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New OpenWRT Drops Support For Linux 2.4, Low-Mem Devices

losinggeneration Re:Brilliant (194 comments)

I tend to agree, the potential issue is power consumption (which tends to be higher with x86/x86_64.) My old AMD K5 with 32 Mb RAM, two ethernet cards and a wireless card served me for many years. It was running a minimal Debian with iptables & ssh. I never measured power consumption, but I'd wager it was higher than an off the shelf router.

about a year ago

Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down

losinggeneration Re:Really? (299 comments)

That's how I switched from Arch to Debian on my work machine. Debootstrap works very well (and I had been using it for chroots for quite some time.)

about a year and a half ago

New Arduino Due Brings More Power To the Table

losinggeneration Re:Unfortunately for Arduino (130 comments)

Will you please provide a link to the $1.95 developer board? I'm only finding PIC chips for that price and not a full boards like the Launchpads & Arduinos.

about 2 years ago

Firefox 15 Coming With Souped-Up, Faster Debugger

losinggeneration Re:bloated RAM usage (125 comments)

If you're up to 2GB you're likely seeing a leaky plugin. Firebug, for me, seems to leak. In short, if you're seeing consistent ram usage > 500MB, you should try with all plugins disabled or in safe mode.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 15 Coming With Souped-Up, Faster Debugger

losinggeneration Re:bloated RAM usage (125 comments)

I'm at just over 59 hours, and it's at about 400MB* on a 64 bit Arch Linux desktop. That goes out the window when Firebug is on. It seems to leaks memory like crazy. It can easily climb over 1.5GB* in only a few hours of debugging/development.

*Rough estimates based on top

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3.2 Released

losinggeneration Re:Awesome! (205 comments)

But if I'm using Bash, I obviously prefer a terminal anyways, and have no use for those fancy DE's. Obligatory "Now get off my lawn"

more than 2 years ago

Xamarin's First Mono Release - Proof of Life!

losinggeneration Re:Why the Hatred for Mono? (95 comments)

For OOP though, the terchniques are the same for C++, Java and C# so unless you want them to learn the C#/.NET specific parts (eg WPF, WCF, all the wizard generated bumpf) then or learn how to use Visual Studio, you might as well show them Java instead. The tooling should be better for your platform and I'm sure you can find better example code.

Well, if "MS doesn't make .NET for (his) platform", Visual Studio is totally out of the question. He's most likely on a *nix; so, he'd most likely go with something like MonoDevelop (GTK#) for an IDE and one of these may be chosen for a GUI toolkit (when he eventually gets to that):

If he wants to stick with Pascal, he could also consider Oxygene which also runs on top of the CLR/Mono. This has the advantage of using all the classes already available in Mono, but with a similar syntax.

more than 3 years ago

PS3 "Strong Contender" To Overtake Xbox 360

losinggeneration Re:Fuzebox (276 comments)

That's a joke right ?

I like the fuzebox project. But that's a 8-bit console. That is never gonna sel massively.

But I guess you were talking about community driven hardware and gaming system. I am still not sure these guys will leave well as well. Why haven't we seen a linux ARM-based or x86 based open gaming system appear ? That's basically, buy a computer and 2 USB gamepad and plug them on your TV. the software is mainly written in the GeeXbox. Still no one knows about it ?

Perhaps he doesn't understand what a niche market is. As for a Linux based gaming system, there are things like The Evo 2 from Envision:

I'm not going to say it's a realistic alternative to the current generation consoles, because it's most likely going to appeal to a similar niche market as the Uzebox (Note, the Fuzebox is a specific implementation of the Uzebox.)

*shrugs* I may not like it, but that's just how things are currently.

more than 3 years ago

A Linux Distro From the US Department of Defense

losinggeneration Re:Review (210 comments)

The part of the review I found to be quite funny was this line:

if the Department of Defense wanted to rip off a Windows theme to make their software seem familiar to their employees, why did they pick a look from fifteen years ago?

I guess the reviewer never tried IceWM before since it's looked pretty much exactly the same for about 10 years now.

more than 3 years ago

Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

losinggeneration Re:Attitudes about HURD: why slashdot is irrelavan (463 comments)

I think the fact that Andrew Tanenbaum riduculed Linux in 1993 for being an "outdated architecture", when Minix just got paging working last year after 20 years of development, encapsulates my point completely.

MINIX 1 & 2 were teaching tools. MINIX 3, which is "loosely based somewhat on previous versions of MINIX," wants to not only be a teaching tool, but also be a serious option for small & embedded systems. Also, this new version of MINIX has only been in active development for about six years.

Anyways, I've rambled on enough. You can read more about it here: here and here

more than 2 years ago

Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

losinggeneration Re:And for my next trick... (463 comments)

BSD userland on top of GNU Hurd.

"What the hell do you call an OS like that?"

"I'll call it 'The Aristocrats'"


more than 2 years ago

Rapid Browser Development Challenges Web Developers

losinggeneration Re:why, standards, of course (221 comments)

And that is how you should develop. But, you should, of course test against real world conditions, once you have working code, and not a moment before.
Fix or adjust for the few browser-specific issues that may be left at that point -- they will be far fewer than the issues you create if you code for real world browsers - that's painting yourself into a corner, and pretty much guaranteeing that your product will fail spectacularly when a new browser enters the market.

Which is exactly why you still see web apps that require IE6 and fail for pretty much anything else. They developed for a browser instead of the standard. It's sad that people still try to do this even though history has shown us it's bound to be extremely problematic.

more than 3 years ago

MeeGo 1.2 Released

losinggeneration Re:With sadness... (76 comments)

You must be out of the loop: Intel and MeeGo. Hopefully this release will be well received and Intel will continue their work. Also note, all of the tablet developer preview in this release was totally Intel's doing.

more than 3 years ago

Linux-Friendly Alternatives To Skype

losinggeneration Re:There are no true alternatives (236 comments)

What evidence is there that he doesn't "understand the technologies at play here"?

I was referencing this sentence: "Sure, I could TRY to convince the company to switch to a completely different application that is incompatible with skype, just because I want to use Linux" Which is backwards because Skype is the incompatible one, not the other way around.

The "why", which you are keen to discuss and which the GP didn't even allude to, is unimportant.

For anyone who actually cares about open standards, it is important to point out the distinction I made. I just perhaps was a bit too harsh on PARENA at the time.

With respect to PARENA, it does indeed look like he's quite knowledgeable (based on his reply to me), but used a slightly poor word choice IMO.

more than 3 years ago

Linux-Friendly Alternatives To Skype

losinggeneration Re:There are no true alternatives (236 comments)

You misunderstand the technologies at play here. It's not that other clients are incompatible with Skype, it's that Skype decided to turn its nose to the standards already established to effectively lock in users. Obviously it worked. If they were using standard SIP technologies this would be almost no story here.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

losinggeneration Re:On getting rid of old hardware... (585 comments)

For every piece of old hardware I have, I can usually find a home for it. I have people asking me for leads on stuff like AT power supplies and boards that aren't all PCI/PCI-E.

I had a hell of a time when I was looking for an 8-bit PCI network card for a 286 machine. Ended up finding one from someone who had bought a bunch of old computers from a government auction. To this day I consider finding one for cheap an extremely lucky occurrence.

more than 3 years ago

Android 3.0 Platform Preview and SDK Is Here

losinggeneration Re:This is where Nokia missed the boat (129 comments)

I bet Apple is really kicking themselves over the exclusive contract they signed with ATT.

I thought at the time, AT&T was the only one willing to take the iPhone, with all other carriers turning them away. In any case, they still made a killing off the iPhones.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4, A Huge Pile of Bugs

losinggeneration Re:Who cares about bugs? (481 comments)

Javascript speed is a strange thing to compete so fiercely on. I don't want to calculate fast fourier transforms in my browser.

Heavy DOM manipulation, and the subsequent redraw is where browsers really hit the wall. Opera seemed to be fastest last time I benchmarked.

One thing that I think has many web developers excited is the possibility of creating browser based games that are on par with that of computer & console games of 10-15 years ago. Take for instance the Quake 2 port to GWT. Because this uses WebGL, it's purely Javascript speed that matters and not DOM manipulation.

more than 3 years ago

Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect To See World

losinggeneration Re:Less ad money? (124 comments)

And in the not too distant future, some DRM inside you will disable your movements so you have to watch the ads

more than 3 years ago


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