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Comment Re:Cheaper (Score 1) 349 349

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 80

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) 593 593

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) 386 386

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) 101 101

fine.
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) 128 128

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) 126 126

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) 287 287

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 Re:Let me get this straight: (Score 1) 362 362

Visit Google and look at the parking lot, Prius. Leaf and Tesla driving crowd there mostly. And some exotics sprinkled here and there. I would say than on average Google folks seem to care about environment and society more than employees at other companies I have seen.

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

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) 225 225

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) 225 225

You have mistaken Nexus 5 for Moto X
http://www.ibtimes.com/why-nexus-5-lacks-touchless-control-moto-x-always-listening-voice-gestures-1487038

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) 262 262

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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