Why does self-hosting help an awful lot?
The only restriction is that if I decide to give anyone the modified code, I have to do so under the terms of the GPL.
Almost. The GPL requires you to provide the source to any derivative binary you distribute. So you're right, Apple could compile OSX with its own derivative of GCC and not have to release the source to that GCC derivative. However, they cannot ship a derivative of GCC with Xcode and not provide the source to it.
A retired General, not Admiral, Paul Van Riper was in charge of the Red Team.
While the military definitely has its head up its ass over this, I read somewhere, I don't remember where now, that the charges of cheating did have some merit. It would be things like that the motorbike couriers would arrive instantly and various other guerrilla tactics would always work and happen faster that was realistic, etc.
T-Mobile doesn't seem to mind what you do. The branded G2X even came with Android's mobile hotspot feature enabled. I spent many months tethering as my primary way to get internet at home, and a friend still does. Note that you need a good phone to have descent Skype, the G2X is too slow. It works much better with the desktop client going through the tether than the Android client.
It seems faster phones give faster service as well. The G2X would top out at about 1 Mbps, but I've gotten 16Mbps/5Mbps (up/down) on my Nexus 4.
The first-to-byte measurements are important, though. I get ping times of 300-600ms. That kind of latency makes VOIP annoying sometimes. I find Skype handles the latency better than others like Viber or Tango.
You want an encrypted phone? Nothing is stopping you. Android happily lets you replace the dialer with your own. Hell, millions do it already. Just most people value price, call quality and having someone to call over encryption. How is Ubuntu going to improve on this?
Don't tell me about being stuck in the past and then try to claim that Ubuntu is better. A Linux system today would be very recognizable to someone from the 80s. You want earth shattering ideas you don't look toward desktop Linux.
When I said unfinished I mean that it feels like an alpha release. As in it has plain and obvious bugs. Those are finally getting worked out. That window is definitely closing fast, as Microsoft has discovered. Ubuntu is just another incompatible me-too system in this respect, except of course it's all just different enough to be incompatible. In that sense it carries on the Linux tradition, I guess.
Android is Linux too.
They just recognize that a phone isn't a server or a desktop; it has different constraints. The input methods are completely different, Watts matter, responsiveness matters, etc. The OS is not the limitation. Sensibility is.
I don't see what Ubuntu brings to the table that Android hasn't brought already.
Exactly. But more Balkanisation and even more duplication of effort is not the answer.
Why not do something like CyanogenMod where they can keep Android's strengths but fix its weeknesses? I'd also love to not have to involve Google's servers with everything. I missed that the most about the iPhone. But Android is finally shaking off that unfinished feeling, and Ubuntu is 5 years behind.
Do you have any insight why they even bother with TB when 10Gb Ethernet already exists and has been deployed for ages? I.e. why not just use 10GbE instead?
It seems like reinventing the wheel for no real gain.
a 3-ccd camera has awful color rendition.
The extra space between lens and sensor also makes for worse lenses (wide-angle at least, telephotos don't care).
This is very true, although the Foveon was superior in resolution and lack of color moire only
Foveon is only superior in resolution if the number of output pixels is the same. But if you count photosites, i.e. 3 per pixel in a Foveon, then Bayer wins. A Foveon has about the same resolution as a Bayer with twice the pixel count, but the Foveon has three times the number of photosites.
But the problem is colors.
Foveon has a theoretical minimum color error of 6%. Color filter sensors (eg. Bayer) have a theoretical minimum error of 0%. Color filter sensors can use organic filters that are close to the filters used by the human eye. Foveon is based on the filtering effect of metals. In addition, there is significant overlap between the sensitivities of the three layers (a red photon may excite any of the three layers, for example). This leads to metamerism, where two colors perceived the same to the human eye will look like two different colors to a Foveon, or vice versa. Good luck matching makeup to clothes for a fashion shoot.
In addition, the Foveon has horrible effects when colors clip. If you shoot a bright red flower and the red is overexposed, it will "blow out". On a Bayer sensor this looks like a very red flower. The detail might be gone and it's not pretty, but it's red. On a Foveon it turns grey. The image processor tries to fix this, but even that's a recent advancement.
The sad thing about the Foveon is that it would make a great video sensor. It has good on-chip binning and could do live-view or movies long before anyone else could. Sigma threw away this competitive advantage.
When ABS is engaged you do NOT have the maximal braking force. You get that when you let off just enough to have ABS not need to engage.
Prove this to yourself next time it snows: do two runs from the same speed. One with your foot stomped on the brake. Next stomp on the brake but then let off just enough for the ABS to disengage. You'll notice your braking force go up when ABS comes off.
Of course this is an argument that ABS is good because it tells you what that point is. It'll give you control, but it won't give you the shortest possible braking distance.
Even better are car tyre measurements which are in metric (width and profile) and imperial (diameter) at the same time!
Even fully metric countries where few people know how big an inch is still have some things measured in inches:
- rim diameters
- socket drive. I.e. you can take your 3/8" drive sockets and they'll fit a European ratchet.
- screen size
These are things where the measure itself is largely irrelevant for practical use and serves only as a size differential. The numbers can be arbitrary as long as they're consistent, sort of like clothing size.
To be fair, it's not that they don't like consumers, it's that consumers don't (and won't) pay enough. You can't offer real support when most of the machines you sell are $500 craptops. Apple's prices approach business hardware prices, which gives them the kind of margins necessary to offer such good support.
If Apple has shown anything is that consumers can and do pay enough.
Maybe if they stopped making 20 models of craptops each and focused on a few ones worth having people would buy them.
It's called a package manager and every major distribution has one.
Every major distribution has their own one that's incompatible with every other major distribution's. That's even though the package systems do the same job. Even distros that use the same package management system don't share compatible repositories.
So you just turned supporting "Linux" into supporting Ubuntu, RedHat, SuSE, etc.
If they find that a pulse is indeed helpful, do you think this solution would work:
Taking this pump and sending its output to a bladder with a check valve. The continuous flow will fill the bladder, and once a certain pressure is reached, the check valve opens and sends a pulse of blood out. It's failsafe too, since if the valve breaks you're just left with continuous flow like you have now.