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Researchers Develop DNA GPS Tool To Accurately Trace Geographical Ancestry

porkchop_d_clown Re:Indeed (69 comments)

Honestly, that's not what it does. Rather than tracing your actual ancestry, it's looking at the geographic distribution of the various genes in it. Thus, it can't tell you the names of your ancestors, but it can certainly tell you where they probably came from.

about 4 months ago

Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

porkchop_d_clown Not quite right. (333 comments)

Your blood doesn't contain stem cells. The stem cells are in your bone marrow. They stay there, creating blood cells for you. Blood cells do not divide or reproduce. (I don't know why...)

about 5 months ago

Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

porkchop_d_clown Re:She was 115 (333 comments)

I'm sorry, sire. Shall I peel you another grape?

about 5 months ago

Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

porkchop_d_clown Re:Bank them (333 comments)

Possibly - but what are the health consequences of stripping the body of a percentage of your stem cells when you're younger?

about 5 months ago

Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

porkchop_d_clown Let me know how it goes (96 comments)

when you try to put windows 8.1 on a 7 year old computer.

about 5 months ago

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

porkchop_d_clown Re:Also time to stop (479 comments)

Excuse me?

about 6 months ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

porkchop_d_clown Re:Old ipod Shuffle cable... (663 comments)

The cost of replacement parts is a different issue. Most of the cost for spare parts comes from the company having to sit on a huge pile of them for years taking up space in their inventory. Compare the cost of your car when it was new with the cost of all the replacement parts you would need to build a replica of it.

about a year ago

Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

porkchop_d_clown Re:Okay, stupid question. (280 comments)

Thanks! The fact that the court case occurred certainly adds a lot of credence to the blog post, although I still wonder why Apple - which has replaced 1,000s of logic boards like his - decided to give him trouble over this particular one.

more than 2 years ago

Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

porkchop_d_clown Okay, stupid question. (280 comments)

I asked this on reddit, and got no answer. All this hoopla is based on an anonymous blog. I've googled around and I can't find anyone reporting this story who isn't just pasting details from the blog. No one knows the guys name. No one knows the court docket #, the date the case was heard or even what court heard the case. Do we have any evidence that this incident actually occurred?

more than 2 years ago

Is Canonical the Next Apple?

porkchop_d_clown Re:Cash Flow... (511 comments)

They might be "making millions" but they're certainly not turning a profit.

more than 3 years ago

Is Canonical the Next Apple?

porkchop_d_clown Yup. (511 comments)

I use linux professionally but I use OS X personally, simply because I got tired of having to manually hack/bash/configure everything to work with whatever hardware I was using.

Of course, I inevitably put MacPorts, Fink or Brew on my machines so I can put all the missing packages on..... ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Reviews: Star Trek

porkchop_d_clown Re:Good, but (544 comments)

That was Voyager.

more than 5 years ago

A Real Bill Gates Rant

porkchop_d_clown Re:I don't get it (293 comments)

> It's the law of unintended consequences. The vision at Microsoft has always been to try and reduce complexity. Whenever there has been a tradeoff between control and simplicity.

Have you ever actually compared Windows to MacOS? Microsoft most definitely did NOT choose simplicity, rather they have always chosen flexibility - the ability to configure and reconfigure the system to run on different hardware and to do different things.

more than 5 years ago

Linked In Or Out?

porkchop_d_clown Re:LinkedIn -yes, Facebook - no (474 comments)

The problem isn't linkedin directly, but accidentally providing information that can tie you to non-work activities.

I hadn't done a vanity search in years because I had long ago discovered there were a number of people who were more interesting than me but had the same name I do - but after looking this over, I did it again and discovered that two of the top 5 hits are me. Fortunately, neither of them pointed to /.....

more than 5 years ago

Users Rage Over Missing FireWire On New MacBooks

porkchop_d_clown Re:Drat you Steve! (820 comments)

While new devices that use firewire might be rare, I have no intention of replacing my camcorder just because Apple says I should.

more than 4 years ago



CalTech astronomers predict that 1 in 10,000 stars is composed entirely of metal

porkchop_d_clown porkchop_d_clown writes  |  about 2 months ago

porkchop_d_clown (39923) writes "A recently discovered aerodynamic phenomena of turbulence, called 'preferential concentration' causes heavier materials to be sorted out of more turbulent areas, increasing their concentration in eddies.

Now astronomers are theorizing that this effect could lead to the formation of stars with no hydrogen or helium in them.

See also: Some Stars are Totally Metal: A New Mechanism Driving Dust Across Star-Forming Clouds, and Consequences for Planets, Stars, and Galaxies."

Blood of world's oldest woman hints at limits of life

porkchop_d_clown porkchop_d_clown writes  |  about 5 months ago

porkchop_d_clown (39923) writes "When Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died in 2005, she was the oldest woman in the world. Today New Scientist is reporting that, at the end of her life, most of her white blood cells had been produced by just two stem cells — implying the rest of her blood stem cells had already died, and hinting at a possible limit to the human life span."
Link to Original Source

Dynamic Resizing of Images Via Dynamic Paths

porkchop_d_clown porkchop_d_clown writes  |  about 7 years ago

porkchop_d_clown writes "Ariel Shamir and Shai Avidan presented a paper at the 2007 SIGGRAPH conference showning how to dynamically resize images by inserting or removing pixels along "low energy paths". While this sounds dry, in practice it means dynamically resizing images by altering the "boring" parts of the image while preserving the important features. You can see an impressive presentation of the technology here."


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