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OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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"automatics are for girls"
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 20:47 UTC
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

The comment "automatics are for girls" is both uncalled and pretty darn offensive, especially in this context. It's like you were saying that computers aren't for girls. Newsflash: you're atleast not helping the situation. And I have a pretty sizeable urge to tell you two words, starting with "F" and "U".

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RE: "automatics are for girls"
by righard on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 21:39 in reply to ""automatics are for girls""
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

Though you're right, swearing too is both uncalled for and offensive. Try not to get so angry about it, if I have to become angry each time I hear a generalisation about men there would be no time left to be happy.

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RE: "automatics are for girls"
by Drumhellar on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 23:03 in reply to ""automatics are for girls""
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Which "U" word are you speaking of?

.... I can think of a "Y" word.

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yawn
by nt_jerkface on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 08:31 in reply to ""automatics are for girls""
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Women are more likely than men to prefer automatics, sorry if reality bothers you.

Funny thing about feminist offense to generalizations is that feminists are fine with with demeaning generalizations about men. Men being pigs, insensitive lots, etc. So I see no reason to be politically correct when there are such obvious double standards.

Edited 2010-01-23 08:32 UTC

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RE: "automatics are for girls"
by cerbie on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 10:34 in reply to ""automatics are for girls""
cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Here in the US, automatics are for almost anyone not custom ordering a vehicle ;) . Worse, buying used, people that really like manuals tend to snatch them up quickly (I'm not adamant either way, but I'd take a manual, for better mileage, given the choice).

...and, IIRC, he's not inaccurate about the tendency for girls to go with autos.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The comment "automatics are for girls" is both uncalled and pretty darn offensive, especially in this context.


That comment struck me as rather silly too, given that the most ardent advocate of manual transmissions that I know is my mother (personally, I don't care just as long as it has cruise control).

Although she favours manual transmissions mainly for the practical advantages, since she spends a lot of time driving on unpaved roads in an area with bad winters (and swears that the extra control has saved her, on numerous occasions, from accidents or getting stuck).

But if someone said to me "I drive a manual transmission because automatics are for girls," my brain would just automatically translate that to "I do things the hard way for no good reason, just because I think it makes me hardcore/l33t."

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