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A little bit of Friday deconstruction.
A lot of modern flat design fans seem to presume it came about because of some research that concluded it was better and superseded the old.
Instead of what actually happened which was basically Apple giving a combo of UI + print designers 6 months to redesign everything.
Conversation I had with a non-gamedev person:
Them: “Have you see the new Fortnite store? They have free games there!”
Them: “And I get free games on twitch now!”
Them: “So… how do you make money selling games?”
Mark Twain didn’t learn to read until he was 63
Stanley Kubrick was only 41 when he faked the moon landing
Paul McCartney was already dead when The Beatles recorded Abbey Road
It’s never too late. Don’t give up
I’d been thinking, once a country went full Hitler again, the others might have a chance to rally around better values, but I didn’t know there was historical precedent.
I’ve been a macOS user for a very long time and I see myself as someone who knows a lot of the little “hidden” features spread across the system. But I was surprised to learn about this today that I for some reason haven’t seen before. Very useful!
I hate that I’m basically punishing a developer for giving out free content, but the expert maps for Beat Saber’s new free songs are so bad they’ve put me off buying the DLC. (Except for the one Jaroslav Beck track, and that can’t be a coincidence—does he map his songs himself?)
Strange Planet: the curious creature
My Mac’s USB-C ports are now so loose that I don’t even miss MagSafe
J’ai trois voyages de courses à faire parce que je rentre de vacances et tous les placards sont vides, et l’ascenseur est en panne 💀
Beaucoup beaucoup d’énergie déployée pour expliquer que c’est quand même pas la faute des idéologues d’extrême droite si les gens commettent des actes criminels au service d’idéologies d’extrême droite.
As an iPad mini fan I’m offended that a new A12 model with Pencil support doesn’t warrant an announcement during next week’s keynote, but I can’t pretend that I’m surprised.
Also… ugh, that’s a lot of euros 😕
I have exactly one iOS feature request.
That “bring a joke to tell the class next week” exercise is triggering some bullshit PTSD I didn’t even know I had.
Adding a spring didn’t solve the issue but setting launch options to “-vrmode oculus” seems to make the sabers come back much faster. Makes sense — SteamVR would be adding a layer of error correction that messes things up — and explains why Oculus Store buyers aren’t rioting.
Would you believe that battery holder design will now be part of my primary criteria when it comes to upgrading my headset.
The evolution of correspondence
2019: Please click to subscribe! 👇
1999: This show is made possible by viewers like you
1979: And now, a message from our sponsors
1360: story about a werewolf is interrupted to ask you to pray for the nobleman who paid for the translation
I’ve been waiting two years for a new iPad mini, because I love this form factor and my mini 2 struggles with most apps nowadays. But I went to the Apple Store and the iPad Pro is so much sexier I don’t know that I can handle spending 560 € (with Pencil) on the old design 😖
“But what about short games?” Well, short games already have the hardest time getting people to buy them, so they may still come out ahead.
ME: I did it! I finished that project!
IMMUNE SYSTEM: good job!
ME: time for a nice break
IMMUNE SYSTEM: me too
ME: haha yeah
Le rôle principal hier à l’Odéon avait la dégaine, les intonations et le pardessus de David Tennant dans Doctor Who, et c’est un tout petit peu incongru quand on regarde une pièce de Lagarce.
The UI is fantastic and, as an unexpected bonus, it also handles videos 😲
Sorry to state the obvious, but Apple having its own credit card is so obviously, stereotypically dystopian I feel like I’m watching a cheap scifi parody.
Apple Arcade makes it pretty much impossible for an independent developer to sell a small single-player game on the App Store. Anyone who’s willing to pay for games will already have a subscription to a bunch of AA and AAA experiences, so why would they buy your little thing.
I really don’t understand what Apple’s trying to do here. Prove it’s making shows? With celebrities? That’s not surprising or new. Show us the shows, or the wild new ways we’ll watch them, or SOMETHING, otherwise we’re just here watching TED Talks about TV shows
Apple’s music subscription: all the music you can listen to.
Apple’s magazine subscription: 300 of the most popular magazines.
Apple’s game subscription: a hundred third-party games.
Apple’s TV subscription: 13 original TV shows.
So actual new products got released as press releases last week, and they devoted a whole event to services that are not ready yet, and will have extremely limited availability when they do finally launch.
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They reinvented glass to use more electricity
The real danger is that Apple will compromise the overall user experience of the phone to upsell services and drive this potentially huge revenue, which is already happening - see Apple Music push notifications, for example
The only subscription model I find ethically palatable is “Sketch’s pay for updates” semi-subscription.
Stop paying: It’ll keep working. All your stuff is still there. You still own what you’ve paid for.
I’ve got twelve correct fates in Obra Dinn. I guess I’m allowed to leave and consider myself done?
But I don’t want to turn my book in with only 12 fates out of 60, that’s just sloppy.
But I don’t want to keep replaying flashbacks hoping to glean incidental hints.
There’s a lot of great UX work implementing all the aspects of the book, so I guess they had a reason for choosing not to let me replay a scene right from the page, but that’s still a right pain in the ass.
Sure, Baba Is You is a good puzzle game, but have you ever tried assembling a cheap-ass 3D printer from the manufacturer’s instructions?
Valve announcing its VR headset is an extraordinary moment. So few know the magic of HTC Vive was almost entirely Valve’s VR research and its tracking technology. This is looking like the BIG bet on VR — a doubling down — that some have been hoping Valve would make.
Je suis à mi-chemin de Love Death + Robots et un excellent épisode (Three Robots) ne suffit pas à compenser la demi-douzaine de femmes nues torturées. Il fallait (ou pas) oser sortir un truc pareil en 2019 🤮
Tiens, la semaine se termine déjà et je n’en ai absolument rien fait à part commander des trucs sur Amazon.
It’s @daddy_yankee’s Limbo with my Claws mod for @BeatSaber!
gonna finally release this puppy into the wild, stay tuuuuned
You know, I’ve been in the software development business for more than 40 years now, and there is one thing that I know for a solid fact: Nobody knows how to build software. Yes, sometimes it gets built, but it’s a random, unrepeatable event. A lucky accident.