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Comment: No, I really don't need to get a hackintosh. (Score 1) 229

by ciroknight (#48147099) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store
> 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 They sell shitty appliances that break and go out of date every year, because they know you'll just keep coming back to them for more.

Comment: Perhaps several years ago... (Score 1) 60

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.

Comment: Re:Raise the Price (Score 1) 462

by ciroknight (#47080525) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car
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.

Comment: Re:Todd Rider (Score 1) 414

by ciroknight (#37049552) Attached to: New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection

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.

Comment: Re:There are deaf dogs (Score 2, Informative) 100

by ciroknight (#33865032) Attached to: Research Shows How Deaf Cats' Brains Re-Purpose Auditory Centers
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.

Comment: Re:"it's legal now!" (Score 3, Informative) 318

by ciroknight (#33124290) Attached to: Prankster Jailbreaks Apple Store Display iPhone
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.

Comment: Re:Size is not as important as resolution (Score 3, Insightful) 375

by ciroknight (#33053902) Attached to: How Big Is Your Primary Display?
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).

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