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Comment Re:Jailbreak WARNING!!! (Score 1) 289

This bug has been known for so long, in fact, that it was fixed weeks ago in a newer release of redsn0w/PwnageTool, and this issue does not and never occurred with the jailbreak in question here ( Please stop redistributing obsolete rumors and lies as if they were facts.

Comment Re:But isn't there room for both? (Score 1) 965

That's an absurd analogy. The iPhone or iPad is just as easy to tinker with as any computer. Apple themselves make that point all the time. It's just the distribution that Apple is limiting, and it has nothing to do with technical issues or applicances, it has to do with money and control.

No, sorry, /that/ is absurd. While I was able to write and deploy Cycorder with the SDK (barely), I would not have been able to write WinterBoard, Cydget, or Veency. I would not have been able to build and install APT and X as part of a full Unix environment for the device, nor could anyone have written the Bluetooth Keyboard driver we now have in Cydia.

I have no clue where you got the belief that you can tinker with the iPhone "just as eas[ily] [...] as any computer": the only reason we can mess with the device at all is because it is jailbroken. The original poster was not talking about writing silly little applications in a sandbox: he was talking about actual /tinkering/.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 3, Interesting) 43

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the Palm Pre is about as open as Apple. They have a website where they claim to distribute the source code to their platform, but it is only what they are legally required to distribute. In fact, even that they fall short on: many of the packages aren't compilable as they are holding back on critical header files.

The libpurple-adapter, in particular, must be licensed under GPL (as libpurple itself is), but Palm has been telling representatives of the open source community that they would have to sign an NDA to get access to the full set of files required to make it work, which only be distributed only under a very restrictive temporary license. As someone who has spent a lot of time fighting similar causes with Apple (I'm the developer behind Cydia) I can say that they would /never/ pull shit like this: when I've sent GPL complaints Apple has always fixed the issue rapidly, and I would even receive e-mails from all related departments apologizing for the mixup.

Seriously: if Palm can't even compete to Apple's standards for openness, then you know something horribly evil is going on over there.

Comment Re:These are running on top of Linux, not Android (Score 2, Informative) 194

For the record, Android is not just about running stuff in Java: the developers at Google are actively working on the semantics behind having accessible JNI, some of the existing applications (including the OpenGL demo from Qualcomm people rave over) are mostly written in C, and we are likely going to have an entire Android "NDK" for doing native development to play with. Android is definitely the entire platform, including Linux.

If you search around on the android-platform mailing list you will find discussions of the various issues you are bringing up (such as multiple devices, architectures, etc.) and the various solutions (and non-solutions) people have for them.

Comment Re:VNC not native X (Score 1) 194

Yeah. This makes the "instructions" rather dis-useful: they are simply "install X" (as X is already ported and we already know how to get Debian setup on the device), "run the X VNC server", "connect with an Android VNC client". The instructions should likely just have been placed in the article summary rather than forcing us to click through to AndroidFanatic to just get disappointed :(.

Comment Re:name suggestion... (Score 1) 160


That was also my thought (I'm the guy who organizes the g1-hackers mailing list, and has been pioneering Debian on this platform, and any changes required to init and the kernel needed to support it) ;) I almost responded "if you check, I actually registered the domain name, and once I finish the changes required to get Debian installed to / I am likely to put the final instructions there with a bug tracker", but then I remembered I hadn't /actually/ bought it yet. I quickly did just now. ;)

Comment AndroidFanatics fails to credit their sources (Score 3, Informative) 160

For the record, this is just a shell script that runs the commands listed here: AndroidFanatics generally doesn't reference it's sources. At least this time they (arguably) provided some value in packaging, but that usually isn't the case. The Android Market Browser it has, for example, is just a republished download of It used to be an iframe, but when I told them I wasn't okay with that they decided to just wget the contents. They don't even have the intelligence/decency to reformat it at all, making the entire thing quite flagrant. Frown pants.

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Submission + - iPhone 3G Jailbreak Released, Open Source Coming

PainMeds writes: iPhone Atlas is reporting that the first jailbreak for the iPhone 3G has been released, and includes the popular Cydia community installer for distributing free games and applications. Since Apple's SDK was released, web sites have criticized Apple for the restrictions placed on both what developers could write and what APIs they were allowed to use. Others have noted the SDK's incompatibility with the GPL. The Cydia installer has provided a distribution channel for both open source software and software that would otherwise be impossible to build using the restricted SDK. A few applications are already out, including MobileTerminal and, a Nintendo game console emulator. In just over a week, open development is finally here for the iPhone 3G!

Comment Re:There already is a Java port to the iPhone (Score 1) 275

I got that working ;P. It's JamVM with a custom connector from Java to Objective-C that works like PyObjC, allowing access to all of the frameworks on the device. It's actually been around for _months_ now, but I have been quite busy and have been unable to really market it well enough. If anyone wants more information, please e-mail me: My website is, and I've had a bunch of time in the last couple days to actually write articles for my site, and JocStrap/iPhone/Java is next ;P.

Feed Science Daily: Cell That Triggers Symptoms In Allergy Attacks Can Also Limit Damage, Scientists->

A blood cell known as a troublemaker for triggering the itch and inflammation in allergy attacks, the mast cell, can also calm down the flare-ups, researchers have found. The findings reveal that, in mice, mast cells help decrease skin damage over time from sun exposure or from poison oak.
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Quick and Dirty Penryn Benchmarks 90

An anonymous reader writes "So Intel has their quad-core Penryn processors all set and ready to launch in November. There are benchmarks for the dual-core Wolfdale all over the place, but this seems to be the first article to put the quad-core Yorkfield to the test. It looks like the Yorkfield is only about 7-8% faster than the Kentsfield with similar clock speeds and front-side bus."
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Submission + - Is There a Secret Sauce for a Hit Social Network?->

An anonymous reader writes: People hungry for social interaction on the web currently have a near boundless choice for their communal appetites, but this article in Social Computing Magazine notes that is increasingly difficult to launch a new one and achieve any real traction with it. The article chooses Virb as an example of one that's waned after a momentary spike, while Facebook continues its meteoric rise, causing recent speculation that it may even replace email. What makes FB a potential killer app and Virb an also-ran – what's the present consensus on the secret sauce for a globally successful social network?
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Feed Science Daily: Threats To Hope: Desperation Affects Reasoning About Product Information->

When our hopes are threatened, we often turn to the marketplace for help. Can't fit into the gorgeous outfit you bought for your high school reunion? Trying to get pregnant? Want a bigger house but afraid you can't afford it? A new study argues that in situations like these, consumers are susceptible to "motivated reasoning." We believe what we want to believe about products that promise to help --- even if the arguments don't come from credible sources.
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