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  • The Year of the Linux Desktop

    @DeathByVisualStudio: weird, there was an article not too long ago painting an entirely different picture.

    Politics might be a major driving factor here: since April 2014 Munich is ruled by an SPD/CSU coalition (after decades of undisputed SPD majorities) and, apparently, the CSU opposed the project back when it started.

    So, while this will obviously constitute a setback for Linux and its community, any technical consideration may need to be taken with a pinch of salt.


  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    ...and today the 8018830f error is gone, at least on my phone.


  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    Welcome to the "very small %" club. Regrettably, it's not as exclusive as its name might suggest... ;)

  • Mame for Windows 8

    , bondsbw wrote

    @Blue Ink:  A processor takes the next byte of data in its stream and interprets what to do with it.

    Notepad does the same with a text stream (the next character determines whether to display it or move to a new line, and which glyph to display).

    The only data that cannot be a form of code is data that is never processed in any form.

    That's a very loose definition of "data", but even that doesn't suffice. There's plenty of dataflow architectures out there; think of an FPGA, for instance, or any hardware FSM machine.

  • Mame for Windows 8

    , cheong wrote

    @Blue Ink:It doesn't necessarily have connection to Von Neumann architecture.

    Say, for decompilers and JIT compilers, code is data. For scripting engines, source code is data too. And for ARM toolchain for x86 processors, the compiled code targeting ARM arch is treated as data.

    Yes, you can usually treat code as data (not always, though), but the reverse just doesn't hold.

  • Mame for Windows 8

    , bondsbw wrote


    A fundamental principle of software is that code is data.  It's data on a disk or in memory, and it's code while being processed.

    There are more things in heaven and earth, bondsbw, than are dreamt by your Von Neumann architecture.

  • Sharks Cove now on preorder

    @Vaccano: the main point is you can connect your own hardware to it, via GPIO, I2C, SPI and the like. More or less an Arduino on steroids.

    Except that this one seems powerful enough to provide a decent UI and high-level services.

  • Sharks Cove now on preorder

    Just in case you missed it, Sharks Cove is real and is now available for preorder.

    Not as cheap as a Raspberry Pi, but the hardware is in a different league. And even if it weren't, being x86 is a huge bonus (no alien toolchains to set up).

  • Why is this even an issue? (copyrights)

    @evildictaitor: yes, content creators are not at risk, as they always find creative ways to get paid.

  • Do you use Linux?

    Professionally: not very often. I use it occasionally in some embedded project, but I have come to the conclusion that, in an embedded device, an OS - any OS - is as useful as a penguin in your pants and almost as comfortable.

    As a hobby: grown tired of it. I'm tinkering with FreeBSD instead, even on the Raspberry Pi.

    Dual boot? Main OS? Never happened, not likely to happen. I have a number of VMs I keep around for toolchains, as that's easier than trying to sort out versioning.

    Distros: a bunch of more or less embedded and real time (no, not really) ones. Xubuntu when I can afford the footprint. Ubuntu in the VMs.