Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I was on vacation to the US last week, and a few technology-related things stood out to me. One, the in-flight entertainment things aboard international Delta flights are absolutely terrible. Worst software I've ever used, and many of them were plain broken. iPads/Android tablets please, Delta. Second, there were more employees than customers in the Las Vegas Apple Store. Since there were a reasonable amount of customers, there were even more employees. It looked ridiculous. Are they all like that? Three, using a Windows Phone 8 device to mooch off an Apple Store's wifi is strangely satisfying. Four, there are a lot of technology commercials on US TV, and they are all corny as hell. Two iPads playing piano? Children holding a PowerPoint presentation to convince their parents to switch mobile plans? Seriously? Is this what this industry has come to? Five, it's pretty clear iPads and iPhones are way, way, way more popular in the US than in The Netherlands. You see them everywhere, and people display them so openly. It was jarring. In The Netherlands, I always feel as if people are ashamed to take devices out of their pockets in the first place. No wonder US-based writers like Gruber and Arment think Apple dominates everything - if you rarely leave the US, it seems as if they do! Six, and this is not technology related at all but I want to get it off my chest because us Europeans could learn a thing or two from it: Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen. Alright, as you were!
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RE: About the Americans being nice
by marcp on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 13:20 UTC in reply to "About the Americans being nice"
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Anything based on fear is not a real thing, and is not good. It's just superficial, and it falls down quickly when the real problem arrives - then your guns come to play, that's why you have massacres, shootings, etc. Thx, but I won't buy that. I prefer to live in society that is sincerely polite, or impolite, but without the fear of being shot in any random location by frustrated husband, mad wife, angry kid from the block, mad hairdresser ...
Guns won't teach you compassion, understanding, wisdom. It doesn't solve any problem. It only covers it, but underneath the surface there's much going on ... and it does errupt from time to time. The problem is - consequences are usually terrible, and there is nothing more you can do about it.

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