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: URLs not really universal
by asdf on Wed 17th Feb 2010 15:15 UTC in reply to "URLs not really universal"
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FF address bar has been working fine in that regard for some time now by searching bookmarks and history. It's better than some centralized directory (BTW, who would control that?) because people's interests are different and it adapts to your interests.

While such feature sure is convenient, it isn't all that hard to learn that when a page loads, the dotted string at the top of the browser is the address. The concept is more intuitive than that of ZIP code or phone number. If someone can't learn that, I doubt any amount of protection or dumbing down can save him or her.

There are cases where things can and should be made more intuitive for normal people but this is just a wrong example.

Edited 2010-02-17 15:15 UTC

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