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Comment Re:The trouble... (Score 1) 179

WinCE based boot loaders have existed for the past 10-12 years. But there's a problem with them. You can't replace the code at the reset vectors which is necessary to get the deep sleep modes working properly. You can run Linux or BSD on the box, but you'll not be able to suspend the laptop, nor will you be able to easily script the booting. If you are relying on WinCE to do the booting, you're also not able to reclaim that space in the Flash memory either.

Comment Re:This might be useful (Score 2, Informative) 179

Back in the day, the reason that the MobilePro 780 (and friends) had severe limitations running Linux/BSD was due to the design of the hardware. WinCE was installed into mask programmable ROMs. This meant that it was impossible to replace the code at the locations the processors vectored to when doing a reset. This meant that deep sleep was impossible.

These days, the OS is held in flash memory, and can be replaced more easily. Most of the systems I've played with it has been possible to replace things. One big issue, however, is that the WinCE boot loader has a different interface to the kernel hand-off than uboot or redboot. This can be replaced, but can be harder because of protected boot blocks.... I've not reflashed the latest

Comment From my mail server... (Score 1) 543

I've been using a Pentium III 550MHz machine as my mail server for a long time. I installed FreeBSD 4.4R on it when I got it, and other than upgrading the system to Ultra160 disks in 2003 or so, and the OS often, it has been my faithful mail server for about a decade. It is now running the latest FreeBSD 7.x-stable.

% kenv | grep reldate
smbios.bios.reldate="01/15/99"

It has only been in the past 6 months that I've thought about replacing it. It just can't handle the load of spam I get, plus spamassassin and a couple other anti-spam counter-measures. Each message takes about 5 seconds to process on this old iron, and once I went north of 10k messages per day, I noticed the queues starting to grow... While I've also put in place some cheaper rejection rules that have helped bring the queue lengths down. It is slated to be replaced by a harperton 3.4GHz box as soon as I can find the cycles to migrate everything over to a jail on it.

Prior to using this machine, my mail server was a 486DX2/66 with 32M of RAM that I used from about 1995-2002....

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Warner

Comment Re:They're going to do it anyway. (Score 1) 703

Well, if they learn safe habits as teenagers, then they are more likely to practice safe habits as adults. We are sexual creatures, and we do our children a big disservice by not teaching them about sex when they are young. People marry, get divorced, etc. It is a reality of the culture today. Knowing about condoms isn't going to make you more likely to cheat on your wife/husband. It isn't going to make you more or less likely to get a divorce. Those problems come from other areas and pathologies. Pretending that the only time people have sex is when they are teens is insane.... this is a life-long learning issue. One that does society as a whole a big disservice. The Lord taught us certain ways to behave. Be he also taught us that all sinners must be forgiven, and through him they will know God and be saved. Judge not, lest ye be judged, as that old book goes.

Yet, it is ok for a bunch of moralizing do-gooders to damage society in the name of religion and morality? Give me a break. You don't learn morality by always being good. You learn morality by getting burned sometimes when you are bad, even if you learned all about it before you got burned. Bah.

Comment Re:Oooh I've got an idea! (Score 1) 307

To get the flavor of this right, you need to get all your neighbor's to sneak their TV into this neighbors yard. Then have them all call the cops and issue a press release that this neighbor is clearly the head of a TV theft gang. He has stolen so many he can't keep them all inside and has to litter his front yard with them. For bonus points get him arrested for littering and creating a pubic nuisance.
 

Comment Re:A minor point... (Score 1) 345

I've used the various add-ons that make multi-tasking possible on iPhone OS 3.1.2. Of course, I just mean "being able to run multiple GUI applications at once" by this statement, but that's kinda what it means in the popular, non-technical press...

I have a few observations.

First, some applications react very well to running in this mode. In fact, most of the ones I've tried do act well. I can get my facebook updates, have my chat client running, etc. So long as I'm careful with memory usage, things are all fast.

When memory gets tight, things fall apart. Sometimes the app dies, sometimes it gets really slow, etc. I have an old 2G phone, so memory is limited there. I doubt that native support for this would be stable enough to be enabled in iPhone OS 4 by default on the 2G.

Finally, the one reason I'd want this, assuming I had the memory, is that Apple would likely improve the GUI aspects of multi-tasking. There's no notification right now if I get a chat message. There's no mail notification. I'd love to have that stuff be possible while I'm playing a game (or disabled, depending on the game). The various jailbrake add-ons don't address this aspect of things. It is a rough edge in an otherwise highly integrated environment.

Warner

Comment Re:Yes, it does stand as a precedent (Score 2, Informative) 36

Almost correct. While the case precedents exist, they are still not as strong as you'd like because they have never been reviewed. This means they are still vulnerable to being replaced by precedents from other cases that do get fully reviewed. That's the bad thing about this ending in a settlement: since the case never wound its way entirely through the system, these rulings were never fully tested.

So the fact that the case was weak enough for one side to settle is encouraging, but there's still a long way to go before there's a good level of case law on open source.

Comment Re:Old news (Score 1) 560

The problem here is the 55" rule.

I have a 62" TV at home. And if you read the letter of the law, I have to get permission from the NFL to watch the game on my TV. This rule was put in place years ago when *NOBODY* had TV's this large at home (except maybe for the rear project crowd). Now that TV's bigger than 55" are very affordable, lots of people have them, and it will become more of a problem. I'd hate to see a rule designed to apply to .0001% of the population being used as a big revenue stream as technology evolves. This rule needs to change with the times, since the assumptions that anybody who has a TV bigger than 55" must be commercial is no longer valid.

I have no problems with the NFL charging businesses to make money off their public exhibition of the superbowl, mind you, but when it starts to make life difficult for me as a private citizen I start to get cranky.

Comment Re:hmm (Score 1) 316

As someone who worked on the refit to the Loran-C US chains, I can tell you that the secondary transmitters do *NOT* listen for the master station pulse to send out their pulse. It is all controlled by custom hardware that is fed off atomic clocks that are fed off GPS (when available). If the MASTER station goes down, the secondary stations continue to chirp, and most receivers can work out the master's missing pulses.

The stations, transmitters and arrangements of pulses in LORAN-C were all designed to be redundant to failure of one component wouldn't shut down a station or the network.

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