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iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites' 780

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An anonymous reader writes "It's not exactly official, but should also surprise no one: According to a new study the psychological profile of iPad owners can be summed up as 'selfish elites' while have-not critics are 'independent geeks.' Consumer research firm MyType conducted the study, in which opinions of 20,000 people were analyzed between March and May. The firm's conclusion was that iPad owners tend to be wealthy, sophisticated, highly educated and disproportionately interested in business and finance, while they scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness. In other words, 'selfish elites.'"
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iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

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  • by SlothDead (1251206) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:03AM (#33043222)

    The way I see it the iPad/Phone/Apple in general is like a very large, beautiful prison cell. Sure, WE might walk far enough to reach the walls and be unhappy about it, but to the average consumer (who doesn't walk far and never reaches the walls), it feels like beautiful freedom. It's like the restrictions don't exists.

    • by Abstrackt (609015) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:11AM (#33043378)

      The way I see it the iPad/Phone/Apple in general is like a very large, beautiful prison cell. Sure, WE might walk far enough to reach the walls and be unhappy about it, but to the average consumer (who doesn't walk far and never reaches the walls), it feels like beautiful freedom. It's like the restrictions don't exists.

      Sorry, but that's kind of a depressing analogy. It seems to me that most of the people with iPads are getting exactly the features they want or enough of the features they want that the ones they don't have don't matter. If I only wanted or needed a car on weekends and someone rented me a car Saturday and Sunday for a good rate I'd be happy with that, even if it wasn't ideal on long weekends.

      I don't own any Apple products and I don't intend to any time soon (my wife breathes fire at the mere mention of an iPod) but they seem to make people happy.

      • by geminidomino (614729) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:17AM (#33043456) Journal

        It seems to me that most of the people with iPads are getting exactly the features they want

        Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

        Sometimes I think these people would pay a grand for an Etch-A-Sketch if it was white and smoothly-rounded.

        • by Anonymusing (1450747) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:22AM (#33043558)

          Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

          No, it's shiny and makes me look hip and it actually helps me do useful stuff in ways I couldn't before.

          • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:26AM (#33043620)

            it actually helps me do useful stuff in ways I couldn't before.

            If you get the rubber band or a cover you wont have to hold your new Iphone that way any more.

          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            The iPad helps you do useful things in ways you couldn't before? Really? Is that you, Steve?
          • by kikito (971480) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:08AM (#33044280) Homepage

            I'm curious. What are those things that you coudn't do before?

            • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

              by Sethumme (1313479)
              Obviously, pinch-to-zoom over a 9" area.
            • by jo_ham (604554) <joham999&gmail,com> on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:44AM (#33044852)

              You know those tasks that you can use a netbook or a laptop for, but that can sometimes be a little annoying, that's where the iPad excels. It is clearly a niche product - it does not replace a standard computer, but it fills the gap for people who want portable computing on a screen bigger than an iPhone but who don't a netbook.

              I don't have one (student, lacking disposable income) but I did borrow one for a couple of weeks and I can see exactly how it would fit into my daily life if I owned one.

              I liken it to owning two cars - a big family car with a huge luggage space and 7 seats, and a smaller Smart Car with only 2 seats, very limited storage space but the benefit of getting 70mpg and the ability to park perpendicular to the kerb; the ideal errand vehicle for short trips and little jobs, but no the car you would take on a 300 mile journey.

              It's not that you can't do things the iPad does if you don;t own one, it just offers a different way to do them that some may find convenient. I personally don't need a miniaturised computer with a full keyboard, array of ports, CD drive etc for the times I want to quickly check my email or watch a TV show on iPlayer in my living room. A netbook can do both of those things perfectly well, but in both cases it's a little bit overkill - if I want to type a serious email or a long document I go to my main computer. If I'm watching TV, all I need is a screen.

              I have an XBMC box connected to the TV which I control with my iPhone, and I know the equivalent iPad app would look lovely with all those graphics and banners on the large screen, with more room for the touch controls and information - it would be practically like being in Star Trek with a Padd or Tricorder. Essential? Not at all. Controllable with my standard Apple IR remote that came with the iMac? Of course. Better than using that remote? Definitely.

              When you boil down any modern convenience you are left with "what can you do that you couldn't do before" and the only real answer is "a new choice in how to do something". You could cook food before the microwave, you could check your email before the netbook, you could make a cup of tea before the electric kettle, you could make a phone call before the cellphone.

              So, yes it doesn't do as much as a netbook, but what if it doesn't need to? More choice is good and it adds a new option for those looking for extensions to their main computer.

              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                by demonbug (309515)

                I liken it to owning two cars - a big family car with a huge luggage space and 7 seats, and a smaller Smart Car with only 2 seats, very limited storage space but the benefit of getting 70mpg and the ability to park perpendicular to the kerb; the ideal errand vehicle for short trips and little jobs, but no the car you would take on a 300 mile journey.

                Mostly off-topic, but according to the EPA the Smart ForTwo only gets about 36 mpg. Which actually fits pretty nicely with your analogy, as it is a vehicle designed to look eco-friendly and trendy, but doesn't actually perform very well in that respect.

                Actually, I think the iPad is way better than a Smart car - it might actually be useful for something at some point (I've only played with one a friend won in a raffle, but it was kind of cool - can't really say anything positive about the Smart car, which mi

            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by Derkec (463377)

              Before I bought my first iPhone? Surf the web happily from my phone. There was mobile web browsing pre-iPhone but I found it unpleasant. On the iPhone, it worked.

              Actually, basically all the things that a blackberry did three years ago, but did in an unpleasant enough way that they were not compelling, the iPhone made compelling.

              Ease of use (and pleasantness of use) is a feature. I know that's an unpopular sentiment on /. where ease of use is to be ridiculed (see MS vs Linux), but similar to how Apple made a

            • by esme (17526) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @11:16AM (#33045374) Homepage

              OK, I'll bite:

              I recently bought an iPad to replace an old laptop and a portable DVD player.

              It's better than the portable DVD player because instead of carrying around DVDs, I can just load up movies from iTunes. I can rip the DVDs using HandBrake, and put them in iTunes, or I can buy stuff from the iTunes store. As a nice bonus, it's also a much better map in the car than an iPhone, because the screen is so much bigger.

              It's better than the laptop because it's a couple hundred bucks cheaper than buying the new laptop we were considering. It can handle all of the same tasks we used the old laptop for (it was our living room computer which we mostly used for checking email, web browsing, etc. while hanging out with our kids, watching tv, etc.). It's also easier to use standing up, which is great when you mostly use the computer for only a minute or two at a time to lookup a recipe, read a few emails, check movie times, etc.

              I was initially skeptical of the iPad because its limits are pretty obvious (like most tablet computers). But it fills a niche for me much better than a laptop would, and at a lower price.

              -Esme

        • overgeneralization (Score:5, Insightful)

          by jDeepbeep (913892) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:28AM (#33043658)

          Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

          My mother has an iPad and she fits your gross generalization in no way whatsoever. In fact, she fits into a completely different category I would just call 'convenience based end user.' She cares almost nothing for what others think of her aside from how good her casserole was at the pot luck or if she was a good hostess for Thanksgiving. I'm really tired of the /. mentality on what an Apple product user is.

          • by igaborf (69869) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:36AM (#33044750)

            I'm really tired of the /. mentality on what an Apple product user is.

            I know what you mean. It's almost as tiresome as the way people generalize about the /. mentality.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Sometimes I think geeks will buy lousy products just because they are marketed with geeky buzzwords like "openness", "linux" or "free", even when those products are not really open *to them*[1], they do not implement a linux build that is truly optimized to the device[2], they come with badly implemented dev tools[3] and cost even more than apple products.

          People buy android based devices because it is considered "hip" amongst geeks as much as "selfish elites" do it with apple products.

          [1] The geek consumer

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by Theaetetus (590071)

          Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

          Sometimes I think these people would pay a grand for an Etch-A-Sketch if it was white and smoothly-rounded.

          Based on your post, we can deduce you don't own an iPad (and probably not an iPhone), nor are you likely to ever have used one. Furthermore, you are likely an atheist or agnostic, have no children. Additionally, you are not one of the elites, and no one finds you sexy, although you wish someone did.
          Sorry, it's science.

          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by FreonTrip (694097)
            And in your "deduction" you've engaged in the same kind of reductive judgment-passing of which the grandparent is guilty. Some people will vocally dislike things you enjoy. Their vitriol doesn't validate conducting yourself as a prick.
        • by wfolta (603698) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:04AM (#33044236)

          Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

          Sometimes I think these people would pay a grand for an Etch-A-Sketch if it was white and smoothly-rounded.

          Sometimes, the product I'm using is simply an outlet for my geeking, like when I fire up Linux in VirtualBox. Other times, I need a tool like R, which has few if any limitations (though it has a corresponding complexity). Most times, though, I simply need a tool that elegantly and straightforwardly does the job. In no case does "it's shiny" or "it makes me look hip" have any bearing on the matter. And I think I'm not alone in this.

          Of course, a sense of style and elegance of operation is important... for you as well as me. Unless you simply wear trash bags instead of clothes, because trash bags are stainproof, waterproof, and cheap, I imagine you actually wear clothes that are comfortable and look good. And I doubt that you make all of your own clothes because you insist on pockets being a specific width and lined with a specific material.

          Similarly, when I need a computer, I have choices of multiple languages, multiple OS's, and multiple IDE's on my MacBook. When I want to read a book, or get the news, or check the weather, or follow a flight's arrival status, or check my stocks, or monitor tasks, or organize my thoughts, or handle most email..., I use my iPad or iPhone or other convenient form factor. And I don't need to use a half-baked interface designed by a geek instead of a designer in order to do so.

      • by MBGMorden (803437) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:20AM (#33043526)

        The way I see it the iPad/Phone/Apple in general is like a very large, beautiful prison cell. Sure, WE might walk far enough to reach the walls and be unhappy about it, but to the average consumer (who doesn't walk far and never reaches the walls), it feels like beautiful freedom. It's like the restrictions don't exists.

        Sorry, but that's kind of a depressing analogy. It seems to me that most of the people with iPads are getting exactly the features they want or enough of the features they want that the ones they don't have don't matter

        So, pretty much exactly what he said, just worded a bit more cheerily?

      • by instar (197544) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:32AM (#33043706)

        I own one, as do two of my close friends. We all fit the late 20s, middle-class, lower/middle management, computer geek stereotype - we love gadgets and are early-adopters.

        I understand full well that the iPad is only a fraction of what it could be if it had been produced by a company other than Apple and ran Android instead of iOS. But I happened to be in the market for an e-reader anyway, and the iPad happens to excel at that (iBooks is overrated, but there are now apps for just about every major e-book store), and also lets me read news feeds, check email, look up video game stragegies online, etc. It's also a great airport time-waster. Apart from the price difference there was just no reason to NOT buy an iPad rather than a Nook or Kindle or whatever.

        Anyway, I don't think you're particularly wrong.. there's just another class of us out there who bought the iPad because it filled a niche that no other product currently fills. There are a lot of Android tablets slated for this holiday season, though :)

    • by gstoddart (321705) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:58AM (#33044128) Homepage

      Sure, WE might walk far enough to reach the walls and be unhappy about it, but to the average consumer (who doesn't walk far and never reaches the walls), it feels like beautiful freedom. It's like the restrictions don't exists.

      You know, I'm going to define your "we" as people who feel the same way as you do thereby giving you a smug sense of self and superiority. Just as elitist as people are accusing the iPad owners of.

      I don't mean that to be rude, but you seem to think that "we" is all geeks. It isn't. (Sorry, I don't meant to attack you, but you're a good example of "oh, it's OK for the average consumer, but not us" which I think is just as bad.)

      Seriously, I've got an honors degree in comp-sci, I've been coding for around 20 years. I've got Linux and FreeBSD virtual machines (I've had physical boxes over the last 15 years too), and I know my way around technology. My favorite editor is still vi. I've read just as much sci-fi as the next geek.

      Do you know why I bought an iPad? There's lots of reasons -- not the least of which is in my estimation, the iPad represents the first new change in computer interfaces in my lifetime. If there is something which is even similar, I'm unaware of it. Even as a geek, I don't want to tinker with everything all of the time. Thus far, I've not paid for a single app on the iPad -- there's literally hundreds of free applications for it, and loads of free content in the form of eBooks. It's an exceedingly comfortable form factor that unchains me from a desk. For reviewing large technical PDFs, I'd rather use iBooks on my iPad than my laptop -- not the least of which is I can have an unlimited number of bookmarks in a document. So, last week when I was reviewing a PDF document of approximately 1000 pages, it was far easier to flip through the sections I needed.

      The next time I go on vacation, I've got music, movies, games, and books to keep me entertained for days. I can sit in my backyard in a lawn chair and read my email, surf the web, or just read a book. The fact that I can plug it into my existing iTunes which I already had for my iPad was a bonus. It's not like maintaining a whole computer -- it's a device, which I bought knowing full well wouldn't be used like a general-purpose computer.

      Yes, you could buy a netbook for less. But, I don't want a netbook. I don't want to have a keyboard and a mouse. I want something I can use laying down for casual usage. You wouldn't use it for extensive work -- though, with something to prop it up and a bluetooth keyboard, you could use it much more extensively for document editing.

      Even knowing there are "walls around the garden", I don't exactly feel restricted by this device. If anything, I feel somewhat liberated by it. I find the more rigidly defined behavior of it to be a great simplifier -- it really is an easy device to get used to, and I use it entirely differently that I would use a desktop or a laptop. They're complementary in my experience.

      It is entirely possible for an actual geek to like the device. And, it certainly has nothing to do with someone else's perception about me or the device -- it rarely leaves the house. The walled garden is hardly like being shackled, it's more like a place where you can work in peace without getting pestered.

  • Sampling Bias? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by BlkRb0t (1610449) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:03AM (#33043236)
    Sampling Bias?
    • Re:Sampling Bias? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymusing (1450747) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:20AM (#33043510)

      My thought exactly. Maybe only elitist snobs took the survey? In fact, according to the study author [mytype.com], the surveys were taken via Facebook, which I would expect already has a bias to it. (He also mispells the name of a another stat firm, Forrester.)

      Secondly, they assume "selfish elites" based on people self-identifying themselves as "interested in business and finance". This is a purely psychographic correlation. They have made ZERO correlation to income levels or other economic demographics. This study is absolutely useless as a result: a homeless man interested in business and finance would still qualify as a "selfish elite" under these methods.

    • Re:Sampling Bias? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Dr. Eggman (932300) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:25AM (#33043606)
      Brother, you ain't kidding:

      From March through May of 2010, MyType surveyed over 20,000 of its users on Facebook

      As much as I want to describe my self as a "self-directed young [person] who look[s] down on conformity and [is] interested in videogames, computers, electronics, science and the internet," I can't say that this study is even remotely non-baised.

  • by Tim C (15259) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:04AM (#33043244)

    Is this site about news for nerds, or gratuitously bashing companies and/or their customers for no discernible logical reason?

    • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn.gmail@com> on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:10AM (#33043372) Journal

      Is this site about news for nerds, or gratuitously bashing companies and/or their customers for no discernible logical reason?

      This site is about generating readership and discourse because that leads to more ad views which is their primary source of income. You may accuse them of baiting the users to incite a veritable shitstorm of comments with a particular summary instead of having actual valuable content or you can claim that this is what interests nerds and therefore should be reported on. Both are true. Plus it's CmdrTaco editing which can be more volatile than the other editors.

      I would posit that particularly resentful stories that are sure to create serious nerd carnage are accepted when they come from high profile sources. What I mean is that this is coming from Wired which has one of the higher approval ratings of nerd news out there and not some unknown site. You're free to go to the original source [mytype.com] for more data (which, ironically, is an unknown site but does a good job of visualizing the survey data).

    • by gclef (96311) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:22AM (#33043552)

      "C": Nerds sometimes enjoy gratuitously bashing companies and/or their customers for no discernible, logical reason.

    • by rotide (1015173) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:23AM (#33043566)

      Ya, I hate Apple and its products as much as the next anti-fanboi, but this submission just comes across as.. juvenile?

      One step away from an ad hominem attack.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by gstoddart (321705)

        Ya, I hate Apple and its products as much as the next anti-fanboi, but this submission just comes across as.. juvenile?

        So, is it just an irrational hatred because you think Linux is better and everybody else is wrong, or are you actually basing it on something?

        Because, around here, it seems popular to hate Apple just as it used to be popular to hate Microsoft a few years ago.

        Having been around computers and technology since the 80's, and having been a raving Linux fanboi at one point, I'm no longer sure I get why people divide up into camps. I have Windows, Linux, FreeBSD all running at home. I've got iPods and now an iPa

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Gadget_Guy (627405) *

          It just sounds like you're defending a hatred of Apple because it's trendy.

          I think you need to learn to read entire sentences. It seems that you got up to "I hate Apple..." and then clicked the reply button immediately.

          Rotide can hardly be accused of defending hatred of Apple when the point of the entire grandparent post is to label the article as juvenile for deriding iPad owners by using stereotypes.

    • by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:28AM (#33043660)
      Hello, you must be new here. Perhaps you missed the image of Bill Gates as a borg?
  • Rubbish. (Score:5, Funny)

    by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:04AM (#33043246) Homepage Journal

    I was showing this story to Charles, my butler, on my iPad. As he was handing me a snifter of brandy in the reading room he assures me I'm no "selfish elite" or a "snob".
  • Troll article. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by skgrey (1412883) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:05AM (#33043270)
    How did this bullshit troll article make the front page? C'mon editors, this is ridiculous.
    • Re:Troll article. (Score:4, Interesting)

      by kdogg73 (771674) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:12AM (#33043396) Homepage

      It is trollish. But the Slashdot community certainly has changed their opinion of Apple over the past year or so. Once cheering for the underdog, is feeling suppressed as the hacker within its walled garden.

      We must feed the trolls.

    • Re:Troll article. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:31AM (#33043700) Homepage Journal

      How did this bullshit troll article make the front page? C'mon editors, this is ridiculous.

      I assume, then, that you have examined the study's methodology and discovered that is invalid, and are not simply being a knee-jerking iFanboy who has suddenly discovered sand in one's own vagina?

    • Not a troll (Score:5, Informative)

      by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:44AM (#33043904)
      This isn't some Mac-basher's blog post, it's an article in Wired that cites a real study. And it's relevant to techies (Wired certainly thought so too).
    • Hate Speech (Score:3, Interesting)

      by wisebabo (638845)

      You know it feels to me, that as a minority (racial) some people at Slashdot seems enjoy inciting anti-apple people using the kinds of hate speech that other people once (and still occasionally is) used to describe us minorities. Back then there were plenty of "studies" that purported to show how various minorities were inferior in intelligence, moral character, physical attributes, etc. I guess in Slashdot's case the key phrases would be "selfish", "elite" and previously "fanbois", "Stockholm syndrome su

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:06AM (#33043286) Journal
    I thought that Apple's market was supposed to be flakey arty creative types, with a smattering of unix geeks who either needed to use Word from time to time, or just didn't feel like fighting with pulseaudio anymore....

    When did they add sociopathic assholes to the mix?
    • by Blakey Rat (99501) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:15AM (#33043432)

      That's exactly what they want you to think, via marketing. You're falling right into their diabolical trap!

      No, their market is actually douchebags with more money than sense. Which this article is just confirming.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by mikael_j (106439)

      Oh, it's the difference between the Mac-owning Apple customers and the iPhone/iPad/iPod-owning Apple customers. Obviously some own products from both categories (and can thus fall in either category or both) but lots of Mac users like Macs (artsy types for the industrial design, workflow and such and the UNIX geeks for the UNIX underpinnings and no-fuss setup which reminds us of the old-school UNIX workstations that actually sort of worked out of the box) without liking iPhones, iPads and iPods (although as

      • by Arkham (10779) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:19AM (#33044472)

        I'm not sure when liking a product that meets your needs turned you into some sort of fanboy deserving of an epithet, but it's sort of sad. I use a Mac ( a 5 year old one at that, but it suits my needs as a developer to have a UNIX machine with a good user interface and still be able to play an MMO game once in a blue moon). I also have an iPad, and I really like it for surfing on the couch. It's not that I have more money than sense, it's just that I like it, and I have enough money to buy it, so why shouldn't I? I use a Nokia N900 too, does that make me a socialist? I like Diet Coke, does that make me a shill for a sugar water company hellbent on making Americans fat and complacent? Maybe so, but somehow that's not how I identify myself.

        People can be independent thinkers. Buying a product doesn't force you to assume a company's brand identity as your own.

  • Generalization time (Score:5, Informative)

    by Pojut (1027544) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:06AM (#33043288) Homepage

    Nearly every Apple *fan* that I've met has been a pretentious prick. Now now, I don't mean if you use Apple products you are automatically a prick...but Apple fanboys(girls) are rabid on a level that is just plain scary.

    For the record, I personally think Apple makes decent products, they just aren't for me.

    • by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:36AM (#33043790)

      The documentary Macheads [imdb.com] sums this up pretty well. There was a hipster in that doc that refused to date men who owned a PC. If that's not drinking the Kool-aid by the gallon, I'm not sure what is.

      The sad thing is that a lot of Mac fans think they're being rebellious and independent by using Macs. In reality, nothing makes you *MORE* of a conformist than using those overpriced, locked-down status symbols. It's the old "I'll show how rebellious and unique I am by dressing, acting, and talking like all the other rebels."

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Duradin (1261418)

        It's good that there aren't any linux, err, GNU/Linux (peace be upon RMS and his beard) zealots that fit the same bill.

      • by silentcoder (1241496) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @11:57AM (#33046158) Homepage

        >The documentary Macheads [imdb.com] sums this up pretty well. There was a hipster in that doc that refused to date men who owned a PC

        She didn't say "date" however, she said SLEEP with. Sorry, using a PC even rules you out as a one-night-stand.

        That hipster was Violet Blue - sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the more famous of the 3rd-generation sex-positive feminists. Also the author of "The smart girls guide to porn" - her blog is tinynibbles.com (blog contains sex ed, opinion pieces and porn reviews - NSFW - you have been warned) yeah I hate apple but I'm a big fan of her work.

        Actually despite her love for Apple products - her nature and job has made her quite a vocal critic of Steve Jobs's anti-porn crusade. ...come to think of it... I wonder how she feels about Linux users... maybe a gray area... the kind where alcohol can tip the scales... I can but dream...

        Oh come now - seriously - a pornloving, sexuality expert from San Francisco... can you IMAGINE the tricks she would know ?

    • by sootman (158191) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:23AM (#33044574) Homepage Journal

      > Nearly every Apple *fan* that I've met
      > has been a pretentious prick.

      Congratulations, you've derived the definition of the word "fan", short for "fanatic." Owner != fan. Most sports fans are pricks, too, at least when it comes to "their" team.* Same with Ford/Chevy fans and all the rest. At least Apple fans have some class--I've yet to see an iPad with a decal of Calvin peeing [google.com] on a tablet PC.

      Back on topic, this article is absolute trollish bullshit--nothing more than a generalization. I can guarantee you that my 62 year old mom, 54 year old aunt, and 76 year old neighbor (all Apple users, one iPad (so far) among those three) are neither selfish nor elitist. What's next, a front-page Slashdot story proclaiming that Windows users are all mouth-breathing lusers and Linux users are either arrogant greybeards or basement-dwelling loners?

      * hey, at least Apple fans do something with what they're fanatical about. Ooh, you paid money to go sit in a stadium and yell at a bunch of millionaires who wouldn't give a shit if you died in the stands? Good for you.

  • Crap... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Aeros (668253) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:07AM (#33043294)
    My wife just got me one for the birthday. So im going to turn into an asshole? Is this what I have to look forward to? Maybe I should return it or blame my new-found sense of self importance on her!
  • by AntEater (16627) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:07AM (#33043318) Homepage

    Like I care about what those insignificant little researchers say. They're just jealous of my success.

  • by BrianRoach (614397) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:10AM (#33043364)

    News at 11.

    Seriously ... it's a fairly pricey, non-essential gadget. The demographic they are describing is exactly the one that can afford such a thing and not think twice about it. They also buy many other non-essential shiny things.

    You could say the same thing about Mercedes automobiles.

  • by lxs (131946) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:14AM (#33043422)

    and I feel that I'm too good for a mere iPad.

  • So that makes me.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Vectormatic (1759674) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:18AM (#33043462)

    a selfish independent elitist geek? (translation, i dont have one, but i kinda want one)

    Yesterday at the big box store i saw the ipad for the first time, and used it to search imdb for some movie reviews before buying a dvd, and the thing that massively annoyes me about the ipad is, that from a usability point of view, they got it right, it works very nicely for webbrowsing and such. The reason i still wont buy one, it runs iOS instead of OS-X, and thus is tied into apple's view of the world

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by jaavaaguru (261551)

      On my handheld device, I'd rather have an OS that was designed to be operated using my fingers or thumbs rather than one that was designed with a mouse and keyboard in mind. While I know that it is theoretically possible to use Windows or OS X on a tablet style device, most of the apps that run on those platforms are not designed to be operated on a small-ish touchscreen.

      I imagine the ease of use that iOS provides on these devices would be far superior to OS X or Windows. So on that note, I will be staying

  • by Drakkenmensch (1255800) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:18AM (#33043472)
    Was it the same people who concluded that PS3 owners are hardcore gamers, Xbox Live users immature people who constantly question your sexual orientation and Wii owners bowling-loving moms?
  • by jewishbaconzombies (1861376) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:19AM (#33043498)
    Who wrote this? Pol Pot?

    I'm not going to apologize for having an education and (finally) having a bit of money - although I still rent and have worked food kitchens. But hey - I'm an intellectual - shoot me and evacuate the cities for farming already. My skull will look good on a shelf.

    (seriously this is thing is covered in Teabagger language - are they serious?)
  • by Dunbal (464142) * on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:19AM (#33043506)

    Or any other Apple product. But any study that comes off this way must be seriously flawed and is in no way scientific. First we have the problem of defining what a "selfish elite" is. Call me when the whole world agrees.

    This is nothing but a smear campaign. Oh wait, the article says that this "data" was obtained by a "Consumer Research" firm, not the American Psychological Association, or some scientist. If we follow the money, I wonder who hired this company...

  • I have one. Meh. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by UncHellMatt (790153) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:37AM (#33043806)
    I work for a law enforcement agency in IT, and one of the high mucky mucks decided to try out the iPad since another high mucky muck bought one. Now most of the command and admin staff have been issued the devices as well.

    From a "user" standpoint, it's... A neat toy. I bought my daughter an iPod touch, and effectively that's all it is. Bigger, heavier. The book reader is nice, some of the aps are pretty decent, but really isn't anything ground breaking. Not by a long shot.

    Now, taken from my profession's standpoint, it has the potential to be a very useful device. Currently we use laptops in our cruisers ("MDT", mobile data terminal) which we can use to connect to LEAPS (Law Enforcement Automated Processing System) and run plates, wants/warrants, BOP (bureau of parole) etc. I don't know if you've ever lifted a Panasonic Toughbook, but you could use one of these things to beat a whale to death. With a relatively simple ruggedized case, and at only about $900 (as opposed to $5500), iPads would be a great alternative for officers on foot patrol, bike, Segway and the like. However AT&T sucks balls. I am aware of talks that Verizon will be an available option for the iPad, which is currently the provider we use. They give us fixed IPs, restricted connections (i.e. goes from MDT to Verizon, from Verizon to our building's router, then off to LEAPS). Officers wouldn't be able to write reports since our and most report writing / case tracking systems for law enforcement require at least Java, but still, they'd be a great addition to the tools available.

    IF Verizon offers normal business plans (which AT&T won't for these devices or iPhones), and IF Apple were to pull their collective heads out of their collective backsides, iPads have the potential to find their way into a lot of industries, and I can see many uses in emergency services. For EMTs, for fire and rescue, for law enforcement, the ability to bring up floor plans of buildings, maps, health records, I could go on and on. However, limited choice of providers and a lack of any sort of discount make it unlikely. Beyond the "Well HE got one, we need one!" attitude which landed this thing in my lap, the purchase never would have been made had we not faced an end of fiscal budget, and "spend it all or next year you get less" (which boggles my mind, frankly... I would get penalized if I didn't spend ALL of my budget). But Apple insists on offering no price breaks, they insist on going through iTunes to activate the stupid things, they insist on going through their company for any sort of new application installation (yes yes, I know about the court case and jail breaking), and currently they insist on using AT&T.

    Anyway... Ramble ramble. They're neat toys, power to the people, off with their heads, bad social elite snobbery, blah blah.
  • by pablo_max (626328) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:44AM (#33043908)

    "selfish elites." = Douche-bag

  • by whisper_jeff (680366) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:12AM (#33044344)
    I'm sorry, but the tone of conversations on Slashdot hasn't quite gotten insulting enough towards us Apple fans yet - could you please dial up the trolling a bit more. Perhaps a story that simply says "Fuck you Apple Fanboys" would suffice. I'm sure that one's coming soon enough, at the rate things are going.

    Or, in other words, imagine how many heads would explode if a similar troll fluff piece was posted insulting Android users.

    Seriously, this place is going to hell lately.
  • Too bad... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Low Ranked Craig (1327799) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:20AM (#33044502)
    That there isn't a way to moderate an entire post as flamebait.
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  • by aristotle-dude (626586) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @11:27AM (#33045596)

    People can have kind words and yet do nothing because they barely have the means to help themselves. In other cases, these "have nots" just have different priorities and spend their money on their vehicles instead leaving very little for anything else.

    It could be that people who are well off simply don't talk about being altruistic and kind but rather put their will into action by helping others either through volunteering or donations. Not everyone feels the need to list off all of the good that they do because they have no interest in seeking the praise or approval of men.

    You can answer a study to appear altruistic and kind and yet being either unable or unwilling to help others.

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