What, No Icosahedron? (12/21/01)
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Lastly, what better way to kick off the weekend than with a rumor so goofy, even Mac OS Rumors classifies it as "far-out"? Yes, as faithful viewer Echo Geometer Smythe informed us, that venerable clearing-house of Apple-flavored dirt is back-- and not just "back" like last Monday's "the server's alive but the content is lacking" back. This time around, MOSR's got some actual juice... though you may want to think twice before taking a big ol' swig of it. Especially if you're driving later.

Here it is, in all its wacky glory: MOSR reprinted a letter from a reader who claims that his friend overheard a drunk Apple-employed design engineer tell someone that the Power Mac G5's enclosure will be "a perfect dodecahedron." What's a dodecahedron, you ask? Clearly you're neither a math geek nor someone who played too much Dungeons & Dragons as a sullen teen. (Gamers and ex-gamers: it's the twelve-sided die.) Simply put, it's a solid with twelve faces; a perfect dodecahedron is one whose twelve faces are all equal and regular pentagons. For those seriously unversed in the terms of geometry (or, indeed, the buildings in Washington, D.C.), a pentagon is a shape with five sides. Get it? Five sides? G5?

Your level of belief in the plausibility of this rumor depends largely on whether you accept that Steve Jobs doesn't have a cube fetish (as the NeXT Cube and the Power Mac G4 Cube both suggest), but rather a "perfect solid" fetish, of which his predilection for cubes was merely a symptom. Of course, then you also have to decide whether, according to your definition of "reliable source," a rumors site's reader's friend's drunk Apple-employed partymate actually qualifies. If you can get past both of those hurdles, though, you've got one really nifty piece of hardware to look forward to. Enjoy! And welcome back, MOSR; this one was definitely worthy of your "comeback special."


 
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The above scene was taken from the 12/21/01 episode:

December 21, 2001: Did we say Mac OS X 10.1.2 wasn't out yet? Apple proves us wrong. Meanwhile, the mothership makes it abundantly clear that some Macs that are only fifteen months old have graphics chips that Mac OS X will never fully support, and Mac OS Rumors floats the remote possibility that Uncle Steve's playing around with some seriously wacky enclosures for the G5...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 3468: Not The End Of The World (12/21/01)   Wouldn't you know it? Less than half an hour after we broadcast a scene yesterday about how Mac OS X 10.1.2 wasn't out yet, faithful viewer Michael Dunne wrote in to let us know that it had suddenly shown up in Software Update...

  • 3469: Kinda Sorta Supported (12/21/01)   Before now, we've never really bothered to address the issue of Mac OS X's lack of support for a whole slew of ATI graphics chipsets found in several "supported" Macs. For those of you who aren't aware, as of yet, while Mac OS X as a whole will run on Macs with those unsupported chips (such as tray-loading iMacs and "Lombard" G3 PowerBooks), graphics speed on those systems reportedly leaves a lot to be desired; QuickTime performance is abysmal compared to that under Mac OS 9 on the same hardware, and OpenGL on those Macs apparently lacks any sort of hardware acceleration whatsoever, so 3D applications limp along like a drunk sloth with three sketchy ankles...

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