30 juin 2012

Spec Ops: The Line isn't perfect and the story's as coherent as a Lindelof script, but I enjoyed it more than any shooter in recent memory.

 

Looks like Spec Ops puts all the dull and boring parts at the start and takes a while to reveal its awesome setpieces. Ambitious choice.

 

Enjoying Spec Ops: The Line so far, but it's a shame how dull they made it look. Yeah, I know, sand everywhere. But it's so dull.

 

It's also funny because they have everything to lose by messing with the experience of the influential minority that uses third-party clients.

 

“Delivering a consistent Twitter experience”

It's funny because Twitter for Mac is abandonware. #dogfood

 

Last Night (1998) — If you've been interested in Another Earth, well… this is much better.

 

29 juin

Le moment où tu réalises qu'enlever un disque du Drobo en pleine canicule va déclencher un rebuild de douze heures en pleine canicule.

 

I was young. I was fit (briefly). I was rich. I was powerful. My memory isn't what it used to be, either.

 

Le seul hypermarché qui a la bonne marque de blinis est celui où je déteste aller. Ma vie est un enfer.

 

Pocket Planes is the worst kind of game — it's terribly addictive, and it's not even remotely a game.

 

Remember when the air was fresh and the nights weren't sleepless?

 

28 juin

Je me suis croisé dans un miroir en lumière naturelle, on dirait un fantôme zombie. Il faut que je me tape quelques rayons de soleil.

 

Oh! You can log into the Instagram site and interact with pictures there! How revolutionary!

 

Is iTunes really stupid about buffering podcasts? Because I feel like my hard drive is heating up non-stop while I'm doing nothing but listening to them.

 

Swiping from the side to switch tabs is great, but whoever decided which side went which way is dyslexic.

 

Chrome for iPad transposes perfectly the convenience of the desktop version's Incognito mode. Again, the browser you keep for googling STDs.

 

The compromised keyboard Chrome needs to add on iOS because of the combined search+URL field is jarring.

 

I've added one more hard drive to my Drobo; I've added one more source of scary metallic sounds to my bedroom #cringe

 

Google+ History: a manual Facebook Timeline

Interesting idea. Also, it can't work — users are too lazy.

 

Finally reading Wired 1.1.1 (free in the Wired iPad app). Makes me want to cry thinking how inspired, and inspiring, it used to be.

 

27 juin

Restored my iPad because it was sluggish, spent another full day downloading again my unread NatGeo issues — they're not part of the backup.

 

RT @FibreTigre: “Les séries TV ne devraient être réalisées que si la fin est déjà écrite. Et si elles sont annulées, que le script soit dévoilé au public.”

 

“We still have no clue how to make the Google glasses remotely useful, so we need you developers to buy prototypes and invent something.”

 

RT @willsmith: “The Google Glass demo features a dirigible, a billionaire, and wingsuits. #bond23

 

Amazon's goal with the Fire was never to profit on the hardware; they must be thrilled someone else is taking the loss / lack of profit.

 

RT @Flipyap: “Mass Effect 3's "Synthesis" ending's idea of a solution to racism is equivalent to a drive-by blackface. Science fiction had a good-ish run.”

 

Network — Too preachy, especially the last third, but still good. It's sad how much that story became reality.

 

26 juin

RT @deliciousbees: “Looking forward to the iOS Podcast Recorder app that requires you to press play and record at the same time to start recording.”

 

I don't love the Podcasts app's UI, even if the tape deck is cute. Uncomfortable mix of skeuomorphism and Android-like abstract widgets.

 

I'd say the extended endings are (a tiny bit) worse, because of the way they messed up the music that held that shit together.

 

I'd forgotten quite how infurating the kid's speech was. Listening to it again is torture.

 

All four (yes, four!) of the new Mass Effect 3 endings

As expected, they haven't changed anything of significance.

 

If the original Star Wars trilogy had ended like Mass Effect did

Sorry to beat a dead horse, but the release of the Extended Cut revived online discussions a bit, so I only just thought of this analogy and I want to write it down somewhere. (Vague spoilers if you haven’t seen Return of the Jedi and played Mass Effect 3.)

The scene takes place on Endor. The scooby gang has just been captured by Ewoks, C3P0 is their god and is playing the role of his life: translator, and also god.

 

 

C3PO

They say they’ve been waiting for us. They’ve been watching us all along and waiting for us to get here. They say they control the midichlorians.

 

LUKE

The… what?

 

C3PO

They say the Force is the power of midichlorians. They are inside you. The more you use the Force, the more the midichlorians control you. And the Ewoks control the midichlorians because they’re the spirits of their ancestors.

 

LUKE

Uh… okay.

 

C3PO

And they say they’ve been waiting for the last jedi to come here so they could ask him what he wants to do with that power. They can keep doing what they were doing, or they can relinquish control to you and you’ll have to stay here forever, or they can send all the midichlorians in the universe to Ewok Heaven, and all jedi will die. It’s up to you.

(beat)

You need to choose NOW.

 

LUKE

I… I don’t know… I guess… I don’t want to have control over them, I don’t want to have control over the Emperor and the empire and my father and… really, nobody should have this control. Yeah, nobody should have such a power, so release the miniclaws or whatever.

 

LUKE, LEIA and HAN SOLO all look at each other with TEARS in their eyes, or the closest approximation in HAN SOLO’s case. R2D2 WHISTLES MOURNFULLY.

 

C3PO

It is done.

 

C3PO’s eyes FADE OUT and he SLUMPS ON HIS THRONE because he had MIDICHLORIANS in his system ever since ANAKIN made him. LUKE, LEIA and HAN SOLO are OFF-SCREEN; we HEAR LEIA CRY OUT.

 

DISSOLVE TO: DEATH STAR, EMPEROR’S OFFICE

 

The EMPEROR DISAPPEARS, his CLOAK FALLS TO THE GROUND. Behind him, DARTH VADOR straightens up, then suddenly FALLS TO THE GROUND.

 

DISSOLVE TO: SPACE

 

The DEATH STAR EXPLODES.

 

TITLE CARD: THE END.

 

In Mountain Lion, do you still have to manually quit apps before the App Store can update them? Because, a reminder: that's ridiculous.

 

TaskPaper for Mac is $2 instead of $32

It's like they're cutting you a $30 check! (via @louije)

 

“Facebook forces all users over to @facebook.com e-mail addresses”

As of Friday, the company seems to have quietly given or replaced the display e-mail addresses of all of its users [on their profiles] with an @facebook.com address.

I thought, who cares? until I read this comment on Reddit:

Where I see this hurting most users is from automatic phone syncs of contacts. Running through my phone, I see all these @facebook email addresses now.

Remember what’s coming this summer? iOS 6, and automatic Facebook contact sync for everyone (I’m under the impression that it’s an option — haven’t installed the beta myself, but I read something to that effect on Twitter — but you can be sure that most people will enable it, because why wouldn’t they? it beats manually entering the info). It’s not like people use e-mail much these days, but it’s still definitely going to make a noticeable difference in usage, and it is a hijacking of people’s email accounts.

So, yeah, I’m moving this from “benign” to “evil.”

 

And, as a bonus:

Isn’t it funny how this privacy control doesn’t exist anywhere else in the profile settings, and its title (“Shown on Timeline” / “Hidden from Timeline”) doesn’t make any sense for what it actually does, and it can end up completely contradicting the regular privacy control that’s on its left (oddly enough, at Facebook’s benefit)? Even for Facebook, that’s oddly inefficient and obtuse UI, isn’t it?

 

Even if the result is a little too much, he deserves props for using his voice to try and change the world, and being so frontal about it.

 

The Newsroom feels a bit like Sorkin caricaturing himself, but it still works. Must be the last good show he has in him, though.

 

25 juin

RT @mrgan: “Holy cow, I may have just realized why I like Twitter so much better than other "social" sites: no guilt-trip notification count on login.”

 

RT @toomuchnick: “"I'm typing this on a phone" is not an excuse to be mediocre. It's as rude as "I'm too lazy to google it, but:"”

 

Mes T-shirt H&M ont rétréci de deux tailles depuis mon dernier séjour à Paris #nousnevoyonspasdautreexplication

 

C'est marrant comme je me réveille tout reposé quand il ne fait pas une chaleur étouffante dans ma chambre.

 

24 juin

From a storytelling point of view I'm a little disappointed by Korra's last five seconds, but I guess the emotional ride was worth it.

 

Et si j'achetais un SSD pour qu'il fasse moins chaud dans ma chambre ? Raisonnable, non ?

 

Renaming your Twitter account is a goddamn mess of half your clients keeping half your old info in their caches.

 

“Duracell-Powermat has placed tabletop charging stations throughout Madison Square Garden.” You know where to steal your next smartphone.

 

After how many times saying "I hate you" out loud to the PopSci iPad app should I finally cancel my subscription?

 

23 juin

“The BMW M5 "Bullet" commercial that's too good to miss”

Completely stupid but, yeah, you kinda have to watch it.

 

22 juin

Wait. It's not pre-Banshee Central, it's pre-Cerberus Base. Are they insane?

 

The ME3 extended ending will require to load a save pre-Banshee Central. So not worth it they might as well release straight to YouTube.

 

Urgh, faut que j'aie fini de manger et pris ma douche avant 16h, sinon ça va être le cauchemar à Leclerc.

 

Les gens qui splittent les films en "CD1" et "CD2" en 2012.

 

Ready-made Twitter avatars

Several of these designs are so amazing I'm actually tempted to switch.

 

21 juin

Would someone make a Launch Center Pro clone with Windows Phone 8-style layout, please? (Well, I guess _I_ could if nobody else did.)

 

“Hacking Paid Upgrades in the App Store”

I’ve heard from many people who think that this isn’t possible. That once you pull an app from the store you must essentially abandon it. That is simply not true.

So long as you don’t actually delete the old version of the app within iTunes Connect you can continue submitting updates to apps even while they are in the Developer Removed from Sale state. Whether this is intentional functionality is unclear but I have verified that it does in fact work and the resulting approved updates are available for customers.

Interesting. I assume that "available for customers" means the update won’t be pushed to their devices and they have to use the purchases list to download it “again,” but that’s still better than nothing.

 

My WP8 home screen envy isn't subsiding as I go through the blog posts of the day. Now I want a Lumia.

 

20 juin

A Retina MacBook Pro driving three external displays

I guess it will be able to drive a Retina Cinema Display, then.

 

RT @ryan: “Windows Phone 8's new Start screen feels like the most dynamic, personal home screen of any phone platform. It's time for iOS to step it up.”

 

Windows Phone 8's home screen suddenly looks a lot more interesting with the very simple switch to resizable tiles. Customization, yay.

 

Si je tenais le con qui a inventé les toits en ardoise…

 

19 juin

Immortals — As dumb and as fake-looking as 300 (if not more), minus any hint of self-awareness. Well… Cavill's pretty.

 

You could make a really sweet three- or four-hour miniseries if you edited out all the red herrings (and particularly most of season one).

 

I'm not gonna say you should have watched the whole two seasons, because come on, but The Killing had a nice, strong finish.

 

Ah, so only the Intel version of Microsoft Surface will have pen input. That's a disappointment, even more so for what it means re: iPad.

 

Listening to David Tennant on the Nerdist, I can't focus on a word he says because of that weird accent he's doing.

 

Really I just want the Surface tablet to sell well enough that Apple feels the need to copy both the touch keyboard and stylus.

 

Damnit, Microsoft, why you gotta put a Wacom stylus in your nicely designed tablet that I didn't want to be interested in?

 

I must say I like the Microsoft tablet's combination of integrated kickstand and cover keyboard. (Even if it's not a true keyboard.)

 

18 juin

Pff, fait trop chaud ici, j'veux être ailleurs.

 

Indie Game: The Movie — Thoroughly uninteresting, beyond the curiosity of meeting the guys, which lasts all of five minutes.

 

Garoo elsewhere, on iOS 6’s lost Maps functionality:

iOS 6 makes it pretty obvious, I think, that Apple has wanted to have turn-by-turn directions on the iPhone for a while, but couldn’t as long as they were using Google. And I would be surprised if Google hadn’t been asking for more and more money — or more and more ad impressions — with each iOS release. (Remember that Reddit post about Maps giving sponsored directions to another fast-food place than what the user asked for, even though it was twice as far? That’s definitely not Apple’s idea.)

I don’t think iOS 6 is Apple getting rid of Google out of pettiness; I’m certain they switched to a new data source in order to offer more functionality, and at the cost of removing less important functionality that TomTom can’t provide. (Turn-by-turn is much more important to the iPhone than transit maps — transit info will be available in free or cheap third-party apps, but turn-by-turn was an expensive App Store purchase and as a third-party app it couldn’t be integrated with Siri. Voice-operated turn-by-turn, included with the phone, is going to be a huge factor for many people hesitating between iPhone and Android.)

 

RT @tapbot_paul: “Interesting data point, already seeing more 6.0 users than 4.x.”

 

Wrath of the Titans — Not perfect, but so full of awesome and so pretty. God of War: the movie, and in a great way.

 

Apple may be annoyingly US-centric still, but at least their keynotes don't happen in the middle of the night for Europe. Right, Microsoft?

 

17 juin

Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec — Environ de mourir.

 

16 juin

RT @fraserspeirs: “This camera upload stuff from Dropbox has a whiff of panic about it.”

 

RT si toi aussi tu as attendu de crever la dalle pour te faire à manger et du coup tu te retrouves avec une omelette pour quatre.

 

Après Copie conforme et Mommie Dearest, une recommandation pour finir ma journée "sociopathes en jupons" ?

 

Copie conforme — I have no idea what that was all about but, whatever it was, it was excruciatingly false. (Appropriately enough.)

 

RT @beandog76: “I'm going to invent new HTTP status codes: 508 NOT MY FAULT and 208 WORKS FOR ME”

 

15 juin

Ca fait deux fois en deux jours que je dois refaire un truc sous Photoshop parce que je l'ai écrasé / oublié d'enregistrer.

 

Josh Henderson is distractingly pretty, though.

 

The new Dallas is really, really boring. But then, I remember the original Dallas as being boring as hell, too.

 

There's still no Siri on iPod touch, is there? Interesting choice, it's been a while now.

 

Now that Mountain Lion can sync and upgrade your Mac while it's sleeping, how about also making your iTunes library available?

 

14 juin

Tu me casses les couilles, Chrome, à ne recharger les CSS qu'une fois sur deux.

 

13 juin

It's like "-webkit-filter: grayscale(1);" was invented for my websites.

 

Après un an d'iOS 5, je réalise que si je mettais le calendrier dans mon dock au lieu d'un dossier, j'aurais la date du jour à l'écran.

 

“Does Lara Croft have to be a survivor of a rape attempt?”

“It's hard to see that as anything than a sexist approach.”

 

La FdJ a oublié de m'envoyer le mail automatique pour me dire que j'ai gagné 15 M€. Ca doit être un bug.

 

Le redesign de NoPic est influencé par Metro, et je galère autant que Microsoft pour faire quelque chose de joli avec des aplats carrés.

 

12 juin

I so want a new toy that I was tempted for a second to use the 50 € rebate Sony sent me for a Vita purchase. (All the things I really want are too expensive.)

 

iOS 6's amazing technicolor status bar http://t.co/oJ2kzJAu Having long sworn off the old gray status bar, I don't hate the idea.

 

Les gens qui ne signalent un mec mineur au webmaster qu'après avoir passé 24 heures à essayer sans succès de le draguer.

 

Or they were just going meta on the whole awkward humor shtick.

 

Was this week's Girls terrible, or what? I want to think they felt the need to have a big set-piece fight, but their heart wasn't in it.

 

Giving OmniFocus another try since the prices have become reasonable, but I just can't see myself living in that interface. Doesn't work for me.

 

11 juin

Working with Retina and non-Retina apps side by side on a MacBook Pro must be torture.

 

Can't imagine there's a technical reason for supporting the 3GS but not the original iPad. #grr

 

That's when you realize one of the iPhone's most lasting disadvantages, subpar Maps integration, was all Google dragging its heels in order to favor its own platform.

 

Turn-by-turn navigation integrated with Siri, or every single GPS manufacturer swallowing cyanide tonight.

 

Using geofencing to display your Starbucks QR code on your lock screen is a cool idea, but does it really warrant a whole new app?

 

I'd bet that Twitter integration in iOS, Twitter pushing "open" patents, and Apple finally implementing pull-to-refresh are all related.

 

It only took six iOS versions before we got photo uploads to web forms.

 

"Tap to tweet" and "Tap to wall-post" in the notification center, really? There were more urgent things to put there.

 

RT @tapbot_paul: “I don’t want to see a bunch of inspirational app stories. Give me Cribs WWDC edition, show me some devs living large.”

 

Linen has taken over the visual formerly known as the Apple Store Post-It. I'm going to throw up.

 

9 juin

I like how Chuck has perfected the art of stunt casting, but I'm not a fan of how over-the-top Alias-y the second half becomes.

 

Finally got the opportunity to try Gears 3's Beast mode, and it's as fun as I expected (on small maps).

 

7 juin

I'm marathoning Chuck and that show's annoying — not good enough to warrant my full attention, not bad enough I could work at the same time.

 

6 juin

Brandon Routh is almost more wooden in Chuck than he was in Superman. It's kind of hilarious.

 

Not to mention that 50% of the point of Chatroulette — of the reason it got any buzz at all — was that you played Russian penis roulette. It's even in the name! (Retroactively.)

 

Hey, Airtime: the reason Chatroulette faded into oblivion isn't the penises, it's that it was a novelty with an intrinsic expiration date.

 

Well… Game of Thrones knows how to end a season. I just wish they had enough money for every episode to have scenes like those.

 

I like that Mad Men has been setting up that nasty practical joke, with the button, in every episode since the introduction of Jaguar.

 

5 juin

Didn't expect to write this today, but Zombi U seems to use the gimmickpad in interesting ways that might even be fun. Looks well designed.

 

SmartGlass is a great product name that would deserve a better, more important use than just "control your Xbox from your iPad."

 

Watch Dogs surprised me with good writing, but The Last of Us convinces me on the more important gameplay and atmosphere aspects. Winner of the day — and that's coming from someone who hates playing the Uncharted games.

 

RT @alex_navarro: “The Last of Us gets the thing right that nearly every game gets wrong: hand-to-hand combat looks like it fucking HURTS.”

 

I was gonna snark that Assassin's Creed never needed a galleon simulator but, you know what, it looks well done enough to be worth adding.

 

Parmi les choses que je n'arrive jamais à retenir et qui me surprennent à chaque fois : "dépecer" ne signifie pas "to skin."

 

RT @Flipyap: “Be sure to sign up for Uplay to get exclusive bonus content for the game about corporations having too much knowledge of your habits/data.”

 

Surprisingly — after the horribly protracted introduction — I'm quite impressed with the dialogue in Watch Dogs. And, well, the rest, too.

 

4 juin

The Zombi U trailer is really well done; pity it demonstrates a complete lack of awareness of Dead Island's actual reception.

 

Though the Wii U-killer is interesting. It'll be fun if it actually gets people to buy iPads for their Microsoft console.

 

I think I have caught up with everything I missed during the Microsoft conference, and Halo 4 is the only game I'm vaguely interested in.

 

Diablo 3 installer keeps failing on my crappy connection and isn't even capable of resuming. Fuck Blizzard; sorry I used up a guest pass.

 

Installing Diablo 3: of course it saturates my connection, but it also taunts me with a grayed-out "Downloader Preferences" menu option. Fu.

 

"If you can't view this Flash gallery, look at our Flickr portfolio." Links to… the Flash slideshow on Flickr.

 

2 juin

Hiragana Pixel Party for iOS

This is exactly the kind of kana-teaching app / game I've always been looking for. Seems well thought-out all around, and it's free(mium). It's just a pity that I'm not very good at rhythm games.

 

Looks like the only way to stop Latitude is to remove all the contacts I have in it. (Won't be too hard, I have five.)

 

I haven't used Google Latitude in months and I'm still getting "X accepted your friend request" emails about already existing contacts.

 

RT @olivia_solon: “Love the idea of being able to tap out a rhythm on your phone to receive a fake call to escape boring meetings #ota12 #hackday

 

My workflow being to quickly skim through Reader, adding to a read-later service anything of remote interest, I must've missed a lot lately.

 

Okay, it wasn't just an impression, there are indeed links I added to Pocket that never made it to my reading list. Damnit.

 

1 juin

Not to be a conservative old fart, but the Tomb Raider: The Hunger Games, trailer makes me completely lose interest in that reboot.

 

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Worst trailer of the year, or worst trailer ever? Wronnng!

 

I have a hard drive clicking in pain somewhere in my room. Poor thing.

 

What is it with everyone on The Killing using cheap clamshell phones? Is it a Seattle thing?

 

The AV Club was right that season two of The Killing is much more watchable, but they seem to be stuck with the stupid twists plotted out from the start.

 

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