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Google's Grand Android Plan

renrutal Re:What about GPL? (190 comments)

Android does distribute the GPL portion early, they don't do that for the non-GPL real Android stuff.

more than 2 years ago
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VLC 2.0 'Twoflower' Released For Windows & Mac

renrutal Re:"FOR ANIME FANS" (299 comments)

Subtitle support was already great back in $a_date_long_ago_in_computer_years. Dunno what 2.0 improves on, fluff support was already pretty good, probably it's about doing that on soft subs.

Anyway, the thing with anime fansub subtitles is that they go beyond normal subtitling, adding karaoke with characters(and images) glowing, fading, changing colors and jumping around the screen; typesetting floating objects translations right into a precise place in a timed frame, along resizing, translating and rotating that object if the background image requires it.

It usually isn't that bad, but then Akiyuki Shinbo happens.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Secret Weapon To Influence Industry Pricing

renrutal Re:Screen size/resolution lock? (407 comments)

I believe there's a market for each product, but they should be categorized strictly:

  • - Up to 3.5 inches is for people who want a classic cellphone, for calls, messaging, agenda, etc.
  • - 3.5 to 4.7 inches is for handheld internet browsing, heavy touchscreen app users who still want a cellphone.
  • - 5.3" is the electronic notepad category, to be used with stylus pens for making small notes and drawings, for users who also want the above capabilities.
  • - 6 to 7" is the reader category, for extended, still, handheld, reading of books. They should be extremely light for their size, 300 grams at most, which pretty much only e-Ink readers can deliver that.
  • - 7 to 10" is the tablet computer category, for touch screen app users, small presentations, business substitute for reports and documents, ~600 grams at most.

Anything north from that is not intended for handheld usage.

Read the chart above as "You will be uncomfortable if you use X to do Y."

more than 2 years ago
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Aaron Seigo On KDE SC 5.0 — and What Getting There Means

renrutal Like Java frameworks (157 comments)

Please correct me if I'm wrong in this analogy, Are _KDE_ Frameworks 5.0 is to QT the same as _Apache_'s many frameworks are to the Java SE/EE platforms? Really no major coupling at all?

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

renrutal Re:To Quote Obi-Wan (1027 comments)

I expect Apple stakeholders to be crying out in terror by tomorrow. I'm amused how he did that right after the market closed.

more than 3 years ago
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Java 7: What's In It For Developers

renrutal Re:Do these developers include Android developers? (338 comments)

Since current Java SE code isn't expected to run and have the very same behavior in Android without modification in previous versions, I don't think it the current version would be any different. BTW, are Android developers considered to be Java developers by Oracle?

more than 3 years ago
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DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Splash Down Confirmed

renrutal What really happened (140 comments)

Robot tries to copy move, gets out-FALCON PAWNCHED by the original.

more than 3 years ago
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Reaction To Diablo 3's Always-Online Requirement

renrutal It won't be always online (591 comments)

The issue is about cheating, Blizzard cannot verify if during your offline quests you didn't cheat, sou you can't go online with the same character and play with other players under the same rules.

The answer is simple, when you want to play offline, you can either start anew, or load a copy of your online character in cache in your computer. The Battle.net version of the character and its progress will remain frozen. When you choose to play online, you just continue with this online version; offline "tainted" characters won't ever be able to play in Battle.net.

This way you can have multiple "saved games" offline.

more than 3 years ago
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A Quest For the Perfect SNES Emulator

renrutal Re:BSNES is perfect (227 comments)

Well, bsnes is actually libsnes + qt gui(perhaps qt also handles the input, dunno), so you can easily build another UI as the emulation part is externalized.

more than 3 years ago
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JPMorgan Rolls Out FPGA Supercomputer

renrutal Re:C++ to Java? (194 comments)

Usually when one asks if language X has pointers, the person wants to know if it can do pointer arithmetic, and that's a resound NO in JVM based languages. Which is why we say Java has references, not pointers.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

renrutal Re:We're working hard on the technology... (321 comments)

Yeah, they might also be able to perfectly predict earthquakes, tsunamis, gamma ray bursts and sudden influx of users in your site/internet-based product.

more than 3 years ago
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Markets For IPv4 Addresses Emerging

renrutal Re:Why does everything have to be monetized? (157 comments)

Yeah, ARIN should take all the unused blocks back, that would give us a lot of more time to complete the transition. Another two months should be enough, right? Right?

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

renrutal Re:Here's Oracle's Example (675 comments)

I've been paying my bills for 3 years developing in Java, and many more years programming at all, I don't know if this counts as an expert analysis or not, I don't care.

  • Examining Exhibit J, I believe the Android implementation was copy-pasted from Sun's. In fact, it was a pretty lousy, newbie-ish job trying to mask it.
    Just looking at the bad parameters and local variable names makes me want to punch the idiot who named them. And what's with all the magic numbers hard-coded? On the other hand, I praise the Sun developers for their implementation.
    About the iteration structures, I also prefer using the for iterator instead of a while structure, it makes more sense when you want to scope the variable. Unfortunately the structure becomes a bit top-heavy with all the inlining.
  • Examining Exhibit I, I'd first ask what is the problem. API documentations should be one and the same, it's a standardization FFS! The only strange thing I find with that Javadoc, is why java.security.Security is a java class, and not a java interface.

You could argue that the class design is really trivial, and how two different implementation could be identical under the KISS principle, but it's really hard to believe it's a clean room implementation. It's a bastardized version of Sun's code.

more than 3 years ago
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How the Mozilla Sniffer Backdoor Was Discovered

renrutal Re:Informative article (201 comments)

From TFA:

An add-on called “Mozilla Sniffer” was uploaded on June 6th to addons.mozilla.org. It was discovered that this add-on contains code that intercepts login data submitted to any website, and sends this data to a remote location. Upon discovery on July 12th, the add-on was disabled and added to the blocklist, which will prompt the add-on to be uninstalled for all current users.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Astronomers To Observe Hayabusa's Fiery Homecoming

renrutal Re:Actually... (142 comments)

Sci-fi weapons agains Croczilla? Meh.

The only one who can save Australia from monster crocodiles is a 131 feet tall Crocodile Dundee!

more than 4 years ago
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Theora Development Continues Apace, VP8 Now Open Source

renrutal Re:WebM/VP8 patent risk for software developers (312 comments)

Software developers already live taking patent risks just by doing their work, developing software. Media encoding isn't the only patent elephant stomping in our lawn, we're pretty much surrounded by thousands, specially ye ol' $PATENT which just now happened to be implemented on the internet or on a smartphone/tablet/portable device of the week.

If you are afraid of software patents, I'm afraid you have to look for a job in another area where you don't even come close to inventing/designing anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Japan To Launch Solar Sail Spacecraft "Ikaros"

renrutal Re:This has to be a bad joke... (138 comments)

You would be right if they were aiming for the name in english. Íkaros is his name in latin.

At least its easier to write than greek: , which Slashdot can't even parse...

more than 4 years ago
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Decades-Old Soviet Reflector Spotted On the Moon

renrutal SETI is HARD (147 comments)

If you take decades to find a reflector in the nearest astral body, it quite puts in perspective the whole difficulty of searching for extraterrestrial life light-years away.

more than 4 years ago
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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Ballistic Missile

renrutal Re:Wrong Platform (297 comments)

Perhaps they could spend a supranonimillenary amount of money to make such aquatic plataform airborne, along with some anguineous lifeforms aboard, for massive damage.

more than 4 years ago

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Another arrested in Japan for using anonymous P2P

renrutal renrutal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

renrutal writes "A 43-year-old man is the second known person arrested in Japan for using Perfect Dark to share copyrighted material in its encrypted P2P network.

According to the [Kyoto-based] High-Tech Crime Task Force, the Okayama police, and the Saga police, the Osaka-based suspect uploaded about a thousand files, including anime. The suspect admitted that he thought he would not get caught because he was using Perfect Dark.

Perfect Dark is the third generation of japanese anonymous P2P network clients, developed with the intent to fix the security flaws found in its predecessors Winny and Share, in spite of also adopting a "Secure through Obscurity" closed-source model. In 2004, Winny's developer, Isamu Kaneo, was charged 1.5 million yen for assisting in copyright infringement, but he was acquited last October. Since 2008, at least 15 people were arrested in Japan suspect of uploading copyrighted material to those "secure" networks."
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