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Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects ( 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?

Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware (

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

Comment Re:are the windows.. (Score 1) 474

Sorry to chime in with a me too, but double or triple glazing is the answer.

When purchasing double glazing for the street side of my home, the glazier asked if it was for noise reduction.

In my case it wasn't, but ordinary double glazing reduced the street noise a lot. (Two panes 4mm and 6mm from memory).

Where noise reduction is intended, the manufacturer adds an internal gel-coat which reduces external noise much more.

Comment Re:Calm before the hyperbole (Score 1) 566

Yes. I'm saddened to say that I really feel for the dog. He probably had (to him) good reasons for the dog to die too, but burning to death is just horrible. I feel for anyone who gets into a position where suicide seems to be the only way out, but setting anyone or any animal on fire is just horrendous.

Comment Re:Copycat suicides (Score 1) 566

No sure what planet you live on, but on mine, GLBT people have and raise children. (Hint fertilisation of an egg doesn't require a man and a woman to share a sexual encounter). From your somewhat weird point of view, you may be interested to know that children raised by parents who are homosexual, are less likely to be homosexual themselves. If you see that as a problem, you should probably take all of the children away from the hetero parents.

Comment Apples and Oranges? (Score 4, Insightful) 630

The Author doesn't seem to make the point that he's trying to make. Computer Science degrees may not be a good predictor for coding in language-of-the-week, but computer scientists would not make the kind of dumb rookie errors that you see every day in the real world. I still shudder about a self-taught contractor who wasted weeks trying to write a sort. I'm surprised that an article as poor as this one made the front page.

Submission + - 58% of South Australia's Power Generated by Wind Farms (

SA_Democrat writes: You've probably heard people saying that wind energy doesn't work, well, South Australia would beg to differ. Ongoing investment in wind farms has resulted in wind providing 58% of demand . Australia has a National electricity grid, so excess energy is exported to other states. Of course, in a country this size, the wind is always blowing somewhere.

Submission + - NASA:Dry ice snow lands on Mars – no word on school closings (

coondoggie writes: "NASA said today new data show carbon dioxide-based snow, or what's more commonly known as dry ice, falls on the Red Planet's south pole -the only known such weather in our solar system.
Frozen carbon dioxide requires temperatures of about minus 193 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 125 Celsius) and the new analysis is based on data from observations in the south polar region during southern Mars winter in 2006-2007, identifying a tall carbon dioxide cloud about 300 miles (500 kilometers) in diameter persisting over the pole and smaller, shorter-lived, lower-altitude carbon dioxide ice clouds at latitudes from 70 to 80 degrees south."

Comment Re:JavaScript Miner? (Score 1) 86

I have seen exactly this problem when I am compose-typing, never when I'm copy-typing. My guess, like yours, is that the part of the brain that is doing the thinking, is in someway communicating with the part of the brain which does the typing, through a mechanism that is similar to the way the brain processes heard speech. I'm glad that you've posted this, it's nice to know that the phenomenon is not just in my imagination. Thanks for that.

Comment Re:Photographic prints! (Score 1) 350

If you're interested in printing your own, I'd recommend a visit to a quality camera shop. Ink jet printers with archive quality inks and varnish, and appropriate acid-free paper, creates photographs that will last for a very long time. I recall this kind of printer being available at my local camera shop for approximately AU$180. The inks work out to about 10 cents per A4 page (IIRC).

Comment Re:Screw the subsidies (Score 1) 415

Kudos to you. I changed my habits and retrofitted my home with insulation, solar-water heater, awnings and a rain water collection system (with a mains pressure pump). More recently I've added a 1.5kW solar system, with the money put up by the electricity retailer (on a two-year interest free loan). Because I had my own consumption down to such a low level before I went solar, I find that my system generates twice as much electricity as I use. The system will be paid off in two months, and I'm currently sitting on a $600 credit with the power company. These things are achievable now, and you don't need to live like a cave man to do it. I have whole of house air-conditioning, space-heating, computers, television, internet, etc. Individuals can make a difference with a little bit of thought.

Comment Re:This is good news (Score 1) 308

It is part of the hidden cost of nuclear power plants. If nuke plants paid insurance, the power generated would not be cost-competitive with other sources. Therefore governments all must give all nuke operators an iron-clad "hold harmless" clause, guaranteeing to make the pubic wear the cost of any "accidents". Are you starting to understand why so many people despise nuclear power yet?

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