SPACE WEATHER FACT CHECK: Many readers are asking about a report in the Washington Examiner, which states that a Carrington-class solar storm narrowly missed Earth two weeks ago. There was no Carrington-class solar storm two weeks ago. On the contrary, solar activity was low throughout the month of July. The report is erroneous. The possibility of such a storm is, however, worth thinking about: A modern Carrington event would cause significant damage to our high-tech society. Solar flare alerts: text, voice.
FIRST PERSEIDS OF 2013 (Updated): Earth is entering a broad stream of debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Although the shower won't peak until August 12-13, when Earth hits the densest part of the stream, the first Perseids are already arriving. "Despite poor weather over our network of meteor cameras, we have detected six Perseid fireballs since July 30th," reports Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.
An inset shows one of the fireballs shining almost as brightly as the Moon: video.
The shower is just getting started. Rates should remain low for the next week as Earth penetrates the sparse outskirts of the debris stream, then skyrocket to ~100 meteors per hour as the calendar turns to the second week of August. Stay tuned for more fireballs. [meteor radar] [NASA: Perseid fireballs].
Bambi Note: Interesting. Love the Perseids!
Geeks.com Ordering Is Being Turned Off...
After 17 years of service, almost half a billion dollars’ worth of computer products put in the hands of loyal Geeks worldwide, jobs for hundreds of people and support for their family members. That is what Geeks.com meant to us and the people who worked here. Words cannot express our gratitude for the relationships and customers we have developed.
But all good things come to an end.
As of today, Friday, August 2nd, 2013, we are turning off ordering on Geeks.com. We will cease to sell and ship products immediately. Geeks.com has always stood behind our products and don’t intend to stop now. We plan on fulfilling all of our responsibilities and liabilities, including, orders, any credits due will be issued, and we will have a small staff on hand to answer questions, to process returns, and to faithfully honor warranties. Please be patient as we will have no phone support. Please click here for any customer service related issues. If you have a problem with a product or a technical question we can help with, please send it here. The corporation itself is not closing. Our retail store in Oceanside California is open for business and will remain open!
Our vision has always been to provide the geeky tech consumer an alternative avenue to purchase quality refurbished and new techy products and gadgets. That vision was the cornerstone of our slogan “Best Deals Every Nanosecond”. Unfortunately after a lot of difficult consideration the owners of Geeks.com feel we are unable to come through on this vision any longer.
There are many why's... The e-commerce landscape, as well as the consumer electronics market, has changed dramatically with intense competition and a 1000lb gorilla (do we really need to say who) competitor that can lose millions of dollars to buy customers and suck up inventory. They can lose money with impunity, supported by the stock market. We cannot.
Our wholesale division Evertek.com is still available for our business to business customers. Please visit our website for further information.
We are deeply sorry and saddened by the impact this will have on the families of our staff members, on our own families, and on the community of customers who were a part of us.
We are very hopeful that we can turn ordering back on at some future date.
In the meantime feel free to use our Facebook page as a way to express your thoughts on our decision or anything about Geeks.com, computers, and consumer electronics. We welcome and would love your feedback. The days and weeks ahead are going to be difficult for all, and like anyone, we need cheering up too :)
With fond memories of the past and with hope for the future, we are signing off...
The Geeks Team
Bambi Note: This is very sad news. Even when I can't swing buying something, I always checked out Geeks.com and sent many folks there over the years. I referred one of my clients to them last week. Considering what this week brought without any warning, I am glad they went elsewhere for their computer needs. I loved Geeks.com for many years. So sorry to see them close and particularly with such short notice.
Apparently, they still have their Evertek Wholesale online store for business to business, as their email stated, but you need a state tax number and other stuff to have an account there.
Bye bye Geeks.com! You will be missed after being there all these years. So many small businesses are going out of business. This is #3 that I personally know in the last week or so.
New York City's crackdown on big, sugary sodas is staying on ice.
A mid-level state appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city's Board of Health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a 16-ounce size limit on high-calorie soft drinks served in restaurants, theaters, stadiums, sidewalk food carts and many other places.
In a unanimous opinion, a four-judge panel of the state Supreme Court Appellate Division said that while the board has the power to ban "inherently harmful" foodstuffs from being served to the public, sweetened beverages don't fall into that category. Soda consumption is not necessarily harmful when done in moderation, the court wrote, and therefore "cannot be classified as a health hazard per se."
The panel didn't address whether the size limit would have infringed on personal liberties, but said that in adopting it, the health board improperly assumed broad lawmaking powers given only to legislative bodies, like the City Council.
A group of students at the University of Texas at Austin built and successfully tested a GPS spoofing device to remotely redirect an $80 million yacht onto a different route, the Houston Chronicle reports. The project, which was completed with the permission of the yacht's owners in the Mediterranean Sea this past June, is explained in the video ...
GPS spoofing is not very common, but it has already raised concerns with international regulators. As this Economist article points out, satellite spoofing is believed to be responsible for a brief daily GPS outage near the London Stock Exchange. The most likely perpetrator, according to the Economist, is a consumer spoofing device used by a delivery driver or anyone concerned that their employer is tracking their driving route.
Bambi Note: More in the article.
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that historical cellphone location data is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, allowing police to access the data without a search warrant. The court, whose decisions apply in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, says that such the information is "clearly a business record" that belongs to carriers, noting that "the government does not require a member of the public to own or carry a phone... the government merely comes in after the fact and asks a provider to turn over records the provider has already created." The decision adds to a growing number of federal cases that have split sharply on the issue of warrantless tracking: last year the Sixth Circuit ruled that police do not need a warrant to track phones using GPS, while theThird Circuit ruled in 2010 that warrants are indeed required.
The Fifth Circuit ruling acknowledges that "cell phone users may reasonably want their location information to remain private," but notes that the solution is for people to "lobby elected representatives" to instigate legislation to protect their data, or demand that carriers stop storing the records in the first place.
The court's decision is notable in that it characterizes location data as a "business record," which means that the phone companies own the data and can be required to turn it over directly, the same as any other transaction record. Previous cases have focused on an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy, finding that the expectation is lessened when sharing information with a third parties like internet service providers and phone companies. Those decisions have been sharply criticized — by defining cellular location data as a business record, the court's decision steps around that thorny issue entirely.
Bambi Note: Unbelievable. How could a court decision like this be laid down! This is nuts. Much more in the article.
Drive down many highways, boulevards or small side streets in America, and your movements are being noted by electronic cameras. Eyes in the sky controlled by local police departments snap photos of every passing license plate and store the data, sometimes forever. Even the smallest of agencies now deploys these high-tech voyeuristic machines, creating massive databases where more than 99 percent of the entries represent innocent people.
All, warned the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday, for a one-in-a-million chance that the cameras might aid in the apprehension of a serious criminal.
"Plate readers are the most pervasive system of location tracking that people haven't heard of," said Catherine Crump, a privacy lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union. She wrote the ACLU report released Wednesday questioning the way such cameras are being used. "Even though virtually all of us have had our cars logged into these databases, few know this technology exists."
The ACLU submitted Freedom of Information requests to 600 local and state police agencies seeking data on plate reader programs, and received 25,000 documents during the year-long project.
The plate readers are capable of spotting and storing massive amounts of data. Jersey City, N.J., for example told the ACLU it collected 2 million plate numbers during 2012. A statewide directive requires police agencies to preseve data collected for five years, leading the ACLU to conclude that the city has 10 million license plate records.
ACLU research suggests there is often little to show for all that data collection. For example, the state of Maryland told the ACLU it collected 85 million plates in 2012. Of those, only 1 in 500 resulted in a "hit," and 97 percent of those hits were minor violations such as failure to comply with emissions testing rules. Only 47 were associated with what the ACLU identified as potentially serious crimes.
"In short, Maryland’s license plate readers collect massive amounts of data, almost none of which are tied to any known or even suspected wrongdoing," the report said.
In Minnesota, the results were similar: 1.7 million plates scanned between 2009-2011, resulting in 852 citations, and 131 arrests.
Bambi Note: Much more in the article. Must read.
You May Have 'Nothing to Hide' But You Still Have Something to Fear
By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:17am
This post was first published on MSNBC.com.
In the wake of recent news that the NSA is spying on Americans, I have been particularly struck by the argument that "if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear."
At first blush, this argument might seem sound – after all, if the government is merely conducting anti-terrorism surveillance, non-terrorists shouldn't be affected, right? But if you look more closely, you'll see this idea is full of holes.
The "nothing to hide" argument mistakenly suggests that privacy is something only criminals desire. In fact, we choose to do many things in private – sing in the shower, make love, confide in family and friends – even though they are not wrong or illegal. Who would not be embarrassed if all of their most intimate details were exposed? Fences and curtains are ways to ensure a measure of privacy, not indicators of criminal behavior. Privacy is a fundamental part of a dignified life.
The "nothing to hide" argument also has things backwards when it suggests that we are all worthy of suspicion until proven otherwise. Our system of justice treats us all as innocent until proven guilty. That applies in everyday life – when the government wants to spy on our daily activities and private conversations – as much as it applies in court. The state bears the burden of showing there is a good reason for suspicion, not the other way around. The refrain "nothing to hide" should not be a license for sweeping government surveillance.
Even if you think you have nothing to hide, you may indeed have something to fear. You might fear for yourself. As Kafka so chillingly illustrates in "The Trial," the prospect of unwarranted government pursuit is terrifying. Or you might fear for our society. Living under the constant gaze of government surveillance can produce long-lasting social harm: if citizens are just a little more fearful, a little less likely to freely associate, a little less likely to dissent – the aggregate chilling effect can close what was once an open society.
Government surveillance can also have a direct harm on others – think of human rights workers or journalists who must work with people who fear government scrutiny, not because of wrongdoing but for political reasons. Imagine a liberal group arguing that in the wake of the recent IRS scandal, it has nothing to fear because the IRS is interested only in conservative groups. This argument would be myopic, missing the wider risks of government overreaching. (Need proof? The IRS has now admitted that it scrutinized liberal groups, too.)
Perhaps you remain unconvinced. You are sure that you have nothing to hide and you never will. You think my concerns about chilled speech and democratic accountability are overblown, and you think privacy concerns are exaggerated and unlikely to affect you or our society in any case.
But – and this is the biggest hole in the "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" argument – how can you know for sure?
In fact, you have no idea if you have something to fear or not, because you do not know what the government does with the data it collects. If the government keeps secret what it is collecting about you or why, you cannot correct potential errors. And if you know anything about our justice system, you know that errors are common. Transparency is partly about making sure the government's actions – its outputs – can be evaluated; but transparency is also about making sure the government's information – its inputs – is accurate.
When the government operates in secret, it is hard to know anything with confidence. There is, however, one thing you can say with 100% confidence: we need to know more.
We need to know more about what information the government is collecting about millions of innocent Americans. We need to know more about the secret legal interpretations that the government is relying on to monitor our communications. And we need to know more about what the government does with the trillions of bits of electronic data it is amassing in its files. We need these answers because, even if we have nothing to hide, that does not mean we want to live in a society where nothing is private.
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Bambi's Note: This argument is very important. People are often bullied into submitting to this subterfuge argument of 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear'. Thank you Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project.
The last time the Oakland Police Department (OPD) saw me was on May 6, 2013 at 6:38:25pm.
My car was at the corner of Mandana Blvd. and Grand Ave., just blocks away from the apartment that my wife and I moved out of about a month earlier. It’s an intersection I drive through fairly frequently even now, and the OPD’s own license plate reader (LPR) data bears that out. One of its LPRs—Unit 1825—captured my car passing through that intersection twice between late April 2013 and early May 2013.
I have no criminal record, have committed no crime, and am not (as far as I know) under investigation by the OPD or any law enforcement agency. Since I first moved to Oakland in 2005, I’ve been pulled over by the OPD exactly once—for accidentally not making a complete stop while making a right-hand turn at a red light—four years ago. Nevertheless, the OPD’s LPR system captured my car 13 times between April 29, 2012 and May 6, 2013 at various points around the city, and it retained that data. My car is neither wanted nor stolen. The OPD has no warrant on me, no probable cause, and no reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, yet it watches where I go. Is that a problem?
LPR deployments—which are rapidly expanding throughout the country to cities and towns big and small—help law enforcement officers scan license plates extremely quickly (typically, 60 plates per second) and run those against a “hot list” of cars that are wanted or stolen. The cameras themselves can be hidden inside infrastructure or mounted onto squad cars. Law enforcement agencies love them. The federal government is even encouraging local law enforcement (through federal grants) to purchase more for several thousand dollars apiece. But LPRs aren't just looking for stolen cars; they capture every plate that they see. In some cases, they retain that plate, location, date, and time information... indefinitely.
Bambi Note: Must read article.
Senator Ron Wyden (D, OR) offered a grim outlook on civil liberties today in a speech at the Center for American Progress, warning US citizens that they will "live to regret" inaction on surveillance reform. Wyden, one of the leading Congressional critics of domestic spying programs, railed against the controversial legal provisions that have enabled surveillance efforts like the Associational Tracking Program: a massive telephone metadata dragnet that collects information about every call placed in the United States. Wyden challenged the government's authority and discretion to conduct broad surveillance on innocent US citizens, and urged both the public and his colleagues to take action.
"The combination of increasingly advanced technology with a breakdown in the checks and balances that limit government action could lead us to a surveillance state that cannot be reversed," Wyden said. "What happens to our government, our civil liberties, and our basic democracy if the surveillance state is allowed to grow unchecked?"
Bambi Note: Senator Wyden on NSA Domestic Surveillance - Wyden.senate.gov - which includes Senator Wyden's entire Speech on NSA Domestic Surveillance at Center for American Progress - there is video and text.
Wyden Speech on NSA Domestic Surveillance at Center for American Progress
The International Interior Design Association recently selected the McAllen Public Library as the winner of their 2012 Library Interior Design Competition. The city inherited the former Wal-Mart after the retailer closed the store and abandoned it. The decision was made to reuse the structure and create a new main library within. Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. of Minneapolis were selected to design the interior of the building which the city required to be functional, flexible and affordable to construct. For a library, the existing 124,500 square foot space is huge. That’s the size of about 2 1/2 football fields making the new library the largest single-story location in the US.
Bambi Note: Awesome idea! It's about time these eyesores could be made serviceable again. And in such a great way! Some great pics too of before and after. The webUrbanist also had an article on this:
There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.
The Lost Road and Other Writings was published in 1987 as the fifth volume in the twelve volume History of Middle-earth series, consisting of the previously unpublished writings of JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien.
The Lost Road and Other Writings consists of the “Early Silmarillion” narrative up to late 1937-early 1938, at which point Tolkien set those writings aside for many years during WWII and the writing of The Lord of the Rings.
The book contains four major sections, or parts. These are:
- Part One: The Fall of Númenor and The Lost Road
- I – The Early History of the Legend
- II – The Fall of Númenor
- III – The Lost Road
- Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth Before the Lord of the Rings
- I – The Texts and Their Relations
- II - The Later Annals of Valinor
- III - The Later Annals of Beleriand
- IV - Ainulindalë
- V – The Lhammas
- VI – Quenta Silmarillion
- Part Three: The Etymologies
- Part Four: Appendix
- I – The Genealogies
- II – The List of Names
Bambi Note: The article goes on to give further information on each part of the book. Very cool stuff. Another book to read! Yea!
I've been of fan of Isaac Asimov’s fiction for quite some time, probably starting around the time I was in sixth or seventh grade when my brother gave me the last (chronologically) of the Foundation novels, Foundation and Earth. I loved that book and sought out more, even Asimov's short fiction - I'm not usually a fan of short fiction. Sure, I found some of the older stuff quite dated - even quaint. But even the outdated material often had a great story and interesting characters (not all the time, nobody's perfect). But as a whole, Asimov's fiction pretty much started me on the path to my love of written science fiction.
Recently finding myself with nothing new I wanted to read, plus a desire to not sit in front of computer in my down-time as I often find myself doing, I went looking on my bookshelves for something to re-read. Spotting my shelf of Asimov books, I considered for a moment, then decided to start "at the beginning" of the future history with the Robot novels.
The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn, and Robots and Empire are the four books that make up a series detailing the declining days of the Spacers and their original fifty worlds and the birth of the Settler movement of colonists from Earth. More specifically, the first three books are mystery novels; the main characters are Elijah "Lije" Baley and his partner R. Daneel Olivaw, a humaniform positronic robot beholden by the all-important Three Laws of Robotics.
The Three Laws that govern all robots in Asimov’s fiction are:
1: A robot may not harm a human, or through inaction allow a human to come to harm.
2: A robot must follow the orders given it by a human, unless doing so conflicts with the first law.
3: A robot must protect its own existence, unless doing so conflicts with the first or second laws.
Bambi Note: This is a very good review of the Robot Novels (the 4 mentioned above). Enjoy!
Freebook Sifter makes it easy to find over 2000 free eBooks on Amazon.com. Why not browse these 95 selections currently in State & Local?
Bambi Note: This is an awesome resource of free and public domain books available at Amazon in a huge array of topics. I had a blast snagging some of them. Amazon's search engine doesn't do quite so well with this type of search. So this is a very good one to use for these types of books.
Last year, IBM started investing more in Linux on its Power line of servers and now it's doubling down on that bet with its new PowerLinux 7R4 server.
This new Power server, which IBM advertises as a "high-performance/high-end" machine, is the next step up in its Power Systems PowerLinux line. It comes with four sockets and 32 CPU cores.
The PowerLinux 7R4 server is built on the same Power Systems platform running IBM's famous Watson cognitive computing solution and Jeopardy champion.
"As the Linux operating system and open source applications continue to mature, more clients are choosing IBM’s higher value hardware systems designed to handle mission critical and complex cloud and big data workloads in an open environment," said Doug Balog, General Manager for IBM Power Systems in a statement. "Responding to this need, we are aggressively continuing investments in our open Power Systems ecosystem -- including new products, applications and partnerships -- that support today's emerging Linux workloads.”
Like the rest of PowerLinux server line, the 7R4 runs with either Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES).
Foreign nuclear experts harshly criticized the operator of the devastated nuclear power plant at Fukushima on Friday for its delay in disclosing that highly contaminated groundwater has been leaking from the site into the ocean.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, announced the leakson Monday, but only after denying for weeks that radioactive water was flowing into the Pacific. The lack of transparency has renewed frustration among a public still angry at Tepco for repeatedly underplaying the dangers posed by the plant after the triple meltdown there in 2011.
“This poor communication program gives the impression of a lack of an effective decision-making process, a lack of ability of keeping the people of Japan informed, and it brings into question whether Tepco has a plan and is doing all it can to protect the environment and the people,” said Dale Klein, a nuclear expert who heads a committee hired by the utility to recommend changes in its corporate culture.
WISN 12 News investigates an operation raising questions about the use of government resources and the state policy that meant a death sentence for a fawn.
"It was like a SWAT team," shelter employee Ray Schulze said.
Two weeks ago, Schulze was working in the barn at the Society of St. Francis on the Kenosha-Illinois border when a swarm of squad cars arrived and officers unloaded with a search warrant.
"(There were) nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth," Schulze said.
The focus of their search was a baby fawn brought there by an Illinois family worried she had been abandoned by her mother.
A team of engineers and technicians around Carsten Standfuss, a Naval Architect from Germany, has built and is now testing one of the biggest and most sophisticated homemade submarines in the World. The vehicle, called „Euronaut“, has an overall length of 52 ft (16 m), a surfaced displacement of almost 60 tons and a working depth of ca. 800 ft (250m). The design of this diesel-electric submarine took 12 years. Another 12 years was needed for the construction which was accomplished almost completely during the leisure time on weekends and holidays.
“Euronaut” was developed as a non-commercial diver support and research vessel for wreck diving and underwater investigations. For this purpose it is equipped with a diving chamber, which is theoretically able to provide saturation dives on the sea floor up to the maximal working depth. The sub is operated by a crew of three to six persons and allows staying under water for a week.
Bambi Note: Much more information in the article like this: "A 192 hp diesel engine and 55 hp electric motor with lead battery weighing 4 tons make possible travels at speed of 8 knots when surfaced and 5 knots when submerged. For the range of 250 nautical miles the sub carries 250 gallons (1000 litres) of diesel oil."
Our research focuses on design, fabrication, control, and analysis of biologically-inspired microrobots and soft robots. Expertise in microfabrication and microsystem design, combined with insights from nature, enable us to create high-performance aerial and ambulatory microrobots. We use these robots as tools to explore open questions in micromechanics, actuation, fluid mechanics, controls, and microelectronics. In addition, such robotic platforms can be used for search and rescue operations, assisted agriculture, environmental monitoring, and exploration of hazardous environments.
The Lab was founded within the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences by Prof. Robert Wood. It houses all the necessary tools to create the micromechatronic components of robotic insects as well as soft robotics, multifunctional materials, and artificial muscles. The Harvard Microrobotics Lab is closely involved with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Prof. Wood is a core faculty member of the Institute.
Bambi Note: More in CNET's Crave Gadget Blog
Insane bug bots go bug wild
Harvard's microrobotics lab has been busily beavering away, and teeny tiny flying robotic bees aren't all that it has up its sleeve. The lab recently showed off another addition to its line-up of entomology-inspired gadgets: the HAMR, or Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot.
Using the PC-MEMS fabrication process employed for the RoboBee, HAMR was constructed from 23 layers of flat carbon fibre, polymers and ceramics, laser cut and assembled into a 3D shape using a technique inspired by pop-up books.
The HAMR robot itself weighs just 1.3 grams and has four legs. Because the robot is much too small for more traditional locomotive electronics, the legs are moved using six small but powerful pizoelectric ceramic actuators. But these create another issue again: because of the size of the robot, and because of how much power the actuators draw, a battery would be far too heavy for its frame. Instead, like the RoboBees, HAMR is tethered to a power source, allowing it to zip along at a speed of 37 centimetres per second.
Perhaps Jennifer Lewis' grain-of-sand-sized 3D-printed battery could be of assistance here.
Google is replacing AT&T WiFi in Starbucks stores as the coffee chain works to increase network speeds for its customers.
Google is giving WiFi systems inside Starbucks stores a big shot of network caffeine by bringing in new high-speed service, which promises to be 10 times faster than the existing AT&T systems it will replace.
The WiFi deal for 7,000 company-owned Starbucks stores in the United States was announced by Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Access, in a July 31 post on the Google Official Blog.
Starbucks stores located in communities that have super-high-speed Google Fiber service will get in-store WiFi connections that are even faster—up to 100 times that of existing speeds, according to Lo's post.
"Coffee shop and Internet —it's a pairing that many of us have come to rely on," wrote Lo. "WiFi access makes work time, downtime, travel time and lots of in-between times more enjoyable and productive. That's why we're teaming up with Starbucks to bring faster, free WiFi connections to all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States over the next 18 months."
Today SourceForge it is excited to launch DevShare, a new opt-in, revenue-sharing program aimed at giving developers a better way to monetize their projects in a transparent, honest and sustainable way.
DevShare is a new partnership program designed to make it easy for SourceForge developers to offer a selection of trusted open source applications to users, turning downloads into a source of revenue that can help fund their projects. This revenue will help these projects to grow and offer additional software to our users.
We take our role at SourceForge as the trusted source for open source very seriously. That is why we spent considerable time looking for partners we could trust and building a system that does not detract from our core user experience.
We know many open source users are skeptical about monetization initiatives. SourceForge will always respect the rights of our users and we will never infringe on them. DevShare offers a transparent installation flow that gives users all the necessary information to make educated choices about what software to install.
Thanks to DevShare, we are now able to offer a bundle program that is fully compliant with Google’s strictest policies. This includes a solid compliance process for both open source applications and third party offerings. The whole installation flow is clean and has no misleading steps. Uninstallation procedures are exhaustively documented and all applications are verified to be virus and malware free. You can see this on the latest version of FileZilla, our largest DevShare partner to date.
Last but not least, we will only include projects that have opted into our program. Our compliance processes are very strict and, as such, our beta program is going to be invitation-only during this first phase. If you would like to participate in this revenue-sharing program, just drop us an email, we’ll be back to you as soon as possible.
Stay tuned for more!
Bambi Note: Maybe I am missing something, but Sourceforge obviously wants people to be excited about adware additions for Windows users. Joy...more crapware to deal with on Windows computers! Ask for donations, do fundraising endeavors like Wikipedia does, but NEVER require developers to install adware on Windows computers! Or any computers for that matter. This is just plan bad.