Timeline, GNOME 3, Windows 8, Youtube

It’s like a torrent of improvements that are worse lately, isn’t it?

With that cloying annoying thing where people go, “well, stop whining about changes, and try it for a while.” The implication being that if you just try it for an arbitrary period, you’ll love it and never want to go back.


They suck. Please stop.

I tried using GNOME 3 for a month, it was still awful, it still got rid of window decorations, it still needed you to memorise keyboard codes (I’d call them shortcuts, but if there’s no other way to do them they aren’t a short-cut are they) to be usable. No really, they made a cheat sheet that you had to memorise before you could use your mouse-using desktop. How intuitive. Windows 8 has all the same problems. This is what happens when you design your desktop interface with the assumption that your user is using a tablet.
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YouTube and Copyright

Whilst they’ve gotten a little better over time, they are still rather corporate friendly, and the options aren’t very good.

At the very least, they’ve stopped arguing that a fair-use dispute is an admission of copyright infringement, whatever that meant.

The first option that comes up for when some copyright claim is made on your video is ‘acknowledge claim’, when it should something more like ‘accept claim as valid’. I do acknowledge when someone owns the copyright, but I should still be able to argue fair use, whereas if you select the acknowledge claim option, that’s you saying the claim is right. This is just misleading – even clicking the question mark for explanation on the acknowledge button gets YouTube to say, “Acknowledge to confirm that you have reviewed the claim(s) on your video.” Review, not accept the claim, just click to say that you have reviewed the claim(s). This will result in you accepting the claims as valid in one step.
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