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  • Inspiring stuff from Google I/O

    , cbae wrote

    @fanbaby: It's Google's ploy to make Glass look less douchey.

    That isn't working. Well, in hindsight (which Glass isn't equipped for), they should have handed  them out to charming people with excellent PR skills instead of a bunch of overzealous nerds (and making them pay 1500 bucks for the privilege just helped raising the bar of their nerditude). What's sad is that this botched attempt caused an immune reaction to the whole concept and it will take a long time before we recover.

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , BitFlipper wrote

    You yourself brought up Z-order. It is actually an important UI concept. I don't think it is a stretch then to give buttons a slight 3D look just to make it appear that they are slightly above other UI elements and therefore makes it more obvious that one can interact with them. But it can be subtle and professional looking.

    Just curious... people use the web all the time and seem to infer what they can or cannot click based more on context and position than from visual clues (even the rollover effect is lost with tablets and touch).

    What makes a desktop application different?

  • creepy corps(e) for June 2014

    , TheJoe wrote


    Only agruement I could come up for this one is, could a company owned by Jehovah Witnesses refuse to cover blood transfusions since it goes against their beliefs?

    I don't agree with Hobby Lobby, but yours is a strawman argument. Blood transfusions are a treatment (or part of the treatment) for a life-threatening condition; it's hard to define contraception the same way.

  • Which Version of Visual Studio should I choose? Build Apps for Wp 8.0 or 8.1?

    @Montypower: I would stick with WP8.1.

    WP8 should be on its way out by early 2015 worldwide; you might lose some potential download in the meanwhile, but it's never worthwhile to study an obsolete platform.

  • creepy corps(e) for June 2014

    , spivonious wrote

    #1 - You can't do the experiment if you notify people it's happening. Facebook already manipulates newsfeeds to show you what they think you'll find most interesting. I don't see a privacy issue.

    #1.a You cannot use me as your guinea pig, unless you ask me first. If this means you cannot do your experiment, then I guess it sucks to be you.

    #1.b One thing is to manipulate the newsfeed to show me stuff you think I might find interesting. It's another thing to manipulate the newsfeed to show me stuff you want me to see. It's creepy enough as it is, but it won't be long before someone decides to use that as a propaganda machine. This has to be stopped asap.

    #2 - That is weird. Why would the car even be looking for WiFi signals?

    #2 - Allegedly, they mapped the hotspot (there are legitimate uses of those), but also snatched what they could from the unsecured ones. "Don't be evil"...


  • something pretty amazing is going to happen with windows phone

    If you can't say what or when, you don't have a story, period.

  • All your domains are belong to MS:  No-IP.com

    , JohnAskew wrote


    Microsoft sued and now controls No-IP.com until they corner the malificent code that's infecting it.

    "No! No-IP is peaceful! We have no malware, you can't possibly..."

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , BitFlipper wrote


    Once again I'd like to point out that flat is not the opposite of skeuomorphism. Was Windows 3.1 skeuomorphic? Windows 7 is barely skeuomorphic but only if you equate transparent with glass.

    I agree with you, the "not enough resources" is a bogus argument when you consider that the chrome is just a small percentage of what needs to be drawn to the screen.

    It amazes me that MS actually paid someone to rip out all of the desktop chrome for no apparent reason whatsoever. But, mistakes were made and fortunately they realized that now.

    It's obviously a matter of taste and fashion. We went through a decade of battleship gray, we can survive through this decade.

    Look at the bright side: drawing UIs has gotten harder on one hand, due to the scarcity of good examples to take inspiration from, but has gotten a lot easier on the graphic front. I don't know what you think, but I had enough emergency meetings about the drop shadow on some custom control not being just right.

  • Not that there is anything wrong with that...

    @evildictaitor: the sex life of public figures has been at the (nonexistent) mercy of journalists and paparazzi for ages. I'm not sure I understand why the sexual orientation of a powerful CEO should be exempted.

  • Did you watch the dotNetConf?

    @Duncanma: Wow, that was fast.