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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.

about 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 2 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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ASCAP Declares War On Free Culture, EFF

ciroknight Patent Pending. (483 comments)

Shame it's Patent Pending.

more than 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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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.

about 4 years ago
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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).

about 4 years ago
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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.

about 4 years ago
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Multi-Platform App Created Using Single Code Base

ciroknight Re:Probably 500 lines of actual game play code (296 comments)

...And the runtime environment has millions of lines of #ifdef __LINUX__, ...

Whether you hide behind a runtime is entirely irrelevant. Because the APIs differ between OSes, somewhere, someone had to write some nasty sticky portability shims.

about 4 years ago
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Multi-Platform App Created Using Single Code Base

ciroknight Re:Probably 500 lines of actual game play code (296 comments)

Sure it's completely "unchanged" on every platform. That doesn't mean that it doesn't have a million lines of ifdef'd code. It's just the code doesn't do anything on the platforms where it's not needed. There are vast number of portable libraries and a somewhat smaller number of applications that do just this, having platform specific code conditionally compiled in.

Anyways, I fully suspect this guy's "solution" will be something like "We just used Flash and embedded it into these application 'runtime' thingablobs and then it was simply a matter of loading up the platform agnostic swf file." "Wait, what about the source code?" "Here's the source to the Reversi game. ahahaha did you seriously think we'd open source a runtime that'd put half of us out of a job???"

about 4 years ago
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Ubisoft DRM Causing More Problems

ciroknight Re:Want them to change? (279 comments)

Voting with your wallet doesn't work anymore anyways, not sense companies learned that they can blame some phantom nemesis on the reason they can't make sales and get 'bailed out'.

about 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity

ciroknight Re:this is going to suck (683 comments)

One obvious reason I can think of is because you don't want to miss "File", and accidentally click on "Close" instead.

On my layout, which is similar to the ones in the screenshot, the X is somewhere between "Edit" and "View". To miss either of these and hit the X would be significantly less likely than trying to grab a corner and hitting the X; I know this from both my own experiences, from pixel distances, from the interface highlighting menu items on mouse-in and from Fitts' law which states that items within a window are more likely to be hit precisely since the user need to pay more attention to hitting it, rather than corners, where users are more often less attentive and would rather "ram" their mouse to the right position.

Uh... guess where the Close Window button in OS X is?..

On the correct side of the window, but in the incorrect position. However, with the button being red and expose, the likelihood you'd accidentally hit it is significantly diminished from, say, Windows.

more than 4 years ago

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