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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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Thing is Google just shouldn't have moved dump news items to the top of the search results.

No, thing is the people should have read the results and only then clicked the correct one. That's how any sane person does it; they read stuff presented to them. The "It looks different but it's there so I won't bother checking it and will just instead click it and bitch if it's the wrong thing" - mentality is the issue here.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

No, I grab my TV remote and press the button on the top right to turn on my TV. I don't read "Power" every time I press that button. If you google for "facebook login" it is a reasonable assumption that the facebook login page will be the first hit and after doing it 100 times nearly EVERYBODY would just click the first link.(OK, maybe not geeks, because they don't use Google this way. But EVERY person gets into habits that become second nature. I sure know that I have, only difference is that I laugh when I see myself doing stupid things like that and adapt really fast. Some people aren't as amazing as I am though ;)

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

No, I grab my TV remote and press the button on the top right to turn on my TV. I don't read "Power" every time I press that button.

The difference is that the button looks the same all the time, it doesn't change. But the text on the link changes, and even a very brief look in the general direction of it would reveal it doesn't look the same as it did before.

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SilentStorm Member since:
2006-09-22

Unfortunately, Google is not a remote control. It's a search engine and dynamic. Refreshing itself is its primary job to bring you the newest and most accurate.

OTOH, Your remote control is designed to perform a limited number of things and be static.

Google's behavior is by design and does its job.

Edited 2010-02-17 13:21 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Two things:
1. Your remote control is a completely different matter since it has a defined function for the buttons. Itś not a search feature.
2. These people who fail to notice that a completely different site with a completely diffeent design is not facebook are, well thereś no easy way to put this, complete idiots and/or incredible lazy. it has nothing to do with computers being hard to use and everything to do with people being idiots.

Edited 2010-02-17 13:36 UTC

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