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comment Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?
@KitP I'm not sure your last sentence can be assumed to be true for people of any age at this point. The intensity of the hard sell carriers are making for smart phones over the last few years means there's a long tail of people who have smart phones but mostly use them the same way they did their old feature phone and who can only fumble their way through the rest of it on the rare occasions they need more than the basics.
Apr
17
comment Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?
@PhillipW Probably a combination of if it's not broke, don't fix it; and rotary phones being cheaper than touch tone for some time after the latter were first available.
Mar
18
comment How best to ask a previously unsubscribed contact to resubscribe?
I'd add that while the risk of an individual suing you is low; a significant number will start clicking the Report Spam buttons in their mail accounts. If enough people do so, Google/Yahoo/Microsoft/etc are likely to start routing mail you send to current subscribers into their junk mail folders by default.
Mar
17
comment The reasoning behind book dust jacket while there is a hardcover
If you want to reduce wear and tear on paper dust jackets you can buy the same sort of plastic protective material that libaries typically use: ex amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=brodart+book+covers
Mar
17
comment The reasoning behind book dust jacket while there is a hardcover
@DominikOslizlo a number of modern inks (particularly red) are still vulnerable to UV fading; a paper dust jacket is still providing protection from things like that.
Dec
19
awarded  Yearling
Nov
21
comment Why are switches with light indicator common but outlets are not?
Where are they quite common? In the US I've only ever seen the opposite pattern (indicator lit when the switch is on), used for things like an external light switch for attics or other rarely accessed areas where accidentally leaving lights on for an extended period would be possible.
Nov
21
comment Why are normal water coolers so low?
@user1757436 figures. Any time you see a design that's user-hostile for tall people ADA + wheel chair access is the most likely reason. (While that article indicates that the ADA allows installing an adjacent unit at a comfortable height for people who have difficulty bending over, I've never seen it actually done anywhere.)
Nov
19
comment Most tapped areas on iPhone (by percentage)?
@AlbeyAmakiir The results in the article are aggregated over all phone types and the author didn't attempt to identify phone types. Since the data was collected by observing people using their phones in public the device proportions in it are probably similar to those where it was collected. That location doesn't appear to specified; but from the authors resume is probably somewhere in the USA where both iOS and Android have significant shares of the market.
Nov
7
comment Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?
@ruakh if the relationship is one where I want the email or they make giving it optional I never use it. When they refuse to take no for an answer they're trying to spam me and I'll give them all the rope they can handle.
Nov
6
comment Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?
@SeanCheshire I'm partial to the address that FTC requests people send spam complaints to: spam@uce.gov
Oct
3
comment Tick this checkbox if you DO NOT want.. underhanded tactics?
It's the trick question dark pattern: darkpatterns.org/library/trick_questions
Oct
2
comment Preventing users from closing browser tab. Bad idea?
While both entrance and exit popovers as either ads, datagrabs, or pointless are you sure you want to leave nags annoy me; I find the former more objectionable because they interrupt/delay what I'm at the site to do. In most cases I just dismiss the exit nag to complete closing the tab; one at the start is much more likely to result in my adding a new adblock rule so that in the future I can get directly to what I'm trying to do.
Oct
1
comment Is a website with a Fixed Header good for end-users of a Web2.0 website?
+1 for the second bullet. I'd estimate 90% of the sticky headers I've encountered wasted screen space and offered nothing I found of value prior to becoming the target of a new ad block rule to hide them permanently.
Sep
5
comment How Do I Avoid Users Becoming Numb to Warnings?
"Microsoft could've done this with UAC ... and having gigantic type that says Hey, so you know, you're getting a virus." This is a horrible example. If they were able to tell it was a virus the response would be "We blocked a virus from installing". Beyond that the predecessor of warning fatigue, the Windows messagebox, used to have 8 different icons; it's since been condensed to 4 (one which is deprecated) because the icons only added to user fatigue/confusion.
Aug
26
comment What is the purpose of having a clock on the desktop?
The clock on my Microwave is normally used to estimate when the last power outage ended. It last had an approximately correct time about 6 years ago following a brief outage near midnight.
Jul
30
awarded  Pundit
May
23
comment Why does the email subject appear before the body when composing an email?
MS Word has some sort of feature to generate default file names for the lazy. I found it singularly useless which makes me dubious about your idea.
May
14
comment What good is this moving captcha from Apple
I'm saying the bots would just have to throw the image into GIS and just compare the radio button choices to the text returned. The only limiting factor on them breaking it is the strength of Googles captcha; which I'd imagine is a top priority for them to keep up with breaking.
May
14
comment What good is this moving captcha from Apple
Google image search broke your last example; so you're down to the strength of the captcha Google uses to stop bots from abusing its services. images.google.com/imghp?hl=en Click the camera, paste the URL of the image into the popup textbox, and you get a bunch of results about biking.