Fire the negative photon torpedoes!
I LOVE it when people take the time to do stuff like this.
Now this is some top notch investigative journalism. In Star Trek: Voyager, a Starfleet ship is stranded on the other side of the galaxy and the estimated travel time back to Federation space is 75 years. Early on in the show, it’s revealed the ship has only 38 photon torpedoes and “no way to replace them after they’re gone”. But they used many more than that throughout the run of the show:
This is a particularly nerdy and slow-burning example of the Bottomless Magazines trope.
Today’s Example of Really Bad UI Design:
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the Cancel Entire Order button is never used on purpose and is only ever clicked on accident. Especially since it’s on the right freaking side of the form where the next button is usually located.
This is really effing awesome.
Conclusion: Maps are bad on mobile and, as always, users lie.
Our test users often said that they like seeing a map when the location search-results page first loaded. However, after attempting to choose a location using the map, the pitfalls outlined above left them frustrated and lengthened the time that they spent on such a simple task. This is yet another example of why the first rule of usability is to not listen to users, but instead to pay attention to what they do.
Death Of Net Neutrality Nightmare, Part 1:
"Since Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have paid the telcos so the photos that are served up in their apps don’t use up any of the data plan, I worry that users won’t want to use any other photo sharing services since they will have to pay high data costs to use them. We love your idea and would have funded it right here in the meeting back in the good old days of the open internet, but we can’t do that anymore. We are passing."
No, seriously, this is really bad news. If this stands and the FCC is unable to reassert their authority to enforce net neutrality, it means:
- Cable companies/telcos will now be able to charge companies for their sites/internet traffic to be served to their customers. Remember the CBS/Time Warner blackout dealie in 2013? Yep, customers were taken hostage in those deal negotiations.
- Incumbent internet companies will now be able to price out and stifle all startup competition since startups won’t have the cash to deal with the cable companies/telcos. Goodbye awesome things like Uber, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.
- In order to compete, startups will now need to raise more capital from VCs just to pay the cable/telco tax. Pay to play. All that money that could have gone to hiring more engineers, designers, whatever, will just go straight to cable/telcos who will continue to deliver their normal atrocious customer support and even more abysmal internet services.
- And ultimately, all of these costs will trickle down to us, the customers. Those big companies who will have to pay this new pay to play tax to the cable/telcos won’t just sit on the new cost. They are benevolent beings. They are going to pass it onto us.
Basically, if net neutrality dies, innovative startups that we don’t even know about will die (big cos could just price out competitive small cos before they even get going), prices go up for all of us, we all have less choice, and the Cambrian explosion of technology innovation we’re experiencing dies a premature death. Oh, and the cable/telcos make more money and continue to deliver the same shitty experience and products they’ve always delivered.
Yeah, that’s all.
Interesting analysis of returns and defaults for peer to peer lending.
Animated Gary Larson #2
Been listening to this story for the past year on Planet Money’s podcast and they’ve summed it up quite nicely with this awesome site. They not only told a great story, they told it in a great way, creating a great site and experience to tell it.
We’ve been together 10 years!