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Comment Re: Why do people keep using Windows? (Score 2) 163

And then there's the fragmentation issue. Should they use Redhat or Suse or Yellowdog (wait what?) or Ubuntu or Kubuntu? What's the difference? Explained in phrasing that makes sense to somebody with a degree in Political Science?

That part should be easy to explain to those types. "Those are several vendors competing for the same market, so if things go wrong you can switch between them without having to completely retrain your tech people. If you start having problems with Windows too bad - Microsoft is the only provider".

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

On the contrary, allowing people to outcompete each others on who works for less is what causes poor people to run out of options. If you work the whole day for slightly less than a subsistence salary, there's no room for doing something that will improve your life.

Slavery is doesn't appear because "by definition" someone is forced to do something against their will, it happens because some removes all other options from you, so that the other possible voluntary alternative is death.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

Did you really just compare forced labor with the threat of harm and/or death to voluntary employment?

There's a difference in degree only, not semantics. When people live in a region so poor and uneducated that all jobs and communication with the external world are provided by a single landowner, there isn't much difference between being a free peasant or a slave. This advice coming from someone living in a country which was governed by that model for several centuries.

Comment Re:Batteries (Score 1) 468

I have a true question - exactly WHERE do you recharge while on a road trip?

Unless Canada has a very large network of fast dedicated charge stations compatible with your car model, or you travel only to places where there is always such a station within range, how do you manage to move through the country without fear to run out of batteries? I've never found a place that explains how to do this in detail.

Comment Re:Flat, unintuitive UI? No thanks! (Score 1) 78

That may be because you have only seen UX used for products aimed at a widespread general public, which benefit greatly from feature reduction - as they must support very different workflows, with people who use the product with little training.

UX is the science that got us input forms (it was called ergonomics back then), standard widgets, WYSIWYG and direct manipulation. It has also created the new layout in MS Office (which is successful in its goal to make visible a larger set of the available features), so it's not true that it only supports feature reduction. I work in a company that a very complex software suit, and UX approaches are greatly enhancing the user workflows from its previous, engineer-designed interface, without removing a single feature.

Comment Re:Flat, unintuitive UI? No thanks! (Score 1) 78

Unfortunately, I bet the UIs ARE thought up by experts. This seems to me like a classic disconnect between pie in the sky designers and everyday users.

Experts UI designers are those who test the interface with everyday users.

Therefore, when an interface has been designed by an expert in UI design (NOT visual design, but real interaction design), there is no such disconnect.

Comment Re:That's weird (Score 1) 370

considering nobody has made any decent AI yet.

It doesn't matter. AI works best when there's a human in the loop, piloting the controls anyway.

What matters to a company is that 1 person + bots can now make the job that previously required hundreds of white collar workers, for much less salary. What happens to the other workers should not be a concern of the company managers, according to the modern religious creed - apparently some magical market hand takes care to solve that problem automatically.

Comment Re:Failure of imagination (Score 1) 370

Were those people able to get hired elsewhere? The answer in general was almost certainly yes.

Oh, oh, I know this one! "New jobs being created in the past don't guarantee that new jobs will be created in the future". This is the standard groupthink answer for waiving any responsibility after advice given about the future, right?

Comment Re:What I love (Score 1) 78

Yeah, nothing to object to your accurate summary of how things go on at "the sun of all knowledge".

The thing that keeps me going in and participating (besides the desire to restore some unjustly removed content, and the obvious addictive nature as a social game AND a massive multiplayer game) is a long term vision, which is shared by few people.

Think that 20 or 40 years from now, the current vandals and trolls that own any particular article will be gone (there will likely be new ones, but there's hope that they will camp at some ''other'' article); and, since every edit gets logged and distributed under a classic share-alike license, a future editor really interested in that specific topic will be able to trace back the full history of changes and old versions, probably assisted by some AI machine learning tool that will detect the edit wars and fact-check which side seems more likely to be right.

Assuming that deletionists or some other totalitarian state don't get to lock and burn the whole thing down, the project is the first wide-scale, distributed attempt to create a universal compilation of general knowledge since the times of the first encyclopedia; and this one is self documenting every turn of the way. Even its many failures will allow future researchers to study how not to set up a collaborative project and how early neticens behaved when the internet was young.

I agree with you that being a part of it doesn't necessarily feel nice, though.

Comment Re:What I love (Score 2) 78

My point is that, if you say "this is vandalism" at the talk page, someone else may find it without having to review the full history of article edits.

There's no requirement that you have the lengthy discussion yourself. Wikipedia is a collaborative project after all, and surely there will be someone else willing to spend the time fighting the vandal.

Comment Re:What I love (Score 1) 78

I've read a paper where they found that the most edited articles are almost always the most controversial, not necessarily the most popular. The most obvious themes are politics, religion, and naming of geographical and historic figures, as well as Wikipedia's own rule pages; but large time-spanning edit wars may occur for any obscure topic. They even keep an archive of the lamest edit wars.

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