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Comment Re:What do you mean... (Score 1) 155

Personally I don't believe there is anything inherently better about using a toolbar or a ribbon. The most important thing is usability and task centric design. I think the ribbon is a shock to the system but when you get used to it and it works. It is task centric, it's far easier to set styles on text, things are nicely spacial and don't jump around depending on context such as text selection and all the common actions for the task are right there and available. The biggest failing is that loading / saving is split out as a task which is disconcerting if you wish to see the document you're saving since you lose context.

But on balance it's a good solution.

LibreOffice is also fairly usable but doesn't spend as much time on usability as it should. There are a mess of toolbars and buttons on the top, the sides and the bottom. And they appear and disappear depending on context, e.g. click on text in a bullet point and suddenly a bullet toolbar appears at the bottom. It makes the experience very disconcerting and it's very wasteful of space too. Compared to MS Office, all those toolbars mean less space for the actual document. It's philosophy seems to be small iterative changes to the existing experience rather than wondering if the existing experience is fit for purpose in the first place.

Comment It's a fad, just ignore it (Score 1) 51

Nobody has demonstrated a single game or application for VR which could be described as a killer. Something that has mainstream appeal and is sufficiently compelling for large quantities of people to spend cash to play it. And not just at launch either when the hype overrules reason, but sustainable sales over time to drive the tech forward.

I'm sure VR could utterly awesome for flight sims, or Arma IV or whatever when it appears but they're not mainstream games. Where is the mainstream game (or app) that people will pay to play?

Comment Re:Might be illegal (Score 4, Informative) 339

A person in the UK recently won a court case for something similar. He preordered a Porsche car, paid a deposit and then the dealer bumped him from the queue and sold the car to someone else. He sued for breach of contract, the judge agreed and awarded him the difference between what the car cost at the time and what it would be worth now.

I guess if someone could argue that the deposit was a contract (and better yet that losing the preorder meant a financial loss) then they could probably sue successfully.

Comment Re:Nexus aren't satisfactory (Score 1) 180

The issue is that manufacturers insist on skinning the phone and filling it with their own apps. Then the network provider insists on skinning the phone and filling it with more apps.

So every time a bug fix rolls along, or Android bumps up a version, there are two additional codebases to merge, test, certify and deploy. The more the handset is customised the more painful the process will be. For every single combination of handset and network.

Best thing to do is buy a SIM free handset. That's all the network crap gone. And favour a handset which runs vanilla android, or at least has good support, and preferably aftermarket support such as cyanogenmod. Then you'll get updates for as long as the hardware is able to run the latest versions of android.

Personally I wouldn't go near anything which didn't meet this criteria.

Comment Re:Nature Abhors a Vacuum (Score 1) 144

Smoothness is not an issue since the pod won't be touching the walls on purpose. The pod would ride on a maglev track and wouldn't touch the walls. Providing the pipe has a non permeable membrane that maintains the pressure then it doesn't matter what the pipe is comprised of.

What matters is the production speed, cost, and issues such as maintenance and servicing. Concrete can certainly crack but metal expansion (and fatigue) is a thing too. If you have long lengths of steel then warping is a serious issue. A railway line incorporates expansion gaps to prevent this issue. What does a welded steel tube do to mitigate the issue?

Comment Re:Nature Abhors a Vacuum (Score 1) 144

I don't see that such a system would even have to be made of steel. Concrete pipes are used to carry water at high pressure. Why not use them at low pressure? Composite pipes could be used too where there are more than one material at work, e.g. concrete, a plastic membrane and an inner steel guide rail.

I guess the complexity is not in the standard pipe sections but how to implement junctions, parallel sections, pressure locks and all the rest that would have to be part of any practical system.

Comment Forces? (Score 1) 255

The BBFC has reviewed hours of excrutiatingly boring content. Training videos, craptastic straight to video movies, soft porn, religious devotionals, videos of fireplaces and fish tanks. I bet 95% of the content they view is deadly dull. But they're paid by the hour to review it and I doubt it fazes them one bit. I doubt they especially care if they're paid to watch paint dry. Big deal. It gets a rating and then onto the next thing.

Comment Re:Mad Max and Ep 7 were filled with CGI (Score 1) 232

Quite. Lots of straight lace movies have CG in them and people didn't even notice it. Bad CG sticks out when it's done on the cheap and fails to impart the scene with characteristics that feel "real" - natural body movements, lighting, shadow, texture, inertia, gravity etc. Even the way that the camera moves and swoops around can make it feel wrong.

Comment Re:Mad Max and Ep 7 were filled with CGI (Score 1) 232

The point is Mad Max had LOTS of CGI. I provided one link but there's virtually not a single part of it which hasn't got CG in it. The rock city at the beginning - CG. Crowd replication - CG. Any time there are projectiles, ropes, chains or other things being thrown around - CG. Sandstorm scene - CG. Explosions and many of the collisions - CG. Canyon in latter part of movie - CG. Digital colour balancing - CG. Night / dusk effects - CG. Robot hand - CG. Many vehicle interior shots - greenscreen CG.

It's true that many directors go totally overboard with CG but Mad Max and Star Wars Ep 7 aren't the counterpoint. They have enormous amounts in there too. They just have directors who are a bit more discerning about its use, knowing that live action and live actors are necessary to make the CG convincing. And they have the budget to hire the best digital effects companies when they need it. And something else...

The problem with many movies that use CG is not the computer graphics but sense that something is impersonal, uncanny and weird. It's okay to use CG but the laws of physics should remain consistent, and what humans are physically capable of. And you can't get an actor to produce a decent performance when he's saying his lines to a tennis ball on a stick. That's why many CG movies fail. If Mad Max & Ep 7 succeed it's because they remembered this. They still have a lot of CG though.

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