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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RE[2]: Let me get this straight
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 18th Feb 2010 00:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Let me get this straight"
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

Browsers also made things easier for users, thus adding to this problem. Years ago, if you type anything into an address bar besides a valid URL, you were shown an error message. When people learned that you can't search that way, we taught them how to use bookmarks and if they need to search use the search bookmark.

Now, the majority of browsers send those words to its default search engine and with some, you can either type into the address bar or an additional search bar without knowing what you are doing and still get to where you want to go.


It also doesn't help that, thanks to ICANN's incompetence, domain names are becoming less and less useful for finding specific websites. I fully expect that we'll reach a point when domain squatters/stockpilers will account for the majority of domain name registrations (if that isn't already the case).

So far, the only "solution" from ICANN has been the addition of new TLDs (rather than enforcing the rules for existing TLDs). That merely guarantees that it will be easier to just use Google - "was that osnews.info, or osnews.mobi, or osnews.us? Ah screw this, I'll just google it."

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