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Linux 3.1 Released With Support for the OpenRISC CPU

mmkkbb Re:Where can I get one? (165 comments)

TI's OMAP platform uses ARM cores. You can get eval boards for under $200.

more than 2 years ago

Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

mmkkbb Re:Keywhack.. (417 comments)

I like Alpha Baby for the same purpose. For older kids, I have a list

about 4 years ago

When I no longer use a hard drive, I typically keep it for..

mmkkbb Re:Unclear (308 comments)

Yes, if you sharpen them.

about 4 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Claims To Own the 'Sky' In 'Skype'

mmkkbb Re:mais oui! (186 comments)

The listener certainly affects the meaning. What's bitte mean?

more than 4 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Claims To Own the 'Sky' In 'Skype'

mmkkbb Re:mais oui! (186 comments)

No, it means "shit". Crottes is closer to "crap".

more than 4 years ago

Apple Outs Anti-Jailbreak Update

mmkkbb Re:Why does the submitter see this as a bad thing? (429 comments)

Although recently jailbreakme got some legal footing about the legality of jail-breaking a phone, the way they did it was an issue, so it's good that the hole was broken.

Was jailbreaking a phone ever prosecuted as an illegal act? I think that ruling by the LoC is a bit overrated.

more than 4 years ago

If Oracle Bought Every Open Source Company

mmkkbb Re:Hmm (237 comments)

You DO get IP, even if it's free software. Even with the GPL, you could stop distributing old versions and re-license future versions if you control the copyright. Open source projects aren't alone in having employees that will leave in an acquisition, and it's clear that whether everyone leaves after an acquisition is almost entirely dependent on the specifics of the deal. You get revenue from support contracts, and your customers aren't going to switch to a new branch just because of a change in ownership if the new owners are sympathetic, and a new branch may not even come about.

Yeah, there's risk that any of your problems could happen but everyday business is a risk too.

more than 4 years ago

If Oracle Bought Every Open Source Company

mmkkbb Re:Do they need "all of them"? (237 comments)

Oracle already has a J2EE server now that they own WebLogic through the BEA acquisition.

more than 4 years ago

Southwest Adds 'Mechanical Difficulties' To Act Of God List

mmkkbb Re:I think they're right (223 comments)

You know those belts don't indicate actual martial arts skill, right?

more than 4 years ago

Google Engineer Decries Complexity of Java, C++

mmkkbb Re:Not everybody runs servers for a living (878 comments)

Perl would have caught those errors as well, assuming the programmer was not an idiot and used the "strict" pragma.

more than 4 years ago

Condescending Apple Press Conference

mmkkbb This belongs on Idle (7 comments)

It's not news, it's!

more than 4 years ago

The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel

mmkkbb Re:Is it a beer? (228 comments)

German Eisbocks are still considered beers, but at 55% alcohol, this is just really crappy infused whiskey.

more than 4 years ago

Driverless Cars Begin 8,000-Mile Trek

mmkkbb Re:Where? (151 comments)

Modern autopilot technology calls for a crew of a human and a dog. The human's job is to feed the dog. The dog's job is to bite the human if he or she attempts to touch the controls.

more than 3 years ago

4 Cores? 6 Cores? Do You Care?

mmkkbb Re:More Cores, More Power (661 comments)

Exactly. FOr I/O bound tasks a 6-core system with a slower front-side bus could be outperformed by even a single-core system with faster memory bandwidth.

more than 4 years ago

OAuth, OpenID Password Crack Could Affect Millions

mmkkbb Re:Time for a secure strcmp()? (304 comments)

Go back to the beginning of the short string. You know the comparison will fail, so it doesn't really matter as long as you don't follow some random pointer.

more than 4 years ago


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What Open Source project should I work on?

mmkkbb mmkkbb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I need something to program besides work. Resume's here, but I'd like to try something not related to what I've already worked on. I have interests in getting better at Cocoa and Objective C, Java, audio (Coreaudio in particular).

The problem is that I need a problem to focus on. I can't just make my own tool every time. It would be boring.


computing history

mmkkbb mmkkbb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

inspired by the recent article, here is the list of computers i have owned and used:

1.) 1983 - TI 99/4A, bought or received just before TI left the market, so prices were low, but you could still buy carts at Toys R Us. Copied BASIC programs from books, played Parsec, saved but never restored programs from cassette. Went back and forth between color and B&W televisions.
2.) 1987 - Apple IIgs, first computer with a disk drive (one 3.5", one 5.25") and first printer (ImageWriter II). continued writing BASIC programs, wrote own text adventure.
3.) 1994 - Macintosh LC 520 - first CDROM drive, attempted to teach myself C and various advanced dialects of BASIC. ended up installing NetBSD and teaching myself perl instead.
4.) 1998 - UMAX SuperMac S900 - first PowerPC, ran at various times Mac OS 7.6 through 9.1, BeOS 3 and 4, MkLinux (Apple's microkernel-based Linux), Debian PPC, LinuxPPC, and Linux From Scratch
5.) 1998 - SGI O2 - used as X Terminal, CDROM driver frequently locked machine
6.) 1998 - DECstation - used for satellite data navigation work at URI's GSO with #5, ran DEC Unix (aka OSF/1)
7.) 1999 - numerous broken AIX workstations at a computer lab in France
8.) 1999 - Sun Enterprise 450 - main server at URI Electrical Engineering Department.
9.) 2000 - dual Celeron system bought at bargain basement price, alternates between Windows 2000 and Linux before death by capacitor explosions
10.) 2004 - PowerBook G4 - first system in years to only ever boot one operating system
11.) 2005 - Power Mac G3 (Beige) in return for services
12.) 2005 - Pentium II - replacement for #9
13.) 2006 - PowerBook G3 bought off eBay to use as OS9 MIDI box.


great system

mmkkbb mmkkbb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Summary of your recent moderation: 95% Fair

For your poor moderation, you have been assessed a karma penalty.

Thank you for moderating.


hydrogen economy 9/17 - pauloo, caseroc, mark deep

mmkkbb mmkkbb writes  |  about 9 years ago

mixmaster pauloo brought some friends this weekend. short sets because of some transportation issues, but damn this is the finest paul has ever brought down on my head.

for all boston area folks, check out caseroc's night at the wonderbar in allston every friday.

9/23 mkb plays at the appliance of science! 125 river st cambridge, ma!

upcoming guests:

9/24 mixmaster pauloo and dj dublin

you can listen to the recording here:

the hydrogen economy is broadcast every saturday night at midnight US eastern (9PM PDT) on 90.3 WRIU FM in kingston, RI. webcasts are available at WRIU and (most weeks) Dirtyradio.

a podcast rss feed is available on the itunes music store


aaah ahhhhaAAAAAHHHHH

mmkkbb mmkkbb writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Two drops of Daven's Insanity sauce is too much. I have met my match.

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