Linked by David Adams on Wed 24th May 2006 04:08 UTC
Editorial It's conventional wisdom that computers need to be "easier to use." But do they? More reliable, yes. Easier to troubleshoot, yes. But now that so many people use computers so much, I think there's something to be said for making them less easy-to-use and less intuitive.
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RE: Deus Ex Machina
by Bnonn on Wed 24th May 2006 22:15 UTC in reply to "Deus Ex Machina"
Bnonn
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It sounds like what you're looking for is a person, not a computer. Why should a computer have to act like a person? Do we expect any other piece of equipment to be anything other than what it is? Any complex piece of technology requires some knowledge and training to use. This is how technology is. I don't /want/ to talk to my computer. I don't /want/ to say some semantically correct, and even colloquial English sentence to get it to copy files. I want a reliable, consistent method that I know will work without the computer having to interpret my voice, words, accent.

I think you're being unreasonable and illogical. Sorry. Perhaps you could explain why you think computers are not "easy" enough if you can't talk to them like a normal person. I can think of some improvements I would make to my computer if I could, but a verbal interface, or any system which avoids me needing to be consistent, is not among them.

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