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Comment: Expecting people to click on "Free" was bad UI (Score 1) 103

Separate from the in-app purchase issue, this is a UI improvement. "Free" is important information, but it was not obvious to new users that they should click on that word in order to download the app.

Like a lot of Apple's UI, it was obvious and easy-to-use, *once you already know how it works*. Basically it was usable, but not especially discoverable. "Get" is an improvement on multiple fronts.


Comment: Re:Uber Fresh? (Score 3, Informative) 139

by alphazulu0 (#47912781) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Uber Fresh is very limited. It's only available in certain parts of West Los Angeles and only one food choice per day. So no going to Subway and no telling them what you want in your sub.

However, if you want a sub, just be in West LA on Weds and they'll bring you a Godmother from Bay Cities Italian Deli. It's widely considered the best sandwich in LA.


Comment: Forget math, programming is like organic chemsitry (Score 2) 241

by alphazulu0 (#47486573) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning

As long as we're making gross generalizations...

A big part of organic chemistry in college is "synthesis" problems where you are presented with a molecule and you're supposed to outline the steps (chemical reactions) required to turn it into a different molecule. I find that this closely mirrors programming where we're manipulating data instead of chemicals. We all have access to the same tools and there's more than one pathway that will work, but we're trying to find the most elegant / efficient solution to get from A to B.

Most of the students in my OChem class were premeds and many of them struggled with the synthesis problems. A lot of the premed curriculum involves memorizing and regurgitating huge amounts of information, with less emphasis on problem-solving. I always thought the ones that were good at the synthesis problems should switch gears and become programmers.


Comment: A heavy, complicated solution to a rare problem (Score 3, Informative) 235

by alphazulu0 (#47381393) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

I commented elsewhere that this is heavy, complicated and no better than a tiny rear flasher. Plus, while getting rear-ended by a car sounds scary, it's one of the least common bike accidents. According to these stats (based on bike collisions in 3 cities in 1995), only 3.8% of crashes were car rear-ends bike:


There's some cool tech in this product, but it won't help with the most common bike collisions (#1 car pulls out in front of bike, #2 parked car door opens into bike).

Comment: Re:cool tech, hot back (Score 1) 86

by alphazulu0 (#47137493) Attached to: A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

I did not get paid in any way for that link. I have no relationship with that company or product. I don't even own it, since as I said, it's too flashy for me. I'm just an avid bike rider who remembered a kickstarter for a similar device. Do you criticize every comment that links to a product relevant to the story?

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.