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Comment re: communication (Score 1) 77

I am so god damn tired of this stupid argument. The CPU is not a "slave core". It is an ARM6 RISC core (with MMU) and it is what runs Linux and all the applications, not the GPU . The GPU does control the L2 cache and the memory controller/arbitrator which allows it to have the highest priority access to memory and meet the video memory bandwidth requirements. I haven't had time to read the hardware documentation now that it has been released (making it no longer closed contrary to your assertion otherwise ) so I don't know if a proprietary code blob will still be necessary to boot the CPU any longer or not. A quick scan did not reveal any specific mention of this in the documentation but with the release of the GPU instruction set in the documentation it should be fairly straight forward, although not easy to disassemble the proprietary boot loader code. I would prefer a fully open boot loader but as long as the current boot loader allows just about any OS to be booted, and as far as I know it does I can live with that. And finally, the only other two GPU cores available for ARM SoCs, PowerVR and Mali (the one used on the Beaglebone Black) are still, for now completely proprietary. This clearly means that contrary to another comment in this thread, the Beaglebone Black is not completely open.

Submission + - Plan 9 now licensed under GPL v2 (

Hemlock Stones writes: From The Register article:

The University of California, Berkely, last week quietly let it be known that it “has been authorised by Alcatel-Lucent to release all Plan 9 software previously governed by the Lucent Public License, Version 1.02 under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.”

Anybody interested ? If so it is available at

Comment Re:BeagleBone Fully Documented; Broadcom Proprieta (Score 5, Informative) 246

While TI documents most of the am3359 SOC it does not provide any documentation for the Imagination Technologies PowerVR GPU core which is proprietary. To the OP, as far as I know there are no non-proprietary GPUs (more or less beefy) on any ARM SOC so good luck on finding one without binary blobs.

Submission + - Time Warner Cable email, where are you ?

Hemlock Stones writes: "It has become almost impossible to use the "web" version of Time Warner Cable email at certain times during the day (mid-morning, early through late afternoon, high traffic times ?). After entering the email address and password you are greeted by long waits, and then a message saying the session has expired. Or, if you are very lucky it will take you to your email page and after you click on an email to view it, after a very long wait, it will kick you back to the login page with the "expired session" message again. If you are very, very lucky it will display the email and then when you click the delete (or move) button, after a very long wait it will kick you back to "session expired" again. It can take 30 minutes or more to read and delete 3 emails. Phone calls to "customer service" (wink, wink, nod, nod) will get you dancing around like crazy monkeys for a while before admitting that they know about the problem and that it could be fixed with a software upgrade but they have no idea when (or if) it will be done. This has been going on for at least a year now but has gotten much worse over the last couple of months. I'd like to find out what it will take to get it FIXED.
Anyone ?"
The Internet

Submission + - Evil Web designer Batbert "fixes" Dilbert

Hemlock Stones writes: "I just pulled up the newly "upgraded" Dilbert website with less than satisfying results. Using Firefox/Debian (Etch) brings up the web site OK but the comic strip does not work. Worse, when I attempted to access the new animated comic feature there's a little message displayed that says it only works with Windows/MAC (oh, the irony). Even better, when I went to the web designer contact page to register my thoughts about this, it did not display any contact information (I assume I needed to be using Windows/MAC). I was able to contact the Dilbert Web site directly and let them in on my thoughts about designing sites that require specific OS's/browsers to work. I'm waiting for a reply. I also thought about registering with the Web site but their privacy policy appeared to be more about advertising and giving away "anonymous" information than privacy."

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