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IT consultants are idiots.

I should know, I used to work as one. But check this out:

I quote:

A Gartner analyst predicts the demise of the computer mouse in the next three to five years.

Taking over will be so called gestural computer mechanisms like touch screens and facial recognition devices.

“The mouse works fine in the desktop environment but for home entertainment or working on a notebook it’s over,” declared analyst Steve Prentice.

I hate to burst Steves bubble, but people keep the same laptop for five years quite often. How he thinks that facial recognition will take over in 3-5 years is beyond me. Plus there are approx 500 million people who are comfortable using a mouse or trackpad. How am I going to use facial recognition to select all the files in a folder? And why the hell would i want to learn a completely new interface system to do it?

Someone pays these idiots to spout such crap. Maybe in fifteen or twenty years. MAYBE.

5 thoughts on IT consultants are idiots.

  1. I would have thought that technology would go down the speech recognition road rather than facial recognition.

  2. Does this mean that Windows (OS X, Linux, whatever) will now crash when I sneeze too?

  3. Touch screen, possibly. FACIAL RECOGNITION!?! Where did that come from!?! So they’ll expect us to pull expressions that make us look like idiots just to use a computer? I think I’ll stay oldskool and use a mouse.

    I did see a trailer for a table that microsoft was developing where you could move stuff about on it “Minority Report” style which looked kinda cool, but the guy who came up with the idea of face recognition needs firing… and quickly before comes up with any more ideas!

  4. Haha, good one. Made me laugh. :-)

    And by the way:

    “would have thought that technology would go down the speech recognition road”

    A common misconception. Speech recognition is too slow and too unrelieable. Check out number 7 on the otherwise excellent top 10 list of Sci-Fi Interface Bloopers:

    “While voice has its place, it’s even less suitable than 3D for most everyday interactions because it’s a less data-rich channel and it’s harder to specify something in words than to choose it on a graphical display.”

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