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Comment: Testing (Score 1) 180

by lloy0076 (#37624114) Attached to: Autism Traits Prove Valuable for Software Testing

Autism helps testing:

1. You don't mind repeating your testing
2. You read the specifications and the code, you miss no tittle, not jot, you dot the letter i, each and every one; it's a side effect of autism
3. You don't read emotion from the developers at all and read their code and specifications without it. This is tremendously valuable because you don't make any assumptions about their code (as an a "aspy" I'm always asking developers is THAT what you really meant). As an aspy we know damn well most NTs don't actually mean exactly what they say - so we either apply it and show that the literal application is BUNK or we ask for clarification.
4. If testing is our 'obsession' then we'll do it well, you won't stop us. Aspys are known for doing specific jobs tremendously well and testing is just another example of a specific job.

The other thing, though, that will probably upset developers is that the good developers are generally SO autistic it's not funny. When one realises one is autistic it helps to communicate with other autistic people. The best thing is -- you can fairly well say what you damn well mean and it won't upset them...


Comment: Re:LibreOffice on OS X Lion (Score 1) 242

by lloy0076 (#37612174) Attached to: Looking Back On a Year of LibreOffice

OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice look about as non-native on Windows too.

Unfortunately when I need an office application the native formats most send to me or want are some version of MS Word. Consequently, to entice me away from Word itself would take some doing and if the application doesn't comply to OS X's look and feel I will turf it.

When I use MS Word heavily I am in full screen Windows 7. The only things that show I'm on an Apple are the Apple logos, the physical format and the keyboard. I find the MS user interface more frustrating than OS X but I can use it and these days it's consistently mediocre.

But I refuse to use a crap interface on OS X unless there is a compelling reason to do so, e.g. the SIP software I use, its interface is CRAP but it's the only one that will work for the most part.


Classic Games (Games)

Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era 186

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-are-no-match-for-my-imperial-starship dept.
harrymcc writes "Long before the Web came along, people were playing online games — on BBSes, on services such as Prodigy and CompuServe, and elsewhere. Gaming historian Benj Edwards has rounded up a dozen RPGs, MUDs, and other fascinating curiosities from the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s — and the cool part is: they're all playable on the Web today." What old games were good enough for you to watch them scroll by on your 300 baud modem?

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