Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jul 2013 15:23 UTC
Humor "Surprise, surprise, a certain Korean company copies more of Apple's product design. When Apple launched the iPad mini in October 2012, Apple explained the design: the almost 8" screen size and thin border allow one-handed use. Now, the new 8" Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has the same border design as the iPad mini." From what I can only assume is the The Onion of technology reporting. I love humour like this on a lazy Friday afternoon.
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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Fri 19th Jul 2013 19:19 UTC
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While clearly posted to provoke the author, one comment on that site did raise an interesting philosophical point (and I apologize now for the extremeness of the language - you're probably best to skip over this bit if you're easily offended ;) )

What’s wrong with the world if you guys take this shit more seriously than any of the multitude of *real* injustices going on in the world. People being executed for standing up for basic freedoms and all the hunger in the world. I mean seriously, you fanboys really need to get a life. It’s technology. It’s disposable. It’s not a religion and it certainly doesn’t mean jack shit in the real world. So why don’t you stop wasting your energy with this shit and instead focus on something that genuinely could make a difference in the real world. Even your God, Steve Jobs, was motivated by wanting to make a difference – you’re just making a mockery of his vision by raging about inconsequential shit (though if we’re honest, Job did a pretty good job of that himself too)

The thing is, if you cut out the swearing and the obvious trolling, there is some sense there. These fanboys (and not just from Apple either) are wasting their lives complaining about stuff that is so trivial it makes you question the priorities of humanity. I mean, obviously you can't expect people to be fighting against important topics all of the time - but sometimes it seems that some people care more about whether their preferred brand name came up with an obvious idea before the brand name the don't like. And to them, those issues surpass anything else in their lives. As a platform agnostic, that whole behavior strikes me as completely bonkers.

Edited 2013-07-19 19:24 UTC

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by gan17 on Sat 20th Jul 2013 00:22 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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Thing is, I'm sure almost everyone here realizes that.

It's just that we've all made/seen a post like that on some forum or comments section before, and got the usual "cool story bro" or "you must be a riot at parties" response.

Seems that people who are fond of arguing first world problems prefer their discussions be on-topic and limited to first world problems. Anyone who comes in tries to put things into perspective will automatically be labeled as condescending since he's insulted their collective materialistic manhood.

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by mrbumpy409 on Sat 20th Jul 2013 04:12 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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The rabid fanboy-ism is totally tribalistic behavior. I really like how Mark Shuttleworth summed it up in his blog post ( ). Tribalism is what drives so much human division, whether in politics, sports, or even technology. We become less interested in the truth, and more interested in the "other side" losing or being proven wrong. We become easily offended because we place our identity so strongly in these different groups.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by mrbumpy409 on Sat 20th Jul 2013 04:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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From the linked blog post: "The very uncool thing about being a fanboy (or fangirl) of a project is that you’re openly declaring both a tribal affiliation and a willingness to reject the work of others just because they belong to a different tribe."

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