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Comment Re:Conflict of Interest? (Score 1) 80

I hear you. Up until Windows 7, I enjoyed the "Windows Classic" theme, because I think the Windows 2000, while dated-looking, was also the cleanest and most function UI skin Microsoft ever made. Everything since then has been some degree or other of ugly, with Windows 8 and 10 being the worst-looking versions of Windows since Windows 2, which mostly suffered from the lack of hardware capabilties (low resolution, low color depth).

It seems that everything that was meticulously studied and developed back in the 80s by people like IBM and Microsoft themselves (like CUA), has been thrown out of the window with no guiding principles replacing them other than what a bunch of pajama boys with art degrees and no real-world experience think looks good. This has been going on for almost 20 years (the quality of UI started to decline in the late 90s when everyone went way overboard with skeuomorphic design and you could no longer tell what was a control and what was background ornamentation. Windows 8 went for some kind of minimalist look where large swaths of blank space on the screen seemed to be the guiding principle, not unlike 90s grunge music, which cast off all the excesses of 80s pop, with the over-reliance of synthesizers and excessive production, but along with the grunge movement, MS also threw out the baby with the bathwater, and forgot to make what was left good.

So now we have the Gnome mentality where choice is bad for you because apparently all users are stupid, as opposed to the truth, which is that a lot of users are inexperienced and unsophisticated, but plenty of users can and want to control as much as they can. For instance, I tried the OneDrive app for Android and like Windows, it doesn't show file extensions by default, which I think is the stupidest usability mistake MS ever made, except in the case of the Android app, there's no way to turn it on, so I'm reduced to deciphering icons to figure out what the hell kind of file I'm looking at. The application intentionally cripples the user by removing important information.

And don't get me started on Amazon, who are much, much worse than MS. MS may have forgotten how to make a good UI, but Amazon never knew in the first place, and it shows in their software UI. (I'm referring to their software... their website isn't bad, IMO).

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest? (Score 1) 80

Yeah, I was going to make a similar comment. Microsoft seems to have really improved on the security front... too bad no one wants to use their software any more. Usability seems to have gone by the wayside, along with any aesthetic sense. Windows is now uglier than it's been since Windows 2.

Comment Can't even spell his name right... (Score 1) 105

I was feeling disappointed looking through all the comments at how many people were misspelling Forrest Mims' name. I mean, it's right there at the top of the page, for crying out loud.

Oops, then I realized that it was misspelled there, too. Thanks, Slashdot editors. You are really doing a top-notch job.

Comment Re: Shocking (Score 2) 244

Wow. wombat. You're the one who is deflecting and doing it very well with your "life unworthy of life" arguments.

By your logic, it should be OK to kill kids who are already born because a lot of parents abuse them through poisoning (second-hand smoke, feeding them too much junk food, etc), plus all kinds of other abuse like sexual abuse, emotional abuse, slavery, playing One Direction music for them, or teaching them BASIC.

Just think how much suffering we could eliminate if we could just put these poor kids out of their misery. And why must it stop with kids? There's massive starvation, disease and misery in many parts of the world, but if we nuke those places to glass we will eliminate _so_ much suffering. Most of these folks are just doing to die in pain, and we wouldn't want to allow that.

You warm up the bombers and I'll look up the nuclear football codes. Meet back here in 10.

Comment I live in Virginia and never use electronic voting (Score 1) 393

At the sites I've voted the default choice has been, since the 90s or so, that you get a scantron form and fill out dots with a felt marker. The forms are very simple and clear. None of this butterfly nonsense or anything like the ridiculous schemes we also saw in Florida in 2000. The form is then fed into a machine and the votes are presumably optically counted, and of course, the original hard copies can be maintained for recounts, etc. It always seemed to me to be a reasonable and secure way to run an election.

I'm always asked if I want to use the electronic machines... which I think are mostly kept around for people with special needs, and I always respond that I wouldn't trust the electronic voting machines as far as I could throw them. More than once, I was answered with a knowing smirk, as if the voting official knew what I meant and agreed.

Comment Re:The elephant in the room (Score 2) 119

It turns a parliament into a collection of many small parties with extremist viewpoints and unstable, unpredictable coalitions.

As opposed to what we have in the U.S. now, which is two giant monolithic parties who don't really represent anyone except their own politicians' desire to maintain the status quo.

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