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What To Expect With Windows 9

neilo_1701D Re:If history taught us anything... (536 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: ???

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

neilo_1701D Respect established UI principles (536 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.

3 days 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

neilo_1701D Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

And if you really don't like DRM but want to play Sim City again, shell out 6 bucks and buy SimCity 2000 from GOG (http://www.gog.com/game/simcity_2000_special_edition). No DRM there...

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

neilo_1701D Re:My eyes change too much every year (550 comments)

This.

I'm short-sighted, but for the last two years I've needed reading glasses as well as the normal glasses.

I'd just as rather have good night vision with glasses at this stage.

about 2 months ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

neilo_1701D Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

Tinkering is all well and good; and many times quite relaxing and enjoyable in it's own right.

If I've got time for a game, though, I'd rather be blasting Nazi's (or whatever floats your boat) than tinkering to get there. I still remember when I upgraded my video card to a Savage S4 and Half Life broke, requiring much tinkering, downloading, reconfiguring, rebooting, some more tweaking and finally a reboot to get back into the game. Then it isn't relaxing or fun; it's stopping me from the fun.

So a couple of bucks to GOG for their efforts to make thing run is a great investment, IMO. Plus it great to be able to get all the old titles again, long after the disks have been lost and the patches much harder to find...

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

neilo_1701D Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

There was a Singapore Airlines jet close enough to MH-17 at the time for the pilots to see it explode

Do you have a source for that?

I only ask because Singapore Airlines said right after the shootdown that:

Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace.

(https://twitter.com/SingaporeAir/status/489851215941861376)

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

neilo_1701D Silly argument (529 comments)

There's a false comparison being made here... who says the Nokia engineer or the Xbox content maker being laid off has the same skills as the programmer they are wanting to hire?

about 2 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

neilo_1701D Re:ugh (552 comments)

Every time it snows, deniers claim "see, there's no global warming"

Probably because alarmists say things like "Children just aren't going to know what snow is" and " winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event".
(David Viner, senior research scientist, Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,2000)

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

about 2 months ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

neilo_1701D Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Well, it's a pretty cheap mission at $650 million over 15 years.

But the most exciting thing about the mission is the clues it gives to the early history of the solar system.

You're right: Europa and Io are very interesting places to visit, especially considering the possibility for life there, and no doubt those missions are being planned. But for now, we're a year out from Pluto and about to discover what we're yet to discover.

about 2 months ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

neilo_1701D Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (311 comments)

It was mostly limited to scratching "For a Good Time Call Jenny 867-5309" on the bathroom stall of every local truck stop/gas station.

That was you? You bastard; I wasted so many quarters trying get in touch with her as I followed her around the country!

about 2 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

neilo_1701D No Dave Cutler? (285 comments)

Designed & wrote VMX and Windows NT 3.1.

I guess lists like this are always a matter of opinion.

about 2 months ago
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Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

neilo_1701D Re:Flagship Missions (45 comments)

Don't forget Pioneer 10 and 11...

about 2 months ago
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Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

neilo_1701D Re:Gimme a keyboard (67 comments)

connecting to multiple email accounts (multiple Exchange account at that) and having a consolidated inbox was probably the major reason for the switch

iOS & Android still can't match the BB for email support so I can't fathom what you are talking about here.>

That's certainly true now; my new BB Curve has all those features too.

But I'm talking a few years ago; in the Bold 9000 era. BBOS at that time (4 point something or other) could only do email via BES; one account only and no POP3 / IMAP (unless you had a 3rd party client; even then it got messy because of no unified inbox and increased battery drain). The iPhone with iOS4 and most Android phones at the time could do unlimited email accounts - and iPhone could have multiple Exchange accounts, which was quite unique for the day.

As to all you other unquoted but acknowledged points (communications, security, VPN, ...) I am in total agreement.

about 3 months ago

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