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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 + - Suggestions for Technical Documentation Software 1

DaveOrZach writes: I'm looking for technical documentation software like Dozuki or Docebo to document work instruction within a manufacturing company. Open source preferable but not necessary. I'm trying to avoid SaaS because of cost and security.

Comment Re:Maybe better for android? (Score 1) 140

Apple supported Bluetooth 4 (low energy) before Android and as a result several useful and cool gadgets were released for iOS before Android (Fitbit One, etc.) I think developers had to write custom drivers/interfaces for each low energy Android device before the latest version of Jelly Bean. There is no doubt Android is more open than iOS but it is a lie to say their isn't cool gadgets for the iOS devices.

Submission + - Cell phone link to brain cancer overhyped? (

The Bad Astronomer writes: "Following up on the story posted to Slashdot earlier, the "possible" link between cell phones and brain cancer is very tenuous, to say the least. Looking at the actual data reveals the results are indistinguishable from no connection at all. Not surprisingly, these results are being widely misinterpreted."

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 200

Check Google's investor relations site, They make a majority of their revenue off ads ($28.2B in 2010.) They only made $1B in other revenues in 2010. Google really doesn't care what OS/browser you use; they just want to make sure you use their search engine and ad platform. What better way to control the user search and ad platform preference than control the OS.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 2) 200

I think Android has a large install base because Android phones are cheaper. AT&T has 4 Android phones under $20, T-Mobile has 4 free phones, and Sprint has 2 free phones (all with 2 yr contract.) My mom, dad, and aunt don't care if you root or jailbreak your phone. They want a cheap phone that can email, browse the web, and show off picture of the grandkids. Their is a lot more non-geek user than geek users; they don't care about the underlying technology, they just want a cheap phone.

Submission + - Intel to integrate Thunderbolt into Ivy Bridge (

An anonymous reader writes: While there was never any doubt about USB 3.0 support, Intel announced at Computex that Ivy Bridge — the successor to Sandy Bridge that's due in 2012 — will support Thunderbolt on the chipset. In other news, at the same presentation, Intel also hinted that Haswell (the platform after Ivy Bridge) will support "multiple OSes", though whether that means there'll be an abstraction layer like the Transmeta Crusoe, or something else entirely, we'll have to wait and see.

Comment Re:Is Google becoming AOL? (Score 1) 417

AOL was an ISP. It was easy to copy and improve on AOL's early business model and ISPs become a community in a very short time. Even today, no one wants to become a "dump pipe," just look at how the cable companies and cellular networks try to protect their turf with long term contracts and bundling their data service with something else (TV, movie, phone, etc.) AOL didn't know how to evolve, AOL died.

Google is an advertiser/data miner. It is very hard to copy or capture Google's data. Google's business model is secure because of extreme high cost to enter the market. The only thing Google has to worry about is users giving their data to someone else. That is why they made Android and Chrome; prevents MS and Yahoo from gathering user data. Facebook, not Apple, is the only real threat to Google.

Comment Is Google becoming AOL? (Score 2) 417

If memory serves me right, didn't the early versions of AOL work a similar way as the Chrome browser? A user types in a keyword into the AOL broswer and AOL matched the keyword with a URL, website pops up. A user types a keyword in Chrome and Chrome searches your history or uses Google's search engine to match the keyword with a URL, website pops up. I know you can change the search engines in Chrome but the end result is the same; the user doesn't have to know how the Internet works to use the Internet.

History repeats itself.

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