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Tomeu Vizoso
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  • Collabora Ltd.
    Principal Software Engineer, 2010 - present
  • One Laptop Per Child
    Software Analyst, 2006 - 2008
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    Technical Lead, 2008 - 2010
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  • Universitat de les Illes Balears
    Software Engineering, 1997 - 2001
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
    Software Engineering, 2001 - 2006
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The Tegra-based Chromebooks get close, but more RAM, faster CPU and a Thinkpad-style chassis would get it right there. Oh! And an open driver for the video decoder.
 
ARM64 Open Laptop Project by Vero Apparatus http://vero-apparatus.com is trying to design the worlds most powerful ARM Powered Laptop, powerful enough for software developers at Linaro to use ARM Laptops for their ARM related software development. The open source hardware and software will address the concerns that many people have about proprietary products, and provide the most transparent assurances about absence of security vulnerabilities.

The ARM64 Open Laptop concept was announced in an ad hoc session at DebConf 2014 in Portland, Oregon, where over a dozen interested developers gathered at fairly short notice. They approved the concept and decided on some of the things to do next. See the slides of the presentation: http://wiki.vero-apparatus.com/ARM64OpenLaptopConcept?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=Vero+Apparatus+-+ARM64+Laptop+concept+-+Debconf14.odp

The idea is to produce a small quantity (say 100) of replacement motherboards physically compatible with a laptop model that is already popular with developers. Lenovo or HP might have suitable chassis models. The Lenovo X220 is a good candidate but Vero Apparatus is open to alternative proposals. The design will re-use an existing case, SATA drive, display, battery, keyboard, touchpad, webcam, speaker and microphone to reduce development cost.

The main processor will probably be an AMD Opteron A1100 system-on-chip code named "Seattle". In short, this has four or eight 64-bit Cortex-A57 cores, supports up to 128GB RAM, SATA and LAN. Being a server chip it lacks video, audio and USB, so either those must be added to the motherboard or another, more versatile chip must come along soon. Hardware choices will opt for longer battery life rather than 3D graphics performance.

Debian GNU/Linux is the default OS and distribution choice but Open Source implies freedom for the user. UEFI is the preferred firmware architecture, realistically in the form of Tianocore EDK2.

http://armdevices.net/2015/03/26/arm64-open-laptop-project-by-vero-apparatus/
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very interessant
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People who don't like breastfeeding in public are either deaf or don't quite grasp the strength of the powerful weapon that is the vocal chords the baby has for cases like, you know, being hungry.
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A cartoonist reflects on the subtle racism of shifting skin tones in a Marvel comic
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"""
What we have done over the past thirty years is to build a creditor’s paradise of positive real interest rates, low inflation, open markets, beaten-down unions, and a retreating state — all policed by unelected economic officials in central banks and other unelected institutions that have only one target: to keep such a creditor’s paradise going.

In such a world, why would you, the average worker, ever get a pay rise? Indeed, is it any wonder that inequality is everywhere an issue? In Europe this plays out at the national level, and at the international level of creditor countries (good) and debtor countries (bad), where the rights of the creditors must be protected and the mantra that “you must pay your debts” must be respected.

Yet even in terms of simple welfare economics, this is nonsense. If the cost of squeezing the debtor is to keep her in debt servitude, or if the losses to the creditors are less than the costs of servicing the debt in perpetuity, then default is efficient, if not moral.
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As I sat in my office at Brown University on December 16, 2014, an email popped into my inbox with the title “Herzlichen Glückwunsch – Sie sind der 1. Preisträger des Hans-Matthöfer-Preises für wirtschaftspublizistik.” This was the award given by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the research ...
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What is your point? That people shouldn't keep their word when they promise to repay what they have borrowed? Then no one will lend money, to the great detriment of those who would put it usefully to work (and all of society).

Look to the emerging microfinancing sector as an interesting experiment in free markets. The problem is not capitalism, it is monopolies and rent seeking. 
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The news make quite more sense with this in mind, but also much more uncomfortable.
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At the very least, it's very cute :)
Ink, Bits & Pixels (formerly The Digital Reader) recently tracked down some interesting information regarding One Laptop Per Child’s (OLPC) Australian partner, One Education. While the company confirms the XO Infinity is underway, less officially, the device appears to be a laptop/tablet hybrid with modular components. One Education has a page dedicated to registering for upcoming …
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The Chromium OS open-source project benefits a lot from other projects¹ and the chromium team loves to contribute back to the open-source community whenever it can.

One example among others is the latest stable release of BlueZ, the official Linux Bluetooth library² which features several enhancements to the GATT protocol stack committed by the chromium team.
This will hopefully improve Bluetooth Low Energy support on all Linux-based devices including Chromebooks.

¹ https://chromium.googlesource.com/ ² http://www.bluez.org/

Source: http://www.bluez.org/release-of-bluez-5-28/
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