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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by StephenBeDoper on Wed 17th Feb 2010 16:56 UTC
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The internet soon jumped on this: "users are stupid, and they need to be protected from themselves", or "developers are not catering to these users who shouldn't have to deal with these confusing text fields", and so on, and so forth.

The only real conclusion that can be drawn from this incident is that we've now resolved the question of "where did all the morons go when AOL started to decline?" Answer: they migrated to Facebook. It's just the 2010 equivalent of AOL users posting "UNSUBSCRIBE" messages to Usenet, because they didn't understand the difference between a newsgroup and a mailing list.

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