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Doomsday Clock Could Move

Alien1024 Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (144 comments)

That would be a valid point if human lifespan was in the millions of years. Unfortunately, the oldest verified person ever lived for ~122 years. Globally catastrophic asteroid strikes of the scale that killed dinosaurs don't happen very often. The last one happened 65 million years ago. So that's a red herring.

An astronomer estimated the chance of being killed by an asteroid as 1 in 700,000.

As natural disasters go, any person is far more likely to die from tsunamis, earthquakes and extreme weather events.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

Alien1024 Towelroot (184 comments)

I rooted my Nexus 4 and my Kindle Fire HDX using Towelroot (on the Nexus 4 it is extremely easy to apply - just allow non-store apps and install tr.apk; on the Kindle, I had to install HDXposed, the Xposed framework and Google Apps before I could do that). IIRC it worked fine on Android 4.4 (despite scary warnings issued by Google, which can be safely ignored). But it doesn't work on Android 5. Last time I looked into it (a couple of months ago), there was not an easy way to root Lollipop - you had to back up your data and settings and re-flash.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Alien1024 Re:I have a Different Problem (639 comments)

Not gonna happen. Planned obsolescence and all that. On a related note, I hear VMware Player Unity mode is pretty much the same thing as XP mode, only better - haven't tried it yet.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud, Not Hackers, Took Most of Mt. Gox's Missing Bitcoins

Alien1024 Re:Here's your insightful comment (108 comments)

Not particularly insightful; the vast majority of all government-backed money in existence is "digital" anyway - i.e. it doesn't exist in any analog form (such as coins and notes).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

Alien1024 Re:good question (110 comments)

Talking about VNC, it is worth mentioning that WM5/6 has a working, usable VNC SERVER, at least since 2007. I am still waiting for one for Android (I've tried the free ones on my rooted Nexus 4 - they're sluggish to the point of unusable).

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

Alien1024 Re:My experience with this kind of hardware (110 comments)

You can of course get android devices which have the virtues of old-school hardware, but they're not mainstream -- in other words they're pricey

The HTC Desire HD has those old-school virtues (SD card and removable battery), and I don't think it's pricey now. Of course it has to be bought second-hand or refurbished. If you can settle for even lower resolution, you can get an even cheaper HTC Tattoo or even older stuff.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

Alien1024 "Apps" under WM5 (110 comments)

Creating some apps myself would be nice, but dunno where to start for WM5.

You might want to have a look at VS 2008 and the .NET compact framework - I seem to remember the Express (free) version of VS 2008 supports it. It's pretty easy to develop. Expect far from fast performance and no easy way to scale across screen resolutions, but it should be good enough for things like "daily organizer / shopping list / memory games".

I wouldn't bother, though - I have a couple of those devices (a Dell Axim x51v and an HP). They probably work like new, but I haven't used them for half a decade. Where to start? If the OS's horrible usability isn't enough to put you off, it isn't fun to deal with the short battery life and the proprietary, clunky connectors which made them a pain a recharge (though in all fairness, the HTC smartphones were slightly less awful). Any el-cheapo Android device runs circles around those.

about a month and a half ago
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Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

Alien1024 Re:Old news, probably not dark matter (66 comments)

I guess this is supposed to be newsworthy because of this part of TFA, missing from the summary:

If the results — which will be published next week in the journal Physical Review Letters — hold up, they could usher in a new era in astronomy, study team members said.

about a month and a half ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

Alien1024 Missing indeed (171 comments)

Financial markets and slot machines.

about a month and a half ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Alien1024 Re:Lawsuits and Patents (528 comments)

Furthermore, patents are public by definition anyway. GP might have a point if he meant "trade secrets" rather than patents.

about 2 months ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

Alien1024 *anybody (164 comments)

Subject should have been "... for anybody" of course.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

Alien1024 Re:I admit, I was wrong (128 comments)

No, this is about Earth, not Mars.

about 2 months ago
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In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

Alien1024 Couple of thoughts (312 comments)

- Calling Flip a "programming language" is quite a stretch. It is not. That's the whole point in it, in fact.

- The metric to determine how good a game is is not how "complex" it is, but how much fun it is.

about 2 months ago
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Trisquel 7 Released

Alien1024 Re:no wireless. less space than a nomad. lame. (39 comments)

Out of boredom I googled "Microsoft Linux", and found this ancient joke site. A joke news from 2000: "MS Linux to have Start Button". Well, with fairly minor differences and a different name such as "Menu" button, damned if it isn't right there at the bottom left corner, on quite a few Desktop Linux themes nowadays, e.g. the standard on Mint Mate.

about 3 months ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Alien1024 Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

But I'm not sure they're really talking about trolling. The mainstream media and politicians have a habit of confusing trolling with online bullying, harassment, particularly vicious racist attacks (for instance on memorial pages), etc.

about 3 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Alien1024 Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

How do you know it was stopped in Nigeria? Because the Nigerian government, who have a strong incentive to protect their billions of dollars in trade with the rest of the world say they stopped it?

No. We know it because US health authorities and the WHO reported it.

about 3 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Alien1024 Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

Furthermore Ebola never did reach Nigerian cities.

Um, ebola certainly reached Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, populated by 17.5 million people. The index case, doctor Patrick Sawyer, even performed surgery while ill and symptomatic.

about 3 months ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Alien1024 Columbus, aware of the New World? (276 comments)

"... they suggest Polo was aware of the New World two centuries before Columbus."

I'm not sure Columbus was ever "aware of the New World"; he probably always thought he had reached the East Indies. On the other hand, it's a well-known fact that the Vikings or the Norse "discovered" the Americas no later than the 11th century.

about 4 months ago

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