That sure is a lot of numbers seemingly pulled out of thin air.

>>If you don’t know how to do it, the feature might as well not be there.

Isn't that what we call "learning"? If it's not there, it's impossible. If it's there, you can learn to use it.

>>But then there are all of the things that a normal person (the other 90% or 95%) can’t do on a PC but can do on a smartphone, because the step change in user interface abstraction and simplicity means that they know how to do it on a phone and didn’t know how to do it on a PC.

Like what? This whole thing needs way more examples before it's anything other than twisting thoughts around to make a point.
6:08 pm — Monday, 17 July 2017
Gruber the Booger:
>It seems to me that when people talk about what you ‘can’t’ do on a device, there are actually two different meanings of ‘can’t’ in computing.

There is also 'won't' do.

There are things I won't do on a phone or tablet simply because it's completely impractical. Likewise for a PC versus using a phone or tablet.

Which has nothing to do with 'can't'.

Use the device that suits you the best for the task at hand. They are all useful tools.

How hard is this for all of these people who have nothing better to write about to understand?
6:40 pm — Monday, 17 July 2017
Yes, I forgot to mention that. Sure I could type 4 paragraphs with inline images on my phone but it would be painful and annoying so I sit down at a desk or open a laptop.
6:59 pm — Monday, 17 July 2017
there is also a "can" like in you "can" copy and paste in iOS, or you "can" type on a glass screen.

or "can't" like "the feature exists, but it's so impractical it's below comparison".
8:17 pm — Monday, 17 July 2017
Sure, you can travel across the country in a car. But with a bicycle, regular ol' folks don't need to learn how to drive, acquire license and insurance, and invest in a large vehicle. It's a step change down in user interface complexity! Thus, more people can travel with a bicycle rather than a car.

Makes perfect sense! Great logic!
12:00 am — Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Ben Evans is a solid contestant for Biggest Dickhead on the Internet (This Decade category). A shameful huckster for dumming it down to his VC fund's investors, trying to engineer blather and zeitgeist that'll suck in more tech money that doesn't know where to go. One of the great "pseuds" of our time (a word he'd instantly recognise from his own poisonous background).
12:45 am — Tuesday, 18 July 2017
I can't stand all these 'nerds' who go around assuming "90-95%" of people can barely use a computer if at all.

Have they not noticed that computers are the foundation of our economy? They're not special for knowing how to use them anymore.
7:24 am — Tuesday, 18 July 2017
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