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Comment Re:This is why you want a walled-off app store (Score 1) 223

Here's a list of devices that either have or will get Jelly Bean.

Also, this page shows a (fairly complete, though I hesitate to say "complete" for the fact that there's almost certainly at least one Android phone/tablet not mentioned on it that exists somewhere...) list of Android devices, including what version they run. It contains 41 mentions of 4.1 and 11 mentions of 4.2.

Comment Re:Prior use (Score 2) 354

Just in case anyone is wondering: the NANP has area codes and exchanges starting with 2-9, which means that 112 would be globally unique on NANP (in fact, 11 would allow the phone system to register that you must be dialing 112, since the only time you'd start with a 1 is when dialing the NANP country code followed by an area code, or when dialing the emergency services.

Comment Re:Why would you want to game on Linux (Score 1) 332

(the Mac Mini and the iMac count as laptops as they use laptop components)

No they don't. The iMac and the Mac Mini are desktop computers (or computers in the fashion of desktops), because that's their use case. Typically, when one buys an iMac or a Mac Mini, the competing products they're looking at are the HP, Dell, etc. DESKTOP lines. Likewise, someone buying a Macbook will look at other Laptops.

Comment Re:Why game on anything other than Windows? (Score 4, Insightful) 332

Perhaps the programmers they have working on the Linux version are better than the programmers they got to do the Mac version? Perhaps they know the system better (e.g. the programmers writing the Mac version are Windows programmers who got reassigned, vs. the Linux version where they specifically hired Linux devs)? Perhaps Valve learned some stuff when porting Steam to Mac that they couldn't apply to the Mac version (because it was too far along), but had the advantage of applying to the Linux version? Perhaps they have another reason to make the Linux version particularly better (rumoured Steam console)?

Point is, there are lot of reasons a Linux port might be better than a Mac port.

Comment Re:That's nice... (Score 2) 108

Have you checked O'Reilly's stance on their ebooks?

Whenever possible we provide them to you in several DRM-free file formats — PDF, ePub, Kindle-compatible .mobi, and DAISY — that you can use on the devices of your choice.

Furthermore:

Lending: If you buy an O'Reilly ebook from oreilly.com, you may lend it to another person, provided that you do not retain any copies of the book after you lend it. This is the same as the situation when you lend a used print copy—when you lend the copy, you deliver it to the buyer and no longer have a copy in your library. If you have bought a hard copy/ebook bundle, you may of course retain the hard copy, if you lend the ebook.

Resale: If you buy an O'Reilly ebook, when you are done with it you may resell it, provided that you do not retain any copies of the book after you sell it. This is the same as the situation when you sell a used print copy—when you sell the copy, you deliver it to the buyer and no longer have a copy in your library. If you have bought a hard copy/ebook bundle, you may of course retain the hard copy, if you sell the ebook.

Comment Re:No SDK forks? (Score 1) 154

It wouldn't even do that much. It would prohibit forking the non-open source PARTS of the SDK. Since the open source licenses would override this agreement for open source components, it would be perfectly acceptable to fork those portions. Furthermore, one could then re-implement the other portions of the SDK.

Comment Re:No SDK forks? (Score 1) 154

IIRC, it's also about how the software is connected. If GPL'd libraries are linked, then the software that links to the library has to be GPL'd (that was the motivation for the LGPL - you don't have to do that). However, if the GPL'd software is a separate executable, it's much less certain (and many would argue that any software can make a process call to GPL'd software without breaking the license). One example of the latter is the Linux kernel. If, by being a "part of a whole", the Linux kernel were to force userland software to be GPL'd, things like TiVo, Android, and binary drivers wouldn't be possible. No MATLAB for Linux, no Firefox for Linux (unless it were relicensed), etc.

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