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Nov
26
comment Which input control is recommended for a large value range?
having boxes for each magnitude seems a little ambiguous. Is the total delay the sum of each box, or am I only supposed to pick one? If I increase 999usec by 1 usec, will it increment the ms field? Likewise if I type .100 usec, does that change the nsec field by 100 nsec?
Feb
1
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
For that matter, why do credit card forms prohibit me from entering spaces in my credit card number? It's much easier for me to double check the number when I have spaces than when I have a single 16 digit number. Though the forms that have separate boxes for each 4 digits are even worse from a usability perspective.
Jan
16
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
My parents had the simplest washer possible -- an old wringer washer. It didn't have cycles at all - you filled it with a hose from the sink, turned on the agitator manually and let the clothes agitate as long as you wanted, then manually sent them through the wringer before rinsing. No window at all, but one isn't needed since the user created the cycles, not the machine. Theirs didn't even have a pump, so it drained from the bottom into a floor drain. It wasn't our regular washer, but it was rescued from the grandparents and mom used it when the regular washer was broken.
Jan
16
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
Why is it called Neptune, aside from the obvious Roman god of the sea mythological reference?
Jan
16
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
The same could be said of a dishwasher (which dangerous due to the high water temperature) - a cat or toddler could have snuck inside while your back was turned. I doubt you'd notice a cell phone in the washer before it's too late to save it from the water unless you are very lucky and it falls against the glass door.
May
13
comment Is a “Never tell your password to anyone” message in chat really necessary?
I don't think there's a problem with sharing your password with a trusted user - my wife has the passphrase to a password vault where I keep my passwords. Of course, you need to be ready to change those passwords if that "trusted user" becomes untrusted.
May
13
comment Is a “Never tell your password to anyone” message in chat really necessary?
Even if it seems obvious to you, it's not obvious to everyone - when I managed a corporate IT helpdesk, about every week someone would drop off a computer with a sticky note with their password or send the password in an email. When we tell the users not to do that their common reply is "Well what's the harm, you're IT so you can get into the computer anyway" (which is true, so we don't need the password!).