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Comment Re:Popular, or useful? (Score 1) 899

But the majority of people just don't care about science. Not everybody wants to learn things, nor do they need to to have a happy life. We have this idea that people who don't understand science or math are somehow missing out on life and the world would be better if they were more enlightened, but in reality it just doesn't matter.

I'm actively seek knowledge and teach myself new things every day, but I'm not the norm. Sometimes I attempt to discuss with people topics that I find very interesting and am surprised that they just don't care. They just don't have that drive.

That said, there's a problem with people who don't understand science yet make decisions concerning it or spread false information.

Comment Re:Teenagers? (Score 1) 380

You're lucky. Our storm drains are long, horizontal curb inlets with no grating, so everybody dumps trash or litters in them. Evidently they believe that storm drains go to sewers and that sewers are where trash goes. Plus there's runoff from people's driveways/yards, like paint, fertilizer, oil, gasoline, etc.

Comment Re:speed (Score 1) 354

Indeed, these graphs are bullshit. You can't expect to get an accurate tally of load times among browsers when loading websites like YouTube, Lifehacker, and Gizmodo. You can visit YouTube one minute and it'll load lightning fast, but then two minutes later it'll load slow as fuck.

If they're gonna do tests like that, they need to run the websites locally. Otherwise, they're conflating network speeds (which vary at any given moment) and rendering speed.

Comment Re:Story meaning? (Score 1) 313

First statistics lesson I ever had, first thing the professor did was make an estimate based on 10 people about the whole population. He was correct, by the way. He went on to rant that anything that uses large amounts of people (by which he meant more than at most a few dozen) was not proper statistics. If you simply count everybody, it should be called "counting", you see, not statistics.

How is using 1.67^-7 percent of the population (10 out of 60 000 000) better than using 1.96^-5 percent (1176 out of 60 000 000)? Not to set up a strawman here, but are you saying that this estimation would be more accurate if they had used only 10 people?

It'd be absurd to make estimations about a population as large as this using 10 people. 1176 is still small enough to not be "counting", yet would provide much more accurate estimates.

Comment Re:Actually not too bad (Score 1) 556

I use mouse gestures and not the buttons.

Actually, that second thing you mentioned has its own bug. In older versions of Firefox, when a page finished loading, it would replace the address bar text with that page's address, erasing whatever you had typed there while it was loading. I'm not sure if that still happens in newer versions.

Comment Re:Actually not too bad (Score 1) 556

So basically you want my customizations.

The menu bar is gone, and the things I use most from it are placed into a button next to the address bar. To the left of that is a bookmarks button, which I usually don't have, but I put it there so you could see it. I use a mouse gestures addon for stop and reload, so those buttons are gone. The only things on the screen are things that I use frequently, and I have minimal wasted space.

Also, the combination go/stop/reload button is a horrible idea from a useability perspective. What if I want to stop a page loading, and right when I go to click the button, the page finishes and the button changes to reload right when I click it? The page reloads when you thought you told it to stop. What if while a page is still loading, I type something in the address bar? Should the button be go or stop?

You don't need it when you have mouse gestures anyway. And mouse gestures are great since you just move the mouse in a direction from your current position. You don't have to move it to a specific position like a button on a toolbar.

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