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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

pwnies Re:Computer illiterate little sister? (389 comments)

The quote is out of context, and was part of a larger list of users. On its own it does seem negative - here's my full quote: Metro is a content consumption space. It is designed for casual users who only want to check facebook, view some photos, and maybe post a selfie to instagram. It's designed for your computer illiterate little sister, for grandpas who don't know how to use that computer dofangle thingy, and for mom who just wants to look up apple pie recipes. It's simple, clear, and does one thing (and only one thing) relatively easily.

about 5 months ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

pwnies Re:Astruturf? (389 comments)

If I had been astroturfing, I wouldn't have been using the term Metro. Nor would I have been stating that Apple has better mobile hardware. Nor would I have used that account - have you seen my post history?

about 5 months ago

Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

pwnies Two factor authentication (538 comments)

Don't use a longer password, just use two factor authentication.

about a year and a half ago

CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI


Disclaimer: I work for microsoft as a UI/UX designer/prototyper, primarily on Windows's "Metro" interface, so I'm probably HIGHLY biased in this area. But I may still be able to shed some light on this. I've been using Win8 for about 8 or 9 months now. Originally, I was in the same boat as CowboyNeal - I loathed the new start menu. It felt wonky to scroll through and find my programs. After using it for a while though, I highly prefer it to the old start menu. The start menu on Windows 7 was great for mouse navigation - short traversals to each entity meant that you could get through them quickly with a mouse. Where it failed though was in keyboard driven execution. Win 7's keyboard launching capabilities absolutely sucked. I wrote up a pretty technical paper on its shortcomings, one specific example was heirarchy of information in search: while trying to launch Dota 2 in windows 7, I pressed the win key and typed in "dota". The first result was an autogenerated xml file that I didn't even know existed on my computer, with "dota" matching a substring of a randomly generated hash. The "Dota 2" program was 14th on the list, despite me opening it often. Because of this, I rarely used search on my windows box. In OSX however, I almost always use spotlight (~95% of the time) to launch anything. Noticing this I decided to give the search in win 8 a shot, as I heard it had been improved. It was vastly better - better than spotlight and probably on par or slightly better than quicksilver. Since the standard desktop is still there, and the keyboard driven launching is actually usable, I just stay in desktop mode and use the metro home screen as a glorified spotlight. It takes some getting used to due to the fact that it's fullscreen, but it has more data on screen at once, which means on the rare chance that I am searching for something more detailed, it seems to be a bit more efficient. That with the speed improvements in 8 over 7 (8 is a lot snappier) makes me prefer it to 7 nowadays. Just food for thought.

about 2 years ago

Alaska Must Release Palin E-mails By May

pwnies Consequence of failure? (211 comments)

What consequences does the state of Alaska face if they aren't published by that date?

more than 3 years ago

Google To Block Piracy-Related Terms From Autocomplete

pwnies Re:Less Popular (275 comments)

Why, because search terms aren't auto-completed? You can still search for them, they just don't show up in instant search nor are suggested for users - much like adult content. IMO this is a good move. I don't want to be searching for "minified js engine" on google and have some sysadmin on my ass about why I had a google suggestion packet coming to me that was for "".

more than 3 years ago

Preview of Ubuntu's Unity Interface

pwnies Re:You what? (382 comments)

Unity definitely does, at least in it's current state. I used it all last month, and experienced some major slowdowns/memory leaks if I left my computer running for more than a week. At the worst of it, it took ~2 minutes for their app launcher (think alt+f2 equivalent) to open. Not the app itself mind you, that's just the time that was needed for the launch prompt to display. Granted it's not ready yet, but I just don't see it catching on in 11.04.

more than 3 years ago

US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

pwnies Re:Driving shouldn't be for the public (1065 comments)

"Those who cause the accidents due to speed, they're speeding because they enjoy driving."

Are you trying to imply that everyone who enjoys driving speeds?

more than 3 years ago

US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

pwnies Re:Driving shouldn't be for the public (1065 comments)

Yea. Actually there's a budding market for it. They even made a class of vehicle for those who enjoy it. They're dubbed, "Recreational Vehicles".
Snarky comments aside, it absolutely is. A hammer is a tool to get work done in one man's hand, and an instrument for another man's hobby. Ever seen a biker gang moseying down a highway on a sunday morning? They aren't going anywhere, they're just there for the ride. Classic vehicle owners often go for joy rides. I personally enjoy going for a ride in old diesel pickup trucks, something about the purr of their motor and the way they lazily meander down the road does it for me.

more than 3 years ago

New Device Puts SSD In a DIMM Slot

pwnies I suppose the real question here is... (169 comments)

Why? If it's only drawing power from the DIMM slot, what benefit does that serve? Sure, in a 1U rack it *might* save a trivial amount of space. I just dont see a market for it.

more than 3 years ago

Bees Beat Machines At 'Traveling Salesman' Problem

pwnies Re:Heuristic (394 comments)

4 days for 5 flowers? A brute force approach to the traveling salesman problem is a n! growth rate. For 5 flowers, you only have 120 combinations. That'll take a few microseconds to solve on my phone. You wont start seeing time being measured in days until you hit 14 flowers or so. Not saying you're wrong about the fact that we have problems, but just that 5 flowers isn't going to stress anyone.

more than 3 years ago

British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

pwnies Good for him. (1155 comments)

Good for him.

more than 3 years ago

Nobel Prize in Physics For Discovery of Graphene

pwnies They didn't discover it. (139 comments)

It was discovered in 1947, they got the Nobel prize for testing the properties of it.

more than 3 years ago

Light Could Make Paralyzed Limbs Move

pwnies Re:more importantly... (63 comments)

Yes it can, but only temporarily. Severed limbs still have living cells in them. Applying an electric charge to them *will* make them move, although this process uses the existing neural pathways to deliver the charge (similar to how the body does it). These pathways run out of steam pretty quickly though, so it'd probably only work for a few minutes after the limb was removed.

more than 3 years ago

Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars

pwnies Re:Speaking from a Recent BuckyBalls Customer (475 comments)

Playing the devil's advocate here, the flaking that you're experiencing will happen with all Neodymium Iron Boron magnets with nickel platting. The underlying metals are highly brittle, which means that continuous clacking together will eventually break off small pieces of the NdFeB under the nickel coating. This metal sand will no longer support the shape of the original coating, leading to warping, weakening, and eventually flaking of the nickel coating. The only thing that really determines the endurance is the depth of the coating, and Zen makes no claims that the depth of their coating is better (only that it's more shiny and possibly more uniform).
As a disclaimer, I have not owned either zen or buckyball's magnets (although it's very possible that I've gotten magnets from the same supplier). I'm just a fan of the NdFeB magnets and have a moderate-large amount of experience with them.

more than 3 years ago


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