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Comment How to get developers to send meaningful bug repor (Score 1) 360

After reading only the title, I was too shocked already to read the rest.
Developers, lowly-intelligent and lowly-educated as almost all of them are, are themselves amongst the people that deliver the worst imaginable bug reports. Give me a normal "user" anyday; their lack of developer arrogance makes them a functional partner in getting the report right. Developers on the other hand tend to mistakenly concentrate on technicalities, their own warped view of "what users want", or even already on what they "know is the solution".
Have a nice day! :)

Comment Tears of happiness (Score 1) 181

I almost cried of happiness when I saw they fixed the position of the URL info.
It is behavioiur that is in stark contrast with that of e.g. Gnome, which never listens to "user uprisings", or Ubuntu, which moved the 3 window title buttons to the wrong location and, despite fully justified comments on this, never even thought of correcting that bug.
Good to see there are still development teams that listen to reason.

Comment Re:Tabs on titlebar (Score 1) 537

On my system, the tabs ONLY go to the title bar when the whole window is maximized. Possibily because some drunk developer thought we would only need the extra vertical space if we indicated we would need extra spcae by maximizing the whole window?
Another bad choice.
Far worse is that I always have my browser vertically maximized only, because I'm specifically missing VERTICAL space. But this braindead behaviour only gives me the extra vertical space if I also horizontally maximize my window (so the result is total maximalization).

Comment Mr Taco (Score 1) 265

"I remember laughing years ago when I would see users who had modified their user agent string with some sort of defiant pro-privacy message, without realizing that their action made them uniquely identifiable out of hundreds of thousands of others."

Mr Taco must have laughed the laugh of a naive person.

These people made a /statement/, /trading/ this little aspect of their privacy in the process. Seeing they were at least smart enough to see there is a thorny privacy issue with the user agent string, it's also logical to assume they were very much aware of this trade.

Comment Just a character with a serial number (Score 1) 688

Just a character with a serial number.
All other information can either be automatically gathered, and thus should be, or belongs in an administrative CMDB. And b.t.w. the same holds for servers.
Really: just a number. If you don't do that you shoot yourself in the foot with having to maintain information in a place where it is inconvenient to maintain, AND you risk administering the same information twice, which is a burden, and a source for errors.

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Need a Favor? Talk To My Right Ear Screenshot-sm 288

Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that scientists have found that if you want to get someone to do something, ask them in their right ear. Known as the 'right ear advantage,' scientists believe it is because information received through the right ear is processed by the left hand side of the brain which is more logical and better at deciphering verbal information than the right side of the brain. 'Talk into the right ear you send your words into a slightly more amenable part of the brain,' say researchers. The team, led by Dr. Luca Tommasi and Daniele Marzoli from the University of Chieti in central Italy, observed the behavior of hundreds of people in three nightclubs across the city where they intentionally addressed 176 people in either their right or their left ear when asking for a cigarette. They obtained significantly more cigarettes when they made their request in a person's right ear compared with their left. 'These results seem to be consistent with the hypothesized specialization of right and left hemispheres,' say researchers. 'We can also see this tendency when people use the phone, most will naturally hold it to their right ear.'"
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Thailand Blocks Anti-Royal Websites 169

societyofrobots writes "'The Thai government says it is planning to build an Internet firewall to block websites deemed insulting to the country's hugely popular royal family.' In the past, Thailand has blocked YouTube because of a video that criticized the King. While, locally served websites that criticize the king are forcefully taken down, this new law will attack external sites."

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