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Comment: Re:One step at a time, Ikea (Score 1) 68

I swear, last time I looked at their site (less than a year ago) they had only a very select few items that were available to purchase online, and that most of the site was simply a catalog for the items you could buy in their stores.

Boy, now don't I look like an idiot.

Comment: Whiners (Score 3, Interesting) 191

by eric_brissette (#43842211) Attached to: Opera Releases Its First Chromium-Based Browser

I find it funny that when you look at the comments on the Blink articles, there are tons of people upset about Google creating yet another rendering engine, and they're worried about standards compliance issues and having another target to design for.

And then you read the comments in the Opera-switching-to-Blink articles, and everyone is upset about losing diversity in the web ecosystem.

Are these two different groups of people commenting, or is it just one big group of whiners?

Comment: Re:The answer is simple: (Score 1) 441

by eric_brissette (#41757025) Attached to: Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack

Blingy might not be the right word, but I am personally not a fan of glossy/shiny/textured interfaces. For example, I much prefer the style of Android's 4.x Holo interface design over iOS. I think the design for is a HUGE improvement over, and would like to have seen Microsoft push the Windows UI in the same direction.

I don't like it when interface elements are noisy and cluttered and compete for attention with the content I'm looking for. I don't like lots of high color icons and small text; I prefer nice typography with a little bit of breathing room.

But there's no accounting for taste, right?

Comment: Re:The answer is simple: (Score 1) 441

by eric_brissette (#41756083) Attached to: Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack

I'm not a fan of the "UI formerly known as Metro" either, but there are ways to bypass it. It's not simply just a system setting as it should be, but here's the best solution I've found so far:

The Desktop in Windows 8 looks just fine once you get past Metro. It's less blingy than Windows 7, although there is still a lot of room for improvement. I have seen some minimal UI concepts that I think are quite attractive:

Comment: Re:It will certainly succeed (Score 1) 282

by eric_brissette (#41323951) Attached to: Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

You can buy a PS3 for less and still have a very good gaming experience.
In one question: is the WiiU a better gaming console than a PS3?
I don't think so.

I'd take the WiiU over a PS3 if the WiiU played blu ray discs and supported DLNA for photo, music, and video streaming over the network.

As far as I know, it doesn't support any of that.

Comment: Re:Locked Bootloaders Suck... (Score 1) 247

by eric_brissette (#40976333) Attached to: Motorola To Cut 4,000 Jobs, Focus On High-End Devices

The locked bootloader situation may have more to do with the carrier than the manufacturer, although Motorola certainly isn't blameless here.

There is a reason that the Samsung Galaxy S3 had an unlockable bootloader on every single carrier it was released on except for Verizon.


+ - Bram Cohen Demoes BitTorrent Live: Cheap, Real-Time P2P Video Streaming->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "At the SF MusicTech Summit, Bram Cohen, the author of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer sharing protocol, demoed his latest creation BitTorrent Live( ). BitTorrent Live lets any content owner or publisher stream video to millions of people at good quality and with just a few seconds of latencyfor free or cheap. Sports, news events, simulcast TV shows, education, video conferencing, or uncensored war zone broadcasts — this technology will power the future of video.

“My goal is to kill off television” Cohen said during the SF MusicTech demo session I hosted. Afterwards he explained to me in rhyme, “Television’s physical infrastructure is inevitably going to go away, but TV as a mode of content consumption is here to stay.” Essentially, people love what they see on television, but want it accessible from the web.


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