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: Cult of the nobel clueless
by jaklumen on Thu 18th Feb 2010 07:39 UTC in reply to "Cult of the nobel clueless"
jaklumen
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2010-02-09

I should have made my last post as a reply to this, but see above.

I have experienced the same on the phone, too. I also answer the phone that way by saying my name-- it is not customary in the United States, but I know callers will usually tell me who they want to talk to when I do so.

I had a mobile number for a time that was previously a business number. Sometimes people got very rude when I explained I was just a private resident and was also interested in contacting said business owner (to get him to take care of his business). But it became obvious he had closed shop, told no one, and I just got a new phone with a new number.

There will always be some that don't seem to get it-- again, laziness, ignorance, impatience. They get overcome by emotion instead of working it out logically. This is true of many things, not just computers, and I'm sure you'd agree, which is why responding much the same in kind would not help things. Generalizing them as "unwashed masses", I sincerely doubt, would get them to pick up the soap.

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