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Comment Compiler Technology (Score 3, Interesting) 260

I was wondering, hypothetically, if somebody where to take the source code of Debian 1.3.1 and compile it with the latest version of GCC and somehow made it compile; I wonder how much faster it will compared to the binary that was released back then. I mean, has compiler technology improved much in the last 14 years when it comes to slow machines like the i386?

Comment Re:If Nokia really wants to remain relevant (Score 4, Informative) 210

1. Ditch the goal of moving Symbian to anything beyond dumb phones with cameras

Many people outside of US still use it and want some compatibility with their old phones.

2. Change the name of Meego to ANYTHING ELSE

MeeGo is just the name of the SDK / developer platform. Most consumers will not see that name when they purchase the phone.

3. Release Meego completely OSS and don't hamper people wanting to go in and tinker

You can now.

4. Start rolling out both (Official stock) Android and Meego on devices and allow for the devices to switch back and forth between the two

You can run MeeGo on N900. I think you can install Android on it too. MeeGo is not ready for any other device yet; not because Nokia doesn't want you to port it, simply because MeeGo doesn't have to features yet to handle any other kind of phone. Nokia doesn't think MeeGo is ready for primetime yet so you will not see it on any other phone for some time.

5. Release a marketing campaign to choose 'the next look of Nokia'

Wait until Q2 2011. I am not allowed to say anything else.

6. Analyze which OS is getting better market traction and phase out the loser

Nokia already said that they are moving to Linux/MeeGo. Qt is the "bridge" to move developers from one to another (just like how Carbon was used to move from MacOS classic to MacOS X). Talking to the people at Nokia, they already consider Symbian to be "legacy" and are already moving to MeeGo.

7.Profit More!

I hope Nokia will.

Comment A few thoughts (Score 3, Informative) 291

I have been using Kubuntu 10.10 for the last 2 weeks. Some impressions:
  • Still haven't fixed a number of dual screen bugs :(. Sad because Fedora 13 fixed them in their KDE.
  • I didn't like how KDE 4.5 changed the buttons so I had to change the coloring system back to KDE 4.4 style
  • Lots of updates; every day!
  • Rekonq still crashes each time I go to google maps. Latest git commit crashes on startup so Kubuntu guys can't do much about it yet
  • Qt 4.7 is awesome. It seems fairly stable despite not being released yet.
  • R600 open source driver still has issues with KDE's window manager (in terms of performance). At least its a little faster. Also, they fixed all the issues it has with Blender3D!

Comment Re:What has this to do with sony yanking linux? (Score 1) 337

It is because of the "order of operations" that is required for the pirates to run pirated games:

Step 1 is for a "hacker" to figure out how to run arbitrary code on the console.

Step 2 is for a "homebrewer" to figure out how to use information from step 1 to make the console run existing/ported applications (or their own application/game).

Step 3 is for a "pirate" to use information from step 2 to make the console play copied games.

The basic idea is that the "pirates" rely on the "hacker" to pirate games. Many people believe that the "hackers" and "homebrewers" were content with the "Other OS" option so they never bothered to try to bypass it which delayed the pirates. Now, with the "Other OS" option gone, the hackers took an alternate and illegal route (as this article implies, using a USB dongle) to run their arbitrary code and now it appears that PS3 has a piracy issue. People can speculate that if Sony kept the "Other OS" option, the "hackers" would never have gone this route and the "pirates" would have nothing to piggy-back on. People like Geohot believe this would happen eventually and the removal of "Other OS" simply catalyzed piracy. Personally, I believe if Sony kept the "Other OS" option, they would have gotten another 3 years before piracy, at which point they would have been looking into their next generation console anyway.

Comment Re:why? (Score 5, Interesting) 234

Actually, a friend of mine came up with a genius idea: write a TI-83 emulator on his TI-83.

What he did was make it look like his calculator was not running any program (just showing the main screen) when in fact it is running a program: his emulator. The teacher could test out with a simple math calculation while under the emulator and it would work just fine. However, when the teacher tries to delete any of the programs he had or try to reset all the data, it would do so only for the emulator, not for the real TI-83 data.

So, right before giving his calculator to the teacher before the exam, he would run his emulator. The teacher would clear the memory of the emulator, but then he would then exit out of the emulator and have all of his real programs intact.

Comment Re:Operating System Feature (Score 1) 225

The problem is that most OSs out there (including Windows, Mac and Linux) are user-centric, rather than application centric (at least, by default). When you run Acrobat, it has the same permissions that you have (which, in many cases, allows the application to do many things). Adobe's solution is to make Acrobat limit itself in what it can do.

If you really want an operating system based solution, you could make a separate "acrobat" user (which doesn't have any read/write permissions), run Acrobat as this separate user and do a "sudo" whenever you want to allow acrobat to read/write to a file on the filesystem. Windows might have a smarter way of doing this, but it is not enabled for the applications you install by default.

Submission + - Is This Really The Future of Magazines iPad apps? (interfacelab.com)

DesiVideoGamer writes: Interfacelab.com has an article about the new Wired Magazine iPad application. The article disects the app and found out the reason behind the 500+ MB size:

Each full page is a giant image — there are actually two images for each page: one for landscape and one for portrait mode. Yes, I'm laughing on the inside too. There is no text or HTML, just one gigantic image. The "interactive" pieces where you can slide your finger to animate it are just a series of JPG files. When you press play on the audio file and see the progress meter animate? A series of PNG files.

The article then speculates that it was originally written in Adobe Flash and this may be a bad sign of what may come to the iPad due to Section 3.1.3 of Apple's licensing terms.

Comment Firefox is now going to look really bad (Score 1) 76

I have spoken to a number of heads of IT about security. They seem to really hate Firefox with a strong passion.

Why? Because they don't inform admins ahead of time if there will be a new patch coming out soon. They release security updates with no warning or set schedule (so admins have to scramble each time there is a new security patch). With IE (via Windows' patch Tuesdays) and now Flash/Reader having a set schedule, Firefox will be the only commonly used software that doesn't have a scheduled security release.

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