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Comment The program is useless without the CPU (Score 3, Interesting) 142

Having the exact stream of bytes of an ARM program will do you no good if you place it in an x86 CPU and expect it to run. Or even one variant of an ARM to another with different I/O, timers, etc. Simply transferring entire genomes between far distant organisms on Earth won't work. When the organisms are distant enough from each other there is variance in the code itself (stop codons, etc) and the machinery the specific code will be manipulating must be there to be controlled. Ribosomes vary, organelles certainly vary. In fact it's rather presumptive of us to assume the genetic mechanism must be DNA or RNA when there are probably all sorts of other mechanisms that would work suitably. Even presuming life had a common origin and there was some event that seeded Mars with Earth bacteria (or the other way around) a few billion years ago, doesn't mean there is the slightest chance it's in any way compatible with anything that could be found on Earth today. Very different environments will select for very implementations over those billions of years.

Comment There are different kinds of medical apps (Score 1) 254

The story is casting too wide a net in simply saying "Medical Apps". Apps which help me record or log or communicate should not be strongly regulated (other than following HIPAA guidelines). They are no different than if I were to manually keep a journal or call the doctors office. There is nothing "new" about them other than the convenience. But apps which attempt to diagnose, analyze, or treat an illness should be regulated. Bugs or outright fraud in their capability can directly and seriously impact my health.

Comment Re:Apple's now worse than Microsucks (Score 4, Insightful) 358

Of course you can use YOUR own personal camera to record people in public. But you have no right to take over and use Apple's display computer cameras and use it to record people and upload to the web. This wasn't art, it was rude. We decry the loss of privacy in this country and yet when it's done for "art" some people are shocked that anybody could be upset.

Comment Most replies encouraging ad-blocker miss the point (Score 1) 79

The vast majority of posts I see point out the obviousness of rooting your phone and running any of a number ad-blockers and how great they are. That's no different than someone responding to a regular Joe's desktop Linux complaint with a "Duh, change your config, rebuild your kernel and move on....". You've just lost the average person who might otherwise be interested in playing. The VAST majority of Android users have absolutely no ability or interest in having to "root" their phone, finding a good ad-blocker, and then install it. There are millions of people having a less-than-steller experience, probably not even realizing what's going on and the best answer from the tech community isn't "Let's fix the process", or even "Let's exhort Google to fix the process", but rather an almost patronizing rolling of the eyes and an explanation of how "easy" it is to fix.

Comment From laughed at to "Enemy of the future" in 1 yr. (Score 4, Interesting) 272

Gee a few months ago, they were not taking Apple seriously... Apple "...is not having an impact on Nintendo... I’ve seen data that suggests that while consumers are constantly downloading apps, they play with them for a few times and then they are moving on to the next thing,” Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president, told Kotaku. “Clearly it doesn’t look like their platform is a viable profit platform for game development because so many of the games are free versus paid downloads.” "iPhone and iPad not viable gaming platforms", "Apple games are not even a mouthful" A year ago, Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo was argued that iPhones and Nintendo products were not competitors because they appealed to different people.

Comment Re:Meh.... (Score 1) 218

I think you confuse the point of building a Difference Engine from LEGO.

It was not built in mockery of the original to somehow be useful to compute lower order polynomials. It was built as a serious effort to see how far I could push the limits of a plastic construction toy.

The real Babbage machine is a wonder of any age. The LEGO one, not so much. But it certainly makes people think and it certainly encourages a sense of wonder of what can be accomplished with ordinary things when you set your mind to it.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Has anyone gotten the GPL code for the Samsung TVs 2

Daniel Lamblin writes: When I got my Samsung LN-T3242H 32" 720P LCD HD TV It came with a copy of the GPL, and a statement saying that some software used in the product is covered by the GPL and other software by LGPL. There was also a USB port on the back from which new firmware could be loaded. This excited me and I emailed the address specified with a request for the code, and anything they were willing to give as documentation with it. I believe the GPL specifies that there must be a usable way to build the source too. Well, two requests later, I had no reply. I emailed a Samsung engineer formerly involved in GPL related work, and he forwarded my request to the right people. It seemed. The last I heard, and they did try to keep me updated, was that they're getting it together for me, I should have it soon, and they need to talk to people in Monta Vista. This was in October. I got the TV in June and made requests starting then.

Apparently several, if not all, Samsung TV models have a reference to using some GPL code. This goes back about to 2005, maybe more. Has anyone's request for the source been honored? I understand maybe my TV has slightly different code, and they may be using a VCS to find the right branch, but it would make me feel better knowing that this isn't a black-hole and that someone's actually gotten some code out of Samsung regarding their TV using GPL & LGPL.

PS edit as needed.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Duke's iPhone issues caused by Cisco architecture (yahoo.com)

kidMike writes: The well-publicized "iPhone" problems at Duke University and other institutions have been resolved. Few details are available so far, but it appears the problem is not Apple's, or Duke's for that matter, but Cisco's. Cisco is quoted in the article:

"Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke's network and the problem has not occurred since," the company said in a written statement.


Submission + - Universal Music Declines new long-term iTunes Deal (reuters.com)

alexmogil writes: "Universal has opted not to sign a long term deal with Apple for digital music distribution. Previously, Universal signed a two year and then a single year extension, but now has opted to decline a new two year deal opting to go month-to-month — potentially allowing Universal to sign new deals with other online vendors, or none at all. Universal is the largest music company and produces one out of every three albums sold in the US."

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