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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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

Alien1024 Missing indeed (171 comments)

Financial markets and slot machines.

about a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month and a half 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Alien1024 Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

it still works like new after 4 years

FTFM. The point stands.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Alien1024 Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Like GP, I stopped buying HTC due to horrible support for upgrades. The Desire HD was far from cheap - more than 600 euro at the time I bought it, the HTC flagship device back then. Officially, it is stuck at 2.3.5. They once promised to upgrade it to 4.x at some point, but they later retracted and they had the nerve to claim they couldn't upgrade it because "storage partitioning", "user data", or some such baloney. Yes, it can be upgraded with CyanogenMod or whatever, but it was lame how they refused to upgrade a recent and powerful device with such pathetic excuses - the real reason was, obviously, they wanted you to buy the Sensation or the One.

Having said that, it still works like new after 6 years (terrible GPS and WiFi not that great; fine otherwise).

Disclaimer: this is by no means a slam on Android or a defense of iOS; my current phone is a Nexus 4 and it's great.

about 2 months ago
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

Alien1024 It's been done before... sort of (88 comments)

Not a new idea. Only they didn't use Kinect or electrical stimulators, so they just relied on the partners' willingness to mirror each other's movements.

about 5 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Alien1024 Re:Data is sent by satellite ... (503 comments)

They are still useful. For example, they might shed some light on whether this is true or not.

about 5 months ago

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