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Comment: Seems like cancer is not so "man made" after all (Score 0) 46

by grungeman (#43932961) Attached to: World's Oldest Tumor Found In a Neanderthal Bone
Just recently there was a "scientific study" that claimed that cancer was caused by the excesses of modern life. They claimed this only on the fact that they could not find any cancer in egyptian mummies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1320507/Cancer-purely-man-say-scientists-finding-trace-disease-Egyptian-mummies.html

Well, those pseudo scientists certainly got their well deserved "Grog's Revenge".

Comment: Our idea that never took off (Score 1) 536

by grungeman (#43662917) Attached to: Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8
We create software icons mainly for Windows (from XP to WIndows 8) and always need to follow the latest Microsoft style guidelines. When we started working on the Windows 8 icons we immediately saw that Microsoft was doing something awefully wrong by mixing two totally different UI styles in one single operating system.

So we came up with the idea that there should be a transition or "fading" between both styles in order to make it easier for Windows Vista/7 users to get used to the new style. So we took the old Vista/7 icons and converted them to monochrome versions, while keeping the overall shape. With some Javascript this could be used for a very cool transition between the old Vista/Windows 7 and the new Windows 8 style.

Unfortunately this idea never really took off (we never saw anybody use this), but I still think it could make the new style much more acceptable for users of Windows Vista/7.

If you are interested here is our technical page demonstrating how the transition works (some animated samples, lots of technical details):

http://www.iconexperience.com/technical/

Comment: This does not come as a surprise (Score 1) 786

by grungeman (#43652079) Attached to: Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?
We create software icons and always need to follow the latest trends in UI design. When it became clear that Windows 8 would have the tiles UI we decided this was a mistake and came up with an idea to at least make the transition to the new UI more comfortable for Windows users.

What we did was to take the old Vista/Windows 7 icons and create a monochrome version of each icon. With some Javascript this could have been used for a very cool transition between the old Vista/Windows 7 desktop and the new Windows 8 style.

Unfortunately this idea never really took off (we never saw anybody use this), but used correctly it could actually come in really handy for Microsoft in handling this difficult situation.

If you are interested here is our technical page demonstrating how the transition works (some animated samples, lots of technical details):

http://www.iconexperience.com/technical/

Comment: It was unusable for one simple reason (Score 5, Interesting) 89

by grungeman (#42368207) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Expression Suite — And Makes It Free, For Now
When applying a gradient fill to an object it was not possible to adjust a gradient after applying. As a professional graphics designer I can say that a gradient never looks perfect the first time and always needs adjustment. Instead with Expression Design you had to apply the whole gradient again, hoping that this time it would look perfect (which never happened). This made the whole software the least productive tool ever for our job. We really tried, but Expression was simply unusable for us, I even suspect that the totally useless gradient tool is the reason why Microsoft developers decided to make the Windows 8 icons monochrome.

Comment: Wise decision (Score 1) 228

by grungeman (#40263673) Attached to: Microsoft Relents On Metro-Only Visual Studio Express
Metro may be or may not be the future for Windows, but you can be sure that Aero and earlier Windows styles will be around for a while. New applications may be developed in Metro design, but if you extend existing apps, simply switching to Metro is not an option. Therefore I think Microsoft made the right decision to include support for earlier Windows versions in their VS Express editions. Limiting support to Metro would force many developers to stick with older versions, which cannot be what Microsoft intends to do. Since Metro and Aero are so fundametally different concepts, I suggest that Microsoft should offer a transition path that builds a bridge to Metro and allows developers to gradually adapt the Metro design. Maybe they could start with looking how the guys at www.iconexperience.com have done this for their icons.
Security

+ - FBI's operation against Bot Masters

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Aditi.Tuteja
Aditi.Tuteja writes "FBI have put charges against three people for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Under cybercrime initiative, called Operation Bot Roast, which has identified more than a million PCs infected with bot software.

Securityfocus reported that the U.S. Department of Justice have joined hands with Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the Botnet Task Force, their aim is to disrupt the operations of bot masters that compromise their victims machines to use for sending spam or attacking other computers."
Space

+ - software bug killed MGS

Submitted by
kto
kto writes "NASA officials said a bug in software uploaded to the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft may have led to the permanent loss of communications the spacecraft suffered in November. The software uploaded to MGS in June overwrote two memory addresses, eventually causing the gimbals that move the spacecraft's solar arrays to hit a hard stop."
Microsoft

+ - UK schools at risk of Microsoft lock-in

Submitted by Robert
Robert (703254) writes "UK schools and colleges that have signed up to Microsoft Corp's academic licensing programs face the 'significant potential' of being locked in to the company's software, according to an interim review by the UK government agency responsible for technology in education. The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency report also states that most establishments surveyed do not believe that Microsoft's licensing agreements provide value for money."

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