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Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 1) 168

just goes to show the best product doesnt always win - same is true with the ipod, there were better options at the time.

Of course YMMV and opinions and all but... I have to disgree on this. I had dozens of mp3 players starting with the initial Diamond PMP300, which is usually considered the 2nd commercial mp3 player. This was followed by several more Rio devices, then some no-name stuff that used various memory card technologies.. eventually I had a couple CD-mp3 players and even a Creative Nomad HDD player (good lord the UX on that thing was horrible!). Then in 2003 or so I tried an ipod, and I never looked back. The UI/UX on the ipod was miles above every other player I'd had. Also while some people decry the use of itunes and prefer just dumping files directly onto the memory card/player, I found I hated those ways. I often ran into issues with the older FAT filesystems on them and files per directory limits and had to script up annoyingly dumb scripts to break the files up into subdirs. With the ipod/itunes it was done for me, or I could limit what I wanted to copy via playlists and the like. Rather than me having to take care of my device, it just worked as designed with a simple interface on the computer via itunes.

Once I eventually got an iphone (3g I think was my first) I found I no longer needed the separate ipod anymore and have stuck with iphones since.

BTW, I'm actually curious what you think which mp3 players were better options during the first few years the ipod was out.

Comment Re:Another Hollywood diatribe (Score 1) 77

Yeah, I always love when a Hollywood movie tries to talk down to us plebs about how "eviil" some corporation(s) is/are, or how the "system" is holding down people.

They're some of the most over-paid, spoiled and "in an insulated echo chamber," people out there.

I especially love when they pull the 1% vs the 99% stuff.. many of them are in the 1%.

Comment Re: What an empty life (Score 1) 736

The best comparison I could make for it at the time is to the supermarket tabloids. It's not so much that it's fake news, as it was pure entertainment that happened to be taken seriously by random nut jobs we could easily ignore in our day to day lives.

That's the same reasons I like to watch some of the crazy stuff like Ancient Aliens now and then. Yeah, it's all complete bullshit, but damn they come up with some crazy/interesting theories sometimes.

Honestly it's not that far from the full backstories and stuff they come up with in Movies/TV shows at times.. like all the stuff in the Stargate TV universe matched to all the mythical gods and such.

Comment Re:"Bodily noises"? (Score 2) 290

Yeah when we were being moved into our "open office environment" crap, we got all the talks about how studies showed it helped people work better (when the info was the exact opposite) and that people "collaborate" more and all. Bullshit, just be honest and say you're doing it because it's a lot cheaper. I can at least respect being told the truth rather than being lied to.

I ended up buying a pair of Parrot Ziks and drown out the outside noise with the music/movie of my choice off my ipad. I need music or the TV in the background when working at home to actually work anyway... I can't work in complete silence. I used to listen to music in my office, at a reasonable volume so it didn't bother neighbors, when I was in an office.

Comment Re:It's not a bad thing (Score 2) 241

The NBA is interested in the highest possible basketball talent. In the US, if you're good at sports, chances are you'll be noticed by the time you hit your teens. If your background is disadvantaged you have a pretty good shot of "making it out" as an elite athlete because colleges will notice you in time to avoid falling into the stereotypical poverty traps (gangs, drugs, etc). Basically, pro sports has a pretty good system in place to find the best candidates no matter where they come from so it's likely black men aren't over represented, they are mostly the best possible candidates out of the entire US.

There's also the point that, for some cultures, "making it out" due to becoming a sports pro, is seen as cool. Trying to "make it out" by actually working hard in school, getting a job early, gaining experience, etc.. is looked down upon. In fact, for the latter, in some cases the person will be bullied and derided for doing that.

It's not just on the colleges/businesses to recruit. These kinds of attitudes need to change.

It's part of why you also never hear cries to diversify or balance out things like pro sports either.. those doing the complaining about businesses and all are pushing for quotas for specific groups in specific areas, not equality across everything.

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