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Comment: Re:YES PLEASE! (Score 1) 401

by verbatim (#44663067) Attached to: New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

First Contact made up for Generations and gave headroom for Insurrection and Nemesis, but all they did was run the series into the ground. They did such a poor job, I think there really was no other choice but to restart the series. "Star Trek" should have started with a lengthy apology.

It wasn't horrible. Which is more than the other three achieved.

Comment: Re:hey jerkface (Score 1) 400

by verbatim (#43528399) Attached to: Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

But you're the one reading into it.

At face value, the statement clearly implies that young, married, males with children are somehow more valuable. His argument talks about going home to rest, not how skilled they are.

Disclosure: I'm a straight, single, over 30 (old) male without children (or the desire to procreate).

Comment: hey jerkface (Score 0) 400

by verbatim (#43527431) Attached to: Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

don't fill your engineering department with young, single, childless males (aka brogrammers).

Leave the bigotry at home, please. this isn't the 1920s and not all of us subscribe to certain puritan notions of "family".

I would otherwise agree with the idea that "going home" to rest is better than "resting at work" (because as long as you are accessible by work, you are not fully resting and free from it).

Comment: the dissenting opinion (Score 1) 628

by verbatim (#43468217) Attached to: Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

I actually like the start screen:

Good:
- pressing [START] brings it up, I can start typing, and it filters like the start menu of old
- when filtering, the categories always appear in the same place
- meta options are big and appear in the same place (makes a difference at 2560x1440 with standard DPI)
- It doesn't overlap or clutter the desktop -- I press [START] and see a new screen with bigger options that are easier to navigate
- to me, the general windows desktop theme (flat, pastel, simple) is a huge improvement (reminds me of 3.x a little in that regard)

Bad
- It's not intuitive or obvious, I guess, that the [START] search functionality exists at all
- It's not obvious how to do meta actions (open with, for example)
- at first blush, if you make it to the desktop, it's not obvious how you get back to the start screen
- the hidden menus are obnoxious if you're trying to remember where they are hidden
- the "docked" apps or whatever, where the fullscreen app can take a portion of the screen, are worthless
- the hand icon, used to "discard/close" apps, is kind of weird on the desktop (I can discard my desktop? lol).

I dunno. Overall I am indifferent. I actually applaud Microsoft for giving something a go, I just hope that they keep working on it to make it more intuitive and less "post-pc"-ish (which is pretty insulting when I'm running it on a PC). I don't really use the tiles, and I'm on the desktop 99% of the time... so. Yeah. From a ui perspective alone, I don't really find it that abrasive.

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