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Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 166 166

Nope, it's Firefox. Plaintext files often don't have a mime type so present as unknown.

Here's the nearly 15 year old bug:

I just dragged a text file (ANSI windows standard) to my browser and it rendered fine. Never had a problem doing so on any prior version, back to 3.0 either.

ANSI windows standard is mimetype text/plain not text/*

Comment: Re:The problem is broken updates (Score 1) 289 289

I'm rather not. This makes me wonder what proprietary crap they are inserting that is making a 'default driver' incompatible? Is Samsung inserting something inappropriate or is Microsoft? I have a hard time believing Samsung writes better drivers than the people who do this day in and day out for decades.

Comment: Re:Repulsive (Score 1) 66 66

Err... what would be less harmful than inconveniencing a mouse for six minutes?

Let me hold you up by an appendage for 6 minutes and see how well you fare.

The point is that you can do the experiment without having mice involved at all. Subject someone to something they find funny or enjoy to make them happy, test how long they will do an unpleasant/menial task after the fact. Repeat the test with making them angry/upset/depressed/whatever and compare... just as valid as the mouse test but without electro-stimulation or hanging them upsidedown.

Comment: Re:Repulsive (Score 1) 66 66

I know this kind of thing needs to be done. Still I find it repulsive from an emotional point of view.

Does it? Does it really?

I get research needing to test on animals but a test like this is not necessary. You can prove the same results using less harmful methods.

Comment: Re:Give it some hints ... (Score 1) 424 424

Sounds like you've got personalization turned off. If Google doesn't know what country is relevant, how is it supposed to surface the right country for you? If you've been using VPN servers in different countries, that might also screw things up.

It tries to interpret it based on IP address all the time (as is evidence by various VPN stories)

Comment: Re:quotation marks (Score 1) 424 424

Which is why Google's separation between the different meanings of the word can be so helpful. Give it enough context to know the meaning that you are using and it will usually do a much better job of finding what you're looking for.

But I can't replicate it adding or removing words from a phrase as long as I put the phrase in quotes. It always seems to search for the exact phrase, though sometimes with punctuation in between.

Maybe I'm getting the short end of the stick in some A/B testing.

All the simple programs have been written.