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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

kav2k Re:Needed to stop anyway (153 comments)

A couple of points.

First, those restrictions have recently been kicked up a notch in ridiculousness. Some publishers now disallow gift copies in those "cheaper" regions - presumably, to stop such cross-region trading, but you can't even gift the game to someone within the region.

Second, it's important to remember that region restrictions are entirely up to the publisher. As far as I can tell, Steam more or less mandates cheaper prices for Russian region, but adding restrictions is entirely publisher's decision. For instance, no digital copy of a Valve game was ever subject to those restrictions (retail is another matter though). Most indies don't opt for regional versions.

about two weeks ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

kav2k Re:Emulator? Simulator? Pfffttt... (167 comments)

Great. Now, do you have a spare tablet around for every target android version?

about a month ago
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Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

kav2k Re:Hackers limit /. headlines to 80 characters (100 comments)

The RSS headline is even more hilarious.

Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings) For €3

about a month ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

kav2k Re:Developers? (225 comments)

So how do I develop extensions?

Like you always did. Developer mode did not change this time around.

Also, how do I run the custom extensions that are used in our company and should not be publically available?

Enterprise install policy is unchanged. If you can use it, you can use extensions from any source. Even NPAPI extensions, which are now banned from Store.

How about extensions that are installed with some hardware, like the one that makes Dymo labelwriters accessible from JavaScript?

It's probably not an extension, but a plugin. That's a bit different, but they will also be going away end of this year.

about 2 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

kav2k Re:Fork or patch? (225 comments)

You can use unpackaged extensions (that cannot auto-update) like alw.. Sorry, with a nagging prompt every time you launch Chrome.

about 2 months ago
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R Throwdown Challenge

kav2k A joke on the subject (185 comments)

A joke I've read recently:

I'm not sure if "R is written by statisticians, for statisticians" is a good thing e.g. "stadiums are built by footballers, for footballers"

about 2 months ago
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Symantec Fires CEO Steve Bennett

kav2k Re:Golden parachute? (111 comments)

What severance package?

"...was terminated by the security company..."

Golden casket, I guess. Man, corporate politics those days.

about 4 months ago
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Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

kav2k Re:What about (187 comments)

Users don't react to them well.

about 4 months ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

kav2k Re:Also in Chrome 33: Welcome to Walled Garden (125 comments)

Thanks for the reply.

I understand that there are several viable workarounds. Especially since on Windows, ChromeSxS actually works (hello, #38598), using unstable is relatively painless. But I can't shake off the feeling that you got a nice bonus of enforcing CWS TOS on the largest chunk of your userbase.

Non-Web-Store extensions never had auto-update to begin with. The only difference between loading unpacked and side-loading is that it's a bit trickier to install unpacked, and Chrome will warn you every time you start up.

This is simply not true. I've been an extension developer for quite a long time, and I've always hosted a beta version of my extension outside CWS, with auto-update, using update_url key in the manifest.

And that's why I had to scramble to move my beta version to CWS unlisted before 33 hit stable. If I missed the announcement, it would be slightly painful to recover.
I wonder though, if you've engineered the hard block of an extension to still look for updates. So that a user who had an extension blocked by this would later get the extension back if the developer submitted it to the webstore with the pem file.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

kav2k Check out 365 tomorrows (293 comments)

You should dig around the website 365 tomorrows, which publishes daily science fiction short stories, "flash fiction".
It's frequently quite thought provoking and is exactly about exploring how future can change our lives in form of short peeks into it.

about 5 months ago
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The Higgs Boson Re-Explained By the Mick Jagger of Physics

kav2k PHD, not Ph.D. (94 comments)

Being pedantic here, but the summary is slightly wrong. The comic strip's name is "PHD comics", where PHD = Piled Higher and Deeper. It's obviously a play on Ph.D., but facts are facts.

about 5 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

kav2k Re:Why NOT WhatsApp (280 comments)

Sadly, I also juggle a couple of devices too.

about 5 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

kav2k Why NOT WhatsApp (280 comments)

I can tell you why I don't use WhatsApp.

While a competent mobile-oriented IM is a good idea in general, I intensely dislike the fact that they went with binding your account to your phone number. I juggle several SIM cards, and that's a no-no in WhatsApp's book.

I infrequently use Kik for the same purpose as WhatsApp, especially linking its detailed message delivery status, but their recent changes to TOS and embedding a browser in-app makes me wary to continue.

about 4 months ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

kav2k Also in Chrome 33: Welcome to Walled Garden (125 comments)

You think that's the real problem in Chrome 33?

Well, compare that to this fact: on Chrome 33 on Windows (and Windows only) all non-Chrome-Web-Store extensions are forcibly disabled and will not install anymore, with the exception of pushing them through domain group policy.

http://www.chromium.org/develo...

So, say goodbye to anything not blessed by Google, like extensions that allow "the unauthorized download of streaming content or media".
Unless you want to use the Dev channel as an official workaround, or are content with loading extensions unpacked, with no auto-update.

It's not like I don't understand the problem, I've seen rampant Chrome crapware on clueless people's computers. But this is heavy-handed.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

kav2k Re:Spelunky (669 comments)

Correction: I'm sticking with the keyboard.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

kav2k Re:Spelunky (669 comments)

(A) used to turn me off too. It's not a classical roguelike where you're free to ponder your next move. But, it's part of the game that you can't explore every nook and cranny and are hurried up so you've got bigger chances to screw up. In fact, it's just a skill barrier - once you're better at it it doesn't bother as much. Also, this leads to bite-sized gameplay sessions, which I find as a plus.

(B) I tried it using both keyboard and a controller, and I'm sticking with a controller. The controls are all in one tight key block, and logically laid out. As for picking up and dropping down - they both use a universal "use" key. And in both, you need to press down. It's not illogical: you bend down to pick something up, and you indicate your intent to drop down.

Actually, it's highly recommended to watch other people play it. It builds up knowledge how the game works to the point of it being enjoyable.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

kav2k Spelunky (669 comments)

Nobody mentioned Spelunky so far.

Procedurally generated, "roguelite" platformer requring skill and metagame knowledge to succeed in.

Contains "daily challenges" (a one shot at playing s specific seed) for those playing it on Steam, which brings highly competitive elements to the game.
Also, recently a tool for it emerged that allows to lock seed generation to a particular value, enabling competition outside dailies.

Website: http://spelunkyworld.com/ and gameplay videos are aplenty on YouTube.
Has a free "original" version with low-res graphics to get a taste of the gameplay.

about 5 months ago
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Wine On Android Starts Allowing Windows Binaries On Android/ARM

kav2k Re: Capt Keen (140 comments)

Seems like it's not the case, and USB floppy drives work out of the box (though you need a powered hub): https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 5 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

kav2k Imagine this + Lucy Koh (341 comments)

Suppose this is implemented. Then imagine a new escalation in the patent wars: say, a phone model is found infringing, and judge mandates not only to stop sales, but to remotely destroy all devices sold in the US.

about 6 months ago

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