* Posts by xylifyx

25 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Feb 2014

Raspberry Pi on IPO plans: 'We want to be ready when the markets are ready'


Stick / stuck with ARM

I understand that if you want to do more than stick a capable SOC on a print board and produce it in volumes, it requires investments. However if you strategy is more aligned with the share holders and keeping the price of your stocks high and not aligned with the needs of your customers and the future you believe in, trouble will be ahead. Also shareholders may have agendas, will you be able to build RISC-V boards with custom extension when ARM is a shareholder?

Swedish Tesla strike goes international as Norwegian and Danish unions join in


Spreads to Germany

I hope he realizes that this will not be contained to the nordics if it drags on. Danish unions have indicated they are in contact with IG Metall in germany about the matter. Germany, where the Tesla factory is.

Cloud is here to stay, but customers are starting to question the cost


Depends on the operator

If you ditch the larger public cloud providers and choose something like Hetzner, you get most of the advantage, higher performance for a fraction of the cost.

GNU turns 40: Stallman's baby still not ready for prime time, but hey, there's cake


It's the GPL

A BSD derivative would never have gotten as far as Linux has done over the years, one of the reasons is the license. The GPL forces customizations and modifications into the open and brings value to other users with similar requirements. It even makes fierce competitors able to work together because they know that your competitor will also share their code. The BSD license doesn't have that. The greater focus on cleanliness of code in BSD does raise the bar for getting code accepted into the kernel.

Red Hat strikes a crushing blow against RHEL downstreams


Re: Canonical

They would be dead the minute they even suggested it.


Re: GPL violation

What they should do is cherry pick the equivalent patches from CentOS stream which is not contaminated.

That you will still be able to with a Redhat license.


Re: recipients of their binaries

You dont need to distribute the source, do some analysis and cherry pick the patches from CentOS stream that is equivalent. It might be possible to automate it.

Just because on-prem is cheaper doesn’t make the cloud a money pit


Which cloud provider

In a major public cloud you will not get the same performance as raw metal unless you pay $$$

There is a middle ground here, host your server at a smaller provider that specializes in such thing. Hetzer does have traditional cloud instances but also cheap raw iron. What they don't have is managed services like S3 though.

Waiting for speedy broadband? UK's Openreach prioritizing existing work over fiber expansion


Let utility companies do the work when they dig anyway

They shouldn't pay the cable just put it in the ground, just put the cable in the ground when they dig anyway. Then, after some years, it is ready when a fiber company wants to connect to a home.

India follows EU's example in requiring USB-C charging for smart devices


Re: I look forward to the USB-UK version

One of the good thing about Brexit is that all the EU bashing can be ignored like if your old grandfather says something racist or misogynistic.

South Korean regulator worried Apple, Google, may be working around app store payment choice law


Re: Competition is the basis of capitalism

In app payment has nothing to do with appstores. They may share a payment system or not.

The economy behind appstore is interesting but in- app payment require much more innovation than app store payment which can probably do with current models.

Lack of good payment systems means that ads are the only realistic source of income for many types of apps.


Re: Competition is the basis of capitalism

There are so many opportunities not possible with today's archaic payment systems. Micropayments and freemium business models are a good match. User to user payments. It does not and should not look like anything we know. However monopolies block it.


Competition is the basis of capitalism

If Apple and Google cannot compete with third party payment systems it is their fault. We need a free market, not a monopoly tax. It is up to third party payment systems to be smooth though so it will not be a hassle to use.

RISC-V CTO: We won't dictate chip design like Arm and x86


Re: No there weren't

One of the reasons Linux has succeeded in so many areas is that it uses the GPL license. It requires that you must provide the source code to any interested customer of your product. The network effect of that has proved essential and it is something the BSD world doesn't have.

Does the RISC-V community have something similar to the GPL? The ability to remix customizations.

Microsoft wins JEDI contract, Amazon complains. Amazon wins NSA contract, watchdog says Microsoft right to moan


Re: US Gov Buys Google

It might not be as ridiculous as it sounds, if you replace Google with GCloud. Google is working on providing Gcloud as an on-prem solution.

This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead


Boing 737 Phoenix would be an appropriate name


Re: A new name you say.

Boing 737 Phoenix would be an appropriate name

Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun


Re: Java is dead

The best way to monetize Java for Oracle and the best for everybody would be to sell it. If not, it is perhaps time for a fork of OpenJDK after JDK9.

Companies that do aggressive license enforcements should be avoided like the plaque and Oracle is one of the worst.

Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out


Re: I don't get it

Hasn't the situation changed because Chrome OS will use the OpenJDK based runtime. Android will then have a Java license, the open source one. GNU General Public License, version 2 with the Classpath Exception.

If smartphone makers needs to close source the Java libraries, they will need a license from Oracle to do so. Or they could just GPL+Classpath the changes.

Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?


Re: Because they are dying and know it.

The Google infrastructure is so important that Google is too big to fail. My take is that in 10-15 years it will get split up Standard Oil style and some of it nationalized and turned non-profit.

Google snoops on kids via Chromebooks, claims EFF in FTC filing


Thought control

Are students at risk of getting a NSA file if they write about controversial subjects? This might jeopardize a possible future career in the government or trouble at airports.

EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole


Geoblocking is friction on the cultural exchange between EU countries and makes the borders stay whereas the EU wants borders to blur. That is perfectly reasonable when you want a single european labor market. Why shouldn't you be able to watch your favorite show in your favorite language or subtitles if you moved from one part of the EU to the other. This is EU classic at its best. Keep it up.

Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?


Re: Why Divide by Seven?

Yes but a decimals are rounded at a certain point. Who collects the tail of the decimals? Let me guess, the same people who decided on the 7 way split.


Re: No change

Follow the money, who collects rounding error difference.

Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'


Great opportunity for Cyanogenmod

It will be interesting to see if the drivers are open enough to support Cyanogenmod. Then we will finally get what a lot of people have missed, Nokia hardware with Android on, real Android that is.