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(Washington Post)   Smartphones keep getting smarter, but their users stay pretty much as dumb as they ever were   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 123
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2014-01-16 04:36:36 PM  
Smartphones are not intended to educate, empower, or make one literate.  They exist to keep you busy, and to keep you away from things which actually make you smart.
 
2014-01-16 04:38:17 PM  
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2014-01-16 04:41:06 PM  
*sigh*

Same as it ever was.
 
2014-01-16 04:42:11 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Smartphones are not intended to educate, empower, or make one literate.  They exist to keep you busy, and to keep you away from things which actually make you smart.


Like a ratlle for an infant.
 
2014-01-16 04:45:44 PM  
I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.
 
2014-01-16 04:49:26 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.


I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.
 
2014-01-16 04:55:35 PM  

RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.


Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.
 
2014-01-16 05:01:22 PM  

Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.


Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?
 
2014-01-16 05:27:12 PM  

fusillade762: Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.

Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?


That's because you were drunk!
 
2014-01-16 05:30:30 PM  

fusillade762: Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?


It's gotten to the point where every time I watch a new TV show, I have to forget one of the old ones I remembered. I watched that new HBO show last Sunday and accidentally overwrote my memory of that GoT episode where Rob got married. Can't wait to watch that one again, but I'm not sure what to put *it* over now.
 
2014-01-16 05:40:32 PM  
Complicated things usually come with/require training. Big trucks, airplanes, nuclear plants, most jobs, combines, and your spouse for instance. Most kids have computer training as they go through school.

People seldom get phone training but those devices are certainly challenging enough to warrant it. Anything computer related in our society generally doesn't have any training emphasis and it shows. You're just supposed to know somehow.
 
2014-01-16 05:41:43 PM  

fusillade762: Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.

Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?


Tell me about it.  I displaced the cure for cancer with Bananarama lyrics.
 
2014-01-16 05:46:56 PM  

Pocket Ninja: fusillade762: Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?

It's gotten to the point where every time I watch a new TV show, I have to forget one of the old ones I remembered. I watched that new HBO show last Sunday and accidentally overwrote my memory of that GoT episode where Rob got married. Can't wait to watch that one again, but I'm not sure what to put *it* over now.


I had a similar problem with "The Walking Dead". After watching the show I tried reading the comic but the overlay between the characters made it too confusing.
 
2014-01-16 05:46:59 PM  
I own an IT support services company, so I can definitely relate.  As a result, I also do a lot of support for friends, family, and buddies with small businesses on the side.

I bypass a lot of the complaints mentioned in TFA by taking care of it myself.  Whenever I touch a new device or network, I document everything, including passwords, so that when they forget what theirs is for whatever service, they can just text me for it (which they will do regardless of whether I've actually documented it, so I might as well).  This is vastly superior to how they tend to solve that issue on their own, which is invariably to recycle passwords across all services.
 
2014-01-16 06:01:00 PM  

RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.


Because once you've got it down by rote, you can do it automatically. Frees up your brain to multitask while doing other things.

That's why people like Jackie Can are so good at martial arts stunts. While you'd have to think about what move to make, his body would already be doing it before your neurons had even fired. That's why Marines still drill incessantly in hand to hand fighting, even though there hasn't been hand to hand fighting with enemy troops since the banana clip's invention.

That said, your childhood home's address is kinda useless if you sold the property already.
 
2014-01-16 06:06:01 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-16 06:26:24 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-16 06:34:06 PM  
Teaching android to a boomer is like teaching potato enthusiasts not to lick windows. True story.
 
2014-01-16 06:36:55 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat:


Looks like I picked the wrong day to play AngryBirds and not browse Fark...
 
2014-01-16 06:39:31 PM  
DUMPED my 'smart phone' 2 years ago and am better off because of it.
 
2014-01-16 06:40:00 PM  
New research says that Internet porn makes you stupider. If that's true, my "smart" phone should be dumber than a roomful of Jenny McCarthys breeding with Shia LaBeouf's Twitter account.
 
Ant
2014-01-16 06:40:28 PM  
"I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.
 
2014-01-16 06:43:28 PM  
leadinghands.org
 
Ant
2014-01-16 06:43:40 PM  

edmo: People seldom get phone training but those devices are certainly challenging enough to warrant it.


But they're really not that challenging.
 
2014-01-16 06:43:47 PM  
Since I'm not having any issues with my new Republic Moto X I'm getting kicks...

/60-something
//programmer back in the day when mainframes were $5-million 286's
///hint...Youtube is your friend
 
2014-01-16 06:47:08 PM  
If only smartphones shipped with manuals... Or there was some sort of search engine that you could punch a question about a feature on your phone into and see a ranked list of possible answers.
 
2014-01-16 06:48:32 PM  
i can kinda understand the fright of having to use a modern touch interface for someone who isnt all that sharp on the mouse - i mean, it's literally like poking a person with a stick. Maybe nothing happens, maybe the person gets mad, breaks your phone. Who knows, with it flying around all over the place?

Really, i'm okay with all that stuff, but is it beyond android to have a dummy fast-access mode?
 
2014-01-16 06:49:37 PM  

Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.


I can't speak for anyone in TFA, but it seems like whenever my dad tries to reach himself a new computer skill, he always seems to end up breaking things in the most bizarre ways imaginable.  Most recently, he was trying to learn how to use his ISP's webmail, and he tried to delete an e-mail by closing the browser.
 
2014-01-16 06:50:46 PM  
If Frank Washington has told his mother once, he has told her a thousand times: Do not change the account passwords on your iPhone.

His mother called the other day. She had a password problem.

"I told her to call Apple support this time, because I was done with it," Washington said.


What a dick.
 
2014-01-16 06:51:07 PM  

anfrind: Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.

I can't speak for anyone in TFA, but it seems like whenever my dad tries to reach himself a new computer skill, he always seems to end up breaking things in the most bizarre ways imaginable.  Most recently, he was trying to learn how to use his ISP's webmail, and he tried to delete an e-mail by closing the browser.


makes sense, right? i mean, he didn't save the email first, so why shouldn't closing the program work?

/my mother was an instructional designer, so I have an appreciation of the irrationality of the interface
 
2014-01-16 06:51:15 PM  
sobriquet by any other name: 
Really, i'm okay with all that stuff, but is it beyond android to have a dummy fast-access mode?

Something like this?

lounge.obviousmag.org
 
2014-01-16 06:52:33 PM  

moike: sobriquet by any other name: 
Really, i'm okay with all that stuff, but is it beyond android to have a dummy fast-access mode?

Something like this?

[lounge.obviousmag.org image 454x234]


actually i was thinking of a full-screen contacts-phone-text only interface that it boots into, and is difficult to leave accidentally, for older users, but SnarkUI... that has potential!
 
2014-01-16 06:53:19 PM  

Pocket Ninja: fusillade762: Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?

It's gotten to the point where every time I watch a new TV show, I have to forget one of the old ones I remembered. I watched that new HBO show last Sunday and accidentally overwrote my memory of that GoT episode where Rob got married. Can't wait to watch that one again, but I'm not sure what to put *it* over now.


If your brain had an SD port there would be no issue. Don't even get me started on the USB port.
 
2014-01-16 06:53:38 PM  

orezona: [leadinghands.org image 446x269]


HP made a watch in the 1970s that actually had buttons too small for your fingers. Came with a poker attached to the wristband.

www.hp.com
 
2014-01-16 06:54:20 PM  

EdgeRunner: New research says that Internet porn makes you stupider. If that's true, my "smart" phone should be dumber than a roomful of Jenny McCarthys breeding with Shia LaBeouf's Twitter account.


Femminist propaganda.

If porn made you dumb, how would I still remember that e is equal to MC Hammer?
 
2014-01-16 06:55:41 PM  

sobriquet by any other name: anfrind:

makes sense, right? i mean, he didn't save the email first, so why shouldn't closing the program work?


I said this wrong, i mean't: "he got a "new" email like a "new" file that he didn't save to the harddrive first, so why shouldn't just quitting the program result in that data being lost?" as godawful as that sounds.
 
2014-01-16 06:59:21 PM  
Too much iJunk.
Way too much.
 
DB
2014-01-16 06:59:48 PM  

moike: If only smartphones shipped with manuals... Or there was some sort of search engine that you could punch a question about a feature on your phone into and see a ranked list of possible answers.


My droid didn't come with a comprehensive manual nor is there one online. I'm having no trouble using it but there are plenty of things that I have no idea they are for and I am sure I am vastly underutilizing its capability.
 
2014-01-16 06:59:52 PM  
My (now deceased) mother, right before she was RIFed into retirement, kept insisting she "needed" a Blackberry (because I got one -  my job had replaced digital pagers with Blackberries). I kept asking her "why" she NEEDED one. She would then ask what mine did, and I said it mostly annoyed me, and annoyed my wife once I found Brickbreaker.

We never let her get one, and instead replaced her lost flip phone with a Jitterbug.

Now work (new job) has iPhones and I have an Android for my personal smartphone. Now I'm "tech support" for my family's stuff (wife's Android and laptop, kid's iPod). Old work just dumped Blackberry in favor of Android, using some kind of Cisco product for device management. I'm glad I am not there any more, for I'd have to be explaining to a LOT of people the different behavior of Android vs. Blackberry, even though I wasn't in the "Computer Services" group.
 
2014-01-16 07:00:30 PM  
FFS, don't go into an Apple store for at least a month after a new version of the iPhone comes out. They're filled with old people who have to be trained how to use the farking thing.

Don't they come with instruction manuals (the phones, not the old people)? Or help screens?

I don't have an iPhone, but I'm assuming they have those things. Or am I the only one who still refers to owners manuals?
 
2014-01-16 07:01:29 PM  

RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.


This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.
 
2014-01-16 07:02:15 PM  

fatassbastard: If Frank Washington has told his mother once, he has told her a thousand times: Do not change the account passwords on your iPhone.

His mother called the other day. She had a password problem.

"I told her to call Apple support this time, because I was done with it," Washington said.

What a dick.


I see you don't have technologically illetrate mother. I do. They will litterally call you everyday about something. It's anoying and counter productive. IOS and Android are baby's first OS and children in Africa can figure it out (http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506466/given-tablets-but-no-tea ch ers-ethiopian-children-teach-themselves/ )on their own westerners who actually have first world education should be able to do it. If they can't too freaking bad it's fricking Darwinian at this point.
 
2014-01-16 07:03:05 PM  
Reading this article reminded me of the time I was sleeping at my parents house and forgot to turn off the alarm on my phone. When I woke up, I couldn't find my phone, and went searching the house wondering where I could have left it. It turns out I left it in the kitchen charging, and when my mom woke up to go to work she couldn't figure out how to turn it off. It was bothering her so much she stashed it in a drawer to muffle the sound.

That said, I taught her mom a couple of different ways to transfer files from her Samsung Ace wirelessly so she can easily get the photos off of it and onto it. The only issue she has with her iPad is getting email to work when she comes to Canada, but that is related to the SMTP settings or some shiat. I wish she had just gotten a web email, but she insists on using whatever is provided by her current ISP.

Phones are not that complicated, but I use android, and unlike the picture above I am actually a scientist. Maybe I am not qualified to speak for average people. I wear a blue lab coat though, they don't look dirty as quick.
 
2014-01-16 07:04:24 PM  
We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.
 
2014-01-16 07:04:56 PM  
Obligatory smugness about how I don't own a smart phone OR cell phone, blah, blah, blah.

(Partly because they WOULD make me dumber than I am.)
 
2014-01-16 07:06:17 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-01-16 07:07:46 PM  

megarian: RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.


Wow! It's almost like the Internet.
 
2014-01-16 07:09:19 PM  

fatassbastard: If Frank Washington has told his mother once, he has told her a thousand times: Do not change the account passwords on your iPhone.

His mother called the other day. She had a password problem.

"I told her to call Apple support this time, because I was done with it," Washington said.

What a dick.


Agreed. I wish my mom would call me for tech support, but considering she's dead, that might be awkward...
 
2014-01-16 07:10:15 PM  

The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.


Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.
 
2014-01-16 07:10:26 PM  

WayneKerr: megarian: RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.

Wow! It's almost like the Internet.


Oh shut it. I don't carry my laptop everywhere.
 
2014-01-16 07:14:04 PM  

Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.


Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.
 
2014-01-16 07:15:44 PM  
Change the names and the first part of the story is about me. Except I didn't tell my mother to call tech support. I make won't work with her over the phone though, that's just torture.

My brother gave her his old ipad, the fat bastard.

I now keep all her account information in my password keeper. Along with my wife's. When I get bored with this life I might steal their identities and have then placed on an NSA watch list.
 
2014-01-16 07:15:58 PM  

Franco: Teaching android to a boomer is like teaching potato enthusiasts not to lick windows. True story.


I'm a potato enthusiast, and I don't understand your SAT question

/my android phone is currently a bookmark in my trapper keeper
 
2014-01-16 07:16:07 PM  

edmo: People seldom get phone training but those devices are certainly challenging enough to warrant it. Anything computer related in our society generally doesn't have any training emphasis and it shows. You're just supposed to know somehow.


A friend of a friend of mine was teaching a course at a small, for-profit place that decided all courses had to be offered online.

He was teaching intro to computers.

/went over about as well as you'd think
 
2014-01-16 07:16:10 PM  

The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.

Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.


Okay, fair point. I retract my statement.
 
2014-01-16 07:16:13 PM  

DB: moike: If only smartphones shipped with manuals... Or there was some sort of search engine that you could punch a question about a feature on your phone into and see a ranked list of possible answers.

My droid didn't come with a comprehensive manual nor is there one online. I'm having no trouble using it but there are plenty of things that I have no idea they are for and I am sure I am vastly underutilizing its capability.


Weird...

Not only did my Droid Razr HD ship with a manual in the box, but it also came with an insert that had a URL to the manual online.

And there's a 'Help' app that has the same info as the printed manual in touchscreen format.

Did your carrier ship you a factory second, refurb, or something when you ordered the phone?
 
2014-01-16 07:16:52 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.


Yeah, my parents bought me an entire encyclopedia set in 1976.  Every time I looked something up, I became dumber and dumber.
 
2014-01-16 07:18:00 PM  
"I told her to call Apple support this time, because I was done with it"

If my kids, no matter how old they were, talked to me like that, I'd write them out of the will.
 
2014-01-16 07:18:57 PM  

Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.

Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.

Okay, fair point. I retract my statement.


to be totally fair, many of the people being run over by texting drivers are probably also texting... or buying organic produce. at worst it's a push
 
2014-01-16 07:19:10 PM  

fusillade762: Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.

Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?


cdn.uproxx.com
 
2014-01-16 07:19:29 PM  

megarian: WayneKerr: megarian: RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.

Wow! It's almost like the Internet.

Oh shut it. I don't carry my laptop everywhere.


I will shut it... shut it like a flip phone in the 2000's
 
2014-01-16 07:22:31 PM  

vudukungfu: Mike_LowELL: Smartphones are not intended to educate, empower, or make one literate.  They exist to keep you busy, and to keep you away from things which actually make you smart.

Like a ratlle for an infant.


Like all consumer "technology"
 
2014-01-16 07:23:08 PM  

Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.

Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.

Okay, fair point. I retract my statement.


But you agree, Smartphones, being so deadly, should be banned.  I mean, assault rifles were responsible for less than 50 deaths in 2011, but clearly nobody should have them.  Nobody needs an assault rifle...just like nobody needs a smartphone.  Those deadly items should just be banned. When somebody says they NEED a smartphone, their sanity should really be called into question.
 
2014-01-16 07:24:49 PM  

Robin Hoodie: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.

Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.

Okay, fair point. I retract my statement.

to be totally fair, many of the people being run over by texting drivers are probably also texting... or buying organic produce. at worst it's a push


Even more evidence supporting a Smartphone ban.
 
2014-01-16 07:26:04 PM  
I liked it when smartphones were a little difficult to use. Kept the riff-raff out of my business.
 
2014-01-16 07:26:25 PM  
HELLO!?

YES!

NAAH, IT WAS RUBBISH!

RIGHT!

CIAO!

mojix.org
 
2014-01-16 07:27:52 PM  

WayneKerr: megarian: WayneKerr: megarian: RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

This.

And I've learned some awesome things via smartphone. Being able to look up anything leads me to look up and read something else is pretty amazing. I end up reading about things what I had not thought about or didn't have reasonable access to. I love Wikipedia wormholes.

Wow! It's almost like the Internet.

Oh shut it. I don't carry my laptop everywhere.

I will shut it... shut it like a flip phone in the 2000's


HEEEEY-OOOO!

(I'm not proud, but I laughed)
 
2014-01-16 07:28:41 PM  

Robin Hoodie: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.

Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.

Okay, fair point. I retract my statement.

to be totally fair, many of the people being run over by texting drivers are probably also texting... or buying organic produce. at worst it's a push


So two wrongs don't make a right, but they might cancel each other out to the point that nothing happened. Which is almost as good!
 
2014-01-16 07:31:43 PM  
I think in general people are intimidated by tech like smart phones is because they are afraid to make mistakes so don't try to learn anything but the basics. Anytime I get new tech toys? I mess with every little setting and item on the device. I accidentally send a text, delete email? Oh well, now I'll learn from my mistakes. In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected. Kids will dive right in and fark around with whatever. Older people cannot be afraid to learn the new things and possibly get things wrong.
 
DB
2014-01-16 07:32:25 PM  

moike: DB: moike: If only smartphones shipped with manuals... Or there was some sort of search engine that you could punch a question about a feature on your phone into and see a ranked list of possible answers.

My droid didn't come with a comprehensive manual nor is there one online. I'm having no trouble using it but there are plenty of things that I have no idea they are for and I am sure I am vastly underutilizing its capability.

Weird...

Not only did my Droid Razr HD ship with a manual in the box, but it also came with an insert that had a URL to the manual online.

And there's a 'Help' app that has the same info as the printed manual in touchscreen format.

Did your carrier ship you a factory second, refurb, or something when you ordered the phone?


Nope. Brand new Droid mini. There was a very elementary manual that told you what buttons do what but every feature and tweak I've used came from just exploring on my own. A less tech savvy person would probably be very confused.
 
2014-01-16 07:34:00 PM  
I dropped my Android in the toilet this afternoon.
I had to run to my laptop to "the Google" to see how to try and save my phone.
Farking on my Kindle while I wait for a bag of dry rice to save my phone.
Technology has made me extra stupider-ish. Kind of. I think.
 
2014-01-16 07:34:23 PM  
I viewed that link on my phone. It made me stabby.
 
2014-01-16 07:35:15 PM  
I do, like, 6 things with my phone.   I've never used an app to my knowledge nor do I know anything about tethering or whatever kinky stuff you nerds do.  Phone, camera, messaging, porn, porn, and more porn the way god intended.  My wife has 792 all synced-up Apple products and still can't keep things straight.

What the hell you kids get up to with your toys I will probably never understand.
 
2014-01-16 07:38:00 PM  

Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.


Like George Carlin said, Imagine how dumb the average person is, and then realize that half of us are dumber than that.

Now think about that dumb half.  Half of those people are stupider than even the average moron.  And of that group of sub-moron pudding wearers?  Half of those can't even manage to smear the pudding cups on their faces or peel the foil off by themselves.

And the bottom half of that subgroup of brain-stem level functioning potato lickers?  They can't manage to use a camera without taking pictures of themselves.  They can't research google, or form abstract thoughts or do anything other than respond to light stimuli like plants or protozoa.

And the bottom half of that group?  Buzzfeed editors.
 
2014-01-16 07:41:45 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: I do, like, 6 things with my phone.   I've never used an app to my knowledge nor do I know anything about tethering or whatever kinky stuff you nerds do.  Phone, camera, messaging, porn, porn, and more porn the way god intended.  My wife has 792 all synced-up Apple products and still can't keep things straight.

What the hell you kids get up to with your toys I will probably never understand.


I thought that was what a tablet was for?

And, yes. I do have a tablet.
 
Ant
2014-01-16 07:41:54 PM  

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 525x743]


The Blackberry user should be more like this now
www.vacationhomes.net
 
2014-01-16 07:43:37 PM  
It's a combination of techno-phobia causing analysis paralysis, an aversion to reading, and pure laziness.

Why learn how to do something when you can just claim you're technologically illiterate and someone will do it for you?

If forced to do it yourself, why read what's actually on the screen?  If something is different than you remember, give up.  Reading is for other people.

And then there's the techno-phobic.  Where when faced with a piece of tech they lock up, unable to seemingly work out even the simplest of solutions without hand holding.  What if they do something wrong?  What if they make a mistake?  What if something they do changes the way things work and they can never get things back to the way they are right now?  Better to do nothing until someone is around who knows better.  Don't want to lose what little you've got.

What it boils down to is that for a whole lot of people tech is basically magic.  And if you cast the wrong spell you might anger the mighty tech deities and lose it all.

Wait for a tech priest to come by.  They will have the answers you seek.

And that's a mindset problem and nothing more.
 
2014-01-16 07:46:41 PM  

toraque: Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.

Like George Carlin said, Imagine how dumb the average person is, and then realize that half of us are dumber than that.

Now think about that dumb half.  Half of those people are stupider than even the average moron.  And of that group of sub-moron pudding wearers?  Half of those can't even manage to smear the pudding cups on their faces or peel the foil off by themselves.

And the bottom half of that subgroup of brain-stem level functioning potato lickers?  They can't manage to use a camera without taking pictures of themselves.  They can't research google, or form abstract thoughts or do anything other than respond to light stimuli like plants or protozoa.

And the bottom half of that group?   Buzzfeed editors. Apple customers


FTFY
 
2014-01-16 07:52:31 PM  
Gawd, this gave me a flashback to Windows 3.1. A visiting friend used my puter (and Windows Write, because Office wasn't around yet) to write a letter and print it out for mailing. She was used to using a proprietary system at her workplace that automatically saved things as you wrote them.

Because she didn't want her confidential letter to remain on my machine (it had NOT been saved because that's not how Write worked), she simply deleted the entire word processing program, thinking that the program she used to write the letter WAS the letter.

I had to reinstall the entire Win 3.1 OS just to get Write back.

/She has finally accepted, and will readily confess these 20 years later, that she is "not a techie."
 
2014-01-16 07:54:50 PM  
I think Samsung has some simple mode implemented in all new phones that gives you the basic functions of the phone and some apps (Calendar, Calculator, Temp, etc.). Everything is clearly labeled but goddamn it looks like a jitterbug smartphone.
 
2014-01-16 07:58:23 PM  

The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban trolls. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000,000 shiatposts.  Nobody needs a troll, and the fact that they are responsible for so many shiatposts is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to be one.


Word.
 
2014-01-16 07:58:34 PM  

ladyfortuna: fatassbastard: If Frank Washington has told his mother once, he has told her a thousand times: Do not change the account passwords on your iPhone.

His mother called the other day. She had a password problem.

"I told her to call Apple support this time, because I was done with it," Washington said.

What a dick.

Agreed. I wish my mom would call me for tech support, but considering she's dead, that might be awkward...


1.bp.blogspot.com

It works better than you might think...
 
2014-01-16 08:00:22 PM  
Mine is a touchscreen gaming handheld/audio player with phone functions bolted on. Or rather, mine are. I have a decade's worth of older smartphones that I still keep around loaded with games and demos and emulators and all sorts of amusements. They're ace.

And I still love my wee N-Gage QD. That's the one that fixed the sidetalking and the need to remove the battery to change the game. Gets weeks of life off a single charge and has actual hardware game controls.
 
2014-01-16 08:01:14 PM  

big pig peaches: Change the names and the first part of the story is about me. Except I didn't tell my mother to call tech support. I make won't work with her over the phone though, that's just torture.

My brother gave her his old ipad, the fat bastard.

I now keep all her account information in my password keeper. Along with my wife's. When I get bored with this life I might steal their identities and have then placed on an NSA watch list.


Yeah, I simply cannot talk to my mother about fixing anything on a computer over the phone. Even when I have the exact screen up she's looking at it's painful to try to walk her through stuff. Finally she's given me her passwords to just have me fix whatever is wrong, and I've thought about setting up a remote access to fix things directly. I've pretty much said to call tech support, politely.
 
2014-01-16 08:04:14 PM  

A Gentile in Boca: I dropped my Android in the toilet this afternoon.
I had to run to my laptop to "the Google" to see how to try and save my phone.
Farking on my Kindle while I wait for a bag of dry rice to save my phone.
Technology has made me extra stupider-ish. Kind of. I think.


imageshack.com
 
2014-01-16 08:09:04 PM  

umad: toraque: Ant: "I couldn't get the camera flipped around so it would take a picture of an object and not myself," Jennifer said. There were a lot of pictures of Jennifer. "Finally a client said, 'Here, let me help you with that.'"

How the fark do people like this function? Are you so incurious that you can't try a few menu items? Do you know how to use Google? I honestly don't understand.

Like George Carlin said, Imagine how dumb the average person is, and then realize that half of us are dumber than that.

Now think about that dumb half.  Half of those people are stupider than even the average moron.  And of that group of sub-moron pudding wearers?  Half of those can't even manage to smear the pudding cups on their faces or peel the foil off by themselves.

And the bottom half of that subgroup of brain-stem level functioning potato lickers?  They can't manage to use a camera without taking pictures of themselves.  They can't research google, or form abstract thoughts or do anything other than respond to light stimuli like plants or protozoa.

And the bottom half of that group?   Buzzfeed editors. Apple customers

iHater douchebags

FTFY
 
2014-01-16 08:11:50 PM  

fatassbastard: If Frank Washington has told his mother once, he has told her a thousand times: Do not change the account passwords on your iPhone.

His mother called the other day. She had a password problem.

"I told her to call Apple support this time, because I was done with it," Washington said.

What a dick.


It is pretty standard. He voluntarily gets involved in something, loses interest, then figures it is someone else's problem. He'd be the first to scream if Apple stopped support for any reason.
 
2014-01-16 08:16:15 PM  

BigOle8point: porn, porn, and more porn the way god intended. My wife has 792 all synced-up Apple products and still can't keep things straight.

What the hell you kids get up to with your toys I will probably never understand.

I thought that was what a tablet was for?

And, yes. I do have a tablet.


Sometimes I'll use my Surface to Fark & browse the web, but mainly it's for Netflix, Youtube-ing, and porn. The one or two times I dared queue up a porn on my phone, with the smaller screen I would accidentally click the tweet button and come *this* close to sending the link to "bareback babysitter boogaloo" or whatever out to the world.
 
2014-01-16 08:17:00 PM  

jso2897: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban trolls. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000,000 shiatposts.  Nobody needs a troll, and the fact that they are responsible for so many shiatposts is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to be one.

Word.


I prefer "muckraker" or "shiat stirrer".  Troll is so ...how do you say?...millennial.
 
2014-01-16 08:17:09 PM  

Pocket Ninja: fusillade762: Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?

It's gotten to the point where every time I watch a new TV show, I have to forget one of the old ones I remembered. I watched that new HBO show last Sunday and accidentally overwrote my memory of that GoT episode where Rob got married. Can't wait to watch that one again, but I'm not sure what to put *it* over now.


Married With Children, when Al takes Kelly to the gameshow.
 
2014-01-16 08:28:31 PM  
www.pcreview.co.uk
 
2014-01-16 08:30:20 PM  
skinink:  In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected.

Remember that screencap from Facebook where some lady publicly talks about how much she enjoyed sexy-time (with graphic detail) on her date with a guy?

Yeah, that's gonna be hard to correct. Not to mention the dozens of other social media meltdowns that have made the news over the years.
 
2014-01-16 08:32:58 PM  

Fano: [www.pcreview.co.uk image 732x823]


30 minutes? Try them all?

Step one: Google
Step two: Try it
Step three: Repeat
If it doesn't work in ten minutes, give up and consider flashing the drive.
 
2014-01-16 08:40:10 PM  

doglover: RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Because once you've got it down by rote, you can do it automatically. Frees up your brain to multitask while doing other things.

That's why people like Jackie Can are so good at martial arts stunts. While you'd have to think about what move to make, his body would already be doing it before your neurons had even fired. That's why Marines still drill incessantly in hand to hand fighting, even though there hasn't been hand to hand fighting with enemy troops since the banana clip's invention.

That said, your childhood home's address is kinda useless if you sold the property already.


But nothing Marines do is useless even if they will never do it in battle again.
 
2014-01-16 08:47:00 PM  
I remember when we got together for Christmas in '11 or '10 and my aunt had gotten an iphone since her daughters had too.  I knew she was a complete luddite and it would be an expensive piece of jewelry to her.  I was right.  She got rid of it as soon as she could because she was paying way too much for features she stopped using after a week or so.

I mainly use my smartphone for email and light browsing, but at least I know how to use all the features of my phone when I'm inclined.
 
Ant
2014-01-16 08:56:46 PM  

moike: Or there was some sort of search engine that you could punch a question about a feature on your phone into and see a ranked list of possible answers.


I tried punching a question into my computer, and now my monitor is cracked. You owe me a new monitor!
 
2014-01-16 09:01:24 PM  
i60.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-16 09:03:38 PM  
why won't it let me re-size pictures anymore...

throw me into the same category as a smartphone user.
 
2014-01-16 09:16:16 PM  
Yeah, smartphones are so cool - there's nothing like lugging around an electric brick everywhere you go.

Get with the program, luddites - direct chip implant is the only way to fly.
 
2014-01-16 09:25:35 PM  

sobriquet by any other name: moike: sobriquet by any other name: 
Really, i'm okay with all that stuff, but is it beyond android to have a dummy fast-access mode?

Something like this?

[lounge.obviousmag.org image 454x234]

actually i was thinking of a full-screen contacts-phone-text only interface that it boots into, and is difficult to leave accidentally, for older users, but SnarkUI... that has potential!


If it boots into a phone-text-contact UI that the user never leaves, why not just get the free flip phone and a $15 phone plan?

I know, I know keeping up with the jonses, conspicuous consumerism, irrationality, etc. . .
 
2014-01-16 09:40:25 PM  
It's my auxiliary brain
 
2014-01-16 09:48:55 PM  

ladyfortuna: Agreed. I wish my mom would call me for tech support, but considering she's dead, that might be awkward...


My mother died a couple of years ago, and she was a complete dumbass about computers. So I'm torn here.

But with her, it was deliberate. She never wanted to learn them, so she didn't. Couldn't even send an email. So eventually we gave up trying to teach her. I did show her how to look at my photo albums of all her old photos that my brother had put on disc right before she died. She liked that.
 
2014-01-16 09:58:28 PM  
Got my 1st smartphone back last April. Yeah an Android and for a while it was pretty nifty fooling around with some of the apps and trying to look on the 'net with that little screen. Then in Oct. I got a refurbed Dell Laptop to replace my 10yr old plus Gateway and guess what? Now about the only thing I use the Phone for again is Calling people. I've got the laptop piggybacked on the Wi-Fi at work and that takes care of that. The only really handy thing with the Phone now is if I'm in the field and have to take pics of something for work, I can just e-mail them straight to the office PC. I don't Text or Tweet or any of that other stuff. I have no Facebook acct, what for? If I want to talk to someone, I call them. I'm not Married to the phone. The 1st thing I think when the Kitchen Phone (the Main phone in my house is on the Kitchen wall and it's hooked to Wires! Gasp!! Old school Huh?) rings is "Who the Hell is bothering me Now?". I just don't see why some people have to be in constant contact with whoever, wherever and whenever. Must be something missing in their lives.
 
2014-01-16 10:04:14 PM  
I realize everyone has different needs both in their job and personal life. For my situation, a Tracphone serves the purpose. I can wait til I get home to Fark.
 
2014-01-16 10:15:35 PM  

Lapdance: the Main phone in my house is on the Kitchen wall and it's hooked to Wires!


www.elijahfan.com
 
2014-01-16 10:25:36 PM  
I farking love my iphone, I barely even use it as a phone. instead I tweet and get stuff from the library and listen to podcasts and audiobooks (and music sometimes) and look at tumblr etc. If I need something there's an app for it. And before someone asks me why I don't just do all that with a tablet or laptop, I ask you, which would you rather carry around, an iphone or a farking laptop? fark that shiat, I'm not carrying something the size of a notebook around just to entertain myself. Plus the GPS and maps and tide tables are useful on fossil collecting trips. All that in my pocket. What on earth would I use a laptop or one of those big tablets for? (I have a Nook HD but I mostly use it as an ereader and rarely use the other functions. while I can read on my iphone that's the one thing it fails at a bit, the screen is too small to be a comfortable ereader)
 
2014-01-16 10:52:21 PM  
"My husband is snoring away," Tammy recalled - she was unable to stop that, either - "and I'm downstairs in the kitchen trying to find a place to hide the phone so I can't hear it anymore."

The freezer. That will shut it up.
 
2014-01-16 10:53:47 PM  

ladyfortuna: skinink:  In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected.

Remember that screencap from Facebook where some lady publicly talks about how much she enjoyed sexy-time (with graphic detail) on her date with a guy?

Yeah, that's gonna be hard to correct. Not to mention the dozens of other social media meltdowns that have made the news over the years.


From my comment you can tell I'm talking about learning how to use technology. I'm not talking about idiot things people do socially. That's nothing to do with learning tech. Before that lady said that stuff, she had to learn how to use Facebook.
 
2014-01-16 10:57:48 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: I do, like, 6 things with my phone. I've never used an app to my knowledge


Have you made a phone call? That is an app? Browsed the web? Another. Anything you touch is an app.
 
2014-01-16 11:41:21 PM  
A while back I realized that my phone had far, far more functions than I ever used or needed.  When it died recently replaced it with a lower end $47 android phone.  It does what I need: make calls, sends texts and gets internet.

I also realized I was paying too damn much for what I needed.  The cheapest plan I could get on Verizon was for 10x my typical data, text and voice usage.  So at the same time I replaced the phone I dropped Verizon for Ting.  My first months Ting bill was $15 + taxes for my 60 or so texts, 60 or so minutes and 70 mb of data.  The new phone and first months bill was less than what I was paying vwz every month. Next month and every month after that I will be saving $55 or so compared to what I had.  Plus I am not chained by some bullshiat contract or a locked phone.
 
2014-01-16 11:45:18 PM  

RexTalionis: Mitch Taylor's Bro: I think smartphones are making people dumber. I know mine has. I don't have to remember as much.

I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.


www.radiotimes.com
 
2014-01-17 12:29:17 AM  

Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.


Yep!  The crap I remember from the 1980's when I was a kid.  I remember my address, phone number, etc.  Nowadays I barely remember my own phone number.  And spelling?  I just throw enough letters into Google and it figures it out.

Does that make me dumber?  No idea.  Just an interesting shift in how things work nowadays.

/In terms of dumber, I did have to use a calculator to figure out if I was 38 or 39 the other day
//38
 
2014-01-17 12:37:12 AM  

downstairs: Pocket Ninja: RexTalionis: I don't see the point in devoting brain power to memorizing things that I can easily look up.

Tell me about it. I mean, I still remember the street address and phone number of the house where I lived when I was eight years old. Eight! Good lord, if I could just free up the space that's taking up, I'd be a super genius by now. Maybe even in Mensa.

Yep!  The crap I remember from the 1980's when I was a kid.  I remember my address, phone number, etc.  Nowadays I barely remember my own phone number.  And spelling?  I just throw enough letters into Google and it figures it out.

Does that make me dumber?  No idea.  Just an interesting shift in how things work nowadays.

/In terms of dumber, I did have to use a calculator to figure out if I was 38 or 39 the other day
//38


*musical note* 'I think my liiife is passinggg me byyyy' *musical note*

/Sam Roberts ;-)
 
2014-01-17 01:21:36 AM  
ok
 
2014-01-17 05:47:25 AM  

skinink: ladyfortuna: skinink:  In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected.

Remember that screencap from Facebook where some lady publicly talks about how much she enjoyed sexy-time (with graphic detail) on her date with a guy?

Yeah, that's gonna be hard to correct. Not to mention the dozens of other social media meltdowns that have made the news over the years.

From my comment you can tell I'm talking about learning how to use technology. I'm not talking about idiot things people do socially. That's nothing to do with learning tech. Before that lady said that stuff, she had to learn how to use Facebook.


My point was, clearly she didn't learn enough about using Facebook, because her privacy was set to public or all her friends or something like that. She thought she was just talking to the guy. So she did it wrong, and it was too late to correct.
 
2014-01-17 06:42:23 AM  

ladyfortuna: skinink: ladyfortuna: skinink:  In tech there's mostly nothing you can do wrong that cannot be corrected.

Remember that screencap from Facebook where some lady publicly talks about how much she enjoyed sexy-time (with graphic detail) on her date with a guy?

Yeah, that's gonna be hard to correct. Not to mention the dozens of other social media meltdowns that have made the news over the years.

From my comment you can tell I'm talking about learning how to use technology. I'm not talking about idiot things people do socially. That's nothing to do with learning tech. Before that lady said that stuff, she had to learn how to use Facebook.

My point was, clearly she didn't learn enough about using Facebook, because her privacy was set to public or all her friends or something like that. She thought she was just talking to the guy. So she did it wrong, and it was too late to correct.


Your point still has nothing to do with what I was talking about, learning to use technology and not being afraid to make mistakes while learning. Like making mistakes while learning a language or how to fix a car. Why are you trying to change what I'm talking about? I'm not talking about responsible behavior.
 
2014-01-17 06:44:00 AM  
As an aside, I hate the term "smart phone". It is a great example of marketing newspeak.

Thinking about it though, it is probably better than phone++.
 
2014-01-17 07:33:25 AM  
I've decided to stop using smartphones for browsing the Internet, forever.   If I'm playing the occasional handheld device like a DS it's ok, but for some reason with Internet browsing I don't respect my neck position or posture.

Nevermind the fact that everything on a smartphone takes twice as long or longer than a laptop or desktop, yes, even with high speed Internet service.

Piss on 'em.  If I'm bored there's other ways to pass the time that hey-might even involve looking around and interacting with the real world! *slaps face* *slaps your face too*
 
2014-01-17 08:48:53 AM  
Last week, the world's gadget makers and tech swamis gathered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to celebrate the latest gizmonic advances

supertotallyawesome.com
 
2014-01-17 10:08:38 AM  

The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: Weatherkiss: The Southern Dandy: We really need to ban Smart phones. In 2011, they were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths.  Nobody needs a Smart phone, and the fact that they are responsible for so many deaths is clear proof that nobody should be allowed to have one.

Personally, if Smartphones are the cause of 3,000 deaths I think we should allow more people to have them, and to make them cheaper.

Because those same 3,000 are too stupid to survive if a Smartphone can be the cause of their demise.

Yeah, people are pretty farking stupid if they let themselves get run over by a person that texts while driving.

Okay, fair point. I retract my statement.

But you agree, Smartphones, being so deadly, should be banned.  I mean, assault rifles were responsible for less than 50 deaths in 2011, but clearly nobody should have them.  Nobody needs an assault rifle...just like nobody needs a smartphone.  Those deadly items should just be banned. When somebody says they NEED a smartphone, their sanity should really be called into question.


Between 2005 and 2009, an average of 3,880 people in the US died from drowning, making dihydrogen monoxide even more dangerous than either. Did you know that dihydrogen monoxide isn't even a controlled substance?

Or, in other words, what is the average amount of usage time of a smartphone that results in a death, versus the average amount of usage time of an AR that results in a death?
 
2014-01-17 02:26:48 PM  
skinink:
Your point still has nothing to do with what I was talking about, learning to use technology and not being afraid to make mistakes while learning. Like making mistakes while learning a language or how to fix a car. Why are you trying to change what I'm talking about? I'm not talking about responsible behavior.

I think we're having two different conversations. Never mind...
 
2014-01-17 05:17:07 PM  

sobriquet by any other name: moike: sobriquet by any other name:
Really, i'm okay with all that stuff, but is it beyond android to have a dummy fast-access mode?

Something like this?

[lounge.obviousmag.org image 454x234]

actually i was thinking of a full-screen contacts-phone-text only interface that it boots into, and is difficult to leave accidentally, for older users, but SnarkUI... that has potential!


Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 come with Easy Mode which is exactly as you describe. You can even turn it on in the startup wizard:

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/howtoguide/N0000003/10091/120408
 
2014-01-17 05:54:56 PM  

Captain of the ship of fools: As an aside, I hate the term "smart phone". It is a great example of marketing newspeak.

Thinking about it though, it is probably better than phone++.


Had they been around in the 1990s they'd have been called e-phones.
 
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