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Comment Re:As a developer. (Score 2) 78

"Jarring UI experience"?

Seriously? When I ask for the next page, it is because I WANT TO READ THE NEXT PAGE, and not because I want to see how clever the scrolling animation is.

Also, key scrolling is a local browser function. Whether it is space or page down or META+wheel on the mouse or shaking your phone in just the right way, the browser is just jumping down the buffer a bit.

The problem is that the HTML specs provide a way to float crap on top, and ways to pin it to the top or bottom of the page, and also a hint to the browser that indicates how much reading space is covered by the crap, so that the browser knows how far to jump per page request. Lots of websites have the floaty crap, without the hint.

That's all that needs to happen. Web designers need to provide the height of the crap they are cluttering the page with, and they aren't. They aren't being asked to write special javascript to jump properly, they aren't being asked to write keyboard drivers, or layout engines. Just to include a hint about how much of the reading space their floaty crap is obscuring.

Comment Re:What do UK, USA, Aus, NZ, Can have in common? (Score 1) 99

I agree, though even with the Theresa May et. al. view of accepting the referendum results there are problems they're glossing over - Leave only won by 1.8%, but it's not clear that they can show all 51.8% prioritise immigration as their reasons for leaving, when prominent Leavers like Daniel Hannan say immigration wasn't the reason he wanted to leave I think it's entirely dishonest to make the case that immigration reform has to become before all else, even if we leave there's no evidence that a majority support leaving and screwing ourselves based primarily on immigration changes.

But this is why parliamentary scrutiny is of fundamental importance, to challenge the idea that a vote to Leave in the referendum is a vote for Theresa May's cabinet to be the sole decider of what shape that takes even if that completely defies the democratic will of the populace.

Even if you ran the referendum again, and even if Leave won again, which I suspect they wouldn't, I do not for one second believe you'd ever get a majority supporting exiting the European Economic Area even if we leave the EU, and yet that's exactly what they're proposing despite there being not even remotely near a majority for it. A substantial number of even the hardest Brexit voters still support the idea of remaining in the common market.

Thus May's government simply cannot keep claiming they have a democratic mandate, they were given a mandate for one thing and one thing only - leaving the EU, they have no mandate to decide anything else beyond that regarding immigration, access to markets and so on and so forth. Democracy is also not a one time thing, so I also absolutely agree that any package should be put to the people in a second referendum with the option of rejecting it and staying in the EU - democracy is about giving people choice to decide, and people's views change. It's not democracy if you refuse to recognise that change, otherwise we could merely declare the referendum result invalid because people previously voted to join in 1972, if singular votes define things for all eternity then why not that one? The whole argument against a second referendum is fundamentally democracy denying, despite the argument they make that it's a refusal to accept the will of the people - finding out the will of the people on a rolling basis by definition cannot be classed as refusing the will of the people.

Comment Re:Not flame bait (Score 1) 72

I have both consoles (and a Wii U in fact) and whilst the PS4 can list more exclusives, the vast majority of them are just really shit indie titles.

The PS4's exclusive lineup is definitely looking up, but until now I feel the Xbox One has had far better exclusives. Things like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse at launch were far more fun than anything Sony had on offer, and since then they've had titles like Halo 5, Quantum Break, Gears of War 4, Sunset Overdrive.

I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian, and I did enjoy games like The Order 1886, not gotten around to Uncharted 4 yet though. LBP3 was just a bit boring, more of the same. I thought Street Fighter V was just fucking awful, Mortal Kombat was way better, as is Killer Instinct on the Xbox One.

But although the PS4 exclusive lineup is definitely improving, so is the Xbox One lineup also. Things like Halo Wars 2 and Crackdown 3 are likely to be box shifters.

All in all I definitely prefer the Xbox One's exclusive list regardless of it's relative size - like the PS4, 90% of the exclusive lists are just utter shit, so factoring out the utter shit closes the gap regardless by shrinking both console's lists drastically.

But really, if exclusives matter at all it begs the question as to why the Wii U isn't the top selling console of this generation, frankly it has far, more, far higher quality, far more fun exclusives than the other two combined - Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Splatoon, Star Fox Zero, Mario Kart 8, Paper Mario: Color Splash. All these titles are far higher quality, and focus far more on being simply enjoyable than many exclusives on other consoles.

So I don't think you can realistically just relative merits and success by exclusives as an overriding factor anyway otherwise Nintendo would likely win hands down.

I think Sony simply have a powerful brand, and Microsoft ultimately fucked up early on above all else. Nintendo has struggled because it released an underpowered console in the face of last gen, when it should really have waited a few years and released a console with far more competitive specs. Specs shouldn't matter, but ultimately they are used to define or shame a brand, and unless you can pull off an upset as Nintendo did with the Wii where you have a differentiator that genuinely makes the specs irrelevant then low specs will get you fucked.

I think therefore it's really a combination of things that overall define the brand that matters - Sony has a reasonable set of excellent exclusives, it didn't have the DRM/spying rumours of the Xbox One, it has a massive general library, and it was a marginally more powerful device than the Xbox One at a lower price point. Those things combined are what have won things so far for Sony. It's worth noting that the Xbox One has made ground over the last year, I suspect this is because the tarnish of it's own brand from it's pre-release mis-steps are finally fading coupled with the good will it's gaining with new dashboard functionality and support for things like backwards compatibility. One shouldn't forget that last generation we had the exact reverse scenario - Sony started off behind due to a late release coupled with a tarnished brand from the past rootkit fiasco and so on and so forth, but eventually towards the end of the generation pretty much pulled things level with the 360 as the tarnish faded and it regained some good will with some of it's later releases (i.e. The Last of Us).

Comment Re:What do UK, USA, Aus, NZ, Can have in common? (Score 2) 99

Ironically that one female home secretary before Theresa May was also brought down by the fact her husband was caught buying porn using the MP expenses system. So you're right, there's zero merit in his porn theory.

Not that I disagree with him that Theresa May is, and is acting like a defacto authoritarian dictator though. The fact she believes something as important as the terms for triggering Brexit shouldn't undergo parliamentary scrutiny is astounding. It's the single biggest change to British statute in 40 years and she thinks parliament shouldn't scrutinise the terms? She couldn't be more dictatorial if she tried.

Comment Re:your privacy for some magic beans (Score 1) 101

Is there any statutory legal obligation to credit public holidays like Thanksgiving as leave for those who are made to work it in the US?

My wife works in retail and runs a few stores, and the only day they don't open now is Christmas day, however all 7 other UK public holidays are added to their leave so in some ways it works out for her as she can combine them all for an extra full week. Means she has something like 34 days leave a year now.

Comment Re:anonymous telemetry (Score 1) 101

Out of interest, by what mechanism is the data sent? Is there a service that dispatches it over a proprietary protocol running over TCP or similar? When is it sent and so forth? I'd be interested in snooping on it myself to have a look at exactly what does leave my PC, if what you're saying is true then that for us in the EU, puts Microsoft in breach of the European Data Protect Directive, and if I can evidence that happening from my machine then I can lodge a formal complaint with our Information Commissioner.

What happens if you block transmission of the data on your router's firewall? Does it just give up?

"Don't think you are having a private conversation when Cortana is on and your near your computer."

Unless she's developed the ability to detect sound through other means then this is at least one thing I'm safe from as I don't actually have a microphone attached to my PC :) Alexa on the other hand, oh, she's already listening. See my other post for my experience so far with her.

I was rather annoyed to turn my monitor on the other day and find the usually nice images that change through the day on the lock screen replaced with an advert for fucking Finding Dory. Thankfully it seems you can disable that at least, which I now have.

Comment Re:More holes than swiss cheese (Score 3, Informative) 72

If someone's ever actually interacted with an Adobe product, they know. They're shit. Really. Open an Acrobat index, and the search dialog (which is what you want to get to) appears _behind_ a blank document window, which is useless. WTF?

Adobe's contribution to computing began and ended with Postscript. I'll also give some credit for the pdf format/concept itself, despite obvious flaws in the implementation. Photoshop is a convoluted mess which is successful in spite of its faults, purely due to inertia and lack of competition. All else they've ever created simply sucks.

I'd believe the spaghetti code explanation, but that's a rationalization, not an excuse.

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