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Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

Samah Re:Nexus S (203 comments)

The nexus one can do pinch-to-zoom so of course it supports multitouch.

The hardware on the Nexus One was not designed with multitouch in mind. There was a firmware hack released that changes the way it reads the touchscreen hardware, such that it can "sort of" detect two touches. This hack fails when X and Y axes align, and it often loses track of which coordinates belong to which touch. Pinch zoom works because you're not generally pinching exactly down the axes.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

Samah Re:Nexus S (203 comments)

What hacks? Android supports hundreds of fingers. If anything is hacked it's the shitty firmware/drivers in some phones.

No, it's the physical screen.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

Samah Re:Nexus S (203 comments)

And quite a lot crapper. shitty touch sensor and GPU on Nexus One really let it down

Indeed, and this is the reason I'm graveyarding my N1 for a Desire HD. Developing multitouch games on a quasi-multitouch device is unfortunately unacceptable. The 3G reception on the N1 is also abysmal.
http://androidandme.com/2010/03/news/is-multitouch-broken-on-the-nexus-one/
(Link seems to be down at the moment)

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola Adopting 3 Laws of Robotics For Android?

Samah Re:Zeroth Law (178 comments)

If they are really true to Asimov's laws they'll also need to implement the zeroth law which was to protect humanity from harm even if that meant not protecting one or more humans from harm.

I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

more than 3 years ago
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Model Says Religiosity Gene Will Dominate Society

Samah Re:Seriously... (729 comments)

That statement is awfully close to the bullshit people throw around about "atheism is a religon durr durr durr"

Reminds me of one of my favourite quotes:

"Atheism is a religion in the same way that 'not collecting stamps' is a hobby."

more than 3 years ago
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A Kinect Princess Leia Hologram In Realtime

Samah Quick... (112 comments)

Someone call Uwe Boll!

more than 3 years ago
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Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?

Samah Re:The Bad Keyboard Trend Continues (332 comments)

Then, everyone moved to the quiet keyboards that use the rubber sheet and the dielectric, and it had less of a tactical response.

They provided me with one of those at work and they're just plain awful to code with. I ended up ordering one of these:
http://www.geek.com/articles/games/review-filco-majestouch-keyboard-2010045/
Mechanical with Cherry MX brown keyswitches. Sooooo nice for coding and general typing.

more than 3 years ago
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Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder

Samah Re:I wonder how many (184 comments)

I actually had a friend who lived in a town named Street (Street, MD).

I used to live on "Avenue Road". That always brought a chuckle whenever someone asked my address.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Patents Shape-Shifting Display

Samah Re:decent touch screen keyboard? (112 comments)

Not much good for an ATM though if you have someone waiting in line.

"Please enter your PIN."
*user types PIN...*
"1...5...7...9"
"You have $500,000 in your account."
*user gets mugged*

Not saying that it would be stupid enough to speak your PIN as you type it, but I wouldn't like random strangers knowing how much money I have in my account.

more than 3 years ago
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FPS Games That Need a Remake

Samah Daggerfall (518 comments)

Seriously. First Person RPG, but a decent remake would be epic. That world was HUGE. Not Minecraft huge, but it'd take you many hours to walk from one side of the country to the other. That's not even including the convoluted procedural dungeons.

more than 3 years ago
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FPS Games That Need a Remake

Samah Re:Rise of the triad (518 comments)

I LOVED the God mode in that...
"HRRMMMMM!!!!" *shoots ball of light*

Dog mode was cool too. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle To Monetize Java VM

Samah Re:Sid you mean Java or Java-VM or Java-SE or Java (641 comments)

Yes, Scala has full access to Java APIs including Swing.

And if you wanted to remove one of the javax dependencies, you could use SWT instead of Swing.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Gov't Won't Help Fight Cyber Attacks

Samah Re:So what's it gonna be? (101 comments)

Should the Australian government lift a finger to protect children from the evils that lurk online?

Stephen Conroy seems to think they should... :(
Ah but wait, the filter only actually blocks spams and scams.

more than 3 years ago
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Hawking Radiation Claimed Created In a Lab

Samah Re:Graviton Diode? (129 comments)

I lost you at "could".

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Reboots Two Classic PC Games

Samah Re:GFWL, no thanks (275 comments)

I bought BioShock 2 without realising it used GFWL. It was my first experience with GFWL, and hopefully my last.
I will never buy another GFWL game.

more than 3 years ago
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Sandisk Debuts World's Smallest SSD Yet

Samah Re:That's a great idea! (222 comments)

So we've come full circle then... I remember having my RAM in sockets on the motherboard, with a fancy resistor bank to switch over to EDO. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Considering iPhone App Censorship

Samah Re:Good grief! (284 comments)

Australia is a penal colony the British Empire shipped its worst troublemakers to...

Unless you live in South Australia. We're the only state that wasn't founded by the original settlers.

more than 3 years ago
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Lucas Promises Star Wars on Blu-Ray in 2011

Samah New colour (420 comments)

In the case of the prequels, wouldn't this be just changing the colour from hangover-brown to blue?

more than 3 years ago
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Torchlight II Announced For 2011

Samah Re:Nice! (85 comments)

Hell I may even buy a new laptop and buy two copies. One for home and on the go.

If it's on Steam, you could just buy the one copy and log in on both machines. :)

more than 3 years ago

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Samah Samah writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Samah writes "As internet memes become increasingly prevalent in our society, sometimes a gem like this comes about. From this article: "The attack of the lolcats has spilled over to programming, with LOLCODE, a language based on the mangled grammar of lolcats...LOLCODE has no practical or educational value, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun""
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Samah Samah writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Samah writes "The new Australian edition of the popular board game Monopoly has had a couple of surprise winners for the top two spots after a group of hackers from South Australia wrote a program to place hundreds of thousands of votes using the flawed public voting system. From the article: "...Hasbro's Monopoly marketing manager claimed the Barossa's triumph was largely due to networking among people within the region. "...While the hackers concerned might have believed that their attempts were successful, they in fact had very little impact on the excellent results Barossa achieved."""
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Samah Samah writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Samah writes "According to The Inquirer, there is already a possible contender for the first Wii modchip capable of playing backed-up games. Real or not, an interesting read nonetheless."
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Samah Samah writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Samah writes "It's been months since this problem (or series of) was originally reported and discussed, yet Ubuntu Edgy Eft still has little to no support for Core 2 Duo systems (most commonly due to issues with the JMicron IDE Controller on 965 series motherboards). Very few folks in the community have managed to get a fully working system and yet it seems to be a low priority for the Ubuntu developers. For the most part it was assumed that the final Edgy release would alleviate these issues, but apparently it "slipped their mind"."

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