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Target Hackers Have More Data Than They Can Sell

mewsenews Re:Uh, it's not 40 million... (118 comments)

They'll get to it. Right after they switch to metric

about 6 months ago
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Samsung, Apple Agree To Try Mediation In Patent Disputes

mewsenews Re:History of Anglican Takeover of Pagan Patents (70 comments)

I was under the impression that the Taipei geeks were fiddling with the touchpad and display screen markets, out of their niche in ATM touchscreen displays (which wealthy nations ignored), and that when they were contracted by Apple to make Ipads they said "hey, check this out, we put a screen on it. And you can attach at telephone". And Apple said "heck yah make that" but nothing kept Samsung from doing the same. But that's a general recollection, I don't want to be cited as a source.

I don't remember it happening in that way.

Apple acquired a company called FingerWorks that didn't do touchscreens, but DID do multitouch gesture systems.

Steve Job's vision for the iPhone was a phone that is a piece of glass. I believe capacitive sensors had been done before, but Apple's hardware+software expertise, combined with FingerWorks patents, created the gesture-based interface that now seems routine on smartphones.

To be able to manipulate items on the screen by touch -- incredibly responsive, intuitive gestures, it was a big breakthrough. Even tiny things like the little slider thing to unlock an iPhone was magic, it appeared like a physical latch because it followed your touch.

Swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom, etc etc, those gestures were from FingerWorks, AFAIK.

about 6 months ago
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Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation

mewsenews Open message to all developers (157 comments)

Please stop with cutesy loading messages (reticulating splines, fetching slippers, percolating coffee). You were too lazy to include an accurate bar indicating when the loading process would finish, and you are insulting our time wasted looking at your "jokes".

about 7 months ago
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Doom Is Twenty Years Old

mewsenews Re:Problems recreating the original audio experien (225 comments)

Any tips on how to recreate that standard 1994-1995 486 experience aside from finding an old pc and installing win95?

Chocolate doom has built-in emulation of the adlib chip that was present on the ubiquitous soundblaster cards of the 90s

about 7 months ago
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Doom Is Twenty Years Old

mewsenews Re:"legends John Carmack and John Romero"? (225 comments)

that litigious asshole John Carmack

Holy crap there is a lot of bile in your post.

Doom was designed to be modded - you had the IWAD that stored the main game data, and you could load a PWAD with command line parameters. Those features were either put in by Carmack or blessed by him.

I'm intimately familiar with what the Doom community became after 1998 when Carmack released the source code (how many other companies do that?)

He was tremendously supportive of the community and personally replied to some emails I sent him over the years asking him about GPL licensing of old id stuff.

He's even got an account here on Slashdot.

The portrait you paint of him does not match anything I've seen or read about him, ever.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Linux Driver Now Nearly As Fast As Windows OpenGL Driver

mewsenews Re: woo (113 comments)

How does microsoft do so much user testing and have no idea these products are going to be colossal flops?

I can't imagine the reasoning that went on behind the push for Windows 8:

"Let's unify our mobile and desktop interfaces, because we have a stranglehold on the desktop, people will gravitate towards our mobile offerings"

The public responds "we hate this" and they choose to do it anyway? Don't they do focus groups? Didn't they anticipate that people are disgusted by a touch interface on their keyboard+mouse system?

I'm fascinated and horrified but I'm also pleased because I am not fond of Microsoft, but what the hell do they think they are doing?

about 8 months ago
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

mewsenews How many times do I have to tell you guys (180 comments)

What happens at the nazi themed BDSM orgy stays at the nazi themed BDSM orgy!!!

about 9 months ago
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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

mewsenews Re:quickoffice (178 comments)

I knew there would be at least one comment downplaying this story.

This is a tiny move on Google's part with huge ramifications.

Android has been a huge success, I read that it has something like 80% of the market share of mobile devices, but that statistic was probably made up.

When Grandma opens an email on her tablet thing that her IT grandson told her to get so that he could stop supporting her Windows computer, she's going to be opening the word attachment using Google software - and then possibly editing it and sending it back - using Google software.

Microsoft gets nothing, they are removed from the loop.

The default office suite on Android could be as important as the default web browser on Windows - and we know what a ruckus that caused.

about 9 months ago
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Intel Rolls Out Raspberry Pi Competitor

mewsenews What. (214 comments)

How is a $200 board a raspberry pi competitor?

about 10 months ago
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Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding To Buy It

mewsenews One fan's view point (62 comments)

I've read hackaday for years.

A couple weeks ago on July 1st, Caleb Kraft announced he was leaving and the site went for sale on the same day.

This was kinda suspicious for both things to happen at the same time especially because Caleb never explained why he left. HOWEVER, Caleb has posted to his personal site that he's started a new job at EETimes.com. Not sure why that was worth keeping secret.

Still, the whole thing feels like the current owner is holding the site for ransom. The way it is being explained is that the profits from hackaday are being poured into other weblogs, but if this campaign is successful, a non-profit will be formed and advertising profits will be poured back into the site.

I don't understand why they don't just buy a new domain. The freakin site is made with wordpress, who cares, the community can migrate.

1 year,7 days
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Apogee Suing Gearbox Over Unpaid Royalties For Duke Nukem Forever

mewsenews Kinda funny (88 comments)

Oh, you want a cut of the profits??

*rummages in pockets, produces crumpled gum wrapper*

about a year ago
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RIM Pays Off Nokia; Patent Dispute Settled

mewsenews Smart (23 comments)

Both companies are struggling majorly and it's good they were able to resolve this so that they can try to focus on developing competitive products.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

mewsenews Algebra Touch (165 comments)

Algebra Touch is an amazing app that demonstrates how variables work in algebraic equations, highly recommended. Maybe too high level for a 3 year old but it's about as mathy as iOS can get.

about a year and a half ago
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Activists' Drone Shot Out of the Sky For Fourth Time

mewsenews Re:Over private property? (733 comments)

This is like insulting the girl hanging off Mike Tyson's arm. Dude, you're gonna lose.

Coincidentally Mike Tyson loves pigeons and one of the reasons he started boxing was his horror when hooligans found his coops and killed his pigeons.

Not relevant to this story at all of course, animal activists are stupid as hell

about a year and a half ago
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All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

mewsenews Re:Why Nate? (576 comments)

I'm guessing the likely explanation is that Big Media only cares about other Big Media and this Nate Silver guy has the NYT as a patron

about a year and a half ago
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Rare Photos: Gnu Crashing a Windows 8 Launch Event

mewsenews Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (313 comments)

If Microsoft came into a Gnu event it would be bashed as them crashing a party. Same kind of thing here.

I agree with you but only to a certain extent. This incident was also a protest about user freedom, as much as it was a promotional activity for free software.

If microsoft protested a free software event they'd be laughed out of the room.

So I remain divided: showing up to someones launch event so that you can promote their competitor: utterly tasteless. Showing up somewhere to raise awareness of user rights and freedoms: admirable. Strange mix here..

about a year and a half ago

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