Re: That UI...
Nah, XP was pure Disney.
1177 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009
Nah, XP was pure Disney.
The default desktop bears a striking resemblance to Windows 10, replete with a familiar-looking start menu.
Err... yeah, right.
It looks pretty much how I would expect Windows to look if it had been designed by Fisherprice in the 80s.
Just export your settings somewhere and reimport them on the few occasions Visual Studio resets them. I always have a backup handy ever since I realised how terrible an idea auto-syncing from the cloud is.
I've dealt with my share of lazy developers, but I'll bet that most devs understand a fair bit about optimisation, and I'll bet a lot of them even care.
Perhaps lazy wasn't the right word. But in all honesty, I don't know many developers who really understand shit about optimisation these days. Certainly there isn't the same understanding about what a compiler does to your code that there used to be. And as more and more higher level languages become more and more popular, people really don't understand the implications of what happens when they write something one way instead of another.
Back when I was working at [a rather large game developer] not even 10 years ago there was a pervasive sentiment among most of the developers* that they write code, and someone else will optimise it. And to be honest, I haven't seen any differences in attitudes at other places I've worked since.
While it's nice to think people do actually care, in reality most of them don't. The tsunami of shitty Android and iOS apps eating your battery is testament to that.
* There were a couple of *really* good developers there who basically spent every stand up meeting trying to drill into everyone else: Use less memory; Profile your code. (This was for a last-gen console game.) I even ended up writing a memory profiler** to help show people what the consequences of their actions were.
** I've written another once since. If you ask nicely, I'll share a link. ;) Not going to spam it at you right away.
In all fairness, a lot of resource requirements these days come from lazy developers who don't understand shit about optimisations.
I only have 16GB of RAM in this machine, and since I switched to Vivaldi (Chromium) as my primary web browser (which seems to require two to three times the amount of memory per page than an older version of Firefox), I find myself running out of memory more often. Ditto for SmartGit (hello, Java) which uses a laughably high amount of memory for what it does.
And look at how much storage space the average application needs these days. It's insane.
There are some applications that obviously need a lot of memory and storage space - databases and video editing are two that spring to mine - but there's a hell of a lot of waste these days. Won't developers think of the children/environment [delete as applicable]?
</oldman> <-- Does this mean I'm dead now?
Windows 10 will soon be able to run (32-bit) x86 applications on ARM processors.
If (or $Deity forbids, when) the next attack occurs...
Sadly, it will probably be a couple of days from now...
Because you have no clue about the real cost for a company directly selling software as electronic downloads. You can't compare with physically packaged games sold in a store - where you have packaging cost, transport costs, store and shelf space costs, unsold items costs, etc. etc. - where the revenues are also shared across a large number of shops.
I have a very real clue about the cost of selling software both physically and electronically, which is why I wondered why the comment 30% is pretty cheap compared with a typical retail distribution channel. was down voted. Because as far as I can tell it's a pretty accurate assessment of how the real world works. (Which I then explained further with an example of how things used to be for games developers.)
The point I was originally making was that from the point of view of a game developer, a 70% cut was a huge step up from the peanuts they were being given before. The fact that Apple is still taking 30% today is because nobody can dictate any terms to them - you publish in their store, or you don't publish on iOS. At the end of the day, there's a reason Apple are making so much money from such a small market share.
30% is pretty cheap compared with a typical retail distribution channel.
Not sure why you got downvoted for this. Presumably because people don't know how things actually work.
Back in the day, the breakdown of the costs for games was something like this:
Shop: 45% - Including VAT, etc.
Developer: Whatever scraps they could negotiate after the publisher's up front costs were recouped - typically 8-10%.
Telegram seem to be fairly incompetent on all Windows platforms to be honest. They have separate apps in the Windows Store for desktop and mobile.
An alternative is Unigram which has a single Telegram compatible app available in the Windows Store for Xbox One, Desktop, Mobile, Hololens, and Hub.
As long as you can delete them without being forced to listen to them first, I don't see there's much of a difference to be honest. :)
GUI gravitates from the good to the bad, because a LOT of it was correct first time...
You have no idea how wrong that statement is. :) I don't think I've ever seen an application that gets it right first time around. (And I'm sure you haven't either.) Even my personal software projects have undergone multiple iterations of UI design and improvements as I learn more about what does and doesn't work, and get a better understanding of how users are using my products.
Interaction design is an area that greatly interests me and I like to think I understand its principles more than the average developer. (Well, at least better than a lot of other sole developers out there. I'm no designer by any means, but I do try and put some thought into the visual designs of my applications and games.)
If you're interested, I highly recommend the book Designing Visual Interfaces by Mullet and Sano. It gives an excellent introduction to basic interaction design principles with great examples of both good and bad design from GUIs to posters and subway maps to every day objects.
And we're LUDDITES for *HATING* it.
Well that and Win-10-nic and Micro-shaft, and RANDOM caps USAGE. ;)
Because no hammer ever had a moulded grip or used different materials to improve comfort or control. And how many 'lump' shapes and materials are out there? Each change and modification designed to improve the user experience for hammer lovers everywhere.
Interaction design is a fascinating and complex subject. You should try reading about it some time. ;)
What the fuck is wrong with letting users control their own devices?
If you'd ever had to "fix" a regular user's PC you'd know why. The average user doesn't give a shit about how a computer works, or what a security hole is, or why it's important to install updates. Most of them just blindly click on anything that pops up and seem pleased with themselves when the horribly nasty popup thingy disappears - regardless of the consequences.
And then on the other hand you have IT "professionals" and some journalists who use every bug no matter how minor to gripe and complain about how Microsoft has the gall to release buggy software and then in the same breath complain about automatic updates is an invasion of their privacy and Microsoft should never be allowed to modify their machines.
Microsoft seemingly can't win no matter what they do. Don't update - and have armies of drone machines exploiting and DDOSing everything in sight. Do update - and have psychotic idiots ranting on forums. Automatic updates annoy the shit out of me sometimes, but at least I am intelligent enough to understand why they are needed for the vast majority of users out there.
Cue downvotes - as if I give a shit. ;)
There's a reason for the high memory requirements. Basically the only way you can catch write-after-free bugs is by doing the following:
Place every allocated memory block in its own virtual memory page. (Larger blocks require multiple pages, obviously.) This will instantly balloon your application's physical memory requirements because even a one byte memory block will now require at least one system memory page (usually at least 4096 bytes).
You can also include a guard page (protected, allocated virtual address space, but not committed to physical memory) before to catch buffer underflow errors, or you can place your memory block at the end of the page(s) and put a guard page afterwards to catch buffer overflows.
When you free that memory, you merely decommit (from physical memory) the pages, and change their access rights. Any writes to those addresses will now generate an access violation which you can catch and report. (Or your debugger, if attached, will catch for you.) This will balloon your application's virtual memory requirements, because once a page of virtual addresses has been used, it can never be reused.
As an aside, early versions (maybe all versions) of Windows 7 seemed to have a hard limit of 128GB of virtual user address space per application. Windows 10 (and probably 8) don't have such a low limitation. (I don't know what the new limit is, but I've never hit it when running my memory manager in protected mode.)
Those boxes around the headlines/sub headings are unnecessary and just add noise.
The layout of each row looks disjointed and random.
The section name should be smaller, and probably in the bottom left next to the time/comment counter.
Make it so I can hide the Top Stories and Most Read sections. I don't care. I just want latest stories in chronological order from the top down.
Get rid of the pointless pictures. I want headlines, not useless tat wasting space.
Speaking of wasting space, 1000 pixel wide fixed width is a bit 2005 don't you think? If you can make the mobile site better (and it *is* better now - at least in Edge), why not make the desktop site expand to the full browser width as well?
And notifications when someone replies to your comments, or comments you've replied to.
To put a number on it, my workstation up-time is measured in hours!
Yep, I have to agree with other commentards here. I have four windows 10 machines (three here, one in the office) running 24/7. The only time they're restarted is when the update system unpauses itself and does its business. Which is once every five to six weeks on average.
I have seen maybe half a dozen BSODs in the last decade, and all of them were caused by faulty drivers or overheating hardware.
If you disable the auto-reboot and take note of the BSOD information it should point you in the direction as to what the problem is. If it's not the same driver causing the problems, or the crashes seem to be random then you most probably have one of the following (in no particular order): Overheating, faulty motherboard or memory, insufficient/faulty power supply. If it's one device that's always crashing it could be the driver, or perhaps that device itself is faulty or doesn't have sufficient power available.
I hate that we use it for customer support. I've argued until I'm blue in the face that we should consider a more professional solution, but to no avail.
I can only console myself with the fact that while we also use it for day to day communication, I can mostly ignore it. It is, afterall, merely a 21st century noise generator.
...saying they'd caught them doing over 100mph round a roundabout.
...saying they'd caught them doing around 100mph over a roundabout.
I think I saw that video on YouTube. ;)
...but is there actually a legal way to import 313kg of crystal meth anywhere?
While there might be questions asked for 313kg of crystal meth, I'm pretty sure most pharmaceutical companies can obtain permits to import/export quantities of illegal substances for research and/or other legitimate purposes.
I was going to comment the exact same thing.
That may be down to bad design.
Or persistent amnesia.
I would recommend seeing a doctor, but they'll only forget.
This might just be me being an utter misanthrope but what is the big deal about smartphone cameras?
Given that an estimated 1.2 trillion digital photos were taken in 2017, I would opine they're a very big deal.
I can't see any manufacturer putting out a smart phone without a camera. They'd sell maybe five units worldwide - if they're lucky.
How about making the machine a little bit bigger...
You do know you can already get larger laptops, right?
If Stan were half the developer he claimed to be, his unit tests and manual testing before handing the code off would have caught those "edge" cases.
I guess you're probably not in the intended target demographics. ;)
I would assume this would be employed through the practice of having modified hardware ready to go. Customs official/law enforcement clown/etc, for example, asks to see your phone for a few seconds, clones your data, switches the sim, and hands it back.
I think they would be sued to hell pretty much instantly if they did that though. Not many people would care to suddenly lose 30% of their CPU's performance. Especially seeing as they had to pay extra for that in the first place.
Perhaps it's the cost that's the problem?
I realise you were joking, but I just thought I'd chime in and note that the Norwegian health service gives condoms away for free to anyone who wants them. You just have to order them online. (Which is why there are never many on sale in the shops.)
You can set it to lock/unlock rotation in the settings. That's what it's set to control on my iPad.
1: It's not ours
I fail to understand this point. None of the oil in the middle east is ours either. Until we buy it. Why would we expect to get electricity for free?
2: there's a lot of potential demand nearby
Not so much that demand would outstrip supply. The actual land required to provide sufficient solar energy for the entire world is actually very small.
3: The engineering of the transmission system alone would be the largest civil engineering project ever attempted by at least an order of magnitude
Most of it already exists. Read up on the Synchronous grid of Continental Europe.
And I guess what you're thinking about is the European Super Grid.
When the UK can't generate enough of its own power, what's stopping it from importing solar energy from southern Europe/north Africa, wind energy from Denmark, nuclear energy from France, or hydro energy from Norway?
Small minded Brexiteers notwithstanding, of course. ;)
There are plenty of other cheap sources of renewable electricity available other than just wind and solar. But even without those, when was the last time an entire day didn't have the wind blowing and didn't see any sun somewhere within 1000km from you?
Electric cars aren't a bubble, and they won't be disappearing any time soon.
Their app offerings are total garbage anyway. (Which is not entirely surprising for a company that exists purely to increase the noise to signal ratio for employees and other sad, unfortunate types who have to deal with their shit.)
I use the Slack desktop app (mainly in an effort to reduce the browser tabs I have open) and if you get sent a message over a certain (pretty fucking small) size it tells you to open it in a web browser to view the whole thing.
I've lost count of the number of times I've told it to *not* start when I log in too.
In fact, fuck it... It's getting uninstalled right now. Piece of shit that it is.
I think those are sold... almost everywhere, except maybe restaurants (screwdrivers, that is.)
Screwdriver... vodka & orange juice? I think most restaurants sell those. ;)
There is also the story about the $$$ spent by NASA/Americans to design a pen that could be used in the weightlessness of space. And the Soviets just using pencils.
However, it was capable of autolanding...
The shuttle auto landed quite a few times. Just not in one piece.
The only way to be really sure is to nuke the site before you take off. That's the only way to ensure we don't contaminate any other worlds in the universe.
Not quickly enough as for 1/4 second or so you are thinking "is it going to brake? Am I supposed to take over? Oh shit it's not doing to stop"
If that's your line of thinking, you shouldn't be driving in the first place.
Until such a time that there's no steering wheel or pedals in the car, *you* are always in control. You may allow the car to perform certain manoeuvres on your behalf, but that should never preclude you from reacting to developing situations around you before the car does.
Complains about how it's not the customer's job to adapt to the new Office Ribbon UI.
Goes on to talk about how customers were forced to switch to LibreOffice with a *completely different* UI because of it.
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.
Presumably then you'll be digging up your old 486 from the cupboard, throwing away your mobile phone, not ever going online, and refusing to do business with anyone who uses a computer.
Or maybe you could take off that old tin foil hat, let the wind blow through what's left of your hair, take a few deep breaths, and realise that you're probably no more at risk now than you were six months ago. :)
The SSE instruction extensions support float, integer, and double operations. While the micro-ops for each variation will be processed through different execution ports the XMM register set is shared.
I'm not convinced the AMD route is the right way to go to be honest. I feel they're clutching at straws a bit in a way to differentiate themselves from Intel/nVidia.
While a single die makes sense for the mobile sector (including laptops), external cards for the desktop/server markets make much more sense. People (read: gamers) are much more likely to upgrade their GPUs than their CPUs (which will usually involve new motherboard and RAM too). Having add-in cards also makes it far easier to run multiple GPUs in parallel, and, again, update those cards as technology improves.
...Intel are becoming the new IBM of the 80's. Slow moving, single minded and inflexible.
What do you mean "becoming"? Intel have always been all of those things.
In another decade Windows will be a compatibility layer running on top of Linux...
No, it won't. :)
Ken, I agree with everything you say except for this:
They are both just computers running a UNIX-like operating system.
All my computers and my phone run Windows 10. ;)
...but there's no reason why you couldn't plug a phone into a base-station and use a full-size keyboard and mouse.
Yep, I do that from time to time. If more hotels provided decent screens, I would probably start leaving my laptop at home and just take my phone, mouse, and keyboard.
And if you want to be really pedantic about it, Fiskargatan actually translates to Fish Street. (Because the plural of Fish in English is usually (but not quite always) Fish.) ;)
So, unless the vegan food contained all the nutrients that they need (unlikely, unless it's specifically formulated for cats) then they will quite quickly start to die of taurine deficiency.
So as long as you give your cats a nice bowl of Redbull along with their veggie-surprise (Surprise! There's no meat.) they should be 'fine', right?
One has even modded the copyright notice on his code to add 'Not to be used on any Operating System owned or controlled by Microsoft Corp or any of its subsidiaries'.
What a sad and frankly pathetic individual he must be.
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