Tuan: We're very interested in it from both a technical point of view as well as a legal point of view you know the legal question was coming! Davide: I'm happy to explain that our module is perfectly legal, for a number of reasons, most of them technical. So we can reattach to the tech discussion too. First of all, the EFiX is absolutely not related to the hackintosh underworld. It doesn't use a single line of patched code, and I am going to explain to you why. The EFiX is not a pen drive at all. Inside it, there is a very powerful CPU and several gigabytes of dedicated static RAM. The module has its own code, language and endless functions. So there is absolutely no way that we even thought about using the patch a boo approach of "hackintosh". Tuan: Essentially you've developed a module that sits between the host system BIOS and Leopard letting a genuine, unpatched copy of the OS think the host is a Mac? Davide: That's just a small part of it. The EFiX is a total expansion for the PC, it takes over the low level functions of the board and supports all of the onboard hardware. I'm afraid I can't tell you the secrets, but I can surely tell you the main characteristics. For example, having a multi boot setup is just one of the many features of the module. Now I'm afraid I can't go into that, but there is a lot of stuff planned in the near future. Tuan: Several years ago, during the 486 days, companies like Evergreen developed PCI boards that contained complete embedded systems, allowing users to upgrade their aging 486 computers to a full Pentium level system, using a real Pentium chip with separate memory and all. Is this what your product essentially does? Replace the BIOS calls and riding the USB interface? Davide: Ah I think I remember that. This also happened on the Mac platforms. Tuan: So is it safe to assume that the EFiX works in similar ways? Davide: Our product doesn't take over the main CPU of course, it just manages its own functions, and helps vastly in the peripheral management. So not only is the EFiX not a "hackintosh" thing, it does much more, and will do much more. [You can] run a perfectly legal, original copy of Leopard on your PC. Tuan: I see. That's great for the community then, if they can just plug in the EFiX and have a go at Leopard. Davide: And I can tell you some juicy news too actually. X48 support is nearly finalized. The testing is going quite well so far. By the time you receive the modules, X48 support should be included too. My personal board is a [Gigabyte] X48 DQ6, best board I ever had. Tuan: Actually that reminds me. I have another question for you. Why will the 8800GTX I have to test the EFiX with be limited to just 256 MB of memory? Davide: It is just a cosmetic thing, and anyway, that is going to be fixed with the new firmware Like the memory speed. System memory speed is always read at 800 MHz now. Even if it is faster. That will also be amended. I forgot to tell you one of the most important things. Davide: The EFiX is the first BPU (boot processing unit) on the market. Why PC users want to even imitate Apple is so humiliating. And the whole "avoiding the EULA" seems very Napster. And we all know what happened to that. Or when the Florida state wanted to reduce drug abuse, they didnt go around taking drugs from users, instead they went to the supplier and shut them down. Why would the "liquid cooled" modder, ever want to run OSX? or Linux even for that matter? None of them would even have i2c drivers for the 101 sensors on the hardware. And needless to say that, the most sophisticated 3D application you will ever run would be the screensaver. It would be like buying a BMW M5 just to listen to the radio. It doesn't make sense. Windows users that want to use OSX really need to wake up. Regardless of the lack of 3rd party hardware compatibility, how long are you going to stare at iLife. For each OSX app, there is a thousand more Windows applications, and a million more Linux applications. Yes some smart ass will come in and argue, Quality/Quantity. And if that is your only retort, you deserve to use OSX on a PC. Multi billion dollar companies like IBM dont turn their entire business around to pursue Linux and open source related projects, because they think its "cool". They probably have more people in management analysing growth options in open source, than EFiX and Toms Hardware have in the entire company. Linux has always had everything OSX has. And Windows for that matter, haha you cant even have multiple file locks yet! Linux has supported that since day 1 (over 15years ago), just an example to the extent at which Windows is behind. OSX is pretty shitty too, they took an old version of BSD and hacked it to death. The underlying operating system hardly resembles BSD anymore. So if you think a watered down version of BSD, with a body kit, is cool, enjoy. After all ignorance is bliss. OSX And Windows are both playing "copy the coolest", When Reebok tried to copy Nike, they lost $100 million in net worth. If there does exist a person who "liquid cools" and wants to run OSX on his/her PC, please show us some evidence Mr EFiX. I say that Apple Corporation will sue whoever make and sell EFiX very soon after they find it even remotely popular. Software is protected by both copy right and patent law. If they can't sue for violating EULA, they will find the other way to sue them into bankruptcy. It is likely that EFiX contain BIOS code from Apple Corporation. Overpriced hardware is the only reason that Apple Corporation's stock price is that high ($131.05 at the moment, down from $154 a month ago). Other than that, Apple Corporation can still be a total ass, if they aren't enough already, and issue renewed Leopard update with a hidden BIOS refresh to get around the USB booting device. That refresh might kill any none Mac mobo running Leopard. And then you need another new version EFiX to deal with it after the mobo returned from RMA, if it's not forced out of business by Apple Corporation at that time. You think it's impossible that Apple Corporation can be a total ass to do that? Then think again. They just released iTune update to Windows with hidden driver update that will cause lock ups and BSOD on Windows Vista 64. The speedy withdraw of that faulty software makes me even more suspicious of Apple Corp.'s motive on the whole event. MadGoatPricing?! Availability? I would hope its priced fairly reasonable considering one would also need to purchase a copy of OSX. 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But they do talk about the demise of the noble women's major league sports experiment that ended in stunning, unexpected midseason bankruptcy 18 months ago during the league's Christmas break. The problem is, a lot of you who have read this far are probably trying to recall just which sport the Xplosion played. Every four years, the American stars represented the USA at the Olympics, and then went back to ride the bullet trains in Tokyo and collect paychecks. The ABL had respect for its own product as a supplement to the men's game, not a stepchild. It played a full, professional length season in the winter, and it paid stunning salaries for a startup operation. Its successor, the Women's NBA, is a condescending, short season operation, primarily formed to fill dates in NBA controlled private arenas over the summer. The ABL involved the sort of respect and financial commitment that would seem to be in line with the currently running Nike commercials, which lecture us that "the sisters" are working just as hard as the men in sports, yet are underrewarded and underappreciated. Sure enough, one shoe company stepped up and invested heavily as the ABL's major sponsor. So why am I bringing this up now? Every time I read about the next imminent attempt to get a women's professional sports league going, I think back to the Xplosion and the ABL's failure. And I fear for the investors' bank accounts. Yet promoters of the women's games are going to keep trying. The members of the World Cup gold medal soccer team will be dispersed through the new women's professional league. The Colorado Valkyries will be Denver's entry in the Women's Professional Football League. With the Nuggets Avalanche Pepsi Center ownership finally in the portfolio of Stan Kroenke, there's a chance the WNBA could land in Denver in the future. Maybe this is sexist, but it sure seems as if a women's football league has the potential to be a circus, not a legitimate sports operation. It is not an outlet for female athletes to continue playing games they took up, and excelled at, in the wake of the burgeoning opportunities of the past 25 years. And, yes, I feel the same way about women's boxing. In contrast, the ABL did it "right," and died. Many of us in sports journalism who routinely and calculatingly dispense political correctness wouldn't have sat at an ABL press row if the free dinner had been filet mignon. It was beneath us. But that's incidental. The more crippling problem was that the very constituencies that have lobbied for justice and equity in sports, including Title IX and other opportunities for female athletes from grade school on up, didn't step up and buy tickets. That is not a scathing value judgment. That's a fact. The marketplace should rule, just as it has run so many men's teams out of operation. If enough fans are entertained by paying bargain prices for women's indoor football, having a few beers and heading home happy, fine. The more significant test of women's sports status, though, is the imminent soccer league. Ever since I watched the powerhouse program at the University of Portland, which has contributed two of the national team stars, I was convinced there was a niche women's soccer could fill on the national scene. It should be the corresponding scholastic sport to football. Comparatively, it has drawn "better" women athletes than men in the USA. Seventy kazillion girls, we have been told for years, have grown up playing the sport. But the women's soccer league won't be able to survive, either, unless the hot air is translated into ticket sales. There are plenty of former ABL employees who can tell them stories about that.
Real Womens Air Jordan 10 Steel Grey,Air Jordan 13 Reflective Silver Christian Horner has said Red Bull were initially unsure which of their drivers' strategies would ultimately win out in the Japanese GP and insists Mark Webber would have been free to challenge Sebastian Vettel for victory in the closing laps. The World Champions' decision to run split pit strategies with their two drivers in Sunday's race proved a major post race talking point after Vettel, who had run third to Webber and long time race leader Romain Grosjean through the first two stints, prevailed thanks to a long running two stop plan and claimed his fifth successive victory. Webber, meanwhile, was switched onto a three stop strategy mid way through the race a decision the Australian later revealed had "surprised" him and which he had questioned over team radio when the details were relayed to him. Christian Horner told Sky Sports F1 immediately after overseeing his team's second one two finish of the season that they had made Webber make an additional pitstop owing to excessive tyre wear on the Australian's car by the end of the opening stint, later adding the tyres had been at "100% wear". Speaking to reporters on Sunday night at Suzuka, Horner insisted that while either strategy could have proved the more advantageous one, it was Vettel's immediate pass on Grosjean for the lead after his final stop that ultimately made the difference. "There are always decisive moments in any race and any championship and I think the decisive moment today was really in the first stint," the Red Bull Team Principal said in reference to Webber's higher tyre wear. "Then of course Sebastian was able to make that move on Grosjean very quickly. "He knew that Mark had gone a difficult route it wasn't clear at the point that we went that which was going to be the quicker way to the end of the race. "Potentially the three stop looked it but effectively we hedged our bets, split the cars which was then tactically was a question of what do you do as Lotus? Which one do you cover? It was the best option for us as a team." While Vettel caught and passed Grosjean within three laps of his final pitstop, Webber took far longer to pass when he caught up with the Lotus, despite the advantage of fresher medium tyres, with the 37 year old only completing the move with two laps to go. By then Vettel was too far out of reach for any late charge. But had he not been, Horner says both drivers were aware they would have been free to fight it out despite the German being on the brink of his fourth world title. "We'd discussed it before the race that the drivers were free to race each other today," the Englishman added. "But Sebastian making the move early and quickly and getting past Grosjean and building a bit of a lead was critical for his race." Horner added: "When Mark pitted with ten or 11 laps to go and went on to the soft tyre he obviously closed on Grosjean pretty quickly but then came across a bit of traffic and unfortunately he didn't go past Grosjean too quickly. That killed off any chance he had of winning the race." Horner also clarified that Vettel's radio call to Red Bull to "keep him away from me" was in reference to the McLaren of Sergio Perez who the German was coming up to lap, rather than the oncoming Webber. "Sebastian came on the radio and said get Perez out the way because he was coming up to lap him," the Red Bull chief confirmed. "Perez was running at a reasonable pace and Sebastian knew that sitting behind a car, and he'd done a lap behind Perez, was going to damage those tyres. So he said to Charlie 'come on this isn't fair, he's been there for over a lap' and Perez immediately pulled out of the way and he came back on radio and said 'thank you very much.'" Grosjean set to be retainedAlonso: Podium out of reach'Drive through ruined my race'Hulkenberg: Deal not signedTed's Japanese Notebook'Unbelievable start' from GrosjeanLewis luckless in JapanWebber 'surprised' by strategyDriver reaction Japanese GPVettel: Japan 2011 inspired meChilton takes the positivesButton We should have done betterHamilton bemoans bad luckVettel wins gripping Japan GPMaria De Villota 1980 2013McLaren confirm ProdromouLotus pair poised againVillota death linked to crashDriver reaction QualifyingAlonso unhappy with his paceVergne fired up in Japan qualyVettel: No KERS concernsHamilton: Strong started needed to beat Red BullLewis hopes to pose a threatWebber on pole in JapanWebber downplays pole position Air Jordan 10 Steel Grey Another lavish gift from the University of Oregon's billionaire benefactor will land a six story, 100,000 square foot building on the UO's growing sports campus, but the gift won't exactly be free to the university. The new football operations building, a present from Nike chairman Phil Knight, will cost the UO athletic department roughly $1 million to $2 million, for rerouting underground utilities at the site near the Casanova Center west of Autzen Stadium. That work must be done at the department's expense before construction can begin, under Knight's agreement with the UO. And it could cost the athletic department as much as $1 million a year to run the building when costs for new personnel, utilities and other expenses are figured in. However, department officials cautioned that that figure is just an estimate and that it will be some time before operation costs are known. The gift comes with other strings. The building's operation costs include five full time positions, including a curator for a football hall of fame and museum that the athletic department is required to hire under the agreement with Knight. And the project will result in the loss of more than 400 parking spaces next to the stadium. That's because the existing soccer/lacrosse field west of the Moshofsky Center will have to be moved to the east side of the stadium to make room for three football practice fields that Knight will create as part of the deal. Knight is paying for the new soccer/lacrosse field. Athletics director Rob Mullens said the department can afford the extra operations and underground utilities costs, and supplied new financial projections to support that conclusion. A new spreadsheet that includes the new expenses, plus an extra $8 million draw from the department's big Legacy Fund reserve account, forecasts the department remaining solidly in the black for the next 27 years. The spreadsheet doesn't break out the entire athletic department budget and folds the added costs stemming from Knight's latest project into a single line item with everything except the new basketball arena budget. But Mullens said the new costs were factored into the department's projected ex penses. Mullens said Knight's huge project is necessary to the continued success of the football program, which is coming off its first ever appearance in the national championship game and ended the season ranked No. 3. Football, he said, is the economic engine that drives the athletic department. "It's a good investment," he said. "We've got to make sure we maintain that asset. Football generates between 60 and 70 percent of our (revenues), and this is an important next step." But the project is sure to further stoke the debate over the role of big time athletics at an institution where some feel the glitz of the sports program overshadows the academic program. And it will add one more top of the line athletics building to a stable of athletes only structures that often outshine those used for teaching and research. Amelie Rousseau, the UO's student body president, said accepting the building doesn't reflect what the university's priorities should be. "In these economic times, why are we building these extravagant buildings?" she asked. "We don't need athletic complexes. We need classrooms and residence halls. That's what students need." But math professor Dev Sinha, chairman of the UO's Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, said people shouldn't be upset by Knight's decision to focus his philanthropy on athletics. "I'm a faculty member. I'd much rather have him build us a new math department like that, or a new student union or an academic learning center, you name it," he said. "But he honestly believes in the role that athletics has to play in the development of these young men and women. I think people fail to recognize that there's a significant amount of value there. It's not just games." The new building, which actually is two buildings connected by a skybridge, will be a gift from Knight, the UO alum and Nike co founder. As with two previous gifts the Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes and a remodel of the Casanova Center locker room and training facilities Knight is leasing the building site from the university and will turn over the completed building when it's done. And as with the previous projects, Knight isn't saying how much the building will cost. But the Nike chairman isn't known for skimping. University documents show that the Jaqua Center cost $805 per square foot for construction alone, and more than $1,000 a square foot when furnishings, equipment and design costs are factored in. If the new football building is anything like Jaqua, the cost could equal the $90 million spent to expand Autzen Stadium in 2002. That would make the stadium, the football building and the new $227 million Matthew Knight Arena, named for Phil and Penny Knight's late son, the three most expensive buildings on campus. And it would top the $65 million, 100,000 square foot Lewis Integrative Science Building, now under construction and the most expensive academic building on campus, and the $75 million East Campus residence hall, also under construction and the most expensive student housing ever built on campus. It also would further elevate Knight as the university's most generous donor. With his other known gifts and estimates of others, this newest building could make his philanthropy worth more than $300 million. The newest buildings are as yet unnamed, but Knight has reserved the right to name them. One wing would house training, meeting and office space for the football program and overlook the three new practice fields, two with artificial turf and one with grass. The other wing would be for athletic department operations and include "teaching facility theaters," meeting and training space and a diving pavilion, according to planning documents. Preliminary plans filed with the city show the athletics building located just north of the Casanova Center and the football building west of that building. They would be perpendicular to each other and connected by a skybridge at the corners, creating an open plaza in the center where the current main entrance plaza to the Casanova Center is located. The plan calls for the demolition of the current ticket office, in an extension of the Casanova Center, to accommodate the building to the north. Site work also could require demolition and reconstruction of much of the existing plaza. The buildings will have five floors above ground and an underground parking level for 194 cars. Both buildings are located on what are now parking areas, but the underground parking would result in a net increase of about 30 spaces in that area. But the overall project will eliminate several hundred parking spots around Autzen Stadium. The three football practice fields included in the project two 100 yard synthetic turf fields and an 80 yard grass field will force the reclocation of Pap Field, the women's soccer and lacrosse field. The new soccer/lacrosse field will be just east of Autzen Stadium and south of PK Park, the UO baseball diamond that took out 500 parking spaces. The new soccer/lacrosse field will eliminate an estimated 453 spaces, but because the underground parking will create more spaces than it eliminates, the net loss of parking over the entire Autzen site is estimated at 422 slots. According to the planning documents filed with the city, that still leaves the university with 2,900 spaces on the Autzen site and 2,197 more spaces secured through agreements between the university and the owners of properties near the stadium, for a total of 5,097 spaces. The city requires the UO to provide at least 4,749 spaces, which includes the off site locations. So even with the loss, the university exceeds the city requirement.
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