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Stuff that others users said:

"I made strange code But surprisingly it works"

-- user3402740 (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/22526198/catch-string-vlaue-c)


“You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.”

-- Ben Goldacre; found on http://goodreads.com/quotes/tag/argument

"Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for life."

-- Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie or The Chinese Internet can't decide


Stuff I said that I suprisingly liked myself:

"Bad gardeners exist everywhere."

-- this points out that incompetence exists in every educational and professional level and in every profession

"Programming languages are not there to make programming possible, but to make programming easy (or hard, of course)."

-- upon asking why Programming Language Foo has Bars, when you could do the same with Frobs

"It's easy to be better when things are tough. It's tough to be better when things are easy."

-- in competition situations (I am a race fan, and this is neat phrase to put when discussing oval racing, but also competition in general)

"Clean code is free and beneficial, and thus pays back infinitely."

-- my stance on clean code


Dec
8
comment Is it OK to autocorrect users when they have mistyped parts of their email address?
I am not sure if this is related to the question. Do you mean e.g. they write "foo@g00g13.com" or "foo@f4c3b00k.com"?
Dec
3
comment What version number format would give users the most reassurance?
The wording "bug fix" struggles me a bit here. I would rename it "backward + forward compatible change", which would then include performance or GUI improvements, that do not add features and functionality; at least not with a universally aggreed upon terminology.
Nov
26
comment Which input control is recommended for a large value range?
Must say I don't find it self-explanatory. Will the longer range be [1ms .. 1.9ms]? Or [1ms..2ms]? [1ms..1/10th s]?
Nov
5
comment Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?
... oh, and there should be functionality to enlist all entities that miss certain tag categories (or all entities that miss any tag that has become mandatory). ... I should write my own archivers.
Nov
5
comment Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?
For archiving and sorting purposes, I always disliked tags. When you sort your photographs or files or recipes by multiple tags, you sooner or later forget to add a specific tag. What I miss in all tagging systems is the possibility to define tag categories, and then to customize whether that tag category is mandatory or not. E.g., imagine I'd like all my photographs to have [panorama] and [outdoor|indoor]. There should be functionality to make the latter mandatory, otherwise what you get is chaos and inconsistency. In that regard, categories are better. That being said, I am tech savyy.
Nov
5
comment Combining all the address fields into one?
I bet that almost noone even needs to parse addresses. In the end, to me it only seems relevant that the characters are printable.
Nov
5
comment Address entry as a single textarea
@Crissov: When I search for "address parsing algorithm patent", I find a number of patent applications and papers. A lot of what might be in use may also not be known as specificall "address parsing", but be matters of AI; evolutionary algorithms and neuronal nets are two things I imagine. These are also in use in written language recognititon in general. I think regarding address parsing, that address correction is the smaller problem, compared to handwriting detection. They could just compare what they parsed against huge datasets. And if a letter is not automatically decipherable -> humans.
Nov
4
comment Address entry as a single textarea
Believe it or not, but after selling a big part of private ballast on a popular selling platform, I came to realise that a lot of ppl are not even capable of writing their address correctly. Some write their name all-uppercase, just to write the remainder of the address all lower-case. Some flip the order of City and Street, some skip the Postal Code. And allmost noone gets their hyphens correctly. That being said: You can trust your shipping companies to account for user errors correctly, because they often have decades of experience on this.
Oct
16
comment About fullscreen scrolling webpages
It has been a while since I closed websites regularly after a few seconds because of their UX (Flash sites). It seems unusable websites are slowly becoming hip again ... Seriously, I think that all those sites, the Mac one the worst, are usable as dog poo. edit: No wait, dog poo is useful compared to those. Let's agree on cat poo. ... Argh
Oct
1
comment Does Computer mean Desktop and Laptops?
I know many non-computer-adepts that never had a desktop computer (because of money, time or just the lack of joy to setup and maintain a PC) and will never have, because by now they are happy and satisfied with their tablet computer.
Sep
24
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Aug
6
comment Does user care about the details while loading?
I don't think this has to do with control. Even the opposite can be the case if a user gets overwhelmed by foreign language.
Jul
22
comment Is it better to include shipping cost in the product price?
@edeverett: But that's only for the EU, which accounts for "only" 28 of the about 50-56 states/countries of Europe ;)
Jul
22
comment Is it better to include shipping cost in the product price?
@edeverett: I think you mistake Europe with a single country or something. There is no "european law".
Jul
21
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Jul
21
comment Is it better to include shipping cost in the product price?
@CodeMaverick: It is, yes. Some retailers here sometimes even advertise like "no taxes this weekend". I can tell you it's not like they have a special deal with Angela Merkel or something :D
Jul
21
comment Is it better to include shipping cost in the product price?
@CodeMaverick: Welcome to the business world. There are no unjacked prices, you always pay everything: B2C-Shipping, B2B-Shipping, Advertisement, R&D, Underpriced Prestige Products, Price Fights even, Stocking, Salaries, Telco Bills, Customs, Taxes, Compensation for Workers being Killed by Collapsing Manufactures, Bribery, Owner's Hobbies, etc etc. Business is Blending, often even at the price of health, but I am going to far now.
Jun
28
comment Why don’t we remove door handles and let doors open both ways (inwards, outwards)?
Maybe it is more extreme to me; I have a tendency to optimize all my moves unconsciously; ppl often accuse me of being silent like a ghost and they say "whew, since when are you here?". I also open doors with just the keys, with my other hand relaxed or carrying a box of water. Maybe this leads to too many relaxed muscles, I don't know.
Jun
24
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Jun
24
answered Why don’t we remove door handles and let doors open both ways (inwards, outwards)?