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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

ChunderDownunder Re:Hyper-V anyone? (267 comments)

I'm not saying there aren't use cases just that whether supporting those interests strategically benefits Oracle enough to continue development at anything more than a snail's pace.

If Oracle make there money on _the_server_ then a FOSS desktop application isn't going to receive priority unless a paying customer demands shiny new features. That's the difference with the stewardship of Sun, who acquired various pieces of software and open sourced them for $0 revenue.

yesterday
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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

ChunderDownunder Hyper-V anyone? (267 comments)

It possible VirtualBox isn't receiving much love because MS are including virtualization tools out of the box in current versions of Windows?

Thus what incentive do they have to continue funding it?

yesterday
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

ChunderDownunder Re:Vast... Tracts of Land (205 comments)

Dairy cattle survive just fine eating grass.

yesterday
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

ChunderDownunder Re:Java-Free Like NeoOffice? (145 comments)

If you're saying 'java is evil' then yes, it's distributed by an 'evil' corporation.

But the fact still remains it's a deployment issue rather than a technological one. What Windows needs is a decent package manager.

chocolatey.org

If the standard method for installing software such as libreoffice were using a package manager with a 'private JRE' dependency built from openjdk sources then there would be no need for Oracle crapware.

You may say I'm a dreamer...

yesterday
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

ChunderDownunder Re:Java-Free Like NeoOffice? (145 comments)

You do know the JVM and the browser plugin are two separate things?

Oracle may choose to bundle them together in a fancy installer for Windows but the plugin itself is unnecessary unless you load Applets.

e.g. on debian, 'Java' is packaged as openjdk-7-jre, while Applet functionality is provided by icedtea-7-plugin.

2 days ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ChunderDownunder Re:Not going to disappear quickly.... (291 comments)

Well that's good for the presidential budget - plenty of cheap spare 747 parts for decades!

2 days ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

ChunderDownunder Re:Maybe... (201 comments)

NPAPI is on life support, with Mozilla whitelisting some plugins temporarily

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Plugi...

B2G doesn't support NPAPI and I doubt servo will either.

2 days ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

ChunderDownunder Re: again for the naysayers (201 comments)

Wow you have ANSI color on your terminal?

luxury.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

ChunderDownunder Re:emacs (218 comments)

I once marked CS homework and uncovered cheating for an 'individual' assignment.

A group of students had debug comments in their code - the giveaway? spelling mistakes.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

ChunderDownunder Re:harder to read if there is no consistency (218 comments)

Coding standard adoption can provoke holy wars but at the end of the day, you're a team. Though idiosyncratic decisions irk me, such as prefixing instance variables with underscore. Any decent editor will make such a distinction between scope via colours.

Pretty printing tools and style checkers present in any decent editor will enforce coding standards with minimal fuss.

2 days ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

ChunderDownunder Re:pygame chess is the ultimate (200 comments)

So today's /. project is to implement Go in the Go language?

3 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

ChunderDownunder Re:Ugly as it can be? (208 comments)

It's creating a common skin for phone, tablet and workstation.

modern day ARM GPUs have enough 3D acceleration for eye candy. Simpler rendering conserves battery life, perhaps.

3 days ago
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

ChunderDownunder Re: Really good news! (158 comments)

Posting from Vivaldi. :)

the browser seems to generate revenue from affiliate sites - links on the homescreen and prepopulated with shitloads of bookmarks to online services.

Which doesn't bother me in as much as the default theme is ugly but more importantly, page loading is dog slow.

3 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

ChunderDownunder Re:How do I install DirectX on Linux? (133 comments)

Gallium3D (used by nouveau and others) includes a 'state tracker' for Direct3D. So in theory its possible to port Windows games across.

That's xorg only - I believe Android has a custom NiH framebuffery GL ES approach.

5 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

ChunderDownunder Re:Pedantic, but... (169 comments)

GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux.

Addition commonly uses the symbol '+' . Hence shouldn't that be

"GNU divided by Linux" ?

about a week ago
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Adobe Patches One Flash Zero Day, Another Still Unfixed

ChunderDownunder Re:How about the flash integrated into chrome? (48 comments)

I use firefox for general browsing and paste the URL into Chrome for the remainder of sites that need flash (or choke Firefox's HTML5 video implementation)

Bottom line, Flash is still an attack vector but at least I know I'm conciously invoking it each time rather than relying on the vagaries of a blocker or click-to-play.

about a week ago

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Android forked, apps to run in Java SE

ChunderDownunder ChunderDownunder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChunderDownunder (709234) writes "Android not quite free enough? Dalvik sluggish? Concerned about the Harmony/Dalvik lawsuit? Can't run your favourite app on your desktop? IcedRobot will allow Android to run as a software stack on top of OpenJDK, the standard edition of Java (TM). The obvious target bringing Android compatibility to Meego but also to Windows/Linux/OS X desktops."
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