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Comment: Re:Cheaper (Score 1) 349

Could it be like a movie business? Where a movie never posts a profit yet somehow everyone on the studio side is doing quite OK?
Maybe that is the business model? Take loans, run the airline, pay the loan installments, fuel costs, salaries and never make profit. Yet the stock grows and owners make money.

Comment: Re:Optimizing the driver stack... (Score 1) 80

by Technomancer (#47162691) Attached to: AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

First, I don't think AMD (or any other company) execs would recognize driver optimization if it hit them in the face.
Second, do you think nVidia is hiring from a different talent pool than AMD? Neither company has any special secret magic sauce driver optimizations that a well trained monkey at the other company cannot come up with. If you look into nouveau and radeon open source kernel and Mesa drivers you will be able to see how much easier nVidia hardware is to work with, that may be one of the reasons nVidia drivers are less of a mess. But not by much. I had a fair share of driver hangs and memory corruptions on my laptops with nVidia cards (GTX 560M on Asus G53SX in particular).

Comment: Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 593

I highly encourage you to apply for a job at Google. I do not think anyone will ask you to use Klingon, just write bunch of algorithms on a whiteboard. I think you will find this experience maybe very intellectually demanding but fair. I do not think anyone will judge you on your chromosomal makeup.

Comment: Re:I never thought I'd live to see the day... (Score 1) 386

by Technomancer (#46835467) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

I've got Z Ultra GPE too. I don't miss flash much but then I don't use cell phone camera for pictures that I actually want to look at (just for notes/reminders etc).
The design is amazing, the size of the phone is just right, and it replaced my Note 2 + Tab 7.7 combo. I combined it with a wallet case so I have only one thing to forget ;-)
I only wish it had Qi wiress charging.

Comment: You can program on a locked-down Chromebook just (Score 1) 101

I used Python Editor V3 http://editor.codnex.net/pythonv3/index.php to play with Python.
There are plenty Javascript editors, with WebGL it can be fun.
And if C/C++ is your favourite, there are probably online compilers for emscripten or asm.js and whatnot.

Comment: Re:not private (Score 1) 128

Huh, where? I think there was some retarded law like this passed in Hungary or something recently.
In most countries you can take photos of pretty much anything in the public. The only limitations are usually for commercial use of a photo of a person.
And for that celebrities and politicians have both more and less protections, since they tend to be fair game for quite invasive "press" photos but any attempt to use their image to promote products and services will result in much bigger damages than for Joe Random person.

As for prior consent. Go out to a street in your city, now ask everyone you see for consent to take your typical tourist photo. See the problem? It is unworkable.

Comment: RIL and EFS (Score 3, Insightful) 126

by Technomancer (#46470549) Attached to: Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

I don't find that surprising. When I was playing with CyanogenMod it became obvious to me that RIL reads/writes files from EFS partition on behalf of the modem because settings for the modem, like IMEI, state of network lock, preferred networks etc, are stored there. I am not sure whether the interface is general enough so the modem can ask for any file.
If they are concerned about binary blobs doing unknown stuff, RIL is small potatoes. There is huge GPS daemon binary made by 3rd party. Sensor drivers are linked with closed source processing libraries (AKM/akmd). Camera loads whole bunch of image/video processing libraries which are closed source/3rd party too. Lots of phones also use closed source 3rd party audio processing libraries. Not to mention 16MB of compressed modem firmware, running on modem CPU which is like another little independent computer.

Comment: Re:Chromebook - Remote Desktop (Score 3, Insightful) 287

by Technomancer (#46431525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Here you go VNC viewer for Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vnc-viewer-for-google-chr/iabmpiboiopbgfabjmgeedhcmjenhbla?hl=en
Chrome Remote Desktop https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-remote-desktop/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp?hl=en

And there is bunch of RDP viewers too.

Comment: Amazon forked it just fine. (Score 1) 241

by Technomancer (#46297475) Attached to: With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

But they built their own app store. Microsoft is free to do it as well. Yandex just released kit for using their services and app store too http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/19/yandex-kit/ , so if Yandex can do it, so can Microsoft.
Now, if they want access to Google Play Store they will probably have to go through the same process as any other Android phone vendor and sign and agreement and go through testing and certification. Virgin developers or not, if you want to access Play Store you need an agreement.

Comment: Re:A future for "generic" and old devices? (Score 1) 225

by Technomancer (#46053543) Attached to: Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

CyanogenMod does not come with Play Store or Google apps (they stopped distributing them few years ago in September 2009 http://androidandme.com/2009/09/news/cyanogenmod-in-trouble/). If you want them you have to download and flash them separately. The only exception is Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition which applied and received the certification so it can include Play store. Most white box Chinese Android tablets did not include Play store either or if they did they used "borrowed" device IDs and pretended to be something else. This is slowly changing and some of them do apply and receive the certification and official Play store and Google Apps. It is probably not that expensive if they can afford it.
The certification was always a requirement, it seems quite logical that it requires payments since it requires some testing and work by Google engineers and developing all this software and infrastructure wasn't free either.

Comment: Re:Google already has a noose on manufacturers (Score 2) 225

by Technomancer (#46053261) Attached to: Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

You have mistaken Nexus 5 for Moto X

Here is how to set it up on Moto X https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/94881/p/30,6720,8696/action/auth

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 262

by Technomancer (#45781299) Attached to: Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Well, x32 cannot completely replace x86_64. Because I did not put 32GB RAM in my workstation to run everything with only 4GB of user address space.
And Firefox and Chrome can run out of 32 bit address space pretty quickly.
So x32 is an useless gimmick. Maybe useful on low memory system like embedded Linux with 2 or 4GB of RAM.

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