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Comment You're asking in the wrong place (Score 5, Insightful) 192

Slashdot is notoriously against changes in UI/UX. Look at all the hate against almost *every* modern UI in all comments.

And before you give me the "Metro is shit! Flat icons are shit! Fuck Unity!" arguments, show me *one* place where the general Slashdot consensus on a updated UI/UX (within the last 5 years) was actually positive and then I'll listen, because there aren't any. It's all "how do I make it look like Windows 2000?", and "why do you keep changing things to make it look better?"

And people wonder why Linux (mostly) looks like ass, and why Firefox has a button for every single small thing (and became the monster it is).

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 4, Insightful) 366

Uh, isn't the weight the plane + fuel + baggage + passengers? 3 of those are clearly easily gathered (fuel, plane, baggage) automatically. Only the 'passengers' part isn't, but I'm assuming they just use averages (they don't weight us when we get on) via # of people * average weight.

So yea, why the fuck isn't this automatically calculated and prepared? What part of this requires a human who is bad at math and able to make mistakes on simple data input?

Comment Re:Firefox long term strategy (Score 1) 267

I think you're probably right. I think the real reason is just maintainability. I think by reducing the code, it will make it easier to maintain as well as try to find performance gains in general. Technically they can find it without removing the code, but it's much easier with a smaller code base. I'm also assuming their funding / team size has decreased in the recent years (I have no idea if it did), and this might be related?

At the very least, it's a good way to get morale of developers up when you start removing what is considered "legacy" or "bloated" code, regardless of whether people use it a lot or not. It's rewarding to clean it up and makes them think of new things too.

As for Firefox's trade-off between complexity and usability, I don't really agree with your opinion here. I find Firefox very difficult to use these days, and their debugger console is a total mess (especially when it was Firebug before, and now it isn't) especially when you compare it to Chrome's.

Comment Re:Firefox long term strategy (Score 1) 267

They're in a shitty spot. Their once very-fast-market-dominating browser has become very slow in recent years, and lost a lot of reputation with non-technical people.

So what can they do, leave the browser (and their ever declining market share) as-is, and have a slow (but very customizable) browser, or start cutting out features to try and create a more manageable product which is hopefully also faster to try and compete with Chrome.

This entire situation is a really good example of what exactly the trade-off is between features, and experience. Apple, as a company, leans very much towards experience and thus their products (iOS is a good example) are much more controlled. Android goes in the opposite direction, but at a cost. Mozilla went to the very far extreme, putting in every feature everyone wanted, and the result is this.

There's a balance, but striking that balance now won't help Firefox differentiate themselves (as you've noted), it will just be a me-too product. So what can they do? I don't know.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1) 674

If the amendment is passed properly, they can't cite a now repealed amendment to throw out the new one. What you suggest would clearly not be allowed since that logic could be used to throw out any law passed. They can't rule on anything without a case before them, and the case required would only be possible after the new amendment passed.

Nice try, but thanks for playing.

Comment Re:Excellent. (Score 1) 674

Ya, your post is nonsense. I've known and have seen plenty of people with new trucks, the latest iphone, complaining they should get more food stamps in February because how are they supposed to have enough food for the Superbowl party they are hosting.

And stop acting like its feed people or the crime rate goes up, there are lots of other ways to handle this. I'd be fine shipping people to Finland for example.

Comment Re:Excellent. (Score 1) 674

I think its immoral for one free person to demand that another free person take care of them. Being compelled to do so by force is considered slavery. The system today is pretty indirect; you can pick your job, and you could just stop working to go on the take yourself, but if you choose to work some of your effort is forcefully taken away and given to someone that just doesn't want to work. For me that's discouraging. Others mentioned the social contract as justification as to why we all pay for roads and police, but where is the part where we expect everyone who is able to actually contribute something back to society? Why do some simply get to take?

I don't mind helping people. I do mind being forced to with threat of violence. I'm not against paying taxes for roads and fire departments, I'm against paying for someone's six pack while they do nothing but watch judge judy all day.

Fortunately we'll get see the results of your line of thinking in Finland soon enough. Of course it never occurs to you Europe might be having a harder time recovering (still!) because all of their entitlement programs.

Comment Re:Excellent. (Score 1) 674

It depends on how common the skill is and how easy it is to acquire. In your scenario yes, that's exactly what happens. It doesn't though because the skills required to be a good programmer are not easy to learn or master. That's why there's a labor shortage in that field. I remember a bunch of people in my first year of my CS degree that flunked out because they thought it'd be easy money.

The more training and knowledge you need to perform a job, the smaller the labor pool. To a point, once wages get high enough, more people will enter driving the wages down, but the market will tend to even out the supply to be roughly the demand.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.