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Comment: Re:The problem... (Score 1) 195 195

you shouldn't show speed,

Different people obviously have very diffferent requirements. In the UK, you can be fined huge amounts of money for a small excess of speed, so speed is important. If you are an older driver, the time taken to refocus from the dashboard to infinity (or vice versa) can be very long. However, spotting moose or crazy drivers is probably automatic (not that there are many moose on the road in the UK).

The question is, is it better than people at spotting small children running out from behind stationary buses?

If not, then it should avoid attempting to spot any problem, as it will lead to drivers relying on it the way they rely on satnav instead of knowing how to get anywhere.

The driver should be able to decide what is critical information. Since it is possible for the driver to change frequently, this needs to be set every trip, and probably needs to default to no info at all, as some people wont be familar with it. In which case it will probably rarely be used and can be safely junked. Your Moose May Vary.

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 277 277

Google put their balls to the wall and make a solid desktop version of Android complete with a full replacement for X

You must have an iPhone. X is not the problem. And Google are deeply in the pit of hell as the rest of the problem makers! They, like all the other "high tech" morons, keep bloody reworking the UI.

If Linux is to have a chance, someone has to do a Gnome2/XP like interface, and not keep changing it. Serious users want drop down text menus with meaningful function names. They do not want wierd looking coloured blobs with no inherent meaning that vanish with each new release to be replaced by a completely unrelated, wierd coloured blob, that does something the same, only different. Nor do they want (Google, I am looking at Android Lollipop) something that looks like a Fisher-Price toy and doesn't work - for business!

For most non technical users Its like car manufacturers kept moving the pedals around with every new model. (They used to do that, till the governments stopped them).

You have no idea how many people have to go to classes to learn how to "press the left mouse button". If I were running a large government department, I would mandate "drop down text menus whose location, structure and font will not be changed for the next 20 years" for all software bids.

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 277 277

If you have modern touch screen devices,

Who the hell uses "modern touch screen devices" in the workplace other than the McDonalds sales team?

Most workplaces use a PC for

a) Word
b) The Intranet
c) Some businesss specific Access app (probably for their timesheets).

Access to pron^H^H^H^H the internet is only marginally more available than in North Korea, and probably more effectively monitored.

Most workplaces are not doing software develiopment or research. They are doing actual work and that involves lifting and carrying, bending down, walking around and absolutely nothing that involves a computer.

"Most people" do cleaning, care work, cook food, drive trucks, farm, repair stuff (excluding those who do drugs and don't have a workplace at all). There are most certainly more supermarket shelf stackers than software developers. Hell, even primary school teachers barely use a computer, and that is probably still runnng XP in most state schools. Hint: Get out of the damned basement!

Comment: Re:Money (Score 1) 107 107

It is a reporting issue: it is perfectly normal.

Some people do not manage remove servers over long periods.

You install three identical servers: one running the public facing web server, one running the database server, connected by a separate, private network. The third one is available for the new version of the software to be installed, and then activated. Once the software is upgraded on all three, you keep it runnning as a hot standby. If reliable service to clients is not worth more than the cost of running a hot standby, you probably would not have any servers in a colo.

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