January 30, 2011

Tech Sunday: Will.I.Am Gets A Job At Intel

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taking it to a whole new level

From the press release:

Intel Teams with will.i.am, Black Eyed Peas Front Man

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

* will.i.am joins Intel as "director of creative innovation."
* Unique collaboration entails the development of new technologies, music and tech advocacy.
* Intel and will.i.am "share a strong interest in innovation around music, art and lifestyle."



For those of you who don't know, Intel is a company that manufactures atomic-scale thinking machines that are the pinnacle of human civilization.  I can't hate on a guy who writes songs that make people happy, but his only substantial contribution outside of the world of pop music is punching Perez Hilton in the face.  Is that enough on the resume to get a job at Intel?

So why is Intel hiring an idiot to be Creative Director?  Because outside of its engineering departments, Intel is staffed and run by idiots.  Same goes for nearly every tech company.

The closer you look at the strategic plans of companies like Intel, Microsoft, HP and others, you come to the conclusion that the CEOs of these companies must all be heavy investors in Apple, because none of them do anything that is remotely threatening to Apple.   I would like to know how much Apple stock is owned by the guys who run Apple's competitors.  It wouldn't be hard to extinguish Apple from the marketplace,  Apple's products aren't really that good.  Yes, a lot of people buy Apple products.  But a lot of people also read The Secret and watch Glee. I wouldn't put a lot of stock in what the masses think.

Apple is successful not because their products are "insanely great."  No matter how good they are, their products are obnoxious and way overpriced.  $499 for an device with a 1024x768 screen, no ports, no accessible filesystem, graphics from the first Bush Administration, and a 1GHz CPU?  That's not overpriced?  Yes, yes, we all enjoy the pinching and zooming on the iPad, that multi-touch return-of-the repressed masturbatory ritual that only crudely and temporarily substitutes for real satisfaction.  But the thing is so crippled by design you can do nothing with it but consume.  Oh, look streaming episodes of Glee.  Wicked.

I'm using an iPad last night, and it comes to pass that I need SSH in order to--and I apologize for being technical here--transfer and organize "terabytes" of "warez" and "illegally downloaded Hollywood movies in high definition" among the horrific array of computers on my MPAA-disapproved home network.

SSH is one of maybe a thousand free command line tools that are part of the entirely free Linux operating system.  The source code is freely available. All it does is let you log into another machine and get the command line on that machine.  So naturally I assume someone has put up SSH for free on the app store, because duh.

I look at the offerings on the App Store. SSH costs $10.  Or $1.  Or $5.  There are about ten different SSHs for sale on the App Store.  None of them are free.  Most of them have a three-star rating.  How the hell does the command line get a three star rating?  What is the criticism?  "Pfft. This sucks because I can't use Helvetica."  Hit the bricks, Hipster, and take your overused homogenized Velveetica with you. It's remote access, you either logged in to the other system or you didn't.  It's a binary proposition. 

At best, I still have to pay $1.  Actually, $1.09 because of sales tax.  That's right. Listen up all you 1337 hax0r5 and script kiddies, if you want SSH on the iPad you're going to pay the State for the privilege.  How does that sit with your "information wants to be free" ethos? 

I think it's unacceptable.  It is 2011. I was promised tricorders, Skynet, and flying cars, not sales tax on the bastard child of telnet so that Pixar could crank out movie after movie about baby toys doing baby crap in a way that oddly follows the plot of The Magnificent Seven.

You would think that a competitor would step into this breach to offer a tablet or phone computing device that was, well, a computer.  Nope.  Oh, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "But Android has all the unix tools blah blah blah."  You're thinking that because you are a stupid Android consumer who is stupid.  Android devices aren't computers either.  The flagship Android phone, the Droid X, has about thirty-seven cores running at 1.21 jiggawatts.  (Jay-Z is Android's Creative Director).  With all that hardware, have you ever tried to run one of those real-time audio apps like they have on the iPhone? You can't.  Do you know why?  Because Android has exactly the same round-trip audio latency as DOS 2.1.  Yes.  I looked it up.  To do real-time audio, you need under 10ms.  Meanwhile, the Droid-What is 350ms in version 2.2 and 45ms in an "optional" package in 2.3. (According to the Davos Summit, "Optional" is an industry term for "Unavailable".)    So, despite the fact that it runs on military-spec hardware, Android can't do the fun multimedia stuff that the iPhone can do (provided that you pay and pay and pay for it (plus sales tax.))

And now Blackberry wants to sell a tablet too.  Oh joy. The Blackberry is basically a corporate house-arrest ankle bracelet that prevents you from thinking about anything other than your job no matter where you are in the world.  I can't wait for that soul-sucking experience in 9-inch high-definition.  With multitouch.

This is not competition.  This is copying.  Charging users a premium for a locked down OS which in turn nickel-and-dimes the user for single function apps that are freely (and legally) available in much more advanced configurations on normal PCs is not innovation.  It's asinine.  Which brings me back to the beginning:  I'm convinced the CEOs of these other companies secretly hoard Apple stock. How else can you explain this total unwillingness to do the obvious: to bring to the tablet space the computing platform that relegated Apple to a niche player in PCs?

You know what costs $499 and can do real-time audio, SSH, PDFs, Flash, 1080p and
everything else you'd ever what to do for no additional cost?  A crappy laptop
from Tiger Direct.

So why don't any of these companies just sell you that laptop, minus the keyboard, with a touchscreen?  I would buy that.  Today.  But no one sells it. Why? Because corporations are amalgamations of people operating in lowest-common-denominator cover-your-ass protected mode.  Some corporate sperm donor at Intel or Microsoft or HP wearing khaki pants and a blue dress shirt sees Apple's success with the App Store and decides to copy it in his company.  Khaki Blueshirt, VP of Entrenched Thinking, then gets labeled internally as an innovative guy, because in corporate America, innovation means copying Apple without also copying all the artsy designy stuff that is "gay."

Attention corporate America:  you don't want to copy Apple. Apple sucks.  Yes, they make money.  Two-and-a-Half-Men also makes money.   Apple makes money for the same reason Moleskine makes money selling $0.99 cent notebooks for $7.00--because they don't teach checkbook balancing in high school.

I don't need Intel to sell me a quad-core CPU designed by Will.i.Am with two dedicated "urban" cores providing hardware-accelerated Photoshop graffiti tags.  I don't need a "krunk" instruction set that invites me to "get retarded."

I need Windows (or Linux, real Linux) in a tablet form so I can download Firefox, Flash 10.1, Greasemonkey, VLC, utorrent, SSH, and a life-goals management app called "Inception 2010 BRRip 1080p x264 AAC - honchorella (Kingdom Release)".  That's what I need.

Listen up, Khaki Blueshirt.  Just because you upgraded the star wipe in Powerpoint doesn't make you a creative guy. You're a drone. You sell commodity hardware and a lots of it.  You want to beat Apple, stick to what you know. Sell tablets that allow users to do more than fingerpaint and view advertising at the same time (yes, there's an App for that.)  The hundreds of millions of us that have not bought iPads want tablets that let us do on them what we do on our regular computers--spreadsheets, Powerpoint, movie piracy, and porn. Don't get fancy.


-- pastabagel


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Comments

"Listen up all you 1337 hax... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 5:01 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

"Listen up all you 1337 hax0r5 and script kiddies, if you want SSH on the iPad you're going to pay the State for the privilege. How does that sit with your "information wants to be free" ethos?"

Dude, if you're going to go on about 1337 hax0r5 and not sound like a clueless old guy rambling on about the "tubes", you may want to start educating yourself (really, do you want to be as bad as the mainstream media in terms of being clueless about the tech community and technology?). The "information wants to be free" promoters and hackers generally aren't iPeople (though certainly some ipeople do support these in theory if obviously not in practice). iSheeple pay for content most of the time...they are more likely to be consumers than creators (unless you consider "creatives" in advertising to actually be doing creative work) - the whole point of Apple's design is to make users into passive consumers that don't know what's going on behind the screen. On the other hand, hackers and "freedom of information" types are much more likely to use and be open source advocates...which is why you don't have any free plug-ins for basic tech at the Apple app store (though Apple may be blocking a free version), just a whole bunch you can buy.

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zatelnet is free. why do yo... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 5:02 PM | Posted by Aaron Davies: | Reply

zatelnet is free. why do you want ssh for your iPad for organizing ripped movies anyway? It's not like you can get them into the Videos app that way....

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January 30, 2011 5:03 PM | Posted by Fargo: | Reply

Indeed. I'm not really sure what the hang-up is on a decent tablet pc. They've been around a long time, usually in a convertible format where you flip the screen around to cover the keyboard, but have never enjoyed a price drop, despite significant cost drops in all their components.

Linux tablets, in the ipad way of being a tablet, are coming out but most, if not all, of them are ARM based and have some neutered form of linux on them. I mean, I understand ARM provides ok cpu power at great power efficiencies, but it also means that it'll be a hassle to put anything with more capability on it.

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The bit about copying Apple... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 5:31 PM | Posted by Andys: | Reply

The bit about copying Apple was spot on! But FWIW, I thought the SSH clients on the iPad, are definitely better than Android's free one(s).

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I guess somebody here has a... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 5:38 PM | Posted by Vincent: | Reply

I guess somebody here has a real short memory. Real tablet PCs have been around since the nineties. There's a brand called Motion Computing that still makes them. They failed to catch on because it's ridiculously painful to control a real OS with just a pen, God forbid your fingers. That's why the stripped down OSes. I'm sure Apple would've loved to slap OSX on the iPad, if they thought it would have sold. Would have saved a hell of a lot of money.

I can't stand rants like this. Frustrated nerds whining on about how their perfect device that does x, y, z, and a, b, c, and on haven't been developed yet, with zero understanding of what it takes to develop for a mass market. They sound like two year olds screaming at Wal-Mart. They inevitably bring up flying cars, and tricorders, entitled twits.

Embedded device development has never been easier, how 'bout you give it a go, eh Pastabagel? I'm sure you could build the ultimate nerd-core machine, and sell it to exactly the six people that will buy it at the $2500 price point you'll need to sell it at, just so you can put a little chicken on the table with the pork and beans.

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Do we have a new guest cont... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 5:41 PM | Posted by Kyle: | Reply

Do we have a new guest contributor at TLP now?

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Apple is successf... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 5:54 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Apple is successful not because their products are "insanely great." No matter how good they are, their products are obnoxious and way overpriced. $499 for an device with a 1024x768 screen, no ports, no accessible filesystem, graphics from the first Bush Administration, and a 1GHz CPU? That's not overpriced?

If Apple added maybe 5 or 6 $.50 USB ports to the side and included a clumsy file manager to let you delete your /usr directory, would that be worth $499?

It's not the hardware that's difficult, it's the software. Apple's software and hardware works hand-in-glove like no one else's. Microsoft's tablet software was shit so their tablet PC was shit too. Linux is a much better base to begin with than windows, but none of the companies that ever tried prior to Google (and I'm thinking of Palm and Nokia) were any good at software either.

And PC graphics in the Bush Adminstration was a hell of a lot more primitive than anything that Apple has *ever* sold (except maybe the Apple II?).

I need Windows (or Linux, real Linux) in a tablet form so I can download Firefox, Flash 10.1, Greasemonkey, VLC, utorrent, SSH, and a life-goals management app called "Inception 2010 BRRip 1080p x264 AAC - honchorella (Kingdom Release)". That's what I need.

If you were as elite as you think you are, you'd know that you can already get this if you look in the right place. You just won't like as much as you think you do.

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Thought this seems like ful... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 5:54 PM | Posted, in reply to Vincent's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

Thought this seems like full on TLP more than Pastabagel from TLP's other technology related rants, which tend to have a rather similar mothball smell to them that particularly clashes with the attempts to appear cynically tech savvy and all argghhh piratey (even though everyone's grandmother celebrates talk like a pirate day on FB and Alone tends to rail against anyone actually taking a stand for freedom of information and communication).

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"I need Windows (or Linux, ... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 6:00 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

"I need Windows (or Linux, real Linux) in a tablet form so I can download Firefox, Flash 10.1, Greasemonkey, VLC, utorrent, SSH, and a life-goals management app called "Inception 2010 BRRip 1080p x264 AAC - honchorella (Kingdom Release)". That's what I need."

Why? Why do you "need" to do the same things you do on your regular computer on a tablet? You "need" to edit your spreadsheets on something that doesn't have a real keyboard?

Sounds like you... need a laptop, really.

And this blog doesn't need ranty and clueless tech commentary.

PS: You can get an Asus convertible netbook/tablet with regular Windows 7 for 580.

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I could never imagine Alone... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 6:05 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

I could never imagine Alone calling Intel "staffed and run by idiots." Or musing ignorantly on the investment portfolios of their executives. Or glorifying physical violence.

Let's leave the angry rants to the psychiatrist, shall we?

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So why don't any of thes... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 6:21 PM | Posted by seriously?: | Reply

So why don't any of these companies just sell you that laptop, minus the keyboard, with a touchscreen?

This is so laughably absurd that I laughed. Have you ever used a desktop OS like Windows with a touchscreen interface? Microsoft has been trying to push Windows 7 for tablets ever since last year's CES. It seems like you truly think that the reason HP didn't bring that abomination to market is that they're stupid. Well, they are stupid. For considering making a Windows 7 tablet in the first place.

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Just because how you imagin... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 6:24 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

Just because how you imagine Alone to be doesn't conform to how Alone actually is and what Alone writes, doesn't mean that the person writing this particular blog post isn't Alone. It's actually kind of amusing that you'd attribute things that don't conform to your preferred ideation of Alone to someone else when Alone was actually quite transparent when he/she/they did actually collaborate with Pastabagel. It's also not like this is the first time Alone's gotten all ranty about technology (because some gadget isn't doing what Alone wants) and revealed some basic misunderstanding/ignorance about technology and tech communities.

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What, like they sat down an... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 6:42 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

What, like they sat down and picked out phrases together?

I know that's not Alone, because I've actually done the hard work of putting together a piece of writing, and I know effort when I see it. Elements of style and phrasing tend to repeat themselves. I could spot Alone's writing out of a lineup.

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"I know that's not Alone, b... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 7:48 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

"I know that's not Alone, because I've actually done the hard work of putting together a piece of writing, and I know effort when I see it."

Ah, ye olde argument from authority.... Unfortunately you're talking to someone who writes for a living, and just to trump your claim and appeal to authority, is also an editor and proofreader (meaning I've got lots of experience reading other people's writing and paying attention to someone's voice/style). Just because something may be a huge effort for you doesn't mean it's equally difficult for others (and just because something is easy for me doesn't mean it's just as easy for others).

Alone's posts generally don't seem as if they're written by someone who finds writing them a long, arduous and difficult process. They read like what personal blogs often are, someone's thoughts written down rather quickly and casually. People who spend a lot of time reworking a text tend to fix the kinds of technical errors that Alone isn't particularly bothered about. Of course, he could slave over these posts for hours and think deeply about what he writes...none of us can really know. You see Alone as a reflection of yourself (or attribute your relationship with writing to Alone) but, obviously, I could also be doing the same thing and attributing greater skill, deep knowledge about some subjects and quickness of wit/intelligence to Alone than Alone really has.

Really, at the end of the day Alone's posts and the TLP blog stand and fall on what they are (their content) rather than the Alone persona that you or I project onto the unknown (other than by these posts) Alone.

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The reason pastabagel sound... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 7:52 PM | Posted by robotslave: | Reply

The reason pastabagel sounds so much like Alone is that they share many of the same sensibilities, habits, personality tics, and experiences-- because they live under the same roof.

I think Alone "Accidentally" forgot to log out of his blog before getting up and letting his teenage son use the family computer.

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I just read this to my husb... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 8:07 PM | Posted by xpurg8d: | Reply

I just read this to my husband and said, "Why in hell is The Last Psychiatrist going on this insane rant? On this blog?"

His reply: "Maybe it's a cry for help."

Who is pastabagel and why does (s)he hate Apple so? And why am I supposed to care?

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Movies are more my thing th... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 8:09 PM | Posted by Jack Coupal: | Reply

Movies are more my thing than tech talk.

Pixar's Toy Stories movies reflect "The Magnificent Seven"?

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An appeal to authority is w... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 9:01 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

An appeal to authority is when you claim your position is true by invoking a *higher* authority. Not your own experience. Creativity is not something you can say you have a "career" in. I don't care how many crap pieces of writing you look at every day, nor am I interested in your self-aggrandizement, or your psychological babble.

I don't care how much money you make writing and looking at other people's writing. What matters is whether you've actually tried to put something together that's downright, honest to goodness, worth reading. There's a huge difference between the two.

You might not see the effort that goes into Alone's writing, but I do. I see the battle he wages with phrasings, ensuring his writing is both entertaining and correct, not in the linguistic sense, but in the factual. The struggles against sounding like a hypocrite, and dealing with a subject that doesn't lend itself very well to reasoned analysis.

I'm sorry you dismiss my intuition as mere psychological reflection. If you want to understand where I'm coming from, I suggest you do the following. Pick a subject near and dear to you. Try to write about it. Once you realize it's total crap, throw it out and start over. The second try will be crap too. Sooner or later your own struggle will lead you to the conclusion that writing isn't whatever the hell you thought it was. Maybe, maybe, you just might stick it out, and finally produce something worth another human being's attention.

But it starts and ends with pouring your heart and your soul into putting words to paper. If you can't do that, then you should just shut up, and go back to pushing your paper around.

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I can't believe that TLP le... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 9:21 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

I can't believe that TLP let such an ignorant poorly written piece onto the blog.

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Huh? This is a guest post r... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 9:50 PM | Posted by harryh: | Reply

Huh? This is a guest post right? Hopefully we'll never hear from this guy ever again. Worst post I've ever seen in this site.

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Just because it's hard for ... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 9:53 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

Just because it's hard for you to write doesn't mean that what you write is deeper, more meaningful or better in terms of content or style than what someone who doesn't find it as hard as you do. How much you suffer or sweat is no measure of the quality of what you produce or how creative you are.

Nice way to dodge the main point though, that projecting your own difficulty with writing onto Alone doesn't make your (or my) projections real. Plus it's a bit odd that you're so attached to some idealize version of Alone that's a mirror of yourself considering what Alone so often writes about (but, hey, we clearly seem to bring quite different references and perspectives to what Alone writes).

You were claiming authority for yourself (I have done this, I'm an authority on it and know more than you) and an insider's knowledge that you simply don't have. I guess we have different perspectives on Alone, you think he works really hard to write his blogs and I don't, meaning that I attribute more quickness of wit and general skill to him than you do since you think he works really hard to achieve these blog posts. Some people are able to think and talk about these kinds of subjects on the fly, it's not some kind of arduous slog for everyone to ponder these things or communicate about them. Some people simply are better at some things than others, combine a talent for a particular thing (like writing) with skill (which comes from practicing) and writing becomes easier and if you love writing then trying to find just the right word or phrase to express an idea or create an image is enjoyable and not some form of torture. The more you do it, the easier and more enjoyable it gets. Get over yourself, if what you write is good people will let you know, if it's crap they'll let you know - there's a good chance there'll be people in both camps unless you're truly craptacular.

That's some pretty self indulgent tripe, er criteria, you have for creating good art and what creativity is. Barfing out your heart and soul doesn't in and of itself make good art and isn't necessarily creative, it's just having an emotional purge and can often be the sign of someone who is self indulgent and more motivated by narcissism and "look at me and my suffering, see my christ-like grandiosity" than it is by someone who's actually trying to communicate and share their take on the world and existence with others.

But, whatever, go back to whinging on about how you're really a truly great artist because even writing a few words causes you great ego suffering because the words and ideas on paper aren't as brilliant as you believe they are when they're floating around in your head pretending to be unrecognized genius. There are plenty of things about making a living as a writer that aren't fun, the actual writing and associated thinking/researching parts usually are.

Anyway, interesting difference in perspectives. Shame you hold such cliche ideas about creativity though, not only because you're clearly not having the pretty awesome experience of being in a creative flow state (or "zone" to use a more sports-terminology) but also because it'll get in the way of you actually being creative. Creativity is more of a peak state than the torturous one you describe, that just sounds like mistaking self-flagellation for the creative process and getting caught up in some "artistic" persona than actually being creative.

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It's obvious to me that you... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 10:19 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

It's obvious to me that you've never really written anything.

I don't find it torture to write. It's a skill you acquire over time. You're mistaking effort for torture. Your clumsy wordings and barely coherent paragraphs here quite illustrate the difference. I could have boiled down your essay to a few paragraphs. That's the difference.

I struggle with it, I grapple with it, I tease and plead with it. But as soon as it looks like torture, I put it down and go do something else. People like you stop at the first sign of difficulty. And so you never break through to the point where anybody other than a captive audience will want to read your crap.

I find it quite amusing the lengths to which you go to to discredit the value of writing about something near and dear to you. Like you're hiding from something. Maybe you've got some essay back in the day that still draws up a ton of bitter feelings.

It's not "barfing," it's taking a legitimate interest in such things that we know are in our control, but don't have the courage to take responsibility for. Relevance, how we're coming across to others, smoothness and rhythm. We look at amazing prose like Douglas Adams and simply believe that we don't have what it takes to produce such musical writing. But we do. Anybody can. It's just words on paper.

Whether you choose to create something awesome or not, that's your own responsibility. You can either take it, or let others do so.

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You seem to have hurt a lot... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 10:24 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

You seem to have hurt a lot of peoples feelings with this one.

Shame on you for telling the truth.

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Dude, I do write about thin... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 10:34 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Dude, I do write about things near and dear to me, which is exactly why I'm calling bullshit on your claims that only your personal experience of writing is valid and therefore Alone's experience must mirror yours.And, of course, this means he must work really, really hard on something that looks (at least to some of us) like more like the rants of a relatively intelligent person (who knows a lot about some topics and is pretty misinformed/uniformed about others) who doesn't want their real life/identity associated with what they write on this blog.

Because I'm lucky enough to get to write about things I care about most of the time, I find it a pleasurable experience (writing about things I don't care about it much less pleasurable but still has it's own, less passionate, form of pleasure to be had). Sure there's work involved but it's enjoyable and satisfying work, I enjoy the process of writing. That doesn't mean I haven't suffered in my life or don't use that suffering at times, it just means I actually write because I enjoy the process of writing and then refining a text (both being edited and the process of editing others)...it's not something I spend my time doing in a comments section of a blog though....this is a casual medium to me so conversational.Do you seriously take a comment on a blog post that seriously?

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I don't think you have anyt... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 10:58 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

I don't think you have anything near and dear to you to write on. I think you have a cush job and you're getting complacent about it. I wouldn't want to take your job away from you, but I'd put real money on the wager that if I found your writing somewhere, I might agree that it's "well-written," but if I'd never seen another piece from you again, it probably wouldn't bug me. I like writing that *matters*.

I read TLP because it matters. It takes bold stances about the state of the world and the media and the people living in it. Does your writing matter? That's what I mean by "heart and soul." Just stringing words to paper is an easy skill, everybody pretends they can do it. But are you saying anything?

I attack your prose here because when you do have something that you believe in, through and through, you just don't engage in anything that doesn't matter. I just don't write anything that I don't feel is worth writing. Of course I think this conversation matters, I wouldn't be having it otherwise. So I put my best effort into it.

I put my best effort *everywhere*. And once you make the decision to live your life this way, a logic becomes apparent. The logic you're taking offense to, the logic you're hiding from.

Because it demands nothing less from you than your full and total attention.

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Even if you have qualms wit... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 11:03 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Even if you have qualms with the arguments, please let's all agree this was a great post: intelligently written and very funny with a challenging and alternative perspective (while simultaneously providing practical and sound advice).

Thank you thank you thank you.

This is the stuff I come to this blog for.

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Just because I make a livin... (Below threshold)

January 30, 2011 11:30 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Just because I make a living as a freelance writer, editor and proofreader doesn't mean I have a "cush job" or that I live particularly high on the hog, that's you projecting again. Just like the fact that you don't enjoy the process of writing doesn't actually mean you're a more sincere, passionate or capable writer. Once again you're making out that if someone makes a living as a writer that they can't be as "real" or "authentic" as you, that's just bullshit.

Clearly we're both here because we find something of merit in Alone's writing (at least some of the time, I do when he's writing about things he's knowledgeable about but I clearly don't have the same fanboy thing going on as you do - perhaps because I'm already familiar with many of the concepts he plays around with so they're not as eye-opening, bold and original seeming to me as they seem to be to you).

And, no, your "logic" simply doesn't make sense because it's merely you projecting and then assuming by association some idealized idea of who Alone is and who he is appears to be more important to you than what he writes. This focus on personal kind of blows your claims to be all about the writing/craft/process out of the water. As does your assumption that you're a good writer because you keep thinking what you write is crap and it requires you to work hard. There's nothing wrong with hard work and it's part of the process, and enjoyable part really if you actually love writing (as opposed to the idea of being a writer), but it's not only practice that makes people great writers in a creative sense...and no it's not passion that's the missing ingredient...it's the ability to think and see the world slightly differently and then to communicate that to others.

Of course, apart from on a purely formal level, what constitutes good writing is pretty subjective. Clearly both you and I get different things from Alone's writing and perceive it differently because we bring very different subjective experiences, culture and knowledge to his posts. I'm not claiming superiority, I'm just saying that your subjectivity isn't superior to anyone else's subjectivity.

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January 31, 2011 1:39 AM | Posted by Wait for it: | Reply

MeeGo. Just watch for it.

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January 31, 2011 2:44 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

If this was written as a honeypot for typical internet commentary, it seems to have worked.

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January 31, 2011 2:45 AM | Posted by Medusa: | Reply

This post seems to merely be an excuse to call as many people idiots as possible, and to justify some kind of vague world-hatred.

I see no other point or reason for this writing. It reads like some kind of life-bitterness shrapnel.

Pissed off that Apple is making it sooooo hard for him to pirate software and movies? Seriously?

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January 31, 2011 5:06 AM | Posted by fraise: | Reply

I need Windows (or Linux, real Linux) in a tablet form so I can download Firefox, Flash 10.1, Greasemonkey, VLC, utorrent, SSH, and a life-goals management app called "Inception 2010 BRRip 1080p x264 AAC - honchorella (Kingdom Release)". That's what I need.

Archos Android tablets:
http://www.archos.com/products/ta/index.html?country=us&lang=en

They came out a few months before any other tablets did (Apple's included). BUT ARCHOS IS FRENCH OMG TEH HORRORS so no one in the USA seems to know about them.

Now I have high-quality free health care, full retirement, a social safety net for the homeless, practically-free higher education, decent public education, a secular society, and, all told, 10% income taxes to get back to. (That's actually what I pay after deductions etc. And yes, my salary allows me, a single woman, to purchase a home and excellent food - because hey, I live in France.)

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January 31, 2011 6:06 AM | Posted by Whatever: | Reply

Exactly. Why should I spend money on an overpriced (smart?) phone when I can get much better performance from a $300 notebook?

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January 31, 2011 8:45 AM | Posted by Iris: | Reply

Once I can get something that's basically a regular old netbook with a touchscreen (preferably 11-13") that costs what my Acer ZG5 cost several years ago, I will get it.

So I'm with you on that.

However, since I think the iPad is overpriced and underperforming, I don't have one. I'm not boycotting Apple, but given the type of products they sell (think Creative Zen X-fi and Sansa Clip+ vs. iPod, or even worse, Sanyo Eneloop vs. iBattery), I will never purchase anything Apple sells. If you have a Mac, an iPod, iPad and/or iPhone, you've already been suckered and there's no reason why everyone shouldn't try to inject their counterpart (instead of competing) products into the market.

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January 31, 2011 11:05 AM | Posted by Speedball: | Reply

1) To address the point about that tablet that you desperately want - it's been done a number of times before, and it sucked. Tablet-form, Windows-based devices have been around for a while now, and it's not so much the hardware that's the problem as the software. Specifically, WIMP ("Windows Icons Menus Pointers", or all the greatest hits of Windows 3.1), which works great on a desktop/laptop, starts sucking when you don't have a pointer, and can barely use a menu.

The thing Apple did right with the iPhone (and by association, the iPad) was to force a re-write of the software to load on to the device. No, it won't run your existing software (as the Windows tablets did, to their failure), you must re-design your interface for touch. The Windows/Intel tag-team has always been successful on the basis of backwards-compatibility, and it killed them repeatedly in the tablet space. Apple is willing to disregard backwards compatibility (which doesn't help here) build a walled-garden to enforce this change (again, Win-tel isn't). The result is Apple's new leadership position in tablets, where everyone else is scrambling to catch up.

2) You won't be getting Flash, and it's not a great call in my opinion. Among the advantages of "having a good king" running Apple is quirks like that. I'd be very pleased if they'd share their reasoning about that call.

3) About those free tools - although you don't get a formal file-system, there's a perfectly workable method of creating, storing, and syncing files per-app, and there's also nothing stopping your app from sharing those files with other apps. There's also nothing stopping you from writing those apps yourself, since the code is free (open-source VLC, torrent implementations, Firefox, etc.), the iPad Dev kit is free, so go to. Unless the objection is that you're entitled to those apps already done-up in touch-interface glory for you, in which case I've found the problem here.

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January 31, 2011 11:47 AM | Posted by mickey: | Reply


Pastabagel is some hipster droid from Metafilter. The website where anyone who posts an opinion that doesn't conform to their "nonconformist" norm gets shouted down and hounded off, the "community" whose rulers say they're anarchists.

Sometimes the links are good. When they're stolen from Fark.

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January 31, 2011 11:59 AM | Posted by DOS 2.1: | Reply

As per usual... make any criticism of Apple and the fanboys go crazy.

Poorly written? I know this wasn't written by Alone because it's the first post with no typos. Don't listen to the haters, you just went after their sacred cows.

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January 31, 2011 12:26 PM | Posted by Kate Seldman: | Reply

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January 31, 2011 1:33 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

I can't believe that Geico Gekko gets to be spokesperson for the company! What the Hell does he know about insurance?

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January 31, 2011 1:47 PM | Posted, in reply to seriously?'s comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

Let's not forget the incredible money sink that preceded Windows 7 tablets: Windows Ultra Mobile PC. It does everything pastabagel wants at a reasonable price, but just happens to be complete unusable garbage that no one in their right mind purchased.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/umpc/default.mspx

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January 31, 2011 1:50 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Folks sure are willing to expend and awful lot of energy on blubbering, pants-soiling freakouts each others' consumer electronics.

Why take on Monsanto, BP or Halliburton when Starbucks, Microsoft or Apple make such shiny, easy, shallow targets?

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January 31, 2011 1:51 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Holly balls, do I ever type like shit on so little sleep. Sorry.

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1. Why are large tech compa... (Below threshold)

January 31, 2011 3:01 PM | Posted by innocent10k: | Reply

1. Why are large tech companies so stupid?

They are constantly trying to grow and take over new markets. Somehow this stupidity has become deeply embedded in the tech industry. Intel shouldn't make a tablet, they don't need a creative director, they should just pay out the 200 million dollars in profit that they make every week to their shareholders, and focus on CPU engineering.

2. Why did Apple make the iPad?

Some meek creatures are scared of computers. Pastabagel certainly isn't one of them. The iPad allows people to do computery things, without the deep black pit of despair they get in their hearts when they try to operate a computer. My advice: buy the Macbook Air 11" (you can use it in bed AND it comes with ssh), and slide that iPad thru an elderly neighbor's mail slot and forget about it.

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January 31, 2011 5:43 PM | Posted by ulrich: | Reply

If you're sure you want a laptop with a touchscreen instead of a netbook or a tablet, then here is a link:
http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=umpc+windows+7&catId=0
There, you can get one directly from China.
However, standard computer interfaces are not designed for touchscreens, and ARM processors give better battery life and/or lighter devices.

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January 31, 2011 5:58 PM | Posted by Phelps: | Reply

2) You won't be getting Flash, and it's not a great call in my opinion. Among the advantages of "having a good king" running Apple is quirks like that. I'd be very pleased if they'd share their reasoning about that call.

Jobs has addressed it specifically. Flash sucks.

That's not, "Flash is ugly" or "Flash wasn't made here." It's Flash drains batteries, is slow, and worst of all, is unstable as hell. Flash is the #1 cause of crashes on, well, anything that allows Flash. Including Macs and Mac browsers. It's just a garbage environment. It survives mainly because everyone has the plugin.

Except that everyone doesn't have the plugin anymore, and now it is dying.

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January 31, 2011 10:25 PM | Posted by Information Addict: | Reply

All I know is I absolutely love my iPod touch.

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February 1, 2011 4:10 AM | Posted, in reply to xpurg8d's comment, by Cheddar Daniels: | Reply

I'm so glad you read this post to your husband. I think E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is, thanks for sharing.

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February 1, 2011 10:58 AM | Posted, in reply to DOS 2.1's comment, by His Shadow: | Reply

"As per usual... make any criticism of Apple and the fanboys go crazy."

As per usual, Apple is low hanging fruit for every nonconformist hipster with a "where's my flying car?" bone to pick.

Really, this you consider "criticism"? The blatantly stupid idea that Apple makes shit, but everyone else is so much more crappy that Apple looks good? Give your head a shake.

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February 1, 2011 11:43 AM | Posted by Vince: | Reply

I was with you until the rant against Android; at this point I thought Honeycomb was slated to get the audio latency down to sub-50ms, which is more than reasonable for most RT needs.

At that point, just buy a nook color for $250, root it and install Honeycomb in a month or so.

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February 1, 2011 11:46 AM | Posted by His Shadow: | Reply

So this is where we are going? This will be the meme for future cookie cutter rants about Apple? That Apple doesn't make great vertically integrated products with high customer satisfaction and superior design aesthetics that hold their value. No, no. It's that all the other companies are so damn stupid and their products so bad that Apple looks good by comparison.

Yeah. Good luck with that. I'm sure the dipshits will absolutely love it.

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Just because it's... (Below threshold)

February 2, 2011 10:28 AM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by syntaxfree: | Reply

Just because it's hard for you to write doesn't mean that what you write is deeper, more meaningful or better in terms of content or style than what someone who doesn't find it as hard as you do.

This is actually quite insightful as far as writing advice goes. I have tried a few times to write blogs in english (not my first language), and invariably ended up with excruciatingly verbose, long texts (that take a lot of time to write!) that are subsequently summarized in tl;dr fashion on Reddit in a paragraph.

If only there was some kind of caveman language to prototype essays in. O Chomsky where art thou.

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February 2, 2011 10:36 AM | Posted, in reply to Whatever's comment, by syntaxfree: | Reply

Performance is mostly besides the point, though it may become for video chat over IP or something like that. What makes the iPhone interesting as a consumer product is the clever uses of its various "senses" (camera, microphone, accelerometer, compass, GPS).

Myself, I own just an iPod Touch, and I wasn't interested in its camera -- I'm doing film this year -- but I found myself in need of a light meter and *downloaded* one. It's even been checked against pro gizmos. I've also come to rely on a Bento database to register shots (aperture, speed, place, etc.) and take approximate snaps to know what is where when my rolls arrive from the developer. Now, if there was only a way to connect an iPod to a remote flash (as in camera flash light) connection!

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February 2, 2011 12:15 PM | Posted by vv111y: | Reply

Intel hiring will.i.am needs to be mocked endlessly and a Memorial erected somewhere to mock it in perpetuity

opening paragraphs spot on
Khaki Blueshirt, VP of Entrenched Thinking - lol

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February 2, 2011 12:21 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

I can't get over how little I care about this.

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February 2, 2011 10:14 PM | Posted by trost osler: | Reply

I love this rant. Not only did she peg it right on the head with a nine-pound hammer, but she's /right/. Wake me up when they make a tablet for content /creation/ because that will be something interesting. Tablets for consumption are gross. And the people that buy them are disgusting. Go away.

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"how many of those people a... (Below threshold)

February 3, 2011 12:27 AM | Posted by randy: | Reply

"how many of those people at Microsoft/IBM/Cisco own Apple stock?"

I think you hit the nail on the head there. Are you aware that Intel and AMD share (entirely?) complete schematics plans of their processors?

Competition seems to be illusory.

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February 3, 2011 1:31 AM | Posted, in reply to Vincent's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply

Good job vinny. You owned PB before the 5th comment response.

As a side note, why does TLP allow pastabagel to write for him? He fucking sucks. I knew I hated this entry, but not in the usual way TLP makes me hate his entries (which is to say, I hated it entirely and wanted it away from me like a schizophrenic on the subway). I hated this entry the way I hate 99% of bloggers, or the way I hate CNN commentors - it's like a horse bucking the gate, opinionated and loud, but ultimately uncreative, uninnovative, and lacking in substance. Shut the fuck up, basically.


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February 3, 2011 9:23 AM | Posted by Goran Zec: | Reply

I enjoyed this rant, found it humorous and expressing quite a bit of truth. If pressed, I'd opine that iPhone sucks as well, for similar reasons. But it did boldly step away from the usual phone limitations and offered something more powerful and more pleasant to use. Apple seems to be great at tightly packing hardware into pleasant shells and rethinking the user experience on the software side of things, but I would never buy either the iPad or the iPhone. I opted for an Android phone, took control of it (which still requires giving up on your warranty, which also sucks) and now run the GPL'd Cyanogenmod on it. I think this will also happen to tablets -- the Android-powered tablets are coming and with them the format will get an alternative that's pleasant to an end user and much cheaper than Apple's. Though, I still fail to see why anyone would need a tablet when you can have a cheap netbook with reasonable hardware that runs Linux well. Tablets seem like an oversized phone that can't make or receive calls.

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February 3, 2011 11:47 AM | Posted by His Shadow: | Reply

and much cheaper than Apple's.

No, they won't. What's cheaper than Apple right now? 7" inch tablets which actually are "just a big phone". Why are they 7"? Because the much lauded competition can match Apple on price and if they do, they will make no money and if they can't make money what's the point?

Every attempt to predict a future where Apple's products are relegated to some market share ghetto refuses to accept the fact that 9 years later, this "swamped by commoditized cheaper versions" never happened the iPod. Never. In fact, what's going to kill the iPod is Apple's newer products, not competition.

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February 3, 2011 2:31 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by hey dan, eat some free cheese: | Reply

As a side note, why does TLP allow pastabagel to write for him? He fucking sucks.

This post is a 1/10, but not all of pastabagel entries are this bad. Evidently he's not as good as Alone, but he's promising. I've got two theories:

a) pb is an alternate persona of Alone, and hence not fully developed yet. Look up Fernando Pessoa, who despite being from a tiny country got nominated by Harold Bloom as the "most representative poet" of the 20th century. This is what he did: Pessoa published work under his legal name and two other names, and each of the three had a completely different style, personality, attitude to the literary controversies of the day and so on.

b) pb is Alone's pet project. (This is the hypothesis I favor). He is promising, though underdeveloped, and Alone is trying to mentor him (and getting someone to alleviate the burden of writing the lighter posts to keep proper blog frequency). It's a good thing; Men without children should find a young man to mentor and cherish. And if it means having a bad post on an internet site he makes no money from anyway, it's small potatoes. We've had "Geodon is not B.I.D.", which essentially said "Geodon has to be taken with food, so this study is invalid", which was probably Alone out of ideas.

The proper comment is "hey, pastabagel. This post sucks. Do better, we don't want you shitting on a blog in which we're used to finding awesomeness to numb the pain." I don't think we're just going to boo pastabagel out of the blog, and if we do, it's because (1) pb is a real person and not an alter ego and (2) pb couldn't handle the shit from the comments -- Alone's not going to kick pb out.

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February 3, 2011 6:33 PM | Posted by David: | Reply

It's not rocket science. Consider "Will.I.Am Gets A Job At Intel" to be a sack of dung dumped on the top of an ant hill. The ants are those whose identity is tied up in apple being the best. The subject of the exercise? See how many ants scurry out, screaming bloody murder because they are unable to separate their sense of self from that of an electronics corporation.

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February 3, 2011 7:43 PM | Posted, in reply to David's comment, by Andrew: | Reply

Well put.

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February 3, 2011 8:05 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply


This blog sucks whether TLP's erômenos pastabagel posts here or not. But a lot of that is because of the Comments, including but not limited to this one.

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February 5, 2011 9:22 PM | Posted by xpurg8d: | Reply

I'm only posting this because I checked "receive email notifications of further comments" when I commented before and my inbox is FILLED with notifications. I really didn't need to know every time somebody belched in the direction of this blog. When the email notifications of comments exceeds the spam, it gets on my nerves. So now I've unchecked the box and I hope it stops. If not, guess I'll go eat worms.

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February 7, 2011 9:22 PM | Posted by Morgan Warstler: | Reply

It's the theory of value and "simple mastery."

People don't care what they spend, if they can afford it, they care if anyone can get more out of it than them.

So they say things like, "it's so simple to use."

What they means is, "Even Einstein couldn't get more out of this $500 thing than I can, with this $500 device, I don't pay a tax for being stupid."

That's why people like art where the message is perfectly understood. They all have to pay $1000 for it, they prefer the German art snob not see a bunch of stuff they don't see.

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February 11, 2011 5:04 PM | Posted by SDC: | Reply

Not enough focus on will.i.am's omnipresence in the tech world (he also was a 'keynote speaker' at the big SalesForce convention recently). Why Intel decided they needed to put somebody so vapid and so lightweight in the tech sense on their payroll is a mystery worth probing further. Soon will.i.am will holographically appear in your bathroom, with advertising messages customized for you! ('Maybe you should try Activia!')

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February 12, 2011 3:49 PM | Posted by K: | Reply

Holy Fuck you are an idiot. How about doing some research before spewing pages and pages of this fucking bullshit.

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February 13, 2011 3:05 PM | Posted, in reply to K's comment, by His Shadow: | Reply

Rude, K, but not far from the mark.

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We are one of the leading Warez hosting providers based in the UK offering a wide range of web hosting services to the world....

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May 28, 2013 3:50 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

hahahahahahahahahahahah holy shite, well done haha bravo urban cores hahaha holy fuck. and to everyone on here bitching about whose tech advise is better who gives a shit, everyone uses it for a differetn reason not really but kinda, if its not the newest social app (which just contributes to real life stupidity and the extinction of real life social skills) or some kind of media (youtube,any pron site (prons free how do people still bitch about paying hahah noob) included is music and shit and movies) what elese do people use it for? nothing relevant to real life, i would like for a massive emp to go off like jesus's money shot and destroy all technology, promoting real life social interaction and hopefully destroying all people dependent on technology, that way i can wander around the world talking to myself and animals and shit that doesnt exist in peace. #waitwhat

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January 3, 2014 2:17 PM | Posted by Derpford: | Reply

I suspect the reason that Apple tends to make freely available software so costly on the App Store (and why so many people copy that strategy) is because every dollar sent through that App Store is X% of that money going into Apple's bank account.
Put simply, they're running the middle man as well as the end man.
And everyone is copying Apple's "be the middle man" strategy because it works--because the App Store allows them to not only grab pennies from everyone who already sent them dollars, but also control what goes into their device (so that nobody pirates their apps, or makes a tool available without either advertising or large bills).
Hell, even Linux distributions are falling into it--Ubuntu added its own App Store a while ago. Not a repository interface, an App Store. With paid apps.
It's bad for the consumer at some level; part and parcel of the App Store concept is a limit on what applications can be installed without it (thank Celestia that the guys at Ubuntu haven't taken this step yet). However, it does allow better quality control, and it makes more money for the company that makes the device--particularly if the company doesn't store earlier versions of apps, such that users with an older iDevicesmartphone or tablet can't use the app without upgrading.

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January 3, 2014 2:18 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Derpford: | Reply

"i would like for a massive emp to go off like jesus's money shot and destroy all technology, promoting real life social interaction and hopefully destroying all people dependent on technology"

...Said the man with horrible grammar, on an article about the technology industry.

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