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Hmmm... I understand.
I mentioned ryf certification because Tallos II and Talos II Lite are the only ryf-certified modern systems available. Also, I bet FSF is very strict when certifying systems so we don't have to rely on the word of the vendor only.
I don't know if the firmware on embedded controllers in currently ryf-certified laptops are open source, but that is the only source of "trick" I can see that could be currently explored to get ryf certification.
I've heard people saying things like "even a windows device could be ryf-certified if it was in ROM", but I see nothing even close to this when I look at currently ryf-certified devices. People are probably influenced by this: https://puri.sm/posts/librem5-solving-the-first-fsf-ryf-hurd... where a Purism engineer describes a "trick" to store a memory controller training firmware in ROM and run it on a "secondary processsor" so it can get Librem 5 ryf-certified; but to this day Librem 5 is still not certified and probably won't because of this specific issue.
Also there are the people who correctly question that ryf is silly because it accepts software without code available if it is in ROM and only runs on a secondary processor. I currently have no counter-argument to this and I think it would be great if FSF explained it clearly. Nevertheless, there are some reasonable points to consider that stance:
- AFAIK, the form of accepted code is only for "secondary processors" and can't take over the system or compromise it, - having things in ROM forces manufacturers to maximally simplify it, - having things in ROM forces manufacturers to implement more features in software that can be checked and - having things in ROM forces manufacturers to be extra careful when implementing it.
Don't forget that POWER10 is no longer ryf-certifiable. Of course the ryf certification may be questionable but it is an established bar, POWER9 was able to cross it, POWER10 probably won't: https://www.talospace.com/2020/08/power10-sounds-really-grea... https://twitter.com/RaptorCompSys/status/1435510763402244105...
Further Investments in Desktop Linux
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Maybe I'm wrong: https://www.delorie.com/pub/djgpp/current/v2/
Djgpp looks dead. It is a shame. I like tools to make DOS more UNIX-like. I think there is a maintained 16 bit fork of gcc.
The QWERTY keyboard was not designed to slow down typists
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The old story that QWERTY was intentionally created to be slow to type is a myth: https://www.woot.com/blog/post/the-debunker-was-the-qwerty-k...
What is the reason behind closed firmware? I understand that wifi devices may operate out of the certification depending on what the firmware does, but other devices... why do they have closed firmwares?
By signed, it doesn't mean digitally signed, right?
If I'm bitten by an animal which I suspect is rabid, I can simply take some doses of anti-rabic serum and be done with it. Actually I've done that more than once.
If I suspect I've had contact with a meat or blood of a prion-infected animal, what could I do about it?
My view of the taskbar: use it to launch your apps. Alternate between them using alt+tab, if there are too many, use another desktop and move your similar apps there.
In my view, if you're using the taskbar for more than that, you're using your computer in a suboptimal way.
Are we still waiting to discover problems which are more adequate to be solved using quantum computers than classic computers?
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Why not just improve google glass?
Vstatus, with or Without Siginfo
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I saw some drunken adults. Looks like they are having more fun than babies, kids and teenagers. And they get some form of "support" by other adults, unlike babies, kids and teenagers would get if they behaved the same. Until it starts ruining your life, being a drunken adult seems fun and acceptable.
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Microsoft Joins the Open Invention Network Community (2018)
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