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Comment: And I call it (Score 3, Informative) 1213

by Well-Fed Troll (#32516518) Attached to: Time To Dump XP?

I call the classic start menus and such "I fear change" mode. Fitting, I think :D

And I call it the "I like standards" mode.
Microsoft keeps releasing new products that break their own UI guidelines. Microsoft way back released a small book that detailed the WIMP interface, and it's sad that they threw it out just for "oooh shiny". I think it's pretty funny that you think navigating as you describe an improvement. The problem with what you described is that if you add an item to the menu the previous keystroke sequence you memorized to run an application becomes ambiguous. I much prefer hitting a sequence of keystrokes identifying the menu I set up. Part of the problem with the start menu is the lack of standardization of the categorization of applications. Way too many application developers think I care what the name of the company is that created their app. Uhhh, No, sorry, all I want to see is the application name on the start menu.
I would love to go to a Microsoft demo and have them use their fancy new products blindfolded just to show how broken their apps are.

Comment: Consistency (Score 1) 1213

by Well-Fed Troll (#32516398) Attached to: Time To Dump XP?
Consistency is next to godliness.
Personalized menus break consistency. Someone please go bludgeon the idiot that thought them up. We are creatures of habit. We memorize paths to places, and when any part of the path changes on us we get lost. I memorize the keyboard shortcuts after a while. Whose bright idea was it to hide them anyways?

Comment: Re:My business model fails! (Score 1) 716

by Well-Fed Troll (#32425270) Attached to: Apple Blindsides More AppStore Developers

OS and the big industry players (Nokia etc) are meeting to agree upon an open standard to compete with Apple.

Is this what it takes to get an open standard? Some 800lb gorilla to come through as an obvious villain? Why aren't we the people refusing to buy into proprietary standards? (Communications protocols, Media formats, App stores)

Comment: A Surge? (Score 2, Interesting) 145

by Well-Fed Troll (#31962608) Attached to: USAF's Robotic X-37B Orbiter Launched For Test Flight
He's talking about a big push to put stuff into orbit. I see several scenarios here:

Large solar flare destroying a bunch of satellites, replacement needed.
Some new weapon that can destroy a large number of satellites (ground based X-ray laser or an EMP/Nuclear weapon)
Reagan's Star Wars style satellites chain. I've heard we have some advances in Fiber laser efficiency. Any other recent big advances in beam weaponry?

Comment: Bingo (Score 2, Insightful) 293

by Well-Fed Troll (#31850728) Attached to: The iPad vs. Microsoft's "Jupiter" Devices
And there you have it folks. You expect a phone. When you see how well it does movies compared to your phone instead of how poorly it does compared to your computer, you're happy.
The interface simplicity also emphasizes this. We associate complicated interfaces with complex, difficult to use machinery. A 747 cockpit has a ridiculous number of switches, gauges & dials, a door just has a knob.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"