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Comment: Re:Apple's take on Windows 8 (Score 1) 315

by Doctor_Jest (#48184161) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

I'd rather say, it was more of one foot in the grave and one foot in their collective cornholes. Windows 7 UI was fine. It wasn't great, but did the geniuses at Microsoft tweak and enhance? No, they scrapped and plopped that abortion of a UI onto everyone thinking it was still 1995 and they could do no wrong. Now they're scaling back the stupid with Windows 9 and 10, but the damage has been done.

I have been following Apple (after the death of the PowerPC Macs, and thus the death of my association with them as a primary PC), and the things I fell in love with in OS X were (and still are) being systematically dismantled. Yosemite just continues that trend. Since my G5 is now a printer stand, I figure I'll let Apple go its own way. It was really the best thing that could've happened. I am now running Linux exclusively and haven't missed Windows or OS X yet. No, put down the pitchforks. I am not turning this into a pro-Linux post. :)

Apple and Microsoft have lost their, shall we say, inspirations when the cult of the founders (Jobs being the most stark) leave (or die.) It will be interesting how they pull themselves out of this rut. It's forcing Microsoft to play damage control... and Apple's just about out of the last of the Jobs' ideas... so in time, we'll most likely see them hit the skids a little, unless they can unfreeze Jobs and let him be creative again. (or rather, be a pop-culture version of creative.)

Comment: Say what now? (Score 1) 115

However, it is highly relevant that GED holders and/or high school or college graduates with degrees completely unrelated to computer science tend to be better programmers.

Where do you get that from?

I have indeed met a lot of great programmers that did not have CS degrees. But I've met even MORE programmers that were not great or even coming close to it, that did not have CS degrees...

I would say that overall a CS major has a base level of competence above non-CS holders. But I've never seen a study or in decades of practical experience seen anything to back up the claim you are making...

For what it's worth I have both a GED *and* a CS degree.

Comment: Yoesemite Helvetica Neu is tuned for small size (Score 2) 315

by SuperKendall (#48181099) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Although it can be, also note that the Helvetica Nueu that Apple uses in Yosemite is heavily edited to look OK on LCD displays - just like other screen tuned fonts.

They also were trying to get the average size of sentences between the old and new fonts closers so programmers didn't have as much work to adjust for text changing sizes.

Comment: Re:it is perfectly timed (Score 1) 242

by SuperKendall (#48178799) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

My name-brand phone that I've had for ages -- and had Apple users asking me what it was, then telling me they were going to switch to Android -- has the exact same resolution as the iPhone 6 Plus.

And it's performance in every way is significantly less. When they had the smaller res, they lacked the CPU/GPU the modern Apple hardware has now. The modern Android hardware has the better GPU/CPU but the screen res is killing performance. Apple let them dance right over the sweet spot.

My phone looks better, it fits a pocket better, it weighs less, it's waterproof,

So it's smaller? Behind them times already I guess. Otherwise the six is pocketable for anyone.

Waterproof is something I use a case for if I need. I use the phone in the rain briefly without issue as I always have.

Your phone basically sounds like a fish-mash of things not important to anyone anymore (FM radio....)

Literally the only feature from the iPhone 6 Plus that I can find which my phone lacks is the fingerprint sensor,

Which actually works and opens a whole world you'll be left behind with as you listen to... FM radio.

no disabled NFC here

Fully operational and utterly useless.

Oh, and my smart watch is here now, not some vague date in the future

I wouldn't want what you have now either, but at least it probably also supports FM radio!

Apple are late to the party once again,

They are never late, they arrive when they feel they have something worth selling. I as a buyer appreciate not having to tolerate half-baked crap any longer, that was fine when I'm young but like Danny Glover I'm too old for that shit. Including FM radio.

Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 242

by SuperKendall (#48178417) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

What's wrong with using the iPad as a second screen, as some third party software lets you do?

Then you get touch and a traditional laptop.

All of the compelling uses I read about for something like the Surface have boiled down to pretty niche uses that are really not sustainable. It's nice that you like your Surface now, because it's not going to be around for many more years. Hopefully it will last you a while.

Comment: it is perfectly timed (Score 1) 242

by SuperKendall (#48177697) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

The market starting using more and more large but mediocre phones, just as demand is really starting to grow Apple introduces a model that doesn't sacrifice performance or battery life to have a larger device.

By waiting Apple also gave device makers a lot of rope to hang themselves with in going to screens with absurd DPI. Now the poor bastards (Note4, etc) are hamstrung changing and powering so many wasted pixels, and the companies cannot back off the resolution they have chained around their own necks.

Apple as usual simply makes a good idea work better than anyone else.

Comment: Interesting they keep doing lengthly reviews... (Score 4, Interesting) 291

by SuperKendall (#48168799) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

These Ars OSX reviews have always been really impressive things, full of technical examination and as you can see, very long to write...

It made more sense to me back when you had to pay for an upgrade though, so you could see if it was worth getting. Now that it's free, the need for long technical examination seems to diminish...

That said I hope they keep doing them because it is nice to have a deep technical examination of what is new.

Comment: Men Without Faith (Score 2) 48

by SuperKendall (#48164559) Attached to: Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean

A) Is a damn good name for a rock & roll band.

B) Are apparently people who stay OUTDOORS during a thunderstorm and thus prone to being struck my lightning, or brought down by fevers from standing outside in the rain like some of the dumbest animals on the planet?

I guess this would explain how religion has done so well and science has struggled overall.

Comment: Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (Score 2) 113

by SuperKendall (#48144359) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

Just answer me one thing: are you religious?

Not at all, and I FULLY support gay marriage (as in I have been a part in a ceremony of a gay friend to his partner). I just don't support witch-hunts in any form.

The fact you want be to qualify that is pathetic.

Even if I WERE, why would you bring that up - it just proves my point on the dangers of intolerance. You have chosen to demonize an entire group of people simply because of how they want to live, which makes you no better than any religious evangelist preaching against gay marriage that ever lived. You just have a different religion, a different reason to hate...

How about trying NO HATE? You ever think about that?

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 403

by SuperKendall (#48144323) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

the emergency landing on the Hudson is a likely candidate. No idea if the order was given or not.

I had thought of that one, but had thought I remembered that one sliding off the runway into the Husdon... but you are right, it was a purposeful landing with plenty of time to prepare passengers for a crash.

It's still the case though that n most crashes it doesn't seem like there's any time to take positions.

Comment: Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (Score 1) 113

by SuperKendall (#48143487) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

Is that the same Brendan Eich who posted in his personal blog, that "under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader."?

Yes, because the board were entirely against him. Even LGBT workers at Mozilla supported him, but the board would not - he resigned "voluntarily", because he had no support from the people who cared only about the witch hunt, not Mozilla.

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 403

by SuperKendall (#48143073) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

The captain getting on the intercom to say "Brace for impact" is even more rare. How many commercial airplanes crash every year?

It's not even all the ones that crash (which is as you say quite rare). The crash in SF was totally unexpected by the pilot, they clipped the rear on the runway with zero warning to pilot or passengers. In the case of the flight vanished over the ocean, there wasn't even any crash at all - and there certainly was no time for a warning in the plane that got hit by a missile over the Ukrane.

In fact were there any modern plane crashes where "brace for impact" was given or could have been given? I can't think of any.

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