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Comment: People want iPads, not tablets (Score 2) 584

by Makarakalax (#38470758) Attached to: Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet

People want iPads, not tablets. People don't even know what "tablets" are. Apple have defined a new market, most people buying iPads aren't really sure why they want them yet. It will be impossible for the competition to win over mindshare until they have something *better* than the iPad has. Price will not convince many because as said, people don't want tablets, they want iPads.

This will probably change. But it will take a few years yet IMO. Think about how long it took for people to know why they wanted a PC. This is different (people understand why they want a computer nowadays), but it will still take time.

Comment: Imperial units are more human (Score 1) 2288

by Makarakalax (#35890942) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

I'm a Brit so metric is our thing.

However I realised a long time ago that imperial units are better for people. Not better for science, obviously. Not better for engineering, of course. But better for people.

5 foot is a much more human number than 1.5 meters.

The difference between 15 and 20 celsius is the difference between a cold and a warm day. The temperature varies 15 degrees here in England through out the year. 15 units is not enough to convey meaning! Fahrenheit, as totally weird a scale it is, has a greater meaningful range when it applies to knowing if you should go to the beach or not.

500 grams of mince? 500 units for cooking?! Give me cups and pounds anyday.

A foot is a good unit of measurement. I can pigeon step to measure things.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate (Score 1) 800

by Makarakalax (#28209245) Attached to: Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

Buying real estate to sell on is not improving America or any other country in anyway. People should aspire to make a buck and improve the world.

Now I don't look down on people who don't improve the world, but I do look down on people who are preventing other people from improving the world.

Squatting on valuable resources makes the world worse.

Therefore I feel fine about describing such people as scum.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate (Score 1) 800

by Makarakalax (#28209197) Attached to: Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

Frankly I find the business of buying up real estate because you know it will become valuable an activity for scum too.

It is the kind of business that losers do. People who are unable to contribute to the world in any significant way so instead the do something really very easy, and feel smug about it.

Also analogies are evil, yours does not mirror the act in question precisely. Buying up domains that (relatively poor) people starting businesses want is not equivalent to buying some real estate that a multinational corporation like mcdonalds wants.

Everything is personal, only people without morals pretend business isn't personal. You have to divorce your feelings from business somewhat to succeed, sure. But if you completely become apersonal about it then you are a tosser.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.