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Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 2

by squiggleslash (#48916233) Attached to: Is the Touch UI irredeemable?

There really was an argument, I was there, I heard people get very angry about it. You can dismiss them as neckbeards, but the two major users of (IBM/Clone) PCs at that time were business users and computer enthusiasts of all ages, and both were hesitant to use WIMP interfaces.

The PC1512, that I mentioned, wasn't wonderful (6MHz 8086 IIRC, which while better than 4.77MHz 8088 was still hardly a speed demon), but GEM on it was smooth, more or less an equal to the Atari ST in performance. But few people touched GEM. The feeling was that GEM was easy to use but it was getting in the way.

What happened in 1990 wasn't that computers got cheap enough to tolerably run a GUI OS. Macs, Amigas, Atari STs, and GEM-running PCs predate 1990 considerably. What happened was that in 1990 IBM PC clones became available that tolerably ran a multitasking WIMP OS.

Comment: Price (Score 1) 2

by gmhowell (#48915235) Attached to: Is the Touch UI irredeemable?

No, it all came down to price, not multitasking. There was never an argument that CLI was better than a GUI except from neckbeards and bean counters. Average slobs knew the GUI was better. It took from 1984 until the early 90's for the hard to get cheap enough to tolerably run a GUI OS.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 178

by jawtheshark (#48915003) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Jet fuel is to gasoline what gasoline is to diesel. It burns very quickly which as you can imagine makes it useful for an engine of this type.

Jet fuel is actually so much closer to diesel (and heating oil) than you imagine. Now, I know nothing about jet engines, but I did know that. Mainly because I tend to remember "interesting but useless facts". Link to Wikipedia

Give me a factory and a team of engineers from the 1860s

Typo? 1960, I buy, but in 1860? Not so sure... The birth of the car is generally put at 1886.... The Wright Brothers did they first powered flight in 1903.

Comment: Re:The problem is the interface (Score 1) 137

Firefox is just as bad though, why do they make it so hard to open your bookmarks?

Unfortunately they don't. I know this because it's Ctrl-B, which means you bring it up around 20% of the time you try to paste anything into a dialog, because B is right next to V.

It's like the screenshot and debug report "features" Android has. I don't even know how to trigger either of those. All I know is that something I commonly do is that trigger. I have a directory full of unwanted screenshots to prove it.

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Journal: Classifications 1

Journal by squiggleslash

Apropos of nothing, just some thoughts in the shower this morning: I see people getting very upset when they hear Doom being described as "3D". "It's 2.5D!" they scream, pointing out that the maps are two dimensional albeit augmented with a height map.

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Journal: Wikipedia is fucked 1

Journal by squiggleslash

GamerGate targeted the most active editors on the Gamergate Controversy article for abuse for several months. They also abused the article itself, inserting blatant violations of WP:BLP (the policy that stops the Wikimedia Foundation from being sued for libel every five minutes) During this time the trolls, in parallel, continually leveled complaints at the relevant Wikipedia admin authorities.

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Journal: Nuts vs Nuttiers 1

Journal by squiggleslash

It's kind of annoying that when there's an active hate campaign against a group of people you're largely sympathetic to, it becomes harder to call out abuse and extremism by individuals within that group lest you play into the agenda of the hate campaign.

Another way of saying the same thing: GamerGate and similar mobs make it hard to have rational discussions about anything.

Comment: Re: What did you expect? (Score 3, Insightful) 188

by grub (#48903763) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data
PGP/GPG is much easier to use these days than it was in the 90's. Plugins exist for many mail clients that do the heavy lifting in the background.

Friends and family are surely tired of my tinfoil hat, they just do not seem to care about their privacy. Many say the "I have nothing to hide" line.

Comment: Re:Internet Explorer (Score 4, Informative) 99

Kinda. It wasn't impossible to write cross platform browser stuff in the late 1990s, when most corporations started this whole "We'll standardize on browser X" policy making, but it required a discipline that had most developers throwing their hands up in the air in disgust.

Unfortunately the situation in the late 1990s was:

- The major browsers were incompatible.
- IE4+ was the most standard. Yes, really. Those versions had a relatively complete implementation of CSS.
- IE came preinstalled with the standard operating system of that time.

That was it. That was why corporations went with it. It's why they adopted the monoculture in the first place. If Netscape had been a little quicker with Mozilla, or been more enthusiastic about CSS in Netscape 4.x, and if CSS had been a little more complete, things might have been different.

Comment: I'm one of the two (Score 1) 8

by gmhowell (#48887335) Attached to: Well, crap...

I think I'm one of the two who bought from Amazon. I don't care if you put it up for free. If it really bugs you that much, take the two bucks and give it to the next homeless person you see, or in the tip jar somewhere, or whatever. (Actually, I thought I said before that you could do that :)

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