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Comment: Re:Also it stands to reason (Score 2) 303

'Under the skin' is the magic dust the Apple marketing people came up with this time.

It's the Altivec Unit of 2013.

AltiVec is a Freescale Semiconductor trademark. Apple calls it Velocity Engine, IBM and P.A. Semi call it VMX.

And, it's SIMD vector processing tech... hardly merely a marketing buzzword.

Comment: Re:News For Nerds (Score -1, Offtopic) 290

by neuroklinik (#33852960) Attached to: Alaska To Export Billions of Gallons of Water

the newer demographic who just want shiny luxury tech like iPhones

The idea that iPhone owners aren't and can't be geeks is a red herring.

Despite that, I agree with the overall gist of your comment: the quality of Slashdot posts has declined.

The article summary mentions nothing about patent, so what's with the comment on prior art?!

Comment: Re:After a month of daily use... (Score 1) 911

by neuroklinik (#32117238) Attached to: iPad Is Destroying Netbook Sales

I think you'd be surprised how many real geeks use apple devices.


I'm 35. I got my first computer (a TRS-80 CoCo 1) in 1980. I was writing pretty sophisticated code by the mid- to late-80's. Wrote a wardialer for OS-9 Level II when I was in my teens. I've been professionally involved in IT (engineering, consulting and management) for well over a decade. I own or have owned most easily obtainable computing platforms, often just for the sake of exploration and learning. I recently bought an old HP-9000/735 just to play around with NeXTStep PA-RISC. I do system administration for various flavors of Windows, Linux, and Unix, including Mac OS X.

By almost any account, I'm a hardcore geek. And I love my iPad. If anything, just because it's a new platform to explore. But also because it's a great kick-back and relax device for content consumption and play.

For some reason, there's a group of people out there who view the iPad as a threat of some kind. I frankly just don't get it. Apple's not forcing anyone to buy or use their products, and they aren't trying to take away your "real" computer. If you don't want one, don't buy it. But, leave those who do buy it in peace. The iPad appeals to a wide class of people: both hardcore geeks like myself who are eager to explore the new platform, and also to people who really don't want to put up with the complexity of traditional computers just for the sake of sending an email to their family.

Comment: What other Free codec? (Score 1) 436

by tepples (#32092780) Attached to: Why IE9 Will Not Support Codecs Other Than H.264

It's also the same with Firefox and their rejection of anything but Theora

More like vice versa. Theora is an extension of VP3, the only codec whose patent holder (On2) has licensed it worldwide for use in software meeting the definition of free software. All other codec owners have rejected Firefox.

Comment: Re:May have to do with Student Loans and Refunds (Score 1) 554

by wiredlogic (#32092558) Attached to: RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

There's also the problem of would be terrorists coming to the US on student visas and then doing something else with their time in the country. This is likely the strongest case for involving Federal funds in this matter although there should be more appropriate means of verifying a student's presence at a campus that don't involve the wholesale homage to Big Brother.

Comment: Re:why flamebait (Score 1) 601

by StayFrosty (#31787948) Attached to: IE9 Throws Down the Hardware Acceleration Gauntlet
You're putting a lot of words in to my mouth there. I didn't say anything about open source being better than closed source anywhere. I also said nothing bad about DirectX. All I said was it's wrong to use proprietary standards.

I will say again, I am on topic for this particular thread. You have no idea if I have read TFA or not. As far as trolling, the first (off-topic) comment bothered me and I chose to respond...I guess that's feeding the troll isn't it.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.