Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th May 2011 22:10 UTC
Google Because of Google I/O going full-steam ahead, it's a bit of a Google thing going on here. Google co-founder Sergey Brin had a little chat with the press about the Chromebooks Google announced yesterday, and during that talk, he stated that traditional PC operating systems are "torturing users" with their complexity. While he certainly has a point, I'm not sure I like his solution. Giving Google all my files? Yeah... No.
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RE[3]: Comment by orestes
by Aragorn992 on Sat 14th May 2011 05:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by orestes"
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"[q]Why do statements like that make me want to go rewatch Idiocracy?

Why, because a someone wants to make things easier for those who aren't technologically obsessed?

No. It's because calling something like having a Windows PC as a torturous experience is really over the top and just plain old idiotic.

None of the people I know for example do not find it in any way or form torturous: if there's something they don't understand they ask someone, and about managing their computers: well, gee, they don't manage them. Of course they SHOULD do it, but as people often do they just ignore the things they don't know about, and if they ignore it how can it be torturous?

Of the previously mentioned people they only find their experience mildly "torturous" when they've got a malware infection, not before, so that kind of shoots Brin's claims down. Not to mention the fact that with a firewall and antivirus you can avoid most viruses, and that "Chromebooks" won't be somehow magically completely invulnerable to infections either. [/q]

Yeah and they ignore it long enough until the problem get serious enough that they have to do something about it. My parents do this all the time. Reading forums, asking people for help, wondering if their data will be lost - all torturous to my parents, trust me. And my parents are likely representative of the biggest "group" of computer users.

And considering how often Windows PCs run by ignorant/lazy people get malware, this actually supports Brin's claims.

What Brin is saying is not idiotic, it is ambitious. The computer, the king of automated calculation, and for some reason we don't program it well enough to look after itself? We need to manage such arbitrary bullshit like virus's and malware. The burden should never ever be on the user - or at least this should be the goal.

The famous saying was "technology is stuff that doesn't work yet". People like my parents, don't want to use technology. They want to check their emails and facebook. Anything else is a burden for them.

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