Selfie sticks seem to split opinion, with some people using and adoring them, and others either laughing or complaining about them. The battle lines are being drawn up, and this technological trend is in danger of becoming a social pariah. So, what should we do about selfie sticks? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Long Live Linux
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux?”
Out of a total of 461 votes, 52.9% chose Yes, I have already switched to Linux, 30.2% chose Yes, but I decided against doing so, 3% chose No, Linux holds no interest for me, 2.4% chose What is Linux?!, 1.5% chose No, Linux is overrated garbage, and 10% chose Other.
These results suggest the vast majority of those voting have at least considered switching to Linux at some point in their lives. And the majority have actually followed through on that plan, rejecting Windows and Mac OS X for the open-source alternative.
This is unlikely to be representative of the whole MakeUseOf readership, as the question would have appealed more to those with a passionate view for or against Linux. Still, it shows why our Linux section is so popular, with Linux lovers being a very vocal bunch.
Comment Of The Week
My deliberation as to whether or not to make the switch only took a few months or so. Once I figured out what printers and scanners were supported in Linux the best, the switch was a no-brainer. Brother is one of the ones I choose as the ink is cheaper for them as well although you do have to manually add the drivers, the support site for Brother walks you through the process quite well.
Out of 7 computers currently in use in my household 6 of them run solely on Linux in one flavor or another, with only one small nettop pc that runs Windows 7 for the purpose of controlling my telephone system by running PhonTrayPro, unfortunately that is the only software that I run that I have not been able to find a suitable Linux alternative for, but even this box is accessed by my Linux boxes via SSH/VPN for maintenance reasons as I run it headless. My server has been running 24-7 for nearly 8 years now with Ubuntu Server and has only seen downtime for reboots after updates as needed, very few (if any) Windows based servers can boast that kind of up-time.
I will be the first one to admit that not everyone will like or want to make the effort to switch to Linux, but for me it just works, and works well. My 8 year old Daughter has grown up on Ubuntu and finds Windows most distasteful, and as more children grow up with Linux as an option it may aid in the slow gradual shift away from the proprietary giants.
We chose this comment because it tells the story of how one person made the switch to Linux, revealing the whole process as ultimately painless. It also suggests that children exposed to Linux will grow up believing it to be superior to other operating systems. Which bodes well for the future of Linux.
Saving/Savaging Selfie Sticks
Selfie sticks have become a common sight in public, with the younger generation increasingly using them to shoot more interesting selfies. But they’re not to everybody’s tastes, with some people viewing them simply as dumb, and others viewing them as an irritant that needs to be eradicated.
Several public buildings, such as museums and art galleries, have already banned selfie sticks from their premises. As have music festivals and venues, which have updated their terms and conditions to expressly prohibit their use. We want to know what you would like to see done about selfie sticks.
Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Do you personally use a selfie stick? If so, why? Do you think this is a craze that will quickly fall out of fashion? Or are selfie sticks here to stay?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.
The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.
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