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[CNet] Google releases 'Native Client' with Chrome 10

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Google has passed a significant milestone with the release of its first version of Native Client, a software foundation designed to let Web-based applications tap into a person's computer chip.

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With Native Client, Google thinks it can get to within just a few percentage points of the performance of ordinary native applications, removing a major impediment to the cloud-computing technology.
SOURCE: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20...in;contentBody

NaCI Demos: http://code.google.com/chrome/native.../examples.html

Before the news-Nazis jump on my nuts, this is not a re-post. Yes, there was a post about the new ver. of Chrome with it's new Java-script engine, but I didn't see any discussion of this excellent, and IMO, the most important leap in tech in this new version.
Edited by damian5000 - 2/20/11 at 3:41am
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And the developers come out of the woodworks to capitalize on a new app platform. Great.
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So, I should enable this?
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So, I should enable this?
Doesn't look like there's much in the way of actual functionality yet, but the platform is there. You won't notice any sort of difference with your browsing.

I enabled it and played with the couple of simple demos they have. It's up to the programmers now to actually develop software for it.
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I am sorry...i don't understand...what does it do?
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I am sorry...i don't understand...what does it do?
Apparently it's sort of like virtualization, where a web page gets direct access to the CPU without being able to compromise security.

Basically it's a plugin that provides direct access to execution resources.
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I am sorry...i don't understand...what does it do?
At the moment, programmers write code in Javascript in order to add the interactive functionality to websites that we all love so much. Unfortunately, this is a lot slower than actual programs - it's why some older computers can run Outlook but not Gmail. In order to combat this, Google has chosen to implement a system by which websites can execute code directly on the CPU - this should give a fairly massive performance boost. It's a big deal, because it stands to improve the speed of website execution dramatically - and thus add to the possibilities for websites - allowing web designers to be more creative. It could also be a massive security risk - but Google can mitigate this.
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I am sorry...i don't understand...what does it do?
In laymen terms, Internet runs like a program on your Hard drive
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I was unaware of about:flags.

3D + 2D accelleration is disabled by default, which is a shame.
    
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So this would make Java obsolete?
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