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Comment: Re:Uh, cause that's where everyone's headed? (Score 2, Informative) 372

by bad_sheep (#32119178) Attached to: Canonical Explains Decision to License H.264 For Ubuntu

Don't forget to add Opera, Chrome... I don't even talk about applets such as Cortado or plugins (VLC...) !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theora#Native_browser_playback

Actually, on the desktop side, I would say h264 is less present than theora. Obvisously, this is not the case in the embedded world.

Comment: Re:C? For programming C you should need a license! (Score 1) 365

by bad_sheep (#31390828) Attached to: Where Android Beats the iPhone

True, but the big difference is that in Java, you have wonderful portable tools such as VisualVM, greatly easing to find memory leaks.

Finding a memory leak under a C++ application can take days. In my previous job, we wrote an Java application of 700k+ lines and a C++ realtime portable core of 50k lines. We found memory issues in both, but fixing it in the core took 10 times the time to fix it in the Java one.

Why ? The tools are better and the differences with the OS are hidden by the JVM, so far less work on that side.

Games

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision 265

Posted by Soulskill
from the of-doors-and-ways-out dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King's Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King's Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi's approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game's forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones."
XBox (Games)

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Posted by Soulskill
from the by-reading-this-you-bequeath-me-all-your-possessions dept.
Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."
Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment: Re:Really a surprise? (Score 1) 493

by bad_sheep (#26847205) Attached to: Firefox Faster In Wine Than Native

what's the point? How do you think wine performs the system calls ? Oh yeah... The unix way, so using all the layers... While your explaination may explain why windows could be faster than linux in some cases, it does not explain why wine is faster than using "native" libraries. (while wine is in a sense as native as gtk)

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