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Comment So you think current IT Babel is attractive? (Score 1) 373

What would you say if the mason you hired spent 7 hours out of 8 repairing his concrete mixer instead of building your walls? And apart from losing his/her time and efforts to maintain his/her computers, today’s developer has the extra benefit that s/he is building on quicksands.

I wish women could bring back some common sense in this industry.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Does SD lack common sense because it lacks women? 2

alexandre.oberlin writes: Does software development fail to attract women because most applications (including web interfaces) blatantly lack a minimal level of common sense and flexibility, or is it the other way around?
Application programming is not a purely technical matter, as programs must interact with people, hopefully in a way that help them work better and faster. There are a lot of things that could at least partially be done by computer programs, and still are not. It seems that most current applications are at the same time over ambitious for triffling details (e.g. attempt to avoid the user a pair of keystrokes) and under ambitious for truly useful features (e.g. humbly ask the user for hints rather than being Misstra Know-It-All, detect and report malfunctions by having some clues about what a human user is likely to expect from a computer, etc.).
They also lack systematic reuse of components and not only web interfaces all too often look as proteiform "bricolage", despite the existence of appropriate tools. But that is another story.

Comment Re: plastic pollution still gets worse though (Score 1) 533

I don’t know if the biodegradable bags make people sick but at least the ones I know smell strong...

AFAIK, people in Western Europe mostly use reusable bags now, and the single use ones are now sold by the supermarkets as well. I suspect this plastic bag ban story was mainly a commercial coup from the distribution sector, the politicians being cheated, like usual when they are not cheating ;-)

The true challenge now is to get rid of the overwhelming plastic packaging (mineral water bottles, milk bottles, blisters and all sorts of superfluous PVC/PET etc.) While we are almost forced to buy that crap which often ends up amidst nature, free plastic bags were only a small component of this tremendous pollution. In France for instance the recycling rate of plastic altogether is only 24%.

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