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Submission + - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional ( 5

tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.

Submission + - SourceForge wraps open source software in adware

An anonymous reader 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 + - Sourceforge re-packaging old software with adware

Koyaanisqatsi writes: As previously reported here, the Windows installer for the popular GIMP image editing software has been bundled with additional commercial software. What seems most disturbing is that apparently Sourceforge is making these changes to a number of other less-active packages in their site, according to reporting by Ars.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.

Submission + - Time Magazine Reprints Philip K. Dick Letter (

An anonymous reader writes: The archive editor at Time magazine has re-published a 1955 letter they received from science fiction author Philip K. Dick. A cover story had touted "The Caine Mutiny," the Pulitizer Prize-winning war novel by Herman Wouk, but Dick "really, really didn't like" it, according to Time's archivist. "The message I got out of Herman Wouk's Caine Mutiny is: (a) Believe! (b) Work! (c) Die!" Dick wrote, in a scathing letter to the editor. This was early in his career — Dick sold his first short story in 1951, and began writing mainly short fiction (much of which has now fallen into the public domain). Time's archivist notes that it was the only time in his life Dick appeared in the magazine until his death in 1982, "mere months before Blade Runner would propel his work into the mainstream."

Comment Re:It's a stupid test (Score 3, Insightful) 642

We wouldn't lose these things.

Ripley talks to several women, and not about men or sex either. Mostly it's about killing monsters. For obvious reasons.
Amanda Carter talks to several women, about science and whatnot.
Babylon 5, where Talia Winters and Susan Ivanova spend much time debating the ethic of Psi-Corps, later hinting that they've begun some sort of relationship.
Torchwood: Everyone in that series talks almost incessantly about sex and stuff, I think those bits are juvenile, to be honest.
Agents of SHIELD, where Melina and Skye talk about their missions, training, Skye's childhood etc, etc

I could go through all your examples, but there are beers that need drinking.

Comment Re:Kickstarter! (Score 1) 215

why is the 18 wheeler going the wrong way on the interstate, and how am i going to avoid him with a closing speed of only 110 mph rather than 115? (assuming he isn't speeding)

He's not. You are, after losing control for assuming that an extra 5-10mph couldn't possibly make a difference, and the road conditions couldn't be that bad, could they? And speedometers are usually calibrated to show higher numbers to be safe, etc etc.

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