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Comment: Not so sure (Score 2, Insightful) 130

by macroexp (#32985248) Attached to: Google's China Rival To Create Android-Like OS

While China-bashing is really popular these days, I wouldn't be so quick to say "they'll just copy Android". There are a LOT of phones in China that run Linux. Most of the Linux distributions used are homegrown by the manufacturer and have little consistency between them. I wouldn't be surprised if Baidu just bought one of the dev teams from a phone manufacturer and had them slap "Baidu" all over everything.

It would be a Good Thing if they could get it used phones from multiple manufacturers - there might be some hope of writing an app that would run on more than one brand of phone!

Comment: Well, not quite... (Score 5, Informative) 81

by macroexp (#32842142) Attached to: Groovy For Domain-Specific Languages

"Writing DSLs has been done for many years, but was largely an undocumented process until just recently."

Not to discount the review, but that's a bit misleading. There are plenty of books dealing with lex/flex and yacc/bison, which have been used for years to do the same things in a precompiled manner. .Net and Java "just recently" discovered this and have popularized the term DSL for it.

Comment: Re:Still no volume control (Score 2, Interesting) 308

by macroexp (#32498734) Attached to: Safari 5 Released

Yeah, you can use JackOSX - but that doesn't give you per-app volume out of the box. You'd have to have another tool also communicating with jack to do the amplification/attenuation. (I use Ardour but that's a little heady for a typical user - and no, I don't just use it as a fancy volume control)

The real deal-killer is that audio in Flash videos doesn't work properly through Jack. (On Snow Leopard at least) It's a known problem with no fix in sight. Oddly enough, HTML5 videos work flawlessly...

Comment: Re:SEC absolutely forbidden to use Open Source (Score 1) 296

by macroexp (#32066860) Attached to: What Happened To Obama's Open Source Adviser?

It's not just the SEC - a lot of very large companies and governmental agencies have policies against the use of any Open Source Software without an exhaustive legal review. After that review, the single piece of software reviewed, at the exact version reviewed, may be allowed for use. Personally, it seems like an organization's legal department could review a license and allow use of software governed by that license, but IANAL.

Part of the problem is that the legal review costs money. Likely, more money than the cost of purchasing a comparable product from the proprietary software world.

Comment: Re:A TRS-80 model 100 and a MicroVAX 3100 (Score 2, Insightful) 543

by macroexp (#32065914) Attached to: How Old Is the Oldest Computer You Regularly Use?
I used to do something similar, but ah, the power... A WRT54GS running OpenWRT is not nearly as charming (or quite as useful - though it comes surprisingly close) as the Sparc10MP+QFE with a Wyse terminal hanging off it I used to use -- but the power savings really make up for it. I really wish I could use more of my collection 24/7, but it gets harder every day to justify the wattage.
Music

+ - Apple hides account info in DRM-free music

Submitted by
Mike
Mike writes "Songs sold by the Apple iTunes store without DRM still have a user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them, reports Arstechnica. After examining the files Arstechnica noticed their names and e-mail addresses in the files, and they've found corroboration of the find at TUAW, The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Since the entertainment industry is obsessed with the idea of "casual piracy," or the occasional sharing of content between friends it see,s likely that this information will be used to keep tabs on who buys what, and more importantly, where it ends up. Although spoofing the data is trivial, shouldn't the idea that your account name and email address are contained in the files make you uneasy, to say the least?"
Handhelds

Palm Unveils Foleo, Linux-Based "Mobile Companion" 301

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the too-little-too-late-or-lifesaver dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Contrary to recent rumors, it's not Palm's first Linux smartphone, and no, it's not a competitor to Nokia's Linux-based N800 Internet Tablet. Rather, Palm today unveiled the Foleo, which it's calling a 'new class' of mobile device. The device is designed to expand the email, Internet, and productivity application capabilities of mobile phones such as the Palm Treo, by adding a full-size keyboard and a larger screen. Company founder Jeff Hawkins predicts that the Foleo will be more successful than Palm's original Palm Pilot, which he designed, and more successful than its current Treo smartphones. He touts its simplicity: 'Press a button, it's on. Press it again, it's off. There are no other modes.'"
Portables

+ - Palm introduces Linux-based smart-phone companion

Submitted by D:
D: (666) writes "Sporting a 10inch screen and full-size keyboard, Palm's new device called Foleo — which the company's founder Jeff Hawkins talked up as a new product category in itself — is essentially a note-pad-sized laptop, designed specifically to dynamically sync with and compliment the computing power of a smart-phone. The problem that Palm is attempting to solve is that no matter how powerful cell phones have become, there are times when a larger screen and proper keyboard makes more sense — such as composing emails, editing a spreadsheet, or using web apps. Best of all the device runs a version of Linux (with the Opera browser) and is open to developers."
Red Hat Software

+ - fedora 7 out.

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An anonymous reader writes "Fedora 7 codenamed Moonshine is out ! http://www.linux-noob.com/forums/index.php?showtop ic=3006 (release notes & more details & screenshots in the link) For the first time, Fedora includes several different spins, which are variations of Fedora built from a specific set of software packages. Each spin has a combination of software to meet the requirements of a specific kind of end user."
Security

+ - New AACS Processing Key Discovered

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The movie studios recently released new HD-DVDs that can no longer be circumvented using the infamous 09 F9... AACS processing key that floated around the Net last month, but today a new key has surfaced. Like hundreds of other readers of Freedom-To-Tinker's "Own Your Own Integer" story, someone named BtCB posted his "randomly generated" number in the comments, asking, "What are the odds that this is the new processing key?" As it turns out, BtCB's key was not so random, and, a week after he posted it, the hackers over at doom9 realized that it really is the new processing key. With this kind of hacker "luck," it doesn't look like AACS will last for long."
Windows

+ - PQI Unveils World's Largest Solid State Drive

Submitted by mrneutron2003
mrneutron2003 (1106301) writes "From XbitLabs: PQI's 256GB SSD Turbo+ features transfer rates of up to 60MB/s, a figure that cannot be achieved on current hard disk drives. In addition, the new product has better reliability, power consumption and sizes. The price of the device is not announced, however, it is as unprecedented as the capacity of the 256GB solid state drive. http://www.siliconnews.net/top-stories/pqi-unveils -worlds-largest-solid-state-drive.html"
Television

+ - Fanfic Writers Say No Way

Submitted by
bill jackson
bill jackson writes "Multichannel News Magazine's very best blogger — Mary McNamara — says that a couple of former Yahoo execs are trying to create the next MySpace by aggregating fanfiction on a website called FanLib. But the fanfic writers recognized that exploitation was written all over the idea and they've refused to participate. Very interesting, well researched article written by McNamara. She even calls into question the FanLib patent application. http://www.multichannel.com/blog/1300000330/post/1 30010013.html"
Communications

+ - Compensation for cell phone signal traffic?

Submitted by
ehud42
ehud42 writes "The CBC is reporting that "Manitoba First Nations are seeking compensation from Manitoba Telecom Services for every cellphone signal that passes through First Nations land, saying the airspace should be considered a resource like land and water." Is the airspace around us a resource like land and water? Would I have to pay someone for my wireless signals travelling through their airspace? I doubt this will get much traction — at least I hope not..."

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