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Comment Re:You're asking in the wrong place (Score 1) 191

I work on a similar project. I doubt he's talking about shuffling icons around. Our product was designed when 640x480 monitors were common so most older forms are smaller than that. At some point they they decided our customers probably had 800x600 monitors so half the forms are that size. They aren't resizable either. So a user with a modern monitor has a screen with a form that takes up about a quarter of their desktop. It's OK on most screens but the screens with grids that require a lot of scrolling are infuriating.

The main screen is tabbed. It has 3 rows of tabs across the top of the page. Some of these pages have a row of tabs down the side.

Different menu options appear and disappear with no clue as to why.

We have listboxes that are 1 inch tall that contain hundreds of rows. We have drop down lists that have over a thousand items. We have a grid that now has 20,000 rows and takes 10 minutes to load the form. They are virtually unusable.

Some of the text boxes don't allow control-c for copy, some don't have copy in the context menu, so there is not 1 way to do copy paste. Some text boxes start typing at the far left automatically. Some start typing where you placed the cursor.

We can't really change anything existing because we would need a change order. Can't really do anything about new stuff because we have a "standards and consistencies" document.

Comment Re:Barriers to women often subtle or invisible (Score 1) 280

Yeah, I would say the opposite. My experience is they are more likely to get promoted out of their developer job. Someone who knows the application and doesn't mind talking to the customers and can communicate well is fairly rare. Most of the guys on the teams I've been on have no interest in talking to the customers. Most of the guys that don't mind, probably shouldn't.

Comment Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (Score 4, Insightful) 739

Yeah, a few years ago when I was young and didn't have insurance there was a cash doctor in town. Her office didn't take insurance at all, you paid in cash. And her cash price was the same as I would later pay for a copay when I did get insurance. That does make me think most of the cost of a doctors visit is overhead for insurance record keeping and wonder if there is any benefit to it.

Comment I cut the cord because of the stupid cable box (Score 1) 392

It's probably been 6 years now. Time warner was doing their mystro cable box upgrade. Constant hangs and glitches. One of the straws that finally got me was they had a porn channel next to one of the channels I regularly watch so the descriptions comes up every time I look at the guide. There was no way to just have a favorites list either. It occurred to me that my kids would be reading very soon and I would have to answer a lot questions before I wanted to if that continued. It turned out basic was only $2 more than just internet so I have basic now but the box is gone and we mostly watch netflix or hulu.

Comment Re:Background material: (Score 4, Informative) 152

If I read the wiki correctly. The company went bankrupt, new owners took over and sued Marvel for a piece of the pie. Kind of like a lottery ticket: not much chance of winning, but the payoff is huge. They lost. Second group did the same thing, The third group which apparently is some kind of hedge fund did the same thing. This is their appeal. So not really related to Stan Lee or anyone originally at Stan Lee Media.

Comment Re:How do you disable audio ads on /. (Score 1) 390

Yes, I got woke up at 6am this morning with a repeating swiffer comercial. I know what the solution is though, and am about to implement it. On a windows machine go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc edit the host file and add this line to the bottom.

This should improve my general productivity as well.

The shortest distance between two points is under construction. -- Noelie Alito