Re: [Banshee-List] Fwd: 13 decimal places

In the old Banshee we broke the duration down into days, hours, minutes,
seconds. It's just way too verbose. What's the point in actually knowing
that granularity?

We chose to use a single number in a single scale. If you have days of
music, why do you care that there are 2 hours, 3 minutes, 5 seconds on
top of that? It's just noise, and detracts from other useful information
in the status bar.

As far as the 13 decimal places, that sounds like a formatting bug. It
should only show 1/10 place if it's non-zero. Again, the idea isn't to
be exact - it's to approximate and be less noisy.


On Thu, 2008-03-27 at 12:16 -0400, Andrew Conkling wrote:
> Forwarding to list:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Allan Day <allanday fastmail fm>
> Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 12:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [Banshee-List] 13 decimal places
> To: Andrew Conkling <andrew conkling gmail com>
> > I agree, as do a few others. There was an inconclusive discussion
> just
> > recently, beginning here:
> >
> > I'd like to see more come of that.
> Decimal places representing lengths of time feels unfamiliar.
> Something
> like '11.3 days' (for example) means very little to me without a bit
> of
> thought!
> I've had a *quick* read of the previous thread on this topic, and I
> can
> see the merits in both arguments (familiarity and exactitude vs. use
> of
> space).  I wonder whether it would be possible to compromise somehow?
> How about using standard temporal units, but restrict it to just days
> and hours?
> So it would be: 'X items, X days, X hours, X GB'.
> That solution is fairly short, and it is much easier to understand.
> Allan
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