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Comment: Progress bars shouldn't predict the future (Score 1) 736

by purefan (#42907801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?
The problem is that a progress bar has the faulty conception that it has to predict how long is it going to take when in reality a "progress" bar should indicate how much has it done out of a total to be done. Remove the time prediction and put something that really tells the user that something is happening, for example if you are moving a file put a "Bytes moved" counter or something similar, the user will know that the computer is working on the request and your progress bar may then show really how much has been done
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+ - Can You Potty Train a Cow?->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: Think potty training a child is hard? Try teaching a cow when and where to do its business. The bovines can defecate nine to 16 times daily, and pee seven to nine times, creating big hygiene problems on dairy and beef farms. So cueing the animals to go in the right place would be a big help for managing manure. But past techniques—including training cows to respond to mild electric shocks—have proven ineffective or impractical for wide use. To see if they could come up with a better potty prompt, the scientists tested a series of stimuli on a dozen Holstein cows. The milkers stood in or walked through a footbath filled with water, for example, or had air or water sprayed on their feet. Alas, "[n]one of our tests reliably stimulated defecation," the team reports. Maybe bovine diapers instead?
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Comment: Re: What if they "fix" it in an incompatible way? (Score 1) 103

by purefan (#42684531) Attached to: Finland Is Crowdsourcing Its New Copyright Law
I still applaud the initiative, it is passing laws for the nation, by the nation and finland has some very smart folks, i dont think they will change the law in a contra-productive way and if the 'almighty uncle sam' doesnt like it but finland pushes forward maybe its because they can do without the US

Comment: Re: What if they "fix" it in an incompatible way? (Score 1) 103

by purefan (#42684295) Attached to: Finland Is Crowdsourcing Its New Copyright Law
I still applaud the initiative, it is passing laws for the nation, by the nation and finland has some very smart folks, i dont think they will change the law in a contra-productive way and if the 'almighty uncle sam' doesnt like it but finland pushes forward maybe its because they can do without the US, this is not a couple dozen guys dictating laws, this is thousands of people

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