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Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the internet-is-a-big-responsibilty dept.

Opera 315

An anonymous reader writes "From the techspot article: 'This week, the Opera web browser became the first non-native browser made available in Apple's Mac App Store. While Apple approved the browser, it still managed to hurt its competitor by putting this ridiculous label on it: "You must be at least 17 years old to download this app." Opera has reacted in good humor. "I'm very concerned," Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products for Opera Software, said in a statement. "Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18."'"

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315 comments

for the (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379730)

remote camera activation.

inevitable (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379762)

I'm 12 and what is this?

Re:inevitable (1)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379794)

Must uninstall immediately, or else...

Re:inevitable (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380038)

No dessert?

Re:inevitable (2)

daremonai (859175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379820)

None of your concern. Now go to bed!

Re:inevitable (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379860)

You're 12. Have you heard of Domingo, Carreras or Pavarotti? Didn't think so. Opera's not for you. Go back to America's Got Talent.

Re:inevitable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380338)

If Opera is Pavarotti, then Safari is William Hung. [wikipedia.org]

This is embarrassing for Apple (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379786)

Behavior like this will backfire... always...

In the long run Apple will lose more because of this than they might have gained in the short run.

The big money needs to understand that fast, small profit will come at the cost of slow but huge loss.

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379862)

I'm sure the 3 people who use Opera will sell off their Apple stock in protest.

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379934)

Actually, that just highlights how ridiculous this is. Opera is simply not big enough to be a threat to Safari's market share, warning label or not. However, they've now managed to make themselves look like assholes to thousands of people who would never have downloaded the app anyway.

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (1)

imthesponge (621107) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380148)

Nobody in Apple's target market gives a shit about this. "Oh, I'd really like an iPhone, but they were mean and made Opera cry!"

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (1)

anyGould (1295481) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380416)

Actually, that just highlights how ridiculous this is. Opera is simply not big enough to be a threat to Safari's market share, warning label or not. However, they've now managed to make themselves look like assholes to thousands of people who would never have downloaded the app anyway.

And I might just download it now, just to tweak Apple's nose.

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (1)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380208)

Well I don't have Apple stock....can't speak for the other two people who have found the world's best browser by far.

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (2)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380182)

No they wont. Apple won't lose shit.
Their fanboys do not care. They want it white and cool looking.
They do not want a battery they can change. They do not want choice. They do not want flash, or anything else.
They want it to have an Apple on the case. They want an "i" something. As long as it meats those criteria Apple will still have the consumers that it dose currently have.

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380210)

And yet, since it is Apple doing this, and not the big evil Microsoft, the Slashdot Community will turn a blind eye and wave this flagrantly monopolistic garbage aside.

Re:This is embarrassing for Apple (3, Insightful)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380268)

Scroll up. See all those comments condemning Apple?

Because of the icon (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379796)

It is one of the nasty orifices.

17th post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379800)

Darn, I knew I should've waited until I was a few minutes older before posting this comment.

No big deal (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379802)

The app allows you to access mature content. Apple does this across the board. - j

Then Safari should have the same warning! (2, Insightful)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379852)

The app allows you to access mature content. Apple does this across the board. - j

Then Safari should show a warning at some point too.

I usually like Apple stuff, but this move on Apple's part is just pathetic.

Re:Then Safari should have the same warning! (2)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380260)

The app allows you to access mature content. Apple does this across the board. - j

Then Safari should show a warning at some point too.

But Safari is installed by default, and a vital part of your iThingy. It's different. Really.

Re:Then Safari should have the same warning! (4, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380474)

Safari respects Apple's Parental Control system. Opera does not. Therefore, Safari does not require a warning since parents can lock it down if they choose, Opera cannot be locked down using any Apple controls so Apple has to warn parents that it falls outside of the "safe zone" and can be used to access porn no matter what Parental Controls are set for the iDevice.

Re:Then Safari should have the same warning! (2)

neko the frog (94213) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380498)

There's an option in the parental controls to disable/password-protect Safari/Youtube etc altogether. With Opera/Atomic/iCab/etc you get a single dialog that you snicker at while tapping "ok," after which there's no restrictions. So in that sense, Apple locks their own apps down tighter than Opera.

This is a pretty silly story.

Re:No big deal (1)

fredmosby (545378) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379872)

Except of coarse with Safari.

Re:No big deal (1)

Issarlk (1429361) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380176)

Safari probably benefits from Job's reality distortion field. Porn isn't really porn when you watch it through Safari.

Re:No big deal (2)

Whalou (721698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380206)

Safari porn sounds dirtier than Opera porn.

Re:No big deal (3, Interesting)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380330)

Speaking of which, where is all the dirty dirty Android pr0n Steve Jobs promised me? The best I can find on the Android Market is some Kama Sutra DB with stick figures.

Re:No big deal (5, Interesting)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380306)

It's subjective. In a debate on the matter, I once posted an image featuring not just a naked woman, but provocative posing and implied bestiality with a swan. Draw that today, it'd be called porn. But this painting was drawn by no less than Leonado da Vinci, and obviously someone so famous would never draw porn. Therefore it can't be porn.

Really (4, Funny)

Rizimar (1986164) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379806)

"Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features."

And right around the time when those kids turn of-age, the other browsers will finally be implementing all of those features

How many 17 years olds (1)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379810)

do you know who would even want to go to the opera?

Oops - guess I should have RTFA properly first.

Maybe they think I'll do someting naughty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379812)

Like download Pr0n of the Phantom Lady.

Illegal in many places (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379824)

Last night couple of teenagers approached me near a liquor store and asked me if they could use my Opera.

Re:Illegal in many places (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380194)

You better stay more than 200 yards away from any school or playground

Re:Illegal in many places (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380380)

(whispers)

Her kid, you want Opera? It comes installed for free on half of VirginMobile's phones. Go check it out and tell all your friends.

Re:Illegal in many places (0)

deniable (76198) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380520)

It's also on every Wii and they're definitely not for children.

FUD? (4, Informative)

puppyfox (833883) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379844)

Seems FUD, I downloaded other Safari-based browsers and they give a warning since you can get to adult content via the browser. I'm over 17, but I just had to say "OK" in the message box to proceed, Seems pretty reasonable...

Re:FUD? (3, Insightful)

Dalzhim (1588707) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379880)

Why then don't I need to be 17 to get myself an iPod and use Safari which presents the same exact risks?

Re:FUD? (1)

puppyfox (833883) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379930)

Yes they have double standards, they are only protecting you from "other" apps, My point is the verification seems already in place, why is this news just for Opera?

Re:FUD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380452)

Yes they have double standards, they are only protecting you from "other" apps, My point is the verification seems already in place, why is this news just for Opera?

It both amuses and saddens me how the concept of "protecting you from other apps" is treated as nothing more than an accepted handwavey justification for the problem.

Re:FUD? (5, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380526)

Because Apple's implementation of Safari respects Apple's Parental Controls, so if your parents bought you one they could (if they wanted to) lock you own of porn by using well-documented settings on the device.

Opera and many other browsers do not respect those controls, therefore Apple cannot prevent you from seeing porn, and they have to let Mom and Dad know that so they don't run afoul of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) and get in trouble.

It's all about how us adults like to fool ourselves that we can somehow protect you from things that occur in nature. So stop looking at porn and go watch a violent kiddie cartoon like a good little boy.

Re:FUD? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379922)

Yes, it is FUD. Especially since you have a safari browser installed by default, and by that logic, you already must be 17, and therefore should not need another warning. Corporations like Apple are experts at FUD.

Re:FUD? (0)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380162)

Yes, but by making you lie about your age you are damning your eternal soul, now it's lying about your age, tomorrow? Downloading music. The day after tomorrow? Robbing liqueur stores , and god only knows what comes later....

Re:FUD? (1)

Macthorpe (960048) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380382)

Selling crack, and running over schoolkids with your car?

Re:FUD? (1)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380536)

THINK OF THE CHILDREN

Opera is so cool (5, Insightful)

Bovius (1243040) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379848)

After reading this, I just want to go shake Jan Standal's hand. It's not often you see a a suit invert a rival's rhetoric against them so pointedly and humorously. Usually it's all serious business, especially, you know, with the internet.

Re:Opera is so cool (4, Interesting)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379896)

He's Norwegian. Norwegian leaders frequently aren't suits, but work the floor, is on first name with everyone regardless of rank, and pretty much get a whole lot more respect than the typical American boss.

(Yes, there are exceptions both ways)

Re:Opera is so cool (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380136)

Another slashdot America hater, hard to believe.

Re:Opera is so cool (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380312)

Depends heavily on the size of the company. Opera however is fairly small.

Re:Opera is so cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380370)

Google the Swedish Chef edition of Opera. BORK! BORK BORK BORK! Those guys are nothing if not humorous.

I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (1, Insightful)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379856)

if i say, at this point, that Apple has become a rather villainous, control whore.

its there ANY possible conclusion that anyone can draw from the endless tally of such 'incidents' from apple in the last two years ? word incident is in quotes - because after this many incidents one could logically conclude that these are not 'incidents' but company policy.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379940)

It makes sense for Apple to do this. Opera crashes fairly often and younger kids may not know how to handle it. It requires a certain amount of experience to handle these situations and recognize that some applications are just poorly written.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380188)

When's the last time you've used Opera? It's the most stable program on my computer.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (1)

Swarley (1795754) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380540)

Says the guy who hasn't used Opera in over 3 years.

Seriously. I don't even get where all this Opera hate comes from. It's always had more features than the other browsers. Since Opera 9 it's been extremely stable and since 10.5 it's been one of the fastest performing browsers in most benchmarks.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379960)

That their app store is a large, bumbling bureaucracy?

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (1)

MareLooke (1003332) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379982)

Apple always has been, it's just that nowadays they suddenly have the market leverage to actually act upon it.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (1)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380204)

...again.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (0, Flamebait)

DJRumpy (1345787) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380022)

Yes, because clicking 'OK' is beyond belief. They don't prevent you from downloading it, but they do warn you that it can access adult content. As a parent who might want to control what my children can access, I would appreciate that option (and yes it is optional).

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (2)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380186)

Yes, because clicking 'OK' is beyond belief.

Lying is a sin! They're leading you into Satan's lap!

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (4, Insightful)

antientropic (447787) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380034)

if i say, at this point, that Apple has become a rather villainous, control whore.

Nonsense.

They always were control whores.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (2)

getNewNickName (980625) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380044)

Opera ignores the parental controls in OS X. I would say that warrants some type of warning. I arrived at this conclusion immediately after seeing the 17+ label.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (4, Insightful)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380400)

And this is the whole point.

1. There are parental controls in iOS. Including for Safari. Thus no need for a warning.
2. Opera ignores these parental controls.
3. Apple gives a warning because of #2.

There is no one-sided-ness. No overt control for a competitor. Just trying to be more consistent - parental control or warning. And ironically, after being tarred and feathered for being one sided, when they're more consistent, there's even more whinging.

In the bigger picture, most kids are given sex-ed at around 10...America thinks they have to wait 7 more years for better pictures.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380128)

because after this many incidents one could logically conclude that these are not 'incidents' but company policy.

Perhaps you should have realized that when they launched the app store that it was company policy.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380134)

Hush, don't tell the hipsters. They still think that using Apple is a symbol of individuality, creativity, and rebellion. Just look at how many douchebags you can find on YouTube looking into their MacBook cameras ranting about the evils of capitalism.

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380374)

now thats a sweet paradox...

Hang on. (1)

Kc_spot (1677970) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380242)

Isn't Google trying to take over the world? Apple is mucking it all up!

Re:I wonder what will Apple fanbois will say (1)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380514)

This is where I start to object to the overuse of "whore". You can't be a "control whore", because then you would be selling your authority to whomever would pay.
Also, please show more respect to whores by not comparing them to Apple's business practices.

Parental Controls (5, Informative)

inpher (1788434) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379866)

It is because Safari has hooks into Parental Controls and Opera has not, therefore Opera gets the 17 years old limit.

Re:Parental Controls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380132)

Parental controls creates a proxy that ALL network traffic goes through. WHen running firefox, it goes through this proxy too. How does Opera get around this?

Re:Parental Controls (3, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380314)

I'd assume so. Opera Mini (which appears to be the version Opera is selling) has a major selling point in that all page requests go through Opera's own proxies. Opera's proxies do a lot of the heavy lifting (Javascript, etc) and present the web page as a compressed image-and-text to the phone, meaning you use a LOT less of your monthly allotment of data and a LOT less processing power on your phone to render the web pages.

The downside is that, simply put, your phone is only connecting to Opera's proxies (the other downside is that Opera gets to see everything you send and receive, and I don't think SSL encryption works to protect your data from Opera's proxies, and you thought Google paranoia was bad!).

From Apple's point of view, they can't implement parental controls in Opera, because you never connect to any porn sites when surfing porn. You connect to Opera's proxy.

So Apple has to acknowledge (since they've set up an environment that they claim is "child-safe") that they cannot stop porn on Opera, and therefore Opera operates outside the "safe zone".

Don't worry, your kids can still download all the cartoon violence they want. So your values are safe!

Re:Parental Controls (1)

inpher (1788434) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380450)

Exactly. Though you appear to be talking about parental Controls in iOS (Opera Mini), the same principle applies to Mac App Store and Mac OS X.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380532)

So your values are safe!

oh thank God! Now I can rest easy. Well it's time to warm up the minivan (it's a brisk 51 F outside!) then go pick up Jonnie from soccer practice and Tiffany from ballet. We're going to go see Saw VIII after picking up a quick dinner at McDonalds. Do you happen to know if there is any nudity in Saw VIII? I don't want to harm my precious kids' minds. Now where did I put that Spongebob DVD for the van's dvd player.... Ah! here it is, under the bill for the second mortgage

Re:Parental Controls (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380510)

How does the parental control check the content coming from Opera's proxy server? The entire reason why Opera Mini is so fast, is that all traffic passes through Opera's servers that clean, compress and otherwise preprocess it.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

mac84 (971323) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380336)

So evil Apple is not so evil after all? I cannot believe that

iOS Web Browsers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379876)

They all say that. Not just opera. All web browser on iOS are labeled that.

The opera guys are class acts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379886)

Those Opera guys really are class acts. When their competition tries to screw them over, the respond by pointing out how foolish that act was.

Remember when Microsoft was special casing their site to perform poorly with Opera? And Opera responded by translating that page into Swedish Chef?

Good guys.

Firefox Home As Well (1)

Jesterace (914041) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379892)

They also state the same thing for Firefox Home as well on iOS. Though I think the age on that is 18+ I can't remember exactly what it said the last time I updated it.

Apple on damage control (0)

Saint Gerbil (1155665) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379900)

Given the bad press that Apple received from their anti-competitive behaviour over browsers.
You would have thought that they would have taken more care and attention than this, or maybe they did.

Seriously disappointing (1, Offtopic)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379938)

Opera on iOS is a serious disappointment, to the point where it's hard to take them seriously as a software development company.

Whome do (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380154)

>it's hard to take them seriously as a software development company.

The developers of Opera or of iOS? Whom do you blame for your disappointment?

I had to remove it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35379952)

I work for a fortune 500 company and develop websites for them. A few years back I installed Opera to check it out and see if our stuff would display well. At that time they had some advertising at the top if you didn't pay. I was just testing the waters so I downloaded. The first ad that came up was for a swimsuit calendar. I deleted the app and never installed it again...

Good decision. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380018)

Those "swimsuit calendars" can lead to a sinful lifestyle, including masturbation.

non-story (5, Informative)

ItsIllak (95786) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379954)

All apps that have unfettered access to the Internet have the 17+ nag screen. Browsers, RSS readers... This isn't a story, this is Apple bashing.

Re:non-story (2, Insightful)

ebcdic (39948) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379990)

Apple deserve bashing for this. And it is a story; it shows the absurdity of their policies.

Re:non-story (0)

alexhs (877055) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380198)

And it is a story; it shows the absurdity of their policies.

I thought that it was showing the absurdity of the american society.

Apple deserve bashing for this.

Are Apple also somehow deserving bashing for Janet Jackson [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:non-story (5, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380408)

Apple has created an environment they can claim is kid-safe. They have a Safari browser that you can enable parental controls on, and (in theory) keep your kids away from looking at melons and sausages and keep them looking at cartoon violence like God intended.

Opera is not "hooked in" to that control. Opera Mini runs proxy servers direct back to Opera and all content is routed through there (to save you on bandwidth and phone battery when rendering complex sites). Apple cannot be made aware of what sites your kids might be accessing, and cannot keep them away from porn and other sites you might find undesirable for them to see.

Therefore, since Opera is not subject to the Apple Parental Control system and can be used to view porn even if Parental Controls are turned on, it has to be marked as such or Apple gets kicked out of the COPA Cabana (*).

(*) The most boring spot north of Havana.

Re:non-story (1)

RavenChild (854835) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380324)

The video player can be used for porn, Safari can be used for porn. If that is their policy, then shouldn't you get a 17+ warning the second you start your iProduct?

Re:non-story (1)

LoganDzwon (1170459) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380522)

because safari obeys parental controls the parents might have set-up on the device before giving it to their children. You know... that whole being a parent thing...

Re:non-story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380358)

Really? Safari has unfettered access so why is it that when I do an update of Safari I don't get a warning but then I update Firefox Home (and now Opera) I get the "You must be 17+ to update this app" warning? I think that is the point of the article. So no, it's not Apple bashing when Apple treats their product one way and the exact same type product another way. In the immortal words of the "witch" in the Holy Grail, "It's a fair cop".

So as soon as you forbid it (4, Insightful)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35379970)

The more 17- kids will want it. Doing something forbidden is always more fun! But the kids will get bored of it soon, and say, "What was the big deal about this app?"

Re:So as soon as you forbid it (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380192)

And then they figure that since Opera was ok, the other apps were overhyped as well. Before you know it, they have cracked their iPhone and are at an alternative app store, having unprotected downloads and sharing files filled with viruses.

Opera, the gateway app.

Same for all browsers... (1)

toupsz (882584) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380002)

iCabMobile has had this same warning ever since I bought it and it's just an alternate interface to WebKit.

And Safari is different how? (-1, Redundant)

santiagodraco (1254708) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380026)

I'd really like to know how Safari manages to be usable without requiring you to "confirm" your age every time you launch it.

Re:And Safari is different how? (0)

Trolan (42526) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380054)

Because it pays attention to the Parental policies.

Was hoping for a good alternative... (1)

Vidar Leathershod (41663) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380122)

I just tried it. The warning doesn't bother me. Just a cover-your-butt type of thing since you can get to naughty sites with it. I was disappointed, though, to see it was far less cool that regular Opera. Also, visually unappealing. Went to Slashdot, front page items were off the edge, had to move back and forth because it doesn't seem to allow pinch/zoom? Hopefully they will polish it up a bit.

A step in the right direction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380150)

This should be a requirement for all browser downloads period. Keep them damn kids off my internet!

FATHER FRAKKING SONS OF WITCHES (1, Funny)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380214)

I've been patient with Apple up to this point, despite their heavy-handedness.

But this is the last straw. This is not merely an error, but an ANTI-COMPETITIVE AND therefore ILLEGAL practice designed to harm the Opera company. Maybe the US DOJ should leave MPEG alone and sue Apple Store instead.

Nah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380354)

They can do both.

makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380280)

As Apple presents a managed computing experience for their users, ala training wheels on a bike, it makes sense that they would protect their ignorati from themselves. Consistent with their policy on porn. The real fear is if their people figure out they can get a lot of the stuff they pay apple for can be got for free on the net. Opera... thin edge of the wadge

It's good marketing

In Apple's Defense.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35380500)

Wasn't Steve Jobs on record in the past saying that "if you want p*rn, buy Android" (or something to that extent)
Maybe Apple have just evolved this idea and are labelling all non-Apple products as p*rn-gateways? Or otherwise registering them as explicit content to let the publisher's know: "your portal for illicit material is being tolerated with this tag- if you further press us on removing the tag we will do so, but your App will also be gone with it"

Do Apple make sure their resellers sell Macs & iPhones & iPads, and other products, only to people over 17?
No, i highly doubt it-

On the Wii (2)

hort_wort (1401963) | more than 3 years ago | (#35380506)

The browser for the Wii is Opera-based.... I wonder if the "videogames are evil' people will jump on this?

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