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Comment: Easiest "Fix" (Score 5, Insightful) 448

by Dracos (#47826417) Attached to: Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Bring it all back home. For all the hullabaloo about letting technology getting into "enemy hands", including export restrictions, the "let's just leave a bunch of military hardware in the Middle East" scenario was apparently never considered a risk.

Of course, it's too late now for the Mosul equipment, but the same thing could happen anywhere else in Iraq or Afghanistan.

It's almost as if the belligerent, short-sighted idiots are still in charge.

Comment: Re:A list of semantically equivalent image URIs (Score 1) 161

by Dracos (#47810817) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Images themselves have no semantic value, only the elements that points to them... furthermore, the dimensions of the image are semantically irrelevant. This is a lame, flawed attempt to solve a visual layout problem with misplaced semantics. You wouldn't invent a redundant element for audio files based on varying bitrate because audio similarly has no semantic value and the media type is inherently non-visual.

Comment: Re:That's it? (Score 1) 161

by Dracos (#47810405) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

I run AdBlock like most /.ers, but it doesn't get the chance to do much because I have ~132,000 hostnames mapped to 0.0.0.0 in my hosts file specifically for this reason (in Linux and Win2k anyway... Vista/7/8 can only handle about 3000). Anyone who watches me surf is amazed at how the Internet looks without ads.

Comment: Re:Unnecessary (Score 1) 161

by Dracos (#47810349) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Actually, it's unnecessary because everything picture does could have been added to img instead. There's no semantic difference between the two, so why add a new one? Extending img would have been more backwards compatible as well (one of WHATWG's stated goals, despite doing lots of stupid crap like this).

Comment: Two possible problems (Score 1) 202

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.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir

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