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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

Adam Jorgensen Every few years... (306 comments)

...someone comes along and tries to re-invent the wheel and gift us with the ability to write in a single "unified" language that crosses the lines demarcating server and client.

Except it's inevitably a pile of hacky shit that is founded on a basic faulty idea.

about three weeks ago
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PHP Next Generation

Adam Jorgensen Re:I got tired of waiting (213 comments)

I made the jump from PHP to Python years ago and I do not miss PHP.

PHP is certainly easier to get a web application up-and-running with if you know nothing but beyond that it's a mess of a language that makes maintaining a clean code-base far more effort than it should be. It's basically scripted C for the Internet and not in a good way.

Which is not to say Python is the holy grail. There are a lot of things I don't like about Python, including some of the ones you mentioned (Non-trivial whitespace still annoys me) but on the whole it's a better language than PHP and the amount of libraries and support available is good.

At the end of the day, I'd rather be writing web applications in Python than PHP.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

Adam Jorgensen Re:Google solved this already in Hangouts... (415 comments)

Way to jump to conclusions. I'm not exactly a fan-boy of Hangouts. All the options on Android are pretty irritating in my experience. Lately I've been using Hangouts just because I got sick of the LnF of the other messaging apps I've used.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

Adam Jorgensen Google solved this already in Hangouts... (415 comments)

The latest version of Google Hangouts already solved this issue.

Next to the area that lets you enter text for your message is an icon that can be tapped to select whether or not you want to message to be sent via Hangouts or SMS. The problem here is that Apple are treating iMessage as being synonymous with SMS, something which is not actually the case in reality.

This change to Hangouts instantly made it more usable as an SMS application for me (All it's missing now is message search)

about 4 months ago
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Brazilians Welcome Genetically-Modified Mosquito To Help Fight Dengue Fever

Adam Jorgensen Re:What could possibly go wrong (137 comments)

Mosquitos are parasites.

Like most parasites, they're not a particularly valuable part of the food chain.

about 4 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Adam Jorgensen Re: They get it! (115 comments)

Buying, installing and playing a game with Steam is just easier than downloading it from some torrent tracker, applying a crack and then struggling to find cracked patches as time goes by.

I don't pirate PC games any more. I can afford to pay for them, I feel good about spending the money on them and I don't feel like I'm jumping through hoops to get what I want.

For me, Steam is good enough that I wish a similar solution was available for TV and Movies (Unfortunately, due to the various network and studio deals this will never happen but you can always dream...)

about 4 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Adam Jorgensen Re:What kind? (115 comments)

"Some" of the same games is about right.

GOG is great for old games and the odd indy title but there catalog simply does not compare.

I love old games, but I also enjoy playing games made this century and in this regard GOG is simply nowhere close to the depth of Steam.

about 4 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Adam Jorgensen Re:What kind? (115 comments)

Agreed. Steam makes it a lot easier for me to manage my game collection.

about 4 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Adam Jorgensen Re:What kind? (115 comments)

GOG is nice but I personally wish they had a proper client. Sure, it's not like many of the games on GOG receive updates and hence need some of the features provided by Steam but I personally enjoy the organisation aspects of Steam.

about 4 months ago
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The $5,600 Tablet

Adam Jorgensen Re:Consumers have no clue... (96 comments)

I was encountered a Panasonic ruggedized Tablet. I felt sorry for the poor people who had to use it, the screen was terrible and impossibly dark. I would imagine anyone using it outdoors would have to work by feel alone...

about 4 months ago
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

Adam Jorgensen Re:Really? (87 comments)

My music is also organised by folders, but Musicbrainz Picard does all the heavy lifting of sorting stuff into the right folders.

I use Amarok and do use the library feature most of the time but every now and then I drop back to folder view for certain albums that confuse Amarok (Age of Wonders 3 OST...)

about 4 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

Adam Jorgensen Re:Solution in search of a problem (139 comments)

I don't know about you,but I hardly ever use the camera on my phone. Or any of the phones I've used. I would happily just not have a camera in the phone at all...

about 4 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Adam Jorgensen Re:Fuck this shit! (433 comments)

I live 60kms from a nuclear power plant (Koeberg Nuclear Power Station) and I'm not worried.

about 5 months ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Adam Jorgensen Funny (224 comments)

All these people who can't read fiction because they can't skim it...Hilarious.

And yet sad as well. Makes me think of Mockingbird by Walter Tevis...

about 5 months ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

Adam Jorgensen Re:Famous last words (179 comments)

How on earth do we end up talking Climate Science in a thread about Encryption?

Slashdot has the worst track-record when it comes to staying on topic :-)

about 5 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Adam Jorgensen Re:I have full faith... (987 comments)

Really? Can you back that up with some data? Not sure if I believe you without evidence...

about 5 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Adam Jorgensen Re:Projections (987 comments)

Amen!

about 5 months ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

Adam Jorgensen Re:Newsgroups anyone? (323 comments)

All hail the one true religion: Usenet.

That said, a lot of fake movies have been getting posted lately...

about 5 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How can I prepare for the Theft of my Android Phone?

Adam Jorgensen Adam Jorgensen writes  |  about 6 months ago

Adam Jorgensen (1302989) writes "Last week my 4-week old Moto G phone was stolen while getting onto the train at Salt River in Cape Town, South Africa. That in itself is no big deal. Cellphone theft is a huge problem here in South Africa and I've had at least two previous cellphones stolen. The big deal this time, for me at least, was that this was the first time I've lost an Android phone to theft.

When I actually sat down and through about it, losing a fully configured Android phone is actually a big deal as it provides ready access to all kinds of accounts, including ones Google account. This could potentially allow the thief to engage in all kinds of malicious behaviour, some of which could have major implications beyond the scope of the theft.

Luckily for me it seems that the thief did the usual thing: Dumped the sim card, wiped the phone and switched it off. It's probably had it's IMEI changed by now and been sold on to some oblivious punter, possibly some oblivious punter in another country.

Still, the potential for serious issue is making me have second thoughts about replacing the phone with anything capable of doing much more than calling.

My question is this: Are there any serious solutions out there for Android that secure against theft?

By serious I mean solutions that go beyond the laughably easy to defeat "Find My Phone" and "Remote Wipe" options provided at present. Presently I'm thinking along the lines of:
  • Full encryption of phone contents
  • Some kind of "Travel Safe" mode that would lock the phone down and trigger a full wipe of not unlocked correctly (Including wiping the phone on next boot if not unlocked before being switched off/running out of battery).

So, any ideas?"

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Infine Space 3 Kickstarter Almost Over!

Adam Jorgensen Adam Jorgensen writes  |  about a year ago

Adam Jorgensen (1302989) writes "Some of you will remember Digital Eel and their breakout games Infinite Space and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. They were extremely fun little indie gems created many years ago that remain entertaining today. Providing a wonderful mix of humour and gameplay, the games allowed you to explore a small portion of a randomly-generated universe in 15 minutes, engaging in a eclectic mix of discovery, combat and other space-opera-ish shenanigans.

Digital Eel are almost done with the Kickstarter for their 3rd game in the series, having recently passed the minimum funding level required to set sail on a sea of stars. While it's unlikely the stretch goals can be reached at this point, I'm sure every extra bit of funding would be appreciated by them!"

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Strike Suit Zero Kickstarter: 48 hours left, $25k short of Linux Stretch Goal

Adam Jorgensen Adam Jorgensen writes  |  about 2 years ago

Adam Jorgensen writes "Strike Suit Zero is a space-combat mecha game that is going to be released very soon (Early 2013 at current estimates).

In order to expedite the releae they've been running a KickStarter in order to drum up the cash necessary to complete the final stretch. So far the KickStarter has reached it's target value and has also hit the amount necessary for their 1st Stretch Goal (Modding Tools).

There are just 48 hours left on this KickStarter and the total value pledged is sitting at roughly $155k. In order for the developers to also release this game on Linux and Mac they require at least $180k to be pledged.

If you'd like to see this incredibly pretty space-combat mecha game released on Linux and have a bit of cash to spare (Or a lot, for that matter) then head on over to the KickStarter page and help them hit the $180k mark..."

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