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Comment Maybe because they are useless. (Score 1) 210

I think their biggest problem is that they are completely useless devices, while at the same time being highly intrusive. I cannot think of a single compelling reason to have one. There is nothing that would cause me to remark, "Wow! I can't wait until I get my Alexa so I can do _________ ."

Comment I want a list (Score 1) 84

When I see the list of upper management people who were fired over this, I will consider buying another Samsung product. Otherwise, and especially in light of their "exploding" washing machine fiasco in November, I will continue to operate under the assumption that their QA problems have not been fixed. Disappointing too, since I used to think quite highly of Samsung products.

Comment Mis-directed (Score 4, Insightful) 273

Much as I dislike Mark Zuckerberg, the real problem is not him, nor Facebook, but the users who have made Facebook the " lynchpin of the distribution of news and information around the world..." I realize that Facebook is how a lot of people get their news, but the responsibility for that rests on the shoulders of the dumb shits who use it that way, not on Mark Zuckerberg. While Zuckerberg has made it clear that he would like for Facebook to become everyone's entire internet experience, that can't happen without the cooperation of the people using it.

Comment Re:But it's not like it's some sort of natural law (Score 1) 180

I see a lot of reasons stated for using one type of phone over the other, and they are all good reasons based on individual needs or points of view. The one thing I haven't seen yet is a reason that's based on "status", which is what I was addressing. There may have been a time, back when the iPhone was a new thing, that it was a status symbol to own one, but smart phones are so common these days, and there are enough manufacturers, that I don't think anyone really pays attention to that sort of thing any more.

Comment But it's not like it's some sort of natural law (Score 4, Interesting) 180

The main reason I have an iPhone has nothing to do with status. It's because I like the way it works. I had an Android phone for a couple of years, but it was noticably slower than the iPhones of colleagues and friends. The iPhone seemed snappier. Additionally, I have a Macbook, iPad, iPod, and AppleTV. It makes sense to have a phone which is compatible with that universe. Again, I don't have these devices because of whatever "status" they might impart. I have them because I like the way they work.

Besides, is there really some sort of status attached to an iPhone these days? They are ubiquitous -- even my 83-year-old father has one, and he doesn't even know what he has. He just makes calls and sends texts. If he has a problem, well, his phone has an Apple logo on it, and the Apple store has an Apple logo on it, so he knows he can go in there and some friendly person will help him with his phone. For him it's like taking your car into a mechanic. He has a GM car, so he takes it to the GM dealer when there is a problem. For him, that is how it is done. If an old fart like my dad has an iPhone, it can hardly be thought of as a status symbol.

I would like to add that I also have friends and colleagues who have Android phones. They seem happy with their phones, and that's great. I do not, in any way, feel like I am superior just because I have an iPhone.

Comment Botnet? (Score 3, Interesting) 112

So they're saying a botnet was used to gain access to the data, then passed on to third parties. Unless I'm mistaken, the IP addresses will be pointing to machines on the botnet, and the owners of those machines have no idea that is happening. It sounds like a lot of innocent people might get swept up in this.

Also ironic that LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft, who is no doubt responsible for the operating systems running on all those bots on the aforementioned botnet.

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