Pah usability tests are so last-century. This is the era of being agile and disruptive, form over function. Which is why almost every UI design is a steaming pile of inconsistent, confusing, poorly thought out shite.
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At least Win98 controls followed a thought-out design standard. You could see the reasoning behind it even if you found the appearance a bit stark, and controls are easily recognisable.
Modern UI's tend to appear as though thrown together by some MBA cretin who thinks crusty concepts like usability aren't sufficiently "disruptive".
Nope it's been thought out, legislated, and implemented exactly as desired. Provide an "oversight" office so those challenged in the thinking department don't object, knowing full well it can never do anything to actually prevent these massive overreaches.
Oh FFS! Proof positive that some idiots really have nothing better to do than get offended by things that aren't actually anything to do with them.
So some Asian comic character has an ethos that's vaguely yet not at all like your favourite pitch anthem. It's not about you. It's not about your club. It's not taking the piss out of "your" song. Get over it you twats!
Everyone's phone in proximity will beep and/or buzz, activate NFC and urge everyone to touch phones. Range between devices is always zero thus guaranteeing everyone alerted was definitely close enough. It's a plan so perfect it can't possibly fail.
Doesn't need to recompile itself, just needs a data section in its file(s) which can be randomly overwritten each time the virus executes. Size doesn't change but the content does. That will change its hash upon every execution, and as long as no functional code is overwritten there will be no impact on running the virus code.
Intrigued to hear your suggestions on how to implement that...
Typically the only people that run for office should never be in office.
Certainly for high office, it's really rare to find anyone not in it for themselves.
And since elections only care about those who bother to vote, anyone not voting is effectively ignored even when non-voters becomes (or is) the significant majority.
Ok here's a few that took maybe 3 seconds to arrive at:
GPS can be wildly innacurate - up to 100 meters error
Doesn't work well in dense urban environments with lots of tall buildings
Far more power-hungry than bluetooth
Requires a constant data connection to know who is in your vicinity at all times, or...
... a need to centrally store and analyse the data, along with identifiers, to know whom to alert
Governements and/or their agencies will abuse this information simply because it exists
Need I continue...?
And yet, countries that have implemented a variant of this (e.g. Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea) have had far less problem with COVID-19 than others.
Yes there are various reasons why it's imperfect on its own. But to be effective it's not used on its own. It works best with efficient and extensive testing and contact tracing, which countries successfully using these tracking apps also have.
It's no magic bullet by itself and (for me) that's the most important and concerning aspect. Western governments will roll this out (because that's cheap) without investing in conjugate requirements of extensive testing and aggressive contact tracing (because that's expensive), and then act all surprised when it proves ineffective. Cue multiple large repeat waves of infection while they slowly figure out why.
Yeah we can expect repeat infection waves anyway. Doing this properly will limit the magnitude. Doing this the way UK gov has approached things so far...?
But look. Look!! They're doing something to help startups. Just don't look behind the curtain, there's nothing interesting there. Nosiree.
Ignore that anyone would need to be mad and desperate to take those terms.
Ignore the Chancellor knowing that full well.
As with all this government's promises around COVID-19 (e.g. see the PPE promises) this is all about appearances, not about being actually helpful. Helping costs money. Lip service is free.
What's needed is a relatively cheap and simple home test that gives you a quick yes or no, 99% accurate. Then go to a more dedicated test facility for confirmation (or call health bods and they send someone (well protected) to you).
Sort of like a home pregnancy test, but probably a blood prick not pissing on a stick.
Same for antibody tests to see if you've had it already (acknowledging there's currently no evidence that antibodies = future immunity).
This is the only way to do entire population testing. The logistics of testing everyone at dedicated facilities are far too impractical.
I believe there has been some progress in this area, but not sure how far along it is, or how accurate the results are.
Rabid yet curiously self-censoring at the same time. That takes some effort.
So, is it just the US military you f***ing hate, or all militaries?
And you realise of a lot of civilian infrastructure depends on those same miltary technologies you'd like to see crushed? GPS ain't just for positioning. A boatload of things use it for timings in everyday life.
Can't upvote this enough.
Code should always be self-documenting, i.e. meaningful descriptive identifiers, no side-effects. A function/method should do exactly what its name states and nothing more.
Comments are to understand the reasoning, expectations and failure points.
Especially valuable in these agile times where documentation is, at best, an afterthought.
These things can be unpowered, and there are multiple advances in this field already with clever combinations of springs, cables, webbing and mechanisms to augment the wearer's movements, help with load bearing by transferring loads to the ground around (instead of through) the wearer's spine and legs.
Not as much augmentation as a powered exo, but works all the time. And sure, they're no Talos, so limited, if any armour, but Talos only exists as feverred wish-dreams of certain Generals and their arms suppliers.
There are also advances in engine miniaturisation which can provide surprising amounts of power for their sizes. Multiple kilowatts. The thinking is batteries for stealth, internal combustion for combat or other high-energy use-cases e.g. search and rescue, moving equipment.
Investigators able to read a bank's log files sounds more juicey, like they perhaps somehow gained ellicit access to those records.
Investigators looking at things handed over due to a court order is completely expected in thses cases, therefore is humdrum, boring.
Gotta sex these things up. It's borderline run-of-the mill as is. Two people fall out, separate, argue over things, one alleges the other messed with their bank account. Wow. Like that never happened before. If it weren't for the ISS-o'naut angle this would be a total non-event.
Hearing/seeing the term everywhere and understanding its meaning are two different things.
Even if the general meaning is understood, there may be nuances which can bend the meaning beyond its standard interpretation - as in this government scheme, specifically not being allowed to work whilst furloughed.
We shouldn't slate people for asking a reasonable question, especially for something which can take on a specific meaning in certain contexts.
Sure, [search-engine-of-choice] is your friend and it's not hard to look things up these days. But still, this may not address the specific nuances for each case.
So ask away, just keep in mind some people will get tetchy about it.
To be fair, the article does say users are asked to indicate whether or not they've tested positive for COVID-19 in the questionaire, as well as submitting audio samples.
To be equally fair, they could have made it much clearer that they'll need as many samples as possible from all cohorts - apparently healthy (no COVID-19 symptoms), potential (has symptoms but not tested) and definite (knowingly has / doesn't have COVID-19).
I saw "flexible terms" as either "subscription" or "auction". Either way it won't be in the consumers' best interests.
As for promising strict separation... uh huh. Yeah. Right. Just like the given example, which is being vertically integrated a few years after acquisition. That separation stayed strict for all of, what...? A couple of years?
Just another attempt at a monopoly hiding behind the thin, pointless and tattered veil of US regulators.