top WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption
If an open source client were all it took to establish secure communications between two phones it would have been done a long time ago. There are other hurdles besides the client. It's rare for two phones to be able to communicate directly because phones don't usually get public IP addresses. When a phone gets a public IP address it's likely to have most if not all incoming ports blocked, and even if both phones happen to have public IP addresses with unblocked incoming ports they still need to find each other via some sort of directory server. So at the very least, the IP address and identity of both parties goes through a server that you do not control. But more likely, all data exchange between the two parties (including keys) goes through a server that you do not control.
top Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World
You might think duck-typing got its name from "If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck". Common misconception. The name actually comes from "If it's declared like a Duck and compiled like a Duck" as pointed out by GP.
about a month and a half ago
top Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support
Why does a driver for a game controller need to be incorporated into the kernel?
/. Mr. Tanenbaum. Please feel free to create an account.
top The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On
Thank you for the link. I was not familiar with the term "couch" multiplayer and your link greatly improved my search for the next game. For other players looking for a "couch" game I'd recommend Ibb&Obb, nice ambient, smooth platforming gameplay, and quite the linguistic challenge to talk through a puzzle since the words up and down have lost all meaning.
top Study: Deforestation Depletes Fish Stocks
Do they? Right there in the woods?
top U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong
I'll address gp's ridiculous hyperbole. Goliath is described as a champion, not a bully or a murderous thug. At no point in the story is he said to have killed innocent people. Goliath proposes to not have a war but instead decide the conflict based on the outcome of a single one-on-one combat (himself vs an opposing champion). There is nothing “Goliath-like” about any aspect of the war on terror.
top The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say
Someone complained and HR agreed that he intentionally stopped short of making the list an even 70. Fired for sexual harassment.
top Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister
Interesting. There is an asymmetry between "brother" and "sister" in the dictionary: "sisters" may mean a kinship group of objects, but "brothers" may not. The article consistently refers to stars as “it” (except for sister stars), so I endorse your interpretation.
top Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister
Romance languages go Sun -> Male, Moon -> Female. Semitic languages go Sun -> Female, Moon -> Male . Exact opposites yet quite close geographically. Long story short, assignment of gender to inanimate objects is largely arbitrary unless the object really looks like a penis or a vagina. Bunch of pervs that we are. Not that the two or three billion people who speak genderless languages aren't pervs. Japanese, for example, is genderless.
top Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test
Peas and some plants you've never heard of because they aren't served next to a steak.
top Up-Front Seats For Tonight's Near-Earth Asteroid
I like your writing style. Why aren't you in charge of the asteroid reports around here?
top Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?
This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen on Slashdot.
And keep in mind AC has seen everything, commented on almost everything. This one really takes the cup.
top Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders
and male dogs
top Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer
Sometimes it's not about installing, but about uninstalling. I've an old Samsung device that doesn't have a lot of RAM. They still release updates for it, each more bloated than the previous. I jumped ship last year to CM 7.2. It gives me the same OS version as the latest update from Samsung, but without Samsung's bloat. The cherry on top is being able to delete the Google Apps I don't want (gtalk, to name the worst one). On stock you can't delete them, you can't even stop them from running in the background. Now I got plenty of free RAM, phone's snappy, and I don't feel pressed to upgrade the hardware.
top MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0
But did it support USB, TV tuners, and webcams?
Yes it did! GEOS supported all the existing USB TV tuners and webcams of its time.
top Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire
Did the fire
also damage the grammar capabilities as well?
This message brought to you by the National Socialist Grammar Nazis and the Department of Redundancy Dept.
top Automatic Translation Without Dictionaries
... to make not-ASCII ASCII art.
So... just art?
top How LucasArts Fell Apart
We're all familiar with the works of George Lucas. How could any of us be even a tiny bit surprised to hear that game development under his direction turned out to be an endless re-write?
top Gabe Newell Talks Linux As the Future of Games at LinuxCon NA
Everything by valve that's not way-too-old-to-port has been linuxified.
Great joy and merriment! I'm off to play Portal 2 on linux!
Should I end the post here, or clarify it's sarcasm, or take a whack at 'the linux gaming is a lie' humor?
top Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack
Israel doesn't have a dog in this fight.
You need to look up a little place called the Golan Heights
How about you counter GP's claim by actually naming the dog? Would Israel rather see Assad remain in power or the rebels take over, which is it? Is Israel rooting for Assad and his links to Iran, or is Israel rooting for the islamist rebels and their links to al-qaeda? If you can not name the dog, just admit Israel has no dog in the fight.
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