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Comment Re:Why MacRuby Matters? (Score 3, Insightful) 191

I don't care much for Ruby myself. I'm a Python guy, but I don't give a frack what language people use.

"Least used scripting language"? Right, because nobody develops on Rails (like it or hate it).

Ever check the stats on Developers who use Macs (vs. the general populace)? Didn't think so.

And finally: that which makes MacRuby very very fast can also make Ruby on *nix very very fast.

The problem with Ruby is not the language. It is the VM. Improve the VM, and more people will look at other uses where Ruby is a great fit but for its speed.

Comment Re:argh (Score 4, Informative) 153

Seems like a relatively trivial hack

Take it from someone who has actually replaced LCD panels in a MacBook Pro. This is NOT a relatively trivial hack.

And you cannot just "get the backlight off the LCD". The back portion of the panel proper is a reflective surface. Take that off, and your panel goes dark, except for two of the edges where the CCFL tubes or LED arrays are located.

On the MacBook Pro what this guy is doing would be nearly impossible. There is just no room between the panel and the shell. There's a bit more room in the regular MacBook.

Comment Viruses running as threads and interrupt handelers (Score 2, Interesting) 835

This is a scary thought that might be relevant. Wired recently published an interview with a repentant spyware author who mentioned that they had figured out how to run the virus as a series of discrete threads which are not running as part of any parent process, something that Windows evidently allows. He also stated that they considered using a completely threadless model, by installing the code as an interrupt handler. Just tie it to an interrupt that regularly fires, and their code runs in an utterly transparent manner - something Windows also allows. The guy claimed that they didn't actually do the interrupt trick. But the frightening think was that it is even possible. I have no doubt that someone will do it eventually.

Comment Re:Palantype, Velotype, Stenotype (Score 1) 663

Close. Brainless troubleshooting-tree-following monkeys. You know, like when you call tech support on an "everything's covered" service plan, and tell them "My computer was struck by lightening and the motherboard is quite literally fried", and they ask, "Is the green light lit up on your monitor?"

Yeah, forgot to capitalize the noun.

Comment Re:I tried Dvorak once (Score 1) 663

You should see people freak out when they try to type on my Das Keyboard II, with the Dvorak layout activated.

But to your point: I recently learned to type fully pointed Hebrew using a layout designed for academic work (SBL Tiro, FYI. It is based upon the modern Hebrew typewriter layout). Not having the keycaps, I avoided making incorrect associations between English and Hebrew letters. I'm reaching for a daleth or a gimel now, and not a D or a G.

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