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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

kav2k Oh no pigeons (92 comments)

The (late) Pictures For Sad Children had a very relevant comic.

about three weeks ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

kav2k Re:What, no positional tracking? (88 comments)

On the Gear VR? They've got accelerometer data. It's probably not as precise as external tracking, but still.

about 1 month ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

kav2k Re:Good. IndieGoGo should do it too (203 comments)

What I prefer in the Kickstarter model is that the money is not actually taken until the project funding deadline.

It allows to easily adjust the funding if you want to switch pledge levels (which is an absolute headache on IndieGoGo), and rectify impulsive decisions to fund something.

It also gives a sort of "time to comment". If a potentially fraudulent campaign gains traction, there are usually people sweeping in to confront project creators about it. Extreme case of that was even brought up here on Slashdot, with the iFind tags campaign, that resulted in the project being busted by Kickstarter - all before funds were collected.

With IndieGoGo? Funds are taken immediately. Good luck with refunds.

about a month ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

kav2k Re:Which Invasion? (205 comments)

You should treat both sides as untrustworthy. Fabricated evidence, or just total lack thereof, is used by both sides.

It's an amazing trait of modern wars. We often say that cyberwarfare is the threat of the future, but right now information wars, shaping public opinion that's malleable and not always critical enough of the fact presented, is maybe a bigger thing than actual firefights on the ground. Modern technology makes information easy to manipulate, easy to inject into public view, and far, far easier to spread.

Unless a war goes on in your homeland right next to you, you can't really tell if you're being told the truth.

about 2 months ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

kav2k Video decoding regression (113 comments)

> For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance.

Except that with this version, hardware-accelerated decoding broke scaling, so it now seems to scale as nearest-neighbor. Thankfully, on Windows it's possible to override hardware decoding with chrome://flags, which is a workaround for now.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

kav2k Re:free electricity! (201 comments)

In terms of thermonuclear fuel supply in the Sun, it's a good approximation. We're talking about space here.

about 3 months ago
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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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago

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