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Comment Re:sudo apt-get install wine (Score 1) 130

How many mainstream Linux apps are proprietary and not compiled for ARM?

Just from the top of my head:

But how many remain in wide use? I don't know what decade you're posting from, but the majority of apps you listed were superseded years ago.

Netscape Navigator and Netscape Communicator

Discontinued in favor of SeaMonkey.


Discontinued in favor of LibreOffice.

Sun/Oracle Java

I thought most GNU/Linux users were on IcedTea now instead of using Oracle binaries.

Comment O(n+m) vs. O(nm) (Score 1) 204

But à, á, â, and ä are different characters altogether

But can be represented using the code point for 'a' followed by the code point for a diacritic. True, Unicode includes redundant precomposed code points for many accented Latin letters and for Korean hangul, but it's trying to represent older encodings that likewise had precomposed code points. With emoji, there are no such older encodings, so the consortium can save code points by encoding them decomposed. Likewise with accented Latin letters that do not appear in a legacy encoding.

There is no reason for a particular emoticon to eat up more space in the Unicode space.

Five code points for skin colors aren't significant "more space". Imagine if all Latin letters with diacritics had to be precomposed, not just the ones in legacy encodings. That would take more space. Decomposed characters take O(n + m) code points; precomposed ones take O(nm) code points, which is much bigger.

Comment Re:Just buy a laptop (Score 2) 130

Just buy a cheap laptop (chromebooks spring to mind), wipe it and put linux on it.

I was under the impression that a Chromebook wiped and reinstalled with GNU/Linux would beg the user to reenable OS verification (which wipes the drive) every time it's turned on. If you're referring to other cheap laptops, there's a good chance of those not working well with GNU/Linux either.

Comment Re:More than 26 sounds (Score 1) 204

as I wrote above

I certainly hope you don't expect anyone to remember who said what in every post in multiple threads.

Nope, just trying to cite rather than repeating myself.

You admit that I will likely need to consult a table of thousands of emojis.

And someone just learning Chinese or Japanese would need to consult a table of thousands of hanzi/kanji. Likewise, someone using lesser-known punctuation in English, such as the en and em dashes and mathematical symbols, would need to consult a table for those. Perhaps the solution involves improved emoji input methods rather than not including emojis at all.


Which I'm willing to do my best to repair.

Comment Re:More than 26 sounds (Score 1) 204

It is logographic (like Kanji) etc

Yet kanji are enCJKoded.

If each product, or even 10%, have an emoji, how much time will it take me to sift through them all and find the one I want?

That's why, as I wrote above, Unicode has a generic chocolate bar rather than a branded one. Likewise, it'd likely end up with a generic wafer bar.

What are the chances will have no idea what most of them are supposed to indicate?

Slim. Unicode Consortium publishes code charts describing what each code point encodes.

Comment More than 26 sounds (Score 1) 204

Adding emoji to Unicode makes about as much sense as adding new letters to the alphabet, and nobody seems to feel any great need to do that.

Except when a language has more than 26 sounds. This is how Icelandic gets the thorn and edh, some African languages get a stretched-out s whose capital looks like Greek sigma, German gets a ligature of stretched out s and s, Mbembe gets a fish-shaped round A, Nigerian languages get letters with hooks and a turned E, Chipewyan gets capital and lowercase glottal stops, and more.

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