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Comment Mutually exclusive (Score 1) 773

MP3, H.264 video[...] yes, these proprietary, locked down formats MUST GO!

Those formats are subject to royalty-bearing patents, and the multimedia playing component of iOS makes no provision for similarly capable royalty-free formats.

I can decide quite easily what to install on my device: if I want to install stuff from the Google store, I buy an Android device. If I want to install stuff from the Apple store, I buy an Apple device.

So what do you buy if you want to install something exclusive to the Google store and something exclusive to the Apple store?

Comment coalesce (Score 1) 191

-- coalesce returns the first argument that is not null
select 1 from
table where
(coalesce(?, foo) = foo) and
(coalesce(?, bar) = bar) and
(coalesce(?, baz) = baz)

Comment Farming without a farm (Score 1) 353

Economy of scale. Population density in agricultural areas means your cost per port is huge.

That's why cities should embrace urban horticulture, such as square foot gardens, rooftop gardens, Topsy Turvy strawberry and tomato planters, and the like. One problem is zoning; another is that due to the war on some drugs, authorities tend to assume that this sort of smaller-scale horticulture involves a certain prohibited psychoactive plant. "If we let you grow tomatoes, we'll have to let your neighbor grow marijuana." In addition, there'd have to be some way to reduce demand for meat because growing animals takes even more sparsely populated land. But in any case, bringing more food production capacity within range of wired broadband would reduce the need for living in areas affected by harsh usage caps.

Comment Kernel issues are a slim minority (Score 1) 226

So tell me again how an application suite solves the issue of kernel level multi-tasking support?

That and video hardware support issues were the only kernel-level issues I found when I summarized the article. The vast majority of mentioned points could fit into a new desktop environment targeted at creative professionals.

Comment Color management algorithms are patented (Score 1) 226

And no OS I know of implements the needed algorithms for serious color management.

How much of that is because "the needed algorithms for serious color management" were invented less than 20 years ago, and the patent holders price a license too high for an operating system intended to cover both home users and professional graphic artists?

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