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Comment: Two possible problems (Score 1) 196

by Dracos (#47760113) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

I see two possible flaws in this theory.

First, if the attached rods are wood, wouldn't there be a limit to how much the block could weigh before crushing the rods?

If the resulting dodecagon utilizes the block's original four edges among its vertices, wouldn't they suffer some damage while being rolled? If those edges are capped in some way to protect them, we inevitably return to #1 regarding the edge caps.

Comment: Re:We commenters could freshen CSS, keep functions (Score 5, Insightful) 34

by Dracos (#47704895) Attached to: Introducing Slashdot's New Build Section

Obviously Dice Marketing doesn't understand the /. market. We old timers are not impressed by spacious, trendy design, we are impressed by concise content.

Or maybe they're trying to run the old timers off so they can full tilt ruin /. and the remaining n00bs will think it's awesome.

Comment: UX can only go so far (Score 2) 199

by Dracos (#47672479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Just as there is no such thing as absolute security, there is no such thing as a 100% intuitive and self-documenting UX.

No matter how simple or complex software is, there is a limit to how much "help" the UX can offer. The UX should have enough hints/labels/tooltips/etc to keep the user from getting lost performing light to medium tasks, but inline is not the place for describing complex workflows, data structures, APIs, or other heavy topics.

Documentation is the ultimate resource for the users, most documenting elements in the UX should be considered a convenience. The phrase "RTFM" exists for a reason, there is no "RTFUX".

It also sounds like you're handling your docs wrong... they should evolve with the codebase and not need a complete rewrite for every release.

Comment: So when will... (Score 1) 13

by Dracos (#47626989) Attached to: Google Fit Preview SDK Arrives For Android Developers

I be able to use Android Studio to develop for Gingerbread instead of it throwing 72+ errors about the Holo theme not existing (because themes were only added in Honeycomb)? I've already changed all the instances of defaultTheme to none in the config files according to StackOverflow, but that didn't help.

Comment: I want a faux smart watch (Score 1) 381

by Dracos (#47439649) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Smart watches are misnomer, really. They can't do much on their own because of the form factor. Typing? No way. In reality, smart watches are dumber than dumb terminals.

What I do want is a nice looking, not too big, watch with a full color LCD matrix screen, maybe touch enabled, where I am able to customize the interface and make my own "themes". This, and being able to sync the time via NTP, would be the only reason for it to have WiFi or BlueTooth (unless a micro SD card could be squeezed in, then it could sync via WWVB or equivalent).

For context, I've owned several Casio DataBank watches, all digital/analog hybrids. My favorite of them was the one where the LCD displayed a fill month calendar. The Wave Ceptor was a neat gimmick, but watches don't generally need that much precision on a daily basis.

The Pebble comes close, except for the lack of color screen. It's been a while since I looked at what's out there. So far it seems the manufacturers are using smart watches as an excuse to tether users to their walled gardens (I'm looking at you Samsung).

Comment: Re:PHP is a very solid choice (Score 1) 536

PHP of old used to make it very easy to write applications with large security holes, but newer versions do a much better job of preventing developer's tendancies to shoot themselves in the foot.

If that were true, then fetid garbage like WordPress wouldn't even run on PHP 5.3+, being as its code hasn't changed at all since the days of PHP4.

Globals... globals everywhere...

Comment: Re:I'd dump my iPhone for one of these... (Score 1) 196

by Dracos (#46826583) Attached to: OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Furthermore, what about those of us who want--nay, require--a hardware keyboard? I don't give a rat's ass about gestures or voice recognition, but I do want to type on real buttons while my entire screen is visible. Such things are no longer being developed, which is why I still have my Epic 4G. In the 3 years I've had it, it has has been connected to WiMax (yeah, it's a Sprint pre-LTE device) for a total of about 4 minutes, because there never was WiMax coverage where I live, but I still have to pay a stupid $10/month data surcharge.

Comment: Re:Wordpress is crap (Score 1) 58

by Dracos (#46470345) Attached to: Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

I agree, WP is shit from end to end. Poor practices, horrible architecture, and just generally bad code quality... pretty much the most offensive plate of spaghetti I've ever seen. It's almost worse that many people now insist that WP is a CMS, rather than just a blog playing dress-up.

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once.