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Comment: Re:Compelling? (Score 4, Informative) 243

by jvj24601 (#49733855) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television
(sorry off-topic)

It can't run because your Mac Pro only has a 32-bit EFI. This is not an excuse for Apple for not making it work; I'm just noting the actual technical reasoning.

http://www.everymac.com/system...

However, the simple workaround (if you have a Yosemite-compatible video card) that doesn't involve a Hackintosh-level install is to use a modified boot.efi file that thunks EFI64 calls from the 64-bit OS X kernel to the EFI32 firmware of your Pro. Look at the first post of this thread

http://forums.macrumors.com/sh...

and navigate to the section quoted below.

Another simplified installation approach is to use a second Yosemite-supported Mac and install Yosemite to the 2006/2007 Mac Pro's drive. This may be done either by attaching the 2006/2007 Mac Pro's drive as an external drive by placing the 2006/2007 Mac Pro in target disk mode or otherwise mounting the 2006/2007 Mac Pro's drive to a Yosemite-supported Mac. Then, after installation, copy Pike's EFI32 boot.efi to that drive's /usr/standalone/i386 and /System/Library/CoreServices/ directories overwriting the stock Apple EFI64 boot.efi and repair permissions. That drive should now be bootable on a 2006/2007 Mac Pro

I'm typing this from my Mac Pro 1,1 (with an ATI Radeon HD 4870). I used a different Mac (recent Mac Mini) to install Yosemite to a drive, copied the updated boot.efi file, installed the drive into my Pro, and I've been good to go ever since.

Comment: Of course it's a myth! (Score 3, Insightful) 425

by jvj24601 (#49619745) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth
This is perpetuated by a small percentage of vocal but talented programmers who, in fact, lack the skill to work with people whom them don't think are as brilliant as they are. This probably works fine in a startup. However, if you don't ever learn to work with people of varying skill-sets, you severely limit the types of jobs you can get later in your career.

Comment: Re:User configurable (Score 1) 135

by jvj24601 (#43359001) Attached to: Opera Confirms It Will Follow Google and Ditch WebKit For Blink

Of course much of this about Apple adopting webkit2 for Safari all pure speculation, but then it has to be when you are talking about a closed source product like Safari and don't work for Apple.

WebKit2 is already used for Safari (desktop). At some point in the future, it is presumed they'll use it for iOS Safari as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_%28web_browser%29#WebKit2

Media

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."
Portables (Games)

PS Vita Specs Announced 259

Posted by Soulskill
from the hamsters-with-crash-helmets dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has announced the hardware specs for the PS Vita and the details have confirmed most fans' hopes instead of their fears. The heart of the system is an ARM-developed Cortex A9 chip with four cores and a PowerVR SGX GPU. The screen is a 5-inch OLED capacitive touch-screen (with multi-touch) and a resolution of 960 x 544. The system will include 512MB of RAM and an additional 128MB of discrete VRAM. There will be front and rear cameras capable of 60fps at VGA resolution (640 x 480)."

Comment: Re:Can a nettop that can run media centre software (Score 1) 213

by jvj24601 (#32379074) Attached to: XBMC Discontinues Xbox Support
The Aspire Revo 1600 does indeed work great. I didn't even have to muck around with Windows XP (not even uninstalling it). I used Wubi to install Ubuntu 9.11, added the xbmc repository, spent a few minutes on Google to find some configuration tweaks, and it displays 1080p video perfectly. Since I already have an old computer as a server, the Revo's gigabit ethernet means that I don't care about local disk space.

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