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Comment: Assemble once and KRAzyGLuE? Doing it wrong. (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by tepples (#46771387) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs
You're doing it wrong. LEGO kits are intended to be assembled into a model, then disassembled and reassembled into a different model. That's why the enclosed instruction book shows how to build more than one model. For a dramatization of how wrong you're doing it, go see The LEGO Movie.

Comment: Dalvik or recompile (Score 2) 85

by tepples (#46770483) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

ARM is the defecto standard upon all software that is mobile.

How so? Android apps are written in Java that compiles to Dalvik VM. Free apps that use NDK, such as those on F-Droid, can be recompiled by anyone. Proprietary apps that use NDK can be recompiled by their publisher if the publisher wants sales on the other platform. How big is the remaining set of apps that 1. use NDK, 2. are proprietary, 3. whose publisher is unwilling to take the money from Android/x86 users?

Comment: Re:Criticizing behavior takes time (Score 1) 560

by tepples (#46759635) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Video games are trivial to get published.

It really depends on the genre because the more locked-down platforms handle some genres better than PCs. Party games, fighting games, and cooperative platformers really need two to four players holding gamepads and looking at one screen. A PC can technically do those, but in practice, desktop or laptop PC's monitor isn't big enough for more than one person, and I'm told few people are aware that they can use virtually any HDTV as a PC monitor. The touch screen that ships with a mobile device makes certain genres hard to control as well, as I discovered when I repeatedly failed to make a certain jump in the demo of Pixeline and the Jungle Treasure on my first-generation Nexus 7 tablet.

ObMicrosoft: Look at the drama surrounding updates to Fez .

Comment: Two presses per letter (Score 1) 269

Some people might think "firstpost.com" is a troll site like "hotgrits.org" or anything in the .cx top-level domain. So let me explain this input method in my own words. It works in much the same way that activating tiny hyperlinks in the Chrome browser for Android works. Tap once in the vicinity of the key you want to press, and it'll zoom in on an area of the keyboard centered on where you pressed. Tap again to actually enter a letter.

Comment: Re:Wow what idiots....can you make it more confusi (Score 1) 560

by tepples (#46756113) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

And the .NET updaters seem to take a lot more time than regular patches.

That's because the .NET Framework is rebuilding the "assembly cache" (recompiling the runtime library into the processor's assembly language) after an update. In a comment to a Slashdot story a few days ago, I suggested doing this rebuilding in the background, letting the user use native applications in the meantime, and marking managed applications that aren't yet ready to start with an hourglass icon. But another Slashdot user objected that letting the user run anything before the assembly cache finishes would break native applications that start a managed subprocess without user interaction.

How badly do you have to fuck up a language runtime library to make it need monthly updates?

The JavaScript runtime (Firefox or Chrome) needs updates as well. And on Ubuntu, I get plenty of updates to various libraries.

Comment: Buy a certificate to retrieve your core dumps (Score 1) 560

by tepples (#46755971) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

but would it kill them to stick a "details" button on the dumbed-down error popup to make it trivial for a techie to ask the user to click it and read out a more useful message?

Microsoft would probably do it the way it does crash reporting, where the user is given the option to automatically send error reports to Microsoft. The developer can retrieve these crash reports by 1. forming a corporation or LLC, 2. buying a certificate from VeriSign or DigiCert in this company's name, and 3. registering with Windows Dev Center Hardware and Desktop Dashboard (formerly Winqual).

Comment: CA53W with antenna and bigger screen (Score 1) 269

it would also have been hard to represent an RF data connection replacing physical data transfers

A telescoping antenna analogous to those on portable radios would have sufficed for that. For a keyboard, I would have probably used the 4x4 matrix of my Casio calculator watch.

Comment: Port to GCC, then ensure no backdoors in GCC (Score 5, Interesting) 171

by tepples (#46752893) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors
One way to detect a backdoored compiler to a fairly high certainty is diverse double-compiling, a method described by David A. Wheeler that bootstraps a compiler's source code through several other compilers. For example, GCC compiled with (GCC compiled with Visual Studio) should be bit for bit identical to GCC compiled with (GCC compiled with Clang) and to GCC compiled with (GCC compiled with Intel's compiler). But this works only if the compiler's source code is available. So to thwart allegations of a backdoor in Visual Studio, perhaps a better choice is to improve MinGW (GCC for Windows) or Clang for Windows to where it can compile a working copy of TrueCrypt.

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