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Comment Re:why? (Score 1) 47

Firefox is built around a mostly single threaded CPU renderer. Servo tries to push as much rendering and other stuff onto the GPU and uses Rust to enforce concurrency meaning the frame rate is higher and it should be stable too. That said, the web is full of quirky / broken content and that's where the effort goes to ensure the new browser works with the existing content.

But this isn't a new phenomena. Mozilla / Firefox developed from a project called NGLayout (next generation layout) which was developed to replace the engine in Netscape 4.x. The NGLayout engine was a LOT faster than it's predecessor but it still took several years before it became a viable replacement. It wasn't until about Mozilla 0.7 that it could be considered on par with what it was replacing.

Comment Re:Que surprise (Score 1) 86

Of all the social media platforms I think I like Twitter the best. Aside from some interesting content it's the one that has least ability to monetize me aside from injecting the odd advert in my feed. Sadly for investors, that's the same reason that they appear to be losing so much money.

Comment Re:That's great (Score 1) 89

So are you complaining that Notepad is too Unix-like philosophy, or are you complaining that it hasn't kept up with the times? Maybe adding ribbons, making the UI more like Chrome, or throwing some JavaScript on it to host it on the cloud would be better? As I recall, those UI changes were very lauded by Slashdot.

I'm complaining it is not fit for purpose in any sense. It can't even open some random README that comes with a product because it might have Unix style line endings. It would be a relatively trivial option to detect the line ending style when opening a file and correctly render and save back to it. It doesn't even do that.

Comment Re:That's great (Score 1) 89

Off the top of my head, here are some ways it could be improved:

Why can't it grey out the options I don't have permission to modify or at least show an icon in a column which indicates read-only?

In sections such as HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT why can't I click on a file extension and have a summary of what process opens that file, what shell extensions are associated with it and so on. Why can't I click on an interface IID and see what DLL or EXE hosts it and also what objects interfaces are by the same binary. Why can't I deregister the DLL from the editor. Separate tools like OLE view are necessary for this but they could be incorporated into regedit.

Why won't Regedit help with all the bullshit introduced with Wow6432 where chunks of the registry are in different places thanks to various 32-bit and 64-bit differences? e.g. maybe let me flip from 32-bit to 64-bit view or show both together in separate panels where I can see the information in one place.

Why can't I live monitor changing values in the registry? Why can't I snapshot the registry and observe what values have changed since the last snapshot?

Why can't I right mouse on a REG_SZ holding a path in the registry and choose "Explore to here"?

Why can't I import / export bits of the tree using the clipboard instead of via files?

Some changes are more modest than others. I'm sure people who spend their life in this tool could think of other ways. The point is that for all the effort has put into the front end of Windows, they're barely lifted a finger to improve the lower level stuff.

Comment Re:That's great (Score 1) 89

Notepad is greatest for nothing whatsoever. It is a crap editor by any reasonable definition. Given how many files such as readmes, config files that have Unix line endings, it would be nice if Microsoft lifted a finger and made the trivial changes necessary to open and save these files properly. Other things that would be useful would be in/outdenting selected text, UTF-8/UTF-16 conversion, some config settings to control indentation tab / space behaviour, being able to "save as" a file without it tacking .txt on the end, and a few other minor improvements. Nothing that would take a few developers more than a month to implement.

And yeah you can replace it for something else but that excuse Notepad for being so terrible in the first place. Seriously. Open Notepad.exe in Windows 3.1 and aside from wide character support and some minor differences it's the exact same thing.

The other tools I singled out which are in Windows are antiquated too. I expect anyone who has to use them on a regular basis could think of 10 or so often minor or modest changes that would make them substantially better.

Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 1) 325

I think the Pebble gets the concept better than most Android, Apple devices but it's still only "up to" 7-10 days (depending on version) and that depends on the watch face used and activities. They're also not very pretty devices although they're cheap by smart watch standards. I think the threshold for me would be at least a month with a display capable of performing and refreshing as well as an LCD.

Comment That's great (Score 2, Informative) 89

Now how about updating notepad, fax & scan, regedit, msconfig, et al. Some of these tools which are still necessary in Windows are positively arcane and have barely changed in years. Notepad in particular is so antiquated it can't even convert line endings. Tools like fax & scan is riddled with usability issues.

But hey we have some crappy 3d painting functionality in MS Paint! Hooray?

Comment Re:it's a terrible SUV (Score 1) 136

The doors on most 4/5 door cars are fairly narrow. It's the 2/3 door cars which tend to have long doors. The way I'd see it is if the car has doors on the front then it makes little sense to splash out for gull wing doors on the back. Yes it makes getting into the last row slightly easier but not a huge amount.

I think sliding doors could work better than gull wing even if only the back doors were done but I don't see how they'd get the front doors to slide at the same time. At least sliding doors would be mechanically simpler and probably better at keeping water out.

Comment Not the whole picture (Score 1) 77

The quality of other content on Netflix has been declining for some time. It's hardly surprising that as the other content turns to shit their own might stand out a bit better. Entire TV shows / series as well as movies have simply disappeared from the service.

Secondly, their service used to be all about relevance - start Netflix and you were recommended shows / films based on viewing preferences. But now they aggressively promote their own content whether the show is of relevance or not. New shows appear in enormous banners, and sometimes video clips as soon as you start the service

So do people "prefer" their content? I don't know if that can be said because they have been systematically undermining the other content for some time. I also believe that if people were asked if they wanted Netflix to spend $100 million on a series they weren't interested in or $100 million to buy the rights to hundreds of quality movies and shows (not dreck) for a year that they might prefer the latter option.

Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 4, Insightful) 325

I wear a watch because I like to be able to tell the time without whipping out a phone for the same purpose. Especially if I'm driving, in a meeting, running or whatever. I can also time myself, set an alarm and a few other things. The screen is always on, it has a nice big display, it's waterproof, the battery has lasted 18 months and I expect I'll get at least another 6-12 months more out of it and it cost me the grand sum of €20.

Watches aren't just for bling, they're there to tell the time. A watch that needs to charge constantly, or needs to be pushed / shaken to show the time, or is hard to read in sunlight is a pain in the ass. That's why "smart" watches fail. They compromise the most basic function that they are supposed to perform. Instead we get shit like wrist cameras, half assed phone sync functionality, heart rate monitors etc. If someone produces a smart watch that tells the time with an always-on display, that works in and out of doors, that lasts weeks or months between charges then we might be getting somewhere. The other stuff is merely a bonus at that point.

Comment Re:it's a terrible SUV (Score 4, Insightful) 136

Those gull wing doors were always a gimmick, a "hook" to ensure coverage for the vehicle. I'm sure it's neat to watch them ponderously open and close via sensors, hydraulics and motors but there is a simpler, cheaper and practical solution - a regular car door, and if necessary a little catch on the mid row seats that slides them forward or tilts them. The regular door keeps out the rain, opens and closes more quickly, doesn't need a bunch of electronics to function and does the same job.

It's notable that the gull wing doors are always demoed in tight spaces because that's about the only place they tenuously offer any advantage, but since the front row has regular doors I'm not sure how that's supposed to make sense either.

Comment It sounds more attractive with every detail (Score 1) 221

Being outcast to a mining colony on a barren planet where the very air is toxic and robots might turn against their masters. The only question before I book passage is whether I should buy the regular space suit or stump the extra cash for the one with a "ludicrous" 60 minutes of extra oxygen.

Comment Re: We believe... (Score 1) 652

Double blind studies in medicine must pass an ethics test. I have already told you with a simple analogy why such a test with vaccinations would fail that test and the penny hasn't dropped. So no you are not right, you are merely thick. Here is a longer article explaining the point if my simple sentence wasn't obvious enough for you.

As for charts, the fall off in incidences of disease exactly correspond with the uptake in vaccination. As does the opposite, that when vaccination rates decline, outbreaks increase. Denying it is pathetic.

Comment Re:Unicode? Can you speak it? (Score 1) 52

Shouldn't need to replace anything, just not mangle it in the first place. Assume that all text is potentially UTF-8 and life becomes a lot easier. In practice it hardly makes any difference to how code is treated providing you don't truncate text in the middle of a code point or make bad assumptions such as byte length == number of displayable characters. If it's getting mangled it is probably because a script or database is changing the character encoding somewhere along the line.

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