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Comment: Dead? (Score 1) 84

I don't know much about the statistics and trends of the console market, but the Wii U was just what the doctor ordered for myself and the wife. Have spent about an hour each day the last few weeks switching between N64, SuperNES, and Wii games and Mario U. All great and timeless short attention span games. I think I've made my choice this generation. She doesn't relate to very many XBox games and never had a reason to start up the Playstation. For me the interface is friendlier than the other consoles. I feel like I'm watching TV on Idiocracy every time I boot up the 360 and see those adverts (But at least it's got lectrolytes!). Dead? I guess I'll just go down with the ship.
Databases

Security Fix Leads To PostgreSQL Lock Down 100

Posted by samzenpus
from the shut-it-down dept.
hypnosec writes "The developers of the PostgreSQL have announced that they are locking down access to the PostgreSQL repositories to only committers while a fix for a "sufficiently bad" security issue applied. The lock down is temporary and will be lifted once the next release is available. The core committee has announced that they 'apologize in advance for any disruption' adding that 'It seems necessary in this instance, however.'"

Comment: Re:Me, too! (Score 1) 208

by mikeulus (#43307631) Attached to: MySQL's Creator On Why the Future Belongs To MariaDB
Copyleft + Copyright assignment is what's causing some of this. People are hesitant to donate their time to a project if only the other guy can monetize it. I think Apache handles this well by creating a level playing field for their projects. Everyone has ample opportunity to monetize their additions, and so feel more inclined to use and contribute to an existing project. If copyright is as spread out as it is in Linux kernel, then this is less of an issue.
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Comment: Re:What they did was not account for Monty (Score 1) 208

by mikeulus (#43303907) Attached to: MySQL's Creator On Why the Future Belongs To MariaDB
They can't sell a license to the exact same thing. When he sold it he sold the copyright which gives Oracle the ability to modify MySQL and sell it as proprietary software. Whoever owns the copyright to the new code contributions to MariaDB will only be able to take the contributions after the fork (ie the sale) and make them proprietary. The only thing that would work is a non-compete agreement, which nobody in their right mind would sign if they want to continue selling software. On the other hand, a billion dollars would probably convince me to retire early.

Comment: Re:What they did was not account for Monty (Score 1) 208

by mikeulus (#43303529) Attached to: MySQL's Creator On Why the Future Belongs To MariaDB

The next company to buy something from Monty better get an iron clad agreement never to fork it.

It's GPL. No such agreement could exist. All of the software up until the point of sale would still be GPL and still be forkable due to the nature of the license. Even given that they retain all copyright, Oracle could change the license upon sale and still not be able to enforce such an agreement because of the terms of previously released code.

Comment: My experience with Joomla! (Score 1) 117

by mikeulus (#23784275) Attached to: Joomla! A User's Guide
Joomla is nice, but I've found that as far as CMS's go, It's really hard to beat Drupal when it comes to sheer functionality. I've just spent a while throwing together a new Joomla website, but kept coming up on petty issues like user group handling and comments functionality. A lot of the Joomla Extension/Module developers have adopted capitalism in it's finest form, which is fine since I'm willing to spend a bit of money to save some time, however you will find your choices quite limited. Joomla styles have hands down been some of the best I've seen in a CMS, but that's not enough to keep most people's attention after they find themselves wrestling with the mundane details. Great CMS, but it still is a long way off from being my 1st choice yet.

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