top Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
Wait, isn't Tizen supposed to be able to run Android apps?
If that's the case then it might not be as hard to tempt devs if all they need to do is list on Samsung's app store while they attempt to sweeten the deal in other ways (higher margins? free spa treatments?).
top Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
In essence the only remnant of Maemo/Meego is Sailfish, the continuation of Mer.
I feel like I need a Tolkienesque chart to keep up with this.
top Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash
Hopefully by that point project Shumway will have arrived.
top Kim Dotcom's Mega Again Announces Encrypted Browser-Based Chat Service
Why not Mozilla's Hello service?
It's browser-based, encrypted, open source and P2P.
You do currently have to use Firefox to generate the initial URL to share (but that will hopefully be remedied in the near future).
top FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold
Anyone else think this is simply an attempt to let the issue calm down and be forgotten by the public?
top Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch
Samsung killed most of their Tizen team
You'd think this would have made the news.
top Chromecast Support Coming To Mobile Firefox
I wish you were right, but I've spoke with one of the main developers about this and Firefox is indeed using the SDK.
Unless Google opens up things on the desktop, Firefox will likely not be getting Chromecast support anytime soon.
top FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's
We will likely see an increase of client-side encoding VP9 through WebRTC.
Let others debate the extent of use, but browser-based video chat and screencasting will likely increase. This should pop many I've-never-encoded-a-video-before cherries. The usage of VP9 will not be solely for 4k videos.
top Foxconn Building Factories In Indonesia
Criticize the technical merits all you like, but Mozilla's partnership with Foxconn to produce inexpensive phones may turn out to be very strategic (for both parties).
top Surrey Hit With Catnado
It was Q.
top Open Source Add-on Rewrites the User Interface of IE11
I feel like my response is supposed to be "Ohh!
That's what it would look like if it were different!" But the reality is that I didn't have much of an idea of what it looks like now.
top Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation
I really would like to see this same setup in asm.js to see how it compares.
top Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January
Why does everyone assume that Google is the only game in town for funding Firefox?
Firefox has 1 out of 5 users on the internet. If Google lost Firefox it would be significant. They really wouldn't want to lose it. Microsoft would love to have Firefox's default search area (and love taking it from Google) and they've repeatedly demonstrated their ability and desire to throw gobs of money at a product until it succeeds (or clearly fails beyond redemption) - and Bing is one of those products. It seems like few people made the connection when Microsoft partnered with Mozilla to release a version of Firefox "powered by Bing search". Just a month or so later Mozilla announced their three year, $900 million search deal with Google. It seems clear that Mozilla either just before, or during, negotiations with Google demonstrated their ability to pull the trigger with Microsoft. Google does not want to lose Firefox, but further would hate to lose it to MS. Either way, even if they did, Mozilla would not go hungry.
top 6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight
And when they al start failing at the same time with the same fault, and you lose your 3rd drive in your 8 drive raid 6 in a few hours?
Best start praying to the god of whatever alternate dimension you've stepped into because someone just handed the laws of probability an anvil.
top Cisco Releases Open Source "Binary Module" For H.264 In WebRTC
Eich often does a good job of intelligently addressing questions in the comments. I strongly encourage looking through them to learn more.
In reply to one question about the binaries he replied:
...because the BSD-licensed source code is available at
http://www.openh264.org/, you and others can verify the compiled bits come from that source, no malware or spyware added. We will organize community auditing of this sanity check, and the binary modules will be cryptographically signed so Firefox can verify their integrity.
great question, and it applies to Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers. But in the case of Firefox for Linux at least, and for Cisco’s OpenH264 binary modules, we can audit: get matching revision of the open source, compile with the same (bootstrapped from open source) clang or gcc toolchain, and compare bits.
It appears we can have a good amount of confidence that what's in the code is what's in the binary.
top Motorola's "Project Ara" Will Allow Users To Customize Their Smartphones
I'm curious how they will handle the driver situation in Android.
As I understand it the specific drivers for your device's hardware are package (compiled?) with the OS, making it infeasible to swap out parts. Perhaps drivers could be stored in updatable firmware on the modules?
top Over 100 Missing Episodes of
Doctor Who Located
No, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating".
Oh crap, then what's this pile of brown stuff in front of me?
top Stephen Colbert and the Monster Truck of Tivos
I checked the site and I think this bears repeating: The tuner in question is approaching
a quarter of a million dollars in costs (perhaps more depending on the '+' part of '30+').
At that rate, wouldn't it be more economical to pay a hacker to build/design one based on MythTV that pulls off the same features (then whip out another or upgrade when you need it)? Heck, you could hire a couple MythTV developers.
top Google Claims ChromeCast Local Streaming Only Broken Because of SDK Changes
I think it's a good time for us all to take a step back and reflect on the (many very reactionary) comments made after the "Google breaks Chromecast" story the other day.
http://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/13/08/25/2254208/google-breaks-chromecasts-ability-to-play-local-content about a year and a half ago
top Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail
Persona has been designed to be fully decentralized. Mozilla plans to be removed from the equation. So that should really help to up the anonymizability (suck it spell check!) of the system.
about a year and a half ago
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