Is this a false-flag operation?

Reading Scoble tonight. He’s got off on a (justified) Apple rant, and has drawn out the “FanBois” — I hate that spelling — who pull out the rhetorical jiu-jitsu, or attempt to. The thing about arguing with Scoble is that he’s always responding, and he’s damn smart, so you can’t really get away with much.

Commenter #26 says:

Robert: Number 16. Yes Apple’s products are aesthetically well made. But they are generally well made underneath also. The craftsmanship extends below the surface. Go to http://dotnetaddict.dotnetdevelopersjournal.com/ and read about what an expert on the Microsoft .NET framework has to say about Apple’s Cocoa development framework. If you are technically inclined it might surprise you. I am an engineer by training and know how difficult it can be to make a good product. It is not easy. I use Windows XP and Mac OS X on a daily basis in my work and I do appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into Apple’s products.

Comment by Richard — November 17, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

So I think to myself: Wow, a .NET developer who really has gone through an Apple development tool. I wonder what sorts of neat things he’ll have to say?

Unfortunately, when I go there to visit, I find — drum roll, please — another Apple Fanboy. Out of the seven most recent tech posts, four are praising or defending Apple, two are trashing Microsoft, and one trashing Google. This is certainly not a .NET addict, and unbiased observer, a neutral official.

I thought: This strategy is called something. Propose yourself as an ally of “X”, but then secretly work for for “Y”. Double Agent? False-Flag Operation? I finally decided on False Flag:

The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own.

So if you camp out in the .NET camp and fly .NET colors above your tent, but are really an Apple Fanboy, you are conducting a false-flag operation.

Richard #26: Shame on you.

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2 Responses to “Is this a false-flag operation?”


  1. 1 aditive November 18, 2007 at 2:27 am

    I agree “FanBois” is a horrible way of spelling it:)

  2. 2 Brisbane web site design November 18, 2007 at 2:46 am

    apple really making us feel comfortable , i like that !


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