[cap-talk] Firefox and identifiability, small steps or large
iang at systemics.com
Thu Feb 10 21:38:44 EST 2005
David Hopwood wrote:
> I just don't get the enthusiasm for this. What face corresponds to, say,
> Slashdot or Google?
> The idea may sound attractive because humans do by
> and large (although to varying extents) have remarkable skills of
> recognition when looking at reasonable-sized photorealistic pictures of
> human faces. However what we're talking about here is a cartoon-like
> face, scaled down to a size where it will fit on a (wide) toolbar. Also,
> users would be assigning them mostly to organizations, abstract things
> like programs, and individuals that they know from the net and don't
> know, or don't care, what they look like.
I personally don't use toolbars that much. Mostly
coz they won't install .... But there are those that
do, and I gather they have no problem devoting
space to them.
I think we need to be very careful to avoid imposing
our own viewpoints on the world. I hate flashing
gifs and will organise windows to get rid of them.
But I know quite a lot of people who couldn't care
less. Go figure... These same people will spend
hours and hours chatting with friends where every
third message is a smiley that makes sounds and
does dances. I don't think a 32x32 is a given here...
I really don't understand these people, but I do
get the feeling they are going to like the idea of
drawing their own mustaches on their own Mona
Lisa, or using a saddam hussein image for their
bank and a hitler for their accountant.
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