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What Went Wrong In Hawaii, Human Error? Nope, Bad Design

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The author and eminent design researcher Don Norman examines how poorly designed software spread panic in Hawaii–and offers tips for avoiding such incidents in the future.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” That was the false alert sent to people in Hawaii, January 13, 2018.

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chrisrosa
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humans blow it sometimes. particularly when bad design is involved.
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Nanoleaf made a 12-sided Apple HomeKit remote

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In one of CES’s stranger announcements, Nanoleaf has introduced what’s essentially a giant 12-sided die that controls your home. You just set the die down, and it’ll set your smart home gadgets to some predetermined configuration.

The product is called the Nanoleaf Remote, and it’s meant to control gadgets that connect to Apple’s HomeKit platform. But rather than being any sort of normal remote — built around, you know, specific controls, like turning things on and off — the Nanoleaf Remote is all about switching between pre-set scenes.

That means you have to set up scenes on your phone in advance and then attach them to one of the remote’s 12 sides. For example, you might have an evening scene with dim...

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chrisrosa
8 days ago
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I kinda love this idea. - "Nanoleaf made a 12-sided Apple HomeKit remote"
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Gentleman drinks water trapped in a rock for 2 million years

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The fine folks at Waterjet Channel found an enhydro agate, a type of metamorphic rock that formed with a pocket of liquid water inside. Naturally, they broke it open to get to the water and drank it. (more…)

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chrisrosa
12 days ago
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and this is how you get zombies. great.
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Phone Security

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...wait until they type in payment information, then use it to order yourself a replacement phone.
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chrisrosa
18 days ago
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toddgrotenhuis
13 days ago
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Duress Modes!
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jfhebert
18 days ago
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J’ai hâte qu’ils soient vraiment capables de faire ça!
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seanmnaes
20 days ago
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This is a feature set I can get behind.
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satadru
20 days ago
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<3
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alt_text_bot
21 days ago
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...wait until they type in payment information, then use it to order yourself a replacement phone.

1977 International Scout II

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The legendary Jeep once had a competitor vying for pre-SUV supremacy. International Harvester introduced the International Scout in 1961 and continued producing the vehicle until 1980. It became popular among the off-road racing crowd, as…
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drool
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Seven Years

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[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
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chrisrosa
32 days ago
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😢
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rjstegbauer
33 days ago
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Touching and beautiful! One of your best.
alt_text_bot
34 days ago
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[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
ameel
34 days ago
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<3
Melbourne, Australia
MaryEllenCG
34 days ago
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::sniffle::
Greater Bostonia
kyleniemeyer
34 days ago
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😭
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marcrichter
34 days ago
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Awesome. I'm speechless.
tbd
deezil
34 days ago
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OKAY I'M CRYING AT MY DESK NOW.
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sfrazer
34 days ago
God damnit, Randal.
deezil
34 days ago
For those that don't know the whole story: Approximately 7 years ago (imagine that) Randall posted this on the blog https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/11/05/submarines/ and made some vague references to tough times in the comics. On in to 2011, he posted this on the blog, and things seemed to be scary but hopeful. https://blog.xkcd.com/2011/06/30/family-illness/ . He's made mention several times about it over the years inside the comics, and I really believe that "Time" was made for some express purpose as to get his emotions out. But this update seriously is making a grown 32 year old man weep openly at his desk (thankfully I have a door that closes), as I always wondered how things were. Things look good, and this makes my heart happy.
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