Who needs UserTesting.com when you've got the beekeeping design review board at
Your apology is very thoughtful, but completely unnecessary. I'm sure that when a Canadian businessman brings a MacBook Pro to the lower 48, some kindly American will return the favor
They're not talking about "ticker tape" or punchcards. I'm no expert on ATC technology, but I recall reading an article about a fiasco in which the US FAA hired IBM (IIRC) to try to create a digital ATC system, the effort failed, and they killed the entire project after spending $1B. Apparently, the old analog method involved having a physical piece of paper for each flight that was placed on a physical representation of the flight path, and somehow the paper helped them avoid collisions.
You forgot the narcissists
For starters, I suspect that someone who spends years 0-18 in a low-gravity environment (38% of Earth's) will wind up with lower bone density and muscle mass and would have problems when transported back to a higher-gravity environment like Earth. Loosely speaking, they'd probably wind up only half as strong as they needed to be. It might be possible to prevent brittle bones with Vitamin D supplementation and techniques like requiring them to spend part of each day on a vibrating platform, which has been proposed for prevention of brittle bones on Earth in children who don't get exercise and drink lots of carbonated beverages that bind to calcium. They could also work out a LOT with resistance training to try to make themselves stronger. But I wouldn't bet on this all working out smoothly. Once a Martian, always a Martian is my guess
The release notes I was given at my birth state that conception in a microgravity environment is not certified or supported. It *might* work, but the manufacturer won't provide technical support if it doesn't
There are a few more questions to answer. (1) How long did subjects spend reading the Comic Sans documents vs. the Arial documents? If they spent more time reading the Comic Sans documents, that could explain the difference. (2) If they spent longer reading the Comic Sans versions, what was their net learning productivity after factoring the additional time in? (3) Could novelty explain the effect by obtaining greater attention? If we reprinted all textbooks in Comic Sans and similar fonts from hell, would the effect go away? (4) What would be the effect on children of a childhood spent reading books in Comic Sans? Would they be willing to put up with reading if all their books were printed in fonts designed to slow and torment the reader?
The only way you'll get my Arial is by prying it out of my cold, dead hands!!!
The invention and proliferation of Comic Sans was essentially an accident. This study takes "unintended consequences" to a whole new level!
I'd forgotten about the hot space vampire until you mentioned her, but yes, that's the one, and Patrick Stewart hopes no one else notices he was in it either!
See also "Life Force" for a closely related scenario (and the bonus benefit of seeing certifiably the Worst Patrick Stewart Movie Ever).
"Today's robots are very primitive, capable of understanding only a few simple instructions such as 'go left', 'go right', and 'build car'." --John Sladek