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Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 109

If you go out into the Rockies or Appalachians you can drink most surface water untreated

Sure, there are many places here in Australia where you can still drink from a mountain stream. However the vast majority of our ancestors over the last 5-10,000yrs did not live in next to a pristine mountain stream. They lived in towns and villages with open sewers running thru the streets and into the waterways. The local water was not fit for human consumption, people did not drink it because even though they knew nothing of germs they knew that dirty water could/would give them cholera and/or dysentery, they also knew that turning it into beer/wine prevented that agonising fate from happening to them. .

Comment Re: I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 660

You should be more concerned with being a good role model. Nationalism is only a force for good when its interests happen to align with the preservation or advancement of civilization. Using it as justification to marginalize a group of underpaid, exploited fellow nerds is foolish, and will not be viewed kindly by history. It also won't give anyone back their jobs; those will just leave with the companies that created them, along with the GDP.

Comment Re:Rebellion (Score 1) 489

The ribbon really isn't the same thing as a flat look. The two are totally independent of one another. Take a look at this screenshot, for example: Windows 7 with visual styles turned off—no doubt familiar to anyone who's managed a recent Windows Server or used RDP. It's still full of the newfangled conveniences you loathe, despite being cast in traditional 90s bezels.

This is the point where the holier-than-thou crowd says you should know all the hotkey combinations for everything if you want to be efficient. Those never changed, creating a nightmare for anyone who wants to learn them in the post-ribbon Word.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 5, Interesting) 834

The H-1B visa was a mistake. Even in Canada, employers have to go through a lengthy Labour Market Impact Assessment process before they can hire a temporary foreign worker, and some companies have had their privileges to do so revoked because they misrepresented their case and made it look like Canadians weren't available to do the job. We also have tighter salary laws. Extreme sub-market wages hurt everyone in the end—including the company, which ends up with damaged morale, weakened culture, and subpar work caused by inadequate training.

Comment Re:Rebellion (Score 1) 489

Almost all of the biggest offenders were iOS apps, so if you never had an iPhone you were spared the vast majority of incidents where skeuomorphism caused problems. Ideally, you're right, skeuomorphism should be helpful, but many designers used it to create the illusion of quality by borrowing images and textures from physical objects that they perceived as being valuable. Here is a thorough breakdown of the nausea of the era.

Comment Re:Rebellion (Score 3, Informative) 489

It's a little sharper than that—the current generation of interface designs was a direct reaction to the previous decade's tradition of absurd skeuomorphism. The moment Steve Jobs died, Apple did an about-face and started following Microsoft's Win8/Modern/Metro UI lead. It may look like a step backward to those who from the Windows 2000 and Gnome 2 era, since there's a loss of visual cues, but the flatness of current interfaces is way better than what the classics became in the post-Windows XP era: bloated, overdesigned, pseudo-real-objects cluttered with mismatched shadows and conflicting perspective angles. You couldn't tell what was a button there, either! At least now there's a consistency and a return to the actual use of design guidelines.

That said, there are still a lot of cases where literacy in idioms dominates: for example, the largely inexplicable convention of swiping sideways on a list to reveal 'delete' or 'edit' buttons in mobile apps. That's probably where you and the UX designers run into the most difficulty. But two decades ago, every "how-to-use-a-computer" class targeted at seniors started with how to operate a mouse—so, as I think you've already recognized, it's important to try to take these things with a grain of salt, and recognize that no one is completely objective when it comes to understanding the culture of computer operation.

Comment Re:corporations may not collectively bargain (Score 1) 123

Your analogy fails because union members are analogous to shareholders, not the corporations they form. Personally I'd be fine with individuals opting out of a closed shop as long as they also opted out of any wage rises or benefits the union wins on behalf of its members.

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