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Canonical Designer Demos Ubuntu Context-Aware UI

CmdrTaco posted about 4 years ago | from the i-sense-something-interesting dept.

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Blacklaw writes "Canonical's Christian Giordano has posted details of what he believes could be the future of user interface design in Ubuntu — a system that detects physical context. Designed to be paired with a webcam or other sensor system, the concept is that the computer is able to detect where a user is in proximity to the display along with an idea of roughly what he or she might be doing. Using this information, the operating system — in this case, Ubuntu Linux — can automatically make changes to the screen layout. For example, when the system detects that the user has leaned back in his or her chair, the system automatically makes the currently playing video full-screen. Lean forward again, and the video returns to its previous windowed mode."

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Porn (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648324)

So if the computer sees me with a box of tissues and some lube it will start up youporn?

Great idea! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648464)

Next, maybe they will get my printer to work with Ubuntu!

Re:Great idea! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649054)

To be honest, your parent's post is a much more useful feature than yours.

Re:Porn (0, Troll)

grub (11606) | about 4 years ago | (#33648476)


Youporn if you're using Ubuntu. If it gets ported to the Mac you go to goatse.

I jest, I jest.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648520)

Not only that, but it puts the video on loop.

Re:Porn (4, Funny)

ray-auch (454705) | about 4 years ago | (#33648564)

More importantly, will it minimise the porn window when the wife enters the room behind you ?

Re:Porn (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 4 years ago | (#33648690)

Actually, while this is certainly a funny sort of thing, I can see where it would be useful from a privacy standpoint. A simple USB laser sensor could be a trigger for someone approaching from behind and could be fairly inexpensive, self-contained and more importantly, not a processor hog on your main system. Various means of detecting presence and absence can be useful for privacy and security purposes. I know one or two people in HR who could make use of such technology where the contents of their screens would be considered sensitive.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649260)

Or a pool could be mounted behind the computer that contains sharks with lasers mounted on top of them. The sharks are then trained to spot your wife and point the laser to a receiver device behind your back when the wife enters. Or, we could make it such that the wife enters through the pool with the sharks, which makes it easier for the sharks to detect her and additionally gives you and the computer more time to switch of youporn. The possibilities are endless...

Re:Porn (2, Funny)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33648734)

Or if your head suddenly twitches like mine always does when a manager walks in and I realise I'm doing sod all work.

Re:Porn (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648736)

>More importantly, will it minimise the porn window when the wife enters the room behind you ?

Wife/SO: "That's it, I'm leaving. Masturbating to porn I could handle, but to Slashdot?!?"

first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648328)

first

Why not link the source? (5, Insightful)

mikael_j (106439) | about 4 years ago | (#33648334)

Why does the summary not link the actual blog post at canonical.com [canonical.com] instead of some ad-encumbered summary?

Re:Why not link the source? (2, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | about 4 years ago | (#33648456)

Why does the summary not link the actual blog post at canonical.com instead of some ad-encumbered summary?

Because then the submitter wouldn't get his cut?

Re:Why not link the source? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 4 years ago | (#33648556)

Revenue sharing.

Teal deer (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 4 years ago | (#33649250)

Why does the summary not link the actual blog post at canonical.com [canonical.com] instead of some ad-encumbered summary?

Summaries have three purposes. First, a good executive summary adds context that may not have been in the article. Second, a good executive summary gets the point across so that readers don't get attacked by a tl;dr [photobucket.com] . Third, a well-known online encyclopedia is likely to care more about a press release if the mainstream news media have reported on it.

Hmm (5, Insightful)

El Lobo (994537) | about 4 years ago | (#33648346)

Another guess and pray system. Please don't. or at least make it optional (not that I use ubuntu, but)... Guess and pray system are often more of an irritation that usable.

Re:Hmm (4, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | about 4 years ago | (#33648430)

Exactly what I was thinking. This seems like it would be just as bad as clippy. Computers aren't good at just "figuring out what you meant". That's why language syntax has always been so strict. They're good at doing EXACTLY what you say when you're specific and say it right. If I want my video full screen I'll Alt+Enter before I lean back in the chair . . .

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648754)

If I want my video full screen I'll Alt+Enter before I lean back in the chair.

Exactly. Focus on simplifying and standardizing UI controls, and particularly keyboard shortcuts, not on trying to make computers "smarter" (which always leads to annoying failure).

Re:Hmm (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 years ago | (#33649082)

...yeah, because we all know how much of a failure that "smarter" software installer is.

apt-get remove annoying-troll

[/sarcasm]

Of course this is the usual pattern. If Linux tries to innovate, then it is labeled
to strange or not sufficiently like monopoly product. If Linux tries to look too much
like the monopoly product, then people complain that Free Software never innovates.

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649238)

Exactly what is all that innovative? There is nothing in this stuff that hasn't been done before. It's actually rather mundane and sounds to be more of an annoyance than anything else.

Re:Hmm (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648462)

clippy anyone? ;)

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649012)

It's Linux, everything is optional.

Re:Hmm (1, Insightful)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 4 years ago | (#33649292)

And based on Ubuntu's history of poor packaging when you try to remove this it will most likely try to claim that you need to remove your entire DE as well.

Re:Hmm (1)

noidentity (188756) | about 4 years ago | (#33649270)

I think this is a great innovation. Here are other context-sensitive things it could do:
  • Mac fanboy in room: change UI to look like Mac OS X
  • Police in room: change UI to look like Windows, so they don't think you're an evil hacker
  • Frustration visible: avoid doing annoying things like popping the update manager up every day
  • Female in the room: hide any porn files that are on the desktop
  • Detects person who doesn't want computer second-guessing his intentions: disable context-aware UI permanently

Re:Hmm (4, Funny)

Compaqt (1758360) | about 4 years ago | (#33649314)

First they messed up sound with PulseAudio, but I did not say anything because I killall'd it in cron.

Then they came for my window control menus, but I did not say anything because I gconf'd it.

Now they have come for my gnome-terminal replacing it with HAL, and there's no one left to speak for me.

Re:Hmm (2, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 4 years ago | (#33649382)

And then you win.

"Lotion and kleenex detected in the vicinity..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648350)

"Shall I queue up some porn?"

I don't want a jealous computer... (4, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | about 4 years ago | (#33648358)

... that yells "Pay attention!" every time it detects my eyes focusing on my television rather than its monitor!

Re:I don't want a jealous computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648398)

Hey! Listen! Hey! HEY! LISTEN!

Re:I don't want a jealous computer... (-1, Offtopic)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 4 years ago | (#33648542)

Like this [kaboodle.com] ?

Re:I don't want a jealous computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649324)

but my TV IS my monitor :(

So now the computer starts looking at me? (3, Insightful)

wvmarle (1070040) | about 4 years ago | (#33648364)

So now the computer starts looking at me, instead of just me looking at the computer?

Interesting. But sounds a bit scary too.

Re:So now the computer starts looking at me? (4, Insightful)

captainpanic (1173915) | about 4 years ago | (#33648534)

As long as the options aren't hidden in obscure menus, or disabled because the users are considered idiots, then I think I like it.

In short: I like it if I can tweak it (and if I can disable it if necessary).

-- The options menu of my webcam extends to my drawer where I keep my duct tape to block the lens. Be warned, evil empire, I am armed with duct tape!

Re:So now the computer starts looking at me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648654)

So now the computer starts looking at me, instead of just me looking at the computer?

I hear they already have computers like this in Soviet Russia.

Re:So now the computer starts looking at me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648656)

If you want a vision of the future, wvmarle. Imagine a boot, stamping on an Ubuntu installation disk - forever.

Re:So now the computer starts looking at me? (1)

Reez (65123) | about 4 years ago | (#33648990)

I heard this used to be the way in Soviet Russia ...

Re:So now the computer starts looking at me? (2, Funny)

beh (4759) | about 4 years ago | (#33649172)

Well - at least the hostname abyss looks appropriate now:

When you look into the abyss, the abyss will also look at you...

Interesting... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648366)

So if I dangle my Special Purpose in front of my webcam, will it boot me into Damn Small Linux?

Re:Interesting... (4, Funny)

Hinhule (811436) | about 4 years ago | (#33648412)

I think it'll launch chatroulette.

what happens... (0)

Kristopeit,MichaelDa (1905518) | about 4 years ago | (#33648376)

when you lean forward then back then forward then back repeatedly while hiding an arm between your legs?

Re:what happens... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648536)

You're doing it wrong.

Re:what happens... (1)

Kristopeit,MichaelDa (1905518) | about 4 years ago | (#33648602)

what am i doing wrong? i'm curious if the UI will do something that you or i would think was wrong.

Re:what happens... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648606)

Don't mind him, Mikey has a long history of mental illness, evidenced by this thread [slashdot.org] . Being a rabidly violent gun nut is one thing, but feces and bestiality is in a whole other league.

Re:what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649348)

what the? i don't even...

Re:what happens... (1, Funny)

Kristopeit,MichaelDa (1905518) | about 4 years ago | (#33649350)

can't let it be, can you, coward?

i never said anything about feces or bestiality. someone else, likely you, pathetically and cowardly registered a username in my given name's likeness and attempted to hijack my identity and disrespect my wife.

you are a coward.

if you present yourself, and admit to these actions, i will kill you. this is a simple fact i'm sure you're aware of. i'm not a gun nut... i'm a man with a gun and a disrespected wife, hunting a coward.

is this still the guy i got expelled from college? bitter about that child porn i reported to the dean that was on your student file server account? you've moved on to fantasizing about bestiality?

you are NOTHING

Re:what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648682)

That depends if it is his arm.

Re:what happens... (1)

itsdapead (734413) | about 4 years ago | (#33648824)

Option 1: Clippy pops up and says "Hi, you appear to be trying to use a plunger to unblock your toilet while still sitting on it. Would you like some help?"

Option 2: It searches the system to see if a Wank-n-wipe compatible Kleenex dispenser is connected to the system.

Option 3: if ( location=="Lower Merion School District" ) WebCam.activate();

Option 4: If you are running Flight Simulator 2010 then it activates the ejector seat (beware: may result in prematiure ejection!)

Re:what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649330)

awwwww, seems our Mikey Kristopeity is a little autistic.

explains so much.

Re:what happens... (0, Troll)

Kristopeit,MichaelDa (1905518) | about 4 years ago | (#33649370)

because i'm capable of designing test cases likely to drastically fail user interface tests?

you're an idiot.

Consitancy (3, Insightful)

anss123 (985305) | about 4 years ago | (#33648396)

A good UI need to be consistent and predictable. When software tries to second guess what I want, glares at MS Word, it tends to piss me off instead.

And no, I don't want a video to full screen when I lean back or audio to mute when I switch app or whatever they think of next.

Re:Consitancy (1)

flipper9 (109877) | about 4 years ago | (#33648438)

If you don't like something, then either turn it off or uninstall it. Whining about it so that others, who may want the technology, can't have it is just wrong.

Re:Consitancy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648582)

Tell you what: Why not make such superflous, irritating and obnoxious behaviour something YOU install, for your craptastic enjoyment?

Absolutely HATE "smart" agents, animated puppets, slowdowns, bad/generic wizards, audio locked to application, thrashing and gnashing harddrives, DRM-infested network drivers stuttering on file copying and other ideas turned bad.

Re:Consitancy (3, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | about 4 years ago | (#33648488)

glares at MS Word

Now, thanks to this new technology, Clippy can appear and say "It looks like I'm pissing you off! What can I do to help?"

Then your reaction might cause Clippy to dial 9-1-1 (or the local equivalent for non-US versions) for you so an ambulance can be on the way already to deal with the aneurysm you are about to have in 3... 2...

But when you pass out and your nose lands on the "F" key, he'll turn off autorepeat for you so if you survive the experience your document will be waiting for you when you get back from the hospital. Maybe not so much in the American version, here he'll just check your insurance status and put your car and house up on eBay so you can afford the downpayment on your medical bills.

Re:Consitancy (3, Funny)

cparker15 (779546) | about 4 years ago | (#33649176)

9-1-1 (or the local equivalent for non-US versions)

I think you mean 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3, you berk!

Re:Consitancy (1)

natehoy (1608657) | about 4 years ago | (#33649244)

Thanks, Moss.

Re:Consitancy (3, Insightful)

RNLockwood (224353) | about 4 years ago | (#33648530)

Yeah, I can see it now. My eyes require larger print, pictures, etc. on the display I have. I can't quite make something out and lean forward: it gets smaller. To get it bigger I must lean back. And so on and so on. I think the Greeks had a story about something like this.

Re:Consitancy (4, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | about 4 years ago | (#33648632)

They'll announce it a few years from now, codename "Terrifying Tantalus"

Re:Consitancy (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | about 4 years ago | (#33648658)

I think the Greeks had a story about something like this.

wiki:Tantalus [wikipedia.org]

Tantalus's punishment for his act, now a proverbial term for temptation without satisfaction (the source of the English word "tantalise" - US "tantalize"),[13]) was to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches. Whenever he reached for the fruit, the branches raised his intended meal from his grasp. Whenever he bent down to get a drink, the water receded before he could get any. Over his head towers a threatening stone, like that of Sisyphus.[14]

Re:Consitancy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649476)

Um, I would think there'd be a minimum, that you could make reasonably large.

Re:Consitancy (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 4 years ago | (#33649152)

All software is consistent. Whether you can predict it is more a function of your own intelligence and understanding.

Not that I'm disparaging you, though. I agree that software should be predictable by the user, and that's why I only support this feature if it will include lots of configuration, so the software can also understand the user's desires appropriately. After spending an hour or two configuring Compiz to know that (for example) my mouse follows my attention, I increased my productivity. I expect this to be no different.

After all, how long does it take for a human to be able to predict another human's actions, with any reasonable accuracy?

This is probably the tin foil talking, but.... (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#33648408)

...I never leave a webcam hooked up to my computer unless I'm about to use it.

Re:This is probably the tin foil talking, but.... (1)

moonbender (547943) | about 4 years ago | (#33648512)

You need to either store the webcam in another room or wrap it in aluminum foil, otherwise the government will use USB RAYS to connect the cam wirelessly!

80's song? (2, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | about 4 years ago | (#33648414)

I always feel like... Ubuntu's watching me!

Someone needs to contact Google, they'll provide a shitload of funding for something like this, as long as they can get some of the images to run through some sort of facial expression analysis.

Not only will they know the sites you are visiting, but they'll get an idea of how interested you are in each individual product you see, and whether you glance at their ads.

oh oh... (3, Funny)

polle404 (727386) | about 4 years ago | (#33648458)

shutdown -h now

"...I'm afraid i can't let you do that, Dave..."

Re:oh oh... (1)

itsdapead (734413) | about 4 years ago | (#33648884)

shutdown -h now

"...I'm afraid i can't let you do that, Dave..."

Darn. It read your lips while you were talking about wiping it and installing Debian...

Re:oh oh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649656)

sudo shutdown -h now

Fixed that for you.

Great (3, Funny)

iONiUM (530420) | about 4 years ago | (#33648518)

Now I can just start jerking off and it'll show me porn, instead of me having to find the porn first.

Thanks, auto-detect camera.

Re:Great (1)

natehoy (1608657) | about 4 years ago | (#33648706)

And then your facial expression at the moment of orgasm will be for sale a few seconds later.

Kinda like those roller coaster cameras.

Except in this case it's $1 for a copy, $10,000 for a copy that includes not posting it with the picture that "inspired" it to your Facebook wall.

Re:Great (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648902)

Now I can just start jerking off and it'll show me porn, instead of me having to find the porn first.

And after you're done, it closes all 40 tabs for you, so you don't have to whale in disgust with yourself after the deed is done.

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649558)

This made me laugh. Not so much the post itself, but 3: Insightful.

that's pretty neat! (4, Interesting)

digitalsushi (137809) | about 4 years ago | (#33648580)

Lots of naysayers already.. this will suck as much as the first round of "tablet" laptops, like the thinkpad x60, et cetera. But you have to let the pioneers forge ahead. Let them do that, they will enjoy being at the forefront of development without you.

There's all sorts of sensors. And with something like a SerIO, you can just plug analog sensors into your perl/python/ruby/php/bash scripts. For instance, I believe I could take a capacitance sensor, hide it under the wood in my desk, run that into the SerIO (or I mean, if I was an engineer I could do it myself, but I am not, so the SerIO is my crutch), and then I could have my computer know when my hands are laying on the desk.

I could put a thermal sensor in my chair, so my butt triggers it. I could put motion sensors in the walls. I could put humidity sensors in my beer-hat, and it could tell me when to stop drinking so much booze.

There's so many neat ideas out there that haven't really been done yet. Well, I'm sure they've been done by shy introverts, brilliant kids that don't feel like sharing with the dummies. Heck I bet a ton are reading this very story and going "PSSSSSSSsh so?" Not as many as the armchair engineers going "PSshh stoopid idea", but they are still here too.

This isn't about getting it right. This is about playing. Don't critique the child playing with blocks.

Re:that's pretty neat! (1)

GlennC (96879) | about 4 years ago | (#33648814)

Thank you for providing me with my new signature!

Re:that's pretty neat! (1)

digitalsushi (137809) | about 4 years ago | (#33649254)

aw, gee :D

Re:that's pretty neat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648972)

they can play all they want, just dont do it on my desktop while I am trying to get work done

Re:that's pretty neat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649362)

In this case, the child is playing with bollocks.

How about demoing something spectacular ... (5, Interesting)

Qbertino (265505) | about 4 years ago | (#33648592)

... like playing sounds from Youtube/Flash on Firefox and Rythmbox at the same time, without having to wait 5 Minutes after FF closes, for PulseAudio to reinitialize or whatever, to be able to hear Rythmbox or VLC sound.

It's this kind of crap that's getting us no where and still has Apple being a viable alternative for productive workers despite their cheapest 13" Laptop currently being twice as expensive than a 17" Dell Vostro running Ubuntu. And despite Apple moving into MS-Borg territory very fast with content distribution lock-in and all that.

I thought I was going to switch to Linux entirely this year, now that I don't play Windows Games anymore and currently don't develop Flash for a living and the newest Mac Mini suddenly costs upwards of 800 Euros. But it's crap like this that still has me fiddling with fstab IN FUCKING 2010(!!) when I want to mount my daughters Cellphones MicroSD Card and then still being unable to mount the damn thing rw, as any other sane OS would do.

John-Jesus H.B Christ, could we please try to get shit done, like, for instance, building a vialbe AD clone or something before tracking faces with some obscure library that only 10 people know how to compile and has absolutely no practical application what-so-ever? No matter how much money Shuttleworth has, he doesn't have enough to burn it on something like this I'd suppose. No?

It's not that I wouldn't like to help, but, honestly, there is so much work to be done, I don't know where to start and sh*t like the stuff mentioned in TFA isn't very encouraging to have me join in.

Re:How about demoing something spectacular ... (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 years ago | (#33649162)

> ... like playing sounds from Youtube/Flash on Firefox and Rythmbox
> at the same time, without having to wait 5 Minutes after FF closes,
> for PulseAudio to reinitialize or whatever, to be able to hear Rythmbox
> or VLC sound.

Done. Next...

It sounds ugly but you can do it.

You can also play 4 different movies with 4 different copies of VLC if you really want.

The Inevitable Idiot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649448)

Way to go dipshit! 10 years desktop Linux has been a joke. 10 years idiots like you running their dimwitted mouth off.

It's not even funny anymore. Just fucking pathetic and sad.

Re:How about demoing something spectacular ... (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | about 4 years ago | (#33649480)

Works fine on my system in 10.04 /anecdote
My issue is them futzing with automounting my internal hard drives. In several previous versions it worked perfectly. It doesn't anymore. Screwing around with fstab for basic functions isn't really acceptable.

Re:How about demoing something spectacular ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33649690)

> ... like playing sounds from Youtube/Flash on Firefox and Rythmbox
> at the same time, without having to wait 5 Minutes after FF closes,
> for PulseAudio to reinitialize or whatever, to be able to hear Rythmbox
> or VLC sound.

Done. Next...

It sounds ugly but you can do it.

You can also play 4 different movies with 4 different copies of VLC if you really want.

If it's not working out of the box it's not done. Simple as that.

Playing 4 movies is not impressive. BeOS could do that over a decade ago. Any other OS has been able to do that almost as long.

From the naughty to the $ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648608)

When you stare into Ubuntu for a long time, the system also stares into you.
As people have said, you start showing skin, your fav vid site or cam streaming site loads.
When your done, a site for after glow loads?
It could also detect fixated 'interest' - the video your playing seems boring or you seem very interested in that clip - search for more in a hidden window?
Google could always link eye detection into ad viewing and cash flow. Was the ad on top of the window and did the viewer take in the ad?
Hook it up to the deep longterm database ads in html5 - did the 'consumer' spend much time with the new site today :)

How generous! (2, Funny)

BigBadBus (653823) | about 4 years ago | (#33648634)

"For example, when the system detects that the user has leaned back in his or her chair, the system automatically makes the currently playing video full-screen. Lean forward again, and the video returns to its previous windowed mode." Does it also provide a barf bag in this sea-sickness inducing mode?

Some I like, some I don't (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 4 years ago | (#33648648)

I guess we all have aspects we would like about it and aspects we fear. We are comfortable in our old paradigms and we don't want computers to guess what we want or need.

But that said, using a webcam to determine certain things would be convenient. For example, I would like more work done on using a webcam for authentication and to determine if it is okay to go into screensaver/screen lock mode. THAT would be pretty nice.

As for changing my UI? Most of us tweak our UIs to match the way we use the machine. If I change my posture, I am not sure I want my UI changing to match. At the moment, I think authentication with my face and locking the screen when I am "away" will be enough.

Is this for GNOME or Ubuntu only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648660)

My complaint with Ubuntu (who does a great job with customer service) develops features, but does not incorporate them into existing open source system, but rather built separate open source apps on top of projects like GNOME that do not contribute to GNOME.

Automatic Boss Key? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 4 years ago | (#33648686)

Have the camera pointing outside your cubicle, pick up when the boss is coming, automatically switch to Workspace 4 which has a spreadsheet open on screen and a long list of business apps along the panel.

Hot secretary? Browser with "Ask Mavis" article half-posted voicing your concerns about your "copious" manhood. Suspicious 4-second lag between hitting minimise and it actually disappearing.

OK but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33648698)

Shouldn't we worry about a decent UI for today, before we start worrying about one for tomorrow...

Not an OS (0, Flamebait)

houghi (78078) | about 4 years ago | (#33648716)

Ubuntu Linux is NOT an OS. It is a Distribution. Linux (or even GNU/Linux) is an OS. Ubuntu is a (GNOME Based) distribution.

Re:Not an OS (1)

Zemplar (764598) | about 4 years ago | (#33648850)

Linux is not a distribution, it's only a kernel.

Re:Not an OS (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 4 years ago | (#33649032)

If you're going to be pedantic, it is customary to be correct.

Re:Not an OS (1)

natehoy (1608657) | about 4 years ago | (#33649168)

Not necessarily. Pedants are frequently incorrect.

Of course, since I'm being pedantic at this very moment, there's probably a good chance I'm wrong.

Re:Not an OS (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | about 4 years ago | (#33649036)

Ubuntu Linux is NOT an OS. It is a Distribution.

So what the hell is Windows and OSX?

Too bad (1)

HikingStick (878216) | about 4 years ago | (#33648796)

No more rocking chair in front of the PC for me...

Can I please make my own decisions? (1)

houghi (78078) | about 4 years ago | (#33648858)

I would hate it that the screen changes just because I sit differently. Do NOT change the layout. There is a reason why the layout is as I have it. And my reasons are mine alone. I am sure you can NOT program them in a general calculation, even though they are very simple:
3 screens with 6 workspaces each. No Xinerama. Each screen as fixed programs on launching XFCE.

I am not sure if this will be equally or even more annoying as Copiz and other 3D stuff.
Nice to see once for about 10 seconds and after that I would like to shoot the screen and buy Windows.

I am for sure not going to use it and it is a pity that people waste time at things like this while there are much more important things requesting developers.

You know what would be nice (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 4 years ago | (#33649038)

If I could come home tonight, turn on the computer and for once since in installed 10 there would be no update screen with a 30% chance of reboot but I know better than that

Useful for multi-display setups (3, Interesting)

Yer Mom (78107) | about 4 years ago | (#33649046)

I'd be happy if, on a multi-display setup, it could tell which screen I'm looking at and direct focus accordingly.

I'm fed up with pressing Cmd-W to close the top window, only to find out that the focus was on the top window on the other screen.

Would still need to tell the difference between "glancing at screen 2 to check something" and "actively focusing on screen 2", of course...

Bob (1)

Tom (822) | about 4 years ago | (#33649088)

Hi Bob, Clippy, all your friends, welcome back. I see they've finally ported you over to Linux.

So if I'm of the more bouncy kind, my video player will constantly go full-window-full-window-full-window-etc. until I explicitly tell it to stop, sit in the corner and be a bad dog?

Yeah, that's exactly what I want in a computer. Look, no matter how smart you think you are, there is no way you can find out my intent without telepathy. All you are creating is yet another interface that people have to learn and deal with. Get the interface out of my way, not into it.

This is from the geek perspective. From the non-geek perspective, regular people are already afraid of computers because they don't understand them and they constantly do weird stuff. Making them do even more weird stuff for no apparent reason, even if you're not even touching the damn thing, will put the final nail in the coffin. After this, regular people will treat computers as some kind of black magic, just when we were beginning to get off that train.

Nice work.

Here's to hoping that it'll crater just like Bob did.

First feature request! (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 4 years ago | (#33649306)

Designed to be paired with a webcam or other sensor system, the concept is that the computer is able to detect where a user is in proximity to the display along with an idea of roughly what he or she might be doing

FEATURE REQUEST: Retreating keyboard and mouse
PROBLEM: Users who pick their nose and then try to use your keyboard or mouse
LEVEL: Urgent
REPEATABILITY: Way too often, especially around flu season!
PROPOSED SOLUTION(S): When the OS detects a luser digging for "nose gold", both the keyboard and mouse should immediately retract. Failing that, the computer should copy their personal info (not yours) to the system clipboard and then do a redirect to a Final Measure site so as to play "Hey everybody, I'm looking at gay porno" loudly until the luser withdraws from the scene.
ASSIGNED TO: Anyone who doesn't have/want a keyboard stained with "crunchies."
NOTES: I don't care that there are studies claiming that engaging in automucophagy [wikipedia.org] is healthy [associatedcontent.com] - it's disgusting [youtube.com] . etc [youtube.com] , etc [youtube.com] , what was this woman thinking? [youtube.com] .

One of these days, someone's going to end up in the ER with their finger jammed through their brain at 200 mph when their air-bag goes off. Do you really want to explain why you look like this guy [indiaonrent.com] ?

This could be annoying (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | about 4 years ago | (#33649422)

I need the opposite in fact. If I'm leaning in towards the screen, it's because I CAN'T see the video/text well enough. Making it smaller is defeating the purpose. I lean back when I can see it fine. Blowing it up is pointless. If I lean in, make it bigger. If I lean back, leave it be.

This will never work. (1)

cycleflight (1811074) | about 4 years ago | (#33649578)

Assuming you're relaxing when reclined and about to do something when you're sitting up? Don't the Canonical programmers know that the optimal hip angle for coding is 78 degrees?
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