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Comment Lies! (Score -1) 91

Says Upton: "We're about to open source all of the remaining closed source ARM code for the Pi. This will make BCM2835 the first ARM multimedia SoC with a fully-open-source ARM user and kernel implementation."

This is obviously a lie. BCM2835 is not the first. This is just marketing buzz.

TI' OMAP and some other vendors SoC are 'open' for long time ago.

Also, I need to point out that in fact, they are just releasing the ARM code. There are several other parts on the SoC (like for example the video decoder) that they didn't include in this release and may not do so in the future.

You can go to Texas Instruments' OMAP website for example and download all the documentation, and completely open source SDKs, including all the ARM compatibility layer and everything you would need for software development on this SoC.

What Broadcom gives us? Well, I have the datasheet downloaded from somewhere else because I couldn't find a link on their Website and thats it. Where are all the docs?

I hope this will be just the start so they

Comment This is not gonna happen. (Score 1) 108

I think it won't happen as the article describes.

TI "spin off" the OMAP and make the Sitara and the DaVinci families ("almost" same features as OMAP) that are used by several "non-mobile" applications. Many people depend on those and I am sure that they need to keep producing and developing for many more years.

Also, OMAP is a SoC that has TI proprietary devices used by other markets, like for example the DSP, and I am sure they are not selling those either.

I think the best deal for Amazon would be to make a partnership and design an exclusive "custom" OMAP (please rename) for their needs and don't sell /that/ to B&N.

Comment Re:Can't get good sound on RPi. Power problems. (Score 1) 202

Forget about buck boost regulators on the rpi. that would increase the cost in 2 to 4 dollars, they should require you to use a regulated +5 VDC power supply that gives *at least* 1A and just wire it up to the USB port. or anything else.

If they don't want to require the use of a regulated power supply, they should just drop in an inexpensive 7805 LDO.

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Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts? 377

First time accepted submitter Jeng writes "I'm planning on sending flash drives to friends and family as stocking stuffers. Rather than just send a blank drive, I'm looking for what good useful free software that I can load on it — from system utilities and encryption software to fun little games." We've asked similar questions before, but software keeps getting better, and so do the prices on flash drives. So what would you give as a gift this holiday season?

Submission + - hAPPY cAPS lOCK dAY!! (capslockday.com)

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Submission + - StarCraft II Released (blizzard.com)

ultranerdz writes: So Blizzard finally released SC2 today. How long will be until they get theis 100e6 dollars back? What is your bet?

Submission + - The Pirate Bay Hacked (thegamersblog.com)

ultranerdz writes: In an interview with security blog Krebs on Security, Argentinian researcher Ch Russo revealed that he and two of his associates discovered multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities on the world's most popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay. They successfully exploited these vulnerabilities to gain 4 million users user names, e-mail, and internet addresses.
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Submission + - Hack Exposes Pirate Bay User Data (krebsonsecurity.com)

tsu doh nimh writes: Hackers from Argentina recently broke into the database for thepiratebay.org, the Internet's largest torrent search engine, exposing user names, Internet addresses, and (MD5) hashed password data on more than 4 million users, according to Brian Krebs. He interviewed the leader of the group, which is also marketing a new browser exploit kit called "Impassioned Framework," as saying they briefly considered what the information would be worth to the RIAA and MPAA, before going public with the breach. From the story: "Probably these groups would be very interested in this information, but we are not [trying] to sell it,” Russo told KrebsOnSecurity.com in a phone interview. “Instead we wanted to tell people that their information may not be so well protected.”
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Submission + - Fedora 13 is out (fedoraproject.org)

ultranerdz writes: Fedora 13 has just been released. It includes some major features like Automatic print driver installation, Automatic language pack installation, Redesigned user account tool, Color management to calibrate monitors and scanners, Experimental 3D support for NVIDIA video cards, and more

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