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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

am 2k Re:Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe Apri (322 comments)

Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8, 2014, the date Microsoft calls the "end of life" for Windows XP.

No, it has been unsafe for at least a few years already. Windows XP does not support any encryption that's still considered secure.

4 days ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

am 2k Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

my company wrote, directed, filmed, and edited a music video for a lesser known artist who is a friend. We did it pro bono because he is a friend. We posted the video to YouTube and he started using it successfully to promote himself and get more appearances. [...] That bigger company claimed they owned the copyright on the video. Google happily revoked our right to monetize it and gave us the option to take it down or let the bigger company monetize it.

Well, this sucks, but it might actually be legally correct: When you friend signed away his soul to the record company, he gave them every right to act this way. As such, your company would have had to make a contract with the soul owner, not with the poor remains.

Many musicians seem to be very naive and don't realize this when they sign up with a publisher, not even years later. Many don't even seem to think it necessary to point this out when they're doing contract work, like for indie games, even though it's very relevant. YouTube casters (which are the main PR for indie games) are not allowed to review games that come with this kind of tainted music. They are not even allowed to show trailers of the game. The casters not getting paid for their work is the mildest of results from violating this law.

I've even seen musicians that tried to argue with their masters about that they would like them to allow game reviews, but it's a very sorry sight.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

am 2k Re:Other HMDs? (535 comments)

I fail to see the difference between Oculus Rift and many of the HMDs that previously existed. Is this just a case where the pioneers got the arrows in their backs and the latecomers were able to monetize things?

Due to smartphones, the technology is now available to provide proper screens for HMDs. This is the critical piece that was missing previously. Also, what Palmer pioneered was using only a single lens to enhance the field of view, and doing the distortion correction in software, which wasn't possible until a few years ago (you basically need a fullscreen fragment shader while causing virtually no additional lag).

Also, to avoid nausea VR needs at least 60Hz (better 90Hz) display update rate, and you need very low latency for the head tracking (below 10ms). This wasn't possible until very recently either. For example, even the PS4 cannot do that in an acceptable resolution, you need a higher class PC for that.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

am 2k Re:We have alread seen it. (535 comments)

Remember the Futurama version of the internet. Lets go for a walk around Facebook in Virtual Reality...

It reminded me more of OASIS in Ready Player One.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

am 2k Re:Kickstarter is not an investment (535 comments)

People who did the Kickstarter got their rewards. They got their dev kits.

No, the people didn't pledge to get dev kits, they pledged to get the chance to be among the first to develop their games for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Now the environment for that has changed drastically, and unlike in the previous mission statement, gaming takes a backseat.

about three weeks ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

am 2k Re:How is this a good thing for SparkFun? (250 comments)

Or... SparkFun (and anyone else) could make multimeters without the yellow trim and all. It's not like that's an essential part of multimeter functionality.

But it won't have the same accuracy without the yellow trim! That's why the MM were made that way in the first place.

about a month ago
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Sony Announces Virtual Reality Headset For PS4

am 2k Re:going to be terrible (112 comments)

I think most people just turn off the 3D feature of the 3DS. Unlike a head-mounted display, it's a gimmick, not a completely new medium.

I agree on the horsepower-part, though. If people like playing Minecraft on the Rift, the PS4 shouldn't have any troubles from a technological point of view.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

am 2k Re:.NOT (302 comments)

Sigh...no one outside the Windows world gives a shit about .NET

Don't forget Unity3D developers, they care much about C#. Although Unity3D uses an ancient version of the mono runtime...

about a month ago
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Sony Announces Virtual Reality Headset For PS4

am 2k Re:going to be terrible (112 comments)

The difference is, the CD, Wii and VHS didn't make people sick, while a bad VR experience does.

All of these three products aren't great, but they're good enough. In VR, even the Oculus Rift doesn't reach the good enough level (yet), and this is even worse.

about a month ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

am 2k Re:How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

Part of the problem is that once you know what to do, the how is trivial.

This might also be the one differentiating factor between patents with merit (like the mpeg stuff and rsa) and the whole crap that gets into the technews so often (like oneclick, shopping cart, slide-to-unlock, etc).

about a month ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

am 2k Re:Ha. Your description IS a branch of mathematics (161 comments)

It is called a computer because that is all it can do - compute. It carries out mathematical procedures. Nothing more.

Then explain the mathematical equivalency to a jump instruction, a variable assignment or an I/O operation.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

am 2k Re:goto fail (101 comments)

It's similar to some of the bugs that the NSA/GCHQ have inserted in the past. Knowing this we should really make compilers detect this kind of error.

Or they should just reject the goto command. This kind of issue could never have happened if the developer would have used properly structured code.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

am 2k Re:Details of bug (101 comments)

Apple never "switched away" from openssl, they shipped their own implementation with the very first version of Mac OS X. They only packaged openssl with the system for other apps to use. I actually rewrote the XMPP encryption stuff in Adium to use the security framework instead of openssl way back in 2007, since that allowed me to use the built-in system dialogs for presenting certificates.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

am 2k Re:goto fail (101 comments)

No one uses GCC on Apple anymore so its really irrelevant. We've moved on to compilers that don't suck ass. GCC remains for fanboys but thats about it.

Tell that to certain tools coming from Linux that rely on STL interas only available in the GCC version of STL...

I'd give up my left testicle if Apple would magically port and start using Visual Studio in OSX though. I can't stand dealing with Windows anymore, but god I long for an IDE that doesn't suck ass.

I know quite a few Mac developers that say exactly the opposite ("I'd port my Mac app to Windows, if there was an IDE that didn't suck ass...").

about 2 months ago
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John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

am 2k Re:Thing is (146 comments)

What probably also didn't help was that it's a first-person shooter, which is a genre where you tend to turn quickly a lot.

I guess it would have been fine if the caching would have been less aggressive on the view-dependency. I don't understand how id thought that this level of quality was acceptable for release.

about 2 months ago
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LLVM and Clang 3.4 Are Out

am 2k Re:pretty quick on the C++14 support (118 comments)

Huh? QCreator, Netbeans and Eclipse C/C++ IDEs are fully integrated with GCC, including both debugging and compilation.

What Xcode can do is integrate llvm with autocompletion. For example, if you do a switch statement on an enum-value, it autocompletes the possible enum constants after you type "case". After the first entry, it automatically removes the constants you already used from the list of possibilities.

Xcode also does perfect autocompletion (method names, parameter types, etc.) of types derived from C++ templates, which simply isn't possible without compiling the file. This even works as you change the same file those templates are declared in.

Other things include the analyzer, which tells you about issues that arise on certain input conditions. When you click on an issue, Xcode visually displays the flow through the program to arrive at the undesired end result using arrows.

about 3 months ago
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Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

am 2k Re:Linksys late to the party (310 comments)

This router already exists: Netgear R7000.

No eSATA port, though :(

about 3 months ago
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Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

am 2k Re:My dog is broken... (222 comments)

And further to that note: my parents had a dog that could tell when my brother (diabetic) had low blood sugar. They had three dogs at that time and one of them would bark in the middle of the night if he was low. He could somehow tell while sleeping in their bedroom that he was having trouble from across the house. My guess is that his scent changed and the dog was especially sensitive to it, but that is pure speculation on my part.

It's very likely that the blood sugar level has effects on the sweat consistency, and humans perspire a lot while sleeping. Considering that dogs are used to sniff out people under a few meters of snow in an open area with a lot of wind, it's very likely that this is an easy task for a dog, once it understands that the difference is important enough to bark about.

about 3 months ago
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NSA's Legal Win Introduces a Lot of Online Insecurity

am 2k Re:Can't rely on the law then (239 comments)

Make sure your data is not stored outside your control by someone who could at least in theory read it

You need to be a cryptography expert in order to do that. Even then, it's not a sure thing, since you can't prove that somebody doesn't have a certain piece of information.

Except when you live alone on a small island and don't communicate with anybody.

about 4 months ago

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Android Moving Away from XMPP

am 2k am 2k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

am 2k (217885) writes "Google has announced that the Android platform will no longer use XMPP. Instead, they want to develop their own protocol loosely based on it. The reasons they're giving on the web site have already been debunked by other mobile XMPP developers, leaving the XMPP developers to wonder about the real reasons for the surprising move.

Is this the new embrace-and-extend strategy of Google 'do no evil' Inc.?"

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