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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The problem
by WereCatf on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:57 UTC
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

The problem in this case itself isn't the computer itself: people had gotten used to a certain way of getting to Facebook login, and while it's not the way geeks prefer it to be done it worked fine for most people.

No, the problem is the people using the computers: if something doesn't work the way they want then they start bitching and can't be arsed to even try and actually READ what's happening. It's their inability to read or study anything when presented a new situation is the problem, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Now, I have nothing against people who don't know their way around computers or do things in an unusual way. I have a problem with STUPID people. I wonder how much happier place the world would be if you were required to take an IQ test and pass a certain mark before you were allowed to use a computer..

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RE: The problem
by KMDF on Wed 17th Feb 2010 15:11 in reply to "The problem"
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2010-02-17

"You can't fix stupid." -- Ron White

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RE[2]: The problem
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 17th Feb 2010 23:47 in reply to "RE: The problem"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

"You can't fix stupid." -- Ron White


Or my favourite variation:

"Ignorance is curable, but stupid lasts forever."

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RE: The problem
by gilljr on Wed 17th Feb 2010 16:54 in reply to "The problem"
gilljr Member since:
2008-01-30

You hit the nail on the head!

I deal with this phenomenon on a daily basis. I have employees that will get an application error message or notification message and they simply press "OK" or the 'x' on the corner of the window. No one reads the messages. When forced to do so, 50% of the time they can resolve an issue with no outside intervention.

Most users are not stupid, only lazy and getting lazier.

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RE[2]: The problem
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 17th Feb 2010 20:41 in reply to "RE: The problem"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I deal with this phenomenon on a daily basis. I have employees that will get an application error message or notification message and they simply press "OK" or the 'x' on the corner of the window. No one reads the messages. When forced to do so, 50% of the time they can resolve an issue with no outside intervention.


The best part is when you explain that computers aren't actually magic bullets, and people get upset about it. "What do you mean I still need to be organized and use consistent processes?!? Doesn't the computer magically do all of that for me?"

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RE: The problem
by orfanum on Wed 17th Feb 2010 17:27 in reply to "The problem"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Perhaps they should also have an empathy test...There are always different means of categorizing people, and then condemning them. They call people who cannot get used to computers non-geeks, but those with an affective disorder are potentially sociopaths. I know which I would prefer to invite for dinner.

I also suggest a sense of proportion.

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