Reality Distortion Field Theory
Apple News:CEO tests “crazy” genetic therapy on herself, claims it added 20 years of life | Ars Technica
CEO tests “crazy” genetic therapy on herself, claims it added 20 years of life | Ars TechnicaElizabeth Parrish, CEO of the biotech company BioViva, claims that her body's cells are 20 years younger after testing her company’s age-reversing gene therapy on herself.
This is probably how I'd do it as well. It's unfortunate that there some kind of implied safety in clinical trials, which have produced many of the great killer drugs of this century. And by killer, I mean literally, not figuratively.
Labels: big pharma
Apple News:When Wi-Fi is out, use Ethernet to get online with your iPad | Cult of Mac
When Wi-Fi is out, use Ethernet to get online with your iPad | Cult of MacNow, power on your hub and connect the USB A to B cable that comes with it (looks like a printer USB cable) into the rear of the hub. Connect the regular USB end to the USB input on your Lightning to USB 3 Camera adapter, then plug the Lightning end into your iPad.
It's masochistic, like Plug-n-Play.
Labels: 1990s, mac vs. pc
Apple News:King under the mountain: Building Colorado’s Cold War command center | Ars Technica
King under the mountain: Building Colorado’s Cold War command center | Ars TechnicaThe US military commissioned a bunker to be built in Cheyenne Mountain outside of Colorado Springs at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The bunker captured the public’s imagination and inspiring the 1983 movie WarGames.
Matthew Broderick's iconic role fondly remembered.
Apple News:How To Improve Performance Of Games On Retina Macs | Redmond Pie
How To Improve Performance Of Games On Retina Macs | Redmond Pie: "Retina Macs feature displays that have resolution of at least 2880 x 1440 or higher, depending on the type of MacBook or iMac you have. While this means great display quality, it is no secret that this mammoth of a resolution drives down gaming performance."
Preference pane: Displays.
Labels: macbook retina
Apple News:AMD’s Polaris will be a mainstream GPU, not high-end | Ars Technica
AMD’s Polaris will be a mainstream GPU, not high-end | Ars Technica: AMD’s Polaris will be a mainstream GPU, not high-end
AMD's upcoming Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 graphics chips won't be powering high-end graphics cards, according to recent comments by AMD. In its latest financial report, the company noted that Polaris 11 would target 'the notebook market,' while Polaris 10 would target 'the mainstream desktop and high-end gaming notebook segment.'
AMD-ATI keeps Nvidia hopping.
Apple News:Google mimics Apple Watch with conveniently swappable 'Mode' Android Wear bands
Google mimics Apple Watch with conveniently swappable 'Mode' Android Wear bands The new "Mode" snap-and-swap watch bands for Android Wear were designed in partnership with b&nd by Hadley Roma. Like with the Apple Watch, the bands can be removed by pressing a button, then sliding the band out to be replaced.
Love that GIF action.
Labels: 1990s, android vs ios
Apple News:It looks like the Play Store is headed to Chrome OS with “millions” of apps | Ars Technica
It looks like the Play Store is headed to Chrome OS with “millions” of apps | Ars Technica
Google first brought the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS with a project called the "App Runtime for Chrome (ARC)." Google built an Android runtime on Chrome OS and partnered with select developers to port a handful of Android apps. Now it sounds like Google is ready to unleash millions of Android apps onto the platform by bringing the entire Play Store to Chrome OS.
My, oh, my! Take that Redmond!
Labels: android vs ios, android vs. windows, chrome os
Apple News:UK dead-set on 10-year sentences for P2P pirates | Ars Technica
UK dead-set on 10-year sentences for P2P pirates | Ars TechnicaThe UK government has confirmed that it wants to bring in legislation increasing the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement to 10 years of imprisonment, despite widespread objections and doubts about its feasibility.
No jailtime for the banksters in the City of London, ever, but download a shitty song and go to prison for 10 years. That sounds just about right, doesn't it Mr. Orwell?
Apple News:AMD expects $1.5B in future revenue for three new gaming processors—but what are they? | Ars Technica
AMD expects $1.5B in future revenue for three new gaming processors—but what are they? | Ars TechnicaAMD's CEO Lisa Su made it clear during the earnings call that these semi-custom wins were related to the gaming sector, describing "semi-custom business and gaming" as the "larger driver" of Q2's revenue growth.
Looking forward to seeing ATI GPUs back in the Mac.
Labels: ATI vs. NVidia
Apple News:Amazon Prime Video has 4 times as many movies as Netflix - Business Insider
Amazon Prime Video has 4 times as many movies as Netflix - Business Insider: "Research last month showed that since January 2014, the number of titles available on Netflix in the US has shrunk by 31.7%. This was particularly pronounced in movies, where Netflix's selection had gone down by over 2,000 titles.
Really only relevant in the US because AFAIK Amazon Prime Canada has no streaming vids to speak of. Megalomania at its most entertaining.
Labels: Netflix vs. Amazon
Apple News:Apple's mysterious WWDC 2016 announcement: What does it mean?
Apple's mysterious WWDC 2016 announcement: What does it mean?: "For as long as Apple has designed creative invitations to its media events, geeks have treated them as the technical equivalent of a Rorschach test. What secret clues might Apple have hidden in the latest WWDC missive? Probably nothing."
Past big ideas at a conference meant to stimulate big ideas.
Labels: wwdc, wwdc 2016
Apple News:Sony PS4K is codenamed NEO, features upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM—report | Ars Technica
Sony PS4K is codenamed NEO, features upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM—report | Ars TechnicaIndeed, a product roadmap shown in March at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco indicated that AMD will swiftly follow up Polaris with Vega, a higher-performance part featuring second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2).
Polaris roadmap from AMD unveiled at GDC.
Apple News:Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips in upcoming Macs - report
Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips in upcoming Macs - reportSeveral sources have claimed that an OEM design win AMD secured last year was indeed for Apple, according to WCCFTech. Apple currently uses AMD graphics cards in the Mac Pro, 27-inch iMacs, and the highest-end configurations of the MacBook Pro. The Polaris 10 is believed to be best-suited to iMacs, while the Polaris 11 could make its way into MacBook Pros.
On a per-watt ratio, the new chips are expected to be about twice as fast as their predecessors, thanks largely to a smaller 14-nanometer FinFET architecture. For comparison, Samsung versions of the Apple A9 processor — used in the iPhone 6s and SE — are also based on a 14-nanometer process.
FinFET originally invented by a Hitachi researcher who further developed his ideas while visiting UC Berkeley in the late 90s.
History of FinFET at YouTube.
Labels: 1990s, FinFET, soc, SOI
Apple News:Apple spruces up its one-ported MacBook with Skylake and rose gold | Ars Technica
Apple spruces up its one-ported MacBook with Skylake and rose gold | Ars TechnicaApple has announced the first major hardware update for the 12-inch Retina MacBook, just over a year after releasing the first version. Apple first tipped its hand in a recent OS X Server update, which indicated that an "Early 2016" MacBook model was coming but revealed nothing else.
It's a Mac to go with your Manolo Blahniks and Moschino dress. Spreadsheets? What's that?
Apple News:Apple's 2016 MacBook refresh inching closer as Best Buy discontinues 12" MacBook, Airs go on sale
Apple's 2016 MacBook refresh inching closer as Best Buy discontinues 12" MacBook, Airs go on sale: "Following a five-week sale, Apple authorized reseller Best Buy has stopped selling Apple's current 12 inch MacBook, according to people familiar with the matter. They say that each of the 2015 models are currently listed as 'Discontinued' in the reseller's ordering system."
More conspiracy theories than 9/11 or who shot JFK.
Apple News:Apple expected to ditch aluminum, release glass-backed iPhone with OLED display in 2017
Apple expected to ditch aluminum, release glass-backed iPhone with OLED display in 2017Apple reportedly plans to shake up the materials used for the iPhone in 2017, abandoning the aluminum casing it has used for years and returning to the glass chassis championed with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.
Glass is the new (sic) aluminium.
Labels: iphone rumours, iphone7
Apple News:How Steve Jobs and the industrial design team saved Apple
How Steve Jobs and the industrial design team saved AppleThis week on The CultCast: We recall how Steve Jobs and the industrial design team brought Apple back from the brink. Plus: The reason Jony Ive gave up his car for a chauffeur; one year with the Apple Watch; and we reveal the strange cultural phenomena we’ve been secretly loving in an all-new What We’re Into.
You're sittin' me!
Apple News:Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, OS X 10.6, other old versions | Ars Technica
Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, OS X 10.6, other old versions | Ars Technica: "Google Chrome version 50 was released to the browser's stable channel yesterday, and in addition to a handful of new features and security fixes, the update also ends support for a wide range of operating systems that have been supported since Chrome launched on those platforms. Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, and OS X 10.8 are no longer supported."
And introducing Firefox, the browser that runs on every computer you currently use.
Labels: firefox vs. chrome
Apple News:Kepler exits emergency mode, re-establishes full communication | Ars Technica
Kepler exits emergency mode, re-establishes full communication | Ars Technica: "Late last week, NASA's Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft experienced some sort of problem that caused it to enter what's called emergency mode. This should only occur when the spacecraft experiences a serious problem, as it limits its activity and burns through the probe's limited fuel supply at an accelerated pace. This incident marked the first time since Kepler was launched in 2009 that it entered emergency mode."
Good news from the gift that keeps on giving!
Labels: 2000s, kepler, NASA
Apple News:First came the Breathalyzer, now meet the roadside police “textalyzer” | Ars Technica
First came the Breathalyzer, now meet the roadside police “textalyzer” | Ars TechnicaWe're all familiar with the Breathalyzer, the brand name for a roadside device that measures a suspected drunken driver's blood-alcohol level. It has been in use for decades. Now there's a so-called "textalyzer" device to help the authorities determine whether someone involved in a motor vehicle accident was unlawfully driving while distracted.
But still not a crime to invade a sovereign nation in the middle east and bomb civilians with drones. 1984. Thought crime.
Labels: 1980s, dystopia, orwellian future
Apple News:2016 Apple Watch will be internal 's' upgrade, major design changes to wait until 2017, insider says
2016 Apple Watch will be internal 's' upgrade, major design changes to wait until 2017, insider saysThis year's second-generation Apple Watch will feature improved internal components, but its external design will be largely unchanged from the first-generation model, according to well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo.
Think less secretly.
Labels: apple watch, apple watch 2
Apple News:Apple veteran Bill Atkinson talks about the early days of Mac
Apple veteran Bill Atkinson talks about the early days of Mac: "I’m a sucker for hearing ex-Apple employees talk about the company’s early days. In particular, it’s fascinating to find out more about the development of innovations like MacPaint and the Mac graphical interface, as well as speculate over who was really responsible for the Macintosh’s creation."
Bill's the man, the original man, one man behind the Woz.
Labels: 1970s, 1980s, aapl
Apple News:Why the iPad has never shipped with a calculator app
Why the iPad has never shipped with a calculator app: "‘It is actually a funny story,’ writes user Tangoshukudai. ‘When they were prototyping the iPad, they ported the iOS calc over, but it was just stretched to fit the screen. It was there all the way from the beginning of the prototypes and was just assumed by everyone at apple that it was going to be shipped that way."
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum...
Labels: 2000s, ipad, ipad vs iphone
Apple News:Nvidia unveils first Pascal graphics card, the monstrous Tesla P100 | Ars Technica
Nvidia unveils first Pascal graphics card, the monstrous Tesla P100 | Ars TechnicaThe first full-fat GPU based on Nvidia's all-new Pascal architecture is here. And while the Tesla P100 is aimed at professionals and deep learning systems rather than consumers, if consumer Pascal GPUs are anything like it—and there's a very good chance they will be—gamers and enthusiasts alike are going to see a monumental boost in performance.
Exciting for those of us who love to live in parallel.
Labels: parallel computing, SIMD
Apple News:HP Spectre 'MacBook beater' is world's thinnest notebook
HP Spectre 'MacBook beater' is world's thinnest notebook: "The HP Spectre sports a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass screen (compared to the 12 inches of Apple’s ultra-thin Retina MacBook) and your choice of sixth-gen Core i5 or i7 processors, with a maximum of 8GB of RAM and 512 gigs of solid-state PCIe storage."
Labels: Apple vs. HP, mac vs. pc