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bio website thehungersite.com
location United Kingdom
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experienced software engineer with many years in the industry, mostly c++ for large-scale, high-reliability systems.

Jan
31
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
@BergQuester and how many people will look at the image of the card logos and ignore it as just another pretty bit of branding that gets scattered all over websites? Besides, what's wrong with making the user slow down a little in this rather important step.
Jan
17
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun oh no, I imagine it uses 4 litres at a time - 5 washes/rinses @ 4 litres each. I was just pointing out the water usage efficiency of the entire thing compared to hand-washing a full load.
Jan
16
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
My dishwasher (Electrolux ESL4115) manual says of the 'intensive' wash: 1.7kWh and 20 litres of water. That's used up in a prewash, main wash and 3 rinses. Note your usual washing up bowl is roughly 9 litres in capacity. (and the common wash I use in the dishwasher consumes 8 litres)
Feb
12
comment UI Lag: What's considered “smooth”?
I disagree there: the lack of response for Kinect (or anything else) doesn't matter for accuracy. What matters is the user ability to use it - and with lag, the user will get pretty fed up with it very quickly. I have some digital headphones that has some lag and they are useless for playing music as the slight delay between strumming a chord and hearing it makes the whole experience unsatisfactory. The reason they're ok for listening to mp3s is there is no user feedback at all.
Feb
11
revised What type of visual cues can a GUI control panel use to effectively signal users that it is in the mode they are expecting it to be in?
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Feb
11
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Feb
11
revised What type of visual cues can a GUI control panel use to effectively signal users that it is in the mode they are expecting it to be in?
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Feb
11
answered What type of visual cues can a GUI control panel use to effectively signal users that it is in the mode they are expecting it to be in?
Dec
24
comment What is the most common user interface in the world?
all OSes have a CLI embedded in their windows systems. So even those "purely" Windows OS still have CLIs. Its not a generic term for an interface though - its the "type stuff out" interface via programming. You could say that Programming apps is a form of CLI interaction too.
Dec
24
comment Interesting user interfaces from sci-fi movies & tv?
Also the 'anthropomorphic' UIs are the best for non-technical users (which definitely describes Lister), but this also applies to any interface that has a natural-language input. The pretty face of the UI is nice but not as accurate as a lower-level UI. (you could say the same about Windows however, or any higher-level UI)
Dec
24
comment Interesting user interfaces from sci-fi movies & tv?
I'd say the interface to mother in Alien was the server room, ie you go to the (secured) console instead of asking over a terminal. They had terminals for "userland" apps, like navigation after all.
Dec
21
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Dec
20
answered Interesting user interfaces from sci-fi movies & tv?
Dec
20
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Dec
20
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