Originally Posted by LewysBlackmore
Proclaiming oneself as an enlightened critic with the available contributions you have made demonstrating otherwise is easily as much a sin as his. The least likely category is also going to be those whose stock in trade is generating as much churn (and page hits) and controversy as possible, and of course those for whom any issue which qualifies Apple's alleged dominance in this category is a good thing.
And actually for the record, while you disclaim that you are NOT an Apple hater (which claim I can easily believe), you insist on a stance which questions motivations and expertise on the part of Apple basing your opinion largely on rumor, innuendo and speculation - again based on the opinions you freely express in your postings. You in fact have no idea how widespread this issue is (no one is since no publically known reliable statistics exist)- relying on the ubiqutious "MANY" qualifier, and so on. Based on the soft foundation of these claims you layer on Anand's observations, and then you ignore when others apparently qualifed engineers challenge those findings independent of any commentary in these threads.
To claim you are an unbiased critic or observer under the demonstrated bias from so many of your postings is hardly grounds for being anything critical of anyone else who might decide to champion Apple in this case, jragosta or otherwise. You sir are damned by your own words if you will.
If on the other hand you had demonstrated a truly unbaised and objective stance you would well have a basis to call out any champion or detractor for excesses of enthusiasm or defensiveness. But you didn't, and since you give no quarter in your personal criticism of others you should not be offended when none is granted you.
A rather er... copious
critique if I may say so.
I never proclaimed myself as an "enlightened critic". And my contributions, while not being to your taste apparently, have been hopefully coherent and more interesting than a lot of what is contributed here at AI. If I fail, then it's not for want of trying.
I freely admit to not having an insider's knowledge of what goes on within Apple, so my observations, opinions and hopes are based on the reports, hopes, rumors and fantasies of the blogosphere and the mainstream media. I feel I'm entitled to be a little sceptical of the corporate stance of the companies that produce the gadgets that interest me.
I appreciate that you find it in your heart to accept that I am not, as jragosta categorises me, an Apple hater.
There are many here who champion Apple, including (perhaps unbelievably considering the context of much of my posting here) myself. Few of those are the extreme, mindless attackers of those who question Apple, as personified by jragosta. If you admire his behaviour, then it's something we'll be forever disagreeing on. Unfortunately.
Note that I have attempted to avoid insults and for the most part have been successful in that, but there have been exceptions, and they are those occasions when I have been insulted first. Simply stated, if you treat me decently, then I will respond in kind.
As far as bias, I'd say that's in the eye of the beholder. Make you own mind up.