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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

caspy7 Re:Nope (241 comments)

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?).

about a week ago

Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

caspy7 Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

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.

about a week ago

Kim Dotcom's Mega Again Announces Encrypted Browser-Based Chat Service

caspy7 Hello? (40 comments)

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).

about a month ago

FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

caspy7 A Strategic Delay (132 comments)

Anyone else think this is simply an attempt to let the issue calm down and be forgotten by the public?

about 4 months ago

Chromecast Support Coming To Mobile Firefox

caspy7 Re:No Android browser can currently cast a tab (26 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's

caspy7 WebRTC (101 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Foxconn Building Factories In Indonesia

caspy7 Foxconn + Mozilla (75 comments)

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).

about a year ago

Open Source Add-on Rewrites the User Interface of IE11

caspy7 Ohhh (86 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation

caspy7 Let's see it in asm.js (157 comments)

I really would like to see this same setup in asm.js to see how it compares.

about a year ago

Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

caspy7 Re:I stopped using Chrome (260 comments)

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.

about a year ago

6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

caspy7 Re:Helium Leaks (297 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Cisco Releases Open Source "Binary Module" For H.264 In WebRTC

caspy7 Re:Free binaries + free Backdoors! (95 comments)

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.

And another,

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.

about a year ago

Motorola's "Project Ara" Will Allow Users To Customize Their Smartphones

caspy7 How will it handle drivers? (112 comments)

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?

about a year ago

Over 100 Missing Episodes of Doctor Who Located

caspy7 Re:Interesting. (158 comments)

No, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating".

Oh crap, then what's this pile of brown stuff in front of me?

about a year ago

Stephen Colbert and the Monster Truck of Tivos

caspy7 Re:Those 30 tuners? (85 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

caspy7 Re:What about the NSA? (114 comments)

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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