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Comment: Predicted and alternative offered (Score 1) 71

by paugq (#47363425) Attached to: Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

It's sad to hear this but it's exactly what I predicted 2 years ago. I even provided an alternative that would work: use an "Android Core" as the base operating system, instead of Mer Linux, then port KDE to this "Android Core":

Interestingly, this is exactly what Digia did for Qt, with the Boot to Qt (AKA Qt Enterprise Embedded) solution, a while after I made my proposal.

Comment: Re:rPi? (Score 2) 64

by paugq (#46299535) Attached to: BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

There have been several threads on NuttX on the RPi and the "problem" is: what to do with so many resources? NuttX does not need 512 MB or RAM. It does not even need 512 *KB* of RAM! But yes, it's completely possible and there was a thread recently about using NuttX as a desktop operating system. Maybe not that crazy.

+ - BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX makes its 100th release: NuttX 6.33->

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paugq (443696) writes "NuttX is a real-time operating system (RTOS) with an emphasis on standards compliance and small footprint. Scalable from 8-bit to 32-bit microcontroller environments, the primary governing standards in NuttX are POSIX and ANSI standards. Additional standard APIs from Unix and other common RTOS's (such as VxWorks) are adopted for functionality not available under these standards, or for functionality that is not appropriate for deeply-embedded environments. NuttX was first released in 2007 by Gregory Nutt under the permissive BSD license, and today the 100th release was made: NuttX 6.33. Supported platforms include ARM, Atmel AVR, x86, Z80 and others."
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Comment: Re: i hope people with SCADA systems learned. (Score 2) 195

by paugq (#45933863) Attached to: Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems

It seems you have little knowledge of the SCADA world. The air gap is an illusory security. Iran's nuclear plants had SCADA computers air gapped from the IT network. It did nothing: a USB, a CD, a virus infecting an update to your very SCADA software, etc will bring you back to reality.

Comment: Runtime (Score 1) 201

by paugq (#45694197) Attached to: Under the Hood of SteamOS

The runtime is the most interesting part to me. They are effectively replacing the LSB with a "binary LSB" that you can distribute with your game.

By ensuring any application compiled against the Steam Runtime will work on SteamOS, they are providing a solid baseline for developers. From now on, developers will know they can relay on Steam Runtime.

Next thing may be we start to see other applications (not games) to use the Steam Runtime and provide it on non-SteamOS distributions.

Comment: Re:MUMPS database integration? (Score 1) 334

by paugq (#45508859) Attached to: NYT: Project Chaos Due Partly To Unorthodox Database Choice

MUMPS is used by the Veteran's Administration, and probably others too. In fact, it became an ISO/IEC standard in 2005.

Intersystems Caché and FIS GT.M are the most popular implementations. GT.M is open source and available under the GPLv2.

Comment: Re:Local webapp (Score 1) 209

by paugq (#45500023) Attached to: Google Is Building a Chrome App-Based IDE

Local webapps are easy to port only because they are simple apps. Start adding the kind of complexity and features you have in native app developed in C++, C# or Delphi and we'll talk about porting complexity.

Also, C++, C#, Delphi apps are expected to integrate PERFECTLY in the platform: colors, behavior, etc. Local webapps do nothing of that. No wonder there are no "porting complexities". Ugh.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg