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Comment Re:People want cheaper tablets (Score 1) 657

You obviously are totally clueless! I have owned an iPad2 and now own the new iPad and the difference is stunning! Previously, on the iPad2, I could barely read a page in a PDF version of a Scientific American issue w/o zooming in because the small text was very pixellated, now, w/ my new iPad, it is crystal clear and I do not need to zoom. Also, the colours are much better on the new iPad as any side-to-side comparison shows immediately. Only Apple-hating morons cannot admit that the screen resolution of the new iPad is a huge boon for various applications, including those involving text, diagrams, photos etc. But., whatever, haters will hate and make up bullshit as long as it conforms to their bias!

Comment Re:I left and it's easy to do (Score 4, Interesting) 747

Wow, are you uninformed! I work in Germany, for a corporation, and I also get 12 paid holidays, but unlike you I don't merely get a measly 4 weeks per year of paid vacation. I get 6, and from the first year I started working with at my company. I lived in the US for many years and so I know that hardly anyone who doesn't work for the government gets 4 weeks like you do. Here 6 weeks is quite common. I always pointed out a German saying to my American friends: "I don't live to work, I work to live." What's the point of making all that money if I have no time to enjoy it? I work to support housing, food, clothing etc. like everyone else, but beyond that I work so that I can support my hobbies and to spend time off with friends and family. American culture struck me as ass-backwards in that respect. People spending long hours at work. What's the point of life if that's how you have to live? Now, if you're close to starving I can understand doing that, but only if those hours are actually being paid, but otherwise I can't relate to that kind of mindset at all.

Comment Re:Quantitative? I'll take a shot at it. (Score 1) 394

How do you know what I do or don't do? Just because you're a selfish son of a bitch does not mean that I am, too! I don't drive because I think it is bad for the environment. 30 years ago when I wanted to have 3 kids I decided to have none after reading a UN sponsored report about overpopulation. I recycle, installed all kinds of water- and energy-saving devices in my home and have been a founding member of a political party promoting environmental awareness and societal changes towards a more sustainable behaviour in my country. I know many Americans don't believe in planning for the future unless it's their own immediate personal one but that does not mean that all other people feel the same way. (My apologies for the non-anthropogenic global warming denying non Tea Party morons in the US, I know there some of you out there!) My entire adult life I have tried to live in a way that when I look back on my life I don't have to feel guilty for how I lived. Ultimately I feel I would have no right to criticise anybody else unless I try to set a better example. Yes, there is much more I could do, but, I would say I am way ahead of the curve on this one!

Comment Re:Quantitative? I'll take a shot at it. (Score 0) 394

Assuming your numbers and the scaled up to the world population we'd have 24 tons * (7/.3) equals 560 tons. And I don't accept the argument that people in most countries may not use them. We all have to behave in a sustainable way. To me that means that we have to ask: What if every person on our planet behaved the way I did?

Comment Re:History repeats itself (Score 1) 202

Huh?

Sure, but that wasn't your question?

I didn't have any question! I believe the original (not mine) question was:

Who's cloning who? And who's the competitors again? Are you seriously suggesting Apple was first to release a tablet device with a touch screen? Go read a history book, fanboy. And scrape that tattoo off your arm.

And I would claim that Apple was not cloning anyone because they came up with the first OS that truly works well on a tablet. If you look at the numbers of iPads sold and compare that to the numbers of tablet computers sold before the iPad became available you'd have to live under a rock to not also call that "a real game changer"! I don't necessarily disagree that it might have been the "next logical step". But before I got my first iPad, I would have also thought that it wasn't such a big deal but now I only use my iPod Touch for music and not much else because the iPad is so much more enjoyable to use for reading and browsing on my bus rides and for movie watching on my flights. I am sure any UI has room for improvement and where did this

but like every other company they are not infallible

come from?? Who in their right mind would think that? Do you think I'm retarded?

Comment Re:History repeats itself (Score 4, Insightful) 202

windows xp

And that's where the epic fail resided before Apple came out with the iPad! An OS wholly unsuited for a tablet device! Only the tight integration of OS and hardware that Apple provided is what made a tablet computer a useful! Yes, not for all the same things as a laptop, but, partially the same things and some other things for which a laptop is not ideally suited, such as reading or watching video on a plane. I love my MacBook Pro, especially with MacPorts giving me a lot of the unix-y command-line tools that I love, but I would never use it or even a much smaller laptop (mine is 17") to replace my iPad for my lengthy bus rides or even on my plane rides. And yes, for me it is primarily a media consumption device and fantastic web browser. (I know, no Flash, and good riddance to it, too!) But, so what? The right thing for the right job is what I say. It may not work for you and I don't see it replacing my laptop for a long time, or even ever, but I get about 2 hours of solid use out of it every week day and for non-geeks, I am a programmer, it may well work as the only device they need. Especially when paired with a bluetooth keyboard.

Comment Re:Did we even need more proof? (Score 1) 417

RE: Democracy is a political system. Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism are economic systems.

Whats your point?

I think his point is that you can have both communism and capitalism with a democracy or a dictatorship. I know in the US many confuse capitalism and democracy and think it is somehow the same.

Comment Re:Does anyone actually use tablets? (Score 1) 323

I use my iPad2 for roughly 2 hours per day Monday through Friday on my bus commute. It is far more comfortable to use for reading and browsing than a laptop. Other than that I use it when I fly. Again, much more comfortable to use than the 15" laptop that I used in the past. It is also great during boring meetings that i am forced to attend once a week. I know a lot of clueless morons claim that netbooks are so superior but I have never seen anyone hold up a netbook to their face or even keep it on their lap to read an ebook for an hour on the bus. Hmm, I wonder why that is? Could it be that it is incredibly uncomfortable and awkward? I do see students use a laptop very briefly on the bus maybe once or twice a year. But, I have seen other people use a Kindle or an iPad for extended periods of time. I also use my iPad occasionally with Skype to communicate with friends or coworkers while I am on the bus. I have used an iPod Touch before to read but it just doesn't compare because of the tiny screen. Also browsing is an even better experience on my iPad than on my laptop. And it will only get better. The improvements that I am looking for are, a higher resolution screen, a lighter device, more battery life even though it is not really an issue for me, it just would be nice, and lots more storage because I love to fill the thing up with movies when I travel and more choice is always good and I just love to keep some shows like Cowboy Bebop and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya permanently. I should add that I commute to and from a major US university where I work as a software developer. I am the stereotypical UNIX nerd: I am overweight, dress poorly, have long grey hair and generally couldn't give a rat's ass as to what others think about me. The operating systems I currently use are Linux, Mac OS/iOS and Solaris. I hate Windows!

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