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Comment: Respect established UI principles (Score 3, Informative) 502

by neilo_1701D (#47923441) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

The problem with Window 8.x (and Office 2013 / VS 2012 etc) is how they are breaking established UI conventions for no good reason and with very little payoff.

The Windows 8 Start screen, for example, takes the focus in a big way. The Start screen in Server 2012 is even worse; if I right-click to run a program as administrator, the context menu appears at the bottom of the screen. Talk about breaking context!

With Office, not only do we have the screen-stealing ribbon (not completely bad, but still...), all the tab titles are uppercase. The Microsoft style guide says this is a no-no; yet the Office team do it. The VS2012 menus are the same.

I'll agree that Win 8.x has probably the best Windows kernel ever. The UI is a turn off.

I'm hoping that Windows 9 brings back some vestige of Windows 7 UI whilst keeping the best bits of Win 8. Heck; if that's impossibly I'll gladly settle for a Window 98 UI. At least it was consistent, and didn't obscure the screen with useless tat.

Comment: Re:Geez, he still has a point (Score 2) 266

by neilo_1701D (#47861073) Attached to: John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

But credit where credit's due, he was responsible in no small part for breathing much of the life into id's games which is why without him, we just had these soulless graphics tech demos that id has produced ever since he left.

Quake 2 was the first post-Romero Id game, and I'd hardly call that soulless. But your point does stand; the book Masters of Doom paints a bleak picture of Id post Quake 2, which led to the storyless Quake 3.

Comment: So now Google establishes Internet standards (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by neilo_1701D (#47623371) Attached to: Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

I'm not convinced that this is a good precedent. Sure, they're encouraging sites to use HTTPS today... but what about tomorrow?

Speculation: Websites that block competing search engines from indexing their content may rank higher in Google searches? Websites that process payments using Google rank higher in Google search?

I'm not saying that HTTPS is a bad thing... but once they open the door once to arbitrary ranking changes done on a whim, that door can be opened again.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 5, Interesting) 81

by neilo_1701D (#47523023) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

Tinkering is all well and good; and many times quite relaxing and enjoyable in it's own right.

If I've got time for a game, though, I'd rather be blasting Nazi's (or whatever floats your boat) than tinkering to get there. I still remember when I upgraded my video card to a Savage S4 and Half Life broke, requiring much tinkering, downloading, reconfiguring, rebooting, some more tweaking and finally a reboot to get back into the game. Then it isn't relaxing or fun; it's stopping me from the fun.

So a couple of bucks to GOG for their efforts to make thing run is a great investment, IMO. Plus it great to be able to get all the old titles again, long after the disks have been lost and the patches much harder to find...

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 2) 667

by neilo_1701D (#47499777) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

There was a Singapore Airlines jet close enough to MH-17 at the time for the pilots to see it explode

Do you have a source for that?

I only ask because Singapore Airlines said right after the shootdown that:

Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace.


Comment: Re:ugh (Score 1) 552

by neilo_1701D (#47458133) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Every time it snows, deniers claim "see, there's no global warming"

Probably because alarmists say things like "Children just aren't going to know what snow is" and " winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event".
(David Viner, senior research scientist, Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,2000)

"Ahead warp factor 1" - Captain Kirk