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Comment: Au contrare, mon frere. (Score 1) 240

by emil (#46465431) Attached to: Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

The "free software community" had quite a bit to say on gtk vs qt.

The design of KDE was based on a fundamental mistake: use of the Qt library, which at the time was non-free software. Despite the good intentions of the KDE developers, and despite the fact that the code of KDE itself was free software, KDE could never be part of a completely free operating system as long as it needed a non-free program to function.

Comment: Re:Raspberry Pi-class hardware - BeagleBone Black? (Score 1) 290

by emil (#46412419) Attached to: Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

Those are x86 parts. I'd prefer a low-power ARM, as long as I get W^X, rodata, and I otherwise do not have to compromise on security.

Perhaps the recent source release from Broadcom is sufficient to make OpenBSD support easier, but I fear that the developers' perspective is now set.

Comment: Raspberry Pi-class hardware - BeagleBone Black? (Score 4, Interesting) 290

by emil (#46409335) Attached to: Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

I would like to run OpenBSD on the Raspberry Pi.

I understand, sympathize, and accept your decision to avoid that platform, but what would you recommend as a stable substitute?

The BeagleBone Black seems like the endorsed alternative, although there were stability warnings until recently. The current status reads: "There are generally still a fair number of things to do on each of these boards, however OpenBSD is generally considered to be usuable on them. The platform is now self hosting, however there is no SMP support."

Would you point OpenBSD users interested in this hardware class at the BeagleBone Black? Any other advice? SLC media preference?

TI has announced that it is discontinuing the OMAP line. Will Beagle move to another ARM licensee, and does that matter much for OpenBSD?

Comment: Full pardon, and here is why. (Score 4, Interesting) 822

by emil (#46083421) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Pardoning Snowden for all past crimes and enabling his return would prevent the release of any further damaging documents. If Snowden remains within US jurisdiction, any new leaks of his material can lead prosecutors directly to him.

Once the bleeding has stopped, the NSA and the Justice Department should together explain to the voting population the legal concept of "the fruit of the poison tree" - any intelligence gained by espionage should be inadmissible in court outside of direct, existential threats.

All governments engage in espionage to some extent, and our goal should not be to remove our "poison garden" and blind ourselves, but to ensure that state secrets are not used as a weapon against the populace.

Comment: Neutron & Proton decay (Score 1) 73

by emil (#45907397) Attached to: Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core

Protons are stable to a period greater than 2.1 * 10^29 years (also listed as 10^36 years in the article). Free protons will/might fall apart after that time.

Free neutrons have a very short period of stability (about 15 minutes). Within dense confinement, one would wager them to be on the order of proton decay.

Comment: Re:Digg reader updates due to device crashes (Score 1) 141

by emil (#45759755) Attached to: BlackBerry Posts $4.4 Billion Loss, Will Outsource To Foxconn
It might be possible to get counts from Google, crittercism, or from ACRA. Go ahead and try if you want, but none of those organizations is going to make getting that data easy, since Apple would use that data for marketing. Meanwhile, there was a Facebook update on play this morning that crashed my phone. Sure, Android is rock solid. I'll sing its praises if it will shut you up. I will be drowned out with the curses from everyone else.

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