How big are these pills, anyway?





  • gee the actual size is shown in a image on a monitor.
    Look mom, i can make the pill grow larger/smaller by changing to a diffrent resolution. 

     Instead of that stupid line about the actual size being shown, they should have just put down the dimensions.



  • they should have made it a Java applet that detects the screen resolution and then creates the image based on that!



  • @tster said:

    they should have made it a Java applet that detects the screen resolution and then creates the image based on that!

     

    But then you gotta worry about the size of the monitor.     



  • @bonzombiekitty said:

    @tster said:

    they should have made it a Java applet that detects the screen resolution and then creates the image based on that!

     

    But then you gotta worry about the size of the monitor.     

     

    oops.  good point 



  • @bonzombiekitty said:

    @tster said:

    they should have made it a Java applet that detects the screen resolution and then creates the image based on that!

     

    But then you gotta worry about the size of the monitor.     

     

    Why does something involving a printer, wooden table and a camera (possibly a scanner) come to mind here? 



  • @SpComb said:

    @bonzombiekitty said:

    @tster said:

    they should have made it a Java applet that detects the screen resolution and then creates the image based on that!

     

    But then you gotta worry about the size of the monitor.     

     

    Why does something involving a printer, wooden table and a camera (possibly a scanner) come to mind here? 

    Okay, take a picture of a person's hand holding the pill above a wooden table. But how do you know that person doesn't just have really big hands? 



  • who would care about the precise size of the pills? as if there was a chance that they would be 5cm long? do they come in different sizes, like clothes, so that you could choose your perfect fit?



  • if the pills are actually the size they show up as on my monitor I would be very concerned about the size!



  • @lanzz said:

    who would care about the precise size of the pills? as if there was a chance that they would be 5cm long? do they come in different sizes, like clothes, so that you could choose your perfect fit?

    Two potential reasons.

     1.  Some people have difficulty swallowing and would rather have a smaller pill over a big one.

     2.  Marketing.   Showing the "actual" size of a pill in relation to a cometeing product can make a stronger association that the pill is actually more powerful.  If you have pill A and pill B, and three of A lasts 12 hours, but one of B lasts 12 hours, the marketing is better if you can show that B is the same size as one of A.  If B was significantly larger than A then it sends the message that all they did was cram three A's together.  W
     



  • @lanzz said:

    who would care about the precise size of the pills? as if there was a chance that they would be 5cm long? do they come in different sizes, like clothes, so that you could choose your perfect fit?

    Only for suppositories.

    Professor Farnsworth: Just take this pill.

    Fry: I can't swallow something that big!  

    Professor Farnsworth: Good news! It's a suppository!  



  • A very easy way to fix this is to ditch the "Actual size" text, and place a dime next to the pills for comparative sizing. 



  • @tster said:

    if the pills are actually the size they show up as on my monitor I would be very concerned about the size!


    Good News! It's a suppository.


    <edit>
    Well fine, then. I see someone already did that joke.
    I'll go hide now.



  • @Critter said:

    A very easy way to fix this is to ditch the "Actual size" text, and place a dime next to the pills for comparative sizing. 

    Which doesn't help those who have never seen a dime and don't know what size one is (like me). Pardon me for not being up to speed on the relative sizes of small coins of a foreign currency. 



  • and how big is a dime?



  • @stratos said:

    gee the actual size is shown in a image on a monitor.
    Look mom, i can make the pill grow larger/smaller by changing to a diffrent resolution. 

     Instead of that stupid line about the actual size being shown, they should have just put down the dimensions.

     

    how about an 800x600 image showing monitor sizes from 15" to somewhere in the low twenties, in both standard and widescreen varieties.

     

    interestingly, it fit completely on my 15" 1024x768 laptop screen... 



  • @Hitsuji said:

    and how big is a dime?

    It's one tenth of a dollar, but that's not important right now!  🙂

    One of those weird things people forget are actual "units" themselves.  A nickel is five cents, but a dime is one dime.  Something over a centimeter, less than two.  Having neither a dime nor a ruler handy is something of a handicap at answering that question.



  • Wikipedia says 17.91 mm.



  • How many football fields is it? Libraries of Congress? Please, use units I know!



  • @bonzombiekitty said:

    @tster said:

    they should have made it a Java applet that detects the screen resolution and then creates the image based on that!

     

    But then you gotta worry about the size of the monitor.     

    Don't worry - all modern monitors report their exact size to the computer (in theory, anyway). Of course, getting at that information is somewhat harder...


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