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[3]: Comment by maccouch
by MOS6510 on Thu 6th Dec 2012 15:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by maccouch"
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The blog is valid!

Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes) are Sinterklaas' servants. Kids love them and know nothing about racism. Adult (mostly white) people who are bored say it's racist, because they are black people helping out an old white man.

We've had experiments with multi colored Petes and even banning them altogether.

My dad was black and when I as a kid I never thought of Zwarte Piet as a dumb black slave. Most black people are brown anyway and I've never seen such cheerful slaves, never mind their clothes.

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RE[3]: Comment by maccouch
by zima on Fri 7th Dec 2012 12:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by maccouch"
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I guess the "bored white people" would say that the slaves seem cheerful only because they're pretending... (to be slave, and even to be black)

Was multi-coloured pertaining to whole group or to... individual Petes? ;)

And yeah, yellow or white people also aren't really... yellow or white. Besides it's all silly - ultimately we all originate from Africa, anyway.

At least my cat is definitely white ...except its tail and a patch on the head, where it's definitely black. Good winter camouflage ;)

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