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Comment: Re:How about a generic scripting engine? (Score 1) 505

by backspaces (#46129509) Attached to: The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

Any language compiler that will emit LLVM rather than machine code can run in the browser via Emscripten to asm.js. So C/C++ is already ready to run in the browser. Other languages use different strategies such as in-browser translation to JS. Python has several stunts for running in the browser now.

Asm.js was the game changer by getting within 1.5x the C/C++ perf numbers.

Comment: Phones in Space! (Score 5, Interesting) 85

I like this:

Antares also carried three coffee cup-size Phonesat satellites - called Alexander, Graham and Bell - into orbit as part of a space technology experiment for NASA's Ames Research Center in California. The tiny 4-inch-wide satellites use commercial smartphones as their main computers.


+ - Ask Slashdot: Why does Slashdot use third party cookies?->

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backspaces writes "I was reading about third party cookies, including firefox-will-soon-block-third-party-cookies and Y-combinators discussion and it looked like a good idea to turn them off. Imagine my surprise when I found that /. includes a third party cookie from! So my question is: If /. uses them, can they really be that bad?"
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+ - Petition: Free Access for Tax Payer Supported Research->

Submitted by backspaces
backspaces (747193) writes "There's been a lot of buz lately about open access for taxpayer supported research, the most famous being Timothy Gower's revolt against Elsevier.

This recently entered petition on hopes to bring the battle to the whitehouse:
"Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research."

Just google for it for lots of articles, and check Twitter for #openaccess

Then sign the thing. We write the papers, then don't own them and have to pay to read them. Harvard can't even afford it! (3quarksdaily:"

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Comment: Android Hijack (Score 2) 210

by backspaces (#39760163) Attached to: Accountability, Not Code Quality, Makes iOS Safer Than Android

Unfortunately, Android has been hijacked by the carriers and handset manufacturers. There is no "Android" phone any more, only handset manufacturers (who screw up Android) and the carriers (who have no regard for Android security). Consider ..

Much of the Android vs iDevice confusion is based on the new Mobile Market:
1 - Carrier: Verizon, ATT, etc
2 - Handset Mfgr: Apple, Samsung, etc
3 - OS: Android & iOS
Notice that Apple controls 2 out of 3. Google controls 0 out of 3.

Zero? WTF? Think about it. You get a Samsung phone (2). They "improve" Android, leaving you with a big unknown in terms of OS (3). Carrier: Apple imposes HUGE restrictions on the carriers .. they act as a middle man between the consumer and the carrier. Google, OTOH, has zero control over the carrier.

We may not like it, but Apple has huge advantage over the security of their devices.

Comment: Color me weird. I like both. (Score 2, Insightful) 187

by backspaces (#39028399) Attached to: EU and US Approve Google-Motorola Deal

I like both Apple and Google, use lots of both.

But when I got my latest phone, I decided against Android simply because the handset makers and the carriers pissed all over Vanilla Android to "improve" it.

So now I get Google building a standard. Unlocked. Updateable. Frequency agile. GSM. Mobile world wide.

Heck, I even want Google to build their own cellular network or at the least a MVNO.

This is not a fight between Apple and Google. Its a fight against both of them against the horrid carriers and clueless handset mfgrs.

Let the battle begin!

Comment: Re:Ritual is an understatement (Score 0) 339

by backspaces (#38553920) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Changing Passwords For the New Year?

No. Your email password should be your strongest one. Indeed, if you give me your email password, so I can just view/delete your emails, all I have to do is beam into paypal, for example, and tell it you forgot your password. It sends it to your email account. I delete the email after learning your password to paypal.

You might think its hard to learn your login name as well as password but many sites simply use your email as your name, or a synonym for it. And if I can search your email account, I can easily find your login name anyway.

So guard your email login more than the rest. Really.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw