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Comment: Re:Better idea (Score 1) 101

by drinkypoo (#49171857) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

With the Windows Start Screen and OSX Launchpad there's no excuse for showing executables as anything but a generic executable icon in the file system. let the custom icons for executables live in the app launcher (where everything is an executable so you don't need to be told that the one that looks like a document is not a simple document).

Yeah, we tried that with Windows 3.1, but Win32 permitted storing the icon in the executable because you could do that on the Macintosh.

If you want all exes to have a boring icon, use a boring file manager for admin tasks.

Comment: Re:5% Gross is a terrible deal (Score 1) 131

by drinkypoo (#49171827) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

The reason I say that is that Java is perfectly capable of running a game like Minecraft well, and because I've never seen any performance issues in Minecraft even on my now 7 year old PC,

Try comparing it to one of the clones. Diddle the settings until you get similar visual detail and then check the frame rates. Prepare for jaw droppage. Minecraft is absolutely awful about performance.

Minecraft performance problems certainly don't seem to be global and that's why it has to be down to some kind of hardware incompatibility somewhere along the line.

No, just not everyone is complaining. But Minecraft falls down very hard on complex scenes which render fine with e.g. minetest.

Comment: Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 45

by drinkypoo (#49171797) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

Also, they want to sell you paint. Although I have noticed that their primer in particular truly is epic. I've used it even in automotive applications, as a midcoat to get around a paint interaction. I sure wish I knew who made it for them so I could get it at a reasonable price.

Comment: Re:Sooo... (Score 1) 36

by drinkypoo (#49171783) Attached to: NVIDIA Fixes Old Compiz Bug

After reading the wiki article on Compiz, it seems to be the same animation/fluff shit Linux users got pissed off at Microsoft for including...?

What Linux users are pissed off at Microsoft for adding fluff? They must have sad and pathetic lives even by Slashdot standards, because you can turn all that stuff off.

What Linux users get pissed off at Microsoft for is forcing fluff, like when you have to use a GUI tool to configure something. But they are getting much better about embracing the command line. The next Windows will supposedly have even better headless support.

Compiz does do all the eye candy shiny shiny stuff. But you can turn features on and off atomically, and there is a great deal of configuration available for each feature. If for example you like many of the aspects of the OSX desktop, but some of the features bother you or you wish they worked a little bit differently, you can get the precise effect you're looking for with Compiz.

Sadly, my favorite window manager (emerald) is not being developed any more, but between emerald, compiz, and avant-window-navigator it's possible to build a maclike desktop which actually works properly, and which has only useful eye candy like smooth moves (nice for seeing where windows go) and an Expose-like feature with no borders. That is, you can turn them off. And of course, mipmapped previews.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 101

by drinkypoo (#49171711) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

I just responded in another thread where actual programmers argued about whether or not it counts as "confusing" to split a delimited string without actually using the name "split" for the method that does the work.

Did you? All I saw in that discussion was an argument over whether it was stupid to need seven lines to split a string instead of one. And it is. It's still a stupid argument, because any problem you can solve with a free and common library is not a real problem.

Comment: Re:And why is hiding shit the default in Win serve (Score 1) 101

by drinkypoo (#49171693) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

But WHY IN THE FUCKING FUCK does the server operating system have the same goddamn "hide everything that might be confusing to marketing types and the mentally retarded" settings out of the box?

The idea is that your receptionist should be able to follow the instructions, install Windows, and set up your small office. "Back in the day" it was ordinary to make the receptionist the sysadmin because they were the person in the building deemed to have time to take on additional duties. I've spent some fun times doing UUCP support with someone who has to have Unix characters (like bang and pipe) explained to them as a result.

I find it particularly ironic given the Microsoft push to capture mindshare from CLI propellerheads with PowerShell Everything.

The GUI is still the primary way to do things.

Comment: Re:Split on this. (Score 0) 220

Didn't we learn ANYTHING from the whole Lois Lerner debacle?

Didn't we learn ANYTHING from the whole Snowden debacle? Using her private mail is probably more secure than anything the government will provide to her. Especially if the goal is to hide information from the spying apparatus that seems hell-bent on eating our freedoms.

Comment: Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 45

by drinkypoo (#49170717) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

No, it's just fucking dumb. By forcing people to have to tediously paint each piece by hand you limit the actual number of people who become interested.

The question is, do you turn off more people with such a requirement than you attract? Today, answer is probably yes, nobody has patience for anything. Back in the day, probably not, it was pre-internet and people sat around doing things that took a long time.

Comment: Re:Cross platform development. (Score 1) 281

ntegrating C++ code in Objective C programs (aka. Objective-C++) is as easy as integrating C code into a C++ program so for cross platform purposes you'd be best advised to write as much of your business logic in C++ or even C and use more platform specific languages like Objective-C for view and controller logic. Basically write as much in C++ or C as you can since both can be used in Objective-C apps.

Poster is looking to find out which one language to use, so your suggestion is out of line. However, it's probably the most useful and informative text in this whole thread. (There have been some other mentions of the same fact, but none of them have been as explicit.) Here's the upshot: If you want to be able to use your code elsewhere in the future, use C++. Which means, basically, you'd have to be insane and/or sociopathic to use ObjC. It may cause you problems, and it will certainly cause anyone else problems in the future.

Comment: Re: Java (Score 1) 281

Java is not an answer. The whole JRE means installing an unsafe browser plugin for most people.

Can be disabled

Oh, and would you like to improve your websperience with

Are you new? Download the enterprise installer. It doesn't ask you to install (or any other bundled bullshit) on install or update.

Don't use Java because it's a dead end, and at that end, lies Oracle. Not because it doesn't work, or because of

Comment: Re:Are we looking through the center... (Score 1) 108

by drinkypoo (#49170561) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

The perceivable universe is smaller than the actual universe. Our power to resolve distant detail is still growing. Maybe if we expand our horizons by improving our equipment we'll discover that parts of the universe appear to be getting closer, and what we took to be a big bang was just one bang of many.

Comment: Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 45

by drinkypoo (#49170545) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

No wonder it's dying. That is the dumbest fucking rule.

It was kind of an important rule because otherwise you'd have a bunch of unpainted armies and the game would look stupid to bystanders. They wanted to create the old man's game of tabletop gaming, and they succeeded. But then the prices kept going up PAST already-ridiculous and that's what really sealed the deal. Now they're going away. Hopefully when they expire we can just cook up an unauthorized 40k to replace it. Now that 3d printers are a thing, people can reasonably print minis. They'll need cleanup to detail areas but that's not a dealbreaker.

Comment: Re:Why is the hardware so complex/expensive? (Score 1) 139

I have to imagine the enclosure and such is more expensive than they thought.

such things are very expensive, which is why you often see the same case reused for multiple products. There are 423890 kitchen timers on the market, but only 34421 plastic molds for kitchen timers out there. The first number goes up much more rapidly than the second. hooray for sending your design off to China! Chinese electronics manufacturers would like to thank you very much.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 466

How about actually allying with the Soviets against the Germans before WW2 began, and striking together as soon as Poland was invaded?

It was a very likely possibility, and USSR has actively explored just such an alliance. But it demanded a firm commitment to such a joint military action, with full involvement by all sides, that Brits weren't willing to sign up for (because they didn't think that a full-scale European war was inevitable even if Poland were to be invaded). So Soviets walked away and signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact instead.

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