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Re: Highway Musophobia Revisited [was: Speeding up Emacs load time]

From: Rustom Mody
Subject: Re: Highway Musophobia Revisited [was: Speeding up Emacs load time]
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 05:27:06 -0700 (PDT)
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On Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:18:42 AM UTC+5:30, Drew Adams wrote:
> Any pointer device, and a mouse is one (among other things it can
> be), has this feature: you look at something, anywhere, you point
> to it to do something with it or to it.  End of story.

> This should have been clear to everyone since their first experience
> with a pointer device, typically their index finger.  But some will
> never get it, it seems.  Never.
> "Gimme that.  That over there.  Two feet from the door, on the right,
> four feet up, against the wall.  No, just to the left of that thing
> ... three objects over.  No, the blue one.  That's it.  Thanks."
> Next time, try picking your nose using a keyboard.  (Might make an
> interesting GSOC project...)

Ha! Beautiful! <applause>
Just to add to what you are saying:  Why are apple and samsung raking in 
billions?  Quite simply because touch-devices are to the mouse what the mouse 
is to the keyboard.
With a keyboard one needs to know a command-line/keybindings etc, all the 
makings of nerdiness to become a user.
A mouse allows a non-nerd to become a user. It yet needs some analogizing 
between the pointing and the pointed.
Unify the two into a single touch-device and now 4-year-olds become users.

Having said that I need to make a frank admission (to Emanuel):
In the last 24 hours Ive gone through a struggle to upgrade my Samsung touch 
phone.  The unpleasantness of poor software from samsung combined with having 
to get into the rude/exploitative behavior of microsoft -- at one point it said 
my laptop is being updated and it would take 2 days!! -- makes Emanuel's 
diatribes against microsoft seem gentlemanly!

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