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kleinbl00  ·  2128 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Monoprice and the One True Anti-Apple

    I think you and JTHipster made a crucial mistake at this point in your argument that spoiled the rest of your discussion: you both settled on the assumption that Monoprice's products must be short lived "consumables" instead of durable goods because they're cheap, that a $14 gaming mouse will only last one year while a $100 mouse will last at least six.

I think you can piss up a rope. I own the mouse in question and have bought the mice in question that monoprice sells. In my own empirical analysis, I have a 100% correlation. Me and JTHipster agreed on these terms of discussion because we both have experience with at least part of the discussion.

You, on the other hand, need to come in with your cock swinging about MTBF. Riddle me this - how is it that I'm not allowed to speak from my experience but you're allowed to invalidate what I have to say by asserting "I can't google it?" Logitech's warranty is 36 months. Monoprice's is one. Correlation does not imply causation but it sure as fuck implies more than "I can't google it therefore you're wrong."

    Monoprice's products haven't stood the test of time because there hasn't been that much time, but what if they last as long or almost as long?

They don't. I suggest you look up what "anecdotal evidence" means. You'll find that it means "I heard a story that." Now go look up "empirical evidence." I haven't "heard a story that" monoprice's electronics are shit. I have evaluated monoprice's electronics to be shit through my own professional experience as a former audiovisual consultant that helped develop products for Rane, Mackie, Biamp, Symetrix, SLS, DBX and others.

    Your problem with landfill matter is a valid one, but I'm disappointed that neither of you tackled the issue of recycling as much as you should have.

Keep lecturing, shithead.

    If you argue that it is better to buy the more durable (conflated with "expensive")

By you. Not by me. I didn't say "go buy a Rolls Royce" and neither did JT. He said "Go buy a Toyota" and I said "Yeah, because Yugos fall apart."

| (Got my Apple Magic Trackpad right here, bro.)|

Call me "bro" again.

| If only I'd known that when I bought my Bose Triports.|

So you buy Bose and Monoprice and consider yourself an expert?

    quality has been eliminated as a factor

You are completely fucking insane. You've done exactly jack shit to back this up but you feel A-OK lecturing me for using personal experience in an argument with someone else.

And that's pretty much what your argument boils down to: "You didn't have this argument with me on my terms using my data, therefore everything you said is invalid. Also, I respect no one."

And that's why you're ignored now.




cwenham  ·  2128 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm going to make another reply. I was winded and confused that you got so emotional, but maybe I was "cock swinging" and didn't realize it. I'll try to address the arguments as dispassionately as I can, and if I fuck up at that task then it's my own fault, I only hope someone can point out to me where and how.

    In my own empirical analysis, I have a 100% correlation. Me and JTHipster agreed on these terms of discussion because we both have experience with at least part of the discussion.

[...]

    how is it that I'm not allowed to speak from my experience but you're allowed to invalidate what I have to say by asserting "I can't google it?"

I don't have direct access to the details of your empirical experience, only what you chose to divulge. As you pointed out, it's "I heard a story that..." I don't disrespect your perspective, but every product ever made always has at least one dissatisfied customer, so I have to turn to data. If I never bought anything that had at least one 1-star review on Amazon, I wouldn't buy very much from Amazon.

Yes, you and JTHipster appear to have a common experience. Okay, two data points. You've convinced me: Monoprice mice are shit. I hope that Monoprice gets their act together re: mice, because so many of their other products have impressed both me and many others, which is what I was incompetently attempting to show with those links.

    I have evaluated monoprice's electronics to be shit through my own professional experience as a former audiovisual consultant that helped develop products for Rane, Mackie, Biamp, Symetrix, SLS, DBX and others.

No problem, you're an expert in this field. You've only described it as "shit" though, but it's difficult for me and probably everyone else to translate "shit" to something specific. Wear and tear? Sound fidelity? And to what degree?

    Call me "bro" again.

I won't. It was an inept attempt at rhetorical flair. However, while Apple has presently used its buying power to monopsonize equipment for carving chassis out of aluminum blocks, in the future that manufacturing equipment will become both cheaper and more common, and products that are made this way--with more rigidity and fewer seams, screws and wearable parts--will become more common and inexpensive. They will be both cheap and more durable than equivalent designs that use welds and screws.

    but you feel A-OK lecturing me for using personal experience in an argument with someone else.

I acted improperly. However, your argument with JT followed from a post that I wrote and posted on my own G+ account. Clearly, I assumed too much.

cwenham  ·  2128 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I think you can piss up a rope.
    need to come in with your cock swinging
    Keep lecturing, shithead.
    Call me "bro" again.
    You are completely fucking insane.
    You've done exactly jack shit
    And that's why you're ignored now.

Okay, please calm down. Did I get you at the wrong time? Did I strike the wrong tone? I think I must have fouled up in some way that I'm too stupid to see, and I apologize.

I've been following you on Hubski because I thought you were intelligent and level headed, and I still think you are, but I believe that something I said struck you the wrong way. I must have gone too personal. Was it "anecdotes are not data"? I'm not sure, but you just had a lively exchange with JT and I thought there were things that were missed, and that's what I was bringing up.

If you have actually ignored me then you won't see this, in which case I'm sad.

kleinbl00  ·  2128 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I think you and JTHipster made a crucial mistake at this point in your argument

    you get a big smack on the hand with a wooden spoon for that,

| If you can't find equivalent numbers yourself then I challenge you to withdraw your statement.|

    Remember, "anecdotes do not equal data"

(...so here's not one, not two, not three, but FOUR anecdotes to prove you wrong)

| I'm disappointed that neither of you tackled the issue of recycling as much as you should have.|

    (Got my Apple Magic Trackpad right here, bro.)

    Now please don't get distracted by arguing over which headphones sound the best,

(WTF)

    Quality has been eliminated as a factor.

(but do please take me seriously)

    I think I must have fouled up in some way that I'm too stupid to see, and I apologize.

You chose to talk down to me because you think you're superior, you chose to lecture me because you think you know better, and you chose to attempt to undercut my arguments by demonstrating you don't understand debate while also being condescending as fuck.

    I've been following you on Hubski because I thought you were intelligent and level headed, and I still think you are, but I believe that something I said struck you the wrong way.

I think you decided I was in a cozy little box where you could look down at me and feel superior and I'm here to make you regret that. If you truly thought I was "intelligent and level-headed" you wouldn't talk to me like I was a retarded fourteen-year-old.

    you just had a lively exchange with JT and I thought there were things that were missed, and that's what I was bringing up.

No, you said "you guys are missing the important issue which is defined by me on my terms using my data because you're both wrong and also not worthy of respect. Headphones."

    If you have actually ignored me then you won't see this, in which case I'm sad.

It doesn't work like that. I get to browse back to see if I can see anything anywhere that might have led you to completely gloss over everything I said while also acting like me and JT hadn't had four or five thousand words' worth of legit discussion.

Nope. No idea where you get off. One does not begin a "friendly debate" by discounting everything a person says in smarmy tones. Not unless one wants to get curbsmiled.

cwenham  ·  2128 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Nope. No idea where you get off. One does not begin a "friendly debate" by discounting everything a person says in smarmy tones. Not unless one wants to get curbsmiled.

I'll remember that.

cwenham  ·  2125 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Earlier, I thought you were a Cluster B having a temper-tantrum in the ladies room. Then you went and explained it in another Hubski thread, and I read your "On Aggression" plus the links. I'd already read Konrad's version, so I was, like, "aw, fuck." You got me. I treated you under the assumption you had a genuine nervous breakdown, call it "controlled politeness", but I flatter myself. I don't have a problem with how you do what you do. I've been reamed much harder before, and I know that I have to take it.

I also don't care how this goes from now on, and I don't care if you don't reply, even as--at the same time--I can't deny that I wish you would, because I'm writing this cuz I want to. Human weakness. Hope you don't mind a loosened tongue, though.

    I think you can piss up a rope. I own the mouse in question and have bought the mice in question that monoprice sells. In my own empirical analysis, I have a 100% correlation. Me and JTHipster agreed on these terms of discussion because we both have experience with at least part of the discussion.

So you have a reading comprehension problem. I can understand. Here's the opening sentence of my post:

"Monoprice--the seller of cheap cables and accessories--might be turning into the One True Anti-Apple."

Might. It would be nice if they did. But what's wrong with Coby and GPX? Oh, I know, it doesn't hold up to your standards, even if it holds up to the standards of everyone who isn't a prima donna. But I guess I wasn't literate enough to write it in such a way that you'd understand, and it's not your fault that you took it the way you did. No problem: live and learn, here's what I meant:

"It would be nice if someone made things that satisfied tin-eared, half-blind pig fuckers like me in a way that would last longer than 12 months, without charging me for some pansy-ass quality I don't even give a damn about. It would also be nice if, after recognizing the fact that I can't tell the difference between Brand X and Angels Singing, someone was to make [THINGS] that don't fall apart after 12 months and otherwise cut their prices because they don't pretend to satisfy professional audio engineers, nor waste money on the marketing effort."

Of course I don't take this on faith. I didn't even write the goddamn post until after I personally tried their gear and then spent hours checking reviews that practically jizzed over how durable it was. That was the stuff I linked to in the earlier comment, but that you didn't bother to address, by the way.

    Riddle me this - how is it that I'm not allowed to speak from my experience but you're allowed to invalidate what I have to say by asserting "I can't google it?"

Because you said this:

    Use numbers and links.

And no, waffling on about the declining market in mixers is not the same. If the market decides that $80 mixers are good enough and it puts your favourite vendors out of business then it sucks to be you. We do not exist to subsidize your virgin ears. If your dollar isn't enough to keep Mackie in business then maybe Mackie doesn't deserve to be in business.

    Logitech's warranty is 36 months. Monoprice's is one.

I'm sorry, I didn't see a MTBF number there, only a number inflated by higher prices. Well shit, I can offer a 36 month warranty on something that costs $5 to make and sells for $100. Maybe the entire scheme is funded by gullible jackasses who think price somehow correlates to build quality.

    Correlation does not imply causation

No shit. So far the only data-point I have on Monoprice mice is that they can't take 12 months in the posession of someone who exercises "coherent rage." Boy, I can take that to the bank. Maybe I'm looking to save $86 on a mouse that I won't attempt to shove up my own ass.

    I haven't "heard a story that" monoprice's electronics are shit. I have evaluated monoprice's electronics to be shit through my own professional experience as a former audiovisual consultant that helped develop products for Rane, Mackie, Biamp, Symetrix, SLS, DBX and others.

Oh, so you're also a blowhard.

    Keep lecturing, shithead.

Kettle, meet pot.

    So you buy Bose and Monoprice and consider yourself an expert?

Yes, because I'm an expert in what works for me. My Triports are still working. I have also owned Sony, Shure, Sennheiser, and a dozen other brands I forgot how to spell. I checked forums, I talked to friends, I tried them all, compared side-by-side, and couldn't tell the difference. After a while I came to realize that my ears aren't carved out of gold and that I'll give a different and conflicting answer to the Pepsi Challenge every goddamn time I take it. I got pissed off at both the idea that I'm supposed to want something I can't discern, and the idea that I have to pay for it.

    You are completely fucking insane.

Which was in response to "quality has been eliminated as a factor."

So riddle me this, Spiderman, what if build quality was eliminated as a factor? I've used mice cheaper than Monoprice's for years because I don't yank the shit out of them. Maybe Logitech has cornered the market for controlled rage boys, but I clearly haven't got your problem.

    You've done exactly jack shit to back this up but you feel A-OK lecturing me for using personal experience in an argument with someone else.

Grow up. I'm talking down to you because you did behave like a retarded fourteen-year-old who didn't read the fucking OC and decided to spin-off on the only subset you knew anything about. Some data that was. Oh gosh, I shoudln't buy their mice because I don't understand their economics, so sez a git who hasn't even sampled a whole percent of their range.

Of course, I could be wrong, but now that I know your schtick, it's been fun to clash horns. Nothing personal.