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Fake Apple Stores Mushrooming In China

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the knock-off-business dept.

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siliconbits writes "A new worrying phenomenon has cropped up in China and Apple has been its first victim; meet the first fake Apple Stores, entire buildings that have been designed to look like the real ones. Chinese companies have long been known for being master copiers but this takes the concept of plagiarism and copying to a whole new level. As expected, everything, from the architecture of the building, the colour of the paint, to the products, the T-shirt worn by the staff down to the logo and the badge design come from Cupertino."

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241 comments

Incoming Bad Taste Wrong Ethnicity Joke (3, Funny)

cosm (1072588) | about 3 years ago | (#36825608)

Rill somebody prease crawl da Genrioses!

Re:Incoming Bad Taste Wrong Ethnicity Joke (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 3 years ago | (#36825712)

I always look for the Inter Inside sticker

Re:Incoming Bad Taste Wrong Ethnicity Joke (0, Troll)

need4mospd (1146215) | about 3 years ago | (#36825816)

That's just wrong...

Rearry, rearry wrong.

Re:Incoming Bad Taste Wrong Ethnicity Joke (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826112)

Aw Apple stoaws all rook rike same.

Name (4, Funny)

Rewind (138843) | about 3 years ago | (#36825650)

Can the fakes be spotted by looking for the R in Appre?

Re:Name (2)

Ruke (857276) | about 3 years ago | (#36825834)

No, but I did find the "Stoer" a bit suspicious...

Re:Name (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825936)

That's Japanese, you ignoramus. Chinese has distinct "r" and "l" sounds.

Re:Name (1)

koreaman (835838) | about 3 years ago | (#36826090)

But the 'r' can only be found in a restricted set of syllables (at least in Mandarin, I have no idea about the other languages of China), so Chinese people still substitute 'l' for 'r' when speaking English. Perhaps less often than Japanese people do; I wouldn't know.

Re:Name (3, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 3 years ago | (#36826176)

STFU, pedantic asshore.

Re:Name (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | about 3 years ago | (#36826274)

Ooh nice rebuttal ;)

Re:Name (1)

gorzek (647352) | about 3 years ago | (#36826338)

Rebuttar?

Re:Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826174)

Last time I was over there it was "Appo"

Re:Name (1)

omnichad (1198475) | about 3 years ago | (#36826184)

I think Apple Stole sounds more like it.

Yep.. plagiarism is bad (0)

mozumder (178398) | about 3 years ago | (#36825654)

kinda like the article summary

Re:Yep.. plagiarism is bad (1)

snowraver1 (1052510) | about 3 years ago | (#36825674)

You must be new here... I don't think that, aside from Ask /. and the book reviews, I have ever seen a non-plagiarised summary.

Re:Yep.. plagiarism is bad (1)

grub (11606) | about 3 years ago | (#36825784)


I don't think that, aside from Ask /. and the book reviews, I have ever seen a non-plagiarised summary.

That's how they keep their spelling mistake and typo counts down.

Re:Yep.. plagiarism is bad (2)

localman57 (1340533) | about 3 years ago | (#36825788)

And even the Ask /. section copies the same "What's the best way to store my digital photos for the next 2000 years?" question every 2 months since it was first posted in like 2002.

Re:Yep.. plagiarism is bad (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 3 years ago | (#36825924)

Even better is that half the replies still tell the person to use floppy disks.

Re:Yep.. plagiarism is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825728)

Is it? Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, I was told. This isn't just plagiarism though, it's "impersonation" (trademark infringement).

Not new but still worrisome... (4, Informative)

grub (11606) | about 3 years ago | (#36825682)


In 2006 NEC found that a group in China had cloned the NEC corporation [nytimes.com] . They had factories, office buildings, stationary... the whole nine yards.

They were even receiving royalty payments.

Re:Not new but still worrisome... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825740)

There's one difference between that and this:

This is one single piddly country crossing the Cult of Steve.

Expect a single, buttonless, brushed-steel smoldering iCrater across Asia, while white-earbud-wearing acolytes swoop in to seal the land.

Re:Not new but still worrisome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825802)

There's one difference between that and this:

This is one single piddly country crossing the Cult of Steve.

Expect a single, buttonless, brushed-steel smoldering iCrater across Asia, while white-earbud-wearing acolytes swoop in to seal the land.

QFT.

Re:Not new but still worrisome... (2)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#36826224)

The government will shut these places down as soon as Apple calls them up and says "So, do you like us producing all of our products at Hon Hai?"

Re:Not new but still worrisome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826406)

Sooner or later Apple will jump to other countries to make their products. As China gets wealthier, the more Apple has to pay to make their toys. India will be looking on very closely. US corporation have zero loyalty to any country, they'll be gone in a shot as soon as a cheaper alternative is available. China's massive economy wouldn't notice if Apple took all their manufacturing elsewhere tomorrow. Other than perhaps a drop in related deaths.

Re:Not new but still worrisome... (2)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#36826452)

So what you're saying is that China would not care one iota about losing one of the world's largest PC hardware manufacturers, maybe the largest single manufacturer of hardware in the country? They would not care at all about losing them to shadebone counterfeiting operations that give them no taste at all? Communist China would not notice the phenomenal loss of revenue Apple generates for them?

I think someone needs to take your little red book away...

Re:Not new but still worrisome... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826464)

You say that like China really cares. They have plenty of other business and companies produce their goods in China for a reason, it's really cheap and easy. What's more, they already practically OWN several countries. Who needs Apple when you can get the entire country it was founded in?

Besides, they already have the tech. Heck, can you even really call it a "fake" or "knockoff?" Might very well be made alongside the legit ones. This is what happens when you produce your stuff on countries that don't really care about rights.

how do I set this up in uza? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826084)

I want to set up a phoney appre stoer in the uza. I want to subscribe to your newsletter. thanks, Gilmore Trout

Just scratching the surface on China ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826092)

You are just scratching the surface, check out the video describing the book: http://www.amazon.com/Death-China-Confronting-Dragon-Global/dp/0132180235

I am not worried (5, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 3 years ago | (#36825704)

Worrying phenomenon for who? Not for me, for you? No? Then it ain't worrying. A new famine looms in Africa, China swears to brutally surpres discent in Tibet, hundreds are tortured and/or killed in Syria, the western world is embroiled in a near global war now and I am supposed to be worried about some stores in China that might mean Steve Jobs income is a few dollars lower? He didn't worry much about all the loss in income to westerners when he outsourced all production to China but I am supposed to worry when what everybody warned would happen (what is produced in China is copied in China) is happening?

Tell it to the marines, cry me a river, talk to the hand because the face ain't listening. I could go on but that might show I cared. Which I don't.

Cue Apple fanboys defending their gadgets being produced in slave labor camps with reaganomics.

Re:I am not worried (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825836)

Worrying phenomenon for who? Not for me, for you? No? Then it ain't worrying. A new famine looms in Africa, China swears to brutally surpres discent in Tibet, hundreds are tortured and/or killed in Syria, the western world is embroiled in a near global war now and I am supposed to be worried about some stores in China that might mean Steve Jobs income is a few dollars lower? He didn't worry much about all the loss in income to westerners when he outsourced all production to China but I am supposed to worry when what everybody warned would happen (what is produced in China is copied in China) is happening?

Tell it to the marines, cry me a river, talk to the hand because the face ain't listening. I could go on but that might show I cared. Which I don't.

Cue Apple fanboys defending their gadgets being produced in slave labor camps with reaganomics.

jesus dude, calm down. I don't think anyone is saying this is some horrible world changing catastrophe.

Re:I am not worried (1)

halivar (535827) | about 3 years ago | (#36825914)

Oh yeah? Today the Chinese are cloning Apple products. Tomorrow they are cloning the world.

Re:I am not worried (1)

gorzek (647352) | about 3 years ago | (#36826432)

That will certainly help alleviate their population problem.

(Well, that and their utterly fucked-up population pyramid and massive gender imbalance.)

Re:I am not worried (2)

0123456 (636235) | about 3 years ago | (#36825962)

I don't think anyone is saying this is some horrible world changing catastrophe.

I'm guessing Steve Jobs is.

Re:I am not worried (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 3 years ago | (#36825854)

That was jimmy carter-o-nomics that snubbed taiwan to open trade with China.

Re:I am not worried (2)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#36825906)

Its funny when they clone an apple store to the tiniest detail. Not so funny when they get around to cloning a vaccine manufacturer, or any other pharmaceutical, except skipping that expensive testing part.

Re:I am not worried (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about 3 years ago | (#36826296)

You think this has not already happened?
Just look at the H1N1 vaccine that was released in 1/4 the time it usually takes. Testing is just overhead anyway. (I skipped the vaccine, came down with H1N1, and then got better.)

Re:I am not worried (2)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 3 years ago | (#36826466)

Or substituting melamine or lead for the more expensive actual ingredients.

Re:I am not worried (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 3 years ago | (#36826568)

if they clone the vaccine factory 1:1, they don't need to do testing, that particular vaccine is already tested. you're going to tell them that they can't produce vaccine?
 
did these guys know they were cloning a specific brand though and not just a generic cool store? what hw are they selling, that's the point. shouldn't give a rats ass about what architecture they thought was cool. that's where american culture export is failing nowadays, trying very hard to promote things but then slapping people when they reach for the same things they see in the movies. this isn't by the way a counter effect of moving production to china, it's about counter effect of convincing enough people there that the genious stores are cool.

Re:I am not worried (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825982)

How about the fact your reading a poor imitation of the actual post. Compare: "pictures of what looks like an Apple store but is in reality a completely genuine rip-off; *the author of the post also confirms that the store was torn down and replaced by a bank* vs. what was actually said: "we went back to this store 5 days later and couldn’t find it, having overshot by two blocks, I seriously thought that it had simply been torn down and replaced with a bank in the meantime – hey, it’s China. That could happen."

Re:I am not worried (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | about 3 years ago | (#36826066)

Yeah, this tests pretty low on my 'give-a-fuck-ometer' as well.

You move your entire production to the counterfeiting and piracy capitol of the world to increase your profit margins and this is what happens. Too bad, so sad.

Re:I am not worried (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826094)

Exactly! None of y'all basement breaders have any right to look at or comment on any topics that aren't life or death related. Get your ass in gear and talk about Somalia or something!

Re:I am not worried (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826236)

This is serious Apple is a big $$ and anything that threatens big $$ also threatens the economy. Any threat to the economy is a threat to EVERYONE. It's imperitive that we do everything necessary to protect the economy.

Re:I am not worried (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 3 years ago | (#36826418)

I agree. Apple should take the lead, by moving production of their electronics to the US. We need the jobs.

If Apple isn't going to bother to help our economy, then I don't give a shit who rips them off. They sowed the field, now they get to reap it.

Not worried at all (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 3 years ago | (#36825706)

Steve will just put higher walls around his garden.

Re:Not worried at all (1)

Annirak (181684) | about 3 years ago | (#36825746)

If he keeps building that wall higher, eventually no one will be able to get in. Then it will be torn down by androids.

Say what??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825708)

Worrying to whom?

Art installation? (2)

enilnomi (797821) | about 3 years ago | (#36825716)

Maybe someone didn't get the memo -- after you build a NuPenny store [boingboing.net] you're not supposed to open the doors ;-)

Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825720)

Chinese copy something in order to turn a profit. Story at 11.

Take it from a Chinese person... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825722)

I have yet to mention a fellow Chinese (or other Asian) that would be considered highly honest or to have high integrity by western cultural standards. Not to say that there are none.

Re:Take it from a Chinese person... (1)

cosm (1072588) | about 3 years ago | (#36825748)

Do you mean 'yet to meet'?

What about fake superiority complex? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825778)

If you buy from the fake store- do you still get the fake snobby superiority complex most apple owners have?

mod djowN (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825818)

code.' Don't DyingE. All major

ObZen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825840)

Am I an American in a fake Apple store, or am I a Chinese imagining I'm an American in a real Apple store?

Followed by, If real Apple products are made in China, are the real Apple stores fake or are the fake Apple stores real?

Re:ObZen (1)

seven of five (578993) | about 3 years ago | (#36825910)

The fake Apple stores are really fake.

Re:ObZen (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | about 3 years ago | (#36826122)

But do they sell actual apples or do they sell tech gear.

CEO (3, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 3 years ago | (#36825866)

Is the CEO of the Fake Apple Stores Fake Steve Jobs? [fakesteve.net]

Re:CEO (1)

cosm (1072588) | about 3 years ago | (#36825894)

Is the stock ticker for fake Apple APPR?

Re:CEO (1)

powerlord (28156) | about 3 years ago | (#36825992)

Is the stock ticker for fake Apple APPR?

I think you mean AAPR

( incidentally AAPR is apparently the ticker symbol for Alcoa who make aluminum )

Re:CEO (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | about 3 years ago | (#36826140)

You could make a computer outa' aluminium.

Limitations of imitations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825870)

I bet their geniuses are fake...

gosh (-1, Flamebait)

Presto Vivace (882157) | about 3 years ago | (#36825882)

it is so surprising that a company with a horrible record on labor conditions also has a horrible record on enforcing business law.

Modern cargo cult? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825884)

Decades ago, when military groups landed in places unfamiliar with airplanes and other technologies, groups would form with mocked up crude simulations of the things they saw. From imitating outfits, things they carried, etc. These people knew they wanted the same things these strangers had, and this was the best way they knew how to get to something like what they had. They just didn't have any grasp on the steps really needed to get there.

The difference is that many folks in China do know how to get there... but they also understand realistically they can't provide the same things with the tools they have so far. But mimicking is still the most logical path under the circumstances - provide what they can, and use the income to grow to make that mimicry reality, like most emerging economies playing catch-up end up doing.

Re:Modern cargo cult? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826138)

Calgo curts

FTFY

Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (5, Insightful)

Nanosphere (1867972) | about 3 years ago | (#36825892)

Congrats giant corporations, maybe now you will see the dark side of outsourcing to a country like China. You fight so hard to acquire and defend patents and trademarks in the US, but guess what? The country you put all your manufacturing in doesn't care. And China has a growing economy unlike the US, so look at all that money you're losing! So you have a few choices: - Move manufacturing back to the US, where you can enforce your patent and trademark claims. - Give up the patent and trademark system and learn to make money without having a monopoly. - Keep losing money.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

farnsworth (558449) | about 3 years ago | (#36826088)

maybe now you will see the dark side of outsourcing to a country like China.

What does the place of manufacture have anything to do with fake retail stores? Wouldn't this be just as news-worthy if this was happening in Latvia?

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

slshwtw (1903272) | about 3 years ago | (#36826134)

maybe now you will see the dark side of outsourcing to a country like China.

What does the place of manufacture have anything to do with fake retail stores? Wouldn't this be just as news-worthy if this was happening in Latvia?

Presumably the cost of surreptitiously acquiring the merchandise for unauthorized resale is much easier when it is manufactured in the same country, particularly if that country is known to be a relative safe haven for dubious business practices conducted at the expense of Western interests.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

sribe (304414) | about 3 years ago | (#36826210)

Presumably the cost of surreptitiously acquiring the merchandise for unauthorized resale is much easier when it is manufactured in the same country, particularly if that country is known to be a relative safe haven for dubious business practices conducted at the expense of Western interests.

Why are you assuming that the fake store is selling the real products? If the fake store is selling counterfeit products, then it really doesn't have anything to do with offshoring.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

slshwtw (1903272) | about 3 years ago | (#36826380)

Why are you assuming that the fake store is selling the real products?

Why are you assuming they're not?

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

0123456 (636235) | about 3 years ago | (#36826420)

Why are you assuming that the fake store is selling the real products? If the fake store is selling counterfeit products, then it really doesn't have anything to do with offshoring.

Makng fake iPods probably costs more than buying real ones from the factory owner.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826428)

Umm Duh, How did they learn how to make the knock offs? From outsourcing, I know what site this is but come on how stupid are you people. Outsourcing moved whole factories and technology over to China and other countries, before that China could barely make anything. Now they have the know how, tooling and technology without all the RandD.

Get it? Probably not!

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 3 years ago | (#36826536)

If the fake store is selling counterfeit products, then it really doesn't have anything to do with offshoring.

There is a market in China for tech schematics and other trade secrets. Companies in China do have Apple's schematics for their devices, so it's entirely possible that someone acquired those schematics, analyzed them to figure out which things they might be able to swap out for cheaper parts, and produced something that looks and acts real enough to sell. It might not be the same thing Apple is selling, but it's still based on Apple's schematics that they sent to their manufacturers in that country. In other words, it has everything to do with outsourcing.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 3 years ago | (#36826496)

Wouldn't this be just as news-worthy if this was happening in Latvia?

Maybe so, but how about this: why is this happening in China and not Latvia? Do you think it's just a coincidence that the devices also happen to be made in China?

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

Threni (635302) | about 3 years ago | (#36826544)

It would be more news worthy, because you'd expect the authorities to do something about it there. In China it's just another 'meh'.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826282)

The US has a growing economy too idiot. So not one item was manufactured in China they couldn't copy their trademarks?

Why don't you just admit you hate chinks?

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826294)

I love how every anti-corporation comment these days gets a 5

How would moving manufacturing in the U.S prevent someone from making a ripoff of their store? It wouldn't. They could still fill the store with stolen/fake products even if apple had nothing to do with China. In fact, apples base of operations is completely irrelevant to where counterfeit stores can/will spawn. It will depend on the countries economic condition. Like you said china's economy is growing so theres going to be schemers trying to profit off of a internationally recognized brand. As far as the argument goes that they have better access to the product since its manufactured in their homeland doesn't entirely hold up, since we don't know weather or not they are even selling the real deal.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (1)

0123456 (636235) | about 3 years ago | (#36826470)

They could still fill the store with stolen/fake products even if apple had nothing to do with China.

Where has anyone said that they're selling fake Apple products?

There's a big difference between making your own MP3 player with an iPod label on the front and going to the iPod factory and buying them in bulk from the owner without telling Apple. The former could be done anywhere, the latter is vastly easier if the factory is in the country where you plan to sell them.

Re:Not so hidden cost of outsourcing (4, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | about 3 years ago | (#36826298)

Yes, because nobody's seen a fake rolex since it's manufactured in Switzerland. Sure, manufacturing makes it easier to get blueprints, machinery, parts, make extra production runs and so on but China will continue to imitate, even if you bring the production home. You'll never be able to sell to China as long as they continue to ignore IP law. They might give it lip service from time to time but on the whole they know ignoring it is good for their economy.

T Shirt and Badge Design (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | about 3 years ago | (#36825940)

So Apple actually exported something to China? I'm impressed!

Link goes to article that links to real story (1)

tys90 (1123511) | about 3 years ago | (#36825958)

And the article says the store was torn down and replaced by a bank. The real story says that when they returned 5 days later, they overshot the fake apple store by two blocks and the author jokingly says he thought it was replaced by a bank in that short amount of time. Which was just an exaggeration on how fast things change there. They then found the fake apple store and took pictures.

They've already copied an entire town (3, Interesting)

bizso09 (1695798) | about 3 years ago | (#36825968)

I don't think this takes their copying to a whole new level. They've already copied an entire city [bbc.co.uk] called Hallstatt in Austria. They've built the same houses, same streets. Compared to that, copying an Apple store is nothing remarkable.

Re:They've already copied an entire town (1)

will_die (586523) | about 3 years ago | (#36826330)

Wonder if they will replace the skulls with plaster replicas or if they got real bones.

You smell that? (3, Insightful)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 3 years ago | (#36825970)

It smells like...Karma.

Re:You smell that? (3, Funny)

royallthefourth (1564389) | about 3 years ago | (#36826566)

Yes, now Apple knows how Xerox feels.

No joke about copying intended there...

Typical (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36825984)

The Chinese are like a hive of insects. They create nothing original. They are a mindless horde of ripoff artists and con men.
China is an entire nation built on grift. Bribery is the norm for doing business in China. We should have nuked them when
General MacArthur [wordpress.com] had the chance.

Apple should be happy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826024)

...isn't imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

"Highest revenue of 323 Apple stores worldwide" (1, Insightful)

Hermanas (1665329) | about 3 years ago | (#36826042)

The firm has only four stores in China, two in Beijing and two in Shanghai; these four stores in China have generated on average the highest traffic and highest revenue of any of the 323 Apple stores worldwide according to a statement by the Chief Financial Officer peter Oppenheimer back in January.

I know revenue isn't everything, but maybe Apple should be learning something from these guys, and not the other way round...

when you don't pay for software or maybe hardware (2)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 3 years ago | (#36826118)

when you don't pay for software or maybe hardware then it's easy to high revenue.

Re:"Highest revenue of 323 Apple stores worldwide" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826344)

Ummm.... You do realize the four stores they're referring to are the REAL apple stores, right?

I was under the impression this is a third party (1)

Shivetya (243324) | about 3 years ago | (#36826116)

reseller which is similar to a setup in Singapore.

After all, unless they are selling copies of Apple products where is the money? They would have to jack up the prices.

Duped workers? (1)

OS2toMAC (1327679) | about 3 years ago | (#36826126)

The interesting thing I read was that the workers of the fake stores thought that they were actually Apple employees. That calls into question their "Genius Bar".

Please link to the original (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826222)

The link supplied is not the original story, and even gets it wrong. (The store was not torn down.)

Original link: http://birdabroad.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/are-you-listening-steve-jobs/

Mod parent up (1)

Lieutenant_Dan (583843) | about 3 years ago | (#36826574)

Linking to someone's blog to generate ad revenue happens too often around here.

Seriously, do editors even read the story and figure out that the real story is one link beyond?

Why is this worrying? (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about 3 years ago | (#36826226)

Why is this worrying? I really don't see the issue.

Let them use GPL software instead.

That's the sad part (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | about 3 years ago | (#36826442)

Just imagine how FLOSS would flourish if the people bootlegging proprietary products were applying their resourcefulness to developing FLOSS, to the benefit of all.

Re:Why is this worrying? (1)

pakar (813627) | about 3 years ago | (#36826552)

They do... they ignore the GPL licenses the same way they ignore everything else they perceive as a problem...

Disney? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826276)

Didn't they find a Disneyland inside China, without Disney knowing about it?

Fake Steve Jobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826444)

I wonder if the fake Apple corporation has a fake Steve Jobs.
I bet they've cloned him in a lab somewhere. :-)

Wonder what OS they went with (1)

oic0 (1864384) | about 3 years ago | (#36826508)

Why does my iPhone have Windows Mobile 6.5 on it?

Just gotta love the ipad.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36826542)

... that runs android... (If you don't believe me then go there yourself... )

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