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Fair play to Apple - they might be turtleneck-wearing control-freaks but they run a lovely queue. Several hundred fanbois and at least one fangirl were queuing up this morning to get their hands on an iPad. The line stretched from the Apple shopfront on Regent Street all the way round the corner onto Hanover Street. And around …

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Hmmm

Seeing that the pre-orders were being delivered yesterday, I've sat on my comfy soft, with a nice cup of tea, reading about the queues on my iPad

:D

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Nobody wants a empty midnight launch

I wonder how many people in line were employed by PR firms working for Apple? This is standard Microsoft tricks too. (70% of the people inline for HMV Oxford street Xbox launch apparently worked for 2 top London PR firms...)

Still if it makes headlines and people are too stupid to see through it....

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Jobs Halo

no reason to have a title here

funny that, i'm betting the percentage is 0.

the difference being that whatever you want to call them, sheep, fanbois etc, actually WANT the product and are prepared to camp out for them.

Is their want your want? probably not by the tone of your post, but that doesnt mean that they are wrong and you are right.

I'll be getting an ipad, not a netbook or another laptop, it will replace my aging MacBook whose sole purpose was for surfing on the couch and in the kitchen because I am of the personal opinion that it's what I need for the job I will use it for.

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Now that they are all in one place...

... line up the padded wagons. Or how about a cull?

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I want to....

see their faces at noon after they scratched the screen...

I wonder what they are called in Ireland?

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What they are called in Ireland

"feckin eejits".

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ha....

Come on, we all know the Irish are still just working their way through Windows 95!

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95?!

begorah! what's that new-fangled Windaas 95 ye speak of, boy?! bejayzus, I'm glad it comes on floppy disk or we'd have to go to the big smoke to get a SEE DEE droive. top o the marnin til ye etc. EOI agus slainte

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You're obviously not really Irish...

You sounded WAY too sober.

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WTF?

'Hands' sore from Clapping and Cheering'?

WTF!!:? Why ????? Hardly going to change the world is it?

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Oh - they're adults!

Isn't it supposed to be children with no sense of patience and a distorted sense of what is critical to have *NOW!!!!*

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these people are idiots

there is nothing more to add.

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@spencer

Did you read about the first chap in the queue - 17 years old from Essex, started queueing since mid-day Thursday, intended to buy a 32GB, but when his dad discovered he was first in the queue helped him buy the 64GB.

What a great story - can you imagine how happy that boy is now, bringing a 64GB version home instead of the 32GB which he would have been thrilled to have too? Put a smile on my face imaging his happiness, I'm sure that kid is so excited right now, and yet, you have the audacity to call him an idiot. How offensive of you. Feel better about yourself?

There is nothing more to add.

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Happy

You downvoters

Sure act like sheep. Ironic isn't it?

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Nope

We downvote not because others downvote, but because you fanbois and shills talk shite.

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Not sheep

Lemmings.

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@raidet

I'll believe that when I see one cogent and inoffensive position put forth on this forum by the anti-Apple-ites. Until then, I'll assume anytime they see someone talking about Apple products without derision they'll do what the chap before them did exactly, in the exact same way, mindless moving the cursor over the downvote button and clicking.

Put forth cogent and inoffensive opinions and act civilly (i.e. no ad hominems) and maybe they'll be viewed differently.

Until then there is no discussion with them, there is only their misbehaviours which need to stop. I'm interested in understanding more of the why of their position, not that they think I am an idiot undeserving of their respect.

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Jobs Horns

An anti-Apple fanatic replies cogently

I am one of the "mindless downvoters" you refer to. Yes, I despise Apple, to the point that not only will I never buy an Apple product, but I won't even allow people to bring one into my house.

The reason is two-fold, and takes some explaining. First of all, consider the insane level of control-freakery exhibited by Apple. Now Microsoft are certainly no poster child of freedom and openness, but next to Apple they look like a benevolent charity. At least I can write and distribute a Windows program without having to get Microsoft's approval and without having to pay them a license fee to do so. At least Microsoft don't attempt to tell me what I can and can't have on my machine (re: Apple's attitude towards porn, for example). Etcetera, etcetera - the issues surrounding Apple's oppressive control-freakery around their devices have been gone into ad nauseam.

Fine, you say, don't buy one. Apple aren't a monopoly, it's not like you don't have a choice. Yes, this is true, I have the choice not to buy Apple products. For now. Let me clarify that "for now" because therein lies the antagonism I and my ilk have for Apple "fanbois".

What angers me, and very likely most of the anti-Apple crowd if they could just express it, is not so much Apple's control-freakery, but the fact that so many millions of people are buying into it, thereby legitimising it. These people are establishing the standard that it is acceptable and profitable for companies like Apple to dictate to the public how the devices we pay for may and may not be used. I hold in contempt those PC do-gooders who call for stricter laws, for the same reason - they legitimise government oppression and undermine freedom and democracy. If it was a few lone bigots in the wilderness, it would be a non-issue - but when millions of people buy into dictatorial practices, in whatever form - it becomes a serious problem. It's no different to people refusing to buy coats made of baby seal skins - if you do buy one, many people will regard you as an arsehole, because you've funded the market for killing baby seals. In the same way do we regard Apple supporters, because they are funding a market for a company that takes away one's right to use a product how they see fit.

So today I may indeed have the choice not to buy Apple. But if so many people are okay with such a level of walled-garden control, will my having any choice in future retain any meaning, when every other company has gone the same road because Apple have shown that it works?

This, I believe, is why you see such bitter opposition to Apple and its supporters in these forums.

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Definition Of Irony

Definition Of Irony:

An El Reg commentard that wont buy an Apple product because he objects to Apple dictating what can be installed on the device, while he himself dictates what devices people can bring into his house!

control-freakery indeed!

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What a load of baloney

You talk utter shite my friend.

You can write any program you like (but I doubt you have the intellect) for the OS X platforms - I assume you intended to refer to the iPhone platform ?

In terms of the iPhone platform then yes you do have to follow the app guidelines - for the vast majority of users (read non geeks) this is a good thing and ensure the platform remains safe from the more salubrious content and free from malware crap.

If you believe that Microsoft don't intend to do something similar on Windows Mobile 7 (or whatever it's now called) then you are sadly mistaken.

The adoption rate of the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad just show that what the majority of users want is diametrically opposed to the wishes of the geek powerusers.

Open your eyes and grab one of the latest Apple products - you might just enjoy the experience.

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Re: Definition Of Irony

If millions of people wanted or needed to visit my house, your comment would be valid. What Apple does affects the world at large. What I do affects only the dozen or so people who visit me - and only one of those has an iPhone, and she knows me well enough not to bring it in with her.

I do not believe that asking people not to bring certain items into one's home constitutes "control-freakery", since anyone has the natural right to ask that people don't bring or do certain thing in their homes. Are you being a control freak if you refuse to allow someone to smoke in your house?

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(untitled)

I don't get it the rationale behind this first-day rush, don't these people realize that in a couple of weeks they'll be able to simply enter the store and purchase their coveted gadget right away?

One wonders how they've been able to survive this long without their iWhatever...

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It's a personal thing

If you don't understand it, you never will. Just accept it.

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And...

And at a much discounted price...

You know the old saying - a fool and his money...

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Happy

Discounts....

Say what you like about Apple (and I often do), the one thing you can guarantee is that you'll be waiting a long, long time for discounts on a newly launched product from them.

GJC

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Completed that for you

Are soon parted at the Apple store

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clap and cheer...

"An Apple staffer was handing out bottles of water to iPad-less refugees. He said his hands were hurting from clapping and his voice hoarse from cheering - he'd been working since 6am."

So he is paid to clap and cheer? Uh huh. Hmmmm. To what purpose? Does the shop open earlier, or the queue move faster, or do people buy more iPads if there is a vocal and appreciative audience? Or do the fanbois/goils need some warming up on this special day? Do they not clap and cheer enough spontaneously to satisfy the media or Apples' collective ego?

It's sounding a bit like the Windows launch parties, a little too Potemkin village / Disneyland unreal for my liking...

Nothing against Jobs / Apple, just sick of hype manufacture. Let the products create the good feeling, not the marketers.

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Re clap and cheer.

He's a fluffer!

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Sad

Sad (can't find anything else to say on these Apple queues that has not been said already)

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Sad + iPad =

iSad

How come I've not seen anyone use this term yet?

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I'm sure

I'm sure that 90% of those queing up have no real idea what they'll use it for.

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Happy

Profit?

Attempting to sell on eBay to make a profit?

Best of luck!

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Fanbois

Such a sad breed of tosser.

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I just dont understand them....

What is wrong with these people, dont they have anything better to do than stand i a queue for a day.

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CS

"PS - please email us your experiences, and pictures, if you've been joining the multitudes..."

...with a water cannon and / or CS gas!

Thought I'd try and get in there first with an anti-fanboi comment before anyone else :)

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Clapping and cheering

"An Apple staffer was handing out bottles of water to iPad-less refugees. He said his hands were hurting from clapping and his voice hoarse from cheering - he'd been working since 6am."

What was he clapping or cheering about exactly?

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MK

Yep I was at MK this morning at 630 and around 830 walked out with my 64Gb 3G...Lots of water, starbucks and danish/muffins were laid on by Apple....

Already got my PDFs loaded and don't have to carry than 10k pages contract around with me...Me and my back are happy...

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Paris Hilton

A decent notebook...

...really gives a good viewing surface and is not too heavy either.

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You do know...

That e-readers have been out for years right?

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Baaaaaaa!!!

Not one indiviual or unique thought amongst the lot of them.

A bunch of Geeks thinking that having an Apple toy will make them look cool.

A FAIL for the collective Gene pool, please do not let these idiots breed. In fact looking at the pictures of the queues most of them won't anyway

I'm not knocking the the tech, just the fools who queue up all night to get it.

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"Not one indiviual or unique thought amongst the lot of them."

..said the tard, following the herd to post a predictable anti-iPad moan. Call the irony police.

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Re: "Not one indiviual or unique thought amongst the lot of them."

It's a fucking good point.

It's probably a good time to remind you all that I seek and destroy all comments including the word 'sheeple'.

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Re: Re: "Not one indiviual or unique thought amongst the lot of them."

I meant about the irony. Because it is. It's ironic.

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@Sarah Bee

"It's probably a good time to remind you all that I seek and destroy all comments including the word 'sheeple'."

So does that means you'll have to zap your own post? Oh and then this one. *headsplode*

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Recursion!?

Hey he must be a unix fan! I didn't think Apple zealots could get past the WIMP(Windows Icon Mouse Pointer) system.

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Bloody hell

Don't they know you can buy stuff online?

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Whyyyyy?

I still don't understand what the target market is for an iPad. Jobs' described it as "really really good", that's hardly selling it.

I can't stand Mac fanbois/girls.

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Stop

It Really can't be *that* good!

'Nuff said!

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