Originally Posted by sapporobabyrtrns
I've been watching this thread for a bit trying to get a flavor of what people are thinking regarding this antenna issue. As an American that has lived around the world and have experience quite a few networks, I have come to the conclusion that there is an unprecedented amount of whining going on. Phones, ALL PHONES, drop calls. It is a fact of cellular technology. Maybe it's because the US has been the hind end of cellular usage for some time or maybe most people simply do not understand the technology involved. Who knows? Having friends that work at Nokia has confirmed the fact that Apple did nothing wrong in their design (Nokia had similar issues but now puts a coating on some of their antenna designs to prevent the grounding) and it is by far one of the most innovative out there. This is almost a non-issue. If this had not been Apple, with the way Jobs answered things initially, and a few other missteps, the news would not have bothered to report it.
A customer is seated in a crowed restaurant at the peak of dinner hour.
-- The waiter approaches: "Good Evening, Sir-- what may I get get for you?"
-- The customer replies: "The same as last time!"
Sadly, I don't think it is so much a technology issue-- or even one of facts. Rather, it is an issue of entitlement-- it goes something like this:
-- I am entitled to have everything I want
-- I am perfect, therefore the things I use must be perfect, too
-- I do not need to adapt to the way something works to exploit it, rather, the thing needs to adapt to me
-- My standards are the highest, therefore I get to decide how and what others must do meet them
-- I am looking out for the good of mankind, etc, therefore I am entitled to criticize others on their motives, performance, etc.
-- Though I have no intention of using a product, I am entitled to decide what is acceptable to others, for their own good.
-- I need not explain my reasoning, nor supply supporting facts, I am entitled to my opinion and others must accept it, prima facie.
-- I am aware that others are not as enlightened as me, so I will assume the burden of educating them
-- I am a speaker of truth and you must follow and remember everything I say
I suspect, that Americans exhibit the "entitlement mentality" more than citizens of other countries. We've always had it pretty good in America-- it is easy to fall into the trap that we are "entitled" to have the best of everything. The welfare society, journalism, and advertising do a lot to support that attitude.
Reading through these threads for the past 3 weeks, you see a lot of posts that exhibit one or more of the above "entitlement" characteristics.
Humans, being what we are, are all guilty, to some extent, of an entitlement mentality-- I know that I am!
But, if you follow, the content and logic of some who post here, you will often find a hidden agenda with an "entitlement mentality" in that their offerings are above reproach-- If you don't get it, it is because you just haven't been paying attention to the truths they've offered. But, fear not, they will deign to repeat their truths for as long as it takes to bring us to a state of enlightenment,
Again, sadly, this only adds cruft, and detracts from, nay, overwhelms the reasoned discussion of problems or their solution.