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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-03 07:09
Subject: [links] Link salad observes iPad day, dreams of 3G
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Demand for iPad Is Put to the Test in Debut — Will it fly? I don't know. But I am always amused, and sometimes annoyed, at the societal and cultural critiques of Apple product releases, which seem to range from "Steve Jobs is teh evul" to "only Apple fanboys care about [x]". The iPhone tells one story, AppleTV tells another. We'll see. And yes, I've been an Apple fanboy since the Mac 128K.

Whose Hand Controls the Global Thermostat? — A question that has not been addressed, and may be unaddressable. Also a ripe topic for some SFnal exploration.

At Vatican Service, Persecution of Jews Is InvokedA senior Vatican priest speaking at a Good Friday service compared the uproar over sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church — which have included reports about Pope Benedict XVI’s oversight role in two cases — to the persecution of the Jews, sharply raising the volume in the Vatican’s counterattack. Ok, the Catholic Church has totally jumped the shark here. I've not commented on this much, because there hasn't been much I can add to the obvious, but at this point the Vatican is officially more insane than the Republican Party. (And you know how I feel about them.) That these monsters exert moral leadership in the American conservative movement is a disgusting shame to everyone involved.

Jews outraged at Vatican scandal comparison — No one could possibly have anticipated this.

Rush Limbaugh on the current administrationNever in my life have I seen a regime like this, governing against the will of the people, purposely. I have never seen the media so supportive of a regime amassing so much power. And I have never known as many people who literally fear for the future of the country. Obviously he doesn't remember the Bush administration where an unelected president with a minority of the popular vote prosecuted an unpopular war on false pretenses against majority opposition, while advancing the "unitary executive" theory and destroying America's reputation worldwide. But neither does anybody else, so what the hell?

?otD: Will you buy an iPad?

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shelly_rae: Jay & Me
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-04-03 15:10 (UTC)
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I'd buy an iPad if I could but until then I'll just borrow one that this guy I know has. I think he'll let me play with it if I ask nicely. If not I know where he sleeps.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-04-03 15:27 (UTC)
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I wrote about that on my own journal when I saw the Catholic Church's Godwin. I mean, considering the fact that historically they've been behind some of said persecution of the Jews, including blaming them for the Plague, the Crusades, the establishments of ghettos, you'd think they'd be a little more careful.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-04-03 15:47 (UTC)
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I may be the only Mac FanGirl who does not want an iPad. It looks like the world's neatest toy, but I can't afford a toy when I need a tool. To that end, what I want to know is when the new release of MacBook Pros is; I am coming to really resent the damned iPad for taking up all the signal...particularly since my laptop died and I am waiting to buy until the next rev.

Re: the Pope and Jews' outrage. I am shocked, shocked that they're upset. The Vatican is begining to sound like C Street in Rome--all the old white guys feeling so disrespected and persecuted because the rest of us are not respecting their authoriteh.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-04-03 16:32 (UTC)
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no iPad (or iPhone or laptop) here.

I also noticed re: that sermon that the Vatican was quick to release a notice saying that those were the priest's personal opinion and not that of The Church.

re: Rush - virtually all that I have seen about him and his dittoheads is that making disastrous decisions on "gut feelings" and a contempt for knowledge, memory or rational analysis is a virtue and the kind of country they like. Follow it up with a "whatcha gonna do about, punk?" to critics and you're their golden boy.
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User: blitheringpooks
Date: 2010-04-03 16:46 (UTC)
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And yes, I've been an Apple fanboy since the Mac 128K.

I've still got mine, and it still works!

I would like an iPad, but won't spend the money for it any time soon. I do love my Kindle for reading, and as for the iPad... I actually would have loved an Apple netbook. That would have made my heart sing.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-04-03 23:04 (UTC)
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I'm not getting an iPad. I'll wait for a clone that's screwed, not glued.

If you want some entertainment, Rush Limbaugh supplies the crazy:
This is what this regime does. This regime tries to tell us how we are feeling. This month more Americans woke up, got dressed, and headed to work in an office or factory or storefront? Storefront? Factory? These are all Marxist and Leninist terms. So is "worker."
You actually have to hear it. Apparently, in Rush's world the only true producers of value are office drones and investors.
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