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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

neilo_1701D Re:Make it less ugly (138 comments)

ModernUI is all about flat, there's no more 3D, so colors help you to identify different controls and areas on the screen.

So take the PC Settings screen, then. Just by looking at it, how are you supposed to know if something is a group label, text or button? You don't; you have to go discover that by mouse-over etc. Now granted, it's not the definitive screen in Metro, but to my eye it highlight's the problem with the OS: too much flatness.

Windows 3 had a flat look, but with enough screen hints as to what to do. The toolbars (circa Word 6 / Windows 95) were brilliant in that respect; it was really obvious what to do. But the progressive flattening from Office 2007 onwards into Windows 8 has, again to my eye, gone too far.

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

neilo_1701D Re:Windows 7 (138 comments)

Win8 also has far better multi-monitor support than Win7.

In what way?

I currently have my Windows 7 laptop in a multimonitor configuration running quite happily, and an identical Windows 8 laptop in an identical configuration, and both work equally well. Sure, there's some software that doesn't play nice with multimonitor, but that's the software, not the OS.

about a week ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

neilo_1701D Re:Open Source in commercial products (264 comments)

Heartbleed and Shellshock show that nothing is really free.
Those bugs would have been found long ago if big companies had put resources into FOSS.

But that's special pleading.

FOSS is supposed to be an alternative to stuff put out by big companies; why is it suddenly incumbent upon them to be fixing security holes 20+ years old?

about a week ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

neilo_1701D Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

they can hack me without warrants, can I hack them without warrants?

Of course you can do whatever you want. But the real question is, can you convince hundreds of thousands of people to fight a war in your good name?

Offer every hacker 70 unactivated Windows 8 licenses to return to Microsoft for a refund?

about two weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

neilo_1701D Re:the solution: (651 comments)

I should think there's very little call for walking around with a sword.

Come to NJ and walk around west of the I-95 at night.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

neilo_1701D Re:Camel = Horse designed by committee... (644 comments)

2) Multiple desktops is nice. Been using it on OSX and Linux forever. From what I can tell the functionality seems a bit limited in Windows 10 but it's a start.

Windows, since XP, has had this ability. You needed a SysInternals tool to enable it. But, finally, a welcome addition.

I've been using Windows 8 for about a year now on my home PC and, metro interface aside, it's great. .... The guts of the system are fine.

And that, my friend, is the great tragedy that is Windows 8. Underneath the flawed user interface is the best Windows NT system ever. Considering what it does, it uses less memory, is more stable, runs faster and is downright better than any Windows before.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

neilo_1701D Microsoft skips 'too good' Windows 9, jumps to Win (644 comments)

From InfoWorld, April 1, 2013:

If you've been looking forward to Windows 9, the OS that will fix what Windows 8 got wrong, you're in for a surprise: There will be no Windows 9. Instead, Microsoft announced it will proceed directly to Windows 10.

"The Windows 9 internal beta was a phenomenal success," said Microsoft PR rep Cheryl Tunt. "I mean, it blew Windows 8 out of the water, and as we all know, Windows 8 is nigh flawless. After discussion at the C level, Microsoft has decided it will not mess with success and will leave Windows 9 exactly as it is. As such, work is now getting under way on Windows 10, which should see a public release."

http://www.infoworld.com/artic...

about three weeks ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

neilo_1701D Re:Score one for the other team (173 comments)

I never said the Sun was a first generation star. I said it was a Population I star (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallicity#Population_I_stars)

Huge difference.

From Wikipedia:
Population I, or metal-rich stars, are young stars with the highest metallicity out of all three populations. The Earth's Sun is an example of a metal-rich star. These are common in the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy.

Population II, or metal-poor stars, are those with relatively little metal.

Population III, or metal-free stars, are a hypothetical extinct population of extremely massive and hot stars with virtually no surface metals, except for a small quantity of metals formed in the Big Bang, such as lithium-7. These stars are believed to have been formed in the early universe. Their existence is inferred from cosmology, but they have not yet been observed directly.

about a month ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

neilo_1701D Re:Score one for the other team (173 comments)

You are aware that the sun is a Population I star, aren't you? Meaning it's a very young star?

about a month ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

neilo_1701D 400,000? (200 comments)

AM New York is reporting tens of thousands.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

neilo_1701D Re:If history taught us anything... (545 comments)

Windows 98: Ok; not that exciting

Windows 98 SE: Good

Windows 2000: Good

Windows ME: Sucked

Windows XP: Meh.

Windows XP SP1: Ok

Windows XP SP2: Now we're talking.

Windows Vista: Sucked

Windows 7 : Good

Windows 8: Sucked

Windows 9: ???

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

neilo_1701D Respect established UI principles (545 comments)

The problem with Window 8.x (and Office 2013 / VS 2012 etc) is how they are breaking established UI conventions for no good reason and with very little payoff.

The Windows 8 Start screen, for example, takes the focus in a big way. The Start screen in Server 2012 is even worse; if I right-click to run a program as administrator, the context menu appears at the bottom of the screen. Talk about breaking context!

With Office, not only do we have the screen-stealing ribbon (not completely bad, but still...), all the tab titles are uppercase. The Microsoft style guide says this is a no-no; yet the Office team do it. The VS2012 menus are the same.

I'll agree that Win 8.x has probably the best Windows kernel ever. The UI is a turn off.

I'm hoping that Windows 9 brings back some vestige of Windows 7 UI whilst keeping the best bits of Win 8. Heck; if that's impossibly I'll gladly settle for a Window 98 UI. At least it was consistent, and didn't obscure the screen with useless tat.

about a month ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

neilo_1701D Re:Geez, he still has a point (266 comments)

But credit where credit's due, he was responsible in no small part for breathing much of the life into id's games which is why without him, we just had these soulless graphics tech demos that id has produced ever since he left.

Quake 2 was the first post-Romero Id game, and I'd hardly call that soulless. But your point does stand; the book Masters of Doom paints a bleak picture of Id post Quake 2, which led to the storyless Quake 3.

about a month and a half ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

neilo_1701D Re:Unimpressed (251 comments)

Nice reference, Sir! That is one of the classics in 419 eater.

http://www.419eater.com/html/m...

My personal favorite was The Incredible Shrinking Artwork (http://www.419eater.com/html/john_boko.htm). But you can waste far too much time on that site.

about 2 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

neilo_1701D Re: A few issues with this... (595 comments)

Seriously, how can anyone be shitting on this idea.

Simple: it infringes on their sense of entitlement and reinforces their need to be a victim.

about 2 months ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

neilo_1701D So now Google establishes Internet standards (148 comments)

I'm not convinced that this is a good precedent. Sure, they're encouraging sites to use HTTPS today... but what about tomorrow?

Speculation: Websites that block competing search engines from indexing their content may rank higher in Google searches? Websites that process payments using Google rank higher in Google search?

I'm not saying that HTTPS is a bad thing... but once they open the door once to arbitrary ranking changes done on a whim, that door can be opened again.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

neilo_1701D Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (246 comments)

You ignore it. Don't think about, don't gossip it around, pretend you did not see anything.

And start looking for another position if warranted.

about 3 months ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

neilo_1701D Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

Aww crap; showing my age here. I saw the discussion about Sim and EA, and thought Sim City. Oh well...

about 3 months ago

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