Skip to main content

  • South Korea's Samsung continued its aggressive growth in the smartphone market, dominating 4th Quarter shipments of its Google Android based cellphones:
    Samsung was the clear winner shipping an estimated 63.7 million smartphones, up 76% year over year, vs. Apple at 47.8 million, up 29%.
  • Lithium carbonate, the key ingredient in the lithium-ion battery industry, contines to increase in value:
    The current spot price for battery-grade lithium carbonate is $6,600 a tonne, that’s up from $5,500 a couple of years ago and a projected high of $8,500 by the end of the decade, according to researcher Roskill.
    So if you've got a place to put a couple of tons of LC, might be a good idea to invest.
  • California based Apple lost its status as the world's most valuable company to the long time repeat champion, Exxon. Technolgy companies go up, technology companies go down. But Big Oil never goes away.
  • Twitter, Inc. is expected to IPO next year. So far, it is commonly believed the company still has not turned in a profitable quarter. Yet, we're $9 to 11$ Billion in potential valuation. Brave new world.
  • Support your local museums and visit them. Museums are awesome.

Tags

Poll

Most socially undesireable use of cellphone:

26%1473 votes
1%62 votes
18%1019 votes
1%65 votes
1%80 votes
1%97 votes
1%81 votes
1%56 votes
2%157 votes
1%61 votes
0%38 votes
7%431 votes
22%1243 votes
7%435 votes
3%199 votes

| 5500 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  New diary: (6+ / 0-)

    Short Stories

    Last night's diary:  The Man-Woman Case: Convicted by the press

    Participation would be highly appreciated.

    •  But no one better spit on you, because spitting on (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      PSzymeczek

      vets is wrong.

      My gun control petition was shot down.

      by 88kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:33:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Seriously, you're defending spitting on vets? (0+ / 0-)

        What an enlightened view.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:40:27 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I think it was a snark. But you missed it. I (4+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          dinotrac, PSzymeczek, mgoodm, DuzT

          should have tagged it.  I usually do when emotions are high and snarks are missed.

          My gun control petition was shot down.

          by 88kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:43:06 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Fair enough. Snark tags spoil the fun. (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            PSzymeczek, DuzT

            Better to risk a few people who aren't sure, like me.

            Some of us were around a lot of vets while Vietnam was winding down, and such things did happen and some people really had no problem with it.

            So -- sorry I jumped on you.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:47:31 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Spitting on Vets = Urban Myth. (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              88kathy, Ender

              I have never seen anything even close to proof that this ever occurred.

              Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

              by olo on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:40:43 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  It did. (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                slowbutsure

                I take it you weren't there.

                LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                by dinotrac on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:48:23 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  I was. The Old Guard did a parade in Seattle. (0+ / 0-)

                  There was a small protest.  No spitting.  One loud girl, for the cameras.

                  My gun control petition was shot down.

                  by 88kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:22:28 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  I lived in DC and my mother volunteered (0+ / 0-)

                    at Walter Reed.
                    We spent a lot of time with Viet vets, mostly those coming back less than whole.

                    I heard of spitting, but only saw shouting and obnoxious behavior up close and personal.  To people in wheelchairs, on crutches, missing arms, eyes, etc.

                    Class.

                    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                    by dinotrac on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:46:52 PM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  The protest wasn't against the soldiers. It was (0+ / 0-)

                      FOR the cameras.  

                      It could have happened but I seriously doubt it was organized or often.  But you have to remember that the Vietnam vets were NOT allowed into the VFW, either.  The WW2 vets did not like the Vietnam vets, they thought they were hippies.  

                      There was a great big dividing line then and it wasn't red and blue.  It was old and young.  The soldiers were young.  The hippies were young.  The WW2 vets were on the other side.

                      There was no spitting in Seattle, in a parade, with many soldiers, less than a dozen vocal protesters.  They weren't saying anything at all to the soldiers.  They were shouting at the cameras that were covering the parade.

                      My gun control petition was shot down.

                      by 88kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:03:10 PM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                    •  You personally saw hippie protesters screaming at (0+ / 0-)

                      disabled vets.  That is about the most far fetched thing I have ever heard.

                      My gun control petition was shot down.

                      by 88kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:11:22 PM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  "Hippie protesters"? (0+ / 0-)

                        I don't know what you'd call them.
                        I sure as hell wouldn't call them protesters.

                        A protest is a coherent thing, not plain nastiness.

                        I took part in many protests.
                        I don't remember taking anything out on the people who served us, regardless of my feeling wrt the cause itself.

                        Well...

                        I will admit to some unkind words for a few police officers, but they were chasing us down with big fucking sticks (aka riot batons) and tear gas.

                        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                        by dinotrac on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:11:30 PM PST

                        [ Parent ]

                    •  Obnoxious Behavior (0+ / 0-)

                      Kill Anything that Moves:

                      what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam.  [...] Turse discovers that episodes of devastation, murder, massacre, rape, and torture once considered isolated atrocities were in fact the norm, adding up to a continuous stream of atrocity, unfolding, year after year, throughout that country.

                      Compared to the neverending atrocities US forces wreaked on millions of Vietnamese for a generation, shouting and obnoxious behavior seems a poor substitute for jailing them for war crimes.

                      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                      by DocGonzo on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:21:54 AM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                •  You Were? (0+ / 0-)

                  Who spit on whom in front of you?

                  "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                  by DocGonzo on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:14:49 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

  •  Movies (11+ / 0-)

    Can't believe there's not an option for "During a movie" in there. That was the first thing that popped into my head. :)

  •  Umm, during sex, really? It would be obnoxious (5+ / 0-)

    but who would do it?  I'd go with 'anywhere other people can hear you' except that hearing people speaking in the bathroom has started to freak me out...

  •  Paul Ryan -- two quotes I heard........ (9+ / 0-)

    yesterday:

    I don't think (the election) was a rejection of our ideas.
    and today:
    We have to show we have better ideas.
    You cannot show you have better ideas if you do not have better ideas and you don't or you would have won. The voters rejected your ideas and you know it, Paul.

    Face it, GOP. You are bankrupt in the ideas department. All ya got is hate and the love of money --and guns-- over all else. Stinks that does.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:12:46 PM PST

  •  twitter (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    brooklynbadboy, FindingMyVoice

    it's the new facebook! worthless...

    for xmas, i gave a friend a moma membership. wish i could get there, to be her guest...

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:16:09 PM PST

  •  Worst case Cell Phone I saw was during a funeral. (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, Miggles, annieli, FindingMyVoice, koNko
  •  "While driving" (8+ / 0-)

    The only thing that using a cell phone during sex likely to kill is the relationship.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:17:29 PM PST

  •  Museums are part of a giant liberal plot (6+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, DRo, PSzymeczek, DuzT, FindingMyVoice, koNko

    to stimulate minds and inspire people.

    If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

    by ScottyUrb on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:18:24 PM PST

  •  And of course there's always the embarrassment (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, Cali Scribe, dinotrac, 88kathy

    of thinking someone w/ a bluetooth was talking to you.  Bathroom phone use creepy, I vote yes.  I  use mine mostly when I'm away from my lap top, to keep up w/ family posts on Facebook.  We are far flung, and communicate more now we're all on FB than we ever did before.  

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:20:18 PM PST

  •  The 2nd Amendment is because they need their (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DRo, JeffW, DuzT

    guns in case the government is corrupt, and shooting government people becomes necessary.

    But let a few hippies litter in the park, that's a CRIME.

    My gun control petition was shot down.

    by 88kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:31:37 PM PST

  •  How is the WC only at 6% ? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DRo, koNko

    Apparently I don't want to be on the phone with any of you all. :)

    I'll always be...King of Bain...I'll always be...King of Bain

    by AZphilosopher on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:35:13 PM PST

  •  Whats more important? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Miggles, Brainwrap, koNko

    Samsung earned $6.5 billion in net income on $52.45 billion in revenues for the quarter, compared to Apple's $13.1 billion in net income on $54.5 billion in revenues. That's means Samsung made less than 50 percent of the profits Apple earned while selling 32 percent more handsets.

    •  Yes, Apple is able to charge a premium price for (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      enhydra lutris, ffour

      it's child labor.

      Good for them!

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:45:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Um...you do realize that EVERY tech company (5+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        DRo, Miggles, dinotrac, LNK, koNko

        ...is guilty of using child labor and other such workplace practices to some degree or another, right? FoxConn supplies just about every major consumer electronics/computer maker in the world these days.

        Not saying it's right, but Samsung doesn't win any brownie points for their humanitarianism.

        •  Sure, and Apple gets a premium price for its (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          ffour

          child labor.

          Got to admire their ability to extract so much money from their customers.

          Not sure I admire their current marketing savvy though: their case in the patent wars against Samsung is, more or less, that the Samsung phones are too much like an iphone for less money.

          Maybe that's why their stock is plunging.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:56:55 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  I would add that Apple is on top of the child (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Brainwrap

        labor problem -- and a lot more on top of it than any other consumer electronics company -- so you need a lot more evidence before lobbing such accusations at them.  Here, read their latest

        Supplier Responsibility Report

        (pdf) which details how they terminated suppliers guilty of using child labor and similar crimes.

    •  Because Samsung offers a variety (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      quill

      of options for all price ranges. This is why their phones are doing so well with younger demographics and in emerging markets. In China, IPhones are sold for $500 while Samsung phones have an entire range of smartphones that can be bought for anything between $200- and $600+.

      •  also, Samsung is more innovative now (0+ / 0-)

        I think that Samsung's success is a result of several factors, such as their product diversity, manufacturing advantage, and release of flagship devices on multiple carriers, but they have also consistently innovated and taken risks that have pushed the mobile market into new territory, at a time when Apple has stuck with incremental updates and turf defense via Patent Warfare.

        For example consider the Galaxy Note, which was widely considered a failure out the door by the tech media, but was in fact a financial success that revealed a large demographic of consumers who want a large screen phablet type device with a stylus. The successor, the Note 2, is selling even better than the original.

        Full disclosure: I'm posting this on a GN2. I wasn't a big fan of Samsung products at all until they released this phone, which is exactly what I've been waiting for years for someone to make.

        "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

        by quill on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:12:22 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  My wife and I have the GN2 (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          quill

          I suppose it's not fair to compare an Iphone to a phablet.  But since I have no trouble carrying it around or using it as a phone, the Iphone users in my office act like they are stuck banging two rocks together whenever I bring it out.

          When extra-terrestrial beings make their first appearance on our planet, and ask for representatives of our species to best exemplify humanity, I'm sending a nurse, a librarian, and a firefighter.

          by Wayward Son on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:33:44 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  the GN2 is awesome (0+ / 0-)

            I've only had a few of those types of encounter. Usually people either notice that it's big, or don't notice at all.

            Not much I don't like about this thing.The phone itself is so powerful, I think it's better specced than my netbook. It can run for days with a replacement battery (super important for a frequent traveler like me), which is not an option for iphone (or most other newer Android phones). Stylus is great, software overlay is usable, there's a very active ROM community,  etc...

            I'm a stickler for specs and usability, i.e., "function over form"  and Samsung has won me over.

            "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

            by quill on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:59:00 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

    •  And not only that, in a typical year Samsung (0+ / 0-)

      spends $12 billion on advertising.  By contrast, Apple spends just $1 billion.  Apple simply gets amazing returns on its operational investments.

      Apple's margins were squeezed a bit this quarter, but those were capital expenses related to expanding their iCloud infrastructure and R&D.  I consider those expenses to be worth it because it shows that Apple is continuing to innovate and think long term, as opposed to say try to crank out cheap ass iphone copies and race to the bottom like other companies do.  Right now, coupled with the panic selling, Apple stock is becoming a steal.

      •  Sorry but you have it completely backwards. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Caipirinha, quill

        At this point Apple's business model is completely reliant on its previous customers upgrading their Iphones every year. Last quarter was weak because not enough people switched to Iphone 5. This is also why they don't spend a lot on advertising. Samsung has a very sound business model and they are doing a pretty good job of targeting emerging markets. There is no shame in buying cheaper smart phones if you can't afford high end phones like Iphone 5. As I mentioned earlier, Samsung is doing very well with young people in the west and everyone in the emerging markets because of the price range and the variety they offer to the customers.

        •  in fact, doing better than Apple with young people (0+ / 0-)

          A recent market study found that kids are now more interested in Galaxy S3 than iPhone. Meanwhile Apple is becoming more favored by older consumers (GenX and Boomers). That's not necessarily bad for Apple as those older generations have many more consumers switching to smartphones. But, as a hip trend setter, Apple may have lost some of it's magic. That's very bad for a company that depends on image as much as Apple does. I'd speculate that is one reason why Apple is being downgraded by analysts, despite massive profitability.

          "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

          by quill on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:27:12 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Untrue. It says here: (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            koNko

            http://www.forbes.com/...

            And while 67% of affluent teens still say they intend to purchase an iPhone as their next upgrade, reports Piper Jaffray, Samsung pulls in second with a strong 22%.
            The numbers simply don't support this traditional media narrative that youth suddenly don't like Apple.  Even in 2012, Apple products topped the most-wanted lists of kids and teens in the US.
            •  true, but the rest of the quote says: (0+ / 0-)
              The signs that youngest smartphone audience has cooled on Apple have been steadily accumulating over the past few months. Apple, for instance, dropped several spots or remained flat on several teen brand opinion polls, including marketing agency’s Smarty Pants’ Young Love survey. And while 67% of affluent teens still say they intend to purchase an iPhone as their next upgrade, reports Piper Jaffray, Samsung pulls in second with a strong 22%. Perhaps more importantly is the fact that it was unthinkable a mere 12 months ago that any teen would prefer any phone to an iPhone if given the option.
              I definitely remembered that survey wrong, but as the quote above suggests, Apple has been so dominant for so long with American teens that it's a significant development that there is ANY interest by "trendsetters" in another brand. Investors look at trends too, and this is a trend. That and the US market over saturation problem combined with the relative lack of enthusiasm for Apple in non-US markets, where Android based products dominate.

              "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

              by quill on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:33:28 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  To me the rest of the quote was more trying to (0+ / 0-)

                fit some "Apple in disarray" narrative despite what the numbers really say.  It's like in 2006 and 2008 with all the "Democrats in disarray" narratives floating around the mainstream media.

                Right now the US market is not saturated.  Only 50% of the US market owns smart phones, and there is an untapped market of a billion potential smart phone owners in the rest of the world.  Plenty of growth going forward for Apple and Samsung.  And meanwhile, Apple will continue releasing new products that completely revolutionize the landscape, as opposed to having to fight it out in just the smart phone market.

        •  Sorry, but Apple didn't have a weak quarter. It (0+ / 0-)

          was the strongest quarter in the history of Apple.  In fact, the only thing you can say is that they failed to meet customer demand due to lack of components in the supply chain.  But IMHO, that's a good problem to have -- long lines of customers wanting your products.  Apple's monstrous growth numbers are not due just to repeat sales.  In no way do the numbers or the surveys support that.  Furthermore, Apple leads this sector in innovation, and their best days are still ahead of them.  Apple isn't resting on their laurels.

        •  Sorry but you're mistaken about some things (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Sharon Wraight

          You are right that Apple and Samsung have different business models; Apple has a narrow product line focused on the high end of the market while Samsung covers the range and multiple platforms. Samsung has been in the phone business much longer than Apple and has a much larger and diverse user base of phone customers than Apple. And that's not going to change much. None of this is news except when the MSM or tech bloggers need a filler story.

          What has changed is the trajectory of both in the smartphone market, where Apple penetration of developed markets is reaching the saturation point and so their rate of growth is slowing, while Samsung which was behind Apple by a significant margin continues to gain smartphone share, but not, apparently, at Apple expense since both continue to have increasing unit sales, dominant positions and dominant profits.

          In fact, in the US market, Apple is at an all time high with 51% market share with much of the growth coming from first time smarphone buyers and defectors from Android.

          Outside the US Apple has lower market share total and against Samsung but is gaining market. For example, China is now Apple's No. 2 market and they sold more than 2 million iPhone 5 in the first 3 days it was on sale, a pretty phenomenal record considering the price verses purchasing power of the customers, and also given the fact Apple does NOT sell through China Mobile which services approx. 60% Chinese subscribers, so they have a long way to go.

          Also, Apple app and content sales continue to outpace Android by a very wide margin despite Samsung's gain in share and iOS device internet traffic (iPhone and iPad) has an even wider margin.

          Regardless, this will not continue indefinitely as Android gains global market share converting feature phone uses to the platform, so it is inevitable that measures of "Android vs Apple" will show a decline in Apple share even as they both continue to enjoy expansion of the market.

          So your conclusion that Apple is stuck in a rut of replacement sales is not borne out by facts and really kind of a nonsense projection of the type of problem faced by Noika when it ran out of road, and something Samsung is more likely to face than Apple given the huge, vertical nature of it's organization.

          I think  question facing Apple is whether they should broaden their product line with lower priced models to win a greater share. If we take iPad mini as a clue, I think the answer is yes, but I don't think that means Apple will ever go "cheap" and try to cover every market segment as Samsung has because that would dilute the Apple brand and not produce profits.

          And if we look at Apple's other blockbuster consumer product, iPod, we can see they know how to position a range of models and build franchise, they later cannibalize themselves.

          Wall Street analysts always over-hype hot companies because that how they sell to investors, and punish and fluctuations so they can deflate share prices to set-up the next round.

          But the reality is Apple had a strong year and growth in revenue with an unchanged margin (13.1%) YoY. That may not please investment analysts that want continually increasing profits and stock value, but in real terms it's good performance.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:54:42 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Coda (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Sharon Wraight

          Perhaps this article in The Economist and the related comments state some of the issues better than I did.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:45:00 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Samsung (0+ / 0-)
        And not only that, in a typical year Samsung spends $12 billion on advertising. By contrast, Apple spends just $1 billion.
        Samsung sells TVs, Music Systems, DVD players, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Dryers and loads of other stuff. I assume they would spend more on advertising than a company which sells a couple of products.
        •  One thing is for certain (0+ / 0-)

          The pop-up saturation advertising campaign Samsung has been running for Galaxy on tech sites recently has made me not want to read their name for awhile because the ads target moblie connections to the sites and require a download of an animated ad before you can click the "X" to close it.

          Really poor strategy if they were trying to convert iPhone users (and clearly some of the ads are doing exactly that).

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:20:33 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  While I'm most annoyed by cell phones in theaters (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brainwrap, drmah, FindingMyVoice

    ...I once had a friend tell me that I called her while she was having sex with her husband (which was a rare occasion and he's now an ex-husband as a result of the infrequency). I responded by telling her, "No, you actually called me. But if it's any comfort I hung up very quickly."

    Of course she was horrified.

    Lesson of story: please remove the phone from your person before sex. (Unless the event is so spontaneous that removal is impossible)

  •  Ya limey basterd! (0+ / 0-)

    Ton is spelled ton! What's this tonne!

    (basterd is the correct Tarantino spelling!)

  •  Time to start building reverse-osmosis... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dogs are fuzzy

    ...water plants, and then extracting the lithium from the reject water. California, here we come!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:04:22 PM PST

  •  Lithium Carbonate as an investment? (0+ / 0-)

    A possible 28% return in seven years? Less than a 4% return per year? Not taking into account inflation...?

    To me, that's not an impressive potential rate of return, based on the risk factors.

    Just sayin'.

  •  for your furhter enlightenment ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FindingMyVoice


    History of the Word Filibuster

    from NPR, All Things Considered, Listen  --  May 18, 2005

    The word 'filibuster' comes from piracy.

    Aye!  Nay!  ... Aaah,  Nevermind!

    Give it up, Matey's ...  We object.


    A Brief History of Filibusters
    by jamess --Jan 26, 2013


    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:38:32 PM PST

  •  Uh oh .... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    marigold
    Lithium carbonate, the key ingredient in the lithium-ion battery industry, contines to increase in value
    being manic-depressive is going to get expensive.  

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:59:40 PM PST

    •  Exciting new drug development! (0+ / 0-)

      Oh dear, the side effects are going to be terrible!

      -- We are just regular people informed on issues

      by mike101 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:04:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well this is interesting. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        FindingMyVoice

        The provincial Liberals in Ontario are having a leadership convention to replace outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty. The winner will become the new leader of the party and the new premier.

        Vote's down to the last two candidates; one woman who was endorsed by the MSM (Pupatello)and another woman (Wynne).

        It's interesting because the MSM in the rest of Canada (ROC, as we like to call it) was pushing the meme that the less liberal (versus Liberal) Pupatello would win hands down.

        Maybe not. The other candidates who dropped out have all gone to Wynne.

        Canada will have its first openly gay premier if Wynne wins.

        (When one of the other candidates who was further down in the balloting, Kennedy,  dropped out and threw his support to Wynne, he was asked by the MSM about this and he said her sexuality was irrelevant. That is so Canadian a response.)

  •  Apple: the new BetaMax (0+ / 0-)
    Samsung was the clear winner shipping an estimated 63.7 million smartphones, up 76% year over year, vs. Apple at 47.8 million, up 29%.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:23:33 PM PST

  •  Change my vote to "while driving" and (0+ / 0-)

    note that it has nothing to do with socially acceptable.....More like public safety, just in case.........

    Now, ask me again what's the funniest cell phone use in the socially unacceptable way and I think it's something I've seen more than once......House of Worship, solemn service led by someone who forgot to turn the thing off. . . .

  •  Most socially undesireable use of cellphone? (0+ / 0-)

    How about "on a first date"?  That literally happened to me once.  (And no, it was not an emergency of any kind -- just chatting with a friend.)  There was no second date.

  •  my local museum (0+ / 0-)

    just opened an exhibition on carousel horses and carousels.

    I painted carousel horses for a while professionally, so you know what I'm going to do!

    Museums ARE awesome.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:08:04 PM PST

  •  love hate (0+ / 0-)

    As a proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy SIII, I've never found a device more indispensable, yet at the same time I've never hated any man-made device more. I truly despise it and no doubt the stress it causes is shortening my life span. I feel insecure without it.  I know this comment is confusing but it's a side effect of using the phone.

  •  26% of Kossacks hate our phone sex freedoms? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sharon Wraight

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:28:36 PM PST

  •  While Eating Pie (0+ / 0-)

    Definitely the worst time to use a cell phone.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:03:24 PM PST

  •  shipping? Samsung the shipped the most? (0+ / 0-)

    Who cares? I could ship the most phones. But never sell a single one. So what does that number matter, except to the shipping companies and their investors?

    Did samsung ship them all to the store, and then ship them all back again when they didn't sell? That could explain why they did the most shipping.

  •  Lithium Is a Filthy Industry (0+ / 0-)
    So if you've got a place to put a couple of tons of LC, might be a good idea to invest.

    Lithium is plentiful in the Earth's crust around the world. But extracting it is a filthy business. Huge amounts of pollution and destruction of the ecosystem from which it's extracted. Lots of poisons for the workers.

    Which is why its production has largely moved to China, where pollution and poison is outsourced for the world's tech industries. And where the government is using that dominance to manipulate supply in face of increasing demand for extra profits - none of which reduce the pollution and poison.

    So the Daily Kos on its Sunday front page urges investing in Chinese market perversion built on exploiting American consumers and Chinese labor and environment.

    Progressive!

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:25:55 AM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site