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Comment: Re:Old Nintendo Products (Score 1) 674

by GrumblyStuff (#46789893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Sadly, battery-backed saves don't last. My Pokemon Crystal is nigh unplayable because of it and I remember as a kid having the same issue with Zelda on the NES. N64 and Gamecube controllers can't handle the beatings that the consoles can. My Gamecube has occasional read issues but it's lasted thousands of hours, many a tens of hours play sessions or overnight cheeze-fests to level up RPG characters (or I'd fall asleep with it on while leveling up). But yeah... RIP analog sticks. :(

Comment: Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (Score 1) 387

It certainly does feel like a desktop replacement with some livetiles replacing the previous widgets and system tray notifications but with that in mind, it's odd that they left the original desktop and this solution to prevent needing to minimize programs came with full screen or splitscreen only apps.

Comment: Re:The irony of ethics. (Score 1) 150

by GrumblyStuff (#46663353) Attached to: Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

Except it wouldn't be. It wouldn't be articulate explanations of their situation, maybe current reserves of food, water, and air, nor of any meaningful footage of construction, exploration, or scientific progress.

What it would be the glorification of one person's feelings being hurt because of another and, since you suggested it, a mouthy, annoying narrator who'll do recap and promos and puns and more recaps and commercial teasers and more puns and re-explaining what the people on the show just fucking said and more recaps/teasers/puns.

To me, a really interesting reality show was How It's Made. And then Discovery took it off the air for 'MURICAN Guns and all sorts of stupid bullshit "reality" shows.

Comment: Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (Score 4, Insightful) 387

Why is this a thing that always has to be explained? It's not just the start screen, it's the pervasive touchscreen controls that do not fit the desktop PC ergonomics. It looks great for a smartphone or tablet but PC? No and their attempts to make some of those controls work with the mouse (ie, charms) is a perpetual annoyance.

Now as for the start screen itself, the act of taking over the whole screen is, at least to me, akin to the Doorway Effect. I don't want a wall of icons; I want text labels in (a few at most) columns ordered alphabetically. You know, like most of my files (sometimes by file type, sometimes by last modified).

Comment: Re:same for laptops and cell phones (Score 1) 148

by GrumblyStuff (#46376633) Attached to: The Spy In Our Living Room

I guess it depends what you're trying to do which upon further contemplation would be to retain the use of the camera and mic when you want to but disable them at all other times. I would say that if you're that concerned to cover the camera then the microphone should be deemed a greater threat. Audio might not give as much info but it would always be available. And once you're at that train of thought, then what about integrated GPS? Sure, any cellphone could be triangulated via cell towers but GPS would be quicker and more precise.

Obviously you want to still be able to use it, receive calls, etc. so no faraday bag or removal of battery (if that's even an option). Maybe you could open it up, give the camera and mic individually wired switches, and disguise it all by making a neat replacement case (steampunk, hardwood, Star Trek PADD, etc.).

Comment: Re:Opera was great... till v12 (Score 1) 181

by GrumblyStuff (#46127119) Attached to: Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

Fuck. FUCK! That's when they got rid of the menu bar and/or when they moved the tabs above the address bar with no way to change it (as far as I can tell). Now I'm too lazy to upgrade because I fear another damn UI change. Firefox gets free reign to upgrade as it pleases (though their choice of embiggening version numbers to the EXTREEEEEEMME still annoys me) as it and its addons seem to upgrade without doing the UI Elements Shuffle Game.

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