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Comment So I am not the only one? (Score 3, Insightful) 4

So I am not the only one who thinks modern UI design is failing utterly at what it is supposed to do?

UIs are supposed to be easiliy understood, easily used and easily controlled. Nearly everything is in shades of grey, it is not clear which parts of the interface belong together and most importantly for a window manager, it is unclear which window is active and which is not. More or less important keyboard shortcuts of the operating system are intercepted by browser interfaces (although that is mostly a matter of convention), etc., etc.

The problem is not limited to Windows 10. It started with Windows 7, and alternative desktop operating systems suffer the same problem.


A Squishy Clockwork BioBot Releases Doses of Drugs Inside the Body ( 15

the_newsbeagle writes: Making micro-machines that work inside the body is tricky, because hard silicon and metal devices can cause problems. So bioengineers are working on soft and squishy gadgets that can be implanted and do useful work. Here's a soft biobot that's modeled on a Swiss watch mechanism called a Geneva drive. With every tick forward, the tiny gizmo releases a dose of drugs. Getting the material properties just right was a challenge. "If your material is collapsing like jello, it's hard to make robots out of it," says inventor Samuel Sia.

Comment Nuance is the key (Score 0) 588

Global warming is basically a misnomer. The concept of global temperatures rising in the past hundred years or so has been debunked many times now. However, climate change - other than that caused naturally - is a fact, especially with global weather patterns becoming more and more erratic and local weather patterns becoming more and more extreme as a result of that.

Comment The word 'pragmatic' is the key here (Score 1) 15

If you read the article properly, you would have understood that according to her it is all about being pragmatic. This means weighing the financial risks of having bad code in your software, against the costs of fixing it.

This person speaks from the perspective of a CTO. It is all about risks and the costs that go along with it. The world of a CTO is not all black-and-white with regards to software and bad code. There is a lot of grey area, where the cost of fixing a bug does not always necessarily measure up to the financial risk of leaving it there (although, there are of course, legal aspects to consider here as well).

Reality bites. Although it depends on the business model and the hierarchical organisation of the company you work for, it is usually not up to the engineers (regardless of which department they work in) to decide which piece of bad code in the released product gets fixed and which does not. That is usually a release manager or a product manager's job. The engineer's job is to detect and report the bad code in the released product and act on it if requested.

Comment What an idiocy (Score 1) 247

If having an Arabic word as an SSID for your wifi becomes grounds for arrest, France has really lost its way.

What's next? Procecuting the creators of Joan of Arcardia for using "One of us" by Joan Osborne, or even more silly, Joan Osborne herself? The song contains the phrase "god is great"... Of course, the first case would be doubly ironic, because of the reference to the 100 years' war.

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