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[opensuse] Re: don't set Reply-to!! (was NO PERSONAL REPLIES...)
  • From: Joachim Schrod <jschrod@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2006 04:20:54 +0100
  • Message-id: <elda2n$ams$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
JB wrote:
On Friday 08 December 2006 05:21, Joachim Schrod wrote:
>>>>> "JE" == Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

JE> On Dec 8 2006 02:04, Joachim Schrod wrote:
>> To quote Jon Postel in RFC 761, the TCP definition from Januay 1980,
>> the last two lines on page 12:
>>
>> be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from
>> others.
>>
>> Words to keep in mind, they served us well in more than 25 years --
>> RIP Jon Postel.

JE> You know where this RFC attitude brought us - Web browsers accepting
JE> broken HTML, resulting in sloppy non-standard pages that display in
JE> less than average of the browsers.

And, so what? It made the Internet usable for millions of users. And,
for the record, I think that's a Good Thing(tm). I'm again that
elitism that would have prevented my mother, aged 71, to be able to
learn sending emails and surfing the Net three years ago when she
retired. She will never understand that there's a difference between a
Web browser and a Mail client, that's completely blurred to her, it's
all `that Internet thingy' -- but so what? Who cares, as long as she
can communicate with her relatives?

So it's better to just hop out to the computer store and get an old person a $600 phone (re computer)?

What you're writing is complete and utter garbage.

Read my words again -- I never wrote that my mother uses her computer only as a phone. I wrote that she doesn't care for technical implementation details because the _functionality_ is important to her, and not _how_ it is done. And that's the right way for users who are not geeks.

I don't know how my BMW works in detail either; and I doubt that I could learn it in acceptable time. And I don't know the technical difference to a Mercedes or an Audi either. Nevertheless I'm able to drive more than 40,000km per year, without any accident for many years. It's long time that computers have that kind of user experience as well, and that we only need to know what's "below the hood" when we are really interested in it.

Joachim

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