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4946 clicks; posted to Geek » on 25 Dec 2012 at 5:09 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-25 09:27:01 PM  
2 votes:
As a parent, and as somebody who's had a fair number of developmental and perceptual psych classes, I'm really, really nervous about giving apps or other addictive, attention-monopolizing, physics-defying toys to extremely young children. I don't know that they'll be harmful, but I think the possibility is strong enough that it's irresponsible to ignore it. There are plenty of other parents volunteering their kids for what amounts to a massive impromptu field study; let's see what we learn from them in a few years.

2012-12-26 02:18:20 PM  
1 vote:
Mice are not going anywhere nor is the PC. To many jobs require a keyboard and mouse combo and new touch screen tech isn't going to negate that any time soon. Those that believe otherwise are delusional or ign
2012-12-26 12:49:06 PM  
1 vote:

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Mice are utterly worthless, and I'm amazed they've lasted as long as they have. Inaccurate and fail frequently. And lifting up a mouse so you can scroll it over? Give me a break. Even a joystick is an improvement.

At the very least, I would have expected a touchpad to replace it, like what Lenovos and some other laptops have. Don't need a hard surface, much easier to control, and don't fail just because they got some dirt on them.

There are dozens of things you can do with a tablet that you can't do with a mouse. Like touch two things at once to combine them, draw circles, sign your name, etc. Anybody who likes mice over a touchpad should adjust their onion until they realize just how bad a mouse is.

As for kids, I don't see anything wrong with having them use a touchpad over other toys that they use alone. Certainly it shouldn't replace interpersonal contact.

I wonder what would happen to those kids in orphanages in Russia if they were given touchpads? Those kids weren't going to get any real face-time regardless, would it allow them to adjust, or make them even more psychotic?

I have a Wacom tablet that can be used in exactly the manner you describe, with a far larger surface area than the dinky ones on laptops. It is absolutely terrible for everyday use unless I'm using it to draw. If you really have that many problems with a device as incredibly simple as a mouse, I'm not sure what to tell you (hint: trackballs). Keyboards and mice have been the standard for a long time because they work. Touchscreens/touchpads have the same problems as voice recognition in that both are incredibly convenient when they work, but they don't account well enough for natural variations like accents or fat fingers. Fix that and you'll have a convincing argument.
2012-12-26 03:53:10 AM  
1 vote:

Rockstone: At this rate you'll have kids who don't know how to use a mouse in 10 years. Ugh.

How is this a bad thing?
2012-12-25 11:06:04 PM  
1 vote:
In 10 years, there likely won't be mice.

Why on earth would people want to use touchscreens for everything?  Touchscreens serve a purpose but aren't going to obsolete the keyboard and mouse.
2012-12-25 08:35:18 PM  
1 vote:

Rockstone: / iPads and mobile devices are stupid.

I'm sure your grandparents said the same thing about PCs.
2012-12-25 06:20:38 PM  
1 vote:
Any app that makes a sound when the phone is shook, thrown, hit, or toothlessly gummed would be a huge hit with that particular demographic.
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