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Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 660

by Jerry Atrick (#49345451) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I'll be watching the politicians that spend so much time trying to shut down the BBC's funding scramble to explain why sacking a bigoted thug who went too far was wrong, without looking like a bumbling bunch of Clarksons.

They'll fail of course because they are a bumbling bunch of Clarksons.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 2) 485

by Jerry Atrick (#49336651) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

The direct disc write should also manages to overlap write to the stream object with flushes from it to the underlying drive. Except of course it doesn't because they aren't writing enough data for the disc write to actually start before they're done. I'm also a little confused about why they think flush+close is synchronous, it's going to return instantly and flush data in the background. So they aren't even timing what they think they are.

Back in the world of programmers with a clue, I did fix an in-memory piece of insanity like this not long ago. Making buffer expansion allocations more aggressive got a 10,000x speed improvement.

Dumb concatenation is for lazy or dumb programmers. Programmers that lazy probably could benefit from using more efficient append ops in the streaming libs, even if they don't understand why it works.

Comment: Re:SMH! (Score 1) 353

No, she's saying she doesn't use pubs or understand drinking. Mostly UK parents don't expect to see their children drinking under age in the same pub they're in. They're meant to find their own pubs and be discreet about it!

Anyway, most UK pubs have child licences even if some choose not to allow children in even with their parents. This woman is clearly clueless.

Comment: Re:Flat Look may be ugly, but it is useful (Score 1) 516

by Jerry Atrick (#49142699) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

When I upgrade to 4K it will be to show more content on the screen, not showing the same stuff with more pixels. Scaling is irrelevant.

My current setup is a QVGA 27" primary flanked by 2x 23" 1920x1080 monitors. The pixel densities are close enough that dragging windows between displays doesn't jar badly and it feels acceptably close to a single wide surface (albeit not rectangular). Again scaling is not just irrelevant, it would be bad.

Even my phones offer differing size icon grids for each screen size.

In any sane implementation any scalable elements would be rendered scaled then cached, no need at all to make the initial render efficient. Scaling is a BS excuse for this crap.

These are just piss poor graphics. If they insist on rendering them with vectors then they need to spend more time getting them right, instead of blaming

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 516

by Jerry Atrick (#49135731) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I predict that about 1hour after installing Win10 (a job requirement sadly), mine will have classic WinXP theming like my 8.1 build does. And if MS try to block the UxStyle theming hack, I'm pretty confident whatever pitiful hack they used to kill it will be broken within hours.

UxStyle already supports Win10 technical preview :)

Comment: Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 141

by Jerry Atrick (#48788563) Attached to: 3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

In reality the majority of owners of todays cheap cameras aren't using them to entertain you or anyone else. We are actually just snapshotting our own memories and the raw unedited result will be good enough for it's job - triggering our memory. The mainstream you think need targeting don't care, aren't sharing tedious slide shows or very much of what they take.

Good editing solutions solve a problem almost none of us has. 3D in casual photography similarly offers something few care about. To succeed it needs to have zero cost over just taking a crappy 2D snapshot.

Comment: Re:Lollipop killed the Nexus 5 (Score 2) 437

by Jerry Atrick (#48763973) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Google have a long history of pushing out random, increasingly cryptic and frequently totally pointless changes to all their apss and services.

Lollipop is looking very like their Win8 moment, a UI that takes away more than the under the hood improvements give. Did they not notice the kickback against both Win8 Metro and Jonny Ives eye blistering IOS flattening? Don't know why I asked, they do whatever they want without checking what users think every damn time and this time it's repeating the same mistakes as their rivals.

Comment: Used to work like this... (Score 1) 617

The law used to be that you couldn't refuse to return mistaken deliveries BUT you didn't need to actively do it. It was sufficient to say 'come collect it', give a reasonable deadline and wait. If they missed the deadline and you didn't play hide&seek you got to keep it.

I doubt distance selling regs has changed that.

Comment: Re: App draw vs everything on the home (Score 1) 361

by Jerry Atrick (#45141901) Attached to: Is Choice a Problem For Android?

I have met a Android users that launch everything from the app draw and some that don't know what the draw is and rely on what their supplier put on the home screen. But it doesn't seem to confuse most.

More important: if you want the iOS approach it's just an app install away, with a dozen or more suitable replacement launchers on the Play store. I won't choose fighting my way through a home screen with hundreds of launch icons any time soon! Notable that iOS style launchers are so much more popular than Winphone ripoffs ;)

Comment: Re:Not a shock (Score 3, Interesting) 124

by Jerry Atrick (#44905087) Attached to: Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

It's not so much the cost of the hardware. There's almost no use for it outside it's niche so there's zero chance any publisher or larger developer will be interested in using it. Up front they should have known they were on their own developing the product, complaining that no one else wants to support it shows total cluelessness.

For the sort of swordplay I like, with medieval weapons, $100 wouldn't come near providing any sort of realism. Restricting it to lighter weapons and sports like fencing removes any chance of wider interest from the gaming public.

Comment: Re:Why not (Score 1) 772

by Jerry Atrick (#44508719) Attached to: Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

You can only push so far when your core audience is supposed to be children.

Doctor Who has always tried to appeal to the adults watching with their children but been careful to make sure kids too young simply won't understand those parts. The endless parade of nubile young women may have gone a little too far occasionally but definitely kept the dads onside!

But make no mistake, slashdot readers are not the primary intended audience and your wants will always be overridden by the needs of making a family show. A female doctor could happen, an openly lesbian, religious or transexual doctor (among many other possibilities) will not. However much I might want to see Eddie Izzard as the Doctor :)

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