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Submission + - Microsoft won't fix the most frustrating thing about Windows ( 3

schwit1 writes: Maybe you're delivering a presentation to a huge audience. Maybe you're taking an online test. Maybe you just need to get some work done on a tight deadline.

Windows doesn't care.

Windows will take control of your computer, force-feed it updates, and flip the reset switch automatically — and there's not a damn thing you can do about it, once it gets started.

If you haven't saved your work, it's gone. Your browser tabs are toast. And don't expect to use your computer again soon; depending on the speed of your drive and the size of the update, it could be anywhere from 10 minutes to well over an hour before your PC is ready for work.

As far as I'm concerned, it's the single worst thing about Windows. It's only gotten worse in Windows 10. And when I poked around Microsoft, the overarching message I received was that Microsoft has no interest in fixing it.

Submission + - What happened to UI? Who are the people who approve modern UI?

Artem Tashkinov writes: Here are the staples of the modern user interface (in varying degree apply to modern web/and most operating systems like Windows 10, iOS and even Android):
  • Too much white space, huge margins, too little information
  • Text is indistinguishable from controls
  • Text in CAPS
  • Certain controls cannot be easily understood (like on/off states for check boxes or elements like tabs)
  • Everything presented in shades of gray or using a severely and artificially limited palette
  • Often awful fonts suitable only for HiDPI devices (Windows 10 modern apps are a prime example)
  • Cannot be controlled by keyboard
  • Very little customizability if any

How would Slashdotters explain the proliferation and existance of such unusable user interfaces and design choices?

Submission + - Crash: how automation is setting us up for disaster (

Esteanil writes: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?

When a sleepy Marc Dubois walked into the cockpit of his own aeroplane, he was confronted with a scene of confusion. The plane was shaking so violently that it was hard to read the instruments. An alarm was alternating between a chirruping trill and an automated voice: “STALL STALL STALL.” [...] “We completely lost control of the aeroplane, and we don’t understand anything! We tried everything!”

The crew were, in fact, in control of the aeroplane. One simple course of action could have ended the crisis they were facing, and they had not tried it. But David Robert was right on one count: he didn’t understand what was happening.

Comment Re:A slap in the face to all American veterans. (Score 4, Informative) 426

Why are there so many cases where there is a reversal

To a great extent it's because Federal appeals court judges are political appointees, more often than not chosen because of their partisan politics rather than any sort of legal knowledge. No experience as a lower-court judge is necessary, for that matter a number of them have been appointed after spending all of their post-Bar Exam years lobbying or politicking rather than practicing law.

Comment Re:Well, this seems subpar. (Score 1) 452

You know what else would cost the government $0? Passing a law that says that your workplace has to pay to pave the roads and build bridges from your house to your office.

And yet for some reason they don't do that. Weird, isn't it? Maybe it's because with a system like that, small businesses would have a much harder time bootstrapping themselves due to the crippling cost of implementing their own road infrastructure, and entrepreneurs would have to use some pretty shitty roads because they left their last job.

It's almost like roads are something that is considered part of the infrastructure of a modern society, and thus something the government should be in charge of maintaining for the general good. Weird huh?

Comment Re:Idea (Score 3, Informative) 404

Actually it's not surprising. Hospitals are amongst the "cleanest" environments, due to necessity. Lots of people with open wounds that infect easily, lots of people with failing or failed immune systems. So they use more antibiotics and cleaning agents than even the most overprotective mother ever could (which, btw, is about the worst thing you can do to your kids, right after the opposite and having them play with infected needles).

Killing off most germs means that you kill off the weakest of the herd. The ones that are easily affected by aggressive cleaning agents. What you do this way is simply building a better home for the ones that survive, because you never kill them ALL. By the very nature of bacteria, it is virtually impossible to kill them off for good. You will even find a few in intensive care, and one is already enough to create a new culture. They multiply FAST.

The ones that survive the aggressive cleaning agents and the whole antibiotic bombardment are the ones that are toughest, strongest and most resistant. And when they get to multiply, you have a strain of supergerms at your hands.

So, in a nutshell, if you want to kill off your family fast, buy some antibiotic cleaning agents today!

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