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They Finally Found Out We Like Our Computers

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the who-let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag dept.

Science 184

I'm Not There (1956) writes "Sociologist Clifford Nass is talking about how people think of their computers as something like human beings. In one of his experiments, Nass found that people are more willing to 'help' computers when the computer helped them previously: 'When people were then asked to help optimize the screen resolution on a computer where the program had been "helpful," they were much more likely to do so than with the less helpful version.' He also found that people evaluating software's performance were more forgiving if the evaluation was done on the same computer the software was tested on. Nass has recently published the book The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, in which he 'uses our interactions with machines to investigate how human relationships could be improved.'"

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A proposition (5, Funny)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503400)

Nass has recently published the book The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, in which he 'uses our interactions with machines to investigate how human relationships could be improved.'

I propose forcing women to think like computers instead of like women. They would be much easier to interact with.

Re:A proposition (4, Funny)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503472)

I propose forcing women to think like computers instead of like women. They would be much easier to interact with.

What? are you crazy? that would be horrible....Just imagine trying to have a conversation with a woman who continually pauses, buffers, and freezes as she is talking to you... ...damn, that actually sounds pretty awesome!

Re:A proposition (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503516)

Sure, but bluescreening in the middle of a blowjob would be more than a little annoying...

Re:A proposition (1)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503792)

And think of all the viruses you could get from her! Hmm....I think I'll get a model where all the hardware is Linux or *BSD compatible.

Re:A proposition (2, Funny)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504072)

I think I'll get a model where all the hardware is Linux or *BSD compatible.

But then you're stuck with a rather crappy UI, and who wants that on a woman...

Re:A proposition (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504114)

You may have to work a bit to get it running perfectly but you can get great eye-candy on such a system, it's not as if the default theme on windows actually looks good. Plus, if you learn how to talk to her, she'll do amazing stuff owners of a windows system wouldn't even imagine possible.

Re:A proposition (1)

Cheezymadman (1083175) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504376)

Except games. And who wants a woman that won't let you play with her?

Re:A proposition (2, Informative)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504568)

The games may not be as visually interesting to a third party, but they're no less fun.

Re:A proposition (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505016)

> Except games. And who wants a woman that won't let you play with her?

Games and women really don't mix. You really don't want a woman that plays games.

There's better more suitable hardware for playing games that comes with none of the BS and baggage.

Re:A proposition (3, Insightful)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504314)

The UI for Linux isn't bad. Its a lot better than Windows IMHO. There is always room for improvement too though. Personally though, the UI of a terminal doesn't get much better than what its at now.

Re:A proposition (2, Funny)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503526)

a woman who continually pauses, buffers, and freezes as she is talking to you... ...damn, that actually sounds pretty awesome!

Pretty awesome?! I can think of a couple of situations where that certainly isn't the best idea...

Oh yeah, keep going!...
*pauses*
Don't stop... That's the one...
*buffering*
What?! No, keep going! Don't stop now! Now NOW!
*blue screen*
Fine. I'll just go have a wank...

Re:A proposition (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503712)

"I'm almost there! Almost! Now I am 39 years from it. Now I am 3 seconds! 99%.... 99%.... 99%...."

Re:A proposition (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504092)

Oh yeah, keep going!... *pauses* Don't stop... That's the one... *buffering* What?! No, keep going! Don't stop now! Now NOW!

It's not the woman, it's her ISP. She's being throttled.

Re:A proposition (3, Insightful)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503536)

"I propose forcing women to think like computers instead of like women. They would be much easier to interact with."

I guess you either haven't dealt with a women and/or used Windows lately.

Re:A proposition (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503644)

He's probably used OS X too often and became jaded.

Re:A proposition (1, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503768)

He's probably used OS X too often and became jaded.

That would also explain why he doesn't deal with women.

Re:A proposition (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503966)

He's probably used OS X too often and became jaded.

That would also explain why he doesn't deal with women.

You clearly haven't been to a Starbucks in the last few years.

Re:A proposition (2, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503540)

I propose forcing women to think like computers instead of like women. They would be much easier to interact with.

So logically, until you lose that beer gut, learn to pick your socks up off the floor, do laundry and dishes and clean up after you "help" by cooking and leaving a god-forsaken mess, and ask for directions when you're lost, you fail the unit testing process. Better be ready to go f$ck yourself :-)

Re:A proposition (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504968)

Fuck that. I'll lose weight and clean up after myself, but I'd sooner die than ask for directions.

Re:A proposition (1, Insightful)

jacquelinew (946851) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503832)

I propose forcing women to think like computers instead of like women. They would be much easier to interact with.

Given that your reaction to an unrelated article is a misogynistic 'joke,' the difficulties in your relations with women might not be on their end.

Re:A proposition (3, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504178)

I don't think that's very misogynistic. While not disagreeing with your assessment, it's true that I can go out with a woman, learn all about the way she likes to be treated, what turns her on, off, etc, and then think I've got it all figured out. I'll go out with another, apparently similar, woman, and everything I know is now wrong. I give the same set of inputs, and I receive completely different outputs. Sometimes even faults, errors, and outright crashes. Sometimes it doesn't even have to be a different woman, just a different time or day. I do the same things I was doing a while ago, and I get a completely different response with no apparent rhyme or reason that I can detect prior to opening my mouth, all of a sudden there's just a purse flying at my head.

Contrast that with writing code. No matter what computer I run a certain program on, if I give it the same inputs I'm guaranteed to get the same outputs, because the computer is doing the exact same thing the other one was (I realize it's not that simple, but you know what I'm saying).

Contrast that with men, even. If you find a guy, and you figure out that he enjoys having a few beers out, followed by a blowjob, it's reasonably fair to assume that at any point in the future if you repeat your actions, he's going to respond the same way. Hell, I've been with women that I've slept with several times who one night decide they don't want to have sex right in the middle of sex. And yes, I'm sure you're thinking that's also my fault, but they did come back after the first several times.

That's all I meant. I wasn't trying to be misogynistic, Sweet Cheeks. No reason to get your panties in a bunch.

Re:A proposition (3, Insightful)

jacquelinew (946851) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504264)

I wasn't trying to be misogynistic

Yeeeaaah, that's kinda what I was talking about. Congrats though, now I just figure you're not that great with people in general, most men I know are more interesting than you portray them too.

Re:A proposition (2, Informative)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504638)

And how exactly have I portrayed most men to be? I said that if you figure out what a guy likes, chances are he's going to keep liking that same thing. That sounds neither uninteresting nor interesting, just "normal".

I'm glad that you can read so much into what I write that you're able to determine what kind of a person I am, though. I think we're making a connection here.

Re:A proposition (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504372)

I've never understood this 'women are hard to understand" thing. It seems pretty easy to me, since they are just humans, after all. Perhaps if you spent less time thinking about sex you might notice what's going on?

Re:A proposition (-1, Offtopic)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505120)

I keep a couple of fuckbuddies. Homely girls, but nice and willing to make me food and give me sex anytime I want. I treat them with absolute respectful honesty and do their dishes if they let me stay the night.

Other bitches treat me with respect because they know that I'm not going to pander to them or jump through hoops to get at that 'nanny. Why should I dance like a monkey for their amusement? The question is, what will those bitches do to amuse me?

Who wants to hear about reality TV or their puerile Brazilian fetish? I want nerdy, dorky, and insane. Like the chick, with the autographed photo of herself with Wil Wheaton, who blew my dick in one of the third-floor study booths in Cal State Northridge's Oviatt Library(which, interestingly enough, was featured in the recent Star Trek remake) and tried to solicit a midget for a threesome with us.

Ladies of Slashdot: if you're not willing to blow in a public library or paint with your menstrual blood, you are boooooring. You can change that, though, by crowbaring your asses off of the bon-bons and Real Housewives and really living a little. And no, a pair of "ironic" glasses and a t-shirt from Hot Topic dosen't automagically make you interesting. Why do the majority of you lack a sense of adventure?

Re:A proposition (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505002)

Contrast that with men, even. If you find a guy, and you figure out that he enjoys having a few beers out, followed by a blowjob, it's reasonably fair to assume that at any point in the future if you repeat your actions, he's going to respond the same way.

And this is the mistake most men make. Once men figure out what they like, they see no reason to change. Women like mystery. It is hard to explain this without oversimplifying in a short post, but that is close. A friend who got married several years before I did first pointed this out to me. His wife argued with him about it for around a half hour before she finally agreed with him. Most of that time was spent with him making his point in different ways (although it would have taken significantly less time if he didn't get a kick out of pulling her chain) until she saw what he was getting at. They are still married, going on 25 years now.

Re:A proposition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33505224)

Women who want mystery shouldn't get married at all. Or should stick to marriages where they don't really get to know the other person. You want mystery? Just have some hot person fuck you, and just drop in mysteriously without warning to visit and fuck you every few months or so.

Getting married is like going to a magic show and being able to see how some of it is done. Some people appreciate that. Some people think they would, but then they start preferring other magic shows with more "mystery"...

They are wanting conflicting things.

Same for those guys who like hot sluts, and then they marry a hot slut because she's a hot slut, and then are so disappointed that she still can't resist fucking other guys.

Oh wait this is slashdot. It's like nerds that are GPL fanatics- freedom and everything, and then they get an iphone...

If you want mystery in a marriage, just wait till you're older, and you both try to solve the mystery of the missing phone/remote. I know someone who found it in the fridge... ;)

Or you stop remembering who the other person is and why they are sleeping next to you...

Re:A proposition (2, Interesting)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505256)

And this is the mistake most men make. Once men figure out what they like, they see no reason to change.

I'm not sure if that's a mistake..

Women like mystery.

I understand, things like impulsiveness, surprises, and The Unknown are attractive. I enjoy setting things up like this for people who appreciate it, although I don't really like the convention that it's essentially the man's job to come up with everything. Maybe I've just dated the wrong women, but it seems like there are significantly more things expected of men than women. Even right down to the first meeting, traditionally it's the man's responsibility to approach the woman. It seems like the burden is always on the guy to find something new and exciting for the two to do. I just surprised my ex-girlfriend and current friend with a $5k custom guitar for her master's music degree graduation. She's a great girl, but I would have loved it if any one of my girlfriends had ever put in an effort to do something like that for me. Not even financially, just something fun and unexpected. I appreciate the draw, I just dislike how it's a man's responsibility to initiate everything. I understand there are women out there not like that, who actually are willing to give back everything they get, but it's pretty disheartening when every single one I've dated has shared at least that one trait.

Re:A proposition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504722)

I propose forcing women to think like computers instead of like women. They would be much easier to interact with.

Given that your reaction to an unrelated article is a misogynistic 'joke,' the difficulties in your relations with women might not be on their end.

Aww c'mon, mod this up, she got him good :D

Re:A proposition (2, Funny)

captainlavender (1816992) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503988)

Think that through again. "Three hours of sports equals one instance of sex. You have watched six hours; therefore sex is not necessary for two more days." Or, on a more misogynist note, how about when it takes you eight reboots to get her to make the damned baloney sandwich you need for work today?

Re:A proposition (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504524)

Funny, the ones I meet already do think like computers. I try and get in their pants and it's "Access Denied".

Of course we like our computers (5, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503410)

They bring us free porn on a daily basis!

Re:Of course we like our computers (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504172)

But a noob would only get crappy, low-res, old porn. If you want the good stuff you have to know what you're doing. Same with women.

Re:Of course we like our computers (2, Interesting)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504476)

Be careful with those warm, fuzzy computer moments. The oxytocin [wikipedia.org] that triggers may make you trust [scientificamerican.com] them too much. Think of it as a new sort of user vulnerability.

Like I needed to know. (5, Funny)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503422)

Like I needed to know how to improve my relationship with machines. What I need is a map to get out of the basement and interact with real people!

mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503654)

+1, Uncomfortable Truth

Re:Like I needed to know. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503852)

1- Start doing some exercise (Say running instead of crawling to the refrigerator)
2- Now you can jog for a few minutes a day(You don't need to go outside just)
3- Start spending every weekend climbing some mountain
(By this point you are only ugly at worst, it is okay)
4- Do some muscular training (Women dig muscle even on an ugly man - just don't overdo it and become some muscle champion, women don't like small dicks)
5- Get or change job to one that lists female employees (We can't hope to get you into a bar successfully yet)
6- Force yourself to talk to the female employees (Start from the ugly ones just so you remember you don't want to fall for a coworker, they are only the last option if you can't succeed otherwise, the friend zone is your friend. And at this point you are likely to bring sexual harassment charges to yourself.)
(By now you should understand women a bit better)
7- Meet some woman you aren't going to see again (Say a fellow mountain climber) Talk her into a dinner.
8- After she has declined your advancements note at which point it happened and try to fix what you think might have failed. Remember to use what you learned of women thought from your coworkers, what kind of hair or dressing fits you better and the like.
(Volume is important to account for standard deviation, be sure to use equivalent lines for every single woman you meet. If every single woman dumps you before starting you have probably missed something in the previous steps.)
9- IF NOT DINNER GOTO 7
10 - "Damn it worked! It has never worked before! What am I supposed to do?" Nothing. Just talk to her and follow a similar debugging process. Here the goal isn't sleeping with her(That would be an advanced student bonus) you want her to repeat the meetings while knowing you are romantically interested in her. If you are put into the friend zone don't dump her, use as woman thought database material.
11 - UNTIL KISS GOTO 7 (Sorry)
12 - (Now you are pretty close, assuming you didn't force it, if you did you might be close anyways) Tell her you think you might feel romantically inclined towards her. Try to repeat the kissing experience as many times as possible. Then use as many low(but legal) tricks as you can(wine, long late dinners, I missed the last train) to run the final mile. Women can smell your insecurity long after they are into you. It is a lot easier to nail them when one is not an insecure nerd. Remember to bring condoms but not the whole box and if you think you might come in milliseconds that first time practice self-control techniques at home. Also practice for the opposite situation or at least fake an orgasm after about 30 minutes since penetration. Women aren't as tight as hands. Don't try anything but missionary position until the second sex date and don't ever cum on eyes tits mouth unless she asks you to or you are sure apologies will work.
13 - It's not the end, you might break up with her, don't despair, troubleshoot repeat and rinse. You should have a lot more self esteem after sex with a woman who wasn't a sex worker.
14 - ???
15 - Profit

Re:Like I needed to know. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504820)

Warning: Infinite Loop Detected: Steps 7 - 9

Re:Like I needed to know. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33505228)

4- Do some muscular training (Women dig muscle even on an ugly man - just don't overdo it and become some muscle champion, women don't like small dicks)

I'm not a muscle champion and I still have a small dick. What am I supposed to do about that?

Re:Like I needed to know. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503918)

A mmap?

Re:Like I needed to know. (1)

dov_0 (1438253) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504176)

I don't think that many people will actually interact relationally with their machines though. They interact with characters in games, yes. With people on the internet, yes. Not the machine itself. They will optomise setting for programs which have been 'useful', not 'helpful'. The computer is only a very useful and engaging, but essentially dumb and dead tool.

Re:Like I needed to know. (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504312)

What I need is a map to get out of the basement and interact with real people!

Still, when you get out you'll remember all those things you read online on how to treat people. [theonion.com]

Re:Like I needed to know. (2, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504392)

I tried leaving the basement once, but there was a Grue on the other side of the door. Apparently, the map I downloaded was from an old teletype machine.

I don't know how to maturely discuss this. (3, Funny)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503426)

Guess this lowers the theoretical barriers to the sexbot market.

We'll see robot girlfriends purposefully installing Microsoft software for the plausible deniability upon contracting a virus.

Wish I could quarantine my W32.Herpes/Worm. :'(

Re:I don't know how to maturely discuss this. (2, Insightful)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503490)

Sexbot? Bah. I'd rather have a Persocom anyday. Not only are they cuter, they will do the laundry and cook.

Re:I don't know how to maturely discuss this. (1)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503572)

Depends on where you live I guess. After googling up these persocoms, I wouldn't be surprised if relations with one of those snagged you some nifty puritanical child molestation charges.

Re:I don't know how to maturely discuss this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503600)

Pity about where they placed the power switch though. It would be a much more interesting model if certain functions didn't lead to constant power cycling.

Skinjob (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503524)

Mr Nass has shown his hand with such an obvious propoganda piece (which I didn't read - its how i keep my mind free of the effects of such manipulations), clearly he is a cylon.....

I prefer to beat my computers. (3, Funny)

scourfish (573542) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503530)

I'll throw it down a flight of stairs and give them these black and blue smudges on their LCD screens every now and then; but I only do it because I love them, and they have to learn that when I say "bitch, automake me a Makefile," I expect it now and nothing should be reporting to standard error. I'm that machine's user because it wasn't good enough for anybody else.

Remember that time? (2, Insightful)

PsyciatricHelp (951182) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503534)

And you think they remember past events now. if they were like computers you would have to pray for it to crash. Queue Brand jokes.

Implications for android development... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503558)

If we as a society become more accepting of how we view machines in our daily lives, does that mean that androids will be accepted as part of our daily lives too?

It seems that it is inevitable for androids to become part of our lives, since we are moving to a world where relationships are so superficial you might as well be dating an android.

Re:Implications for android development... (2, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503656)

Why would it be superficial to date a self-aware non-biological machine?

Sounds like uppity biological machine talk to me.

Re:Implications for android development... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504068)

Androids aren't necessarily self-aware.

Why it's not ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503586)

They are entirely done by human beings from dust and sand...

Not me. (1)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503594)

Most of the time, I want to kick my computer's ass. My laptop has been raised over my head for smashing many times, but fortunately for my wallet, I haven't followed through.

If it were a woman, it would've been dumped long ago. Probably on the first date.

If it doesn't involve typing, I actually prefer to use the internet on my phone over the computer. Way less frustrating.

Re:Not me. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503688)

I once tossed a desktop in a river. The water was brackish, so it was fresh at times and salt at others. I fished the computer out after a few weeks. After letting it dry, I put it in from of the other computers. I threatened to do the same to the other computers.

I have not had a problem since with any machine. I am often told that the computer problem just goes away when I go near other people's computers to fix them. I think the computers got the message. Piss me off and I will toss you in the river.

The question remains: Can we do that to congress and not get jail time?

Re:Not me. (2, Interesting)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505104)

I work in a school and from many years ago I remember the best (imho) moments.

1. In a classroom with computers, 1 mouse broke, I nailed it to the wall at the head of the room to show the other mice what I would do to them if they also broke down, for the last 3 years in that classroom no mice broke.

2. One of the administrative staff was having a problem with her computer, she called me and I came downstairs.
She showed me what she did and sure enough, the machine gave an error message.

Me: Ok, do you treat the computer nice enough?
Her (confused): What do you mean???!?
Me: Oh, just the little things, an encouraging word, a caress on its case, you know.
Her (angry): I never heard of such a thing, that thing is a machine, it doesn't have feelings!!
Me: Oh no? Let me show you (as I slowly caress its case), there there, she is not such a bad person, you can trust her, won't you work for her like you work for me hmmmm??

After that, I repeated the same actions in the software as she did 100%, but I did not get the error message.
She was REALLY confused, but saw that my method of working with computers worked better than hers and I cannot count the times I walk into an office and the problem disappears.

So you see, sometimes the stick, sometimes the carrot.

More willing to "help"? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503616)

I'd say if the "program wasn't helpful", people wouldn't want to waste their time "optimizing" a lousy computer/OS. Much like they don't want to polish a turd.

Sounds right to me (2, Interesting)

Beerdood (1451859) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503622)

I'd say the opposite is true as well - when your computer isn't being helpful you'd also treat it more like an annoying person. When a certain paperclip showed up on a certain program, I'd say out loud "Oh would you FUCK OFF already!!?!".

I see you're trying to ... (1)

jstockdale (258118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33503668)

... extrapolate social interactions onto non-sentient objects. Would you like me to:

1) Find some friends for you on facebook?
2) Order you some books on interpersonal relationships from Amazon.com?
3) Club CN over the head with a baseball bat, so he'll stop trying to shoehorn 'social' interactions into my goddamn UI.

(And, yes: This is a gross generalization, but not totally untrue.)

Cars and boats? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503952)

people often name a ship or classic car. And insist that it has a personality of its own, and that it must be treated with respect. A computer is even more interactive than a ship, so it seems like it might be even easier to anthropomorphize a computer.

Re:Cars and boats? (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504442)

But cars and boats are often referred to as a "she". Now that I think about it, I know a few people who give their computers female names, but most (guys) name their computers macho names like "TeraFrag" or "The Obliterator". They see computers more like weapons than people.

Re:Cars and boats? (1)

HybridST (894157) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504682)

I have two old(6+ years!) dell laptops-Squishy is a decent p4 *who* can crunch polygons or apply an ambient reverb track to a mix and be happy as long as i keep her video fins clean. Sparky is an unstable bitch with an annoying temperment-dns fails after several hours of perfect connection and i get to restart dns from cmd or disable/enable whichever network device is being used. That's on a good day... *She* has a few other tricks up *her* sleeve too but i keep *her* running for my day-to-day browing. Sparky's never been stable enough for decent audio work unfortunately...

My nix server is Svirfneblin and DSL keeps chugging away happily... That one's a dude!

Windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33503996)

Could that be why Windows is the most installed OS?

Some people must be SICK! (2, Interesting)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504434)

So if people think of their computers as people why do they not care about their computers getting viruses? Some people are ignorant, some are lazy and don't care that their computer/friend has a virus. Some think that it is not their problem! There is clearly a type of person in our society who receive minimal respect for the work they do - in fact they are treated worse than animals!

People who go around giving STDs to people knowingly are prosecuted - why not people who do the same with computers?

Why would you care about your pet or your friend getting sick and not your computer?

As you can see, I respect my follow peoples. (Even if I don't like them... damn Windows people).

Re:Some people must be SICK! (1)

aiht (1017790) | more than 3 years ago | (#33504846)

People who go around giving STDs to people knowingly are prosecuted - why not people who do the same with computers?

I get that you're (at least partially) joking, but I think you'll find that knowingly going around giving computers viruses is also frowned upon by the law.

Nothing new to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504464)

Every computer I've ever had seems to have its own personality. Wherever quirks come up, I just usually figure that's part of "who" the computer is rather than something that needs to be ironed out (unless it's a major problem...then that's when I have to give it an attitude readjustment).

That said, I've started using Windows for the first 17 years of my life then switched to Ubuntu when I got to college...every computer has been different to me, and I find that interesting and exciting. Maybe that's also why I never liked working with Macs much; they feel too sterile and conformist to me.

Maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504686)

I help my computer if it has helped me previously because it has potential to help me again? If it never helps me, there's no point in fixing it?

I utterly and completely disagree... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504856)

In ancient times, a man's hoe was his mistress,
later on, a mans ship was his mistress, and even later a mans horse was his mistress. In the indrustral age, a mans car is his mistress, and in Scotty's time again, a mans ship will be his mistress. But for now, my PC remains the root of all evil, kept at bay, so as no not corrupt my soul. Much akin to the relationship between man and machine in the movie "The Gods Must Be Crazy," where he named his Landrover: "Antichrist."

Hasn't this been tried before? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33504860)

Stepford Wives, anyone?

Anthropomorphizing too much? (1)

garompeta (1068578) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505032)

Maybe the sociologist was biased? Maybe the proper word wouldn't be "help" it should be "useful".
I think it is simply too obvious that we would spend time fixing (or nurturing) an application (or relationship) that we believe it worth our time.

Nothing new here... this is simple economics, but his overwhelming eagerness of proving his point he ended up seeing humans everywhere, in science we call it confirmation bias.

Hell, if he can write a book with such an idiotic theme, I should start writing my own book.
(And sometimes we need satires like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ7J7UjsRqg [youtube.com] to keep reminding us how "science" might be rediscovering obvious and stupid facts...)

Still it's weird (1)

Jeprey (1596319) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505118)

I guess some people anthropomorphize machines including computers. I never have and have never understood why it would be necessary or desireable. But I'm an engineer so I understand most machines down to their smallest components.

I do treat my computer like other humans! (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 3 years ago | (#33505240)

God, I didn't think of it before, but i'm horrible.

Much like homeless people asking for change, I'll ignore emails.
Hot Chicks? Can't touch them in person or online.
Both people and computers make me mad sometimes, enough that I want to hit them, but i don't.
Human & computer error messages are hard to understand most the time.

um, i'd write more, but my computer is looking at me funny.

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