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A pack of pandas

Nice bug in the Mists of Pandaria beta caused a bit of a commotion on the test realm:

The Pierley/Redford Dissociative Affect Diagnostic

Ha már unod a Myers-Briggs teszteket, akkor itt van valami más. A 20 kérdés előtt meglepően szakzsargonnak tűnő leírást ad a weboldal:

Ez a teszt az agy affektív válaszrendszerét vizsgálja. Geometriai alakokra adott nonverbális, érzelmi reakciók az agy intuitív, a nyelvi központ alatt működő részét célozzák. A kérdésekre mindenféle hozzáadott történettől vagy narratívától függetlenül kell válaszolni. A formák az ember őseinek tekinthető  hüllők és korai emlősök agyának neurális kapcsolati térképeiből származnak. A kérdések pedig disszociatív személyiségzavarban szenvedő páciensek kommunikációs metodológiáiból lettek kigyűjtve, hogy vizsgálható legyen a nyelv és az érzelmi megértés közötti kapcsolat.

A teszt során például el kell dönteni, hogy melyik forma mérges, miközben a képernyőn színes geometriai alakok pulzálnak lágyan. Epilepsziások ne kattintsanak.

Nekem ez jött ki:

Handy in the real world manipulation of objects and events, you are easily enthused by practical projects. You often ignore or conveniently forget rules and boundaries that limit your freedom. This need for freedom extends even to the personal sphere and though you are kind and gentle, you will often be hard to pin down to a monogamous lifestyle. Because you tend to verbalize so seldom, you can be seen as phlegmatic or impassive. In moments of high tension you can often surprise those around you with a lighthearted or humorous remark. Because of your facility with the physical world, you are often engaged in sports that require dexterity, such as motorcycling or hang gliding. You will rarely have time for flights of fancy or unproductive discussion. Constraints on your freedom will be regarded as a personal attack.

Ami amúgy nem rossz, bár a többi lehetőség közül szerintem ez is helytálló lenne:

Thoughtful to the extreme, you are often obsessed with perfection and the rules governing your own personal interests. Your world is black and white. You love to work within a logical system, such as language, computer programming, or mathematics. Manipulating a system that can be completely understood is a distinct pleasure to you, because of your confidence in the underlying veracity of your belief system. Because of your appreciation for logic and order, those who speak or think in a sloppy manner are apt to generate more than their share of wrath. Although very amiable, you are not drawn to friendships out of a sense of personal need. You are just as happy by yourself with a good book or puzzle. Because you are so involved with thought, you will on occasion have difficulty dealing with the day-to-day problems of a normal life. Taking out the trash, doing the dishes, these are often left until the last possible moment, if at all.

A hivatkozott kutatók nevére keresve csak ez a teszt vagy a kitöltők eredményei jönnek fel, így nagyon valószínű, hogy nem egy komoly oldalról van szó. Az állítólagos Pierley és Redford pedig nem más, mint (Nick) Medford and (Barbara) Brierley pszichiáterek, akik a deperszonalizációt kutatják. Forrásként például a deperszonalizációs zavar wiki oldalán is szerepelnek.

A kiadott “teszteredmények” pedig a horoszkópokhoz hasonlóan az ún. Forer-hatást (vagy Barnum-hatást) használják ki, amely szerint egy egyén nagy valószínűséggel bármely felületes, részletekbe nem bocsátkozó személyiség-jellemzést pontosnak, magára illőnek fog találni, ha azt a meggyőződést keltik benne, hogy az kifejezetten az ő számára készült. Különösen igaz ez, ha megbízik a kiértékelő tekintélyében, és az “elemzés” főként pozitív jellemvonásokat sorol fel.

Ettől függetlenül érdekes, szokatlan teszt, és szépen van kivitelezve.

Safari 4 (beta)

Out of the blue, Apple announced a public beta of the latest fourth version of the Safari browser. Loyal to its version number the new Safari is claimed to be more than four times faster than its predecessor when it comes to JavaScript execution. It also boasts a number of sweet new features. Naturally the sesam.hu editorial office went for the upgrade at once.

All in all my experience is that the browser is quite a bit snappier. Pages just pop right in instead of assembling visibly. I tested the advertised JavaScript speedup with gmail and me.com and boy were those pages lightning fast to load. It’s not all marketing Safari 4 really is zippy.

safari 4

Probably the first thing that everyone will notice when looking at the new Safari is that the tab bar has changed into a Chrome-style tabbed title bar. This is definitely a shocker at first but one can get used to it pretty fast. The tabs actually look good with the fake depth added, however this comes at the cost of space: with a lot of tabs open they start to be quite narrow and exponentially harder to manage. Also one can no longer pick a tab up just by clicking anywhere on it: a new hot spot is added to the right corner that serves as a pick-up handle. Due to my old habits however I tended to start pulling the whole browser window around instead of just one tab. (Don’t mind the little bug button, it is there only for the beta to report bugs. I left it on because I liked the little insect icon.)

address bar

The address bar has changed as well. Visibly, they removed the reload button. That one took me by surprise and I spent a good five minutes looking for it until I found out that it has moved to the end of the address bar as an icon rather than a button. Even knowing this I’m still reflexively going to the left for the nonexistent button. Old habits die hard.

I also couldn’t figure out why pages seemed to load in a different way when it hit me that the ingenious blue loading bar in the address field was gone too. Instead a very small rotating wheel indicates loading at the position of the reload icon. To be honest I liked the blue bar a lot and I hope it will make a reappearance.

Under the hood the address and google bars now offer a search in the history as well as autocompletion. I like it that they haven’t gone over the top with it, Firefox style. I didn’t mind the old spartan version, but the new list is useful and easy to get used to.

autocomplete

A spectacular new feature has also been added called Top Sites. It’s a curved black panel from which the most frequently visited sites can be accessed via refreshing thumbnails. Visually it looks stunning, even though I heard the design is basically stolen from Opera – a browser I have never used. It is now an option that new tabs and browser windows would open with the Top Sites. I originally suspected this would be slow and choppy but Apple has pleasantly disappointed me there: new tabs with Top Sites pop just as fast as if it was a blank page.

top sites

Top Sites originally uses your most frequently visited pages, but there is an edit button on the lower left to customise it. (Maybe you want to change the six porn sites it originally loads up with.) You can choose how many thumbnails you’d like to have from 6 to 24. Sites can be pinned to position, preventing them from being moved or swapped to another one. You can actually select the pages you’d want there but it’s a tad tricky and quite counterintuitive: bookmarks don’t work but you can open another browser window and drag the site of your choice to a slot from the address bar. (Kudos to wyctim for figuring that out.)

I set my Top Sites to the six pages I most frequently open with a new tab: IMDB, Wowhead, Wikipedia, Torrent searches and Last.fm. This way a simple command+T and a click is sufficient to reach them. Very neat and speeds up browsing quite a bit.

Another eyecandy is the introduction of cover flow to the browser history. It may seem frivolous but I actually found it useful. Countless times have I found that I only remembered how a site looked but not the actual address of it. Now I can just flip through the – again, surprisingly fast – thumbnails to find it.

It is also helping that the history search now indexes not only addresses but titles and site contents as well. Again, why would I remember some obscure web address, I only remember that there was a site I visited about this and that: now it’s all easily searchable. Results can be presented in cover flow as well.

I suspect though that the conspiracy theorists will not rest and quite soon we will have headlines like “Apple saves a picture of every website you visit” and “Safari 4 spies on you: it remembers everything you read” and so on. Much as people cried wolf about the iPhone snapping a screenshot of webpages for the shrinking effect of the home screen.

For the visually impaired and elderly Safari offers a full-page zoom. You can choose between text-only or overall options and use the command + +/- keys to zoom in and out. Luckily this is not a feature I’d need just quite yet, but it’s neatly implemented nevertheless.

Safari 3 is – I believe – the first non-development public browser to pass the Acid 3 test 100/100.

acid3

Quite awesome tools help the developers make their page faster and bug-free. I haven’t used these before so I am not sure how new some of these features are, but the web inspector sure looks pretty. I am going to need more delving in the developer menu to say more.

web inspector

For you MICROS~1 people out there Safari now lost its Mac-like interface and offers a native look under XP and Vista with Windows-style scroll bars and whatnot. This actually poses and interesting dilemma if the Windows version of iTunes will follow suit in a later build or not.

One bug I have found is that the new Safari – funny it may sound – breaks the GrowlMail plugin. It has to do something with reading HTML email. Every time I got a HTML email Mail silently crashed until I disabled the Growl notifications. Hopefully a new build of the plugin will address this issue. Until then there is nothing to do but keep it switched off. Uninstall is not required.

Other than that the beta never crashed on me, not once. Everything works as intended and until now it has been proven rock solid.

Now what are you waiting for, go and get your new Safari! Available for the Mac and Windows.