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Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability

Xenex Re:Everything old is new again (120 comments)

An iPhone 3GS running iOS 6 vs a phone stuck with Android 1.6? I'd take the iPhone.

about a year ago

Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Xenex Re:OLD? Stupid crap still on 10.7 (255 comments)

Global menus

Mac OS has been like this since System 1. And it makes sense; whatever you're doing, its menu is going to be in the same place. Fitts' law indicates that the most quickly accessed targets on any computer display are the four corners of the screen.

Single mouse click

Mac OS has supported multiple mouse buttons for at least 16 years. Even when using a now-extinct one button mouse, control-click presented a dialogue box.

Left window controls (yay for all the left handed and left eye dominant people, boo for the other 95% of the world)

Because it's easier to move a mouse up/left with your right hand, and was developed in a country that reads left-to-right.

Launchpad (how is the start menu missing causing a revolt and launchpad even exist? Launchpad is the initial SIN!)

The start menu missing is causing a revolt because Microsoft removed something and replaced it with an abomination. Launchpad - and other questionable features like Dashboard - can be completely ignored.

Finder layout straight out of system commander circa 1988.

Column view in Finder is optional, with icon and list view still available. Also, Finder has had its sorting options greatly improved throughout OS X's history.

Crap loads of docked icons you never use be default.

If you go and buy a Mac today, this is in the Dock:
- Finder: File management
- Launchpad: Access to all apps not in the Dock (And easily ignored, as previously discussed)
- Safari: A web browser
- Mail: Email client
- Contacts: An address book
- Calendar: A calendar
- Notes: Short notes
- Maps: A map of the entire planet
- Messages: Text messaging and IM
- FaceTime: Video chat
- Photo Booth: Something fun to play with on your new computer
- iPhoto: Something to talk to your camera
- Pages: Word processing
- Numbers: Spreadsheets
- Keynote: Presentations
- iTunes: Play and purchase music and TV/movies
- iBooks: Read and purchase books
- App Store: Install and purchase software
- System Preferences: Change settings on your computer

The default Dock icons cover managing your computer, using the big two features of the Internet, syncing 'organisational' information with your phone, finding locations, messaging and video chatting with other people, photography, writing, processing numbers, creating presentations, watching media, reading, and installing an app to do anything else you want your computer to do. The default Dock is a slam-dunk for covering what the majority of people use computers for, points users in the right direction to add new capabilities to the computer, and is easily customised to remove the things you don't want. (Launchpad, again...)

The Dock is setup perfectly for you to get started with your computer. Anything else you need to get to can either be accessed through Spotlight (power users) or Launchpad (for people with more experience with iOS).

A separate contact and calendar app....

Just like iOS... but also NeXTSTEP; they have always been separate apps, which makes finding what are ultimately different tasks easier *and* they also seamlessly share the same databases behind the scenes.

General iOS crap

Integration with touchpads is great. Removing always-visible scrollbars removes needless clutter. Things like Launchpad - and pretty much anything else you don't like that reminds you of iOS - are easily disabled or ignored.

Hardwired application dependency locations (the whole point of application folders is to stop that!)

Wait, what? Apps install into /Applications by default, but the system works just fine with app in ~/Applications. Beyond that, moving apps around is making things needlessly complicated for yourself. Even then, the vast majority of apps are self-contained bundles and can be run from anywhere.

Scroll bars that disappear even if your mouse is near them and appear at the bottoms of pages OVERTOP content.

Touched on this in iOS; the scroll bars appear when moving the cursor or scrolling content. If you find this to be an issue, it can be disabled in System Preferences. Yes, Apple provided sensible options!

I could go on and complain about the apps, but lets say OSX is great for people who use a computer like they use iOS and leave it at that....

It's a mature system with 13 years of refinement, and is built for use on 'real' computers. iOS features have only gone "back to the Mac" since 10.7, and even then - as previously discussed - are all avoidable if found that unpalatable. OS X is also bundled with apps that over most use cases for a personal computer, and installing developer tools is simply a matter of typing 'Xcode' into the App Store.

OS X is the current gold standard in desktop operating systems. It's incredibly well thought out, and that's why Canonical, GNOME, and others keep looking to it for guidance. However, it was foolish for Ubuntu to unexpectedly drop application menus for global menus after nine years without presenting an option to switch back. And that's the difference between OS X and Ubuntu; Apple wouldn't make such a ridiculous and far-reaching change to the system without either an option to disable it or an incredibly good rationalisation.

about a year ago

Next Kindle Expected To Have a Front-Lit Display

Xenex Yes. (132 comments)

The question is, does anyone really want or need a light for their Kindle?

Yes. My Kindle has been gathering dust since purchasing an iPad. I actually prefer a backlit screen; easier in low-light conditions. Shrug.

more than 2 years ago

CSIRO Develops 10 Gbps Microwave Backhaul

Xenex Fair licensing; the system works. (121 comments)

CSIRO develop technologies, patent them, then license them at fair terms. They then use that licensing revenue to develop new technologies, patent them, and license them at fair terms. And repeat.

It's not like CSIRO are patent trolls. The WLAN thing only got dragged out in course because greedy companies were not interested in fair licensing terms.

more than 2 years ago

GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge

Xenex Not older than Slashdot. (222 comments)

"Even 0.16 which I use at work and hasn't had much but bugfixes since about 2000 is very impressive. It had little thumbnail pictures of app windows for icons just like win7 only back before slashdot existed."

Slashdot has been around longer than E16. For instance, here's the Enlightenment 0.15 announcement.

It's amusing that nowadays E is considered lightweight, but back in that thread from 1999 people were complaining about its performance.

more than 4 years ago

Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

Xenex Ask. (334 comments)

Why doesn't someone ask CBS and the RIAA if this happened?

They'll either say no, or no comment. Then we'll know.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Refusing Any BitTorrent Related Apps?

Xenex Uploading torrents. (296 comments)

Drivetrain (the rejected app) "has a built-in web browser to allow you to find and add torrents when on the go."

Can't do that with Mobile Safari and a web interface.

more than 5 years ago

I prefer to consume my caffeine from a vessel of ...

Xenex Glass. (571 comments)

Coffee and Coke, both better in glass.

more than 5 years ago

9 Browsers Compared For Speed and Features

Xenex Oops. 2002, even. (363 comments)

Mozilla 1.0 was released in the middle of 2002.

more than 5 years ago

9 Browsers Compared For Speed and Features

Xenex I stopped reading... (363 comments)


It didn't take long for Mozilla's Firefox to emerge from Netscape Navigator's ashes

Netscape's source was released in 1997. Firefox 1.0 was released at the end of 2004. During those 7 years, Internet Explorer 6 strangled innovation on the web. We're still far from free of its legacy.

If the writers of the article have such a poor sense of perspective on browser history, I'm not trusting their views on browsers now.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Adds Private Browsing

Xenex Think Same. (216 comments)

It's taken over four years to copy Private Browsing from Safari, yet they didn't even bother coming up with a new name!

more than 6 years ago




The return of Geeks in Space!

Xenex Xenex writes  |  more than 12 years ago

SlashNET, #everything

Thursday 9th May 2002
PM, Australian EST.

[10:12] <kmcwork> hemos: I'm just excited about the potential return of Geeks in Space!
[10:12] <hemos> kmcwork: So, would you watch a GIS-style TV show?
[10:13] <kmcwork> hemos: yeah! As long as it's not up against Enterprise or Junkyard Wars!
[10:13] <hemos> kmcwork: GIS will probably return in about eight weeks or so.
[10:14] <kmcwork> hemos: cool. Pater gonna make it?
[10:14] <hemos> We just all have to get CowboyNeal_ to make the move sooner, rather then later.
[10:14] <hemos> So, everyone ride him like a pony to move.
[10:14] <hemos> Because when he moves, then samzenpus/robnotrob will move as well.
[10:14] <kmcwork> I've ridden CowboyNeal like a pony before. I'd gladly do it again.
[10:14] <hemos> My favorite part is when he takes the bit.
[10:15] <kmcwork> but getting him in the corset was a bitch
[10:16] <hemos> Oh, yeah. Especially the whale bone ones.
[10:16] <jethro_bodine> to where are you moving, hemos?
[10:16] <kmcwork> Geek Compound 2?
[10:17] <hemos> I'm moving to Ann Arbor.
[10:17] <hemos> Kinda Geek Compound 2.
[10:17] <hemos> But we'll probably live in about a four mile radius of the office.
[10:17] <jethro_bodine> nice
[10:17] <hemos> I'm gonna be a few miles away from Malda, and I think CowboyNeal_ , robnotrob, and nate will live within a few miles of there.
[10:17] <hemos> Got the new office setup in town already.
[10:18] <Xenex> <hemos> kmcwork: GIS will probably return in about eight weeks or so. -- Can I make that my new .sig?
[10:18] <hemos> Xenex: Go for it.

So yeah. Geeks in Space! Hurrah!

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