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Comment Re:MacOS Preview (Score 1) 45

Most likely because, traditionally, Macs are used by graphic artist types who already have near-literal arsenals of graphics/CG applications. Even though I only do grpahics/art for fun, my own Mac has GIMP, DAZ Studio, Maya, Carrara, Modo, Poser, and a zillion smaller applications that support all of those (Iray, Reality, LuxRender, UV Mapping utilities, various image/video viewers, etc). Pretty certain that the pros have way more stuff installed, and they installed them the same day they unboxed the computer.

A simple paint-type program would just sit around useless, yanno?

Comment Re:Would prefer a seperate app (Score 2) 45

Ugh. No, no it does not.

Okay, that's probably the artist in me talking, but seriously - outside of some really non-professional home stuff (or the occasional semi-dank meme that makes fun of childish actions), MS Paint falls way, way, way short for illustration. No, really... I'd rather masturbate with a handful of glass shards than use MS Paint for *anything* work-related... and no, I'm not a professional artist.

Comment Re:Aren't they too power-hungry? (Score 1) 45

It's Intel. When most people say IoT, they mean 'embedded thing that can run a network stack, low power, probably powered by batteries'. When Intel says IoT, they mean something subtly different: 'computer, plugged into the mains, probably running Windows'. The overlap between the two is that they're both talking about insecure systems connected to the Internet.

Comment Re:About time! (Score 3, Interesting) 45

Actually, Microsoft did try to take a stab at Photoshop back in 1998-1999 or so, using (IIRC) the same name - "Paint 3D". They included an application CDs in their TechNet subscription packages for awhile; it stopped showing up in 2000-ish.

The interface blew goats, it was slow and occasionally quite buggy (at least on NT 4), but it did have some ideas in it worth exploring; I think it most likely died a quiet death due to the monopoly lawsuit...

Comment Re:Least worst (Score 1) 619

Voting for a third party candidate who might get 2% of the vote is a waste of time. It just is.

No it isn't. The difference between winning and losing is often not much more than 2% in these races. If a candidate next time around looks at your candidate and says 'if I adopt those policies, I can pick up another 2% of the vote,' then you're likely to have a lot more impact than voting for whatever they claimed previously.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 619

While mostly true, for a medical doctor she still willingly hinted at buying into standard anti-vaccination stupidity (whether sincere or not, that's a problem).

That's not at all what she said. She pointed out that there's a lot of regulatory capture at the FDA and that, while the anti-vax hysteria was nonsense, the approval process for drugs needs a lot of reform. This then somehow was spun as 'she's an anti-vaxxer'.

Comment Re:Am I missing something? (Score 1) 132

Hangouts does everything you describe. It's what I use all the time. It is seamless across my phone and table and my PC. And it is seamless across windows, linux and apple.

It is seamless between SMS and the internal delivery system, and the conversations are synced to my gmail account allowing me to search them.

I like Hangouts and use it constantly, both personally and for work (I work for Google, where it is arguably the primary means of communication), but it isn't quite as seamless as iMessage in one respect: SMS integration. In iMessage there is no distinction between SMS and iMessage messages; they're all just messages. If they can be delivered via Apple's infrastructure, they are, if not they're routed via SMS. With Hangouts, SMS and Hangouts chat messages are distinct. They look similar, but they're different in subtle ways.

Of course, Hangouts clearly is superior to iMessage if you or your friends use non-Apple devices, because Hangouts works on a much wider variety of platforms, and for those who understand the distinction it's *good* to know what is SMS and what is not, because SMS is inherently unreliable -- and in some parts of the world SMS is also ridiculously expensive while data is cheap.

So, although depending on your context Hangouts may be better than iMessage, it's definitely not as seamless in a pure-Apple world as iMessage is.

Comment Re:Simplicity can only go so far (Score 1) 477

Apple has always supported control-click for right click. It's over a decade since all Apple-supplied pointing devices have included a right-click interface (two-finger click on laptops for the last 6 years). It's built into most of the standard Cocoa view classes to produce a context menu and anything that involves text editing has a default one wired up, so all applications support it without needing any extra code.

The Apple HIGs tell you not to rely on right click being possible, which turns out to be a really good thing if you need to use a touchscreen.

Comment Re:How is everyone supposed to use Emacs? (Score 1) 477

Somehow, you post has made me really want one of these: a 15cm square escape key, with 'Escape!' written in large letters across it, that I can hammer with a fist sounds like an excellent idea. You just need another one that has control-Z (or command-Z) next to it...

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