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Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 2) 329

Form over function has always been a danger; and failure to test your output on a reasonable simulation of what people will actually view it on has always been a mistake; but the contrast is particularly glaring when the gulf between the sort of screens that 'content creators' tend to use and the average quality of screens site visitors are using is so enormous. It has always been there; but it has not always been so wide.

It's not the screen quality where the gap is - it is the eye quality. Designers tend to be young, between 20 and 30, and design for their peers. They have no idea that eyesight deteriorates that fast with age, they just can't image.

Add to that the principle that we tend to find things prettier when their outline is less defined (which happens when you reduce the contrast) and you have recipe for disaster. Designer lowers contrast up till the point where he can still read it, but barely. Everyone with worse eyesight, which is everyone 10 or more years older, can't read the text anymore.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 394

So then, your entertainment systems don't do bluetooth, which is another tech that fanboys like to crow about. That's very interesting. Just how OLD are these cars and their entertainment systems anyways?

Seriously, it's not 2003 any more.

I bought my primary set of headphones in 2002 for a considerable price. No chance in hell I'm going to chance it because of an ephemeral phone.

Comment Re:Time and time and time again.. (Score 1) 115

If people want that DRM-free model to succeed, I would recommend buying your games from such non-DRMed outlets, rather than DRMed ones like Steam. I've seen some games release on both GOG and Steam simultaneously, and the Steam version with DRM outsold the GOG version without DRM by 5:1 or more! That is sending the message that people prefer DRM.

If you want companies to release more DRM-free stuff, you need to reward the ones who do, and punish the ones who don't.

And slightly off-topic, the same goes for music. If you want ownership, buy ownership and not a subscription. Music sellers Bandcamp posted a nice item on their blog on the music industry's confusion over the difference between streaming and subscription based services. Bandcamp grew 35% last year - DRM-free music ownership is alive and kicking.

Comment Re:Switzerland rejected UBI 78% against (Score 1) 40

Cue the /. comments how this development requires UBI to 'take care' of the poor language handlers in Geneva. Of-course Switzerland just voted down an attempt at UBI in a democratic referendum, 78% against the UBI.

I discuss why UBI is the wrong idea in a few posts and there is an obvious backlash from the usual suspects here.

The baggage handlers would probably be living in France anyway.

Comment Re:Compromising the airport experience??? (Score 1) 40

What the fuck is there to compromise in the airport experience?

Let's summarize shall we:

- Arrive at the airport. Park at the super-uber-overpriced airport parking lot - or pay the super-uber-overpriced cab driver.

It's Switzerland. Super-uber-overpriced is the norm in the entire country.

- Enter the terminal. From here on, you can't smoke or vape - so sneak a quick one before entering.

GVA has smoking lounges for the terminally addicted behind security. Before security you can just slip out the terminal for 5 minutes.

- Find your friggin' check-in desk. Despite arriving 3h early, there's a million tourists with too many luggages and no mastery of english whatsoever already waiting in line.

That may be a bit of a problem, especially in the winter season. But at least then it's Brits that congest the place, and they do speak English!

- It's your turn: lift the fucking luggage onto the scale - pay an extra $100 because it's 2 grams overweight.

Only when you are flying Swiss

- Get entered into the airline database. Get issued a stupid e-ticket printed on 40g thermal toilet paper. Pray you don't lose it.

Evere heard of e-ticketing, on your phone? If you insist un getting a printed boarding pass, you might as well travel by horse and carriage.

- Rush to the security area. There, the million tourists who were waiting in line to check in are now waiting in line to get groped by TSA perverts, like cattle at the slaughterhouse.

- It's finally your turn. You almost want to be groped at this point, to be done with it and go get a coffee.

Really, GVA has one of the best security checks that I know off. Speedy (15 min. queue max.) and friendly, but there could be a bit more place to re-pack your things.

- Find a coffee shop. Pay $15 for something black and watery the shop calls coffee.

It's no the US. This would be European coffee, which is actually stronger than tea.

- Find your gate. Sit at your gate with the million tourists who think it's the holiday of a lifetime.

- Realize the gate has changed, you didn't notice and your flight departs in 3 minutes 50 gates away.

How many gates do you think GVA has?

- Rush like a madman. Find the gate closed. Miss your flight.

What is there to redeem in the airport experience? Really? The only people who have a nice airport experience are those who fly private jets, because they don't go through the fucking airport in the first place.

That's another plus of GVA: the private jets! Lots of small business thingies, plus the occasional 747. Because when you want to check your bank account, you want to do so in style.

Comment Re: in other news (Score 2) 501

What's more, the notification windows says right in the middle "CLICK HERE TO CHANGE SCHEDULE OR CANCEL THE UPGRADE": So why do people who do not want the upgrade actually read the text and click there? Are they just mindlessly X-ing everything away?

People don't read the page, the scan the page. Do a test with a group of people and an eye tracker, and they will probably see this on average:
1. Windows 10 is recommended upgrade for this PC (“I'd rather not”)
2. Sunday, May 22, 11:00 PM (“Certainly not! Bugger off”)
3. OK (“No, it's not OK”)
4. Upgrade Now (“FU! Where's the other option ?????”)
5. X (“That's want I want: CANCEL the incestuous bastard”)

Comment Re:Time Machine (Score 1) 229

Yep, you heard right, Time Machine. Has worked like a champ the last 7 years I have been using it. Apple network at home with Windows VMs. I also backup the VM snapshots to TimeMachine as well. Easy peasy and works.

Time Machine? Had two corrupted back-ups so far (had to reformat the drive), and had one incident where Time Machine didn't want to restore files in folders that had changed case (iTunes library of around 80GB). Crashplan saved me that time.

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