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2012-06-25 11:57:45 PM
I think it does the same thing for Linux. Every time I try to book a hotel room, it redirects to me free campsites and instructions on how to build my own portable home using shipping crates.
 
2012-06-26 12:07:16 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: I think it does the same thing for Linux. Every time I try to book a hotel room, it redirects to me free campsites and instructions on how to build my own portable home using shipping crates.


SUDO_Make_Me_A_House?
 
2012-06-26 12:20:26 AM
Windows detected, redirect Econolodge.
 
2012-06-26 12:22:09 AM
This thread doesn't stand a chance.
 
2012-06-26 12:41:23 AM
When I use OS2 Warp, it directs me to a travel site in Geocities. All the links are broken too. :(
 
2012-06-26 01:10:23 AM
content6.flixster.com
 
2012-06-26 02:48:45 AM
When I use an iPhone, it directs me to the local Prius dealership.
 
2012-06-26 02:53:28 AM
owning an apple product says to people you have more money than brains anyway, so this makes perfect sense.
 
2012-06-26 04:18:37 AM
 
2012-06-26 05:22:40 AM

SnarfVader: When I use an iPhone, it directs me to the local Prius dealership.


When I use my Mac, it'll only direct me to Starbucks. When I use Amazon then I only get recommendations for black turtlenecks and books on writing scripts/plays
 
2012-06-26 05:24:12 AM

some_beer_drinker: owning an apple product says to people you have more money than brains anyway, so this makes perfect sense.


Apple fans aren't rich. They just assign a higher budget to their Chinese gadgets than most other people do. They want you to think they're rich, though. Kinda pathetic.

Only assholes take pride in boasting about high price tags and equating it with quality. Oh noes, my aluminum Asus (i5, 750GB, 8GB, dedicated chip, 7 hour real-life battery) was only a plebian $750. Try showing up at an Apple Store with that kind of money.

Disclosure: I frequently spend a lot on speakers and headphones. In my defense, there are always measurable differences in performance in return for my extra Benjamins. And the Apple of the speaker world? Bose. Complete plastic and paper-coned sh*t with infomercials, and people think their Chinese widget is somehow superior while everyone else thinks you're a moron.
 
2012-06-26 05:56:44 AM
They bring money and are stupid. Why shouldn't other companies benefit from this as well?
 
2012-06-26 06:32:52 AM
Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.
 
2012-06-26 06:37:44 AM
Next up. Hotels assign Mac users to rooms with proprietary power outlets. Luckily, you'll be able to purchase a cable at the front desk.
 
2012-06-26 06:45:58 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: I think it does the same thing for Linux. Every time I try to book a hotel room, it redirects to me free campsites and instructions on how to build my own portable home using shipping crates.


Aww, I came here to say much the same thing (the free campsites part). Bravo!
 
2012-06-26 07:05:08 AM
The Humble Bundle donations reflect this too. Windows users are cheap, Linux users donate the most, with Mac users in the middle.
 
2012-06-26 07:13:14 AM
www.i-mockery.com

Don't believe its lies!
 
2012-06-26 07:37:13 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.


I would agree, however I'm also intrinsically aware that there is one major difference between a Dell and an Apple machine; one of those companies pays Foxconn extra per unit the other is still engaged in it's "race to the bottom". In terms of component levels there is little to nothing to separate them out (once you remove engineering solutions such as the MBP's heat sink and the alu chassis).

But beyond this desire to cut every corner and continue the race (that already killed Compaq, forced IBM to sell it's PC hardware division, left HP a smouldering ruin, etc.) there is little to nothing to stop HP, Dell and the others producing exactly the same, consumer focused, goods at the same quality (perceived or real) that Apple do. They simply choose not to.
 
2012-06-26 07:37:14 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.


Let me guess, you use exclusively Monster Cables too?
 
2012-06-26 07:40:18 AM
PPC macs or Intel macs?
 
2012-06-26 07:44:15 AM

ghare: AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.

Let me guess, you use exclusively Monster Cables too?


The gold plating keeps noise from creeping into the waveform. But I also use Wattgate 381 outlets to prevent line noise (async phase noise) from getting to the A/V unit in the first place. But yeah, if you care about quality, there are steps you take.

If cheap crap is good enough for you, then by all means, don't get a Mac. Linux runs on a lot of low-end shiat these days.
 
2012-06-26 07:51:31 AM

ghare: AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.

Let me guess, you use exclusively Monster Cables too?


Well duh, they're solid gold, so they transmit digital signals with much more clarity!!
 
2012-06-26 07:53:40 AM

Grither: ghare: AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.

Let me guess, you use exclusively Monster Cables too?

Well duh, they're solid gold, so they transmit digital signals with much more clarity!!


Just gold plated. LOL!
 
2012-06-26 07:57:06 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.


Apple makes sells higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.

Samsung and others actually make the stuff.
 
2012-06-26 07:57:47 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.


That statement needs support. I have seen far more broken iphones than their popularity alone would suggest. Further, their products don't actually bring anything new except proprietary formats (Quicktime, anyone? Didn't think so.) and overpricing.

If you think you can do more with your apple hardware than I can with my (variety of manufacturer names here) hardware, you're a fool. That said, the main difference is vanity and cost. If you think your computer needs to look "pretty" in the same tired way as every other snowflake's computer, well, enjoy overpaying.
 
2012-06-26 07:58:37 AM
Is it because they have dirty mouths?
 
2012-06-26 08:03:26 AM
i47.tinypic.com

You should see where they send the Linux users.
 
2012-06-26 08:08:29 AM

LavenderWolf: That statement needs support. I have seen far more broken iphones than their popularity alone would suggest. Further, their products don't actually bring anything new except proprietary formats (Quicktime, anyone? Didn't think so.) and overpricing.


Have you ever noticed that the typical iPhone case has a hole for the Apple logo?
Many of those that don't, have the logo reproduced on the case.

iMacs have VERY prominent logos as well.

Apple is the modern Rolex...
...and most iFans use Apple products as status symbols.

Apple
Because you can't put spinning rims or designer jeans on a phone.
 
2012-06-26 08:11:50 AM
Some people want to pay $299 for a hammer

Some people want to pay $3500 for a hammer
 
2012-06-26 08:21:34 AM

Without Fail: LavenderWolf: That statement needs support. I have seen far more broken iphones than their popularity alone would suggest. Further, their products don't actually bring anything new except proprietary formats (Quicktime, anyone? Didn't think so.) and overpricing.

Have you ever noticed that the typical iPhone case has a hole for the Apple logo?
Many of those that don't, have the logo reproduced on the case.

iMacs have VERY prominent logos as well.

Apple is the modern Rolex...
...and most iFans use Apple products as status symbols.

Apple
Because you can't put spinning rims or designer jeans on a phone.


Most people use iPhones because they work great.

And if you hadn't noticed, every laptop OEM puts their logo on the lids of their laptops.

Does it pain you that much to see people with superior computers to yours? That's sad.
 
2012-06-26 08:27:57 AM

LavenderWolf: If you think your computer needs to look "pretty" in the same tired way as every other snowflake's computer, well, enjoy overpaying.


I'm not totally sure what you're trying to say about Quicktime, it's pretty much the media framework for OS X rather than an actual format/codec in its own right. The MOV file is just a container you can shove multiple different tracks inside, pretty much like an MKV, OGM or hell AVI and M4V to one degree or another; I'm sure at one point it had it's own specifications (just like AVI) but that was years ago. Hell, even Final Cut will make use of QuickTime to export projects in to various different formats.

Ok sure if you're on Windows then I'm guessing it's an annoyance but on OS X it's as fundamental to the OS as say explorer.exe is to Windows and is as equally unobtrusive for 99% of the time.

As to the vanity thing; a percentage of people will think alike about any given subject be it religion or, in this case, what they consider visually pleasing. I would much prefer something that looked like a Mac Pro to my current black box of parts (which does run OS X quite happily I should add). I fail to see what, exactly, is wrong with paying more for something that looks nice and gets the job done.
 
2012-06-26 08:30:07 AM
If all you really want is a trendy slightly more capable PDA, a Mac is perfect for you. Not everyone has to be thrift. Not everyone pushes computing to its limit. It's simply for people whose only use for computers is for shiats and giggles.

Linux is for people who can never be happy. They want it cheaper, with less overhead, and tailored to their specific needs. It's for the extremely thrift who push computing to its limit. Not everyone wants to be concerned about making their programs run on their OS. Not everyone wants to be that in-depth with their machine.

Somewhere in the happy middle-ground stands Windows. It's commercial enough to avoid most compatibility problems yet capable enough to take on cumbersome tasks. Power users can still be power users, and socialites can still avoid anything beyond the first few buttons on the screen. Due to the variety of users types out there, it's the least likely to annoy people across social barriers. Linux and Mac users are like oil and water, yet both at least see Windows as less offensive than the other extreme.

In short, use what you like. Accept that everyone else isn't you, and we're all happier that way.
 
2012-06-26 08:42:37 AM
blackamericanmoney.com
 
2012-06-26 08:45:16 AM

ProdigalSigh: [www.i-mockery.com image 395x282]

Don't believe its lies!


Damn that stuff was nasty. It was like drinking water with tadpoles in it. Gah!
 
2012-06-26 08:48:15 AM

Dracolich: They want it cheaper, with less overhead, and tailored to their specific needs. It's for the extremely thrift who push computing to its limit.


Then why are the popular distros the exact opposite of that?

Dracolich: Not everyone pushes computing to its limit


Then why is the top of the line MacBookPro a freaking hardware beast? (An expensive beast, but a beast nonetheless)

Dracolich: Linux and Mac users are like oil and water


Also inaccurate, since OSX uses very similar underpinnings to Linux, and huge efforts have been undertaken to ensure that pretty much every FOSS package that's used on Linux is easy to install and use on OSX. Brew, MacPorts and Fink are all pretty fantastic, Linux-style package managers.

Dracolich: yet both at least see Windows as less offensive than the other extreme.


Are you kidding? Your average user doesn't give a shiat. But once you move out into the wings, whether we're talking Linux users or OSX users, Windows is the worst thing to happen to the world since a German guy with a fruity mustache was made chancellor.

It's almost like all of these analogies are inaccurate and ill considered.
 
2012-06-26 08:58:01 AM
I'm wondering what kind of deals I can get using a 486 on a dial up connection.
 
2012-06-26 08:59:01 AM
I think it's just adorable when people biatch about what OS others use.


/just use what you want.
 
2012-06-26 09:00:43 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: I think it's just adorable when people biatch about what OS others use.
/just use what you want.


NO! THERE IS A GUY ON THE INTERNET THAT HAS A DIFFERENT PHONE THAN ME! HE IS WRONG!
 
2012-06-26 09:18:25 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: I think it's just adorable when people biatch about what OS others use.


/just use what you want.


You say that, but no one ever listens. Because when you think about it, they just want to be elitist about whatever system they happen to choose.

I'm kinda forced to use all three at any given time. Mac for writing documents (compatibility with my boss), UNIX shell for programs that don't have an OSX front end (Yay science), windows for the programs that I can't run on a mac or linux.

So I guess I get a kick out of the rabid defense of each system.
 
2012-06-26 09:19:01 AM

Dracolich: Linux is for people who can never be happy. They want it cheaper, with less overhead, and tailored to their specific needs. It's for the extremely thrift who push computing to its limit. Not everyone wants to be concerned about making their programs run on their OS. Not everyone wants to be that in-depth with their machine.


Linux isn't cheaper for me. I wanted this specific computer, and it comes with Windows, so I have a serial number on the bottom for Windows 7 Professional. Most people I know who run Linux have it on laptops that came with Windows because the laptops that come with Ubuntu are just terrible, awful machines that make baby Jesus cry.

I run it because it's easy. I like thinking "hey, I need a nice music editor," typing it into synaptic, and having it come up with a list of free programs with reviews, picking a nice one (Audacity in this case), and then having it install with one click. I like the default programs, like Banshee, Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Pidgin. I find Gnome 3 much more intuitive and easy to use than Windows 7 Pro.

Getting it set-up, there were some finicky things: getting my fingerprint reader working, disabling bluetooth on startup, configuring some powersaving settings, and getting my screen to dim, but it wasn't more than a couple hours of work. And now I have a nice, easy-to-use machine that, to me, looks and runs much better than Windows. It's just a personal preference.
 
2012-06-26 09:29:09 AM

RogueVortex:
You say that, but no one ever listens. Because when you think about it, they just want to be elitist about whatever system they happen to choose.


Lack of confidence. You see the same thing in consoles, video games... cars as well I'd suspect. People don't like to be told that they just wasted their money or that they "brought the wrong one". Not that they have or did, they brought the item they wanted.
 
2012-06-26 09:31:49 AM
Orbitz isn't the only website that does this. If I use my HP laptop to find some place near the hotel to eat, Google sends me to a good local restaurant. If I try using a Mac, it's nothing but gay bars.
 
2012-06-26 09:32:41 AM

Satanic_Hamster: Orbitz isn't the only website that does this. If I use my HP laptop to find some place near the hotel to eat, Google sends me to a good local restaurant. If I try using a Mac, it's nothing but gay bars.


I don't get it.
 
2012-06-26 09:36:43 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Grither: ghare: AverageAmericanGuy: Say what you want. Apple makes higher quality stuff than any other consumer-level OEM out there.

Let me guess, you use exclusively Monster Cables too?

Well duh, they're solid gold, so they transmit digital signals with much more clarity!!

Just gold plated. LOL!



LOL, you must be buying the LOW END Monster cables.
 
2012-06-26 09:36:53 AM
You know what, normally I go on the PC side of this debate, and yet, the retina display has made me rethink things. Look, why is it we've been getting LESS pixels over the years on the PC side? in 2004, the Thinkpad R50p had a QXGA option (2048*1536). Since then, no PC OEM has bothered with that resolution, instead adopting widescreens. The best you got after that was 1920*1200, much lower resolution. And then that wasn't enough, they had to take away MORE pixels with 1920*1080 screens! And most PCs didn't even get that resolution, you'd be lucky to find laptops with that kind of resolution.

Now Apple has the highest resolution laptop screen in the world, and everyone's biatching how much Apple costs. Well, asshole PC OEMs have actually been using lower quality displays over the years, so Apple's approach is just plain refreshing in the face of this race to the bottom that PC OEMs have been doing.
 
2012-06-26 09:38:32 AM

RogueVortex: I'm kinda forced to use all three at any given time. Mac for writing documents (compatibility with my boss), UNIX shell for programs that don't have an OSX front end (Yay science), windows for the programs that I can't run on a mac or linux.


Why can't you use the OSX Unix shell? Genuinely curious.
 
2012-06-26 09:39:24 AM

Marcus Aurelius: [content6.flixster.com image 240x240]


he has the weirdest boner right now...
 
2012-06-26 09:48:46 AM

Vaneshi:

Ok sure if you're on Windows then I'm guessing it's an annoyance but on OS X it's as fundamental to the OS as say explorer.exe is to Windows and is as equally unobtrusive for 99% of the time.


Wait you mean exactly the same thing MS got sued and lost over for monopoly and had to make Media Player not part of the OS? Wait you mean there are different standards for Apple and MS?
 
2012-06-26 09:54:24 AM
This reminds me of selling windows and siding when I was 20ish. A veteran at the company told me to find the houses that had satellite dishes outside (back when satellite dishes were expensive), those people will buy anything. So it is with Mac users, they will spend top dollar whether they need it or not. If they do it on one thing, they'll do it on others. It doesn't take much persuasion to get some people to spend.
 
2012-06-26 09:55:54 AM
*...or...*

"Mac users have better taste & more money, and thus would rather stay at the 'W' than the 'Super 8'"
 
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