Peter Kafka

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Proof! IPhone 4 Buyers Are Sweaty, Irrational, Male.

It’s already 80 degrees in New York City this morning, but it feels much warmer and muggier than that. So who wants to spend hours waiting in line to buy Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 4? All of these dudes:

To be fair, you’ll note that there are a few women in this clip, shot by BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk outside Apple’s flagship store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. But they’re going to be equally sweaty.

And just to be clear: If you don’t want to wait in line for an iPhone 4, you don’t have to. Apple will send one to you in the mail. Seriously.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work