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Comment Re:The US wants Instant Gratification (Score 1) 439

You can still custom order a car from any dealer. If you know exactly what you want, are willing to wait, and willing to pay for it then they will be more than happy to set it up for you. Several of my relatives still order trucks in exactly that manner.

Personally I'm more than happy to just search dealer inventories online.

Comment Re:Did they learn anything?? (Score 1) 278

Elementary schools teach neither hunting nor Spanish

When I was in elementary school, that was true. By the time I graduated high school, Spanish was being taught in 5th grade. The school I formerly went to was one of the first in the state to start an elementary foreign language program. I suppose it could just be a quirk of the area that I live in, but I was under the impression that now, many years later, it had become pretty widespread.

Comment Re:Benefits of LTE-U? (Score 2) 173

The companies that will use this already have frequencies dedicated exclusively to them. In fact they have a huge amount for their exclusive use. I as a consumer have a limited number of frequencies available for my purposes. I have to share them with every other person around me.

There is absolutely no need for cellular operators to start intruding on unlicensed spectrum. If this truly is about "fair sharing of a shared asset," then when can I expect an equivalent amount of spectrum to be opened in their bands for my uses? If I have to share with them it's only fair they share with me, right?

I realize that this is completely legal by current regulations. It's probably past time to review those regulations to keep commercial operators on the parts of the spectrum they already own. If you have dedicated frequencies allocated to you, then there is no reason to spread onto shared frequencies as well.

Comment Re:Not first (Score 1) 181

I've been using Mediacom for about 8 years, and while they aren't terrible, they aren't great either.

When doing a speed test, I generally get faster than expected results. I pay for 50/5, and usually test around 55/6. However, during peak times I frequently have issues with Netflix and Youtube videos. These issues don't exist with other websites I've tried, and speed tests still show faster than expected results.

After getting frustrated with poor performance in the evenings, I decided to set up a VPS running an HTTP proxy. When using the proxy, all issues with Netflix and Youtube go away and I get the maximum quality available with no stuttering.

So at least in my experience, Mediacom seems to be engaging in the same shenanigans as other providers. I've noticed that at least in my area, Mediacom seems to be using AT&T as an upstream provider so this could just be AT&T screwing with things. Either way, I'm not happy that I have to go out of my way just to get a usable connection for internet video.

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."

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 + - 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.

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