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Comment: Re:Another closed, proprietory garden... (Score 1) 74

Jolla could be the true third (or fourth) ecosystem by using Open Source to the full extent. Include a slightly curated collection of open source repositories to get their phone full of content. I.e. it should be free to signup and they should just make sure there is a semi-respectable community behind the repo (with access cut if turns to piratism, child porn, etc). The only chance of success they have IMO is to get the best of FOSS software (and content) ported to them. They will never attract developers as an "Android alternative without users".

Comment: Re:Yet another rant on hollywood computers, huh? (Score 5, Funny) 874

by da_matta (#32087380) Attached to: Top 10 Things Hollywood Thinks Computers Can Do
Imagine the scene:
Our heroine has snuck into the villains office and starts to hack into the computer to find evidence of the crime. After a some furious minutes of password guessing and file browsing, she finds the incriminating file! Then, just as she prints the file, there is an error of print failure. Our hero starts a browser and starts to google for an updated driver. After a few misses, she finds one in the manufacturers Taiwanese website. But after installing the driver, the error still persists. She returns to Google and starts looking for other people with similar issues. After 20 minutes of searching she finds an obscure tip in the forums to disable PCL-emulation in the registry. After changing the setting she reboots the computer and we nervously wait for another 10 minutes for the login to complete and document to reopen.. It works! The document prints! Our heroin snatches the print and slips out of the side door just before the villain re-enters
Now that's entertainment!

Comment: Re:Just like desktop linux. (Score 1) 636

by da_matta (#31245986) Attached to: Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices
...and just like Series60 (=Symbian) and Windows Mobile to a smaller extent. Nokia is really the saddest example as their "lack of platform" was a strategic choice to let product lines "compete & innovate" between themselves leading to incompatible versions of nearly identical OS & HW. Androids problem is really that it's so "bare bones" that OEM's have to implement many things themselves leading to incompatibilities where they don't have to exist. Apple approach (one OS for all iterations) is clearly the best, but only possible in a single vendor environment.

Comment: Re:Anyone else think is was a .NET Fortran? (Score 1) 267

by da_matta (#31051870) Attached to: An Interview With F# Creator Don Syme
Don't you get it, that's a migration path right there:
1) Migrate existing COBOL code to .NET
2) Start migrating modules one by one to C# or ASP.NET or what ever makes sense (even keeping some in COBOL)
3) Start saving money on maintenance and being more future proof

It's still a hell of a migration project but significantly better than reimplementing from scratch or having that same system running in 10 years.. :/
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."
Emulation (Games)

Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the super-mario-takedown dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo is investigating potential copyright infringement by Nokia during some video demos of their N900 phone, which can be seen emulating Nintendo games. Nintendo spokesman Robert Saunders says: 'We take rigorous steps to protect our IP and our legal team will examine this to determine if any infringement has taken place.' In the video, Nokia says, 'Most publishers allow individual title usage, provided that the user is in possession of the original title.'"

Comment: Re:Sony demoed this at the same time as Natal (Score 1) 63

by da_matta (#30012672) Attached to: Sony Demos Natal-Like Control System
The point is not to be virtual reality, but rather "wiimote v2". I.e. it will allow new types of gameplay for casual gamers that don't enjoy (=can't handle) button mushing with a pad. It's MS's response/evolution to Nintendo's innovation on motion controlled gaming. It's not going to revolutionalize gaming, but it's big enough for Sony to realize they can't be only one without.

Comment: Win7 wtf?! (Score 2, Interesting) 483

by da_matta (#29849983) Attached to: Ubuntu "Karmic Koala" RC Hits the Streets With Windows 7
Why, oh why is this annexed with Windows 7. The release of either affects the other in no way what-so-ever. If Ubuntu beta/rc is not news worthy by itself, releasing on the same day with Win7 doesn't change that in any way. And yes, even one sentence about what's new in this would not hurt...

Comment: Already a reality (Score 1) 285

by da_matta (#29443583) Attached to: T-Mobile Backs Off Plan To Charge $1.50 For Paper Bills
Here in Finland most mobile & broadband operators charge for the bill. Manual, email and electronic bills are free. There were some outbreaks when the first one did it, but it was eventually accepted (and got a lot of people using electronic billing). Personally, I prefer the electronic billing as you can't lose bills when you get them directly to your bank account.

Comment: Re:In other news.. (Score 1) 331

by da_matta (#29243727) Attached to: Microsoft Holding 'Screw Google' Meetings In DC
As concrete example to parent, do you think the EU investigations have been started by independent EU bureaucrats analyzing the markets and discovering potential issues. The reason MS is getting more heat is that competition is organizing and "feeding the intel". And as parent said, it's not necessarily a problem. The competition should keep an eye of of each other as they are best qualified to identify abuse.

Comment: In other news.. (Score 2, Insightful) 331

by da_matta (#29241859) Attached to: Microsoft Holding 'Screw Google' Meetings In DC
...Google has been convening with other companies that see Microsoft as a threat and trying to lobby different Washington interest groups "Microsoft as a big bad technology company".

I.e. a practise otherwise discribed as a standard procedure of strategic competition in corporate America. You don't have to like it, but it's not exactly news. Catching them in the act of trying to bribe a congressmen/senators would be news.

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