The flip side of that argument is that "the checkbox is the mating call of the loser", meaning that you were too chickenshit to make a design decision. I personally don't buy that argument as I feel more choice is better than less choice, but there are practical considerations: having to maintain two code paths, providing multiple ways to do the same thing, etc. Of course the flip side of this argument is that whatever decision you make will be the wrong one. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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That's only a problem for the user; Google doesn't give a fuck.
There are actually some worthwhile if incremental improvements under the hood, but it's not worth the trouble or price of the upgrade let alone having to deal with all the Metro stuff. Overall Windows 8 is a net negative.
My understanding is that Sinofsky was a divisive figure, and he left either on his own or forcefully to ease tension and build a better working environment. His successor, Julie Larson-Green, was the driving force behind the whole Metro concept, so if you're hoping for some kind of backing off don't hold your breath. Microsoft wants their pound of flesh and is going all-in on Metro.
Just when I think April 1st on Slashdot couldn't possibly get any gayer, they up the ante again. If it wasn't so terribly fucking retarded I would be impressed.
From the link, to make it work you need the same footage from 25 to 30 angles. Might be doable in a few specific scenarios, but it's not practical in general.
I just got a U2412M a few weeks ago. This is the absolute best monitor for the price. I would get another one if I had the room for it; they are shockingly large compared to my previous 19" 5:4 monitor.
Convenience. I rarely use my cell phone, but it's one of those deals where you'd rather have one and not need it than need one and not have it. Of course I only have a dumb phone and a pay-as-you-go plan; I use it so rarely that it probably costs less than $20 per year. I think people who pay $70 per month are insane, but if it's worth it to them then what do I care?
Yes, I could just use some 3rd party utility to make it more useful to me as a desktop operating system. However, my problem with Windows 8 is more philosophical than practical.
The problem is not that it's difficult to learn (though it is a bit of a shock at first); the problem is that some people just don't like it. You might be perfectly content with a touch-first tablet interface on your desktop, but Windows 8 will never touch any of my personal machines. That being said, I am still interested to try it out on a tablet device where many of the design decisions might actually make sense.
...tits or gtfo.
It's 2012 and we're talking about problems running games full screen? I would be laughing my ass off if it wasn't so fucking sad.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or GTFO.
If that's your stance that's fine, but Windows ARM is just as locked down as iOS; if you're going to boycott Windows x86 due to Windows ARM why would you not also boycott OS X due to iOS?