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Comment Re:Already = 65K characters (Score 1) 164

UTF-16 is an encoding which explains how to map bytes to code-points (what you call characters), like UTF-8. UTF-16 encodes data in chunks of 16 bits, while UTF-8 encodes the data in chunks of 8 bits. UCS-2 was an encoding where only the 2^16 first code-points could be encoded, in the same way that ASCII is an encoding where only the first 2^7 code-points can be expressed, and ISO-latin only encodes the 2^8 first code-points. UCS-2 was an attempt to encode the "most common case" as you describe it. The problem is, in order to achieve this, Chinese and Japanese characters were crammed together (look up Han Unification) and were basically not usable. We are talking about around 1.5 billion people here. The fix was to add back the characters that had been removed, and go above the FFFF line.

As to why we need trading cards and smiley in Unicode, the reason is pretty simple: compatibility. The goal is to be able to convert all existing text data into Unicode, this is why DOS area block drawing are defined as codepoints. Emoji were added to add compatibility to the Japanese systems so that companies like Apple could enter that market with the iPhone, without this, iPhone users would not have been able to exchange messages with other users.

Remember that at one point in time, ASCII was the extended character set with unnecessary symbols like curly braces, this is why C++ compilers still have trigraph support

Submission + - SPAM: 6 tips to keep your data safe from spying

An anonymous reader writes: Phone call logs, credit card records, emails, Skype chats, Facebook message, and more. The precise nature of the NSA's sweeping surveillance apparatus has yet to be confirmed.........read more
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Submission + - Apple TV Jailbreak Why it is most beneficial to users (bravesites.com)

bonasus84413 writes: Those spreading rumors claiming that unlocking solutions for Apple TV 3 is going down the drain should now keep their silence because the FireCore team has sent an april email press release and updates on Twitter of the latest for this project. The FireCore crew is continuously working on a fix and soon to release it. As soon as it's available, iPhone owners will be able to enjoy different apps, plugins and back-up important content including iTunes. John of Apple TV3 jail break mentioned that FireCore is the team handling other mode of streaming solutions for OS devices including nPass, aTV flash, MiRow and other custom interface with other exploits still ongoing.





There are videos on many sites that can give you step by step instructions on how jailbreaking your Apple TV 3 will unlock the full capabilities of your device. Youtube has one of the best videos and you cannot go wrong if you follow them carefully. If you want to download the software that will guide you through the technical issues of the process, you may need to restore your settings. When you install the software any data that you do not have backed up may be retrieved before you begin the process of jailbreaking. ATV, like the iPhone, iPad and iPod, operate on iOS and have the same features.

At Apple TV 3 Jailbreak Alliance there are many reviews from people who have tested their software. All ios gadgets can be released to access info from Cydia, Hulu, ESPN, Amazon and other networks. This makes the product quite popular with any individual who likes these networks. A bounty has been announced through a website that is a haven dedicated to fans and developers to assist with reviews and suggest upgrades to improve the performance of the ATV. Through the website, Apple intends to come up with tutorials and news on updates of their products. Needless to say jailbreaks are still here to stay due to popularity with the individuals benefiting from them.

Submission + - Get ANY TV Show Season for FREE Even Get The Walking Dead Season Works on any De (tumblr.com)

biasdnasrogaig76767 writes: Those spreading rumors claiming that unlocking solutions for Apple TV 3 is going down the drain should now keep their silence because the FireCore team has sent an april email press release and updates on Twitter of the latest for this project. The FireCore crew is continuously working on a fix and soon to release it. As soon as it's available, iPhone owners will be able to enjoy different apps, plugins and back-up important content including iTunes. John of Apple TV3 jail break mentioned that FireCore is the team handling other mode of streaming solutions for OS devices including nPass, aTV flash, MiRow and other custom interface with other exploits still ongoing.





Apple TV 3 is one of the best and most popular television gadgets in the industry today. It allows people to watch photos and movies on any channel. Like any Apple gadgets, one can download apps to it. There are a lot of applications one can install to his ATV 3. One of these apps is called Airplay. According to Mike and Apple TV 3 Jailbreak Experts, this app allows one to stream movies, photos and audio to any digital media wirelessly. So one can view a any file or media content retrieved from his iPhone or iPad and display it to one's HDTV. This allows one to stream videos around one's house.

An Apple TV 3 Jailbreak offers the owners many new possibilities. Some might even say that the ATV jailbreak completely changes it into a unique and more user-friendly hardware. Indeed, a jailbroken Apple TV 3 allows the owners to access features that were otherwise unavailable, including a complete conversion of the hardware into a full-fledged media player, into a PC alternative with its browser, and a complete back up by the cloud services. Other benefits include access to a larger number of video channels (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix) as well as the ability to install apps that aren't available in the Apple store, which greatly increases its functionality, says Apple TV 3 Jailbreak Experts.

Unlike the popular belief, jail-breaking an Apple TV offers much more than the access to pirated and free content. Firstly, and this is one of the most important features, the jail-break allows the AppleTV to be used as a browser. Indeed, once it is jail-broken, a browser can be installed on the ATV, allowing the owner to access different websites. Secondly, while people can use Air-Play through their iPhone to stream more content, the quality of the image is also normally reduced. Moreover, the streaming sources are quite restricted compared to the possibilities that can be unlocked through the use of a jail-break, including a TV channel like ESPN or streaming websites like 1channel.

Submission + - Sony Xperia Smartwatch Coming Soon (techieopus.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sony is expected to unveil an Xperia Smartwatch at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 in Shanghai next week. The image of the new Smartwatch revealed.

Submission + - White House Petition: Help us to keep religion outside school, sign! (whitehouse.gov)

mZHg writes: There is a petition on whitehouse.gov which need Slashdot community support.

Since Darwin's groundbreaking theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, scientists all around the world have found monumental amounts of evidence in favor of the theory, now treated as scientific fact by 99.9% of all scientists.

However, even after 150 years after the establishment of evolution, some schools across the US are "teaching the controversy," including Creationism and Intelligent Design. Both of these so-called "theories" have no basis in scientific fact, and have absolutely zero evidence pointing towards these conjectures. These types of loopholes in our education are partially to blame for our dangerously low student performances in math and science.

Therefore, we petition the Obama Adminstration to ban the teachings of these conjectures that contradict Evolution.

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Submission + - Huge Headhunting Firm Steals Blogger's Job Concept (aroundtheworldin80jobs.com)

fuzzybunny writes: Turner Barr has been traveling the world for several years, taking various jobs and documenting the process of working abroad in a large number of countries. Recently, he discovered

that {his} entire brand, image and web personality was swiped for use in a marketing campaign by some massive multi-billion dollar a year company, without ever being asked for permission or acknowledged. The video for their marketing campaign was particularly creepy for {him}, as even {his} age and personality didn’t escape the level of detail spent on creating this doppelganger (they used a paid actor of course).

A low move, but par for the course?

Submission + - Mozilla disrupting business model? (adweek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Much to the disappointment of the digital advertising establishment, Mozilla is going ahead with plans to automatically block third-party cookie tracking in its Firefox browser.

"It's troubling .. They're putting this under the cloak of privacy, but it's disrupting a business model" Digital Advertising Alliance

Submission + - Use Tor get targeted by NSA (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Using online anonymity services such as Tor or sending encrypted e-mail and instant messages are grounds for US-based communications to be retained by the National Security Agency even when they're collected inadvertently, according to a secret government document published Thursday.

Submission + - Amazon Vows To Fight Government Requests for Data (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Speaking at a cloud panel discussion hosted by Reuters on Wednesday, Terry Wise, head of global partner ecosystem for Amazon Web Services, explained how the company handles government requests for data stored on Amazon's cloud: 'If a U.S. entity is serving us with a legally binding subpoena, we contact our customer and work with that customer to fight the subpoena.' But Wise's best advice to customers is to encrypt their data: 'If the data is encrypted, all we'd be handing over would be the cypher text,' he said.

Comment Re:I = International (Score 3, Informative) 127

It is not really once code per country, ISBN started with a code per language zone, and switched to countries when they realised it could not scale, so codes 978-0 and 978-1 are for english (this includes the mysterious lands of united kingdom and australia), code 978-2 is for french, and so does 979-10, 978-3 is for german, the followin 978- prefixes are assigned to various countries. Note that the code is not assigned to the language of the book, but the dominant language of the country / publisher. So a swiss publisher can have a 978-2 book in english.

If prices of ISBN codes were really a problem, people could just publish in France, where ISBNs are free. Anyways nowadays ISBN are just a particular class of GTIN/EAN so I suspect one could just buy an EAN (UPC) code.

Comment Re:Bloat (Score 1) 156

If we hit the reset button, can we also fix ASCII? it is by no mean the minimal set most english speakers think it is.

Why do we need a character to represent to 'v' one after the other? You could write 'w' with to 'v' and handle the ligature where it should be handled, at display time. There are so few words in English with the sequence vv that it makes no sense to have the special case coded in the encoding.

Also could we handle the dots on the characters 'i' and 'j' like the diacriticals they are? there should be first the the dotless 'i' and 'j' and the some character to add the dots, like all other diacriticals. Also move out the currency symbols ($ and £), they can be represented as text (USD and GBP), no point in have silly symbols in there. Also remove BELL (11), having a symbol for a bell (2407) might be bloated, but having one for the sound of a bell is absurd.

By the way, why do we need different code points for upper and lower case? They are just variants of each other anyways

Unicode is certainly messy, but plain ASCII is not much better: the most precious 127 code points of utf-8 are basically wasted to display 32 characters and a bit of punctuation, that is pretty bloated for me, we are just used to it

Comment Re:Going to have a hard time topping modern remake (Score 1) 173

I was a fan of Elite on the C64, I tried Oolite, and it is indeed an excellent port of Elite. I also found it to be no fun at all: requiring time I don't have anymore and lacking the richness I'm used to find in games nowadays. The other game I loved on the C64 was paradroid, there is also an open source port (free Droid), same problem. My expectations and sense of fun have changed in 20 years.

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