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Andromeda Devouring Neighbor Galaxy

kamatsu Re:Shrinkage (60 comments)

Why should we all eventually get back to singularity?

about 5 years ago
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Why Is Linux Notebook Battery Life Still Poor?

kamatsu Linux is a battery drain? (907 comments)

I don't use ubuntu, but for me, my Arch setup with awesomewm lasts almost 1.5 times as long as windows. YMMV.

I think it's more likely that compiz which comes with ubuntu is the culprit here.

about 5 years ago
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Appeals Court Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decision

kamatsu obligatory python (330 comments)

What the hell? SCO really was pining for the fjords?

about 5 years ago
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Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

kamatsu Re:"It's the Network" (745 comments)

1) Battery life lasts up to 2 days on my G1, after I upgraded the radio firmware, perhaps you should try this.

2) Headphone jack is annoying, but it's not a power jack - it's just USB, and there are numerous other phones that do this.

3) My experience with the camera has been good. My anecdotal evidence has just as much weight as your anecdotal evidence.

4) I've dropped my phone on concrete from 6 feet height and it's been *fine*, not even scratched.

5) The display is actually around the same size as the iPhone, but the clunkier design does admittedly make it feel smaller.

about 5 years ago
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DOJ Gives Oracle Approval To Buy Sun

kamatsu Re:Bad deal for both companies (162 comments)

These days, Linux/gcc on ARM are getting alot more attention. I don't think it's fair to say linux is highly optimized for x86 anymore.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Chrome For Linux Goes 64-bit

kamatsu Re:amazing work indeed (168 comments)

Right, so you're going to make a machine-code emitting JIT emit code that works on two different architectures without porting? wow! i'd love to see that.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon, MS, Google Clouds Flop In Stress Tests

kamatsu Re:if i ran slashdot (154 comments)

UNSW's ISP is AARNet which is run by... UNSW.

more than 5 years ago
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Team Aims To Create Pure Evil AI

kamatsu Re:I foresee (527 comments)

I agree that Mao did help to drag China into the modern age (kicking and screaming albeit) but it was Xiaoping after Mao's death and Zhou Enlai beforehand who really set China up as a superpower.

In my opinion Xiaoping and Enlai achieved more amazing feats (against biao and jiang qing and the others in the gang of four clique no less) than Mao did.

Mao also made gigantic economic mistakes such as the great leap forward which led to the deaths of millions of chinese via starvation due to economic mismanagement and an irrational desire to buy nuclear weapons at huge costs to the chinese people.

Still, Mao's role in the original revolution, removing the corrupt kuomintang and unifying, modernising china should not be discounted.

more than 5 years ago
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Dell Considering ARM-Based Smartbooks

kamatsu Re:linux32 wrapper (298 comments)

Firstly, debian already ported most of Linux software to ARM, software availability is not an issue anyway.

Secondly, x86_64 is an extension on x86. Linux32 is just a set of 32-bit libraries compiled against a 64-bit kernel, that allows you to run 32-bit apps, using features of the processor specifically designed to do this. ARM is a completely different architecture and such an approach is simply impossible. The only way to run other x86 applications on ARM are via virtualization, which frankly would be unusably slow on a netbook.

more than 5 years ago
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Dell Considering ARM-Based Smartbooks

kamatsu Re:ARM vs x86 (298 comments)

Exactly. Debian already distributes an ARM version of their entire distribution.

more than 5 years ago
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Dell Considering ARM-Based Smartbooks

kamatsu Re:ARM vs x86 (298 comments)

Debian has a complete ARM distribution including all of those things you describe. It wouldn't be hard for Ubuntu to shift their distribution efforts to ARM. In fact, it's just changing a few lines in a shell script.

more than 5 years ago
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Netscape Founder Backs New Browser

kamatsu Re:Chrome 2 (243 comments)

The porting to Qt isn't really necessary, recent versions of chrome have heavily abstracted the UI so switching to a different platform is a matter of changing a compile flag.

more than 5 years ago
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Danish FreeBSD Dev. Sues Lenovo Over "Microsoft Tax"

kamatsu Re:It might be bad in denmark (318 comments)

Microsoft struck a deal with a Japanese software company and ensured that Windows had perfectly localized versions available in the Japanese market. It took off rapidly and the Japanese market is still more MS dominated than most of the rest of the world.

Europe did have numerous home-grown systems but they were all gradually eclipsed by the cheap and extensible IBM PC which naturally had MS-DOS so Microsoft got a foothold.

more than 5 years ago
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World's First Formally-Proven OS Kernel

kamatsu Re:The Amiga Hand? (517 comments)

The program is formally proven to be correct, where "correct" is defined to mean conforms exactly to the specification.

The specification may not be useful, but it does exactly what the specification says it does.

If I have a detailed specification for an entire operating environment (which this is not) and it is all formally proven to conform to said specification, then I would happily use it over something that had been used alot and didn't crash often. If it doesn't do what I want, then that means my specification was inaccurate.

I think such an application is perfectly justified, but then again I teach postgraduate students how to write haskell in haskell.

more than 5 years ago
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World's First Formally-Proven OS Kernel

kamatsu Re:Thank goodness (517 comments)

It doesn't return anything about success or failure.

more than 5 years ago
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World's First Formally-Proven OS Kernel

kamatsu Re:Thank goodness (517 comments)

Yes.

more than 5 years ago
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World's First Formally-Proven OS Kernel

kamatsu Re:It a bit more complex so don't get too excited (517 comments)

Three: what is left out of this OS is what makes an OS usable in the real world to do real things that people want to do...like work over a network or work with files.

Do you know what a microkernel is, and why they are so forcefully advocated?

more than 5 years ago
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World's First Formally-Proven OS Kernel

kamatsu Re:Now all we need.... (517 comments)

I work at NICTA from time to time. Will raise this with them.

more than 5 years ago

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Labor Party wins Australian Federal Election

kamatsu kamatsu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kamatsu writes "The Australian Labor Party has won the Australian Federal Election with at least a 22 seat majority. Among the ALP's policies is a fiber-to-the-node broadband network nationwide, as part of a plan to improve national infrastructure. Other policies cover areas such as climate change, health and education. The former Prime Minister John Howard has also potentially been ousted from his own parliamentary seat of Bennelong, with Labor candidate Maxine McKew taking a slight margin ahead, however neither party is willing to call the seat until postal votes are counted. The former Prime Minister's anointed successor, Peter Costello, has rejected the nomination to be leader of the opposition and instead will have a brief tenure in the back bench before retiring. This leaves the position of the leader of the Liberal party uncertain over the next few days as members are nominated and elected, with Malcolm Turnbull currently favorited for the position."
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