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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by skpg on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 23:19 UTC
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He's talking about the amazing thing of technology, yet he doesn't realize both Apple and Microsoft greatly benefit from intellectual property laws at the expense of the consumer. For example Microsoft holds a monopoly in the desktop market due to the unjust copyright laws. Apple suing it's competitors billions of dollars for patent issues.

He doesn't realize that Americans are in an economic depression and they shouldn't be buying all these premium $300 iphones and tablets. The cost of living in the US is so expensive that 25 million of Americans don't have health insurance. Poverty is increasing at a rapid rate, and the US welfare system is not only broke but doesn't really help out the truly poor.

Real unemployment rate is close to 20%, we have the highest rate of incarcerated people in the world. The US is 16 trillions in debt, with a $1.3 trillion dollar deficit. All that capital being taken away from the private sector, at the same time the US government gives corporate welfare in the form of patents and copyright to Microsoft and Apple.

While the author marvels at technology, maybe he should take a trip down south central l.a (or anywhere in SoCal for that matter) see all the technological marvels out there. All he will see is broken homes, broken cars, and maybe some people with iphone and ipads.

Edited 2012-12-02 23:26 UTC

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