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Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 140

Are you sure? I am not going to test it out, but there is a tab on their plugin page for the Ultimate Edition with 1083 plugins, and another for the Community Edition (the free one) with 1015 plugins. They might not include their specific plugins for those languages, but it would be very weird to have separate plugin listings and not support plugins at all...

Of course, either way the question I was answering didn't mention that the IDE had to be free. I think IntelliJ is very reasonably priced (US$200 for individual developers, which would be my case), although I didn't have any reason to buy it myself yet.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 140

IntelliJ IDEA has a ton of plugins, including their other products that support specific languages. For example, they have products for Python (which I used myself and is very nice), Ruby, Java, PHP, Javacript/HTML etc.
All of these work from IntelliJ IDEA in the form of a plugin (AFAIK, I just used PyCharm).

Plus according to their page they have 1083 plugins. Including several for databases.

So I think that covers all you asked for, doesn't it?

Comment Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 4, Interesting) 860

Windows XP mode runs a Windows XP VM on VirtualPC. It is not compatibility mode.

It is not officially available on Windows 8, though, and the problem with being unsupported after April is exactly the same as with the original Windows XP, of course (although if you only run specific programs with no net access in it I imagine the security risk is much reduced).


Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.
Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Misconfigured Open DNS Resolvers Key To Massive DDoS Attacks 179

msm1267 writes with an excerpt From Threat Post: "While the big traffic numbers and the spat between Spamhaus and illicit webhost Cyberbunker are grabbing big headlines, the underlying and percolating issue at play here has to do with the open DNS resolvers being used to DDoS the spam-fighters from Switzerland. Open resolvers do not authenticate a packet-sender's IP address before a DNS reply is sent back. Therefore, an attacker that is able to spoof a victim's IP address can have a DNS request bombard the victim with a 100-to-1 ratio of traffic coming back to them versus what was requested. DNS amplification attacks such as these have been used lately by hacktivists, extortionists and blacklisted webhosts to great success." Running an open DNS resolver isn't itself always a problem, but it looks like people are enabling neither source address verification nor rate limiting.

Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Reviewed 48

adeelarshad82 writes "After being tweaked and polished for months with the help of feedback from pro gamers and enthusiasts alike, Razer's Project Fiona has finally come of age. Re-named as Razer Edge Pro, this gaming tablet is way more than a mere plaything. Razer Edge Pro is a beast which packs a dual-core Intel Core i7-3517U Ivy Bridge processor with 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory. All this in a small 7 by 11 by 0.8 inches wide frame which weighs only 2.14 pounds. Comparing the Razer Edge to anything else is tough, considering that it doesn't necessarily have a true competitor. However in a series of performance comparisons with other powerful tablets and ultraportable gaming laptops, Razer Edge performed better than the tablets but wasn't at par with ultraportable gaming laptops. For instance when comparing scores from 3DMark 11, the Edge Pro scored 2,503 points at entry settings and 504 points in extreme mode putting it ahead of both competing tablets, the Microsoft Surface Pro (1,055 Entry, 206 Extreme) and Samsung ATIV SmartPC (1,044 Entry, couldn't run at Extreme mode), but behind the gaming-focused laptops, like the the Maingear Pulse 11 (3,868 Entry, 724 Extreme) and the Razer Blade (3,458 Entry, 716 Extreme). What's baffling is that with all accessories incuded (gamepad dock and the console dock) the final price of the tablet is a cool $1,870, which most expensive than not only the two tablets tested but also the two gaming gaming laptops compared. It remains to be seen whether the Razer Edge Pro is something special or just on the edge of it."

Comment Re:already the norm (Score 3, Informative) 196

I am aware of 3 or 4 car models already with HUDs, including the Camaro. Honda Civic's in the last few years have a big digital speed display above the steering wheel. It is much easier to read and I am always bothered when driving another car with a regular speedometer...

I have also seen speed HUDs for skiers before with special glasses, aren't there any already for bikes?

Comment Re:I took his AI class (Score 1) 339

For CS, there are a number of programming goals that can be graded automatically, and that is used in several courses - both in Udacity, Coursera and the ML course mentioned before.

You just have to make the student respond to an interface - i.e.: setting an object or variable to the answers or outputting them in a particular way.

For example, in the NLP course the first exercise involved using regular expressions to extract e-mails from web pages. You had some starter source code and a set of pages included with the exercise. You just fill in your code, and run it locally to test it against the local set. Then you submit your code, and the grading software runs it against another set of pages, from where it gets your score for true positives, false positives, and misses (it also used the set you already have, but that had a lower percentage, I think).

It is not perfect (you can't easily measure the cleverness of the answer or the quality of the code, just how well it works), but it is very nearly free.

Given the average quality of the CS courses out there, I think that this system is very acceptable, and bound to get better with time.

Comment Re:AI Class (Score 1) 161

Third, I like how the homework questions for the other two are presented in a normal web form format (whereas the AI class "homeworks" require you to watch a video of the instructor reading the questions) and also allow multiple submissions.

I am taking the two AI classes, and I find that pretty annoying too. It also takes a lot more time than just reading the notes, and even worse - all the time they have to post corrections and clarification in text below the video, whereas they would just edit the question if it was in text format.

Comment Re:AI Class (Score 1) 161

In the AI class, both presenters are making video of paper they're writing onto, and constantly waving a pen above the page in the video, making it tricky to find a place the video can be stopped. The videos are embedded YouTube videos, and it takes about 2 seconds for the video to actually stop once the pause button has been pressed, and once it pauses the controls come up and cover up the bottom part of the video.

While I still agree that PDF notes would be much better, any screenshot program that freezes the screen would solve most of your problem. I use Ashampoo Snap, and I still have to wait for the pen to be in a place that doesn't block anything, but it freezes the screen whenever I press the shortcut (then I can clip just what I want).

Submission + - Valve forums hacked, "[No] evidence that encrypted (icrontic.com)

Lockyy writes: After a recent defacement of Valve's steam forums Valve has released a statement saying that the intrusion was deeper than anticipated.
The database contained "information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information."

There is no evidence of main steam accounts being compromised and forced password changes are being used only on forum accounts.
The article has a full copy of the letter sent out to all steam users.

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