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Functional programming enthusiast, audio engineer & musician. Whilst not busy with any of that, I study physics at Universität zu Köln / Bonn-Cologne Graduate School.


Mar
14
comment Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time
For yet another thing (sorry about the comment spamming), time is much better suited than altitude for an analogue clock because it's not decimalised, so there are naturally right angles at 3-hours / 15-minutes steps. For the same reason, it's harder to read from a digital presentation.
Mar
14
comment Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time
Also, I find this source questionable solely on grounds of exact-zero time appearing there. How is that supposed to be possible? The nerves alone have a finite transmission speed.
Mar
14
comment Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time
I'd argue that this comparison doesn't apply to the standard analogue clock, precisely because it's standard. When there are multiple possible different analogue readings for altitude evaluated, then it's no surprise that people will need some time to understand what's going on (even AAF pilots – but I'd conjecture that a pilot who's always flown a single plane will be able to read its particular altimeter much faster). Analogue clocks are so omnipresent that everyone knows immediately what they say, even before the eyes have focused as much as they'd need to process a digital reading.
Jan
25
comment Do we “exit”, “quit” or “close” an application?
@MarjanVenema: arguably kill is not a good name for the kill utility, as it's sometimes in fact used for signals that don't even have anything to do with ending a process (e.g., request the status of a running dd process). Nothing we can do about that... due to its inclusion in unix "kill" has received such a jargon meaning. The only thing that would still sound properly martial to a hacker is "kill-nine".
Jan
18
comment Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?
So true! I can't believe people continue to upvote the dangerous nonsense proposed by JNMNRD instead of this...
Jan
18
comment Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?
I strongly disagree with this answer. Deleting on purpose is not perceived as something dangerous at all, so in the normal use case you won't associate it with red; thus the red button will mainly cause unnecessary alarm. When the user did not really intend to delete, they'll think "heck no, you're right, stop it!" and thus more likely go for "stop sign, danger" red, with disastrous consequences.
Jun
6
comment Display big numbers in a small area
@Kaz: that's usually done when the font is tiny, obviously quite common in electronics etc. – but otherwise, it does just look wrong. As for 128K memory: those are probably kibibytes rather than kilobytes, so you can't really compare it to the situation here.
Feb
20
comment Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?
'no "okay...where the hell is the Wi Fi button"' come on, how long can it take to find that? I'd rather say a software switch is inconvenient to find, particularly in fullscreen applications that can't usually be expected to anticipate this need. Then it may be unresponsive, etc. etc. (perhaps not in well-designed PS Vita games, but it's not rare in PCs).
Jan
3
comment Do people really want to look at multiple windows at once?
You can perfectly well do professional audio editing with only one (large enough) monitor – but only if you have a nice big physical mixing console...
Jan
3
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