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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

ciroknight No, I really don't need to get a hackintosh. (229 comments)

> You really need to get a hackintosh

No I don't. I either need Apple to get its head out of its ass, or to vote with my dollars and buy something I'd actually use. Going out of my way to support Apple's OS, which they barely support on their own hardware, and to circumvent their random SMC half-assed secure boot nonsense is doing extra work that I don't need to be doing.

But even still, Apple's never going to learn that lesson because Apple doesn't sell PCs anymore. They sell shitty appliances that break and go out of date every year, because they know you'll just keep coming back to them for more.

about 3 months ago

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

ciroknight Re:Or we learn from others mistakes (774 comments)

Because when you try to fix it, you get a slashdot article posted with a hundred people saying how "you should go die in a fire."

about 4 months ago

Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

ciroknight Perhaps several years ago... (60 comments)

These days phone chips have TDPs running around 8-10W, like Exynos 5250's 8W max TDP. If you look at perf/watt at the top end, Intel's chips are still very securely in the lead.

Yeah, the ARM chips can still clock down way lower, but throwing around numbers like 0.2W max is just being disingenuous.

about 5 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

ciroknight Re:Just buy a new computer !!!!! (322 comments)

Or install Linux, since it's free and you can continue using your existing hardware. Then you can just virtualize and continue using your XP license in a nice, safe cocoon.

about 7 months ago

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

ciroknight Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

How is it that every time someone talks about electric cars cost, they always neglect the sales incentives - federal tax credits, state tax credits, etc. No, they just go by raw numbers, which are intentionally set where they are to maximize the company's profits in light of said credits existing. Remove those from the price, and the Fiat 500e is roughly $3k more expensive than the regular 500, which shouldn't surprise you since that's about the difference an electric power train costs. Rerun your math and you find it's far easier to break even.

about 8 months ago

Cairo 2D Graphics May Become Part of ISO C++

ciroknight Re:That's unfortunate (430 comments)

That's unfortunate. They looked at AGG as literally the example of what *not* to standardize because of it's horrendous usage of templates.

1 year,21 days

How long do your computer mice last?

ciroknight Re:They don't make them like they used to (361 comments)

> I have a mouse that's 22 years old

...and only requires a serial-to-PS/2 and a PS/2-to-USB adapter to actually work on a modern computer...

about a year ago

New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection

ciroknight Re:Todd Rider (414 comments)

What they DO NOT DO is show that this hybrid system would be effective in a real organism, as opposed to a petri dish. I am going to bet that once you get this puppy inside the bloodstream, all hell is going to break loose via the immune system and create a bunch of untoward side effects.

According to MIT's Press Release (and their published works): "Most of the tests reported in this study were done in human and animal cells cultured in the lab, but the researchers also tested DRACO in mice infected with the H1N1 influenza virus. When mice were treated with DRACO, they were completely cured of the infection. The tests also showed that DRACO itself is not toxic to mice."

This may not pan out to being the panacea promised, but it certainly does work inside of animals. There are tons of questions about how such a drug should be used if it were to become available and pass testing, whether it should be reserved for viruses that will kill you very quickly, or whether it should be prescribed to keep people missing work from a cold or flu, but the fact is, there's something worth researching here.

And it's not like MIT's not going to publish the biggest claim they possibly can to draw in as much research funding as possible for this, even if it does turn out to only be effective against a handful of virus types, or if it does just kill the host organism or a incredibly significant portion of their remaining cells, re-releasing viruses into their systems in the case of long-term virus infections such as Herpes or HIV.

Still, the researchers are right that there's not a lot of hope the viruses have resistance-wise, as there's nothing for them to actively select around. The viruses that could survive this kind of onslaught are ones that can deliver a payload while remaining an intact virus, which would require some kind of in-virus payload replication, which would make it... you know.. not a virus anymore, some kind of protobacteria. We just wonder if the host can also survive the damage wrought by this drug.

more than 3 years ago

Research Shows How Deaf Cats' Brains Re-Purpose Auditory Centers

ciroknight Re:There are deaf dogs (100 comments)

If you had read your own link, you'd realize that it in no way invalidates the assertion that cats and humans are the only animals born deaf. It simply states that pearl-coated dogs are likely to inherit a degenerative neural disease which kills the auditory neurons during their lifetime; they are born with fully-to-partially functional hearing.

Still, it seems incredibly unlikely that only humans and cats are born deaf.

more than 4 years ago

SMS Trojan Steals From Android Owners

ciroknight What Signal? (168 comments)

This is the iPhone we're talking about, how'd you manage to get a signal in the first place!?

(Must have one of those Vulcan pinch phone holders...)

more than 4 years ago

Prankster Jailbreaks Apple Store Display iPhone

ciroknight Re:"it's legal now!" (318 comments)

It is likely that Apple uses Adobe's Open Source Media Framework to develop their plugins.

In this case, you're completely wrong. Apple has its own complete PDF stack which is used from its display server (Quartz, which is itself derived from Display PDF) up; the advantage is that you can dump a PDF from basically anywhere (what's on screen if it isn't 3D, offscreen widgets, etc) and print that exactly to your documentation, etc. It would make less than no sense for Apple to license Adobe's code, since it would be a complete duplication of something already in their software stack.

more than 4 years ago

How Big Is Your Primary Display?

ciroknight Re:Size is not as important as resolution (375 comments)

Or, in actuality, why the hangup on that aspect ratio anyways?

The loss of vertical resolution is really killer if you do anything like writing/programming/reading long webpages. Sure, you can up-end a 16:9 monitor and gain quite a bit, but then you lose horizontal resolution (which isn't as big a problem for the earlier tasks, but really destroys e.g. gaming, video watching, etc.)

My solution was to buy two 22" monitors and mount one of them in the tall fashion and the other regularly, but it always turns heads, and I'd really just love to have a huge 24-27" 5:4 monitor (with the same pixel density too.. if at all possible).

more than 4 years ago

ASCAP Declares War On Free Culture, EFF

ciroknight Patent Pending. (483 comments)

Shame it's Patent Pending.

more than 4 years ago

Air Force Sets Date To Fly Mach-6 Scramjet

ciroknight Some Assembly Required (252 comments)

Yeah, all several hundred billion pieces of it, after it smacks into the ocean. If the plane retains even a small fraction of the velocity it picks up in the test flight before impact, it's a goner.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox With H.264 HTML 5 Support = Wild Fox

ciroknight Re:Not quite. (477 comments)

GStreamer on Linux, QuickTime on OS X, or DirectShow on Windows

Or, GStreamer on Linux, OS X and Windows, since GStreamer supports playback through QuickTime and DirectShow natively. Why code for three frameworks when one portable one does everything you need?

more than 4 years ago

Canonical Bringing an Instant-On Ubuntu

ciroknight Re:Brilliant! (251 comments)

The new indicator widgets are wide and don't seem to re-orient vertically,

That's not GNOME, that's Canonical. And there's a simple solution: don't use it. Just remove it and everything will go back to normal.

more than 4 years ago

Nostalgic Elation — the Super Mario Crossover

ciroknight There are others too (67 comments)

Marvel vs Capcom, as another example. But really, these types of games tend to be really fun. It's a shame IP law has made them more or less impossible to do correctly without someone bitching about their rights being trampled over.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Refuses To Patch Rootkit-Compromised XP Machines

ciroknight Re:The Microsoft way! (330 comments)

Now they're doing the right thing and we get news how they refuse to patch the systems which .dll files have been damaged? Welcome to slashdot.

Why is not patching the system acceptable? Shouldn't it just determine if the DLL was damaged and replace it with the correct, working patched version if it is? Sorry, but automatically throwing their hands up and saying "you're fucked" is the Microsoft shortcut for not being able to fix their own security problems.

more than 4 years ago

WebKit2 API Layer Brings Split-Process Model

ciroknight Re:I'm going to predict the future. (95 comments)

Well first of all, since it makes no sense for me to reiterate them here: wtfjs

Secondly, Prototype-based OO is quite ugly. Sure, it's workable, and you can argue that it's the more pure way to do OO as it emphasizes object orientation and encapsulates better, however, any way you try to sugar coat it, Javascript makes it a lot uglier than it needs to be.

Thirdly, the fact that it's a defacto standardized language, a lot like the web itself was defacto'd into existence rather than people trying to follow standards (which came later), each implementation is different enough that what will work in one does not necessarily work in another. While this is a lot better today than it used to be, there are still places where this is really rough.

Still, you can point out flaws and inconsistencies in any language, but the web-related technologies tend to be a lot more, well let's call them "special" (just to make them feel better).

more than 4 years ago

Yoctonewton Detector Smashes Force Sensing Record

ciroknight Re:Computer science is, as always, superior. (214 comments)

Well you are definitely right in that you don't follow: "what is the smallest unit then" "it depends on what we're talking about." Planck areas or volumes would be much smaller than 10^-44.

more than 4 years ago


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