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Comment Re:Won't everything need to be recompiled? (Score 1) 85 85

Future efforts are likely to concentrate on the ppc64le architecture variant, which is little endian. There are still some differences to x86_64 at the C level (chars are unsigned by default, but you can compile with -fsigned-char), but it is reportedly not too difficult to port over C/C++ application code.

Comment Re:Actually game companies can fight this (Score 1) 569 569

These companies can also share data with law enforcement that points to the perpetrators, helping to identify them. After all, the perpetrators will just move on to a new tactic if they can no longer abuse the police for their purposes.

Comment Re:What's the point of the NSA knowing everything? (Score 1) 569 569

The NSA capabilities are still classified (leaks do not change that). Using classified capabilities for law enforcement purposes is difficult, both for operation reasons (you don't want to document publicly what is possible) and legal reasons (parallel construction is required to avoid disclosure).

Comment Ask others with the same condition (Score 1) 100 100

It is likely that your friend is not alone with her condition. Try to discuss it with others who are affected, and who have already been through the stages that lay ahead of her. People with motor control issues successfully use vertical mice, touch screens, keys for navigation, gaze trackers, voice recognition, non-standard input methods such as the Dasher accessibility tool, or tailored input methods.

Comment Content library? (Score 2) 437 437

Does the U.S. version of Netflix really use a library model, where they strive to keep content available indefinitely? Video streaming services here in Germany continually change the content they are offering, so it's more like a TV with very many channels and random access, and not really a replacement for a collection of your favorite movies and shows.

Comment Bad analogy (Score 5, Insightful) 185 185

An Argentinian chef is more likely to make great sushi than a Japanese automotive engineer.

You generally want to use programming languages designed by experienced programmers (even better, experienced language designers) who work closely with subject matter experts. Left to their own devices, experts are likely to get a lot of things wrong, and if the language is sufficiently popular, you are stuck with their mistakes for a long time to come.

Comment Re:Precisely how... (Score 1) 147 147

The reference implementation of UEFI is open source, and some vendors use it as a basis for their firmware.

Unfortunately, most Coreboot-using devices are tied down and do not allow non-interactive booting with custom firmware (if they allow custom firmware at all).

Comment Re:Need more mental health centers not prisons (Score 2) 260 260

The trouble with mental health is that there isn't any kind of magic bullet treatment like there can be with just about any other disease.

Pulling those people out of poverty should help a lot (as it does with a lot of illnesses).

Comment Re:Open source still requires license fees (Score 1) 95 95

That's actually missing a key piece of information. Patent licenses can be very narrow in scope, which allows an owner to charge different parties for different aspects how a device uses a patented technology.

Does anybody know why I wouldn't need a separate licensing deal with MPEG LA if I built a web application using WebRTC? Their typical licensing agreement (as used in Windows and Flash, for instance) does not extend to third-party applications that use the codecs through APIs.

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