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    'Geek speak'

    Talking over their heads?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4413155.stm

    Eighty-four percent did not know that phishing describes faked e-mail scams.
    Twenty percent admitted they did not know what to do to protect themselves generally online.
    And of that Twenty percent wonder how many are actually doing something.

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    I'm a geek and sometimes even I have to look it up...
    Slashdot is a good example... I'm always seeing geek speak on there I don't know.
    I didn't think you could get much geekier than me... but I guess you can.
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    While the statistics may make sense, I'm curious about their methods, etc of gathering the statistical data. Whenever I don't want my grandparents to understand what I'm saying to my bro, we can speak in technical jargon and l33t sp33k..

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    When talking to users about tech stuff I usually ask them straight out how comfortable they are with tech terms. The majority of the ones who say they're ok still get glazed eyes when you use basic terms. I find I have to use a lot of non-computer analogies to get my points across. Like recommending password changes after cleaning or reloading an infected computer -> If you thought someone made a copy of your house keys you'd probably get new locks. Crap like that.

    People are embarassed to admit when they don't know something especially in a work environment. Obviously skill sets are different and everyone isn't expected to everyone else's job. I think the people who evercome the stigma and get the information in terms that the understand are way ahead of the others and are a benefit to their organization.
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    Whenever I don't want my grandparents to understand what I'm saying to my bro
    So when you wanna ask him if he slept with the girl last night, you say " Did you get you floppy disk (3.5 inch ) inside the drive ? lol

    Why don't you want your gradparent to know about something if your talking about computers ? No need to use extra elite terms. Like they care if you talk about PC's.
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    Many are often left vulnerable because they have no idea what they are supposed to be protecting themselves against, a survey for AOL UK has found.
    Enough said. Aol users are n00bs. Although as stated above, I have had to google some Slashdot geek speak. Some of those guys are a lot geekier than I am.
    N00b> STFU i r teh 1337 (english: You must be mistaken, good sir or madam. I believe myself to be quite a good player. On an unrelated matter, I also apparently enjoy math.)

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    So you mean if somebody uses AOL he's a n00b ? So basicly you're syaing he can not reach the same website you can and read the same information you can and be as smart as you can ? Wow, that's kind of a dumb statement. I was on AOL for 3 years (cuz i was tuck with it), i recently switched to high-speed broadband, and let me tell you, i didn't get smarter or 1337 just because i had a faster connection. Yes i had more time to read since the pages loaded faster but still, pages looked same to me
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    Originally posted here by 妯py展ght
    So you mean if somebody uses AOL he's a n00b ? So basicly you're syaing he can not reach the same website you can and read the same information you can and be as smart as you can ? Wow, that's kind of a dumb statement. I was on AOL for 3 years (cuz i was tuck with it), i recently switched to high-speed broadband, and let me tell you, i didn't get smarter or 1337 just because i had a faster connection. Yes i had more time to read since the pages loaded faster but still, pages looked same to me
    You have to admit CopyRight that a lot of trolls come from people on AOL.

    Just check out Attrition's Postal section http://attrition.org/postal/
    N00b> STFU i r teh 1337 (english: You must be mistaken, good sir or madam. I believe myself to be quite a good player. On an unrelated matter, I also apparently enjoy math.)

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    You have to admit CopyRight that a lot of trolls come from people on AOL.
    AOL is also one of the largest ISPs around. More users = more trolls...its probably proportional
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    Not all AOL users are n00bs but this is the starting point for a lot of people new to computers and the internet so I would say a good portion are n00bs.

    And if you stayed with AOL for 3 years I would say that doesnt make you a n00b but I have pity for you.

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