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Submission + - Ask Slashdot:How to Really get Started Programming 1

Arch_Android writes: Hello Slashdot! The last post on Computer Science curriculum got me thinking about my own, predicament, if you will. I'm 14 years old, and began programming when I was 11, in Python. Now, along the way, I've never really had any project to really "get into", so to speak. Mainly, I've been writing simple text editors, prime number calculators, chat servers, and other simple beginner projects. Now, I have a decent knowledge in Python and C, while I just need to learn some little syntactical things in Java and C++ (excepting STL. I can save that for later!). So basically, what I'm wondering is, where does an eager programmer go from here, and how did you really get into programming?
Apple

Submission + - Mac OS Update Detects, Kills MacDefender Scareware (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Apple released an update for Snow Leopard on Tuesday that warns users that they've downloaded fake Mac security software and scrubs already-infected machines. Chet Wisniewski, a security researcher with Sophos, confirmed that the update alerts users when they try to download any of the bogus MacDefender antivirus software. Wisniewski had not yet tested the malware cleaning functionality of the update, but was confident that it would work. 'It's reasonably trivial to remove MacDefender,' said Wisniewski. 'It's not burying itself in the system, not compared to some of some of the crap that we see on Windows.' The update, labeled 2011-003, adds a new definition to the rudimentary antivirus detection engine embedded in Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, and also increases the frequency with which the operating system checks for new definitions to daily.

Submission + - LHC physicist arrested on terrorism charges

ErichTheWebGuy writes: A nuclear physicist working on the "large collider" experiment to simulate the Big Bang has been arrested in France on suspicion of advising al-Qa'ida on possible terrorist targets.

The 32-year-old French scientist, of Algerian origin, is being held with his younger brother after being trailed, and bugged, by French anti-terrorist police for more than a year.

A judicial source told the newspaper Le Figaro: "This is very high level." The French Interior Minister, Brice Hortefeux, said that the investigation "may perhaps show that we have prevented the worst".

The scientist, who was not immediately named, was arrested alongside his brother near Lyons on Thursday on suspicion of having contacts with al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, or Aqim. He was said to have been suspected of giving advice on possible nuclear targets within France.
Software

Submission + - Adobe's iPhone Hail Mary (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions whether the move to port Flash to the iPhone isn't a last-ditch effort on Adobe's part to remain relevant in the quickly evolving smartphone market. By allowing developers to compile existing Flash apps into native binaries, Adobe believes it has found a way around Apple's requirements that no non-Apple API interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an app, a clause that has also prevented Sun from porting JVM to the iPhone. The resulting apps will be completely stand-alone, with no runtimes and no Flash Player required — if Apple lets Adobe get away with it, no small feat given the how protective Apple has been about its app market. But as much as Apple has at stake here, Adobe may actually have more, McAllister writes. 'Already the idea of using Web languages and tools to build smartphone applications is taking hold. Palm has built an entire smartphone platform around the idea. Apple supports the use of Web technologies like AJAX to build applications based on the iPhone's Safari browser. And developers will soon even be able to build Web-based applications for BlackBerry handsets, thanks to a new SDK from Research in Motion. As late to the game as it is, what Adobe needs now is to convince developers that Flash is better than the other options — and that could be a tough sell.'"

Submission + - Windows Mobile marketplace "copy protection" crack (xda-developers.com)

kTag writes: "A software developer by trade has been able to "crack" an app from the Windows Mobile marketplace by simply keeping a copy of the CAB file. The only copy protection applied is that the file is meant to be deleted upon install. While it doesn't have any real impact on free apps (like Facebook), the consequences can be very high for paid for apps."
Programming

Submission + - SquareEnix sends C&D to fan made sequal. (chronocompendium.com)

KIllagouge writes: "Just days before the release of Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echos. SquareEnix sends a Cease & Desist letter to Chrono Compendium to stop everything to do with Crimson Echos. People might remember when they did this with Chrono Resurrection. Seems to be the growing trend, instead of listening to their fans which would net them even more money, game developers continue to reuse old gaming IP. There is a copy of the C&D here."

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