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Submission + - Slashdot is dead 3

An anonymous reader writes: I saw it with my own eyes

Comment Re:Legal drugs are cheap - Much less theft (Score 1) 640

It's certainly true that drugs could be much cheaper if they were legalised. The black market has a hefty profit margin.

The idea that this higher price leads to more crime amongst desperate addicts is certainly the conventional wisdom, and you are in good company by thinking that.

However, one group of people who would disagree with you are the police. I think they probably have a lot of experience dealing with people who are both petty criminals and smackheads, so it's interesting that they perceive the causal relationship as being the other way around. They take a holistic view of the problem. Laziness and dishonesty are the cause. Stealing and heroin use are just symptoms. I think there is a lot of merit in this perspective, because people need to be responsible for the poor choices that they make. Especially if drugs are legalised.


Submission + - GUI Design Book Recommendations? 8

jetpack writes: I've always hated writing user interfaces, and graphical user interfaces in particular. However, I suspect that is largely because I have no clue how to write a *good* one. By this, I don't mean the technical aspects, like using the APIs and so on. I mean what are the issues in designing an interface that is clean, easy to understand and easy to use? What are things to be considered? What are things to be avoided? What are good over-all philosophies of UI design?

To this end, I'd like to pick up a book or two (or three) and get my learn on. I'd appreciate some book suggestions from the UI experts in the Slashdot crowd.

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