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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
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(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
I hope Mozilla funds Gnash development
Posted Feb 22, 2012 16:28 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
I am hoping, personally, that the newer Pepper API will be much better then the old Netscape API. Allow it to be secured properly, interact with X better, get acceleration easier, and all that happy stuff.
Posted Feb 22, 2012 16:39 UTC (Wed) by loevborg (guest, #51779)
Posted Feb 22, 2012 16:54 UTC (Wed) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Posted Feb 22, 2012 17:10 UTC (Wed) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
How very true :-)
One Man's Feature is Another Man's Bug ages old adage stays as current today as it ever was...
Posted Feb 22, 2012 18:10 UTC (Wed) by slashdot (guest, #22014)
Otherwise, you couldn't implement a game using Ctrl+W for a game action.
Posted Feb 22, 2012 18:42 UTC (Wed) by marm (guest, #53705)
Which is worse? Breaking a couple of Flash applications which use strange key combinations, or breaking ALL keyboard shorcuts for users of ALL Flash applications? The choice should not be hard :)
Besides, you can always add a "forward all keystrokes to this applet" toggle, which can be used in the exceptional cases.
Posted Feb 22, 2012 23:04 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
which is better? having some portions of the app unavailable? or having some portions of the browser unavailable?
in my case it's more annoying to have the portions of the app unavailable, but I can understand how other people would want it the other way.
the particular command-line app that I run into trouble with most frequently pre-dates the start of firefox, let alone chrome, so you can't blame the app for using a 'reserved' key combination.
think about this a bit more, how can a browser know what key combinations are reserved by the Desktop Environment? what should happen if you have a conflict there?
Posted Feb 23, 2012 20:26 UTC (Thu) by marm (guest, #53705)
I meant that the user should be the one to make the choice, not the application.
> in my case it's more annoying to have the portions of the app unavailable, > but I can understand how other people would want it the other way.
Then make it an option in browser preferences.
Posted Feb 23, 2012 11:38 UTC (Thu) by loevborg (guest, #51779)
Posted Feb 23, 2012 14:54 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Probably you're thinking about ctrl-alt-del?
Posted Feb 22, 2012 16:43 UTC (Wed) by landley (guest, #6789)
And smartphones are to the PC what the PC was to minicomputers, and mainframes before that. Plug your phone into a USB docking station and install a native compiler, and who needs a PC anymore? (Yeah yeah, "That commodore 64 will never displace my VAX" and so on... Been there, done that. Nobody needed to visit The Computer Room when they had their own computer on their desk, and nobody needs the computer on their desk when they have one in their pocket 24/7. And Flash gave up there already.)
This whole article boils down to "Adobe abandons flash support on another platform". This is not a Flash success story, this is Flash receding in importance as HTML5 ramps up...
Posted Feb 22, 2012 19:10 UTC (Wed) by dmarti (subscriber, #11625)
Adobe is re-positioning all their content editing tools around HTML5. Flash on the client is on the way out, so their new plan is to convert Flash developers into developers who use newer versions of the same toolset to make HTML5.
Posted Feb 23, 2012 10:50 UTC (Thu) by liljencrantz (subscriber, #28458)
Posted Feb 22, 2012 23:44 UTC (Wed) by motk (subscriber, #51120)
People keep saying this. I'd need a lot of convincing to believe that Android and ios and WebOS can realistically take the place of a desktop OS, even if a PC eventually ends up being a 24" ipad.
Viz Flash vs HTML5 - yep, complete agreement.
Posted Feb 23, 2012 0:12 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
with something like the Ubuntu/android combination, I see a good possibility of this happening for many people (not everyone by any means)
the PC didn't do everything that a minicomputer could do, let alone do it as fast, but it was easier to get going, and far cheaper (again making it far easier to get going with)
With the ability to use a keyboard with your phone, and use a random TV as a display, it becomes very convenient to use your phone for many of the things that a laptop can do. think of it as the next step from a netbook, but you don't sacrifice screen size when doing real work.
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