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Still, this gives me hope for the future. With sufficient optimisation, even modern desktop apps can soon be of similar size to a large web page. If someone finds a way to nail the distribution/update UX, thick clientside apps could make a comeback. And that'd be cool.
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The Verge recently had an article about the dismal state of the mobile web. Loading it required 80-some requests and 5 MB of data transfer.
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I won't be foolish enough to buy one of these this time around. Sure, the hardware is nice, but "it's the Operating System, stupid". If you're running "Oxygen", you might as well be running Ubuntu on your phone. And neither is a platform that says "hassle free experience" to me.

Sadly, I'm pretty happy with the iPhone btw. It's not perfect (I have a list of irritations with it), but it's dramatically better as an experience than either the Nexus 6 or the OnePlus were. The battery life is awesome, phone calls actually...work, and my email and calendar are finally reliable.

Also, it's alarming to me how folks are pushing spec-itis. Who the fuck cares if you're got a 10GHz 500 core processor and 1TB of RAM in your phone if it doesn't work? What matters is the overall combination and the experience. iPhone doesn't have the highest specs. But the reason people use them is that the software and hardware work so well together. That's how more phones need to be built - not just going for "more cores and RAM than that other guy".
 
Beautiful, powerful, and future-proof. Discover the #OnePlus2: http://onepl.us/2
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+Jon Masters​, is there something that the benefits of a common hardware initialisation platform could do to resolve the fragmentation (say in a new hardware generation on ARMv8), or would ending cute embedded nonsense hacks* mean that anyone can break off their own fragment and make it worse?
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And that is one reason why I personally like Jim very much. He's a huge part of why I am still at Red Hat!
 
Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst explains why it's so important for organizations to learn from their mistakes. #LifeatRedHat  
Red Hat's CEO rushed to market with a virtualization that wasn't ready. But even though it put them behind, the mistake had advantages.
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I love RH too, but I think if I work for RH longer,  I will love RH more.
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Fun. I have less of a concern about intentionally selling Iran defective cryptographic devices. Hopefully that is still happening to this day.
 
How NSA and GCHQ spied on the Cold War world - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33676028
American and British intelligence used a secret relationship with the founder of a Swiss encryption company to help them spy during the Cold War, newly released documents analysed by the BBC reveal.
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except that due to the embargo all their crypto will be from elsewhere - that was always the problem with the us crypto nonsense in the past .. it just sold everyone presumably equally iffy Russia, Chinese and similar crypto
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Btw, upstream means "boots out of the box with UEFI and ACPI6.0". If a core technology or driver does not boot with ACPI, it doesn't exist. We could compromise and support some systems booting in different ways, but we never (ever) will do so. They all need to just work like any other industry standard server, and they will, or there will be no pony. Really very simple. So new features that target servers need to include the ACPI glue on a day one.
 
Now is the time for 64-bit #ARM vendors to GET YOUR CODE UPSTREAM. If you'd like to see support land in certain vendor trees, be prepared for a rude awakening if you are not doing it right. Right now. I'm talking to you. Yes, you. Don't think we won't call you on it, because we will call you on it. Someone needs to stand up and make sure everyone understands there will be no zoo. There will only be standards. Order. Decorum.

You see, the beautiful thing is, I don't have to give a flying expletive what other Linux or non-Linux vendors you're working with, or what they will do to bend over or play dead. If you want it done right by the big boys, you're going to get it upstream. Now. Or no pony for you. And by the end of this year that had better mean I can just download Fedora and see support stock from an upstream kernel targeting all of those things you'd like to see in non-Fedora situations. Because we're not playing the other game.

And it'll help everyone if someone takes a strong stance here. I've been beating up so many vendors for the past few months that a nice little wave of submissions is about to land. That's great. There needs to be more. Because this is going to be just like that other architecture when I am done here. You're going to just get a 64-bit ARM kernel from upstream and it is just going to boot on whatever system you have lying around, and vendors are going to just be able to productize that if they choose to do so. NO ZOO.
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+Jake Edge there is some general interest in the "No pony for you" shirts...should I bring some to LinuxCon?
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Celebrating two years as a permanent resident of these United States, and the expiration of the last of my related obligations :)
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I love my #ARM Partners enough to sing them the Free Software Song on a conference call when they dare me. Not only do I know the words, but the tune too!
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Microsoft is making an attempt at a comeback with Windows 10. I saw an early build on a friend's computer and was generally more impressed that with older releases, but it was still very clunky to use for the developer who had it installed. Still, I'm impressed that they learned the "desktop disaster" lesson and have reverted to the popular previous design paradigm.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/technology/personaltech/windows10-review.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
The Start button is back, in a more modern fashion, and the tablet mode, while perhaps intimidating for longtime Windows users, has familiar touches.
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Has anyone explored Adaptive Replacement Cache in Linux? (IBM hold a patent apparently, but see also RCU for an example where they would perhaps grant a license for use in GPL software). IBM folks?
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So hey, if someone in IBM has this ball, great :)
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Someone scheduled a "Cute embedded server hacks" meeting with me next week. Thanks for the laugh.
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Crazy enterprise nonsense hacks? 
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Briefly at the temple in Cambridge next week. Maybe see a few familiar faces there...
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Somehow this scares me more than the INTERCAL style guide +Kristian Köhntopp​ linked yesterday. My initial reaction was TAVIS NO

https://github.com/taviso/ctypes.sh/blob/master/README.md
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