Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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sorry, but I call b.s.
by sean on Mon 29th Nov 2004 19:26 UTC

First off, the car analogy is a stinking carcass that should never be brought into this conversation (and, yes, its been had before). Secondly, your basis is flawed -- and since you've brought this awful analogy into the conversation, we'll just stick with it for a moment.

When people get into their cars it doesn't just magically transport them from point A to point B. You have to put gasoline in the blasted thing. And oil. Then you have to check the break fluid, trasnmision fluid, breaks, wipers, tire pressure, mirrors, etc, etc. Failing to do this necessary maintenance on your vehicle will result in a short-lived mode of transportation.

Are you about to tell me that "The situation I just described is totally unacceptable. [Drivers] don't have to be tortured like this"? No. You're going to tell me that its widely expected that the driver be competent enough to either A) learn how to do some basic car maintenance themselves or, B) pay someone who will do it for them. Being too stupid to do either will result in your car dying. But you're not going to go whining to the car manufacturers and demand that they take "driving a car to a higher level of abstraction".