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Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 4, Informative) 311

That was my initial thought too, but unless I'm mistaken, the GPLv3 just covers the reference implementation.

The fact that the format itself is completely patent and royalty free means that anyone can implement their own version under whatever license they choose. They just can't use the reference implementation.

Comment Money Pit (Score 3, Insightful) 535

Getting into a new industry is always a big money pit. Especially industries with firmly entrenched players with interests to protect.

Doesn't mean it's impossible, though. Just hard. They just have to throw enough money into the pit to fill it, and do it quickly before the shareholders get cold feet.

Comment Re:Embedded Systems (Score 2) 641

Actually, Arduino's environment is C++. The frontend works out your #include lines and feeds the result into avr-g++.

avr-gcc/avr-g++ lacks support for the STL, but you can use all the C++ language features you want. Classes, templates, casts... it all works.

Comment Re:Pleasant? (Score 2, Interesting) 174

Uh? Minecraft is supposed to be nonviolent?

A game in which you start off fighting zombies, skeletons and exploding texture errors (creepers) to work your way to building a portal to hell (the Nether) to get the supplies you need to fight a giant dragon is nonviolent?

Okay then. If you say so.

Comment Oh no! (Score 1) 405

The Xerox machine broke and someone wrote "Out of Order" on a piece of paper with a Sharpie and Scotch-taped it to the machine.

I found a picture of a Walkman that had been modified to connect to an iPod, but it turned out to be Photoshopped.

I used my iPad to Google for a way to send a box of Kleenex to the Microsoft executives.

Writing this post has given me a headache, but I can't decide if I want to take Tylenol or Aspirin.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.