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A 32-bit Development System For $2

Klivian Re:This (138 comments)

Or the TI LAUNCHPAD boards, they are Cortex-M4Fs and quite capable.

about 4 months ago

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Klivian Re:Not a market back then (272 comments)

Microsoft had tablets before they became popular, too, but they didn't kick off the tablet craze.

They did not become popular, but the major factor for that was simply price. Those tablet was ridicolusly expesive, they cost 3-10 times a similary specced laptop(CPU/RAM/Disk). What was sold, was geared to special user scenarious suporting dedicated use cases. Not general consumer use.

Had affordable devices been avalible, the form factor would have had much more success earlier. Wich again would have led to better touch UI, by evolution. The market side would have ended up close to todays levels, but not with the expolsive growth. But a 5-10 years head start would have evened that out.

about 5 months ago

The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

Klivian Re:The future could be all in the fabs (111 comments)

For anything designed the last 5 years it's more than likely that those pesky old 8051s have been replaced by ARMs, Coretex M0s, M3s and M4s

Actually, its not. For many applications, this would require rewriting of the software stack, for a chip with roughly the same die size and possibly less funcionality. 8051 is a microcontroller, not a microprocessor.

And that is exactly what those ARMs are, they are microcontrollers. It's several years since the ARM microcontrollers started to dip below the $1 pricetag becoming a valid cometitior in most microcontroller designs. Those cheap ARMs have more or less taken over the market for 16 bit micros, and are doing heavy inroadds in the typical 8bit martkets. If you have started a microcontroller based design the last 5-10 years and not included one or more ARM microcontrollers in the evaluation process, you have not done it right.

about 7 months ago

The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

Klivian Re:The future could be all in the fabs (111 comments)

I would bet you have more 8051 microcontrollers running *today* than the whole sum of their desktop chips, including the low power, embedded/hardened lines.

Perhaps, depending on the age distributon of the equipment. For anything designed the last 5 years it's more than likely that those pesky old 8051s have been replaced by ARMs, Coretex M0s, M3s and M4s. So a more accurate statement should be"I would bet you have more ARM microcontrollers running *today* than the whole sum of their desktop chips, including the low power, embedded/hardened lines.

about 7 months ago

Samsung Laptop Bug Is Not Linux Specific

Klivian Re:memo to hardware producers (215 comments)

Or you could just skip the EEPROM and use a FRAM insted, they are just as cheap an have a quite nice 10^15 or higer write limit.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft To FTC: Don't Tell Us How Long To Retain User Data

Klivian Re:Anonymous Coward to FTC: (76 comments)

Well, what Microsoft is saying here is that FTC might not know how long the data needs to kept for things to work.

If this is the case, the software is completely broken and need to be redesigned or scraped.

Besides from a user point of view Microsoft does not provide any services where where storing of privacy data are needed at all(Apply to Google too). Obviously this does not include a regular customer database, as this is not what the FCC discuss in this case and such databases have already some regulation in place. What FCC discuss in this case is user profiling/spying.

more than 3 years ago

Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

Klivian Re:So much for Ubuntu meaning humanity towards oth (374 comments)

Scrounging for loose change indeed. Seems like Canonical is feeling the effect of a failed and lacing business plan, and start to get desperate. Hype does not generate revenue after all.

more than 3 years ago

Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

Klivian Re:Flamebait, not (374 comments)

Uhm, no. That is not correct RTFA. As it is, the Banshee developers elected to disable the store by default, preferring it to Canonicals split deal. The Banshee developers decided that requiring the users to manually activate the store, but giving GNOME a 100% cut was preferable. Canonical asked the developers to choose from 2 options, but when their choice was not what Canonical wanted they simply did the opposite anyway.

more than 3 years ago

Why the Arduino Won and Why It's Here To Stay

Klivian Re:Arduino programming language (224 comments)

Lots of interesting stuff out there in the world of micro-controllers, and now lot of it get available at reasonable prices. Not only as those dreaded $999 development kits.

If you look for something more powerful the STM32VLDISCOVERY, is a nice alternative at about $10. You get a modern and powerful ARM Coretex M3 with 128 KB Flash and 8 KB RAM. With lots of nice peripherals included.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Releases Qt SDK For Mobile Development

Klivian Re:Alternatives to C++ (76 comments)

I wish Nokia provided some better alternatives to C++ for development on Symbian.

That is exactly what they just did! The way Qt extends C++ gives you a fast and powerful development environment, surpassing plain C++ big time.

more than 4 years ago

The 4G iPhone's Finder Reportedly Located

Klivian Re:Sold Stolen Property to Highest Bidder (404 comments)

The owner then has 90 days to claim the property. Id. 2080.2. If the true owner fails to do so and the property is worth more than $250, then the police publish a notice, and 7 days after that ownership of the property vests in the person who found it,

Funny thing is, that if he had done that and delivered the phone to a local police station. It would more likely than not have been tossed into a lost and found bin, and become legally his after those 90 days. The phone was already disabled and contained no owner name, and barring the police officer receiving it being a hardcore Apple fan identifying it as a prototype, there was no obvious way to identify the owner. It would be handled like any other found phone, the police registering it and logging the name of the person turning it in. They would not care or bother with any further investigation as they have much more important task to handle. Combined with Apples taste for secrecy, it's not likely they would send people to surrounding police stations asking for the phone.

more than 4 years ago

Gizmodo Blows Whistle On 4G iPhone Loser

Klivian Re:What's the point? (853 comments)

Seriously, how does this further harm the guy who lost it

Depend on Apples reaction on him loosing the device in the first place, but it's fairly likely he does not work there anymore. Then it's rather harmful.

Not too cool trying to get a new job known as the guy who lost a secret prototype of his former employers in a bar. Not exactly something to highlight on your resume.

more than 3 years ago

KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

Klivian Re:Can I put my taskbar at top now? (368 comments)

You don't have to interact with Plasma all the time. You can have a old fashioned desktop and a taskbar/panel, and not be bothered with widgets and Plasma stuff.(Technically both the desktop and taskbar/panel are Plasma widgets, but that's really only a implementation detail you don't have to bother with).

First set your desktop containment(activity) to be a FolderView rather than Desktop(Desktop Settings->Appearance). Then select lock widgets.

You now have a plain regular desktop where you can put documents, no decoration pop up around widgets and the configuration button in the lower right corner is gone laving the space free for you and fits law.

more than 4 years ago

KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

Klivian Re:Is it time to look yet? (368 comments)

Or open System Settings and select Default Applications. Choose file manager and select Konqueror, then press Apply.

more than 4 years ago

First Tablet Using Pixel Qi Screen On The Way

Klivian Re:1.7 lbs is heavy (97 comments)

The weight is not a problem, it's not really something you are going to carry around like a phone. As you say, it weight slightly less than your netbook which is a device with some of the same use cases. A pad like this will be a more stationary device, used for leisure net-surfing and light reading. The people behind the Crunch-pad had the right idea, coach computing. The main use for such a device will be in living room chairs or sofas, flipping trough web pages. For such use the keyboard and mouse/trackpad solutions on laptops/netbooks are just in the way, a good sized touch device will be much more usable. The biggest problem on this device will be the screen, it's on the small side with it's 10". A 11-12" would be a better fit. And it does not have a very good resolution either.

more than 4 years ago

A Critical Look At Open Licensing For Hardware

Klivian Re:I don't see any difference between software... (123 comments)

Of course, building/prototyping hardware CAN be more expensive, but thinking of software development as "cheap" just because you can get a PC for ~$200 - yeah, well, no... not really.

You got it, building and prototyping hardware is more expensive period. Software development will always be cheaper on matching complexity levels. Even disregarding the ~$200 PC, going for a ~$1000 and adding a ~$50000 for development tools, you will still always come out ahead with SW development. Decent tools for hardware development does not come cheap, and considering the free tools for sw development its easier to cut cost there.

And after the initial investment, you only burn man hours with sw development. The compile-debug-compile cycles only cost time, where in hardware development each successive round of prototypes add the cost of parts and production. Not to mention the delay after the prototype design is finished until you get the produced part. If you think a 20min compile time is bad, try waiting one to eight weeks for your prototype before you can start testing and debugging it.

more than 4 years ago

openSUSE 11.2 Released

Klivian Re:Finally (207 comments)

The "finally" is a bit strong, since it has been there for a while.

Using zypper dup worked flawlessly upgrading my 11.0 installs to 11.1. So I'll say you are at least one release to late with that one.

more than 4 years ago

Trust an Insurance Company's "Drive-Cam?"

Klivian It's simple (480 comments)

Privacy issues and other consideration does not matter, it boils down to one simple rule, never trust a insurance company!

about 5 years ago

CentOS Administrator Reappears

Klivian Re:More likely (211 comments)

As CentOS is a repackage of RHEL, you should have at least one RHEL license if you are doing anything close to mission critical. If you get a problem on one of your CentOS servers, you can recreate it on your RHEL server, and get support from RedHat. Subsequently when the bug gets fixed, also get the fix for your CentOS servers.

For anything mission critical it's insane not to do that, otherwise you are gambling that not only some random RedHat customer get the same problem as you, but also that they report it so it has a chance to get fixed.

And in case you get a problem on CentOS that do not exist on RHEL, I'm betting the CentOS developers are quick to help fix the issues.

more than 5 years ago


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