Re: So, in conclusion...
33 posts • joined 28 Apr 2016
Just look at the trending on Youtubes' frontpage, it's a dreadful low-brow mix of superficial, vacuous, trendy mindless shit - the fact that this news story makes the carriers a little nervous, because the complex world we're in now, sensitive subjects get the attention in a bid to not offend the masses.
The masses actually enjoy mindless, infantile bullshit. It fits their world view & makes them comfortable in this scary, changing and increasingly complex world. It gives them something.
As is often said, the internet (content) is about as truthful as that drunk Guy in the pub, and should be treated as such, but sadly, far too many people gobble up such bullshit, having no built-in sense of what's true or false, it's a problem with human society, and peoples inability to understand societ and complex systems, and they retreat into small spaces and seek coonfirmation bias, So if the original news story was old news, there'd be much less complaining, as there are already thousands (if not millions) hundreds of flat-earthers, ghost-hunters, Yeti's, zealots, nutcases, psychos, hoaxers et al already on Youtube, but they're not currently under the spotlight.
I guess Youtube (for all their faults) is gonna be in trouble from someone, whatever they do. Not even touching free speech.
Should we actively seek out and censor sensitive stories at the cost of education and free speech, or should we Nanny them and decide what it true or not, who checks 'our' world view and values ?
Youtube is Google, It's a private company, as much as we interact with it, and they have no real requirement to free speech, it's a private company, and can pretty much do as it pleases, within the confines of the law, of course certain guidlines could or should apply when you're in such a position, but the real answer is for the user himself to use their own discretion, but trying to enforce one world-view, tastes or morals onto another is, ultimately, doomed to failure,
There are dumb gullible people, evil people, and simpletons who will believe nothing they're shown, and the others who believe everything, and all points inbetween, so no company is, nor can, say anything goes, so the company should perhaps continue to editorialise, but try to remain impartial instead of reacting to knee-jerk criticism, rising above that, however tough, to then become a useful, knowable resource.. but money, power & politics is involved, and we all know how those improve things...
I like Macbook Pros.
Not a fan of Apple, but the 15" MBP is where i need to be.
Still not found a reasonable replacement for my late 2010 15"
it's SSD 8GB and quad core, battery life is still good, solid build, with a decent array of ports, and a lovely chicklet backlit keyboard & decent filtered charger that doesn't kill my radio reception when it's plugged in, with upgradeable battery, RAM and HD a replacemebt *Must* run BSD & Linux out of the box and by doing so have same battery life and stay as cool as it would running Windows or Mac.
A few of the Asus are pretty interesting, but the PSU look like the generic cheap shitty unfiltered radio interference device :( but nothing has tempted me yet, as i haven't tried one for long yet, and not sure they'll run BSD without major buggering about, heat generation, lack of features or fail.
Until then, i'll just buy used Macbook Pros and when the outdated OSX i run becomes impractical, i'll try one of these things or spend 2 months trying to get BSD or Linux running as sweet on the MBP as well as crappy Windoze.
I'd rather they 'wasted' their (our) money on chasing UFOs rather than designing ever easier ways to kill and hurt other humans..
Then again.. i'd rather they spent their (our) money on health and education..
and yet again .. i'd rather they gave a infinitesimal fraction and let me move to Nevada, lovely place, and i promise to buy a really big pair of binoculars & report any strange goings-on to the relevant authorities (obviously)
Well remember SIP can be turned off simply enough, troublesome Kext's removed, and either left off, or re-enabled, no biggie for most, if you need to, but for many, they will just leave it all 'as is'
for me, I *always* remove iTunes, messages, all that photo, maps, social media and cloud crap, and the rest of the included shovl-ware.. but admittedly, i'm not exactly a regular type of user however..
many reasons, but the main reasons seem to be the gubernment has absolute power,
YOU are the proliteriat, and are one of Kisingers 'useless eaters' a poor, stupid powerless pawn in the big machine, who only exists to serve the state and be USED. You do not matter, your views do not matter.
The system is Everything and it pretty much hates you.
The system is dark and nasty.
The proliteriat are dumb and lazy.
"Firefox was slammed for being increasingly slow and buggy,
never mind lagging behind Chrome for features."
what features ? some kind of sandboxing maybe.. oh and more spyware and bloat than FF.
features .. er no. not really. when FF came with the Fisher-Price interface i knew the writing was on the wall for Firefox, the thin end of a wedge so tospeak. It's said, that they want to re-write the code as it's getting old, complicated (thus buggy) and hard to maintain. Okay. i get that, i have coded. The trouble is that Mozilla will inevitably make Firefox crap then, (if they don't rename it too) with a code re-write which will likely kill off most or all of the extensions and other things (power) users need to do to make Firefox how it *should* be, you know, like being able to config it.. i remember the days when every update added stability, security and speed.... only joking.
in no particular order, here's the prediction: (remember where you read it first)
We will be stuck with crappy swoopy more extreme UI fail, wasting more screen real-estate, bigger empty space on swoopy tabs, and no extensions or any way to change the UI.
More bloat. more social media integration.
Toolbar will ship, by default, with even fewer buttons, maybe a back button, maybe a home button if you're real lucky, there may be some additional buttons you can add, but not as many.
defaults.. they will be set at the most ridiculous, privacy invasive, info sharing it's possible to have.
Even more controls will be hidden away.
will be slower, buggier and less configurable.
extensions will get less access to the browser, and will be less useful.writing addons will be harder.
desktop Firefox will get an 'app store'
people will hate the new UI
some users will complain, Many users leave
Mozilla doesn't listen
Mozilla incorrectly thinks it's because other browsers were better, instead
of realizing they screwed it up.
Firefox becomes regarded just as Netscape Navigator is.
"avoid the TV show or the website – entirely "
.. suits me just fine, i already gave my TV set away years back (trendy huh)
and use HOSTS/Proxies/noscript/extensions/element hiding and apps for youtube
and such like.
I hate ALL adverts. Yes. All of them. It wouldn't be quite as bad if the advertisers
could be trusted not to be asshats, but you can't. one pushes the rules, the others then do
then it all goes into a kind of arms race.
I also hate the visual noise of it all too, i can filter much of it out in my brain,
but the problem *is* that you can end up filtering out more than just adverts
- you can end up filtering your environment out too.. just ask those idiots who walk around
staring into cell phones - walking into roads, people, objects etc.
If i want something, i go out and get it. I've been lucky i guess, i've always known what i want,
though, i'm a minority.. so it seems.
Pulseaudio sucks a bag of d**ks and all the linux distro sheep jumped on board.
eh.. what it means to be 'different' - ALSA was ok, dmix helped do what most desktop users wanted
Linux always sucked for people working with audio seriously, so they broke it even more instead.
Firefox needs pulseaudio. really ? god help us.
that is why i pretty much ditched Linux tears back & went Mac and BSD.
Yeah .. and Windows explorer' right click menu, 'Format' option is just pixels away from 'eject USB' in the menu, so a mis-click can see you about to format your USB data into oblivion instead of unmounting and removing it. dunno if thats still there in Win 8 / win 10 .. i gave up after 7 ..
everything old is new again.
Yes Microsoft, less *can* be more, but why didn't You get that years ago ?
Musicians figured this idea out hundreds of years back, maybe because *their* code is open
Microsoft.. Either way, they'll screw it up.
I wish software developers thought 'less is more' - code bloat in general and OS bloat are the two big Fux ups that needs fixing in the IT world.. right after they get security done :)
I wish the species wasn't as hung up on bloody cell-phones as it is, i was sat in the Doctors waiting room a few weeks back, every single person (except 2) was sat there hunched over, staring into a 3" screen, seemingly oblivious. Yes, the only two human beings who weren't staring into magic boxes was myself and (curiously) the only other male in the room, we exchanged head shakes..
- do we really need to ignore each other so efficiently ?
I like Apple computers, up until they started gluing stuff together. i own iMacs and Macbooks.
i found the retina MBP only just acceptable as you can replace the battery if you dissolve the glue.
What seems to have happened now is that Apple have gone completely insane, and rather than 'Thinking Different' they are now indistinguishable from any other large faceless corporate entity.
In fact, i may argue that they have gone one step further, and become a parody of themselves, with no uber-controller to reel them in and say 'that's a stupid idea' and so the stupid ideas go forwards, unchecked, the rest of Apple only knowing about cellphones does not have the chops to offer another (possibly more sane) direction, and worse still, stupid ideas then flourish into wat seems an almost pathological quest to give the customers less, whilst charging more, spin the elephant in the room with extra BS, never admit you're wrong, and move on regardless.. that is what politicians do... i don't buy 'their' lies either, and Apple's free pass is running out very quickly too.
The insular bubble that Apple seem to inhabit continues to grow, and become unweildly and their detatchment increases, and design becomes 'more so' as the design team there have been high profile historically, and, post Steve, no-one really challenges them now, so they end up working carte blanche and it becomes 'Art for Arts sake' at the expense of the customer ultimately, forgetting completely the original ethos.. the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
I'm not going to mention (again) glued in parts or removal of I/O and OS bloat .. those things that matter us 'pro' users, no, Apple's abstraction from the real world is summed up perfectly with a book.
The BS continues apace however, fine Apple, print a paper book, but stop it with the BS, you're making yourselves look foolish and alienating your customer base. You can gouge the spotty 16 year olds for every pound or dollar their hipster iPhones can handle, that's what we expect of multinational businesses, but us who have been around longer have seen Apple slowly losing it's mojo and are tiring of the almost-insults you throw at us,one day we will not come back, one of the other firms will get our custom, and we'll fondly remember the days when there was an alternative, and we'll let Apple become the phone company they so much want to be, and we'll all switch to Hackintosh, Linux or BSD and watch as Apple's new motto becomes "Think Similar"
so much for a book ? i feel like Apple are insulting me, and i don't know why, but i do know, this BS must end, or i'm off..
"much-promised GNOME beauty"
which universe was Gnome ever beautiful ?
which universe even had the humour to write those 2 words in the same sentence ?
Those of us that didn't just start using Linux a couple of years ago will remember old Gnome, the mucky, old GTK2 misery which was as clunky and ugly as a low-end,beaten u, rusty 1970s Easten block Trabant - huge areas of screen UI wasted screen real-estate, adjustment in what appeared to be a direct port of the Windows registry to Linux in Gconf (IIRC) and the already clunky window controls and buttons could only be *increased* to something Fischer Price would reject as outrageous.
Look, attraction is obviously subjective, but dammit, Gnome is butt ugly, because today's UI designers are apparently insane and have no taste, and have contempt for poor dumb users .. even the imperfect but supremely customisable and logical KDE 3.5 which was QT3 was dropped seemingly to catch up to Gnome version numbers (somewhat reminiscent of Firefox getting jealous of chrome's versioning number scheme - WGAF ?) and KDE 4 jumped to QT4 and started failing, hiding stuff and screwing its userbase over... but i digress ..
I refuse to install any Adobe crap, not done for years, never will again, like others say on here, if sites expect flash, i don't use them. flash used to work on iPlayer by setting the user agent to some other, i can't remember which though, or if it still works, as i block all BBC, Adobe (and many more) and all known related crap now, in HOSTS as i refuse to consume any of their shite .. i say let the BBC sink and take Adobe's flash with it.. maybe i'm a dreamer..
I ditched BBC Micro's 'round 1990 something, ditched NT4 years after, then moved to Linux proper in 1997, and, whether it's my memory failing, i'm not sure, but i don't remember many OS 'updates' ever really making the hardware seem better..
I had my fill of overheating laptops, i (foolishly) bought a brand new 17" Packard Bell, and the design was so poor that it overheated installing almost any linux distro, and it shut down, so i had to install linux with the laptop on it's side and a house fan blowing cool air in, underneath, then i could install decent power management once the OS was in, i soon got fed up of that, and the flimsy keyboard which failed three times in the first year, so I bought a Macbook Pro 15 round about 2009 instead and i never looked back, it ran Linux better than the generic black plastic laptops, Apple hardware was good, Snow Leopard was great, and so my music production was moved to OS X, and i moved fully to Macs and now have iMacs and 2 Macbooks,
As for upgrades, well, If a garage 'updated' my car, and it came back with fuel efficiency down, the radiator constantly boiling over and it took an age to start, and it drove slower, but, on the plus side, did come back with shiny new stereo ashtrays, new seat covers and minimally upgraded steering lock, many of us wouldn't call it much of an upgrade..
But here in computer world, it doesn't quite work that way, almost every OS update seems to make the device slower, hotter, and more power hungry, in what world is that an update ? i've even noticed this on an Android device too, as well as all three major OS's over the years. I smell a rat.
I think Yosemite is noticably slower than Snow Leopard, and Apples' lack of security patches for anything a few years old stinks, thus making Snow Leopard insecure and unable to run current software, (where ironically, Windows on the old Mac would give you all the newest software on there, Linux too) forcing users who can't move OS to then run a insecure OS or jump ship.
Yosemite soon won't get any love either, and will be doomed too, s but is about as far current as i will probably go, I'm not happy with El Capitan, as it is more restricted, and Sierra will be worse still, i have no interest in running either.
Unless Apple get their **** together, my internet connected iMacs and Macbooks will be then running BSD or Linux, and i'll say 'it was nice while it lasted Apple, thanks for all the hardware' and i'll move on to an OS that isn't going to screw me as often, Apple won't miss me, and i won't miss Apple.
bad design, still. when i have the misfortune to use Windows and eject a USB thumb drive, i'm still annoyed Microsoft have got 'Format' directly above the 'Eject' in the device icons right click menu.. i wonder how many USB devices have been accidentally formatted.. as the automatic response for many users - is to click 'OK' .. good design there Microsoft. i thought that might have been a bit obvious years ago, but nope, it's seemingly only me that would have moved the 'Format' option to the other end of the dialog box...
I was going to keep this one brief, but i cant. I'm seeing Microsoft sending different signals..
'You remember those rounded corners and shadows ? well here at Microsoft we got rid of the idea of pseudo 3d depth and texture on the desktop and instead gave you an infantile desktop with flat tiles, UI elements so sharp you could cut your finger on them, and bulky, shadowless window elements"
Contrast that to this 'New desktop utilising 3D' etc - read the blurb and spot the difference.
and it seems to me that UI designers are just about out of ideas, Win, Mac & Linux, all dumbing down the UI at the same time the underlying OS gets more complex and pervasive.
the desktop metaphor works, because
a) it makes sense, some humans are not spacially aware.
b) most of us have been using it for 20 years or more
c) monitors and mice limit the actual input we can have to the PC
d) 'more' is 'less', and such horseplay just gets in the way
OS's across the board are turning into appliance operating systems. dammit, They're NOT appliances. Sorry. it has to be said maybe portable tablets are, but leave the damn desktop alone eh folks.
Now, maybe i'm using flawed reasoning, but which is it be Microsoft ?
- such contrarianism (to me at least) smells like UI designers are lost or maybe it's an internal battle of two differing idealogies inside the company, but every OS seems to be in fear of someone wanting to paint their own ideas on it, and not everyone works the same, but we're humans, and we've adapted to what we have quite well. Lets change it then. er..
Maybe, and this is my harsh favourite (and it's not just pointed towards UI folks at MS either) the 'designers' were needing to keep themselves in jobs, so they have to come up with something to justify their positions, and MS have, another old idea, recycled, and it didn't take off last time.
Apple has been ditching it's skeuomorphism for a few years now and is letting it's minimalistic design ethic dribble down and dictate the actual UI by hiding things from it's users. So much for 'Think Different'
The thing is, user interface is largely dictated by the hardware it's running on, we've got windows, icons, mice and pointers because *it makes sense* to try to drastically change the desktop paradigm may be a noble effort, but ask Alan Kay and the folks at Xerox PARC about why OS' look the way they do.
is it just to show off ? living in a cumbersome environment looks as comfortable having to wear that heavy multicoloured jumper Aunt Flo knitted you for xmas ..
An OS should get *out of your way* and let you get doing stuff you want. it's an Operating System, it's used to run programs and manage hardware & provides an interface to it all. simple, It's is not an end in itself, deliberately hiding stuff is bloody stupid, as it's against the whole idea of what an operating system is for, Yes, UI elements should be on every window, yes, shadows giving 3d desktop depth and and helps with window stacking and recognition in a useful visually pleasing 'environment'.
The GL desktop cube stuff that was compiz and with it's wobbly jelly-windows was a lot of *fun* on Linux several years ago, but i bet no-one hardly uses it, it adds little and is only cool to show to someone who has never seen it before, maybe the desktop switching on cubes was not too bad, but wasn't needed, i bet most users switched most the eye candy off too after a while of playing with it. I did, It got in the way, If you eat ice cream everyday, it gets very boring and makes you ill..
at the risk of teachin' Grandma to suck eggs, you may want to investigate a couple of options, first is the 'Element Hiding' helpers and such like in Adblock plus and Ublock, and probably a few more.. it can be a little bit of a pain to correctly hide the bits of the webpage you dont want to see, but it's generally successful, and slims page load times down too, so try it if you haven't, and a with little trial and error and you can stop much visual noise, on almost ANY website.
Secondly there are userscripts, Userstyles.org and the Stylish extension for Firefox, Safari and Chrome, is a community which lets you customise sited in your browser, for example i hate white backgrounds and dark text, it all seems eye damaging to me, so i use Stylish and a script like the 'Midnight surfing' one to make all webpages light text on a dark background.. sheer bliss. however, for Facebag adverts there are advert and other panel removers and customisations aplenty ...
Jony Ive been set wild without Steve Jobs to wind him in, Maybe Mr. Ive gets so far up his own ass, spending an inordinate amount of time in the Aple ecosystem, he has become blind to his self indulgances, and apple is becoming just another company.
In a world recession, (or at least the western world) upper market goods still sell better than you might expect, counter-intuitive as that seems, but the gotcha is that as this high-teir hardware is basically just becoming a throw-away item, as there are few (if any) user replaceable parts inside Apple things nowadays and people are starting to want to hang on to their iDevices a little longer perhaps, and they're discovering all that glitters may not be gold.
My brother is a long time Apple fanboi, but recently has switched mobile fone to Android..
he had the latest iPhones up until last year, but he had to stand outside the kitchen door to make phonecalls, and if he moved, the call dropped, now his new Samsung fone works whan he's sat anywhere in his house.. and he doesn't need Apple TV to stream stuff to his smart TV.. win win.
Plastic keyboards, poor quality design and general cheap plastic crappy PS bought me to Apple computer hardware. I have a couple of 2009 iMacs and similar vintage Macbook / pro 15" and the hardware is very good from that vintage. i can change RAM, battery and HD easily. The hardware was very good, i say was.
Xmas 2015 i bought a Macbook Pro retina 15", 2012 from business sellars on Ebay.
the first one had the screen issue, so after a day sent it back, the second had pitted keys on the keyboard and display weirdness, so that went back, so last try, a 2011 Macbook Pro retina 15"
- this too had display issues, so was sent back.
Three different Ebay sellers on Ebay UK sending three duff Retina Macbooks out, Yes i did my research before i bought money, but i thought out of three over xmas i might have got one good one, but no, the fiasco that was the early retina MBP bit me three times in a row, I was ready to replace the tricky battery if needed, i can live without DVD drives, and such like, but QUALITY was so low, i would *cheap* chinese laptops to fare better. Wrong.
Apple care less now, I'm not sure they cared too much in the first place, they're a huge multinational business which almost by definition doesn't give a shit about anyone, even it's customers.
The video card fiasco in the older Macbook Pro's - the ensuing class action following on,
with Apple slapping customers in the face after daring to complain about GPU failures after paying top dollar - you can push people away time and time again, but eventually, they'll stop coming..
As others say, it's still there, but 'hidden' - and that's the root of the problem as i see it.
It's not limited to Apple of course, it seems a common trend in all popular user interfaces,
hiding features and flattening things and generally art for arts sake IMHO.
Apple ditched Skeuomorphism apparently because we are all familiar with the devices now, and i guess Skeuomorphism seemed a friendlier way to represent objects on screen and as display tech improved you could see things better (i guess) and, whilst doing so, UI designers dropped the eye candy, the latest Windows UI looked more like a kids interface than ever before, as Microsoft seem to delight in making neat, useable interfaces into big clunky screen wasters (Skype anyone?) the result ? - - a less appealing interface. Steve Jobs for all his faults, said (about OS X) he wanted an interface so pretty (or whatever) you wanted to lick it.. of course exposure to the same interface gets dull and dated after a while, but instead of improving the configurability, UI designers just hide and remove stuff.
Filling an OS with unwanted, CPU sapping, cloud uploading, privacy invading, social media, desktop searches, every OS - (from almost every vendor) becoming more bloated than the last, with ever increasing daemons, synching and such all cataloging all that you do on your device, and less ways to take proper control of your device and switch off or remove these, is making the device theirs, not yours. The farce about the password on the iPhone from San Bernadino and the backdoor to it was likely just that, a farce, played out for us to see, and Apple has now been owned, like Microsoft always was, and Apple is slipping from grace now as their original ethos has been set alight and sold down the river, like we all have, and customers are getting weary, and it's showing.
What worries me, is where to go next ?
amazing.. it seems as if trustworthy old Microsoft actually want people to *pay* for being spied on, as if their toy-OS wasn't bad enough already, what's even sadder though, is that millions will. I already dislike the trend across all modern operating systems of built in bloat, countless daemons, desktop searches, databasing and collecting data and spying and UI dumbing down for all us dumb users who have only been using computers for 30-odd years.
it was back sometime in the 90s, but when my old BBC Master died, i noticed that the nice, heavy, metal and beige (naturally) dual BBC Micro 5.25 floppy drive - (i think it was an Opus) was the same size as the spare PC CD drive i had gathering dust, (i think it was one of those that connected to a soundcard) and i was delighted to find it all fited and had the familiar 4 pin molex power connectors inside the old 5.25 dual height case, so i fitted the CD drive as it had a built in switch mode PSU, and i dispensed with the flat grey floppy cable and connected the 3.5mm audio out to my stereo amp and was happy. I miss the heavy build quality of some of that old stuff.
I later fitted one of the rather fetching black 5.25" drives into my new 386 (i think it was) IBM-PC,
but by then i found out everyone was using 3.5" floppies by then.
- you can't win 'em all
then installed the recent GWX stopper util, disabled Windows update and removed the half dozen telemetry and spy-ware patches MS installed and then it was 'corrected' .... it happened to some of my neighbours computers too, and i 'corrected' them as well. I won't use Windows on the net.. i unplug it from the net, only need it just to run one or two programming bits of sw.
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