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Feb
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comment Why do physical keyboards still have built-in numpads?
@Michel - On a french keyboard, the line of all digits needs Shift or CAPS LOCK. Besides, the numeric keypad has operation keys + - * / that are very handy for calculating.
Feb
15
comment Do touch screens have a harmful psychological effect on people?
"but those that played non-educational games had lower verbal test scores" Lower than who? Lower than those who played educ games? Lower than those who played no games at all?
Feb
15
comment Do touch screens have a harmful psychological effect on people?
"Reintroduce" hover to mobile devices?
Jan
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May
29
comment “Typocaptcha” - an alternative to CAPTCHA?
This is an interesting idea, I am sure it has potential. But : 1) Blind people hearing the spoken sentences would probably have big problems. 2) Google is very good now at auto-correcting phrases full of typos.
May
29
comment Right and left representing good and bad
This is not "just you". But, by any chance, did you learn to write in a language from left to right?
May
29
comment Right and left representing good and bad
This is a fascinating question for linguistics.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
The point 5 is not valid. If a user thinks that an unlit lift is broken, it is a user problem. Some people think that because lifts do close their doors. If lifts work differently, people think differently. For instance, lifts with a manual outer door typically have a window on the outer door, leave their inner door open and turn their light off after a while. People take them anyway. People coming in an unlit flat don't think the flat is broken.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
@Tsasken - I like your remark ! People must always take velociraptors into account when designing things.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
@GWv - With a lift keeping its doors open, if you were the anxious type, you could always begin with pushing the button. Thus, you would be sure that the lift would not close on you.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
Regarding the point 4 : Closing the doors can be a false good idea. If the doors stay open, the cat or child can come in, but then s/he can go out, especially when the light goes off. Now, if the doors close, the cat or child has a smaller risk of going in, but s/he can go in anyway, and then s/he has a big risk of being trapped inside and ending up later at another floor.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
The point 4 can be a good reason for cats and children. On the other hand, requiring the person to push the button can be an annoyance. When the person is old, or has many packs, or is moving furniture...
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
About the point 2 : A lift that closes its doors can also have someone walking in at the time of closing. And the person often walks in without pushing the button, so the lift does not know that someone wants to come in. A person coming in while the lift is closing is a common situation that lifts usually are able to handle.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
@Alexander - I have never seen a lift asking for the wanted floor at calling time. But often there are two calling buttons, one for going up and one for going down.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
@theotherone - (x-1)/x
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
@Eric - Is this a joke ?! Where do such lifts exist ? In order to avoid "working" on sabbat day, this would spend much more work - in the sense of physics. With a huge waste of energy, for a much less efficient system.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
This case is interesting. But it can be solved with a presence detector - which would probably be used anyway for the light.
Jan
29
comment Why do idle elevators close the doors?
For the cases 3), 4) and 5), both behaviours are equivalent. The delay is just transferred from one passenger to the other passenger.