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Comment Re:good news fucked summary/title (Score 1) 66

Unanswered question for this system that does not emulate the CPU of phone hardware: how do they deal with native code in those apps that have it?

They don't emulate ARM on an x86 host if that's what you mean.

Intel at one point did release a library called Houdini, which does what you're asking.

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South Indian Frog Oozes Molecule That Inexplicably Decimates Flu Viruses (arstechnica.com) 114

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast influenza viruses. A compound in the frog's mucus -- long known to have germ-killing properties -- can latch onto flu virus particles and cause them to burst apart, researchers report in Immunity. The peptide is a potent and precise killer, able to demolish a whole class of flu viruses while leaving other viruses and cells unharmed. But scientists don't know exactly how it pulls off the viral eviscerations. No other antiviral peptide of its ilk seems to work the same way. The study authors, led by researchers at Emory University, note that the peptide appears uniquely nontoxic -- something that can't be said of many other frog-based compounds. Thus, the peptide on its own holds promise of being a potential therapy someday. But simply figuring out how it works could move researchers closer to a vaccine or therapy that could take out all flus, ditching the need for yearly vaccinations for each season's flavor of flu.

Comment Re:What a surprise (Score 1) 46

I'd be tempted to use continuum if they have sold it as a standard feature on $200 handsets but the Elite X3 is only going to be purchased by business customers for staff who'd prefer an iPhone 7.

Being a slashdot nerd I have multiple monitors, USB keyboards and mouses plus an HDMI TV. I do have a 2009 era laptop running Windows 10, as a student but would gladly turf it once my degree is complete in favour of a pocket device which has possibly more processing power!

Comment Re:What a surprise (Score 1) 46

Vendors. Lumia might be dead but look at that list - HP, Lenovo and VAIO.

Enough to keep the platform on life support. Still teasing the market with rumours of 'Surface Phone' vapourware emulating x86 on Snapdragon 835...

Footnote: Cerulean Moment is a crowdfunded project launching a new mid-range handset. Still a long way to meet their funding goal, however.

Comment Re:Do people buy things from MS stores? (Score 1) 116

I for one haven't used it. The store has advantages, in theory, provided they don't lock down the rest of the machine (c.f. Windows RT)...

1) Windows has no package manager, so a lot of freeware software utilities come from some dodgy download site that may bundle malware in the installer.
2) The update mechanisms for popular vendors run an update service in the background, which no one wants clogging up their machine
3) Applications in the store presumably run in a sandbox, which may improve security.

I'm a cheapskate, so I've never *paid* for any app on Google Play, so from the revenue side 30% of $0.00 is still $0.00

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