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Comment Re:Google is still #1 (Score 0) 118

On their own hosting? You mean Google Code?

Google Code Project Hosting offered a free collaborative development environment for open source projects.
In 2016 the service was shut down, see this post for more info. Projects hosted on Google Code remain available in the Google Code Archive.

Comment Re:Apple invents (Score 1) 311

Here's a direct quote from Apple:

We’re trying to make great products for people, and we have at least the courage of our convictions to say we don’t think this is part of what makes a great product, we’re going to leave it out. Some people are going to not like that, they’re going to call us names [...] but we’re going to take the heat [and] instead focus our energy on these technologies which we think are in their ascendancy and we think are going to be the right technologies for customers. And you know what? They’re paying us to make those choices. [...] If we succeed, they’ll buy them, and if we don’t, they won’t, and it’ll all work itself out.

Now, guess what they're talking about? Removing the headphone jack from the latest iPhone? No, this is Steve Jobs from 2010 talking about having the courage to not support Flash on iOS. Many, many people were up in arms at the time, however history has shown us all that whilst this was a tough decision to make, we're all now better off because of it.

Comment Of course this is the reason. (Score 2) 311

And, forcing everyone to use bluetooth, so they can sell more Beats bluetooth headphones, is exactly why there's no way to plug regular headphones into the iPhone 7. This is why they don't even include a free adapter in the box with each and every single iPhone.

Oh, hang on a minute...

Comment Re:For what, the last 20 years? (Score 1) 212

According to Wired - http://www.wired.com/2016/08/a...
Apple are buying iPhones, made in China, by an Irish subsidiary and then selling them from their Irish subsidiary to US distributors, so the profits on the sale of the iPhones is booked through Ireland - although Wired don't explicitly say that it's US distributors, it could be their EU disties instead...

Comment Re:For what, the last 20 years? (Score 3, Insightful) 212

Yes, but if by some magic process of having my brother, who is a foreign resident, send me an invoice for "services rendered" or "brand licensing", and I paid this invoice and claimed back all of the the tax I'd otherwise need to pay on the expense, when all my brother is doing is holding the cash on my behalf in a low-tax jurisdiction, then we'd have a situation akin to what's going on with Apple, Google et. al.

Comment Re:Data rate or transmission delay? (Score 1) 107

I'm guessing that the throughput is slow enough that sending a command to the spacecraft takes 20 seconds of tx time - e.g. it might take 10 bytes to send a command and are getting a data rate of 4 bits per second.

Latency isn't as much of an issue in this case, as once they send the wake up command, they can have the other commands in flight on their way to the satellite, but it's going to stop listening and do something they don't want it to do ~2 minutes after it gets the wakeup command - likely due to a fault with a sleep timer or similar.

Comment Re: Inexcusable (Score 4, Funny) 157

[user@localhost ~]$ ping yvan256.amish.org
PING yvan256.amish.org (144.131.380.158): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 144.131.380.158: icmp_seq=0 ttl=59 time=14.368 hrs
64 bytes from 144.131.380.158: icmp_seq=1 ttl=59 time=11.156 hrs
64 bytes from 144.131.380.158: icmp_seq=2 ttl=59 time=12.062 hrs
64 bytes from 144.131.380.158: icmp_seq=3 ttl=59 time=11.772 hrs
64 bytes from 144.131.380.158: icmp_seq=4 ttl=59 time=11.867 hrs
^C

Comment Re:The problem with FreeDOS... (Score 4, Insightful) 211

Have an old legacy proprietary DOS program that you need for your business? Then throw it into /dev/null, and hire some talented programmers to write a modern free open-source replacement for GNU/Linux, that will get published on github.

Why, that just sounds like an absolutely wonderful idea. Why would anyone insist keeping on using some old software that has been paid for many moons ago, and we all by now know exactly where and when it does and doesn't work because it's been doing the same task for 20 years? Why not instead pay thousands and thousands of dollars for someone to attempt to write a replacement for it, possibly reverse-engineering a proprietary and undocumented hardware interface (costing thousands and thousands of dollars more more in time) only to give it all away to the handful of other people on the planet who also use the same version of WHATEVER.EXE that I'm using?

Yep, what a smashing idea!

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