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Comment: Re:Where are all those Flash is the Future ppl now (Score 1) 332

by Tetsujin (#40497299) Attached to: Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

Steve Jobs:

First, there’s “Open”. Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary.

We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.


Well, not really. It's more like he's saying "I will not allow Flash to become a de-facto part of the iPhone development platform, because Adobe would then be in a position in effect to delay deployment of enhancements to the platform."

Comment: Re:Where are all those Flash is the Future ppl now (Score 1) 332

by Tetsujin (#40497173) Attached to: Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

Considering the standard of 2007 in mobile browsing (i.e. tiny screen displaying abridged version)

I thought the "standard" of mobile browsing in 2007 was, for instance, Blazer on the Treo: not necessarily an abridged "mobile site" (how I loathe those) but rather a browser that was reasonably good at rearranging a page's layout to fit the screen better.

Comment: It's all part of the Sontarans' plans! (Score 4, Funny) 298

by Tetsujin (#40414469) Attached to: Will Dolby's New Atmos 62.2 Format Redefine Surround Sound?

The Sontarans are going to get Atmos installed everywhere and use it to kill off people who get in their way and then, finally, use the large number of installed systems to poison our atmosphere so they can use the Earth as a cloning facility! ...See, it's a Doctor Who reference. I like that show.

Comment: Re:It is not your computer (Score 1) 393

by Tetsujin (#40414289) Attached to: Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

MS has not thought of it as your computer for quite some time. Vista took away your control further in order to please the movie industry which does not trust anybody (if they could, they'd require a memory zapper so we couldn't remember films we've seen without paying a fee.)

That would actually be kind of cool...

I mean, there's the obvious jokes to be made ("zap my memory so I don't remember the Matrix sequels", etc.) - but apart from that fun nonsense, there are times when I find myself wishing that I could approach a familiar movie with a totally fresh perspective.

The original Star Wars trilogy comes to mind. I saw those movies when I was very young, and repeatedly (on TV) - I wonder what I would have thought of Yoda's introduction if I didn't already know who he was, or the various revelations about the Skywalker family in the second and third films. It would be neat to see that stuff with a fresh perspective. Of course there's the possibility that I would be extremely disappointed with the experience, too. *shrug* But sometimes a story can be so familiar, either because I already know it or because of various forms of incidental exposure (like movie trailers) that I wish I could just go in without any preconceptions.

Comment: Re:The rootkit would just infect the kernel (Score 1) 393

by Tetsujin (#40413675) Attached to: Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

You can do this in linux. we boot workstations from a read only partition and most software runs from there. even a master virus cant infect anything but the user partition.

If the malware is able to exploit a kernel bug to gain root access, then "read-only partition" ceases to have any meaning.

Comment: Re:Starbucks! Disney World! Porno! Valium! (Score 2) 155

by Tetsujin (#39457253) Attached to: Kazakh Gold Medalist Is Played Borat Anthem

It has already been mentioned that the tune is rather similar to the actual Kazakhstan anthem, but with "nonstandard" lyrics.

It might be especially fun if the anthem-trolling did the same, using the basic national-anthem medley, but with more "interesting" lyrings.

In the case of the US, I can hear a choir singing the well-known (among American school-kids) lyrics: "Oh, say, can you see / any bedbugs on me ...".

While it lacks the juvenile fun of a crude mockery of the "Star Spangled Banner" lyrics, I think I would lean toward the anthem's built-in parody potential, the lyrics of "To Anacreon in Heaven", whose tune was used for the anthem. Though reaching that far back for trolling material means a lot of people won't necessarily even understand the joke...

Comment: Re:I hate to say it... (Score 1) 255

by Tetsujin (#39453065) Attached to: New <em>Doctor Who</em> Companion Announced

And yet humans annihilating 10% of their ancestor humanity required a piece of complex equipment based on a time machine to achieve.

10% was just the initial attack. The paradox being held at bay was that humanity's future was being drastically changed, and future humanity (whose history did not include those events) was the instrument of that change.

With the Doctor's little trick, the only paradox is how he got out of the Pandorica in the first place. But the resulting events don't contradict themselves. There's nothing he did when going back in time to get himself out of the Pandorica that prevents him from getting out of the Pandorica. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Doctor Who was never exactly consistent with regard to specific rules of time travel, anyway...

Comment: Re:And showing every bit of its age too, apparentl (Score 1, Insightful) 192

by Tetsujin (#39446037) Attached to: GCC Turns 25

Well, one thing that's happened to me an awful lot is that GCC seems to generate smaller *and* faster code when using -Os rather than -O3. That it'd be smaller was no surprise to me, but the speed-up was. (For reference, I'm using an IA32 2 GHz CPU with 1.5 GB of RAM.)

Fewer cache misses, maybe?

Comment: Re:Not much skill (Score 1) 294

by Tetsujin (#39445909) Attached to: Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City

Also the article states that in the last casino, his $100,000 a hand bets were authorized by a high ranking employee meaning those large bets are not normally allowed.

Well, it's not so much that they're "not allowed", I think. Seems like they're happy to have people come and drop that kind of cash. They just like to pick and choose, try to find the marks who will lose more than they win.

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