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 Luke McCarthy on Thu 25th May 2006 08:53 UTC in reply to "Deus Ex Machina"
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Until computer interaction is as easy as having a conversation with a fellow (and reasonablly rational) human being, they are not easy enough. PERIOD.

I dunno, I'm sure the 'sterotypical geek' finds it easier to use a computer than hold a conversation. ;-) It's not like the goals are the same. Computers are more than just communication.

The personal computer is by far the most unreliable piece of equipment in the modern household or workplace.

Tell that to my kettle that blew up! In all seriousness, software reliability is a difficult problem, but it will not be realised by the current IT industry or 'mainstream' open-source. To quote Hoare, for reliability simplicity is an absolute prerequisite. Simplicity is HARD.

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