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Comment: Re:Yes, I agree, but no shortage of stupid GUI (Score 1) 322

by mattventura (#49173969) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions
The main thing for me is the default taskbar layout. Why does it use unnecessarily huge icons by default (even before Win8 and it's touchscreen stuff)? Why does it group all the windows of one application into one button, making it take longer to switch to specific windows? Why doesn't it display names of the open windows by default even if there's plenty of space on the taskbar?

Microsoft seems to have a fetish for hiding as many words and buttons as possible from the user. That seems to be their definition of "user friendly".

Comment: Re:Yes, but payment up front, please. (Score 1) 162

by mattventura (#49130439) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?
That's not a very good argument because it's directly affecting someone else. You wouldn't let someone drive drunk, because they might possibly injure or kill other people. Pregnant drinking is exactly the same. Or worse, because it's not like a baby can get Fetal Alcohol Syndrome insurance.

Comment: Re:Audiophile market (Score 2) 418

From that link:

puffery is a promotional statement or claim that expresses subjective rather than objective views

The company selling this cable does make objective assertions about this cable which are blatantly false. Just because most of it is subjective doesn't mean there aren't some objective lies mixed in.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by mattventura (#48982543) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations
It's fine for parents to not get their child vaccinated. However, that child should not be allowed in public schools or other functions.

The real loser in all of this is the child, however. It's not fair for the child that their redneck anti-vax parents should be able to put their health at risk. I find it hilarious that conservatives tend to be "pro-life" yet support someone's right to not get vaccinated, as if a fetus is somehow more important than an actual child.

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.