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Comment Re:Probably better than a bunch of WinXP Machines (Score 4, Insightful) 73

"At least one" could refer to one air-gapped PC in the whole department that runs a particular application or device driver whose publisher refuses to make available a version compatible with a more recent version of Windows or a competing operating system at a reasonable or any price.

Comment AP Computer Science (Score 1) 106

If these are sold to consumers (It says education market but will they be sold retail?) they will be a big hit and an utter disaster as soon as the proud new owners start trying to install regular Windows software.

Even in the education market, I don't necessarily see them taking off until Microsoft makes Visual Studio available through Windows Store. K-8 maybe, but in high school (grades 9-12), teachers and administrators expect student devices to support the course materials for "introduction to computer science" type classes.

Comment Re: Real price $239. (Score 1) 106

And while chrome OS can be locked down just as much by IT admins, it's not mandatory and you can install from third parties, and yes, you can run competing web browsers as a native app and even configure it as the default browser.

How does that work? I thought Chrome OS had only two ways to run native applications other than Chrome itself:

A. Native Client (NaCl), which requires applications to be ported and made available through Chrome Web Store. I'm not aware of any third-party browsers that have been, and I'm not even sure whether it allows JavaScript JIT. Besides, Google has deprecated Native Client in favor of Emscripten, which compiles C++ to JavaScript or WebAssembly.
B. Developer mode, which causes the firmware to display prominent self-destruct instructions for 30 seconds (to the effect "Press Space then Enter for a factory reset") during the boot process.

  you had to be in developer mode to use any native application other than Chrome, and developer mode caused the firmware to display prominent self-destruct instructions for 30 seconds during the boot process. Or what competing

Comment Re:Someone here once posted BPG, it's impressive. (Score 0) 258

BPG is based on HEVC.

Thus making it no better or worse visually than HEIC, which is also based on HEVC intra frames. HEIC's political advantage over BPG, however, is its backing by MPEG.

Fortunately, AV1 is licensed under royalty-free terms

How can the parties participating in AOMedia be sure that no non-participating party holds essential patents that cover AV1?

Comment Because of RTL vandalism (5:erocS) (Score 4, Interesting) 258

At one point, there was a push to make Slash support Unicode better. That ended when vandals figured out how to use bidirectional override code points to spoof moderation scores and otherwise wreck Slashdot's layout. Others used the new code points to post obscene "ASCII art".* That led to a code point whitelist and a halt on further development of Unicode support in Slash.

Rehash, a fork of Slash maintained by SoylentNews PBC, fully supports UTF-8. I don't know exactly what it does with current and future directionality control characters.

* I mean ASCII art in the broad sense: use of characters from other blocks for their glyphs rather than their meaning, in the same way that ASCII art in the strict sense uses Basic Latin.

Comment Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 178

Unless you think that general-purpose computing systems are going away (I don't)

Some people in favor of making computing safer for non-technical users by curating all publicly available software more thoroughly want the general-purpose computer to go away, with the exception of software development companies and software engineering departments of accredited postsecondary schools. See "Lockdown" by Cory Doctorow, "Civil War" by Cory Doctorow, and "On The War On General Purpose Computing" by Jon Evans.

Comment Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 178

From the summary:

Western Digital recently announced that it will be using RISC-V processors in its storage products

thegarbz wrote:

nearly all [companies that fund development of free software and similarly licensed tech projects] do so as a means to an end rather than as an end itself. Designing a CPU is and end.

Designing an embedded CPU is a means. The product in which it is embedded is an end. See, for example, RISC-V in Western Digital hard drives.

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