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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 126

by protactin (#37501518) Attached to: Could Open Source Investment Save HP?

Yes, really.

They abandoned the old Red Hat Linux distro years ago and now they sponsor Fedora, but it's essentially a community project. Red Hat don't provide support; indeed the Fedora project itself only supports ~one year worth of releases.

The vast majority of their efforts clearly go into Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 5, Informative) 309

by protactin (#33913766) Attached to: Can Apps Really Damage a Cellular Network?

That's not true.
UMTS signalling traffic is actually a big worry too.

Setting up and tearing down radio resource connections all the time has a burden on the network. Mobile applications, with their diverse update patterns (e.g. polling every 30 minutes (email apps), or minute or even few seconds (e.g. IM apps)), can make it difficult for carriers to set up their RRC inactivity timers and various other settings in a way that minimises signalling load on the network.

Comment: Re:Safe from what? (Score 1) 377

by protactin (#33405552) Attached to: .Net On Android Is Safe, Says Microsoft

I can't compile programs written in the Java language to Dalvik?

You need to differentiate between the bytecode and the virtual machine. Anyway, the answer is no, not directly.
The "Java language" or Java bytecode does not run on the Dalkiv virtual machine.

Desktop: The Java language is compiled to Java bytecode and run on the Java virtual machine.

Android: The Java language is compiled to Java bytecode. Using an Android tool, Java bytecode is transformed to Dalvik bytecode, which is then run on the Dalvik virtual machine.

I don't believe the patents in this case have anything to do with the Java language, the Java compiler, the Dalvik translator, or the Dalvik bytecode format.
Sun's patents generally regard the virtual machine technology. Google have implemented an incompatible virtual machine, but of course with similarities to Java.. that's where the problems appear to lie.

Comment: Re:Safe from what? (Score 1) 377

by protactin (#33402150) Attached to: .Net On Android Is Safe, Says Microsoft

Stop foaming at the mouth.

Calm down, dear.

Dalvik is compatible with the Java language.

No it's not. Nor is the JVM compatible with the Java language.
The Java language != Java bytecode != Dalvik bytecode

Dalvik ... was created both to be Java compatible and also under the assumption that Sun was friendly towards open source systems.

Google wrote an entire new, incompatible bytecode language and virtual machine to circumvent licensing any Java components from Sun.
So I doubt Google made any assumptions about the "open source friendliness" of Sun.

Comment: Re:What they should have done (Score 1) 509

by protactin (#32708028) Attached to: Google Remotely Nukes Apps From Android Phones

Android apps don't necessarily have to have a launcher icon (e.g. services, live wallpapers etc.).

Apps can also run automatically at boot time, therefore unless the user somehow discovered that the installed app was malicious and manually uninstalled it, they'd be stuck with this malware forever — assuming Google didn't have this remote-removal functionality.

Comment: Re:idk (Score 1) 178

by protactin (#30792328) Attached to: China Begins Monitoring Billions of Text Messages

You get 140 bytes of data per SMS, so with the default GSM 7-bit alphabet that gives you 160 characters.

I can't remember how alternative encodings work, but I seem to recall you get about 70 characters when you text with extended character sets, suggesting that it's some sort of UTF-16 like encoding scheme. That number drops if you start doing message concatenation.

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