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Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

mmj638 Nice, but "Razor-Thin"? (369 comments)

Does anyone else think the term "Razor-Thin" has become devalued?

Or am I just a pedant?

more than 3 years ago
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Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support

mmj638 More information. (135 comments)

The summary is terrible. And not just the invalid link.

Here's a more informative link than the one posted by lnunes.

Multiarch is not gonna let you run ARM binaries on an Intel chip or anything like that - nor will it let you run Windows code on Debian. What it will do, however, is let you run x86 compiled binaries on an x64 system. It will also allow for things like mixing armhf and armel code on modern ARM, but for the most part, running 32-bit x86 code on 64-bit x64 (amd64) systems will be the benefit most of us will get.

How will we benefit? You'll be able to run binary-only x86 code on your x64 system. This means Adobe Flash and Skype. Any open source code is fine, because it can be compiled for your own architecture - but for binary-only proprietary software, it may not be available for your architecture.

"But this is already possible" you may be thinking. It is, but it's a nasty kludge at the moment. These packages, when installed on 64-bit systems, depend on 32-bit versions of several system libraries, which are separate packages. There's a series of kludges to make them work, and it's not very flexible.

The heart of multiarch support is a re-designed file system layout which accounts for the architecture of any binaries. So instead of putting some binary libraries in /lib/, it puts it in /lib/amd64/ or /lib/i386/. This is the first step for allowing the same package to be installed for different architectures. Then, dpkg will have to be modified to track packages from more than one architecture on the one system.

more than 3 years ago
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Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support

mmj638 Re:So This Means...... (135 comments)

Multiarch is not going to delay a Debian release. If it could, it would have done so already. Multiarch has been a release goal in some form for years now, but Lenny and Squeeze (2 last releases) went ahead as normal without it, simply because it wasn't ready.

Debian releases will continue to be approximately 2 years apart.

Debian is experimenting with timed freezes, which means the release schedule should be more predictable (although the time between the freeze and the release will still work according to the "when it's ready" principle).

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft

mmj638 Any proof this actually came from Microsoft? (368 comments)

A lot of sites are reporting that this came from Microsoft but don't actually link to anything verifying this to be true.

Can anyone link to something that would back up this claim?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Yanks Several Emulators From App Store

mmj638 Re:sleezeball (190 comments)

BTW the code he stole was from a variety of sources, not just snes9x. And snes9x isn't technically "open source". But my point still stands: by violating the terms of the software license he was stealing code.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Yanks Several Emulators From App Store

mmj638 Re:sleezeball (190 comments)

Where do the major OSS licences forbid you making money?

They don't. You're missing the point. He stole source code from open source applications without attributing it or releasing the source, both of which are required by the license in order to use the source. It was therefore a copyright infringement.

He then made money out of this code which he stole.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Optical Illusion of the Year Contest

mmj638 Even the background image is an optical illusion (79 comments)

I love the background image up the sides of that site - that look like domino pieces of something.

Even that is a pretty cool optical illusion!

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go

mmj638 But you can turn the status bar back on in FF4 (591 comments)

I hate to spoil your rant, but you can turn the status bar back on in FF4.

The trick is in knowing that they now call it the "add-on bar".

In the new menu, go to Firefox -> Options -> Add-on bar. Or press Ctrl+/

The URL preview and download status still won't show in the bar like it used to, but if you want that as well, you can still restore that old behaviour with this addon, as recommend by Mozilla's official knowledgebase.

How's that for configurable?

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go

mmj638 Re:Following Google to Stupidity (591 comments)

Mozilla has been talking about doing this since before Chrome existed.

But as a community it can't exactly do things (or even decide on what to do) very quickly.

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Considering End To Linux 2.6 Series

mmj638 Re:3.0 ? (293 comments)

When I said there won't be any major changes, by the way, I meant no more than there are every single new release.

The kernel changes immensely every release, we just don't notice it because the version number change seems so minor, and because it remains so thoroughly backwards-compatible. But each release of Linux includes probably 20,000 patches.

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Considering End To Linux 2.6 Series

mmj638 Re:3.0 ? (293 comments)

There won't be any major changes. The only reason to do it would be aesthetic.

For the last few years of releases, the first two digits haven't mattered anyway because they haven't changed, and they have no reason to. Linux 2.6.18 and Linux 2.6.20 are two releases apart, and that's all you need to know, so you might as well call them Linux 18 and Linux 20. By that logic we're now on Linux 39.

The problem with this is that they need a fourth number to represent any minor updates to existing versions, eg 2.6.32.28, which starts to look like a mess.

Hence, I'm sure Linus has been itching to drop some of these digits for a while now. What he's proposing here is to go to 3.0, but have the second digit increment every 6 months, not the third. So a minor update to an upcoming stable version would be like 3.0.4 rather than 2.6.40.4

more than 3 years ago
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When it comes to jury service, I ...

mmj638 Have been asked but have declined (528 comments)

None of these options apply to me.

I've been summoned to do jury service a few times, but have declined each time. At the time, I was given the option to decline as I was at college and living 300km away from my permanent address.

more than 3 years ago
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Poisoned Google Image Searches Becoming a Problem

mmj638 Re:web 101: don't run unknown javascripts (262 comments)

It's 2011. Javascript is not optional for the web anymore.

Javascript is also not the problem. It's insecure server-side code that's the problem. XSS is not a Javascript vulnerability, it's a vulnerability with the server side. Javascript is just an actor, not the protagonist. Untrusted Javascript is let onto a server only if the server or its server-side application code is insecure.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: Four Injured In iPad Fight At Beijing Apple Store

mmj638 Oh... (194 comments)

I'm kinda disappointed. From the headline, it sounded like they were fighting each other *with* iPads.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

mmj638 Apple can be evil (465 comments)

Apple has no "don't be evil" motto and it shows

more than 3 years ago
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The Awesome Button

mmj638 Link roulette (80 comments)

TFA is the first link.

I swear, you used to be able to open a Slashdot submission and know which was the actual link to the TFA.

What's with this current trend of camoflaguing links in your text so nobody knows which link is the important one? In this case the TFA link has the text "USB-based human interface devices" which doesn't really indicate you'll find this "awesome button" article behind it. The second one which says "Arduino" is a link to a random Slashdot submission about the Arduino. And the third link, "Teensy USB Development Board" is a link to some supplier of that board.

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME 3 Released

mmj638 Re:lol wut (353 comments)

Holy crap you are right!

Ok I'll have to remember: double right-clicks on links on Slashdot from now on ...

Thanks frustrated clicking!

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME 3 Released

mmj638 Re:lol wut (353 comments)

You're right, the "post anonymously" checkbox is unclickable for me too. In fact I guess that explains why that last comment was posted under my name ...

more than 3 years ago

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Benchmarks of the upcoming Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"

mmj638 mmj638 writes  |  about 4 years ago

mmj638 (905944) writes "With the release of Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" right around the corner, Phoronix have done a review benchmarking its performance against the previous releases 5.0 "Lenny" and 4.0 "Etch". From the article:

"These test results from Debian Etch/Lenny/Squeeze are not too surprising considering our past benchmarks looking at the Ubuntu performance, our five years of Linux kernel benchmarks, and our GCC benchmarks. For the most part, they are what we expected, but if you were hoping for Squeeze to be much faster, you will just have to hope Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" will be better. With Debian 6.0 there is also Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, which makes the Squeeze release more interesting along with the other features provided by the updated packages over the course of the past two years.""

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