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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfgnosis Re:I don't follow (358 comments)

Well, I'll be damned. Thanks for the correction.

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfgnosis Re:Nonsense (358 comments)

Yup. Lucida was chosen as OS X's previous system font for a reason, because design mattered. Helvetica was chosen for iOS's system font for a reason, because design mattered. Helvetica was forced into OS X because platform consistency which sounds nice, but its absence (in terms of typography) was never really lacking before, because both system fonts were chosen in a design process to suit the needs of their respective platforms.

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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfgnosis Re:I don't follow (358 comments)

You're older than you've ever been. ...

And now you're even older.

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfgnosis Re:I don't follow (358 comments)

I can still program fine.

Do you program in the default system font? How do you even set up an editor or IDE to inherit the default system font?

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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfgnosis Re:I don't follow (358 comments)

I'm not aware of any claims that ClearType is fuzzy, which, while a fuzzy term, is clear in its intention. If anything, complaints about ClearType tend to be the opposite: its forced conformance to pixel boundaries (in order to avoid fuzziness) distorts the shape of letters (particularly at a small size), thus impairing legibility.

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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfgnosis Re: I don't follow (358 comments)

How do you cite "general knowledge"? Here, I'll give it a go:

> It's general knowledge in typography that Helvetica is the most legible typeface. [1]

[1] Some shit I might have made up, or heard from someone.

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfgnosis Re:Or not (358 comments)

Or, you'll stick with buggy-ass 10.6/Mountain Lion if your machine is one of those left unsupported by Apple in its most recent "fuck you" to its customers, or, you simply still require that your PPC apps work.

Not sure whether you mean 10.6 or Mountain Lion (which is 10.8; the marketing names are stupid and confusing, so the mistake is understandable). Presumably you mean 10.6 (which is Snow Leopard) because you mention PPC—then again, you mention "buggy", a descriptor which I've seen used less for 10.6 than for any other version, and it has a rather large user base for its age because it has been so stable—but I'll address both.

If you mean Mountain Lion, nearly all of the supported systems are also supported by Yosemite (10.10). If you mean 10.6 (Snow Leopard), this is a system that was released over five years ago. In either case, Yosemite supports machines released over seven years ago. Apple announced the PowerPC-Intel transition over nine years ago, and completed it over eight years ago.

In the past, Apple has been overly aggressive in deprecating aging hardware; at times it did genuinely feel like a "fuck you". If anything, they've become more conservative in this regard than any time I can remember (and I remember well back into the PowerPC days before Steve Jobs returned). It hardly feels like a "fuck you" that with a 2007 iMac or MacBook Pro, I could have run 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 (that is, literally every major release of OS X on Intel), or that the price to upgrade rapidly decreased to zero.

That "most recent" comment is telling. When exactly was it?

yesterday
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

omfgnosis Re:Oh great (546 comments)

In theory it is, but in practice "Love is beautiful, like birds that sing." is more likely to show up in a dictionary attack than a random string of gibberish.

Since the suggested alternative was to use the first letter from each word in the phrase, it's only more likely if the people maintaining the dictionary are idiots. Anyone actually targeting pass phrases with a dictionary would maintain a dictionary of the abbreviated versions as well, because they're likely to be aware of dumb debates like this.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

omfgnosis Re:symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

it's much shorter, and it's easier to memorize

Well, it's shorter anyway. And only technically: it is shorter according to a unit of measurement that has almost no meaning to most people.

If I adopted your approach, until I develop muscle memory for entering the password—and promptly forget its origin and any mnemonic value it might have had—I would be trying to remember which permutation I used. Was it

There are better routes than "Correct Horse Battery Staple"
There is a better route than "Correct Horse Battery Staple"
There are better ways than "Correct Horse Battery Staple"
There is a better way than "Correct Horse Battery Staple"
This is a better approach than "Correct Horse Battery Staple"
This is a better approach than "Correct Horse Battery Staple"
What the fuck was my "Correct Horse Battery Staple" password anyway?
Fuck, now I'm locked out and I'll never remember the fucking password.
Fuck it, reset password back to password12.

The reason Correct Horse Battery Staple works is because, in terms of memory and recall, it's much much shorter. It's only four things.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

omfgnosis Re: symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

If you think a client-side script is going to protect you from an unreasonably large HTTP request body, I really hope you aren't developing websites that I use.

about a week ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

omfgnosis Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

Only after a radical redistribution of wealth. The vast majority of people do not actually have the means to enjoy what free time they do have without first exchanging the rest of their time for wages. Simply automating people out of their jobs doesn't resolve that, it exacerbates it.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

omfgnosis Re:Buy a Mac (554 comments)

That's fine. You should use the tool you prefer! My preference is different. But this is one area that choice is good. The biggest challenge is interoperability, but even that has a pretty good story these days.

along with its lack of decent multimon (did they fix that yet?)

For certain values of fixed. It's heaps better than it used to be— each display is its own universe, fully configurable as a single-display was before —but it comes with one caveat: you can't span a window across two displays.

window scaling shortcuts

If you mean keyboard shortcuts for Fullscreen and Zoom, the former has always had a shortcut and the latter can be trivially assigned system-wide. If you mean something more involved (like Windows Snap, various window management techniques of that sort), there are tools available but they come from third parties with various levels of cost and quality.

I actually dont like the dock at all

There's not really a lot to like, it's pretty much a minimalist task list. That said, there are tools for enhancing it as well. I've chosen one (HyperDock) that gives it similar behavior to e.g. the Windows 7 Taskbar, with window thumbnails and simple management.

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To be clear, I discussed a couple places where I've spent money to fill gaps that OS X can't fill on its own. I realize this is part of everyone's cost-benefit analysis when choosing a platform. I am not advocating choosing a deficient OS and throwing money at fixing it. I'm actually not advocating anything, other than choosing the platform that most fits what you want to do, particularly in a professional setting.

There's a number of reasons, despite some small lack of features, that OS X works better for me. I'd be happy to share, but I don't want this to turn into a pissing contest like every inter-platform discussion tends to be. If you're genuinely curious, I'll oblige.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

omfgnosis Re:Buy a Mac (554 comments)

Or you use it for work and the cost for a tool you feel comfortable with (not an extra grand, but yes a premium) outweighs the cost of fighting with your tools.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

omfgnosis Re:Why still 32bit builds? (554 comments)

Portable to what?

about three weeks ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

omfgnosis Re:The terrorist won. (217 comments)

They are much more concerned with politics, religion and ideology, and the use of violence or threats to those ends. Hold on, that might actually be the definition of terrorism, you all might want to check.

It's also strikingly similar to politics, religion and ideology. Incidentally, it's even similar to sports fandom. People become dangerously irrational in a line for a pocket computer. There are varying degrees of course, but "terrorism" isn't some unique or horrifying phenomenon. It's just reality failing to go away and stop inconveniencing us.

"Terrorism" is basically a modernized form of revolutionary movements. It's more careless, it's less organized, and it's put in a defensive position against an increasingly stable (and rigid) world order. It's reactionary because the more astute movements sold out a long time ago.

Basically it's a joke. And we keep electing and accepting "leaders" who don't have a sense of humor; or a sense of leadership.

The single best way to fight real terrorism is to get real honest about real grievances real fast.

about three weeks ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

omfgnosis Re:The terrorist won. (217 comments)

As someone who probably has a point, you really should learn to communicate it much better. You're just throwing all of your potentially good ideas into the garbage.

Helpful hints:

What is the problem?
What does it mean to participate?

about three weeks ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

omfgnosis Re: Some people can be so self-absorbed... (217 comments)

Anyone who has real, time-sensitive responsibilities will make sure that lost time is covered before traveling. Anyone else worrying about the that time in transit is just bored, uncomfortable and selfish. (Full disclosure: I am extremely sensitive to time lost in transit, and I become a bored, uncomfortable, selfish piece of shit about it. But that doesn't mean I'm not self-aware.)

about three weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

omfgnosis Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Well, you fell to their propaganda.

Don't be a prick. My point began with "there's a ton wrong with Uber", I am not a fanboy. Instead of responding with this internethipster you don't KNOW what a service IS? bullshit, just clarify the point (if it was even yours in the first place; if it wasn't, you're broadening the discussion and doing it in a really dickish way). It would make a discussion, with understanding and possibly even learning, much more achievable.

Yes, ultimately the fundamental problem with Uber is that they try to appear like a taxi service to end-users while not entirely following all of the rules of a taxi service. It's the source of basically everything else wrong with the company. But that does not mean that the taxi-like portion is not a service, nor that those prices are not obviously what a (would-be) customer thinks of when presented with the claim "Uber charges more money for the same service". The reality is that they are a taxi service, whatever they like to claim, and that is why I presented the comparison to other taxi services. It turns out that dispatch is a primary function of a taxi service.

Uber drivers get less money than normal taxi drivers, that's why you pay less.

Every former cab driver I've met who drives Uber (and they are many) says the opposite. Again, this might be unique to Seattle, following from an artificial limit on taxi licenses that may also be unique to Seattle, I don't know. I honestly have not taken the time to know, because a competition between luxury transportation providers is hardly the most important issue to me in terms of justice.

about a month ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

omfgnosis Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Uber, charges more money for the same service

Wait, what? There's a ton wrong with Uber, but this does not seem to be on the list. In my experience, Uber X charges approximately 50% or less what a conventional cab would charge (and about 75% what a flat-rate cab would charge). Even so, Uber greatly increases the driver pool (at least here in Seattle, not sure how limited cab licenses are in other markets) and pays their drivers more (at least so says every driver I've met who formerly drove a conventional or flat-rate cab).

There's other stuff wrong with your post, but that just stood out as crazypants.

about a month ago

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