Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

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  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Apple Begs Microsoft to Stop Making Fun of Them (It’s Apple’s Shtick)

UPDATE: Apple Asks Microsoft To Stop Running Ad Campaign>MSFT

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Apple Inc. (AAPL) recently asked Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to stop running television commercials that suggest its Macintosh computers are expensive, the latest indication that the rivalry between the companies is heating up.

I agree. They should flat out SAY IT, not suggest it. It’s true.

The interaction, which happened about two weeks ago, has emboldened Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft to continue its "Laptop Hunter" campaign, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said on Wednesday at the software giant's partner conference.

Wow, it only took that to embolden them. They should have had an “interaction” years ago.

"We're just going to keep running them and running them and running them," Turner said at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2009.

Funniest line in the entire article. They should keep on running anything that makes Apple cry and whine like the elitist snobby self centered bastards they are.

The television spots feature shoppers looking for laptop computers and dismissing Macintosh models because they are too pricey. Apple complained because the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has lowered prices on some of its machines, Turner said.

Let us know when you lower the price of all machines, MacOS licenses, and attendant bundled software to the same range as the PC world. You won’t because you’re control freaks over at Apple and have never grasped that Microsoft’s win was IBM’s release of the platform into the wild, no matter what led to that.

News of the exchange comes amid growing rivalry between the two companies. Apple has been tweaking Microsoft for several months in a television and Internet campaign that portrays computers running its Windows operating system as out-of-date and its users as fuddy duddies.

Apple has smugly implied and let their user base do the direct claiming of the idea that Windows is too complex for the average person. The adoption rate of Windows Vista despite all the complaints, as well as Linux, clearly show the average person can handle more complexity than Apple believes.

If anything it is more evidence of Apple’s patronizing attitude towards others. I am not surprised however as they are the odds on favorite platform of elitist snob liberals everywhere who evidently don’t mind being dictated to and told what they can run on their machines from a central authority as long as they can believe otherwise no matter how false that belief is.

Apple declined to comment on the recent exchange.

Nothing to say people? Come on Apple. You used to know what open approachable platforms were. You fielded the Apple ][ platform, the single most open platform ever in the history of personal computing as far as hardware goes. Were Linux to have happened back then, Apple ][ might still be the way of things.

Steve Jobs is the single biggest reason for the decline of the Apple brand from a bright and wonderful and inviting brand to a brand known far and wide as the favorite of liberal leftists, elitist snobs, and the self-satisfied and smug. I’ve been saying it since the late eighties but the Mac crowd won the day and us hackers were told to get lost.

Well, we did and now we rule the PC world with a dominant Microsoft that gives us all the development info anyone could want, and a Linux world of disparate distros enough to satisfy anyone and guess who is the ruler of the business desktop and all that income from it?

It’s not Apple.

Addendum:

Microsoft: Apple wanted 'Laptop Hunters' ads pulled

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