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Comment Re:It's a big deal (Score 1) 518

People have been poking fun of dictators and monsters for centuries. If you think about it, there's just no good reason to even tolerate these people, but it happens. The Three Stooges poked merciless fun at Hitler.

Maybe it's a kind of healing mechanism, to make light of a truly horrible situation. Maybe it's important to belittle these people, so they will not be revered, but remembered instead as tyrants and jokes.

Comment Re:This is Dell (Score 1) 232

Please carefully read my post before fanboy kneejerk. I mentioned quite clearly that you can buy an OEM system which is easily on par with the same components in an Apple PC built by the same manufacturers like Foxconn, just like the off the shelf parts are also made by the same group of manufacturers.

The only difference is the white plastic.

If you're not sure about what you're trying to say, go research fail rates and warranty return rates on Apple stuff compared to other major OEMs. It might teach you something.

And please, don't go comparing an apple laptop to a generic desktop PC as if that's some kind of valid comparison.

And don't go suggesting that because someone doesn't want to pay twice as much as they should for a white PC with an apple logo on it, they're a computer nerd. It just digs you deeper into the apple fanboy hole you live in.

Comment Re:This is Dell (Score 1) 232

Since Apple runs on x86/x64 hardware nowadays, it's very easy to build or buy a system which is just as reliable from off the shelf parts or from an OEM.

Both sets of hardware will run Windows or Linux, which is a good way to remove OS disparity from the equation (OSX cannot be the reason why Apple is better, that's a jokable and trollish fanboy premise).

So, thinking about two systems, x86/64, same internal components, same OS, but one is white and has fruit on the cover.

Why is one twice as good as the other, again? I'm a bit lost.

Comment Re:This is Dell (Score 1) 232

This isn't true... enthusiasts, both Apple and Android, will pay cash for a handset upgrade just because they want the latest and greatest.

People who don't care will just go on a plan with their cell provider, and upgrade either when the plan expires, or when the phone breaks or becomes so old as to be useless.

Comment Re:This is Dell (Score 1) 232

This is true, I own a Streak 5, but Dell has been absolutely terrible at providing support and Android updates to the device. They also shipped it with a completely horrendous UI called "Stage". The build quality was "OK" but not great, too. Dell just didn't properly perform in the market segment.

I will be switching to a Samsung Galaxy Note very soon, and there's quite a buzz about that tablet, and most of it seems to be simply because Samsung knows how to do Android well.

Comment Re:That's right, Apple has a monopoly on smart (Score 1) 323

I had a Motorola e1000 way before the iphone came out. It shared many of the design elements of modern smartphones, but didn't have the available technology to make it work.

Nonetheless, Motorola can't sue Apple for that because, dum de dum, the design elements are generic and can't be patented.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 484

My 'immortality' will come from the positive (and unfortunately, sometimes negative) changes I bring to others,

And when the universe ends in heat death, what will that mean?

Well that will mean that he met his objectives that he set for himself, and christians wasted their lives running madly after something written by deluded monks as a popular control mechanism just before the dark ages hit.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 484

Pleased to meet you. I'm an atheist with lasting meaning in my life.

I believe that the universe is all there is. That alone has significant meaning. I realise the true nature of life as a function of biological principles, and understand the numinous nature of nature itself. To anyone scientifically literate, this also provides a very rich and comforting framework of "meaning".

The important difference, is that my meaning is based on reproducible and testable evidence.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 484

No, I do not have a problem with the concept that "each individual chooses the morality he will follow." I understand that many people are unwilling to attempt to live up to truly moral standards and therefore choose to define the standards they are willing to live up to as "moral".

That's precisely what the church does. Find a christian who cuts the hair at the sides of their head, and then explain to them that by their own moral standards, they are sinners and an affront to their own God.

But it's convenient to cut the hair at the sides of the head, even though it's forbidden in Leviticus, so christianity morally adjusted to ignore their own doctrine.

What you will find is that of all people, atheists are the ones who change their chosen moral codes least of all.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 484

Most atheists have to actually decide what meaning they will put into their lives, and they craft the meaning for themselves.

It's actually more difficult than being a Christian but also more rewarding.

I disagree. I've found it quite easy. When presented with Christian values, I had a tendency to question them, and when given an unsatisfactory answer, to question further.

The failure of any religious person as I was growing up to provide answers to straightforward and reasonable questions is what put me on the path to atheism, reason, and science.

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