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I guess I'd argue that it's not so much a "age of the system" problem as it is an administrative problem. If you're going to present an enumerated list of options as the user's only interface, someone has to administer that list to current--has nothing to do with how old or new the system is.
Maybe one way it could be argued that it's somewhat an "old system problem" is the interface itself--instead of a drop-down, maybe a text box hooked to a service which offers suggestions based on what's been typed in so far.
You landed on one of the key elements of the Digital Transformation.
It's no longer just about IT, systems, solutions and code. It's actually the Data that is far more useful than the code itself as in the future, they might be no code at all
With AI and ML trained to recognized patterns, basic (and not so basic) systems like robbery reports will be reduced to inference-engine driven Chatbots with no interface at all. You might even ask Alexa to report something was stolen with thousands upon thousands of synonyms meaning just a single object. Date and time might also be inferred by your response (e.g. "Late night yesterday my 2012 red Honda was stolen from my porch"). Cross reference will show what car type was it ("Honda Civic"), nameplate ("KFC-12345") and where's your porch (Alexa would know your address). Late night yesterday will be between 10:30pm and 12:00am as people will mention "after midnight" if it happened afterwards.
So, better buckle up, because "Coding… where we're going we don't need Code"
GoG is giving away Postal 2[^] probably one of the most disturbing first person shooter available (you can use a flamethrower to set fire to Gary Coleman in order to get an autographed copy of his book, unless you want to stand in line waiting, or try to collect your pay cheque and buy some milk).
It's rude, it's not even slightly PC, and - yes - it's fun. I bought a copy years ago and completed it several times. I even bought milk once.
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
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I've stuck for many, many years with Operation Flashpoint and nothing else. It goes back to 2001, and I must've played it for a full decade. By then it was looking very dated, and by today's standards, it looks laughably bad. But the gameplay...there's nothing else like it. Looking at it, you'd think it's just another shooter, but if that's how to approached the game, you would fail, and rather miserably. This is the game that put an end to first person shooters for me.
The Armed Assault series (aka ARMA) is the follow-up, but there's "something" missing that unfortunately fails at "simply upgrading the graphics", and that's all this game needed. I've never been able to quite put my finger on it.
Philosopher David Dennet in "Consciousness Explained:" [^]
When I interact with the computer, I have limited access to the events occurring within it. Thanks to the schemes of presentation devised by the programmers, I am treated to an elaborate audiovisual metaphor, an interactive drama acted out on the stage of keyboard, mouse, and screen. I, the User, am subjected to a series of benign illusions: I seem to be able to move the cursor (a powerful and visible servant) to the very place in the computer where I keep my file, and once that I see that the cursor has arrived ‘there’, by pressing a key I get it to retrieve the file, spreading it out on a long scroll that unrolls in front of a window (the screen) at my command. I can make all sorts of things happen inside the computer by typing in various commands, pressing various buttons, and I don’t have to know the details; I maintain control by relying on my understanding of the detailed audiovisual metaphors provided by the User illusion.
For every person who experiences interaction with the computer as a compelling illusion, there is a programmer for whom users are illusions, and there is a program manager for whom programmers are illusions
More seriously, I think this omits the extent to which GUI skeuomorphism [^] (less fashionable since 1990) "anchors" the users' subjective experience to the functionality of "real-world things" ... a desk, a file cabinet, a ledger, etc. I keep waiting for the "killer" synthesis of voice recognition and (hands free) gesture recognition, and the whole hypothetical AI "bonanza."
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
Please no voice/gestures usage as the primary method of interaction. I can type on train just fine and I can read stuff on the screen while on train. I don't even want to imagine interacting with my laptop on train via voice/gestures. Neither do I want to imagine that in an office. Or at home, actually. I guess I wouldn't be bothered about such stuff at home were I living alone, but I'm not.
If we assume, say, 1000 characters per language, that means another 100 million characters which should not be a problem since a 32-bit range should handle 4G characters. At 1K characters per language, UTF-32 should accommodate 4M languages. That is, unless I am looking at this incorrectly which is certainly possible.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"