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Comment What happened to the 2018 Surface Phone? (Score 1) 54

I thought the big plan was for them to step back for a year and finally get a low-powered x86 mobile chip and clean the market up with the Surface Phone. It would be a portable PC with docking and all that.

Now they are just going to shit the bed with a Samsung co-brand? Really?

Sounds like a really explosive idea!

Comment It also sucks your cap (Score 1) 218

[H*R's and Weebl's] solution was to put the toons on youtube for HTML5 compliance. It works, but it kills their easter eggs.

The size penalty of rendering the vectors to pixels also kills viewers' monthly download quotas.

Comment Re:But can it app apps? (Score 1) 218

and coding is annoying if I don't plug in an external keyboard.

I figured that much. But there are people in Slashdot's comment section who claim that a tablet with a USB or Bluetooth keyboard could replace most or all uses of those 10" laptops that were sold from 2008 to 2012, including lightweight programming.

Comment Re:Then what for vector animations now? (Score 1) 218

With ios and android the osk is fully automatic

Not always. At my day job, we have a Samsung tablet with a barcode scanner to scan EANs on product packaging and Code 128 barcodes on warehouse bins. But because Android sees it as a Bluetooth keyboard, it doesn't automatically pop up the on-screen keyboard when it becomes necessary to key in things that aren't barcodes.

Comment What free alternative to Animate CC? (Score 1) 218

we finally realized we need open protocol, open source protocols to do what Flash, Unity, etc did

By "Unity" I hope you don't mean the desktop environment with an open source shopping lens that defaulted to sending every single search on your computer to Amazon's server.

Its better to have an open protocol and do it with open source code in the browser.

By this measure, the free counterparts to Flash Player are Gecko and Blink, the engines of Firefox and Chromium respectively. But what's the free counterpart to Adobe Animate CC (formerly called Flash)? Is Synfig any good?

Comment Re:no , I dont think so (Score 1) 218

single player flash game [...] Flash should never had had access to the microphone

How would one make a game inspired by Seaman or Hey You Pikachu without the microphone? Making it for one desktop operating system would have severely limited its audience.

Comment Then what for vector animations now? (Score 2) 218

1) Flash video clips, both recorded video and video animated with Flash shared on Newgrounds and the like.
The first group largely shifted to YouTube

YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and the like are fine for "recorded video" but inefficient for "video animated with Flash". Rendering a vector animation to pixels and then compressing the pixels bloats file size by a factor of 10 in my tests.

Adobe's replacement for Flash as a vector animation authoring tool is Animate CC, which can create vector animations for HTML5. The difference is that one can buy a used copy of an old version of Flash, but Animate is available only as a rental. So which other timeline-based* graphical applications, either free or purchased, can people use to create vector animations for HTML5?

* Typing coordinates into a text editor is not "timeline-based".

Comment Re:What would have sucked less? (Score 1) 218

After the end of H*R, what tools should be used to make and efficiently deliver web animations? I guess it'd be possible to use a used copy of Flash to make an animation, render it to pixels, and compress it to H.264 and WebM. But in my tests, that produces a file 10 times the size of the corresponding SWF. This in turn means a user on an Internet connection with a given monthly data transfer quota can view only one-tenth of the videos using MP4/WebM that he could using Flash.

Or are you of the opinion that after the end of H*R, web animation itself "no longer had a reason to exist"?

Comment Windows, Chrome, and Firefox too (Score 1) 218

When I did support the two things you could be guaranteed would need a patch EVERY MONTH were the Java Runtime and Flash.

That and Windows itself, with the "Patch Tuesday" habit of Windows Update. And the web browsers, once they went to a rapid release mentality since Chrome 1 and Firefox 4.

Comment But can it app apps? (Score 1) 218

Next up, the desktop kills the desktop

Relegation of the desktop to luddites won't happen until it becomes practical to app apps using an app on a tablet. I haven't seen any hint that Apple plans to port Xcode to the iPad Pro. As for Android, I'm aware of an app called AIDE, but is it any good?

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