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  • If it aint broke, don't fix it

    @brian.shapiro:  What I'm advocating for is to get rid of the maximized mode when the computer is set to Tablet Mode.  Full screen should be the only option, maximized mode doesn't make much sense on a tablet and just serves to get in the way.

    And don't get me wrong, both maximize and full screen are useful in desktop mode.

  • If it aint broke, don't fix it

    In the latest W10 build, apps can be either maximized or full-screen even in tablet mode.  This really doesn't make much sense to me, they are practically the same thing but for whatever reason, we have a button to switch between the two.

    When full screen, the title bar and taskbar are gone and you can swipe from the top or bottom (respectively) to make them appear.

    When maximized, the title bar and taskbar always appear.  In this mode, swipe seems buggy.  Swipe up hides the taskbar for a second or so but pops it back up.  Swipe down sometimes activates snap mode.

    In either case, the only way I can find to activate the app bar using the touch screen is through clicking the menu at the left of the title bar and selecting App Commands.  It's quite inconvenient compared with W8.  It doesn't even allow me to touch-and-hold to simulate right click as it does in desktop apps.

  • Windows 10 TP thoughts

    , Craig_​Matthews wrote

    One thing I don't like is having an arbitrarily set limit on the number of background modern apps I can have on my Core i7 with 12GB of RAM because someone, somewhere, who is not me, and is not using my computer, might have a tablet.

    Wow, the same limit applies on a powerful desktop as a tablet?  I knew the limitation existed because I saw it on my tablet, but I figured that well, it's because it's a tablet.

  • more on HoloLens API: ​Windows.​Mirage.​Hologram​Framework

    Skeumorphism is sometimes confused with distinction.  Both concepts can lead to similar conclusions but for different reasons.

    Buttons are a great example.  Buttons are often styled to look 3D.  It might be because of skeumorphism, because people recognize 3D buttons from the real world.  But it could be to distinguish buttons from other elements, to reduce confusion.  Perhaps both reasons apply.

    I don't care much for skeuomorphism, but I see the value of distinction.  I don't care that buttons are 3D, but they need to be different.  3D is a way to make them different, and well, that's ok so long as it fits the overall UX strategy.  But if the UI is flat, then a flat button that looks different from other non-button controls would be better.

  • crazy anti-cop culture.

    Ok, this is getting dumb.


    I have had racist thoughts.  Not that I wanted to kill or harm a black person, nor that I wanted them be poor while I wade through my swimming pool of $100 bills.  Really my racist thought was, well, they're different and that's sometimes scary.  I sometimes feel less safe when a large black male approaches me from a dark alley than when a white female does.  Yep, you got me, I am racist.

    You have done the same kind of thing.  So has [insert multi-billionaire CEO] and [insert random Walmart employee].  So has George Bush and Barack Obama.

    The problem is that we are really talking about two different things:

    1. Racism associated with fear, such as a fear of not belonging or a fear of cultural differences.
    2. Racism associated with hate, such as targeting a person for harm primarily because of the color of their skin.

    I'm guilty of #1, multiple times.  I am not guilty of #2.

    When people rant about racism being abundant, they are talking about #1.  Those people are right.  When people rant about racism being unacceptable in any context, they are talking about #2.  Those people are right.

    When people rant about both things as if they are the same thing, they are wrong.

    Can we please distinguish these so we can move on to a more educated debate?

  • HoloLens

    @LaBar:  It requires power.  Apple Pay is part of the OS and needs to run the Touch ID hardware and software, NFC, and the screen to provide feedback to the user.

    But point well taken.  Apple Pay requires power, credit/debit cards do not, so cards will be around for backup even if everything else I listed is solved.

  • HoloLens

    , Ray7 wrote

    Apple's next big thing has already landed: Apple Pay. Apple wants to revolutionise how we pay for stuff. Did they invent mobile payments? Will they bring about the end of the insecure credit/debit card? Probably.  Early users have noticed that they get an alert when a linked card is used, in some cases this has happened before the owner realises the card was stolen.

    I love the concept but the execution isn't there.  Yet.  Apple Pay can only be used in a limited number of retailers.  It is competing against other digital payment forms.  It is only marginally more convenient than swiping a credit card... it just means I have to dig the phone out of my pocket instead of digging my wallet out.  Sure, that might be easier if I already have my phone out, not sure about any other time.

    Another hindrance from cutting the card is that Apple Pay isn't ideal for pay-at-the-table restaurants or the drive thru.

  • crazy anti-cop culture.

    , JohnAskew wrote

    So the argument is lost. The WoD is a war against the poor, affected as a race war.

    I love how whenever some law/policy/regulation is shown to be ineffective, the only logical conclusion is always racism.

    Never mind that the policies made sense at face value when enacted, before there was enough research on the topic to lead to conclusions to the contrary.

    Nope, it was racism.

  • background checkers

    Ahh, egg roll.  I wish I had a breeze runnin' down my leg.  I'd kill for a cookie.  Stingray, a double-sided Scooby Snack.  Yeah we pick our hotel.

  • Windows 10 - The next chapter

    Yeah, I'm not sure I buy the whole idea that most apps don't support vertical resizing.  Granted I haven't actually worked much with WinRT apps, but I'm having a hard time coming up with non-contrived situations in XAML or HTML where UI elements within the app resize to conform to the app's vertical size on launch but fail to update afterwards.