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Comment Re:That's easy! (Score 1) 146

And pray tell, what would you do with the custom language that the BIOS/GPU microcode is written in? There is no compiler for it or published hardware targets to even write a compiler for. For it to have any value at all they would also have to release an in-house compiler and publish API specs for internal components of hardware designs which they probably don't even own publishing rights to.

Comment Re:lol capitalism. (Score 1) 76

Most of what PayPal is used for doesn't have any physical customer interaction. For example, it's one of the few payment services I trust enough to make payments to small manufacturers in China. For that kind of transaction, One Touch is useless unless 1) I'm willing to pay several hundred dollars in down-payment on an Apple device, 2) fly out to China each time I need to pay for something. While One Touch might work for your local shopping mall, IMO Apple is getting into that market just as the market is trending towards the way Paypal operates, with purchases made online.

Comment Re:Well at least they saved the children! (Score 1) 790

Assuming Google is a halfway competent tech company and is using at least a SHA1 hash, if you manage to create any file with an accidental hash collision you'll be the first person in history to do so, never mind a valid image file. And if they use a longer hash, well, the chances just become more astronomical.

Comment Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 183

An MSP430 has idle currents measured in uA, and a chip costs in the region of $1.50, with no external components required. BBB isn't useful in applications that require running off of a watch battery for a year, and isn't cheap enough to consider adding as an additional component in consumer electronics.

Comment Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 183

Try developing for an MSP430 on the MSP430... hence the distinction between 'target' and 'host'. When you can develop on the target, great. But a lot of these MCUs don't have the IOPS/RAM to run a generic scripting language, never mind a compiler.

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