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Comment Re:Echos thoughts of others after the demo (Score 1) 336

I disagree with this - I think that we're more like a single-threaded system. We have the capability to context-switch, but different people are better at it than others. Still, you can only focus on one thing at a time unless you're doing a task that can be given over to a semi-automatic system (driving, for example, might be considered semi-automatic sometimes).

I think that ADD could be akin to having a computer that spent all of its time context switching and never got any real work done.

I haven't see Google Wave or any demo of it, but if it forces people to context-switch too often, it will become distracting. Same as getting 10 IMs and hearing the tea kettle go off when you're trying to focus on writing a Very Important Slashdot Reply. And - oh yeah, when you're trying to work, too.


Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long