as commercial components? How do you incorporate these in a software landscape to indicate at-risk components and dependencies?

Submission + - Rackspace Serves Up Raspberry Pi in The Cloud (sharpenedsticks.com)

TekTek writes: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Open source cloud service provider,Rackspace, has announced the immediate availability of servers based on the popular Raspberry Pi single-board computer, despite the fact that many have questioned the wisdom of deploying a relatively low-power machine designed for the education/hobbyist market as an enterprise platform.

Submission + - Linux Foundation offer non-Microsoft boot loader (arstechnica.com)

dgharmon writes: The Linux Foundation has announced plans to provide a general purpose solution suitable for use by Linux and other non-Microsoft operating systems. The group has produced a minimal bootloader that won't boot any operating system directly. Instead, it will transfer to control to any other bootloader—signed or unsigned—so that that can boot an operating system
Censorship

Submission + - Tom Daley Twitter abuse: Police arrest boy in Weymouth (bbc.co.uk)

Chrisq writes: "The BBC reportsthat a teenager has been arrested by police investigating abuse of Team GB diver Tom Daley on Twitter. It goes on to say "A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications".

Evidently he twitted "You let your dad down i hope you know that".

If there ever was something that should have been left to censure by other fans and friends and not made a police matter then this is it. This sets an all-time low in the threshold of free speech in the UK. If it sets a precedent how many other comments and posts will result in charges? How much normal conversation would be illegal?

This is also likely to be ceased on by groups wanting to suppress criticism; with "unkind words" being reported to police."

Books

Submission + - UK company demos colour video animation on electronic paper (techworld.com)

sweetpea86 writes: Plastic electronics company Plastic Logic has demonstrated colour video animation on a flexible plastic display, which it claims is the first example of an organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) driving electronic paper at video rate. The demonstration proves that the potential uses of electronic paper extend far beyond monochrome text-based e-readers to more sophisticated tablet-style devices that can run colour video, while still keeping power consumption low.
Google

Submission + - ANDROID 4.1 JELLY BEAN LAUNCHED AT GOOGLE I/O MEET. (wordpress.com)

earthandroid writes: For all you guys want to have latest news of android rather than searching Google can now simply visit this point and get every latest news related to Android, its application, new device launches and there latest updates. Plus the style of writing articles is quite different with updates given daily. Just try once and make yourself feel satisfied with the information you are searching.
Microsoft

Submission + - Move from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress rough (onecoolsitebloggingtips.com)

Chrisq writes: The move of Windows Live Spaces users to the WordPress platform is having some problems. There are lots of queries on the WordPress forum about how to move back to live spaces, which is not possible.

Also, draft posts are not migrated, which is not obvious from the instructions, with instructions to publish drafts being burred in a forum thread. One user lost 30 or 40 drafts with help staff not certain whether the will .

The large number of users is straining Wordpress's support staff, and problem reports are taking over 24 hours to get a response. The migration process has a backlog, which has left some users in the worrying situation that their Live Spaces blog has gone but the posts don't appear in their wordpress blog for hours. There are some suggestions that it can take 24 hours for this situation to be resolved.

Was this sort of chaos predictable?

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Outlook Plug-In Keeps Tone of Your Email In Check Screenshot-sm 119

Meshach writes "A new plug-in for Outlook will warn you if an email you are about to send is 'too emotional.' Basically the plug-in scans the email for emotions such as elation, humiliation, excitement and fear. A user can set how much emotion they want to allow in their messages and if exceeded the threshold a warning will pop up."
Microsoft

Submission + - MS India files complaint against BIS (OOXML) (sify.com) 2

crazy_dude2 writes: This news story says that Microsoft India has filed a complaint with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs about the constitution of a committee by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which had rejected its Office Open XML as the global electronic documentation standard in a vote on March 20.Following the March 20 rejection, Microsoft has shot an email to BIS in which it has questioned the qualifications of the committee to reject Open XML. Microsoft said the LITD (committee representing Indian govt.) 15 Committee is a "technical committee and not an expert on ISO process and procedures". Chairperson of the committee has offered to resign over the issue(as mentioned in article). To remind the readers only BPO/IT companies had voted yes in support of OOXML and all academia had rejected the OOXML including IITs, IIM-A, IISC.
United States

Submission + - US appeals right not to surrender encryption keys (nationalpost.com)

Loibisch writes: "Recently in a case of child pornography possession the courts ruled that you did not have to give up your encryption password if you think you would be self-incriminating yourself that way.
The National Post now reports that the US government has appealed the courts decision, essentially trying to undermine the 5th amendment.

Link: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=234246"

Microsoft

Submission + - Gates foundation deathly side-effects (latimes.com) 3

HuguesT writes: An long and detailed article from the L.A. Times points out severe, unintended side effects of the health policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. This foundation has given away almost 2 billions US$ to the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria worldwide. Thanks in no small measure to this effort, the death toll from AIDS in most of Africa are finally levelling off. However, the money from the foundation is earmarked to the fight against these three diseases, to the detriment of global health. Sick people can also be hungry and not able to ingest healing drugs. Doctors in these countries prefer to be well paid working against AIDS than poorly working against all the other health problems, which creates a brain drain. Numerous children also suffer from diarrhea or asphyxia due to lack of basic care. The paradox is that countries where the foundation has invested most have seen their mortality rate increase, whereas it has improved in countries where the foundation was least involved.
Government

Submission + - NY State seeking comments on ODF

An anonymous reader writes: The New York State "Office for Technology" is soliciting comments about electronic records, and what formats they should be kept in. Examples given are ODF, and MOOXML. Be sure to click on "Part II" which is where all the details are hidden. Comments are due by Friday, December 28th at 5pm. http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oftnews/erecords-study.htm

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