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No, it just means one is too stingy to buy a headphone splitter. It's not like you only get half the flavour if you share a drink.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:23 PM
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You and your fancy stereo music. Get off my lawn.


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:27 PM
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Or, rather than being stingy, one is seven. Newt just had a friend over, and I found them listening to one headphone each -- I thought it was endearing.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:27 PM
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Nah. It just means someone is deaf in one ear like me, is feeling generous, and doesn't care how it might look to anyone else. One should remember to disinfect the one you loan to random strangers though.


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:29 PM
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Especially if they're bleeding from the ears. Ebola! Ebola!


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:31 PM
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It's not like you only get half the flavour if you share a drink.

You do, however, only get half the drink.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:32 PM
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Teo's 6 is indisputable.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:34 PM
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You do, however, only get half the drink.

Not if you're speedy.

(Could this be why I'm single?)


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:36 PM
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You mean in that in either case you are entitled to immediately punch the people involved? Why yes, yes it is.

I promise not to punch Newt, though, as long as he doesn't punch me first.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:37 PM
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So aural is the same as oral.

max
['Bringing up the concept of sharing one end of the phone during phone sex.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:43 PM
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'but your half was on top, I had to drink it to get to my half'


Posted by: Oliver Hardy | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:52 PM
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3 - seven year olds are notoriously tightfisted. Actually, having one earphone each is probably better in some circumstances because it means you can still carry on a conversation.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:53 PM
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I suppose it's alright for under-10s, but any older than that and you look a pillock. The last time I flew the two women sitting next to me were sharing one set of earbuds so they could watch No Country For Old Men on a 2.5 inch screen. Kracauer would have been appalled.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 12:58 PM
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Newt was on a date, is what you're saying? Precocious little scamp.


Posted by: Matt F | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:01 PM
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Light is the left hand of darkness (didn't we do this thread before?).


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:04 PM
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Why would Kracauer be appalled? I liked Kracauer, but not enough to get 13. Also, what does "look a pillock" mean?


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:04 PM
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Maybe Kracauer cares about the audio in the movie? Of course, then one would be appalled that it was being watched on a plane.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:08 PM
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16: Okay, I was just being silly, I'm sure Kracauer would have some interesting things to say about shrinking screens and the portability of "film". Eisenstein would probably be a bit irritated, Benjamin would feel depressed but vindicated, Bunuel would be dismissive and Hitchcock would be intrigued by the voyeuristic possibilities. Adorno though, Adorno would be totally appalled.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:12 PM
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Adorno would be totally appalled

Not if they offered him an earbud.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:20 PM
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"All my life, I was just waiting for someone to offer me an earbud."


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:20 PM
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You know, I have those Etymotic in-ear headphone thingies, and someone, a friend of mine's boss, in fact, whom I do not really know, put them on once unbidden. I was grossed out for both of us.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:33 PM
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Although I do not know the prevalence of earphone sharing among the cool kids, I think that sharing IPod headphones is very sweet in the same way sharing a soda is. You have raised a sweet kid. Well done you.

That said, am I the only one who finds the IPod earbuds terribly uncomfortable? I throw mine away and buy a small headset.


Posted by: Idealist | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:36 PM
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At the end, we learn that earbud was a sled.


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:46 PM
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Adorno would be totally appalled.

Is there something that Adorno wouldn't find appalling?


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:55 PM
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Even the very word "earbud" would give Adorno the willies, probably even worse than the word "jazz" did.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:59 PM
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25: Being offered a sled. RTF thread.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 1:59 PM
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16 - looking like a pillock means looking stupid.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 2:40 PM
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15: Google hath 98,300 hits for "left hand of dorkness" [sic]. How sad is that?


Posted by: Ham-Love | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 2:56 PM
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Is there something that Adorno wouldn't find appalling?

Jowls.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 3:09 PM
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Adorno though, Adorno would be totally appalled.

My view of Critical Theory was partly formed by my attempts to imagine Adorno, Horkheimer and company in Hollywood, financed by Jewish producers of kitsch and soft porn, replicating high bourgeois German Communist culture as best they could and co-authoring The Dialectic of Enlightenment.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 3:43 PM
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That reminds me, I should read this.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 3:45 PM
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Adorno would not be appalled to find out the Vikings made the playoffs.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 3:47 PM
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Someone contact Chopper. It's OK with me if he gloats here.

I stopped at my sister's and we chatted for about 15 minutes. Then she asked, "What's the score in the game?". The game had been on but on one had been watching. It was 19-17 with 5 seconds on the clock, and the Vikings were lining up for the field goal. We watched for about a minute, the FG was good, and that was it. Most economical fansmanship ever.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 3:50 PM
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Assuming the Eagles don't blow the 21 point lead they have over the Cowboys, I plan on watching the last minute of the game just to gloat.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 3:55 PM
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am I the only one who finds the IPod earbuds terribly uncomfortable?

I have the impression yours is the majority's position on the matter. Moreover, I read or heard somewhere that in NYC, people sub out their white earbuds right away, rather than advertise the fact that they have iPods on them and thus risk theft. N.B., This may be a myth created by the aftermarket headphone industry.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:15 PM
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Congratulations to the Lions on their record season.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:19 PM
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They despise and reject mediocrity.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:21 PM
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I hear the Big 3 paid them to make Detroit look even more depressing.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:25 PM
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Words do not suffice to express my joy at Tom Friedman's terrible fall. Even the fact that he's still a multimillionaire does not reduce it much. You know he's going to have to start economizing in painful ways.

I wonder how Julia "Elaine" Louis-Dreyfus is doing? And the various Hiltons -- Paris, Ljubljana ,Omaha, Jersey City, the whole bunch of them -- how are they doing?

Is masturbating to large financial losses permissible?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:32 PM
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Mutton stew's shaping up well.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:41 PM
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40.3: Yes, but you have to masturbate to the losses themselves, not to the great piles of money that are now dead. It's derivative masturbation, kind of like short-selling.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:47 PM
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42: Right. It's also untoward to show anyone your CDO-face.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 4:50 PM
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a producer husband, and I can't imagine the residuals from "Seinfeld" are going to dry up anytime soon. Plus they live in an eco-beachhouse in Malibu, so presumably their wants are fewer than the average Hollywood power couple's.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:14 PM
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Sorry, Montecito, not Malibu.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:17 PM
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But her family money is probably rapidly disappearing. Like that of Friedman's wife.


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:20 PM
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re: 36

I think headphones are one of those things -- I can't think of some pithy analogy, like shoes or some such shit -- that are quite idiosyncratic to individuals. One persons comfortable buds or phones are another person's nightmare. It's also a good general rule that the ones they give you with things [MP3 players, walkmen, etc] are shit.

I tolerate the 'in ear' ones I have because they don't look as dorky as wearing huge cans. I'm switching to normal over-the head headphones though (that don't attenuate ambient sound) for the walk to work because I am sick of not hearing cyclists come up behind me and passing me at about 3mm distance. I want at least a fighting chance at hitting them with a brolly.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:22 PM
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Elaine is a near-billionaire, or her father is anyway. I've never heard any stories about her being into the high living, and she's been married for about 20 years.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:22 PM
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The Louis-Dreyfus money is apparently in commodities and shipping, which will probably be hit less hard than finance, housing and retail.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:26 PM
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Shipping has been hit pretty hard. I've heard a bunch of people speculate that there's a bubble in commodities in general (not just oil), so maybe there's hope.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:55 PM
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41: Mmmm, mutton stew.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:57 PM
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I actually am on Elaine's side. I was just speculating about another billionaire in entertainment. I'm confident that she'll do well. (I nominated her as the first lady Elder of Zion, but the nominating committee laughed at me. She probably doesn't admit to being old, either.)


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 5:59 PM
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As far as I know, all pemmican is kosher if the animal was properly butchered.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 8:09 PM
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Yep. It basically never is, of course, but the theoretical possibility is there.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 8:24 PM
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It was good.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 9:14 PM
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Words do not suffice to express my joy at Tom Friedman's terrible fall.

I haven't been reading the threads much in the last week or so, so I need to do some catching up. Is it now Unfogged policy that Emerson has to bring this up in every thread, no matter how unrelated?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:05 AM
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56: A person I talked to this morning, a Filipino trained as a neurosurgeon in his homecountry but able to make better money here as a cabdriver, insisted that every fare he'd had in the past week had brought up just that topic, and for far cheaper than Emerson could offer it.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:17 AM
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It's the biggest event in your lifetime, young Kraab. If I could stand to read him I'd be looking for changes in tone and theme. Will his metaphors become less extravagant, or even more extravagant? Who will he blame for the collapse of the mall?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:18 AM
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Economists are teh suxxor
Analytic philosophers too.
Canada, carp and Wobegon.
Friedman's fall celebrated
by freezing carp in Ulan Bator and Winnipeg.
My work here is complete.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:19 AM
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59: Bzzzt. You completely left out the no-relationship thing.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:22 AM
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57: Now, my friends, I'll offer anybody here $50 an hour if you'll go pick lettuce in Yuma drive a cab while listening to stories about the fall of Tom Friedman this season and pick listen for the whole season. So -- OK? Sign up. OK.

You sign up. You sign up, and you'll be there for the whole season, the whole season. OK? Not just one day. Because you can't do it, my friend.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:22 AM
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60: Write your own poem, my friend.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:25 AM
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Worse than carp


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:26 AM
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58: he's lately been whining about how much more awesome than us China is.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:28 AM
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John has forgotten me!


Posted by: Katharine Weymouth | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:41 AM
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One of the consequences of global warming is the Polar Bears are forced to seek alternate sources of food.
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Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:43 AM
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I refuse to buy, and have to carry around, "earbud splitter." I also refuse to be germ-phobic about my ears. Or to worry about what people think of my earphone use.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 11:09 AM
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My, how strong-willed and independent you are!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 11:11 AM
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68: The term of art is "bitchy."


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 11:53 AM
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Ben's just mad because I refused to take his call last night.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:37 PM
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It's because he wouldn't share his earbuds with you, right?


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:52 PM
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Then she texted me at 630 in the morning.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:55 PM
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My, how strong-willed and independent you are!

She just likes aural.

max
['"Carp Sounds"']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 1:06 PM
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Well, I heard she has a floppy pinna, so it's better that way, max.


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 1:08 PM
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I had someone better to do.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 1:47 PM
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72: High time for a youngster like yourself to be up and at 'em, lazybones.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 2:02 PM
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I've noticed this splitting-of-earbuds between young couples (always het, so far) on the subway here in LA, and thought it was pretty sweet. The analogy seems apt.


Posted by: Meg Omega | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 3:14 PM
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at 630 in the morning

as opposed to 1830 in the evening?


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 3:20 PM
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Well, I heard she has a floppy pinna, so it's better that way, max.

Can't she rub that one out?

max
['Also...would that mean she's a... q-tip smoker?']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 3:36 PM
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23: I don't find them particularly uncomfortable, but the problem I have is that they won't stay in. They're fine for listing to music while sitting in a chair or walking down the street, but not while jogging or biking or anything. For that, I had to get a pair of headphones that hook over my ears.

66: Awww. What a cute godless killing machine!


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 3:43 PM
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There's no such time as "1830".

Also, the earphones that come with the Ipod suck balls. They can either hurt the ears, or fall out of the ears, or both. No way to have neither.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 3:49 PM
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In d^2's world, the clocks strike 1830 a few hours after they strike thirteen.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 4:00 PM
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I'm annoyed with the iPhone for being designed so that most headphones won't work with it.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 5:02 PM
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There's no such time as "1830".

FORTY LASHES AT THE MAST!!


Posted by: OPINIONATED SEA CAPTAIN | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 5:19 PM
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re: 80

Yeah. Or those 'behind the neck' 'phones. Which are quite good at staying on [but hard to find ones that are comfortable].


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 5:27 PM
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I'm annoyed with the iPhone for being designed so that most headphones won't work with it.

I thought it came with an adapter thingamadoodle, no? If not, I do know that such a product exists, for I have seen it with mine eyes.

And the issue, if I understand it correctly, is that cell phone makers agreed on a smaller mini-jack plug as the standard. Music players use the slightly larger, more common mini-jack. So making a cell phone that's truly a music player puts you in a bit of a bind, connection-wise.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 6:46 PM
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The premise of this post is all wrong anyway - clearly D is the B of C.


Posted by: freight train | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 10:10 AM
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