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Comment Re:annual windows (Score 1) 474

I'm fairly certain that the "odd/even" remark was referring to the old Linux kernel practice summarized by Torvalds himself as follows:

2.6.<odd>: still a stable kernel, but accept bigger changes leading up to it (timeframe: a month or two).

2.<odd>.x: aim for big changes that may destabilize the kernel for several releases (timeframe: a year or two)

<odd>.x.x: Linus went crazy, broke absolutely everything, and rewrote the kernel to be a microkernel using a special message-passing version of Visual Basic. (timeframe: "we expect that he will be released from the mental institution in a decade or two").

Comment Re:annual windows (Score 1) 474

Of course there isn't much now. Heck, some of the games that have native Linux ports through their software houses weren't available for Linux on Steam the last time I checked. But I think that's part of why Valve are promoting their Steam beta. If they can say "well, 5000 of our users are using Steam on Linux," they can get a few games ported. If they can say "well, 5 million of our users have Steam on Linux," developers are far more likely to port their games. Given that Valve will be releasing what appears to be a Linux-based console soon, I imagine they're quite interested in getting as many games as possible ported to Linux, and in having them well-tested before the console gets released.

Comment Re:Come on! (Score 1) 492

I don't see why we'd need 128-bit time if we're counting seconds, considering that 64-bit time gets us up to 20 times the current age of the universe (meaning that 95% of the possible negative timestamps aren't just unused, but unusable if our current understanding of the laws of physics is correct).

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.

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