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Submission + - SourceForge Joins the Bundle Wagon

An anonymous reader writes: The irony of submitting this on /. is not lost on me.
"Apparently, SourceForge's mysterious "sf-editor1" has also claimed ownership of a number of other accounts for open source and other software projects."
SF is claiming ownership of these projects for the specious reason of them being "abandoned" when in fact these project simply stopped using SF (apparently for good reason).

Submission + - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing ( 1

shanehiltonward 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.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).


Submission + - France : Sarkozy wants more surveillance (

An anonymous reader writes: In the days following the (totally failed) UK terror plots, French president Nicolas Sarkozy wishes to take advantage of ambient paranoia : today, Sarkozy asked French government to widely implant surveillance camera systems in France.
Sarkozy takes the huge number of cameras in London as a reference, even if observers comment that the UK surveillance system did not avoid the bombs to be planted. UK is often refered as "Big Brother Nation". tent?lp=fr_en& Fap%2F20070704%2Ftpl-terrorisme-videosurveillance- sarkozy-cfb2994.html

As previous Minister of Interior, Nicolas Sarkozy already raised strong concerns with his proposition of laws limiting individual rights and privacy.


Submission + - Attack-proof power line to be installed under NY

Podcaster writes: "American Superconductor Corporation and Con Edison have announced a joint effort to develop and deploy a new system that utilizes high temperature superconductor (HTS) power cable technology in Con Edison's grid in New York City. The project, called Team Hydra, will aim to establish "Secure Super Grids" that can withstand extreme weather and terrorist attacks."

Submission + - Paypal is now a bank

CC writes: "Paypal in Europe has changed. It used to be a UK company, but has now moved to Luxembourg, and is an entity regulated as a bank by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, the Luxembourg equivalent of the FSA. The FAQ on the subject hints at future bank-like services."

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