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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

Wattos Re:Much ado about nothing (347 comments)

My phone has the same resolution as my TV (both full HD). How would his idea work then? I think he actually does mean screen size. Still no idea how he could implement that...

about 7 months ago
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Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium

Wattos Phone Screen mirroring? (117 comments)

Smartphones and tables are getting this powerfull that it makes much more sense to have a charging station + screen mirroring for your phone.

Those solutions already exist: http://www.customgadz.com/store/

Wouldnt that make life a lot easier?

about a year ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

Wattos Remove CTRL + C as well (729 comments)

They should just remove CTRL + C and CTRL + V as well while they are at it. Not only is it not very discoverable, but it also requires you to use the keyboard. Drag and Drop is so much better and obviously the correct way to do copy paste.

about a year ago
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Blackberry 10 Sends Full Email Account Credentials To RIM

Wattos Re:Wow ... (191 comments)

You show a good example. Would you still think that this model is better if:

1) The post man can read your mail without you noticing (e.g. the envelope is never damaged)
2) You have to provide your postman with a key to open your locker? The key might additionally fit into your other lockers (e.g. A lot of people reuse their passwords)
3) The postman can easily store copies of all the letters you receive without you knowing
4) The postman travels from your local post office, to a completely different country, where the correspondence may be inspected by the other government at will without you even knowing and then gives you the letter.

Once you consider these points, you might not like that approach unless you completely trust your postman.

about a year ago
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Why JavaScript On Mobile Is Slow

Wattos Re:That's just not a viable option. (407 comments)

The difference is that these are shared libraries. They live in shared memory and are only loaded once for each application which is using them.

In the web, each library is loaded every time.

about a year ago
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Lobster, a New Game Programming Language, Now Available As Open Source

Wattos Dynamically Typed? (153 comments)

Dynamically Typed with Optional Typing

Thanks, but no thanks, I prefer to stay with statically types languages. I know that the "kewl" kids love dynamically types languages, but it becomes a horror for maintenance. Ill be sticking with UDK in the meantime

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosting Git Repositories?

Wattos Re: gitlab (165 comments)

I set gitlab up at home. It is very good, but a maintenance nightmare. No automated installation or updates, so i keep running on an old version.

It would be a 3A solution if they offered a ppa with automatic updates

about a year and a half ago
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Feds Drop CFAA Charges Against 'Hacker' Who Exploited Poker Machines

Wattos Re:Of course, it's only illegal if the house loses (144 comments)

How many undiscovered glitches are there that cause the player to lose unfairly?

These are called features ;)

about a year and a half ago
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Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

Wattos Awesome! (292 comments)

Now I can be prepared both mentally and physically once the zombie apocalypse strikes!

about a year and a half ago
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41 Months In Prison For Man Who Leaked AT&T iPad Email Addresses

Wattos Re:Well yes but, (459 comments)

If you find my key under a rock in my backyard, it is still theft if you break into my house with it and steal things.

The analogy is not really applicable. This is more like writing all your secrets into a notebook and putting it into a library (in a section accessible to everyone). Then you sue the person who found the notebook.

Leaving the data open to any web request is the true crime here. I do not know about the US, but in Europe that would have been a violation against the Data Protection Act.

about a year and a half ago
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The Linux Foundation's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Delayed

Wattos Re:Not surprised at all (179 comments)

Maybe the "Secure" in "UEFI Secure Boot" referes to securing Microsofts Monopoly and existence in the OS market?

about 2 years ago
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Steam Protocol Opens PCs to Remote Code Execution

Wattos Why is this even on Slashdot (128 comments)

From TFA:

Our choice for exploiting this bug is to create a .bat file in the Startup folder of
the user account which will execute our commands injected through +echo at the
next login of the user on the system. There is also an interesting scenario against
dedicated servers by specifying the motd.txt of the game as logfile and launching
the cvarlist command that will dump all the game variables in such file that is
visible to any player who joins the server. Team Fortress 28 is one of the most
played games based on this engine and it’s free-to-play.

They system is already compromised at this point. Why do we need the steam protocol?

Also, for the love of god, please stop calling these people security researchers.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Files Patent For Temperature Feedback Move Controller

Wattos Why limit ourselves to the controller? (81 comments)

Why is Sony limiting this technology to the controller? The PS4 should actually come with an air conditioner changing the temperature in the room. So if the character is in a cold environment, you should be freezing. Similarly, they should also include a flame thrower in the PS4, so that when you get hit by a fire spell in the game, you actually start burning. That would be totally immersive!

more than 2 years ago
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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

Wattos Re:How is this different than any other tablet? (303 comments)

Please explain how Android has a walled garden? Last time I checked I can install applications without using google play/market

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

Wattos Anyone... (767 comments)

Anyone can become a programmer, just like anyone can become a painter.

It does not mean that the person would be a good programmer though. I could be an artists, but I would not be a good painter if my life dependent on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Nintendo Court the Casuals Again?

Wattos I for one will buy the WII U (132 comments)

I will gladly give my money to Nintendo for the Wii U. I am a gamer, with a huge passion for games. Finally Nintendo will provide next-gen gaming on their consoles. Nintendo, compared to Sony and Microsoft, is a company for gamers.

They dont charge you for online play (Looking at you M$), they dont charge you for additional storage by selling you some proprietary hdd. They dont remove features after the sale ( install other OS??) and they dont go in rage mode and start suing their customers. They also did not have any security breaches...

For me it is quite clear, if there will be a game which comes to all consoles, Ill be getting the Wii U version (unless there is a PC version ofc)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

Wattos Focus and Polish! (1154 comments)

I love my linux world. The only part which I would appreciate is more polish in the software. Most software has a great set of features but it seems that all these suites are always missing the last 5% of development (e.g. making the application feel very polished).

To me it seems that the only way we can fix the desktop is to throw money at it. The last 5% of development work is usually boring (finding and fixing all the corner cases, etc...). I think that the only true consumer ready desktop right now is Ubuntu (yes, with the Unity interface). It has become a very polished and stable package with a lot of focus (maybe a bit too much?) on the right things. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge KDE fan (I contributed code), but to me it seems that it is missing the last 5% of development work (e.g. Kwin crashes occasionally, the panel wont stick to the top and will sometimes be in the center of the screen, Kwin seems to be slower than compiz...).

Canonical has the resources to provide a really solid desktop experience (and it already does) for most average users. For the rest of us, there is still Arch, Mint, Fedora, etc which allows for more customization. The problem is, that most people want their machine to just "work" and not tinker with the OS to just get it perfect.

Good job Canonical!

more than 2 years ago
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Man Physically Assaulted At McDonald's For Wearing Digital Eye Glasses

Wattos Re:Recording devices are banned in McDonalds (1198 comments)

In short, the moral of the tale is:

In short, the moral of the tale is that you are an idiot. Just because he was having a camera, does not mean he is recording anything. Next you will want to assault anyone talking on a smartphone. After all it also has camera and he might be just faking the conversation.

(And I don't for a moment buy the argument that the digital glasses aren't recording equipment. Exhibit A, the still photos on the chap's web page.)

RTFA. It clearly says that it only records the images when it detects being damaged.

The computerized eyeglass processes imagery using Augmediated Reality, in order to help the wearer see better, and when the computer is damaged, e.g. by falling and hitting the ground (or by a physical assault), buffered pictures for processing remain in its memory, and are not overwritten with new ones by the then non-functioning computer vision system.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Physically Assaulted At McDonald's For Wearing Digital Eye Glasses

Wattos Re:Wearable recording devices should be resisted (1198 comments)

RTFA before you spread non-sense.

From TFA:

The computerized eyeglass processes imagery using Augmediated Reality, in order to help the wearer see better, and when the computer is damaged, e.g. by falling and hitting the ground (or by a physical assault), buffered pictures for processing remain in its memory, and are not overwritten with new ones by the then non-functioning computer vision system.

It only recorded the images because the camera got damaged.

more than 2 years ago
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MorphOS 3.0 Released: Refusing To Let the PPC Desktop OS Die Gracefully

Wattos Re:Facepalm (214 comments)

Again one of those websites which are sprinkled with links having only the text "here" or "this page". Go there, see here, this, that, everywhere. You don't as quickly see where the links are pointing, and it kind of feels like pushing the reader around. Just for a comparison...

For installation instructions, please go here. The free trial version is available for download on this page.

To get started, please view the installation instructions. The free trial version is available for download.

So much nicer to read.

Totally agree. Also makes the site more accessible as visually impaired users may iterate over hyperlinks only.

more than 2 years ago

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Slashdot blocked in Switzerland (Possibly other parts of Europe)

Wattos Wattos writes  |  about a year ago

Wattos (2268108) writes "On my daily commute to work, it is my habit to check several websites for the latest news. Imagine how surprised I was that when slashdot.org was not accessible anymore. Instead I received a 403 Restricted error page. Initially I thought that this would have been a simple mistake by my mobile ISP, so I connected to my home VPN. Slashdot was blocked including many links to websites with vpn services. After connecting to a VPN provider outside of the country (in Poland) slashdot was accessible again."
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Dennis Ritchie - The creator of 'C' has died

Wattos Wattos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wattos (2268108) writes "The creator of the programming language C and Unix has died on on the 12 of October after a long illness.

Let us take a moment to grief for a person who has greatly contributed to the technology world we now know."

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