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Bas Bas It finds lightbulbs.
  • love this bit on the angular web site

    I'm making interactive displays for public buildings like museums, railway stations, libraries, hotels, that sort of stuff. Things that let you browse thousands of high-res images and videos, or 3D maps people can navigate with information about various locations overlayed. This is all stuff that has to feel completely natural to interact with, which means it has to be extremely responsive, has to know where the person who is interacting with an element is physically standing, that sort of thing.

    Getting these things to perform in HTML/JS (think lots of control over when what is loaded in which thread) while still keeping the code maintainable is a huge pain. Good javascript touch libraries are far and between, and ones that implement natural physics appear to be nonexistent. The only alternatives are Flash, which is arguably worse, and the .NET stack, which works out fine for us. There are undoubtedly many ways to do it, but .NET strikes the right balance of ease of development for us, while also doing what we need it to do.

    So that's what we're doing on .NET, and why we're using .NET. As for changing the world, my main motivation for working is being able to provide for my family, but working on something that makes you feel good is more important than I would've admitted six or seven years ago. The main reason I quit my last job was that I just couldn't work on yet another grey corporate form that would be met with the usual response of "Well that makes stuff easier for sure, but it would be better if...". I'm not under the illusion that I'm changing the world with the things I'm working on now, but seeing people use them with genuine joy and amazement is what makes it fulfilling for me.

    So what are you working on that's changing the world, Bass?

  • Anyone Sway Yet?

    I got into the preview program a while ago but as of yet it's way too limited to make anything remotely interesting.

  • love this bit on the angular web site

    , figuerres wrote

    from:  https://docs.angularjs.org/guide/introduction

    "Angular is what HTML would have been had it been designed for applications. HTML is a great declarative language for static documents. It does not contain much in the way of creating applications, and as a result building web applications is an exercise in what do I have to do to trick the browser into doing what I want?"

    AMEN! they at least say it up front. HTML was not designed for applications.

    I wonder how many of the usual suspects who have spent the last decade or so shouting that HTML/JS is great for applications will suddenly change their tune now that Google gave them the OK.

  • What gift do You want this season?

    Money. Or some benefactor who takes care of large chunks of my mortgage/student loans... Otherwise: http://amzn.com/w/1YWW608HZ71KG

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    Was it really the cumbersomeness of the device though? From what I understand the apps were downright useless.

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    @felix9: Isn't the age of Google Glass over before it began?

  • What's up with update quality MS?

    Every browser under the sun appears to have supported that whole "separate tab per process so only the tab crashes instead of the entire browser" thing for years now, and I have seen it work exactly zero times.

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    @FuncOfT: That Human.Pose type suggests Kinect to me too. And GetRoomOrientation makes me think of Illumiroom...

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    Why can't it be an API that 3rd party hardware can use on a Windows PC?

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    Couldn't this be general VR support for WinRT apps? The Windows. namespaces suggest WinRT, to me. The non-specific "StereoHeadMountedDisplay" moniker suggests to me that this should work for all VR glasses?

    Great find!