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About Aghaster

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  1. Android 2.2 is the BEST. I look forward to 3.0 I develop for Android with my nexus one
  2. I just tried it, it's weird, I can call real phones from... gmail! It's free for the US and Canada for 2010
  3. If you're on Windows then just use Visual C++ Express, it's free and it will fit your needs. Otherwise, if you're in university, you probably have free access to the full-blown version of Visual Studio.
  4. It sucks the book is not available as an ebook, I'd read it just because I'm curious to see what they have to say. I'm currently reading The Social Organization of the Computer Underground on my kindle, it's a good read. Does anybody know of a more recent essay similar to The Social Organization of the Computer Underground?
  5. Clients? Yeah, they've been available for a while. Android VNC Viewer is a good free one. I've used it to VNC into my mac os x snow leopard virtual machine from my phone, works quite well
  6. I tried this new application today on my rooted nexus one with Android 2.2 FRF91, and it works quite well! I was really disappointed that there was no good equivalent of MyMobiler for Android phones until now. There's another application called androidscreencast that doesn't require root but it's very laggy and the image quality is crap. This one, however, does exactly what I'd expect out of a VNC server mouahaha!
  7. Whats really disturbing here is that these fuckers are going to profile you BEFORE you even do anything? Can you say nineteen eighty four? I am currently reading the book but from the overview it looks like a charter breach to me. Think about it. Go to a hacker convention and you will have a profile set up on you. What a bunch of fucking bullshit. Profile my nutsack you NWO faggots! I wonder if binrev will have its own folder in their stack of documents I would see a legitimate purpose for keeping information on known criminals that represent a real threat, but profiling people just because they've got the hacker label on them? Sounds fucking stupid.
  8. @Colonel Panic: Yeah, Google did the dalvik virtual machine, but the main reason behind it is to get around Sun/Oracle intellectual property while still taking advantage of the large number of Java programmers:
  9. It also creates jobs merely by virtue of existing outside the realm of locked-down, proprietary business models. If all software were proprietary, then the entire industry of computing would be closed to anyone who wasn't able to afford the software, college courses to learn the software, official certifications peddled by the software companies, etc. Remember, "open source" doesn't just mean OSs like Linux and applications like Firefox, The GIMP, etc. Many important languages and development technologies like Java, PHP, Perl, Python, JQuery, extJS, etc., are also open source, and open standards have formed most of the technologies used in the computer industry--hardware as well as software--from the early days of computing. "Open Source" exists at various levels. You mentioned Java. Yeah, it's been open sourced (it used to be proprietary) but did you ever ask yourself why Google chose an alternative virtual machine (dalvik) for their Android operating system? Patents. Also, the Android operating system has the fewer GPL-licensed code it could, with pretty much only the Linux kernel being GPL'ed. The rest is mostly BSD-licensed. Even the Android libc (bionic) is not purely GPL. GPL == scares business people off.

  11. I've read in many places that people have been able to reverse engineer the wii remote bluetooth protocol in order to write drivers to use the wii remote with their computers. However, I couldn't find anywhere information on how to simulate a wii remote by using the same bluetooth protocol from a different bluetooth capable device. I'm asking the question because it would be a really nice cheap way to adapt all sorts of controllers to the wii. For instance, a nexus one application would simulate all sorts of retro gamepads for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, etc and simulate a wii remote. The input could then be mapped in an emulator in wii homebrew and make it easier to play games in the emulator. I could also try to use my NES to USB adapter with a PC with a bluetooth dongle that would send the signals over bluetooth, saving me from buying an NES to Wii adapter. Any information?
  12. Most of the time an NAS is just a minimal computer with an embedded linux distribution that shares a hard disk over a network. Nothing that fancy.
  13. It's a bit funny that open source gets blamed for the fact that a lot of IT jobs suck. In fact, I'd say that you can easily find IT jobs that suck in the proprietary software world because of the fact that it's proprietary software. You know why? Because the mentality is entirely different. When all you care about is making the most money out of your software, then the first priority becomes profit, and not necessarily the quality of the software itself. Proprietary software often only considers the most common use cases that would interest the largest number of potential customers. Well, there is good logic behind it: why would you invest large amounts of money to please a small amount of your user base? Well, there is no reason to do so, so you're going to put your priorities where the money is and not where the good software would be. Open source software has this general trend of having tons of all sorts of customizations that users made, and it often creates software that is much more enjoyable than their proprietary competitors. Now, mentality in the proprietary software world is not homogeneous. You have worst cases, like patent rolls, and companies with a very narrow-minded view of how software works. Those companies will mostly focus on getting patents and suing other people than making actual usable software. If they're given the choice between a better technical solution and a solution that is obviously less good but could generate new patents, they will not take the best solution for sure. Now, is open source killing or hurting the IT market? Hell no! It's giving good competition to those big companies making tons of money with poor quality software. If a bunch of geeks can write better software than a huge company with millions of dollars spent on software development, then you might ask yourself some questions about the quality of the software made by that company. I think open source software is actually helping, even if you are writing proprietary software. People don't want to re-invent the wheel every time. It is possible to wisely use open source software to boost your productivity in many ways and save a lot of time and money (given that you also wisely check the licenses involved, there's a reason why big businesses love BSD licenses). As a matter of fact, I'm actually earning money with the open source project I have founded, FreeRDP. I work about 10 hours a week doing contractual work paid per hour at 30$/hour. Good, eh? Beats most student jobs you'll find, and even internships. I'm studying in software engineering, I live in an appartment with my girlfriend and I'm financially independent from my parents. During the summer I'm doing an internship through my school program which is paid 20$/hour, which is around the best internship salaries students usually get here. Sure, you can easily find jobs that pay in IT for proprietary software, but free software jobs can pay as well, and I find them waaaaaaaay more enjoyable and satisfying.
  14. Released FreeRDP 0.7.1