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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 7 months 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.

about 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?

about 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 2 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 2 years ago

Reviews: Star Trek

porkchop_d_clown Re:Good, but (544 comments)

That was Voyager.

more than 4 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 5 years ago



Dynamic Resizing of Images Via Dynamic Paths

porkchop_d_clown porkchop_d_clown writes  |  more than 6 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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