Sour Oranges and Bananas

november 13, 2007

Life in the Silicon Valley, I am learning is much different that life outside the valley. Case in point, the argument that I just wasted two days on in class. When asked to give suggestions for the Yahoo! front page, most of the class gave good criticism. A classmate pointed out that the front page cannot personalized. The conversation went something like this:

Him: “One thing is that you can't personalize www.yahoo.com.”

Me: “Yea, you can't, but there's my.yahoo.com that is the personalization page for Yahoo!”

Him: “But, you can't personalized the front page of yahoo.com like you can www.google.com/ig.”

Me: “You're comparing apples to oranges. Front page of google.com cannot be personalized either.”

Him: “I'm not comparing google.com to yahoo.com. I'm comparing google.com/ig to yahoo.com.”

Me: “I know, but that's not valid.”

Him: “It is valid. I was told to look at www.yahoo.com.”

Me: “Then compare it with the front page of Google: www.google.com. Although, that is not valid either, since Yahoo's search page is www.ysearch.com, which is comparable to www.google.com.”

Him: “But, google.com cannot be personalized.”

Me: “Yes, that's what I'm trying to tell you. my.yahoo.com is the same as google.com/ig – both can be personalized. www.yahoo.com is the same as www.google.com -- both cannot be personalized.”

Him: “You're wrong.”

I loved his FOX News style of argument: Total denial that he was comparing different types of pages. Either that or he really is as stupid as he sounds, I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Of course, I'm guessing this maybe how he argued in elementary school:

Him: “My orange is sour and that banana isn't.”

Other Guy: “Yea, but your orange is not the same as the banana.”

Him: “But, I was told to eat the orange.”

Other Guy: “Then compare the orange with another orange for sourness.”

Him: “No, my orange is the same as the banana.”

Other Guy: “But, it's not.”

Him: “You're wrong.”