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Comment: Re:Opcode for this has been around for long (Score 2) 155

by bluescrn (#48089547) Attached to: Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year
Making a laptop/smartphone 'halt and catch fire' is potentialy a real threat. Not by overheating the CPU, but by targeting the battery charging system. Lithium-based batteries can 'explode' (burn very violently) - if mistreated - e.g. overcharged. If the battery charging system has elements of firmware control, that might be a real risk?

Comment: Re:Wait. Drone diy kits will be banned (Score 1) 30

by bluescrn (#47220579) Attached to: A Quadcopter Development Platform (Video)
RC planes and helis have been around for decades. Small microcontroller kits and GPS modules have been around for years.

Yet we've not seen this tech used as a weapon. Why? - because an amateur drone is a rather fiddly, unreliable, and failure-prone method or carrying out any sort of attack, compared to the simplicity and much higher payload capacity of a suicide bomber or car/truck bomb.

Comment: Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (Score 1) 516

by bluescrn (#47153053) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
It's not so much about the menu itself, at least for more serious users.

It's about ctrl-esc bringing up the start menu search box, where almost anything can be launched by typing the first 2-3 characters of the application name then hitting enter, without a highly disruptive switch in and out of full-screen mode, to and from a full screen of rainbow-coloured animating tiles - in a completely different UI, almost a completely separate OS within an OS, a world of restrictions, code-signing, and app stores...

Comment: Re:I'd say "right now". And it's getting better. (Score 5, Interesting) 92

by bluescrn (#46937781) Attached to: What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?
But 'right now' is possibly the hardest that it's ever been to *make money* from indie development - simply because there's so many people making games (due to much-improved tools), it's incredibly hard to get noticed, and the bulk of the media attention goes to the already-successful 'super-indies'.

And even with all the digital distribution options out there, there are new all-powerful middlemen controlling what has a chance of real success - Steam, Humble, Apple (featured content), etc

Personally, I loved the 90s, when the technology was really exciting and evolving fast. The indie boom of the late 2000s was cool too, but now we seem to be facing oversaturation and race-to-the-bottom pricing (even beyond mobile).

+ - Introducing C+= (pronounced C-plus-Equality, or See Equality)->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In response to the growing concerns of how all current programming paradigms are potentially misogynistic, a feminist programming language is currently being designed.

Named C+= (pronounced C-plus-Equality, or See Equality), the language aims to explore the ways into which a feminist approach to logic and linguistics can help build a more inclusive programming language. The language is currently still in its infancy, those patches are welcome.

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