Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Feb 2013 22:22 UTC
Google "Mobile phones may generate the fastest-growing segment of Google's revenue, but the experience of using them still bothers Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Speaking at the TED Conference today in Long Beach, Calif., Brin told the audience that smartphones are 'emasculating'. 'You're standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass', he said." He's definitely right, but whether Glass is the answer, I don't know. The geek in me loves the technology, but I doubt its practicality.
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2 sexes
by fretinator on Wed 27th Feb 2013 22:38 UTC
fretinator
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2005-07-06

So, do woman feel effeminated by smartphones?

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RE: 2 sexes
by chekr on Wed 27th Feb 2013 22:47 UTC in reply to "2 sexes"
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2005-11-05

Emasculate: Make (a person, idea, or piece of legislation) weaker or less effective.

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RE[2]: 2 sexes
by r_a_trip on Wed 27th Feb 2013 22:52 UTC in reply to "RE: 2 sexes"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Also: Deprive (a man) of his male role or identity: "he feels emasculated because he cannot control his sons' behavior".

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RE[3]: 2 sexes
by wannabe geek on Fri 1st Mar 2013 21:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 2 sexes"
wannabe geek Member since:
2006-09-27

Also, see the literal meaning:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emasculation

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RE[4]: 2 sexes
by r_a_trip on Fri 1st Mar 2013 23:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 2 sexes"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, but that takes a very, very sharp edged smartphone ;)

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speaking of sex
by ikidunot on Wed 27th Feb 2013 23:26 UTC
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2011-06-04

I hear you can tell new AT&T and Verison customers by their blood shot eyes and funny walk?

Ouch!

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LOL
by Gullible Jones on Wed 27th Feb 2013 23:55 UTC
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2006-05-23

Might be a good thing. Been around any college-age guys recently? A bit more "emasculation" might do America good.

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Featurless glass
by kwan_e on Thu 28th Feb 2013 04:00 UTC
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2007-02-18

'You're standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass'


I wonder who's fault is that?

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What's next from Google's founders?
by orfanum on Thu 28th Feb 2013 06:49 UTC
orfanum
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2006-06-02

A little while ago, Larry Page was wondering whether ebooks were really such a good thing.

Now Sergey Brin questions the effect of smartphones.

Will we soon see a joint statement that doubts the wisdom of ever networking computers?

They both turn 40 this year: mid-life crisis?

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Comment by NuxRo
by NuxRo on Thu 28th Feb 2013 08:53 UTC
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2010-09-25

LOL .. emasculating.. I wonder what kind of experience would make Sergey say something like this. ;)

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RE: Comment by NuxRo
by darknexus on Thu 28th Feb 2013 23:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by NuxRo"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Probably just wanted to prove that his vocabulary wasn't emasculating, though whether he intended the amusement over two completely unrelated words is anyone's guess.

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screamingturnip
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2012-04-05

I'm cool with being hunched over a smartphone, hell I actually hunch over a feature phone with no problem. I guess that's my problem with glass, it's a solution to a problem I only see for empathy's sake. To me, it's a $1500 status symbol that looks like I had too much time with a soldering iron. Which only serves to remind me that I have yet to finish that stupid elenco kit made for 12 year olds. And I've got a $100 soldering station just gathering dust. So yeah, emasculated.

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