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Madelaine McMasters

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  1. https://3dconnexion.com/uk/support/faq/beta-driver-for-macos-11-big-sur/
  2. One of the reviews I read indicated that throttling on the MacBook Air wasn't nearly the issue it's been in the past. The Mac Mini review stated that the entire Mac Mini drew less power from the wall socket than the Intel/AMD CPUs chips (which were apparently in motherboards that allowed power measurements) alone, all while besting them in the benchmarks.
  3. Your doubts seem to have been misplaced. Gavin Hird reports that the SL viewer runs fine on Apple's M1 Mac Mini (under Rosetta), offering 3x better performance than his two year old Intel Mac Mini. That should have Apple's entry level MacBook Air challenging my three year old i7 quad core MacBook Pro. Geekbench and Cinebench scores for the M1 Mac Mini place it about equal with my eight core Xeon/Radeon Vega 56 iMac Pro. If that's a backfire, I'll take it. ETA: The Cinebench results are probably overly optimistic for SL comparisons, as Apple included significant acceleration hardware
  4. Neither the Pfizer nor Moderna vaccines contain the virus, in any form. Each vaccine uses messenger RNA to instruct your body's cells to produce a single spike protein found on the surface of the Covid-19 virus. Your body then mounts an immune defense against that spike protein. Should you be exposed to Covid-19, your immune defense will be ready for it. This is, I think, the first time we've made vaccines without using the actual virus as a scaffold. In the past, we've damaged the target virus to the point it's no longer, or minimally infectious, yet remains recognizable to the immune sy
  5. I think this is because people don't take their masks off to shop, nor do they spend significant time in close proximity as they might in an office or at a hair stylist.
  6. I first heard Tig on an episode of "This American Life" and instantly fell in love with her...
  7. Fear of Clowns? They're people too, Gopi...
  8. I look forward to @Zara Meriman's report. Benchmark results for both CPU and GPU suggest the M1 is faster than the Quad Core i7 + Radeon Pro 460 in my top end 15" 2016 MacBook Pro. Emulation will probably knock that down some, but native apps should be quite zippy on the new Macs.
  9. Arson, flames, immolation, really energize MEEEE!!!
  10. Really? I'm grateful humor transcends SNARK! Grrr, damn you Lindal!!! Fortunately, late arrivals may enter AGAIN!!!
  11. My arson, directed deliberately, yields amity?
  12. Dad made a little "monster door" at the base of the wall in my bedroom when I was quite young. It opened to reveal a small space before a black wall intended to give the impression of an endless void. I really can't recall how it all started, whether I ever believed there really were monsters or if I always knew it was Dad on "the other side". Dad told me all kinds of stories about the strange creatures that lived there. They loved Snickers candy bars (as did Dad ;-), so I'd open the door and place one inside before going to bed at night, then eagerly check to see what they'd left me in the mo
  13. I was raised to believe Santa was an action, not a person. To this day, the pleasure of making and giving gifts far exceeds that of receiving them.
  14. The ARM architecture is far more open than x86, and far more popular. Your confusion appears to be growing. https://siliconangle.com/2020/06/26/exiting-x86-apple-microsoft-embracing-arm-based-pc/
  15. For applications that spend a lot of time in OS functions, a recompile isn't crucial, the OS calls run M1 native. That's how Apple can make the claim that some x86 apps run faster under M1 Rosetta than on x86 hardware. SL viewers probably make very little use of MacOS, so I don't expect zippy performance under Rosetta. How quickly a port can be done will depend on the toolchain used by LL and the nature of the code libraries they use. If they're using XCode/Objective C/Cocoa and third party x86 native libraries, it could be a tough slog. If they're using Catalyst and Swift, it'll go prett
  16. Do you think Apple cares? ETA: I think the responsibility for making SL run well on Macs rests with LL, who's financial fortunes are more tied to success on Apple than Apple's are on success with SL.
  17. I believe Apple has learned a lot from the last two processor transitions (68K->PPC and PPC->Intel). I expect this to be the most seamless they've done and the last they'll do. My new iPad Air benchmarks considerably faster than my four year old i7 quad-core MacBook Pro and feels more responsive running Pixelmator Pro. It can go days between charges, while my laptop can't get me from breakfast to lunch without plugging in. I can understand that you might not care for Apple's massive profitability, but it's pretty bizarre to suggest they got to be the world's largest company (by mark
  18. That's some incredibly calm water, Horus.
  19. There are plenty of Republicans complaining about losses in the House and Senate, so I think David Pakman's observation doesn't quite hit the mark. The only Republican candidate on ballots in all 50 states was... Trump. On the flip side, Republican pundits have observed that Dems and the liberal press seemed unconcerned with Covid-19 last week. That, of course, isn't true. With finite air time, the arrival of the election had to displace some Covid coverage. The next time you eat, pay attention to your breathing. You'll notice that you hold your breath while swallowing. This does not indi
  20. Rolig perfectly captures the way I felt up until just a few years ago. I'm on chemo medication that makes cold weather much harder for me to tolerate than when I was young, but I still love the quiet of winter. Six years ago, I bought a used Miata. Though I drive it year 'round with the top down, summer and autumn sunsets are the best time for a drive through the countryside. Though spring is certainly mud season, I am enjoying the fruits of all the landscaping I've done over the last decade in an attempt to make it interesting. The end result of all this is that my favorite season has c
  21. https://badgerherald.com/opinion/2020/01/28/wisconsins-increasing-farm-closures-spell-devastation-for-the-dairy-industry/ Last summer, I watched a local TV reporter interview a farmer who was entering foreclosure and losing the family cranberry farm that had been in his family for generations. China was Wisconsin's second largest export market, buying a lot of cranberries and ginseng. No longer. Wisconsin's agricultural exports to China have been cut by about a third since Trump's tariffs. Curiously, when asked by the reporter how he felt about Trump's tariffs costing him the family
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