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Comment Re:"The bag had been forfeited" (Score 1) 63

little troubling how? Really not that much more troubling than your neighbor saying it is his mower now. May be bad example.

But for this scenario, the museum should have done an inventory and told the police the bag was part of the museum and should be returned to the museum. If there would have been conflict from police, museum should have asked for backup from NASA on talking to police. I would hope that NASA would schedule asking museums if the items were still being shown or needed repair or would be better returned to NASA. NASA cared enough to try to get it back.

Comment Got a call from Microsoft recently (Score -1) 64

I removed several Windows (7) updates that were doing data collection.
THE NEXT DAY, I received a call from someone (from India) claiming to be from Microsoft saying that I was missing some updates. No transaction requested, just a request to update Windows.

Two weeks later I removed another update, and received another call the next day.

Comment Standard deviation (Score 1) 127

It sounds like he just made an average and called it that. That's bad math. Standard deviation shows how far your average can vary.

For those of you who don't do math.
Values of 90,91,92,93,94 brings a standard deviation of 1.58 and values of 88,90,92,94,96 brings a standard deviation of 3.16. Same average of both groups, but the standard deviation shows how far out your variances go from average.

Comment Re:No. Give the control to the users (Score 1) 263

The main problem with this idea, assuming it could work at all, is classification.

Who/what classifies ads as "No video", "No audio", "digital camera" or such? Nobody wants to spend the time/expense to put classifications on ads, and the classifications are going to be terribly subjective anyway.

Comment This is not what you want.Call a security company. (Score 1) 212

I'm familiar with the security business.

What you really want is for police to be called if your home is broken into, even if you can't be called. For this you need a monitoring contract, which can only be done through a security company (cannot be done as an individual).

You can use the other posts here to maybe find good open-source hardware. Security companies will generally not let you purchase hardware/software that you can modify. If there are any issues with anything, you have to prove you didn't have anything to do with the problem.

We don't even let customers have keys to the box with circuit board (called a panel) to change batteries.

Comment Go lower tech (Score 5, Interesting) 174

First of all, this question comes up every 4-6 months "How to store data long term?".

Take the best pictures, get them printed on quality material, and laminate that and make a photo album. It can now easily be shown to anyone who visits and will survive past the lifespan of your children. I have family pictures from 130 years ago in non-digital format.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer (arstechnica.com) 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 + - A Tool for Analyzing H-1B Visa Applications Reveals Tech Salary Secrets (ieee.org)

Tekla Perry writes: "The golden age of engineers is not over," says a French software engineer who developed a tool for mining U.S. Department of Labor visa application data, but, he says, salaries appear to be leveling off. Indeed, salary inflation for software engineers and other technical professionals at Google and Facebook has slowed dramatically, according to his database, and Airbnb and Dropbox pay is down a little, though Netflix pay is through the roof. The data also shows that some large companies appear to be playing games with titles to deflate salaries, and Microsoft is finally offering technology professionals comparable salaries to Apple and Google. There's a lot more to be discovered in this interactive database, and researchers are getting ready to mine it.

Submission + - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional (google.com) 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."

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