At a recent Linuxquestions.org post "Old Newbie" says:
I can certainly commiserate with that. Unfortunately, the ridiculous suggestions that surely will follow won't be helpful at all. Some cruel person will say that "rm filename" will delete files, and it certainly will, but having to tap all that out on a keyboard is completely unreasonable. Suppose you wanted to remove several files? Are you supposed to sit there all day typing "rm this", "rm that" and so on? Ridiculous..
Some who no doubt intended to be helpful provided this:
Now that's just being silly. That's even harder than the silly "rm filename" method. First you have to find the mouse, determine which of its buttons is "Left" and which is "Right" - is there no end to the impediments Linux imposes upon us?
No, something easier is needed. You should be able to just look at a file and have it go away. I don't mean just glance at it, of course, I mean glare at it with obvious dislike and malicious intent. The operating system should notice that (tell me why else we have built in cameras!) and remove the thing that offends us.
For that matter, why isn't Linux smart enough to know what we don't like before it bothers to show it to us? Sure, maybe a little training is necessary - isn't that what Bayesian filtering does? Can't SpamAssassin be tweaked and repackaged into a Ninja Death Squad Daemon that would know when I no longer have tender feelings toward particular files and dispatch them quickly and mercilessly so I never have to look at their icons again? Of course it could - if Linux programmers weren't so damn lazy!
Would it be cheeky of me to suggest that a very simple "Mother Knows Best" daemon could have prevented these unwanted files from being created in the first place? I'm thinking of something along the lines of Window's delightful "Clippy", but with a firmer hand. I'm quite confident that I could clobber up something like that very quickly if I didn't have better things to keep me busy.
Why is it that the Linux people never think ahead????
This is just one more sad example of how Linux fails to meet the needs of real users.
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