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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 451

by L4t3r4lu5 (#46723821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
Good example. There are different types of door handle, and they illicit a learned response from us. If you have the wrong handle for the type of door, you are left confused and often irate.

Take the traditional door knob. You have learned through experience that the door knob is a device which is grasped, rotated, then pulled to swing a door inwards. What if the door knob was put on a sliding door? You would first grab the knob and twist, and it would not rotate. You would then pull the knob, and the door would not open. You would probably stop at that point and reconsider the ways the door could function, but you are immediately presented with a situation which is contrary to every experience you have had throughout your life up until this point.

How about car doors? They are flaps or handles on the door of a car which allow for grasping with the fingers. You place your hand under or through the handle and pull, and the door opens. Would you put that handle on a push door?

Now picture a fire door. The handle for this is a bar across the entire width of the door, attached at approximately a 45 degree downward angle. It is obvious to all that this is supposed to be pushed, and is designed that way. Would you put such a handle on a door which was to be pulled towards the user? How about a sliding door? Would you put a car door handle on a fire door?

You take these things for granted because you experience them every day. They have, however, been carefully engineered for purpose, and using them in situations for which they weren't designed can absolutely lead to injury or even death. Just from door handles.

Now, then. Tell me again about software UI design and how people shouldn't be confused when there are changes.

Comment: Re:Force her out! (Score 1) 313

by L4t3r4lu5 (#46723777) Attached to: Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

For the umpteenth time: waterboarding is not torture. At most, it is "torture-lite" â" anything, from which the subject walks away without bodily harm, does not qualify.

You should read about some of the inventive methods of psychological torture, starting with sleep deprivation. It is entirely possible to render a person unable to function without even touching them. Hell, a person with bipolar disorder can torture themselves into forgetting how to wash themselves. Literally forget how to bathe.

Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 1) 673

by L4t3r4lu5 (#46723457) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0
That is exactly my point. I'm not suggesting that men and women should share bathrooms, only that womens' bathrooms should be equipped for "communal use" aka urinals. It's a trade off; A little bit of social awkwardness in the form of peeing in front of your peers, offsetting have to wait 15 minutes for a cubicle with a broken lock and no TP.

Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 1) 673

by L4t3r4lu5 (#46713837) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0
Having been stood next to a girl at one of those porta-urinals you get at music festivals, I can say for certain that the only thing keeping the lines long outside of ladies bathroom is their own sensibilities. Women are certainly capable, no doubt with practice, of making use of "communal" facilities just as well as a guy. Wouldn't want to convince any to try, though.

Comment: Re:It's a start (Score 1) 294

by L4t3r4lu5 (#46703231) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware
I thought about the performance meters, but then considered that the few times when I wanted to see performance figures they would be obscured by a window. Install a proper monitoring utility which will output to the system tray, or an overlay, or a proper performance monitoring tool. Hell, even perfmon does a better job when set up correctly.

I personally use Coretemp for temperature and fan monitoring, and the motherboard manufacturer supplied tuning app for CPU clock / usage stats. GPUz will give you live graphics info, if you want it.

Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 2) 195

by L4t3r4lu5 (#46703205) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America
Passthrough, in this instance, is where your company-supplied router has all of the functionality apart from the modem disabled; It is set up to pass all data straight out to the LAN side of the device. You then have a second router, purchased by yourself and set up how you wish, handling all LAN services; DHCP, NAT, SPI etc. This has two major benefits;

- The device provided by your ISP is almost guaranteed to be the cheapest crap they can get away with calling an Integrated Service Router; It will fall over faster than you can reboot it. Taking all services away from this device, apart from passing packets from the ISP to the LAN, is good for your network uptime.
- Your ISP provided device is probably hooked up with any number of backdoors for service reps to help Grandma Lilly connect her wireless printer, or meter your LAN traffic and bill you for it (I forget who did that, but I laughed when I read it). Having another router inside the LAN, after the ISP's device, ensures that the CSR's on the support desk can't access your LAN. Ever. They can't see traffic, they can't tell how many devices you have, nothing.

My home network is set up exactly like this, only I go one step further and have my own router pass all traffic through a VPN. There is just no way for the ISP to know anything about my internet usage, only how many bits it passes for me.

As for serving one MAC address, that's exactly why a lot of ISRs in the early - mid 2000s had MAC cloning as a feature; Set up your modem on your PC, then tell your router to clone your PC NIC's MAC address. BOOM instant internet sharing, and the ISP is none the wiser.

Comment: Re:here's how stupid this is (Score 1) 146

by L4t3r4lu5 (#46702967) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500
That is only one consideration, and a questionable conclusion at best. There is also airflow; Very good through the 25mm thick radiator an unrestricted 120mm^2 case fan mounting, poor through 100mm of densly packed fins and the height of a PCI slot and out through the single slot exhaust. If you're running an aftermarket cooler (Windforce 3, as I have) then that's different, but that exhausts into the case, increasing ambient temperature. There's also acoustic preferences; The stock AMD coolers *howl* under load, as the tornado-style fans are small and have to spin pretty damn fast to get the air pressure required to push air through those small fin gaps at a reasonable pressure. There's no such issue with the water loop; 120mm fan can be silent and still easily cool a GPU without the into-case exhaust of the aftermarket coolers. My CPU is cooled by a Corsair Hydro closed loop system; Not ideal when coupled with the Windforce, but it gets the job done.

If I was in the market for a $1000+ graphics card and didn't already have my own water system, I'd snap up one of these AMD cards in a second. It's almost guaranteed to be next to silent as long as the tornado fan can keep the RAM and MOSFETs cool at a reasonable RPM.

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