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Comment: Re:Computer illiterate little sister? (Score 4, Informative) 389

by pwnies (#46276753) Attached to: Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?
The quote is out of context, and was part of a larger list of users. On its own it does seem negative - here's my full quote: Metro is a content consumption space. It is designed for casual users who only want to check facebook, view some photos, and maybe post a selfie to instagram. It's designed for your computer illiterate little sister, for grandpas who don't know how to use that computer dofangle thingy, and for mom who just wants to look up apple pie recipes. It's simple, clear, and does one thing (and only one thing) relatively easily.


by pwnies (#40948531) Attached to: CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI
Disclaimer: I work for microsoft as a UI/UX designer/prototyper, primarily on Windows's "Metro" interface, so I'm probably HIGHLY biased in this area. But I may still be able to shed some light on this. I've been using Win8 for about 8 or 9 months now. Originally, I was in the same boat as CowboyNeal - I loathed the new start menu. It felt wonky to scroll through and find my programs. After using it for a while though, I highly prefer it to the old start menu. The start menu on Windows 7 was great for mouse navigation - short traversals to each entity meant that you could get through them quickly with a mouse. Where it failed though was in keyboard driven execution. Win 7's keyboard launching capabilities absolutely sucked. I wrote up a pretty technical paper on its shortcomings, one specific example was heirarchy of information in search: while trying to launch Dota 2 in windows 7, I pressed the win key and typed in "dota". The first result was an autogenerated xml file that I didn't even know existed on my computer, with "dota" matching a substring of a randomly generated hash. The "Dota 2" program was 14th on the list, despite me opening it often. Because of this, I rarely used search on my windows box. In OSX however, I almost always use spotlight (~95% of the time) to launch anything. Noticing this I decided to give the search in win 8 a shot, as I heard it had been improved. It was vastly better - better than spotlight and probably on par or slightly better than quicksilver. Since the standard desktop is still there, and the keyboard driven launching is actually usable, I just stay in desktop mode and use the metro home screen as a glorified spotlight. It takes some getting used to due to the fact that it's fullscreen, but it has more data on screen at once, which means on the rare chance that I am searching for something more detailed, it seems to be a bit more efficient. That with the speed improvements in 8 over 7 (8 is a lot snappier) makes me prefer it to 7 nowadays. Just food for thought.

Apple iPhone 5 To Flaunt New A8 Processor 197

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the skip-a-few dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The release of iOS 4.3 beta for developers has revealed updates to gesture-based navigation, AirPlay and Personal Hot Spot in the next edition of iPad and iPhone. However, not all changes are UI-related; it is reported that Apple is due to add an ARM Cortex A8 processor to its iPhone 5. Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based newspaper, reported that Apple's iPhone 5 will be powered by a dual core processor with SGX543 graphics. It is reported that Apple is in contact with a Taiwanese component maker for the A8 SoC. Currently Apple uses a custom made A4 SoC in its iPad and iPhone 4 and uses SGX535 graphics and video support."

Comment: Re:Less Popular (Score 1) 275

by pwnies (#34425194) Attached to: Google To Block Piracy-Related Terms From Autocomplete
Why, because search terms aren't auto-completed? You can still search for them, they just don't show up in instant search nor are suggested for users - much like adult content. IMO this is a good move. I don't want to be searching for "minified js engine" on google and have some sysadmin on my ass about why I had a google suggestion packet coming to me that was for "mininova.org".

Comment: Re:You what? (Score 1) 382

by pwnies (#34421398) Attached to: Preview of Ubuntu's Unity Interface
Unity definitely does, at least in it's current state. I used it all last month, and experienced some major slowdowns/memory leaks if I left my computer running for more than a week. At the worst of it, it took ~2 minutes for their app launcher (think alt+f2 equivalent) to open. Not the app itself mind you, that's just the time that was needed for the launch prompt to display. Granted it's not ready yet, but I just don't see it catching on in 11.04.

Comment: Re:Driving shouldn't be for the public (Score 1) 1065

by pwnies (#34277868) Attached to: US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary
Yea. Actually there's a budding market for it. They even made a class of vehicle for those who enjoy it. They're dubbed, "Recreational Vehicles".
Snarky comments aside, it absolutely is. A hammer is a tool to get work done in one man's hand, and an instrument for another man's hobby. Ever seen a biker gang moseying down a highway on a sunday morning? They aren't going anywhere, they're just there for the ride. Classic vehicle owners often go for joy rides. I personally enjoy going for a ride in old diesel pickup trucks, something about the purr of their motor and the way they lazily meander down the road does it for me.

Comment: Re:Heuristic (Score 1) 394

by pwnies (#34021224) Attached to: Bees Beat Machines At 'Traveling Salesman' Problem
4 days for 5 flowers? A brute force approach to the traveling salesman problem is a n! growth rate. For 5 flowers, you only have 120 combinations. That'll take a few microseconds to solve on my phone. You wont start seeing time being measured in days until you hit 14 flowers or so. Not saying you're wrong about the fact that we have problems, but just that 5 flowers isn't going to stress anyone.

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