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Comment Re:Not to mention... (Score 1) 166

Reading this article I somehow recalled the 'good old days' with the Palm Vx. I suspect it might have something to do with the Palm Vx thumbnail Slashdot utilizes. IMHO the Palm Vx had an elegant and simple user interface for the 90's. It had an appstore (one from Palm, another from Handango and so on), and interestingly enough (although the Vx was not a phone) users did not have to 'jailbreak' the device. Am I the only one feeling nostalgic ?

Comment Re:Job's got it right.... (Score 5, Informative) 309

TMI wasn't caused by a computer failure but the accident was made vastly worse by an error of computer design. Specifically, TMI-2 had a terrible user interface.

See, See. UI is important!!!!

I'm a nuclear engineer and I think the use of the term UI for the control room is somewhat 'simplistic'. I personally think a major issue was over design in a certain area (redundant alarms), and lack of safety systems that would prevent the core from melting even with a LOCA in place. It was two hours after the shutdown when the fuel melting began at TMI-2. This was a scenario where the operators couldn't understand what was happening. Now from an operator's perspective (who sits in the operator room) you're not looking at a "UI" in the traditional CS sense. Here is an image of a control room: http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/v38_1_05/images/a11_controls_full.jpg The events leading up to the disaster started on the secondary side (non-core) leading to a LOCA (Loss of Coolant Accident). For those unfamiliar with the term "secondary side". The secondary side of a Nuclear Power Plant is similar to that of any power generating plant, meaning the secondary side does not contain the reactor core.

Comment Re:How do you compete with free? (Score 0) 141

Perhaps that might actually force other countries to adopt this new business model. Google to Music Industry: Look this model works in China, on the other hand pirates are wrecking sales elsewhere, we recommend you adopt our Chinese model everywhere, this way can turn "free sales" into a profit. Works for Google, works for the consumer.

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