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Comment: Re:Whatsisname is...mistaken (Score 1) 288

by mwvdlee (#49519607) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers

Machine call centers are only better if they can respond to keypresses before finishing playing the tape.
For some call centers I used to have little charts of the menu. If I needed department 3 for issue 4 for module 2 of product 5, I'd just dial in and immediately press 5243.
Most automated call centers, however, don't allow you to do this. You have to listen through a horrendously slow voice listing out all the possible options even though you already know exactly which button you should press. At the very least let me press the button as soon as the voice tells me the options that's mapped to that button.

Comment: Re:It's a shame... (Score 4, Insightful) 355

by mwvdlee (#49519391) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

Some websites are even worse. They force you to a mobile website, which then offers a link to their app on an app store as the only content.
The app will then require you to give them enough permissions to shoot pictures and mail them to all your friends while you sleep.
I remember one mayor image-hosting website did this. I don't remember which one it was as I neither installed the app nor stayed on their site any longer.

Comment: Re:Lobbying and Contributions (Score 1) 441

by mwvdlee (#49468369) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

Wait until a few more moderations come in.
You're judging an entire community by the actions of a few individuals.
Right now GP is at "+5 Informative".

In my own experience, there seems to be a general "lifecycle" to comment moderations.
The more controversial their subject matter, the more pronounced this seems to be.
1. Random votes. (i.e. -1's and +1's mixed, "average" jumps all over the place).
2. Going up to +5.
3. Back to +4 (only if really controversial and may take a few days).
Few serious comment seem to end up negative, regardless of whether people agree or disagree.

Comment: Re:scratch (Score 2) 315

by mwvdlee (#49445189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

What kind of IDE/environment are you using?
I think the biggest hurdle is not the language choice, but how to get things to run.

My first language was Logo. Couldn't do much with it, but it was fully interactive, which meant that you got immediate feedback as soon as you pressed Enter.
I've recently had to make a simple graphics language for my day job, including an interactive editor which ran the program (= redraw the image) on every change; feedback while you're typing. The language is quite strict and unforgiving, but if a similar language could be made friendlier, it could be a great kids' language.

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 4, Insightful) 210

Subtle things like...
- Not being so darn stubborn when a salesperson sells a 12 month project to be delivered in 3 months.
- Taking up leave days, even though running behind on schedule.
- No longer working late or taking work home.
- Generally being cheerful and somehow more "care free".

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming