Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Dec 2013 23:17 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Amiga & AROS

This website runs an emulator of the Amiga 500 inside of Chrome by using Portable Native Client, a way to run existing C/C++ in the browser in a safe way across operating systems and across machine architectures. On the main page you can boot the Amiga, insert floppy disks, play the games, and generally pretend it's still the late 80s.

So cool.

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RE[2]: Ones doesn't need Chrome
by biffuz on Fri 13th Dec 2013 15:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Ones doesn't need Chrome"
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

Cool! Much better. IMHO It's stupid to run native code on a web browser...it goes against the original idea of the web.

The original idea of the Web was to share documents, not apps. This is actually an evolution.
What I really hate about JS (which I believe is the ugliest language ever) is the fact that it is the only choice. If you don't like it you have to use something that translates your code into JS, adding another layer of complexity, and to display someething you have to revert to HTML, another laguage designed for documents and not GUIs.
Solutions like NaCl brings back the freedom that should always have been there.

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jacquouille Member since:
2006-01-02

NaCl/Pepper locks out every other browser vendor out there, by duplicating the entire application platform --- JS vs other IR languages is only one aspect, the bigger problem is regular standardized Web APIs vs whatever Google alone already decided to put in Pepper.

Not sure how that's "freedom" --- unless you think that the multiple-implementations aspect of the Web wasn't important.

Remember that IE6 was best-in-class technology when it came out.

Edited 2013-12-13 15:38 UTC

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RE[3]: Ones doesn't need Chrome
by Ggger on Fri 13th Dec 2013 16:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Ones doesn't need Chrome"
Ggger Member since:
2013-09-24

"Cool! Much better. IMHO It's stupid to run native code on a web browser...it goes against the original idea of the web.

The original idea of the Web was to share documents, not apps. ….Solutions like NaCl brings back the freedom that should always have been there.
"

This is the freedom for the price of being browser-specific or depending on a browser plugin. It might have been called "Google Flash" or "Google IE" 10 years ago.
Perhaps we are going to witness yet another holy war soon - emscripten/asm.js vs PNaCl or something like that.

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lvl21ogre Member since:
2013-07-04

That's not true at all anymore. You can compile other languages into Javascript, you just have to use LLVM and Emscripten+asm.js (or similar tech) to do it. If they can get Unreal Engine working on it, then I'm sure you don't need NaCl at all.

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