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Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 1) 209

by snowgirl (#49489321) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

That's cheating.

And inside, a modern x86 processor is actually a giant hardware emulation of x86 instructions with a RISC/VLIW core... You call it cheating, and I call it optimizing.

They second you try a cool trick like migrating a thread to another machine...

But this would happen with a macrokernel as well... you can't just magically make networking overhead disappear...

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 4, Insightful) 309

by MobyDisk (#49480751) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

They *should*, if their goal of legitimizing Open Source video drivers is true.

Legitimizing Linux gaming is not really dependent on having open source the drivers. It is dependent on having good drivers. Valve does not have a stated goal of supporting open source. Their goal is to sell games.

Comment: I want thingiverse + github (Score 1) 46

by MobyDisk (#49472767) Attached to: The Makerspace Is the Next Open Source Frontier

This article is spot on. I've experienced this when working with 3D objects on Thingiverse. It allows you to "remix" someone's work, but that is a fork. It doesn't really allow for collaboration. Lots of times I've found someone's .SCAD model and improved it but I have no way to contribute it back to them other than to post a comment and hope they notice. So some objects have dozens of "remix" forks, which have more forks, etc.

Lots of people make their objects to work for just themselves. It's the hardware equivalent of "works on my machine!" It's great that they have a way to publish and get the object out there. It allows other people do the "systems engineering" and figure out how to make the part work in general. But most of that engineering work gets lost. So many times I download an object, only to find it didn't quite work. I improve it, and then nobody else gets to benefit from that. It's kinda sad.

Comment: Re:Google updates (Score 1) 179

by snowgirl (#49467019) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices

They can force manufacturers to use unlocked bootloaders if they want the official Google version.

But hardly anyone is running the stock Android anyways. They've all expended on the code, and made it different. Almost no one actually uses the "official Google version" at all...

There's no reason whatsoever why Google can't make the same thing a requirement

But they can't because it's open source software. No one could make all of the Linux Distros use the same official kernel... it's not possible, because it's open source, and you can make it yourself.

and would prefer shipping a version of Android with no Google services

But this is already the case. Amazon and Barnes and Noble do not sell Android devices with Google services on them.

I don't get why people have such a difficult time understanding that Google can't wrangle these cats, because it doesn't have an Iron Fist on the source code...

Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 0) 209

by snowgirl (#49466977) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

I've never seen a true microkernel that has the performance of a monolithic kernel.

I've never seen a RISC processor that can match the performance of the best CISC processors. You know, nevermind the fact that tons of money has been poured into CISC processors making them faster and faster.

Sometimes, it's just a matter of where the attention has been placed.

+ - Transforming robot gets stuck in Fukushima nuclear reactor

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An anonymous reader writes "The ability to change shape hasn’t saved a robot probe from getting stuck inside a crippled Japanese nuclear reactor. Tokyo Electric Power will likely leave the probe inside the reactor housing at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex north of Tokyo after it stopped moving. On Friday, the utility sent a robot for the first time into the primary containment vessel (PCV) of reactor No. 1 at the plant, which was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. 'The robot got stuck at a point two-thirds of its way inside the PCV and we are investigating the cause,' a Tokyo Electric spokesman said via email. The machine became stuck on Friday after traveling to 14 of 18 planned checkpoints."

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