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Comment: Re:Camel = Horse designed by committee... (Score 4, Informative) 567

by neilo_1701D (#48029213) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

2) Multiple desktops is nice. Been using it on OSX and Linux forever. From what I can tell the functionality seems a bit limited in Windows 10 but it's a start.

Windows, since XP, has had this ability. You needed a SysInternals tool to enable it. But, finally, a welcome addition.

I've been using Windows 8 for about a year now on my home PC and, metro interface aside, it's great. .... The guts of the system are fine.

And that, my friend, is the great tragedy that is Windows 8. Underneath the flawed user interface is the best Windows NT system ever. Considering what it does, it uses less memory, is more stable, runs faster and is downright better than any Windows before.

Comment: Microsoft skips 'too good' Windows 9, jumps to Win (Score 5, Funny) 567

by neilo_1701D (#48028995) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

From InfoWorld, April 1, 2013:

If you've been looking forward to Windows 9, the OS that will fix what Windows 8 got wrong, you're in for a surprise: There will be no Windows 9. Instead, Microsoft announced it will proceed directly to Windows 10.

"The Windows 9 internal beta was a phenomenal success," said Microsoft PR rep Cheryl Tunt. "I mean, it blew Windows 8 out of the water, and as we all know, Windows 8 is nigh flawless. After discussion at the C level, Microsoft has decided it will not mess with success and will leave Windows 9 exactly as it is. As such, work is now getting under way on Windows 10, which should see a public release."

Comment: Re:Score one for the other team (Score 1, Informative) 173

by neilo_1701D (#47997173) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

I never said the Sun was a first generation star. I said it was a Population I star (

Huge difference.

From Wikipedia:
Population I, or metal-rich stars, are young stars with the highest metallicity out of all three populations. The Earth's Sun is an example of a metal-rich star. These are common in the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy.

Population II, or metal-poor stars, are those with relatively little metal.

Population III, or metal-free stars, are a hypothetical extinct population of extremely massive and hot stars with virtually no surface metals, except for a small quantity of metals formed in the Big Bang, such as lithium-7. These stars are believed to have been formed in the early universe. Their existence is inferred from cosmology, but they have not yet been observed directly.

Comment: Respect established UI principles (Score 3, Informative) 545

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.

A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you.