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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 It actually doesn't accept full commands (Score 4, Informative) 103

So my previous post about how this won't work is actually wrong. I've been on the actual twitch channel, and the instructions are as follows:

Avaliable commands:

  • Letters
  • Most special keys
  • 'space'
  • 'enter'
  • 'backspace'
  • 'system_reset'

So how it actually works is that everyone types 1 letter (or I suppose it takes the first letter you've typed) and it uses that. So to type 'sudo rm -rf /' it would require people to type those exact letters in that sequence. Considering there will probably be many people there at once, some of whom don't want that typed, it will be significantly harder to troll.

Comment Re:rm -rf trolls? (Score 1) 103

No, but the pokedex being filled out is one of the requirements to "beating" Twitch plays Pokemon. If you release the Pokemon, your Pokedex still stays intact, which is not the case with rm -rf /. While it may inhibit them from beating the Elite 4 in the interim, they can always go catch more, which I suppose is sort of akin to rm -rf / except that you don't lose your experience and current place in the quests and such.

Comment Re:rm -rf trolls? (Score 2) 103

Yes, there is no way this is going to work. The reason Twitch plays Pokemon is so popular is because one person can't really mess it up. Sure, there were hours of Ash being stuck in the wall because everyone was saying go in the wrong direction, but that's totally different than deleting the entire pokedex (which would be equivalent to sudo rm -rf) and having to start completely over.

Comment Re:6P battery life (Score 1) 190

I tend to agree. What bothers me about 6.0 (I have a Nexus 5 with it) is that doze often will also stop notifications from other apps that check data, such as Whatsapp or BBM. It doesn't always happen, but often enough that when I unlock it I'll end up getting maybe 10 notifications that were all waiting.

So while I do appreciate Google's attempt to solve battery issues with 'doze', I feel like they should instead just concentrate on fixing the issue in a more general way instead of just "let's shut down everything if you aren't touching your phone." Google play services causes a lot of wake-locks, especially with Bluetooth and WiFi, as one very simple example.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.