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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the you-had-one-job-ONE-JOB dept.
stmuk writes:

"BGR reflects on recent comments by a Metro designer. 'Metro is a content consumption space,' Microsoft UX designer Jacob Miller explains, 'It is designed for casual users who only want to check Facebook, view some photos, and maybe post a selfie to Instagram. It's designed for your computer illiterate little sister, for grandpas who don't know how to use that computer dofangle thingy, and for mom who just wants to look up apple pie recipes. It's simple, clear, and does one thing (and only one thing) relatively easily. That is what Metro is. It is the antithesis of a power user.'"

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by MrGuy on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:22PM

    by MrGuy (1007) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:22PM (#2365)

    Just pointing out that the rise of UEFI may well take away your options for installing alternative OS'es in the future. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Extensible_Fi rmware_Interface [wikipedia.org]

    I for one welcome our new smart-tiled overlords.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by dilbert on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:24PM

    by dilbert (444) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:24PM (#2421)
    Let's not confuse UEFI and Secure Boot.

    UEFI by itself is not a problem.

    Secure Boot, which is a component of UEFI, can be used to limit what type of code can be run on the computer. As it *currently* stands, Microsoft has required OEM's to allow Secure Boot to be disabled on x86/x64 machines if they want to use the 'certified for Win8' sticker on their machines.

    Obviously Microsoft (or the government) could change that requirement at some point in the future.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:31PM (#2704)

      UEFI by itself is not a problem.

      Are you sure? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2aq5M3Q76U [youtube.com]

      To be fair the video is a bit old and maybe issues have been resolved. But it does seem fundamentally terrible.

  • (Score: 2) by everdred on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:18PM

    by everdred (110) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:18PM (#2469) Journal

    Mmhmm. SecureBoot had come to mind while writing this, but I'm not sure why it didn't make it into the post.

    Great point.