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Comment: Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 1) 145

by Alien1024 (#48881321) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move
That would be a valid point if human lifespan was in the millions of years. Unfortunately, the oldest verified person ever lived for ~122 years. Globally catastrophic asteroid strikes of the scale that killed dinosaurs don't happen very often. The last one happened 65 million years ago. So that's a red herring.

An astronomer estimated the chance of being killed by an asteroid as 1 in 700,000.

As natural disasters go, any person is far more likely to die from tsunamis, earthquakes and extreme weather events.

Comment: Towelroot (Score 1) 186

by Alien1024 (#48846055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?
I rooted my Nexus 4 and my Kindle Fire HDX using Towelroot (on the Nexus 4 it is extremely easy to apply - just allow non-store apps and install tr.apk; on the Kindle, I had to install HDXposed, the Xposed framework and Google Apps before I could do that). IIRC it worked fine on Android 4.4 (despite scary warnings issued by Google, which can be safely ignored). But it doesn't work on Android 5. Last time I looked into it (a couple of months ago), there was not an easy way to root Lollipop - you had to back up your data and settings and re-flash.

Comment: Re:My experience with this kind of hardware (Score 1) 110

You can of course get android devices which have the virtues of old-school hardware, but they're not mainstream -- in other words they're pricey

The HTC Desire HD has those old-school virtues (SD card and removable battery), and I don't think it's pricey now. Of course it has to be bought second-hand or refurbished. If you can settle for even lower resolution, you can get an even cheaper HTC Tattoo or even older stuff.

Comment: "Apps" under WM5 (Score 1) 110

Creating some apps myself would be nice, but dunno where to start for WM5.

You might want to have a look at VS 2008 and the .NET compact framework - I seem to remember the Express (free) version of VS 2008 supports it. It's pretty easy to develop. Expect far from fast performance and no easy way to scale across screen resolutions, but it should be good enough for things like "daily organizer / shopping list / memory games".

I wouldn't bother, though - I have a couple of those devices (a Dell Axim x51v and an HP). They probably work like new, but I haven't used them for half a decade. Where to start? If the OS's horrible usability isn't enough to put you off, it isn't fun to deal with the short battery life and the proprietary, clunky connectors which made them a pain a recharge (though in all fairness, the HTC smartphones were slightly less awful). Any el-cheapo Android device runs circles around those.

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