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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • What prevents me from installing Linux on a XBox 360?

    W3bbo said:
    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    *snip*

    Don't forget the new "slim" PS3 doesn't run Linux anymore, and it drops back-compat with the PS2 (since the earlier PS3s actually contained the same graphics hardware as the PS2 specifically for backcompat).

     

    I don't get why Sony gimps the GPU access on the PS3 though. I understand why they don't want to give out full capabilities to 'enthusiasts' but it seems particularly stingy. Couldn't they just rate-limit it or something?

    If they gave access to the GPU, people/game companies would start writing games for PS3 Linux and thus bypassing the mandatory license fee/royalty payments for making console games. That is a big part of the business model for consoles (sometimes the consoles themselves are sold at a loss). Even with all the restrictions, some scientific labs were buying up PS3s by the truckload to build inexpensive beowulf clusters. I'm not sure Sony liked that very much.

  • Suspciously cheap

    CreamFilling512 said:
    ManipUni said:
    *snip*

    TV licenses are interesting, from an American perspective, in that it's something that would NEVER happen here.  It would be instant political suicide to create something like that.

    In the USA we perfer to bundle our Public Broadcasting Service license fees with federal income tax. Smiley

  • Windows 7 was *my* idea

    Man sues Microsoft for taking his idea without permission.

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    AndyC said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    Netware was pretty awesome back in the day, I'd be stunned if Novell didn't have a raft of patents that apply to system management technologies that would be very useful for Microsoft to license with regards to Active Directory and System Center.

    And it would seem that way right? I mean, it makes perfect sense for Microsoft to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for a temporary license on a fairly small patent pool. But that is the fringe theory in this case. It looks to me that most of the Internets is to subscribing to the second theory.

     

    How much do you think Amazon's 1-Click pending patent is worth?

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    stevo_ said:

    fyi, selling some tinfoil hats if anybody is interested.

    Everyone knows tinfoil does nothing to black the NBA's electromagnetic mind control waves. Perplexed

  • Linux question

    CreamFilling512 said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    They don't offer it because they already offer a proprietary protocol which works much better...with Outlook and Windows Live Mail.

    IMAP works just fine, and it has the added advantage of being supported by more then 2 e-mail clients.

  • What prevents me from installing Linux on a XBox 360?

    Shining Arcanine said:
    W3bbo said:
    *snip*

    How would this revocation service work? Is there something inside of the XBox 360 that would cause it to connect to Microsoft's servers to get new keys, even after its software has been replaced with custom software like Linux? If that is the case, what stops someone from spoofing Microsoft's servers to issue new keys?

     

    Minh, I think it would be educational for me to attempt to work with the signature rather than around it. Do you have any advice on how I would use Microsoft's key file assuming I had it? Also, do you have any suggestions (e.g. read x book and apply what it says to y signed file) for how I would determine the contents of Microsoft's key file?

    The key is secret, as Minh said, probably guarded by at least 10 German Shepards. Did you manage to acquire it? I don't think there was ever a case of a hacker discovering the private key for a console. The original Xbox was cracked open pretty damn hard. But it was done so by utilizing a buffer overflow hack.

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    PaoloM said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    Wow.

     

    Seriously? You seriously believe that? 

    Well at least that is what Microsoft wants people to think.

     

    Novell got a license for pretty much the same thing, and they are required to pay license fees to Microsoft. But we have more information on the Novell/Microsoft patent deal.

     

    The funny thing about the deal is that Microsoft is required to pay Novell license fees back, at over 10x the rate Novell pays Microsoft. So what is billed by Microsoft PR as "Novell is paying us for a license", is really "we are paying Novell an ungodly amount of money". Could Amazon have a similar arrangement? Who knows.

     

    So what exactly does Microsoft obtain by funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into Novell? Are Novell's patents really that scary to Microsoft? Maybe.

     

    Or is the built in FUD that comes with "major Linux vendor pays Microsoft for selling Linux" headlines worth hundreds of millions of dollars? Wink

     

    You be the judge.

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    Slashdot conversation on this matter: http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/02/23/1231255/Microsoft-Amazon-Ink-Kindle-and-Linux-Patent-Deal?art_pos=5

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    PaoloM said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    That does not have any relation with the matter at hand.

     

    Do you or do you not think that Amazon knows exactly what they're paying for?

    I figure they are paying for "the ability to not be sued in relation to our use of Linux technology". Are they licensing specific patents? Even the Microsoft press release doesn't claim that. Microsoft PR made sure to mention Linux and open source specifically as part of what Amazon is "covered", but they didn't claim Linux violates any specific patents. 

     

    It's a secret cross-licensing deal, but made public (???) by Microsoft (not Amazon). Why does Microsoft make these announcements public? Because that's part of the FUD strategy.