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  • Valve abandons the macOS version of SteamVR

    Quite a few cross platform developers are moving to Vulkan and there are at least two libraries that allow you to easily recompile Vulkan to Metal. Quite a few games have done that with great success. ~30% speed boost vs OpenGL even though they weren't written directly for Metal.

    Unity has had Metal support for many years.
  • Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch ...

    What is the power draw of a microLED compared to an OLED of the same dimensions?
    "Unlike OLED, mLED is based on conventional 
    GaN LED technology, which offers far higher total brightness than OLED products, as much as 30 times, as well as higher efficiency in terms of lux/W. It also does not suffer from the shorter lifetimes of OLED, although the multi-year lifespan of modern OLEDs has mitigated this issue in most roles."
  • Apple Music removes Kanye West playlist after controversy

    "after the singer make antisemitic remarks on Twitter"

    Yes, AppleInsider articles are frequently full of typos. Also, apparently I’ve been banned for pointing this out so be careful! They can criticize but clearly don’t like receiving any.
    They emailed me once - they prefer you to send them (editor or author) a direct email rather than posting it in a public forum.
  • Apple, Netflix bail out of bidding war for Will Smith biopic amid controversy

    M68000 said:
    Dr. Dre threw a woman down a flight of stairs in public and then joked about it and Tim Cook loves him.
    Really?  If that is true than that is a disgrace and not a good look for Cook if he is aware of this.
    It's actually not true - he only attempted to throw her down the stairs - the real story (from 1991) is arguably worse: after excessive drinking and the whole of NWA angered by an interview Dee Barnes gave to Ice Cube in which Ice Cube dissed members of NWA: "He picked her up by her hair and "began slamming her head and the right side of her body repeatedly against a brick wall near the stairway" as his bodyguard held off the crowd with a gun. After Dr. Dre tried to throw her down the stairs and failed, he began kicking her in the ribs and hands. She escaped and ran into the women’s rest room. Dr. Dre followed her and "grabbed her from behind by the hair again and proceeded to punch her in the back of the head.""
  • Apple employees express concern over new child safety tools

    MisterKit said:
    So Apple scans our photo library for a hit on known child porn. Somebody at some point along the chain had to watch it and establish the library.
    That's not quite the process. It isn't viewing your library in the way some articles imply.

    The hash list is provided by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The images or likely just the hashes would have been provided by prosecutors/police agencies/child welfare.

    The article above describes the hash algorithm. The algorithm creates a hash value. The hash value computed for the photos in the iCloud library are compared to hash values in the list.

    An account is only flagged if there is a certain number of such hash matches.
  • Apple sues recycler for allegedly reselling 100,000 devices it was hired to scrap

    elijahg said:
    Surely if these devices were good enough to resell, it would be better to resell them than recycle them. It's always more eco-friendly to keep using an existing phone than buy a new one.

    Reduce > Reuse > Recyle.

    But, that's not what Geep was contracted to do so it's still a violation of that agreement.
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  • Stolen Quanta documents show MacBook Pro with SD card slot, MagSafe

    urashid said:
    These drawings don't look legit to me.  The key openings around the space bar do not show the inverted-T for the arrow keys:

    I highly doubt that Apple will revert back to the two full-size, two half-size arrow keys so soon after reverting back to the inverted-T layout.

    You may want to have a look at the new keyboard shipping with the 24" iMac…

  • Elon Musk says Apple's 30% commission rate is 'definitely not ok'

    mike1 said:
    Hmm. What's the margin on his cars as well as software upgrades?
    I was thinking the markup on power at Superchargers might be a better parallel.

    25 cents/KW for post 2017 purchases. Article had 13.5 cents/KW for the home rate. Plus expected markup beyond that if you charge a non-Tesla using a CCS adapter.
  • Apple might soon pay for Wikipedia content

    Paying to keep Troll Central afloat? Apple should demand Wikipedia to adhere to its own guidelines and stop the rampant editing by trolls like the "Guerrilla Skeptics" and others like them. JW fully supports these though.
    You like your planets flat and full of Nazis, eh?
  • European countries form coalition over contact tracing app concerns

    lkrupp said:
    WTF is a ‘digital epidemiologist’? Sounds like a bureaucracy on steroids. First we had the French ‘digital technology minister’. Now we have a Swedish ‘digital epidemiologist’. here in the U.S. we call them ‘czars’ I guess. Any differences other than expanding the bureaucracy exponentially?
    Instead of asking questions to spread doubt you could actually provide helpful information:

    "The term digital epidemiology was defined by Marcel Salathé as epidemiology that uses data that was generated outside the public health system, i.e., with data that was not generated with the primary purpose of doing epidemiology (Salathé 2018; Eckmanns et al. 2019)."

    Ok. that particular sentence highlighted by Google isn't particularly helpful, but you can read the whole article:

    It's not a bureaucratic term - it's more of a job title in a particular research discipline.