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Comment: Re:DOA? (Score 1) 87

by world_citizen (#35451382) Attached to: OpenSUSE 11.4 Released

What's openSUSE's future look like? Since Novell is slowly dying, are we going to see openSUSE fade from being the #2 / #3 distro?

First of all I don't know if Novell is dying. Novell is Acquired by Attachmate Corporation.

Secondly the openSuSE community is very big and is operating on more or less independently from Novell.

Even if Novell would dying I think other companies would by the SuSE part with SLES. As SLES quality is also due to the openSuSE quality I don't think a owner of SLES would not support openSuSE.

I as a openSuSE packages still foresee a bright future for openSUSE and SLES also because the community around openSuSE is growing. And there are great projects within openSuSE like the openSUSE Build Service (Multi distro packaging framework), SUSE Studio (Build a custom distro), etc

Comment: Maybe the console makers are to blame (Score 1) 495

by world_citizen (#32799972) Attached to: Is PC Gaming Set For a Comeback?
I thing the console builders are to blame. Most PC games don't have hidden costs, and you are the ruler of the PC, more of less. Since Sony's action to remove the otherOS option I'm not fond of the consoles anymore. Customer who are using console have more or less sold their rights to the console maker. In the end they have the power we as a customer has non (by accepting te EULA you've sold your console soul to ...) They can remove anything they want to and even ask money for something that used to be free.

Comment: Security thoughs about EFI. (Score 1) 532

by world_citizen (#32504538) Attached to: BIOS Will Be Dead In Three Years
This link gives some extra information security thoughts about EFI.
http://blog.thesilentnumber.me/2009/01/efi-hidden-threat-to-computing-freedom.htm

Another important thing to realize about EFI is that it also contemplates enabling chipset features that will trap certain OS operations to an EFI-based control system running in System Management Mode. In other words, under EFI, there is no guarantee that the OS owns the platform. Accesses to IDE I/O addresses, or certain memory addresses, can be trapped to EFI code and potentially examined and modified or aborted. Many see this as an effort to build a "DRM BIOS".

Comment: Re:So they're asking for DRM? (Score 1) 360

by world_citizen (#32206980) Attached to: Hacking Automotive Systems

I don't see any advantage when it would be encrypted or DRM would be used.
As a garage needs to do tests they'll be able to change values. If you get the keys credentials from a garage one can do the same.

It should just be impossible either change values for certain devices like brakes when the car is running or they should be reset when a diagnostic device is detached.

Announcements

+ - Sigma Corporation Acquires Foveon

Submitted by world_citizen
world_citizen (33348) writes "Kawasaki, Japan, November 11th, 2008 — Sigma Corporation (Location: Kawasaki, Japan) has acquired 100% of the stock of the company that developed the original three-layer image sensor, Foveon Inc. Foveon will continue its sensor development operations in San Jose, CA, USA. Foveon made history when it developed and patented the world's first three-layer image capture technology, placing a stack of RGB pixels in each pixel location. As a result, Foveon sensors detect all three primary colors in every pixel location, producing images that are sharper and have significantly reduced image artifacts compared to competing image sensor technologies. Since Sigma first worked with Foveon in 2000, both companies have enjoyed a cooperative working relationship directed toward developing highly-efficient DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras and compact digital cameras which take the best advantage of the X3 sensor technology. Sigma Corporation has employed Foveon's technology in its entire digital camera line, producing images which are acclaimed by both amateur and professional photographers all over the world for their high resolution and for their three-dimensional look. Both the latest DLSR, the SD14, and the compact DP1 camera — which packs the full spec of a DSLR into a compact camera — have met with similar acclaim. Two additional Sigma camera products based on Foveon's image sensor technology have been announced for 2009. The acquisition of Foveon will not only enhance the development of new types of image sensors for high quality digital cameras, but will also create a synergistic effect with Sigma's camera and lens business by improving the integration between the camera and sensor. This will result in camera products which will uniquely meet the widely ranging functional and image quality needs of demanding photographers. As the digital camera market continues to expand, Foveon and Sigma will continuously evolve and improve the X3 sensor technology, thus expanding the company's photography-related business. In addition, Sigma remains firmly committed to preserving and nurturing the culture of photography. More information More information about Foveon, Inc. can be found at www.foveon.com. Original link http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/news/info_081111.htm"

Comment: Re:Power-saving? (Score 1) 361

by world_citizen (#21634171) Attached to: New Seagate Drives Have Real Difficulties With Linux
A even better solution can be found at: http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/lofiversion/index.php/t61388.html including reference links. You don't need any interaction anymore.

It seems this problem is also fixed in kernel >=2.6.24-rc4 .

Found with the help of a colleague user at tweakers.net

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