Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Editorial Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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nothing to do with degrading gracefully
by rhavenn on Wed 17th Feb 2010 17:13 UTC
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This issue has nothing to do with a user interface or computer degrading gracefully to handle everything a person will throw at it. Users opened their browser, they loaded Google and they used Google in the way it was intended to be used. However, they failed to notice that the ranking for their usual page had changed. I'm sorry, this is just user ignorance. Google doesn't have ESP and their interface worked 100% correctly. It didn't need to degrade anything or handle anything weird. It returned exactly the query asked for and in the order for what its page rank warranted. If Google added one off exceptions to its search interface for everything then I would consider Google broken and switch to a different search engine.

Now, I may jest that all 1d10ts who couldn't figure this out should get a license to use the internet, but computers ARE confusing and complicated and that's just the nature of the beast. However, this wasn't anything "complicated".

Personally, part of the problem is that too many OSs do degrade gracefully in order to meet the lowest common denominator and instead of forcing the low end of the bell curve to learn they go down and meet it. Hence, no one learns anything.

It's not that everyone is lazy in general. They're just lazy and/or scared of what they don't know and don't want to take time to learn something that works well enough.

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