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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

UnknownSoldier LOL. You expect MS to fix the problem ... (349 comments)

... let alone understand it ? /sarcasm Naive ...

The continual bloat of _registry_ is the cause of the problem. That is not going away anytime soon.

Hmm, so why don't Unix machines have this problem ... gee, maybe because they don't use a single bloated binary config file.

8 hours ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

UnknownSoldier Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (263 comments)

> This makes it harder to determine which bar is active and which is for a given window.

I never had any problems on BeOS. Besides, you can color code the window title to visually tell what is the active and non-active titles.

> 5. I suppose, but a stupid option. This is the #1 reason I don't and won't use a Mac.

In my college days I used the NeXT machines. They had a floating vertical menu that you could position anywhere. It was sweet.

My main work machine is OSX. You'll selling yourself short. I thought I would hate the single menu bar across multiple monitors but with all the apps I run, getting back the menu bar for EACH window adds up.

Regardless, the correct option for UI is to chose defaults and allow options for the power users so they can tweak it.

Microsoft _could_ have a kick-ass UI if they weren't so interested in dumbing everything down. Treat the users with some _respect_ instead of idiots. But Microsoft doesn't care. Too much Apple envy.

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

UnknownSoldier Re:Skipping a version number (635 comments)

What's is really strange is that I just posted this a few hours earlier ...

> LOL. Microsoft admit they were wrong or clueless? That's funny!
> They just release a new version with revised function, form, and don't talk about the previous version hoping that it will eventually go away.

yesterday
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

UnknownSoldier Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (263 comments)

> One of the big failings of Windows 8 was ignoring this, and forcing a single, completely different way of working on people.

Concur 100% !

yesterday
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

UnknownSoldier Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (263 comments)

> We're talking about the desktop. You know, the bit behind your application windows,

Do (most) users even know about Windows-D to show the desktop??

Because 99% of the time there are windows blocking the desktop from even being visible in the first place.

As I already pointed out

Some people use shortcut keys to launch applications. Some don't.
Some people put icons on the desktop. Some don't.
Some use the menu. Some don't.
Some use the task bar. Some don't.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

UnknownSoldier Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (263 comments)

> how 90% of the Windows desktop real estate could be put to better use.

That's easy ...

1. Stop having a window title bar take the FULL width. The window title bar should be a slidable tab as in BeOS.

2. The window border should be (user customizable) allowed to be ZERO pixels like it was in Windows XP. The window border in Windows 8 are FAT and UGLY. I used to use a 1 pixel border on WinXP -- it was fantastic.

3. The window border should let the user decide if they auto-hide or not. Most of the time you don't resize a window -- why does the window border clutter up the screen?

4. The 'X' close button, should be on the OTHER side away from the '_' Minimize button, and the '[]' Maximize button.

5. There should be an option to have a global menu bar instead of EACH app wasting yet another row for its menu bar.

6. Allow the UI scaling to go BELOW 100%. Who was the idiot that decided the UI text scaling choices should only be 100%, 125%, and 150% ??

Microsoft doesn't understand the first thing about UI design: Signal-to-Noise.

Disclaimer: I am an OpenGL + UI + graphics expert. I am biased.

2 days ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

UnknownSoldier Re:Nice, but... (192 comments)

> open source is use to copying the work of other people then trying to claim it as their own.

Troll much?

Re-implementing an idea so it is free for everyone is far cry of trying to "claim it as their own."

Open Source has it problems -- hijacking software is not of them.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

UnknownSoldier Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (263 comments)

> Apparently they are now admitting that their approach was flawed or insufficient.

LOL. Microsoft admit they were wrong or clueless? That's funny!

They just release a new version with revised function, form, and don't talk about the previous version hoping that it will eventually go away.

i.e.
* COM
* OLE
* VBX
* ActiveX
* VisualBasic
* MFC
* ATL
* COM+
* DCOM
* DNA
* .NET
* DX3
* DX5
* DX9
* DX11

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

UnknownSoldier Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (263 comments)

> I've been using a desktop for more than 15 years. It is not a good habit to pin apps to the task bar.

??

So instead of 1-click lets force a minimum of 2 clicks ... first on the Start button, second on the app. Sarcasm ... gee, that's progress. NOT.

Pinning commonly used apps to the task bar is perfectly fine.

> When rarely used apps need to be called up, the Start Menu is the best way to do it.

So your "best" way for _you_ is automagically the "best" way for _everyone_ ??

Some people use shortcut keys to launch applications. Some don't. Some people put icons on the desktop. Some don't. Some use the menu. Some don't. Some use the task bar. Some don't.

That's the "problem" with UI. Not everyone uses it the _same_ way.

People organize (or don't) how they want to launch app.

2 days ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

UnknownSoldier Re:Depending on local ordinances... (475 comments)

> because the local ordinances required them to have a grid tie system since one of the city ordinances required all houses to have electrical, gas and plumbing services to them, regardless of if they had an alternative and closed loop system to provide the same services locally.

That is total B.S.

Person: We can lighten the load on the system by unhooking from the electrical grid.
Government: You are not allowed to.
Person: ???

Gee, buggy-whip legislative impeding progress, like usual.
 

2 days ago
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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

UnknownSoldier Re:Porn needs Javascript (115 comments)

I first though that can't be right but wow, you're right! Looks like the only way now in versions 23+ is through: about:config
https://support.mozilla.org/en...

WTF?

Mozilla: keeps making Firefox obsolete -- because you don't know what the fuck you are doing anymore with UI !

Talk about the Mozilla team not having a CLUE by allowing this misinformation ...

> also Note that turning off Javascript has little benefit (it isn't very insecure and cant really take control of the system),
https://support.mozilla.org/en...

2 days ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

UnknownSoldier Re:This was the point (47 comments)

Yup, Microsoft is trying so desperately to stay relevant in a post-PC / tablet world.

Apple currently gives away its OS. With Microsoft fleecing customers for $100 per OEM copy of Windows isn't winning over the hearts of the geeks over. Maybe if they weren't so greedy and lowered the price down to $20 that would do more to "buy" goodwill then the total damage the past 20 years has caused.

2 days ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

UnknownSoldier Exponential curve is exponential curve ... (187 comments)

So decreasing returns isn't obvious that someone needs to study it??

There is an exponential skill on time spent, and the return -- the skill acquired.

If "success" only required mastery the world would be full of experts. One also needs to be in the right time, at the right place, with the right "product."

2 days ago

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Quantum Levivation

UnknownSoldier UnknownSoldier writes  |  more than 2 years ago

UnknownSoldier (67820) writes "Wired reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered you can "lock" a magnetic field into place with a semiconductor. They have a very cool demonstration of a frozen puck and some of the neat things you can do with it while its orientation remains locked but its location is movable. Might someday we see high speed trains that will be "impossible" to tip over or a new generation of batteries with this technology?"
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