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Comment Re:Why I don't have a Facebook account (Score 1) 130

It's nothing like that. I was raised to be insular, and do not let others' opinions and other mental predications (this also includes news media, marketing, and other forms of mob-mentality conditioning) dictate my course of life. For myself, the opinions of me and mine are all that matter, and I learned from a very young age to live my life for me and mine, yet be a good person to others around me as long as I have a reason to be. Now, I am human, so I do not deny my social instinct. I just choose not to become involved in anything deeper than a superficial level with the other humans I share my existence with. Simple and effective... for me.

Prince Says Internet Is Over 450

the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: 'The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.'"

Comment Re:DONATE (Score 1) 161

Where I work (a new bar & grill that opened a month ago) received an ASCAP letter during the remodeling of the building, reminding us that we have fees to pay if we are to broadcast music. The letter was VERY vague with regards to the SOURCE of the music. We had a local amusements operator install a fully-licensed (by them) jukebox, and we also had Sirius installed as well. We now await the followup letter from ASCAP so that we can conveniently tell them to go fuck themselves.

Decades-Old Soviet Reflector Spotted On the Moon 147

cremeglace writes "No one had seen a laser reflector that Soviet scientists had left on the moon almost 40 years ago, despite years of searching. Turns out searchers had been looking kilometers in the wrong direction. On 22 April, a team of physicists finally saw an incredibly faint flash from the reflector, which was ferried across the lunar surface by the Lunokhod 1 rover. The find comes thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which last month imaged a large area where the rover was reported to have been left. Then the researchers, led by Tom Murphy of the University of California, San Diego, could search one football-field-size area at a time until they got a reflection."

Comment No cameras that I know of here... (Score 1) 976

This is probably offtopic, but I've never noticed or heard of red-light cameras here in Grand Rapids MI. I have, however, noticed that speed limits in some areas have gone up dramatically. And being the cynical chap that I am, I'm convinced that they're trying to make up, in gas tax revenue, the lost cigarette tax revenue when the new nanny-state smoking ban goes into effect next month.

Comment Re:This isn't a troll, just my opinion. (Score 1) 367

I concur with your point-of-view. We could go even deeper into the psychology of products-as-reflective-traits all day, but you summed it up nicely with your brand loyalty comment...

I guess that as humans, we all need to learn not to be bothered by such inane concepts as annoying personality traits based on product use. I mean, people don't give me money because of what I think of them and visa versa (oops... my libertarianism fell out... excuse me), so why bother? All part of being in the herd, I guess...

Comment Re:This isn't a troll, just my opinion. (Score 1) 367

It's the same douchebag marketing that Apple has used for years now, and it works. My hat is off to them. What is sad is that those who identify themselves by the products that they purchase/use must have some deep-seated self-esteem issues. Buying "stuff" to impress people that you don't like is definitely a symptom of this.

This, coming from a Mac user who just happens to like the platform, and has to hear "Macs suck!" comments occasionally when I take my Macbook out to do some work...

Comment Re:This isn't a troll, just my opinion. (Score 1) 367

"Most folks that use Apple products are fine, but holy jeebus do Apple zealots piss me off. We get it, your brand of choice is shiny and pretty. Shut up about it.

Again, I know this only applies to a small portion of the Apple userbase, but that small portion is unbelievably annoying."

I'm in agreement with you, with regards to zealotry. Use what you use and shut the hell up about it.

But it does go both ways. I bring out my Macbook anywhere, and it's "Ugh. Apple. Macs suck!" Granted, it doesn't happen all the time, but it's annoying nevertheless. I've always ignored such comments, but it does show that zealotry can go both ways...

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