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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: Today at 04:55:56 AM
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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 Simončič, 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 myPCBackup.com remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simončič (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 26, 2015, 07:51:32 AM
Don't feel like learning to code but want to work in the programming industry? Too dumb or lazy to learn but you look damn good? AND you're female? Here's a job JUST for you.

Alibaba actually posted this job for a “stunning” woman to motivate programmers

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Chinese internet powerhouse Alibaba has taken down a job posting that sought a woman to fill the role of “programmer encouragement specialist.” It was just as bad as that sounds.

The ad, which first appeared on Alibaba’s website on April 29, said the “specialist” would join the team of dingtalk, an Alibaba-backed messaging app. It compared the ideal candidate to both Japanese porn star Sora Aoi and Korean actress Song Hye-kyo.

After coverage in the Chinese press with snarky headlines like “Beautiful women mean productivity!” (link in Chinese) and backlash on social media, Alibaba took the ad down from its job board. Responding to Quartz’s inquiries, an Alibaba group spokesperson said the ad “was intended to be an attempt at humorous marketing to recruit IT talent.”

Follow the link for the full text of the ad.
3  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! (23rd May 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 03:12:31 PM
They tell me 2 rules, tell me my password matches 2 of 3 rules, then tells me 4 rules must be met.

It said 2 of 3 character rules were met. The 4th is probably not a character rule.

Very likely these are the 4 rules:

  • at least 1 uppercase letter
  • at least 1 lowercase letter
  • at least 1 number
  • length (not sure what the requirement for this is)

While a password like Y0u would satisfy the first 3, it likely would not satisfy the 4th.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: May 21, 2015, 01:14:05 PM
This is a screenshot of a recent support ticket I received at work. I made sure I snatched it before one of the lower level agents marked it as spam.

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5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 13, 2015, 09:58:35 AM
If it's just for excel, word and browser work, I don't think MS will lose any customer even with Cloud OS.

But from monthly payment type of plans for OS, I don't think other than first world countries, it'll be much interest anyone.

In fact, some of the small business companies will move to linux or unix variants to save costs. After-all paying monthly for the sake of using OS, is financial leak. And any sane business benefits from closing such leak.

This will also help Apple and Linux, because developers will move to these OS, as not all the developers write code for profit. With locked in cloud OS, and developer certificates and subscription stuff, it only makes it expensive for coders to build stuff for MS from here onwards.

I think you have a good 10 years before you'd have to worry about the possibility of a subscription based OS from Microsoft. I think the only ones that may have to pay for a subscription would be Enterprise users, and that wouldn't be for OS licensing and usage...it would be for support, which they would likely have to pay for no matter what OS they are using, including Linux.

So, for the foreseeable future, if you want to save money as a consumer, make sure your next PC is built to last, both in quality of hardware and specs. You want it to last as long as possible without it dying or becoming obsolete.

This is my fear though: MS will be able to make your hardware remotely obsolete by releasing an update that makes some key features inoperable or key software non-functional, to force you to buy a new device, whenever they need some extra revenue.

Currently you have the option to stick with XP or Win7, as long as your machine is working, sticking with old but functional software.

Case in point: I have a perfectly functioning iPad 1 with an amazing battery that is useless to me because the main apps I used decided to abandon that device once Apple made its OS unupdatable for those specs.

I really wouldn't worry about Microsoft releasing an update with the intention of making a large number of systems obsolete, just to force people to buy a new computer. I would worry more about the app and web developers increasing the bloat and resource usage till you are forced to buy a new machine, just to be capable of having enough ram installed to check your email.

In 2008, there was nothing to stop me from playing flash games on my old PC, except the flash games themselves, nothing to stop me from using most web apps except the heavy reliance on Javascript that required a lot more ram than the PC was capable of having installed. Microsoft didn't do that to get me to buy a new PC. They had no control over that.

You think Microsoft forces people to build stuff like this so people would be forced to buy a new computer with a preinstalled copy of Windows? http://www.sbs.com.au/theboat/

And besides, there will always be consumers that go right for the lower price tag of a low spec machine that is destined to last 2 years, at most. There is no shortage of wasteful fools in this world, willing to buy cheap crap for now, repeatedly, over paying more for something built to last.

This is why discount stores still sell plenty of pairs of crappy $15 sneakers that fall apart in a month. There is no shortage of people willing to blow $180 a year by buying 12 pairs of them, over spending $70 on a single pair that would last them more than a year. And they actually think they are saving money with that $15 price tag. They don't really understand the first thing about frugality.

And while you and I might actually opt to upgrade the hardware in an existing machine, when it's needed, they never will. They toss the old and buy a whole new machine. Hell, I know people that would rather buy a new laptop every year, than clean the malware off the old one to make it usable again. Microsoft will still make plenty of money from them.

Frugal people are a minority, while wasteful fools pretty much describes most of the general population.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 12, 2015, 07:20:19 PM
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"Every three years or so Microsoft would sit down and create 'the next great OS'," he said.

"The developers would be locked away and out would pop a product based on what the world wanted three years ago."

Microsoft also had to spend a huge amount of money and marketing muscle to convince people that they needed this new version, and that it was better than anything that had come before, he explained.

Moving to a situation in which Windows is a constantly updated service will break out of this cycle, and let Microsoft tinker more with the software to test new features and see how customers like them, he added.

Most of the revenue generated by Windows for Microsoft came from sales of new PCs and this was unlikely to be affected by the change, Mr Kleynhans pointed out.

"Overall this is a positive step, but it does have some risks," he said.

"Microsoft will have to work hard to keep generating updates and new features, he said, adding that questions still remained about how corporate customers would adapt to the change and how Microsoft would provide support.

"It doesn't mean that Windows is frozen and will never move forward again," Mr Kleynhans told the BBC.

"Indeed we are about to see the opposite, with the speed of Windows updates shifting into high gear."

http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-32658340

Ok, here it is, the reason why Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to W10 for everyone, even pirates, is because they make very little on the sale of individual licenses direct to consumers upgrading their OS and make most of their money from the consumer market, via sales of new PCs with Windows preinstalled. And since this is unlikely to change in the future, why not make upgrading free?

So, it's very likely that the license for W10 will be tied to the PC it is installed on and non-transferrable to another PC, should the one you have die.

They say this will be the last version of windows and from here on out, there will be regular updates and improvements made to the OS, which every user will likely be entitled to for the life of their computer...an ever evolving version of Windows.

And since most consumers that pirate Windows are doing it to upgrade an existing system they purchased with Windows preinstalled, this should eliminate that entire category of piracy and even encourage those that usually opt to not upgrade, due to the cost of a new license, to keep their OS current.

The only people that will end up having to pay for a separate license of Win10 for each of their computers, are likely to be those that build their own, those that purchase a PC without an OS, and businesses that normally buy licenses in bulk.

So, for the foreseeable future, if you want to save money as a consumer, make sure your next PC is built to last, both in quality of hardware and specs. You want it to last as long as possible without it dying or becoming obsolete.

And this is good money saving advice, even if Microsoft wasn't planning on these changes. Buying or building a new PC every 3-5 years will cost you more in the long run than it would if you only did it every 7-8 years, regardless of what OS you plan on running on it. So this advice even applies to Linux users.

The main thing Windows using consumers have to worry about now is if Win10 sucks so bad that they don't want to use it (in which case you move on to another OS), or if Microsoft starts losing too much money if the sale of new PCs with Windows pre-installed takes a nosedive, and they decide to release a subscription based Win11 at some point in the future. (which again, you can move on to another OS)

So, in the long term this will either be great for Microsoft and Windows users, or great for Linux and Apple, and only time will tell.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 10, 2015, 07:55:34 AM

I read those and there is no mention of it changing the desktop theme, displaying progressbars with deleting progress, launching the official uninstallers of various programs installed, etc. as  questorfla described.

And questorfla never mentioned anything about the laptop going into a rebooting loop, which is a symptom of Rombertik. And there was no mention of opening an email attachment (screensaver .scr masquerading as a PDF), which is how Rombertik gets executed and installed on a user's system.

So, I am not sure why any of you suspect this Rombertik is what is infecting the machine. Please enlighten me if there was something I missed.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple Catastrophic Failure Logic... on: May 10, 2015, 05:56:30 AM
I hope your luggage makes it all that way!

Uh, yeah, same.

Having worked as assistant operations manager for a courier company whose main line of business was delivering lost luggage for all the airlines (if/when they found it), I can tell you that if it is valuable to you, don't EVER stick it in checked baggage!

Each and every connecting flight in which your checked baggage will have to be moved from one plane to another, there is a big risk that it may not make it onto that plane and could end up lost or misdirected. (they collectively lose enough to keep 2-3 courier companies in business, per international airport) And not every item the airlines lose gets found.

And you can not submit an insurance claim for sentimental value on lost items. At most, you'd get what you paid for the items, and only if you can provide receipts for them. And the total amount you can claim is capped.

If the cash to buy brand new, empty hard drives and NAS is a good substitute for your photos and other data, by all means go ahead and stick them in your checked luggage.

If not, then you better make arrangements to be able to take them in your carry ons, where you can keep a close eye on them.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ON/OFF TaskBar button for Automatic log-on and connect to Internet. on: May 10, 2015, 05:28:57 AM
I think what Ath is trying to say is that logging in to your ISP account each and every time you want to use the internet, is not a normal thing for broadband users to have to do. They usually login once, through their ISP supplied gateway modem/router (usually through a page in their browser) and then the connection is always on, always logged in. It's not their PC that is logged into their ISP account...it's their modem.

If you have to login to your ISP account each and every time you want to use the internet, your setup is either not typical or you are not on broadband (are you on dialup?), and we would need a lot more info about exactly how you have to do it, in order to understand.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 10, 2015, 04:04:57 AM
How could you be in the coffee/coffee maker business and NOT know that people are very fussy and quite passionate about their coffee, and that they will not be stopped from having what they perceive as the "perfect cup of coffee", and that you can not profit by trying to put a stop to that?
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: moving data from desktop to laptop on: May 06, 2015, 01:58:04 AM
It might even be an idea to get a portable hard disk (roughly the same size as your internal; hard disk. Hook it up to the appropriate computer and start transferring data. This has the advantage that you have a (new) portable hard disk that can be very useful for other purposes (backup ?) after you are finished transferring data.

That's how I did it, with my 500G Passport drive. That has to be one of the handiest things I own, when it comes to easily transporting data between computers.

And you are going to need an easy way to copy the data on your laptop to somewhere else, on a regular basis, for backup purposes, so you might as well get yourself one.

If you shop around you can usually find a 500G one for a little under $60, but Amazon has a 1TB sized one right now, for about that, too (with free shipping): http://www.amazon.com/Pas...nal-Backup/dp/B00EAS8M0S/

And if you get it from there, do yourself a favor and spend the extra $5 for the hard shell carrying case to protect it: http://www.amazon.com/Ama...-Essential/dp/B003LSTD38/

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IRLDD DC Meetup April 2015: Upcoming Trip to Singapore and Malaysia on: May 04, 2015, 08:41:10 PM
Mouser sent me the logo we chose for the mugs, I printed out two copies, took them with me to Kuala Lumpur, and lanux128 and I taped them around some other mugs he had (one of which was an actual DC mug he already received).   tongue  Makes for a good story, eh?

Great idea with the printing! I should have done something like that when Ehtyar came to visit me.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology moving anxiety... on: May 04, 2015, 07:55:26 PM
Yes - it's like, "Oh, wait... I'm going to be without an Internet connection for **HOW LONG**???"

I would not be without internet for more than 24 hours, even if I had no internet, as long as I have a laptop and know where in my neighborhood has free wifi. Wink
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New WordPress exploit makes it easy to hijack wp sites - fix just released on: April 27, 2015, 05:13:05 PM
One of the nice things about WordPress is that it automatically updates itself with critical security updates, so issues like this get taken care of automatically.

You can turn it on for plugins and themes, too, if you aren't that concerned about anything breaking (or use a plugin for more control over it). But I would have automatic offsite backups set up before ever thinking about doing something like that. And make sure you are using a child theme for your customizations, or you will lose them.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to easily shuffle around parts of an image on: April 22, 2015, 04:31:09 PM
You mean like a slide puzzle, but with none of the pieces removed?

I found this game called FloTiles, that might do what you want, but I suppose you may have to make a screenshot of the resulting puzzle, to be able to keep it as a new image file.

http://apps.microsoft.com...3f-440f-a746-cdc50af286de

You may need to have Win8.1 to download it, though, and I am not entirely sure if this is for phones and tablets, only.

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16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 16, 2015, 12:46:05 AM
Happy April 15th?





Nope, didn't have to open my wallet for him. In fact, we got back more than twice as much as we did last year. smiley

But I did have to chip in an extra $8 towards this guy's breakfast. First time in my life that I actually owed money, instead of getting a refund.  Sad

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17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 16, 2015, 12:33:31 AM
Next time you do somehow manage to get someone that knows what they are doing, get their name!
And if you have a chance to give feedback, mention their name!

And say they deserve a raise!  Wink

Last customer that said that in reference to the support they got from me, I not only got that raise, I got a $100 gift card for my favorite restaurant, too!  Grin
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 15, 2015, 02:57:02 AM

Next time you do somehow manage to get someone that knows what they are doing, get their name! That way if you ever have to contact support again, you can ask for them, specifically. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it's worth it.  smiley
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Batchfile can't recognize long file name...!!!! on: April 14, 2015, 01:28:53 AM
Path Copy Copy adds entries to the Explorer context menu that will grab the short names for you, and it's free open source.

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20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 13, 2015, 01:44:03 PM
The Worst Room: A blog about trying to find affordable housing in new york city (and elsewhere)

The descriptions of these rooms for rent, along with the tags used by the author, are hilarious.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 08, 2015, 07:19:43 PM
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22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 07, 2015, 03:15:46 PM
For anyone interested, you can watch the rescue in real-time, here: http://tracker.archiveteam.org/friendfeed/
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why are car stereos so flimsy? on: April 07, 2015, 10:45:20 AM
I was offering you a vintage New In Box car stereo (radio/cassette) that you can use one with.  smiley

^ your generous offer just made me wish for a car, April  Kiss


Yeah, not having the car makes it kind of useless, which is why I offered it.  smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 07, 2015, 08:26:26 AM
If it didn't require the use of a VM it would be a good use of all the unused RasPi's sitting around doing nothing.

There is a way to do it without the VM, running the script directly, on Linux, but it's a bit more complicated: http://archiveteam.org/in...nning_the_script_manually
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 06, 2015, 01:33:01 PM
Though I am looking into setting up a "Warrior" myself, DC probably isn't the best place to find 1,000 volunteers. You might get better visibility for this using reddit or slashdot or something.

I didn't expect to find all 1000 qualified volunteers here, and there are posts elsewhere, including on Friendfeed, G+, and Frenf.it, and I believe that a member of Archive Team has made a post on Reddit (or is going to).

The Archive Team project looks pretty cool.  thumbs up

If you have the time to spare, you should see the action from inside their IRC channel on efnet #humancentifeed It's quite an interesting show, just as it was when they were grabbing Geocities.  Wink

Hmm.
Well, please post an intro post with some basic instructions for us and I will try to test if I can run one of these warrior things!

Original post above has links to instructions about setting up and running a Warrior. Try following those instructions, first, and if you have any questions or problems, ask them here and I'll try to get someone to answer them.
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