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Comment: Re:iOS developer program is NC-17 (Score 1) 562

by CODiNE (#47428403) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Xcode allows Mac OS X and iOS development for free. It's a public download on the App store.

To distribute apps through the Mac App store, or the iTunes App Store there is a $99 a year developer fee which includes the certificates needed to run your app on other people's computers or iOS devices.

So on a Mac yes, completely free to make apps for your own desktop. (Because you're bypassing binary signing, which is optional on a Mac) On iOS you will only be able to use the simulator until you pay for a dev certificate. This is because of no "side loading".

Now there is a free developer account which gives access to documentation and sample code (and old WWDC videos?), much of which is google accessible but some of which is not. Kids can get the free developer accounts, practice on a simulator and apply to go to WWDC for free (

So long story short. Things are not that simple, it's a nuanced situation, but YES you can start coding iOS apps before you're 18.

The WWDC app requires a dev account because that's pre-release info that requires signing an NDA. That would normally exclude minors, but it works the same way as kids going to WWDC, via sharing a dev account with their parent or guardian. So a grown up gets a dev account, puts in info that it's for their minor child... pays for a dev certificate and a kid can make their own iPhone apps with parent's permission.

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 3, Informative) 174

Surprised at all the responses with no mention of OpenStreetMap.

Unlimited data download in various formats. Convert to Garmin/Tom Tom/whatever if you like and have custom GPS maps. Print PDF maps, wall maps, tour books, etc... Plenty of mobile apps to download entire cities and even countries with no time limits.

The key point to remember is that OpenStreetMap is open DATA and there's hundreds of apps and projects built around it letting you do just about anything you can think of. Including several routing APIs and services.

Comment: Honey Girl? (Score 1) 133

What are those arcade games with the girl pictures on them? Dating simulator games where you try to say the right thing to a static image of a real person?

Just curious on cultural arcade differences, did kids play games with sex and nudity in them or was it more like Leisure Suit Larry?

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 196

by CODiNE (#47344119) Attached to: How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

I read an article about Dr. Dre and how he used to record his music. At the time radio was the dominant way people were exposed to new music, he realized that his audience would not experience pristine reception nor studio quality "reference" speakers with extremely low distortion. There would also be plenty of background noise and an engine sounds to compete with.

To ensure his music sounded to his listeners the way he wanted it to, he would broadcast over a private short-range radio station and drive around listening to his latest work at the end of each day.

Now to me, this shows from an early date that Dr. Dre had a pragmatic and insightful understanding of the end-user experience of listening to music. How did that mold his philosophy on sound equipment and Beats headphones? And they "crafted" to intentionally distort certain kinds of music for a more enjoyable experience? Are they the physical equivalent to a "Pop Music" preset on the iTunes EQ? Or is it simply creative marketing and the cheapest speaker components he could get his hands on? No idea, I'm deaf. :-) But I do think the story is interesting and there just might be something to the sound of those headphones.

I know that I'm probably sounding like some sort of Dr. Dre fanboi, but I assure you that there is no rap music nor hip hop in my music collection. I'm pretty much permanently stuck in the 80's and early 90's since that's when I could hear more. My listening is mostly attempting to follow along while filling in the missing sounds by memory.


Comment: Stopgap measure (Score 4, Interesting) 196

by CODiNE (#46973047) Attached to: Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

Welcome to a new cat and mouse game.

With a sufficient number of people successfully using this technique the detection methods will keep getting smarter.

Sizing a person based on the distance between joints.
Solution: elbow and knee extender prosthetics. Strap it on the upper limb and add a few inches before the joint is visible through clothing.

Recognizing a person through their walking styles.
Solution: Joining the ministry of silly walks and becoming and expert at switching gaits by choice.

Heuristics based on tracking bodies and the likelihood of people doing switcheroos while off camera.
At this point you would end up being a high profile target that gets human eyes overseeing your tracking.

Infrared lights can be filtered...
Looks like the mouse always loses this one.

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