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Comment: Re:Is it the Apps? (Score 1) 124

"Google copied it's user interface and general device layout"

Well, no, although that's certainly the Apple worldview. Fact is, both iPhone and Android came out due to a convergence of technologies at pricepoints which made smartphones, as we now know them, practical.

Think low power processors/GPS/WiFi, low cost hi-res color touch LCDs, flash memory, MEMS/sensors, high speed cellular data connectivity, etc. The iPhone and Android phones came out essentially simultaneously, and both had been in development for years before they were announced.

Nokia's (and Blackberry's) problem was mostly one with which market leaders have had a long tradition - the unwillingness to compete against or see beyond their own success.

Comment: Re:Are things back to normal now? (Score 1) 264

by msauve (#49497775) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.
"Range is not a problem, most guns can kill someone over a mile away."

Some, perhaps, but certainly not most, especially if you consider handguns. It's about 1.6 miles. 9mm will only go about 1.4 miles.

Of course, one reason even rifles don't have the range is that there's stuff in the way between the White House and the Capitol.

Comment: Re:NO! (Score 2) 892

"What she just did is claimed that everyone magically has the same abilities, experiences, and knowledge to draw from."

Actually, what she's doing is saying that even if there are differences, they shouldn't be allowed to matter. I don't think she should be allowed to discriminate on any basis (including education, knowledge, ability, etc.), so suggest that Reddit should simply hire for all positions by simply drawing names from a hat, so any difference between applicants doesn't effect the outcome.

Comment: Re:Pretty much. (Score 1) 225

by msauve (#49425023) Attached to: How Ubiquiti Networks Is Creatively Violating the GPL
Ubiquiti, and others. GPL2:

You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Program except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License.

Note that if anyone with copyright over the kernel wins such a suit, the rights to use the kernel are lost for all time ("terminated"). And, there's no way to get those rights to use the kernel back. (Well, maybe they could negotiate with every individual copyright holder...)

Those who don't honor the requirements are playing with fire, and risking their entire business. That includes large firms like Samsung, who makes a habit of not releasing Linux (Android) kernel source for a considerable time after releasing new phones.

Someday, someone with a copyright interest in the kernel is going to sue a Samsung, and get a billion dollar negotiated settlement because their business couldn't exist without a valid license to the kernel.

Comment: Re:Interlacing? WTF? (Score 4, Informative) 113

by msauve (#49421045) Attached to: Turning the Arduino Uno Into an Apple ][
Woz designed a video system which very gracefully solved a few problems. For memory, one could choose from static or dynamic RAM. Static was easy to use, but costly. Dynamic RAM was required to be refreshed (accessed every couple of ms), or stored bits would simply be forgotten. But you could get higher capacity chips at lower cost.

Woz designed the Apple ][ video system so the order it read data from RAM automatically fulfilled the DRAM refresh requirements. And, the video system reads were interleaved with CPU access, so the CPU never had to wait while video or DRAM refresh was happening, as was common with other designs.

The claim of an 8:1 interlace isn't really correct. The bitmapped memory layout used an 8:8:1 interleave. The first 8 rows were addressed 0x400 apart, that pattern was then repeated 8 times with an offset of 0x80. Details can be Googled. Part of the reason for that is so DRAM refresh hit every required location often enough.

Comment: Re:Because they have an agenda? (Score 1) 157

I don't know anything about this "Internet Association"...Just a guess...

Why guess? There's this cool website called "Google," which lets you look things up. For instance, it can point you to the "Internet Association" website!

And, their website even has information which indicates they support net neutrality, which makes the question legitimate.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky