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Comment: Curiosity shocked the cat (Score 2) 333

I wonder if the test would be the same if they had let people shock themselves ponce beforehand and then asked them to sit in there for 15 minutes. It seems to me that if you put a big red shiny button in front of them and tell them to ignore it, you're testing their limits of curiosity and self restraint more than their ability to sit and think quietly. It's a "Don't think about punk elephants!" situation.

Comment: Re:OR (Score 1) 578

by clickety6 (#47369479) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Go to agree with you about the American driving licenses. Took my original test in the UK in a manual shift car (do it in an automatic and that's all you're licensed for). Hill starts, emergency stops, 3 point turns, reversing around corners, reversing into small spaces, instructors trying to catch you out by telling you to take the next available right just as you come to a one-way street that you can't take, tests done during rush hour through winding streets, and more.

Some years later, took a test in Arizona. A few simple questions I crammed the night before, an eye test (Can you read the letters, sir? Yes, I can. OK, you pass), once round the block in my automatic (taking all right turns) and then reversing into a space I could quite easily have driven in head first and still had enough room for second car. And that was it!

It's obviously designed to get people into cars and not to weed out bad drivers.

Comment: Super-sized or Over-Sized (Score 1) 532

by clickety6 (#47331543) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks
As a European, I remember going into my first cinema in LA and as it was a hot day, deciding to get a drink to sip on during the film. I asked for a small coke but watched the counter assistant pick up a large, circular container. "No, no! I just wanted a small coke, not a bucket of popcorn" "Sir, this is the cup for a small coke..."

Comment: Re:The world is changing. (Score 1) 224

by clickety6 (#46692117) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Average Ãoe high level exec à = 575

From my education i am roughly at "Average College Professor".

regularly correcting semantic and syntactic mistakes in pages of code which i never saw before

did that when i did a group-internal rss

Doesn't seem to work for spelling mistakes and typos though ;)

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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