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Comment Re:UI polish, documentations (Score 1) 891

This is incorrect. You can quantitatively measure "quality", and all it takes is a little effort to define criteria. The easiest example I can think of is measuring the average amount of time required for users to complete a task. For things like web sites, this can be gathered trivially via Analytics or any other stat program. There is nothing subjective about it -- if you do it right. Most usability professionals know how.

As for programmers working alone, though, that's something no one else can solve.

Comment Re:You're doing it wrong (Score 1) 390

In general, sans serif fonts are more immediately legible, but serifed fonts are easier to read in larger blocks of text.

[citation needed] ;)

There's been a few studies that claimed this, but they had flawed methodologies. Unfortunately, it's lead to widespread misconceptions. Here's a relevant literature review with more information.


Submission + - Genitalia Now Inappropirate in 7th Grade Health

firemoose writes: A 7th grade health class teacher has been transferred to administrative duties and may be fired for having his students draw male genitalia on a chalk board in class. The district superintendent took action after receiving complaints from parents. He has labeled the teacher's actions as "insensitive" and inappropriate for the mixed-sex students of the 7th grade class. The article quotes a parent and a teacher who believe that the school board may be overreacting, but is only able to cite a 4th grade student who found the idea of genitalia in class offensive.

Feed Privacy Board Veils Wiretap Docs (

A White House board overseeing privacy and civil liberties says no to a Wired News sunshine request for documents on the government's warrantless wiretapping program. Releasing the information would "not be in the public interest," it claims. In 27B Stroke 6.


Submission + - Conn. Teacher "spyware" case in-depth comm writes: "Network Performance Daily has two interviews dealing with the case of Julie Amero, the Connecticut schoolteacher convicted of harming minors from porn pop-up ads that the defense contends was the result of a spyware infection. The first is from defense witness Mr. Herb Horner, the second from prosecution witness Detective Mark Lounsbury."

Submission + - Copy-Friendly Businesses

An anonymous reader writes: Via Economist's View 007/01/copyfriendly_bu.html
A series of articles in the Financial Times on copy friendly businesses — starting with publishing 00779e2340.html
"The internet makes copying cheap. Businesses that see their livelihood as dependent on the restriction of copying — concentrated in the recording, film, publishing and software industries — are understandably upset. Their goal is to have the same ability to control their content as they had in an analog world but to keep all the benefits of pervasiveness, cost saving, and viral marketing that a global digital network brings. Its not so much a case of having their cake and eating it too as having their cake and making your cake illegal. Yet there are hints in each of these industries of a different business model, one that aims to encourage, rather than to forbid copying. .. In my next few columns, that is what I will do — study "copy-friendly" businesses, beginning today with publishing."

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