Linked by thesunnyk on Sun 23rd Sep 2012 22:14 UTC
Gnome "Gnome 3 has received a lot of disapproval of late, from the Gnome foundation being charged with not taking care of its users, or losing mindshare, to Gnome 3 itself being an unusable mess. I've been using Gnome 3 myself for a few months to sort the truth from the fiction, and to try and understand just how the Gnome foundation expects their newest shell to be used. I will end with some thoughts on how Gnome 3 can be improved. The review will require a fairly lengthy preface, however."
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RE[2]: Everything hidden
by r_a_trip on Mon 24th Sep 2012 12:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Everything hidden"
r_a_trip
Member since:
2005-07-06

The thing to remember is, there is no button.


Funny. There is indeed no button, but your reference to The Matrix is deliciously ironic. Why is there a Matrix? So real human beings can be interfaced to the digital world, without mentally overburdoning them with incomprehensible digital representations. The Matrix is the ultimate in skeuomorphism.

It's the same with our UI conventions. People need crutches to be able to communicate with digital entities. The more relatable something is, the easier it is to work with. So don't discount "the button that wasn't". It helps tremendously with finding our way in the endless patterns of on and off.

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RE[3]: Everything hidden
by thesunnyk on Mon 24th Sep 2012 13:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Everything hidden"
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2010-05-21

Guess it depends if you want to be Neo or Cypher.

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RE[4]: Everything hidden
by r_a_trip on Mon 24th Sep 2012 14:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Everything hidden"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

That is very black and white. Or you are the super human "savior" or you are basically "Judas".

How about being one the billions of people who go about their day completely oblivious of the real structure of their reality? If it works and one is happy, what is the harm? (The other alternative in The Matrix would have been total annihilation for both species. Machines can't "live" without energy. Humans can't live in the scorched Earth they left behind.)

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RE[3]: Everything hidden
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 24th Sep 2012 21:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Everything hidden"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The Matrix is the ultimate in skeuomorphism.


Hmmm... I think technically the "matrix" would be more simulation than skeuomorphism. Though I guess you could consider the matrix skeuomorphic from the point of view of the agents, in that killing someone in the matrix is basically a skeuomorphic interface for killing someone in the real world.

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RE[4]: Everything hidden
by zima on Fri 28th Sep 2012 12:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Everything hidden"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, or maybe it's especially not skeuomorphic for the agents - for them, matrix was the only reality (but generally, the silliness of "you die in the matrix, you die in real world" - our minds can routinely survive such, in dreams; yes, there might be some mechanism enhancing the effects ...but it would be stupid not to block it on the vessels of freed humans)

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