What you all seem to miss (continuously on the Reg).......
...... is that, the despite the near universal use of the internet in the UK, the vast majority are not even remotely computer literate.
And really why should they be when everything computing is marketed as an essential consumer utility no different than a fridge, TV or washing machine?
It might be heresy here but most people neither know nor care the slightest about IT nor who, how or why any of it works - they just want to email, surf view pics and facebook their mates ..... and that's it!
Absolutely EVERYTHING ELSE is regarded as just too boring and geeky to give even a second thought to; most people I know actually delight in their computer illiteracy - it's seen as far more credible! And this is right across the board regardless of education, class or profession.
Have you guys really not noticed this? I get mocked for even looking at El Reg at work; most find it utterly incomprehensible!
.... and can you really blame them? After all, who but the mechanics and enthusiasts among us can change a car's cam belt or worn clutch bearing despite the probability that far more people own and DEPEND on vehicles than they do on their latest Microsoft Porn Portal?
And you do know that mechanics also scoff at the ignorance and gullibility of the unmechanically minded don't you?
In the real (non IT) world, Wikipedia is widely regarded as the most convenient and accessible source of readily available information - the end!
When I point out the failings most respond with a shrug and say something like "Near enough though eh?" So why should this story be so remarkable when so few non-IT occupations require anything beyond the most basic computer literacy?
@ No Surprise really By nsld
Sorry my friend but grow up!