Originally Posted by Gatorguy
you're no doubt aware that as a rule I don't introduce Google into a discussion
. I, and everyone else for that matter, do respond to invitations to comment extended by articles where Google is the subject as this one is... and there are a whole lot of'em, pretty much on a daily basis.
I have noticed that you mostly take a defensive route rather than offensive but Google and Samsung are mostly mentioned on Apple forums (and Siri) so that we can poke fun at them, similarly why Apple is mentioned on Android forums:
The mentions aren't really invitations for defensive comments. There's nothing wrong with defending your own preference but when that's all you do, you're in the wrong place. You go out of your way to promote Google in threads that mention them in passing such as:
The thread was about Ballmer and Google Docs just got a small mention and you turned it into Google Docs vs iWork.
Originally Posted by Gatorguy As you should know I'm certainly not anti-Apple
and you'd expend a lot of time finding even a half-dozen instances in 7000+ posts where I've been overtly critical of Apple, fairly or otherwise.
It depends on what you think anti-Apple looks like. When you say things like:
"...applied for a patent. It hasn't yet been granted and no assurance it will."
"This particular patent application seems relatively innovative to me. Nice work Apple.
Of course that doesn't mean it will be granted. Even tho I don't know of any similar developments doesn't mean someone else hasn't already done much the same work."
You are showing pretty clearly that you'd prefer to see Apple fail and make sarcastic comments about their level of innovation. You use Windows and Android so it doesn't seem like there's any interest at all in Apple besides finding opportunities to knock Apple down to promote Google instead.
Originally Posted by Gatorguy
A forum is supposed to be a venue for exchange of ideas and views on a posted subject is it not, so surely you aren't suggesting that only one point of view represents the whole truth and only one side of an issue makes a discussion.
You know what the intent of the forum is. A lot of the remarks that are made by people are quite often backed up by saying they are just offering a viewpoint from the other side but the way it comes across is like the old "I'm not touching you" routine:
The annoyance comes from the repetition. People construct remarks to annoy people and then say they are just offering unbiased opinions and aren't doing anything wrong. As I say, there's nothing wrong with having an occasional critique. However, when all someone does is criticise Apple and defend their competitors then there's a different agenda. I don't know what the expected outcome is tbh, it's not as if Apple fans are going to somehow 'see the light' and adopt something else. We did that already and that's why we're here.
When Apple puts a comment like "I think that glass is half empty" into Siri, this is what Apple fans expect from Apple and love them for. If you aren't comfortable with them doing things like this then of course you're not their intended audience.