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Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site 182

Posted by timothy
from the will-immediately-sell-my-stock-in-usps dept.
"The United States Postal Service "Click-N-Ship" site suffered no outages or slowdowns during Christmas rush," writes Bennett Haselton. "It just has bugs that make the process more annoying than just standing in line at the post office, which defeats the purpose. The most frustrating part is that most of these bugs could have been fixed, just by having some testers run through the ordering process and make a note of anything that seems confusing or wrong. (Although I've included notes on how to work around all the bugs, so you really can print your own labels and skip the line.)" Read on for the rest; what other gripes do you have about the current package delivery regime, and how would you resolve them?

Comment: I had similar experiences, needed stronger lenses (Score 1) 464

by wagr (#48719223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

When I got a pair of progressive lenses, I encountered similar problems. I explained the issues to my optometrist and he used some extra lenses to work with me to pick out the parts of the lenses that I found difficult or impossible to use. The short answer was that the corrective in the lower and outer portions of the lenses was (were?) not as strong as it should have been, which narrowed the in-focus field, and led to the "tennis match" reading style. With the lenses replaced, I can read across a page without swinging my head. It still doesn't cover dual monitors, but that is due to the glasses not being wide enough. Note: I keep one large monitor directly in front of me and a smaller second off to the side.

Comment: Not an independent machine ranking of the work (Score 1) 55

by wagr (#48411133) Attached to: Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

This not a machine picking out what authors are worthy of digitizing, it is a computer scanning wikipedia and a few other sites. In other words, it is meta: ranking what regular humans have already ranked by their words and effort to describe. The merit of the critics/reviewers is questionable.

Deciding what is worth digitizing based on the merit of the work itself is not part of this article. For now, I'll stick with librarians deciding what to focus on.

Comment: Missing letter: k (Score 2) 141

by wagr (#46288013) Attached to: Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

Aiming for top 50k apps. Anything less than supporting all the apps I use simply diminishes the value. I don't need to switch to a less valuable device.
The type of people who value less closed systems are also those, as a group, with a wide range of needs. If I value my privacy and am willing to use less popular devices, why would I then be willing to use the most popular apps?

What I believe the ecosystem needs more than another device are apps that provide features available in the popular ones, but with the least possible amount of information gathering or sharing.

Comment: Re:I lost count, but that's okay (Score 1) 167

by wagr (#45229931) Attached to: I've done my current job in X time zones ...

:: chuckle :: Impressed I was able to get out of the basement? It's not that hard once you learn to turn to doorknob. Well, we started in Istanbul before it was called Istanbul. Then we moved to London. Eventually we settled in [redacted]. We used pita before we could get the right kind of flour for what we now call pizza dough. And you could order any toppings you wanted as long as you only wanted olives.

Actually no, not pizza. Customizing software for order/processing - businesses like t-shirt printing, box building (including pizza boxes), rental management. Outside of three time zones in the USA, the rest were southern or western Pacific. Lots of little stuff like coding for tax rules and resizing forms to make invoices with kanji readable.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan