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Is the App Store Broken?

Xtravar Re:economy bullshit argument (258 comments)

Also, for the OCD control freaks like myself, having a more locked down, yet polished, system is a plus. Otherwise, I'd be customizing, tweaking, and optimizing (and breaking, and fixing) all day.

about 5 months ago
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Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

Xtravar Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (556 comments)

Yeah, his example only works on things like Viagra, which are completely optional.

more than 2 years ago
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FCC Maps the 3G Wasteland Of the Western US

Xtravar Re:If you compare maps.... (173 comments)

Look at the opposite way. I don't want to live anywhere without 3G or broadband. Few people do. It's like having a city without electricity or running water these days. It might even be more important since this is the way people share ideas and news.

You can argue that they should move, but that's easier said than done, and how are they to know what they're missing if they've lived without it? Yes, you can also argue that isolated communities should remain isolated communities, but then their ideas do not align with the rest of the nation at the very fundamental level, causing all sorts of unnecessary strife. I would prefer a nation that is more connected and in tune with itself.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Websites With Excessive Ads

Xtravar Re:Some people don't need this (321 comments)

I typed "where" and the suggestion was "where is my house in whiterun".

You can't explain that.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Websites With Excessive Ads

Xtravar Re:Some people don't need this (321 comments)

Yes. It's kind of amazing when Google knows that I'm playing Skyrim and I only have to type one word (not a proper noun) to get the suggestion of what I needed. That blew my mind.

more than 2 years ago
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2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

Xtravar Re:Objective C (356 comments)

Not to mention, the self-documenting nature of Objective-C is fantastic. If you name your methods like Apple does, you'll never need to write comments. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

Xtravar Re:Objective C (356 comments)

C# is very appealing at first because of its syntactic sugar. Obj-C is appealing because of the way it works underneath. Don't be a shallow programmer - save your aesthetic judgements for cars and women.

more than 2 years ago
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2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

Xtravar Re:Objective C (356 comments)

I have seriously considered using Objective-C for non-iProjects, because it is so pleasant to use. I used to be a huge C# fan, using it in Linux and Windows for everything. I can guarantee that non-Apple APIs and tools will arise because of its usage.

more than 2 years ago
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Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

Xtravar Re:I was with them until (725 comments)

You look at their Exchange/Google/whatever shared calendars and schedule the meetings accordingly, because the software will have daytime/in-office hours highlighted for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Aging Consoles Find New Life As Video Streamers

Xtravar Re:let me go home and cry some more (255 comments)

Do high end graphics, sound, etc. really make gaming more enjoyable?

Yes. It's called immersion. Sure, games can be immersive without these things, but they sure do help, and once you've experienced them in newer games it's difficult to go backwards. And it's not just the graphics and sound, but also things like control schemes and "polish". Try playing GTA4 and GTA3 back to back. GTA3 was more fun, but I'm not sure I could tolerate it after seeing the production and experiencing the evolution that was GTA4.

Then again, there's very few games I'd play more than once, anyway.

about 3 years ago
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The Condescending UI

Xtravar Re:Easy and Advanced (980 comments)

As far as I'm concerned "advanced users" are those who look stuff like this up in order to figure out how the OS can best _augment_ them:

Like I said, misleading and divisive. A little condescending, too.

about 3 years ago
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The Condescending UI

Xtravar Re:Easy and Advanced (980 comments)

I'm sure there are key commands in most shells, it's just that they're not apparent and nobody takes the time to learn them. Further, I still think your framing of the argument as "newbie" vs "advanced user", while well-intentioned, is misguided and inadvertently divisive. Yes, I think UIs still have a way to advance, but I don't think they're catering to new users so much as attempting new paradigms. And yes, I find that the more that's on my screen, the less I can focus on the one task I'm doing. Different strokes for different folks. That's why some people like KDE and others (like me) prefer Gnome, and it has absolutely no bearing on how "advanced" the user is. Luckily, my preference is on the winning side!

about 3 years ago
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The Condescending UI

Xtravar Re:Easy and Advanced (980 comments)

If you have over 30 tasks that you are actively using and need to constantly switch between, you're far, far in the minority, my friend. And while yes, they may be catering to new users, they are also catering to people who prefer simple, non-cluttered screens. If I have to perform an additional click to do something that I only need 1% of the time, then I really don't mind if it simplifies the UI I have to stare at 100% of the time.

about 3 years ago
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The Condescending UI

Xtravar Re:Easy and Advanced (980 comments)

If you're running the apps full screen/maximized, which is usually the most useful mode, then all it takes is a swipe or two across the trackpad to switch virtual desktops, or control-Left/Right.

I realize that's not the answer you wanted, but again, 80% of the time you will be using apps maximized, and 80% of the time you will only be switching between two of them, and 80% of the time you will only have one window from each app open.

I'm not saying it's perfect by any means. Yes, it could do a better job with cues on how to use it efficiently or guard-rails for common confusing workflows. And it's very confusing coming from Windows or Linux. But I've come to like it, particularly with the added gestures in Lion.

about 3 years ago
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The Condescending UI

Xtravar Re:Easy and Advanced (980 comments)

I think Apple does a pretty good job of following 80/20. Cater to 80 percent of use cases, make them big, easy, and pretty, and then tuck the 20% away. It's a design philosophy. I cannot recall a workflow removing the animation would have made it quicker.

Now, it's interesting that you bring up this video game thing, because Assassin's Creed series keeps making me watch animations and I can't turn them off. Over 1 second to bring up the damn map! That's a waste of time... while I'm wasting time playing games.

about 3 years ago
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Chrome Becoming World's Second Most Popular Web Browser

Xtravar Re:Inevitable. (511 comments)

Last I heard, Chrome doesn't support HTTPS Everywhere because it doesn't have the plugin hooks to do it. That's the main reason I stuck with Firefox. https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

about 3 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

Xtravar Re:Hurray.. ? (1167 comments)

Ah, the Internet. Raising the quality of life for everyone.

about 3 years ago
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Valve's Gabe Newell On Piracy: It's Not a Pricing Problem

Xtravar Re:I for one... (466 comments)

Precisely why I have a computer for each purpose. I mean, this goes both ways - music software and audio drivers can be a nightmare with regards to DRM and instability.

If my recording PC gets fubar'd, I can just format, reinstall, and use my network backups... same with the gaming PC. It's sad, but that's the way it has to be until virtualization is fast enough to run these things. Workstation PC is Linux, which just doesn't get screwed up on the same level as Windows does.

about 3 years ago

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