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Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the competition-is-bad-for-business dept.

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walterbyrd writes with a quote from an article at Techrights: "Given the latest actions from Apple we cannot help recommending that people buy nothing from Apple. Boycott the company for being a threat to the IT landscape and also to common sense." More from the article: "...Apple has been working hard to embargo — not just sue — the competition. Apple disregards the notion of fair competition..."

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twitter, I like you (0, Troll)

symbolset (646467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500656)

I was perhaps your biggest fan. But an Apple boycott is not how you come back to us unless they've done something dire and they haven't.

Come back and let us beat down your trolls. That would be better than this.

If you can't do that, at least make the issue SOPA and PIPA. That we can get behind. Apple's not going to do it because their fans really don't give a darn about what us geeks think.

Re:twitter, I like you (3, Informative)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500678)

Apple behaviour is pretty disgusting and, I'd join the embargo 'BUT' damn I've always found their gear to be overhyped and overpriced and basically always gone else where. I'll think you'll find that this is pretty much the trend with the majority of computer geeks.

For what it's worth I vow never to buy an Apple product ;D.

Re:twitter, I like you (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500708)

Apple behaviour is pretty disgusting

Yeah, how dare a company protect its design work! Making tablets that look like iPads and run iOS-alikes is literally the only way to design a tablet.

Re:twitter, I like you (5, Insightful)

symbolset (646467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500740)

The purpose for patents is not to protect the invention any more. It's to protect against ANY invention. And that's not what patents are for.

Re:twitter, I like you (4, Funny)

sosume (680416) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500898)

That's why an iPad looks like a scaled-down flatscreen TV ... And yes, Apple should have full rights to protect their greatest creative investment and one of the landmark inventions of the century: the rectangle with round squares! Next: the iWheel. It looks like an iPad. But it has no corners! Amazing!

Counter-proof (0, Troll)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500806)

I'll think you'll find that this is pretty much the trend with the majority of computer geeks.

And I think if you ever go to any technical conference you'll find the trend still very much favors Apple hardware.

Some of us appreciate a commercial UNIX system with great hardware and great commercial software support.

It was always the technical geeks behind Apple's growth and I don't see that slowing or stopping even if there is a very vocal contingent of irrational Haters that will just not let people use what they find suits them best.

Re:Counter-proof (4, Insightful)

myurr (468709) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500836)

It's amusing that you think the "Haters" will just not let people use what they find suits them best, when that is precisely Apple's strategy (not letting people just use what they find suits them best) and the reason the majority of "Haters" exist.

Apple does not block choice. (1, Flamebait)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500886)

when that is precisely Apple's strategy

You seem to have forgotten that Apple is only suing Samsung, not other tablet makers.

You can always tell the haters by the way they distort reality in any way possible (or frankly impossible) to make Apple the worst in any given comparison.

Apple is blocking choice for no-one. Haters like you have claimed that for some time now even though Apple was one of the big players heavily pushing HTML-5 and shipped the very first Intel macs with Bootcamp. Foes of choice indeed!

Few companies have done as much for interoperability as Apple has done over the years. Apple is after all the company that broke the music industry of the DRM habit. Yet you would ignore that accomplishment and belittle them for things they have not done.

and the reason the majority of "Haters" exist.

Since Apple Haters have been around long before the Samsung lawsuit your expiation of origin leaves much to be desired.

Re:Apple does not block choice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501054)

Ah, Apple was the first one to build a Mac with Bootcamp. They beat Apple to the punch!

Re:Apple does not block choice. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501068)

I like how you ignore all the evidence that Apple is evil.

Has it ever occurred to you that people who hate Apple and Apple products are rational and have good reasons?

Maybe you are irrational too? We all irrational beings. (Human beings are irrational.) When you claim to be rational and put words into our mouths you come across the wrong way. You might not agree with the vocal minority but they still perceive a problem. If you do not consider those problems, that's fine. Do not pretend to yourself that others are irrational because you merely disagree with what we say.

I hate Apple because they have ruined software for me. On my desktops or servers download Windows freeware or open source software and get good quality software that does not necessarily track or spy on me. I can install whatever I want. The products in the App stores are ridiculously commercial - it's so obvious to me that they just want to grab your money. There is so much trash in the stores. Why the hell should I have to jailbreak the device to get it to do what I want? When a product is so caustic to my consumer rights, why would I want to partake? The device is mine, I can do whatever I want. This business model of creating walled gardens and limiting innovation and competition has infected the technology industry. Now Microsoft and every phone carrier wants to do it too.

Apple bans benign applications and implements the ideas themselves. They have no respect for other's "intellectual property". They used Nokia patents without licencing.

Apple made iTunes which is HORRIBLE software. They are responsible for QuickTime which is worse. They install lots of junk like Bonjour. Apple are quite happy to take OSS software like KHTML = OSS, Apple kernels = Derived from OSS and then sell it in a ridiculously priced device that takes away user freedom.

I can develop on it for free, I don't have to pay anyone to start programming. On an Apple product I have to pay Apple for this right to write code for my [b]own device[/b].

Food for thought.

Re:Apple does not block choice. (4, Insightful)

nstlgc (945418) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501088)

You seem to have forgotten that Apple is only suing Samsung, not other tablet makers.
How about HTC? Might not be tablet makers, but why limit yourself to tablet makers?

You can always tell the haters by the way they distort reality in any way possible (or frankly impossible) to make Apple the worst in any given comparison.
I wonder where the term Reality Distortion Field comes from.

Apple was one of the big players heavily pushing HTML-5
By banning Flash...

shipped the very first Intel macs with Bootcamp
While trying hard to make it impossible to run Mac OS X on any non-Apple device...

Re:Counter-proof (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500910)

What you've stated doesn't even rise to the level of anecdotal evidence, let alone "proof".

Incidentally, I've been telling people Apple was just a weaker form of evil than Misro$oft, for YEARS, and now people are starting to pull their heads out of their iAsses and smelling the crAp somehow for the first time.

I've been boycotting crApple since they introduced the Mac. They are the perfect example of capitalism gone mad. Private ownership is supposed to spur invention, not stifle it. That's the point. Apple should be broken up, buried up to its nostrils in shit and left to rot forever. Halleluiah! Then I wouldn't have to put up with iEverything iEverywhere. It's fucking iAnnoying, especially when they pay producers of TV shows to do product placement, and it becomes painfully obvious that what looks like a half-way decent show is little more than a subtle barrage of advertising messages to buy Apple's fetid products. Disgusting. It would be nice to see someone do something that isn't copying them though, but they've done to the userspace between users ears what Misro$oft did in computer space in the eighties, programmed them to expect a certain interface, then get pissed when other people make similar interfaces in response to market pressure. Apple corp. is clearly still scarred from that brush they had with oblivion before Gate$ bailed them the fuck out. That's why they act the way they do, and will continue to as long as users continue to tell them they're okay with crApple doing this sort of thing.

A boycott could be the only way to get their fucking attention, but most crApple sycophants (users) are too brainwashed by now, so good luck with the boycott. I've been boycotting them for DECADES. No change so far.

Re:Counter-proof (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501006)

1. MS did not, read that : NOT, bailed out Apple. Urban myth. Those 150 million were a drop in the ocean.
-> RTFA : 407362B533B9.htmlhttp://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/RDM.Tech.Q1.07/592FE887-5CA1-4F30-BD62-407362B533B9.html

2. Apple will certainly cry in it's pillow 'cause YOU, the most important person in the whole, entire universe don't buy Apple gear. BTW : Meanwhile, within the time you needed (and I assume you are a speeedy typer who needed less than 2 Minutes) to wrote your post, Apple sold ca. 500 iPhones, a dozen or two Macs, countless Apps&Tracks, and more iPads than the competition in a month.

I for one will open a bottle of the finest champagne when Google and Microsoft went out of business. THEY are the real evil, the tree you silly little dog should bark at.
Fucking google. Everything is beta, come and goes without notice, collects your personal data forever, spams you with ads until you think it's normal to read ads and cope with crap software.

Re:twitter, I like you (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500822)

Apple behaviour is pretty disgusting and,

Thats like getting mad at some fellow at gettysburg because he fired his rifle.

Everyones firing off shots, I think its a bit much to go after Apple like theyre the sole bad actor in the IP wars.

Re:twitter, I like you (4, Funny)

Galestar (1473827) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500814)

Your comment was posted in a rounded rectangle. Please stop that you are violating Apple's patents.

Rounded rectangles (4, Informative)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500878)

Your comment was posted in a rounded rectangle. Please stop that you are violating Apple's patents.

Interestingly, this was one of Steve Jobs' early contributions. There was famously an argument when they were designing the first Macs (having licensed the windowing system from Xerox PARC) - he insisted on including rounded rectangles in the design. His head designer (whose name I forget - Parkhurst?) could not figure why he wanted rounded rectangles. Jobs took him outside, and showed how every rectangular road sign was a rounded rectangle.

Which shows that all things old are new again. It's worth noting that nobody ever patented rounded rectangles on road signs - it was just a useful design, not a 'world-shaking invention' in the world view of that time.

Re:Rounded rectangles (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500954)

no shit retard. Why do you think everyone is mocking rounded rectangles?

apple makes toys for the 1%.

Re:twitter, I like you (-1, Troll)

symbolset (646467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501034)

Ouch. And now the twitter hater moderators have showed up. Fuck you guys. twitter was good for us. You shitheads are killing /.

Give me a break (4, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500658)

Could this be any more biased? Why is Slashdot posting this crap?

The article claims that "Apple fan sites celebrate Apple patents," but all he does is link to one site, Patently Apple. That site exists to track Apple patent applications "in search of future features and secrets," as the site puts it [patentlyapple.com]. It's not celebrating patents; it's just reporting on them in hopes of predicting upcoming product plans.

It also repeats the old troll meme about PARC, claiming that "Apple disregards the notion of fair competition, which takes a lot of nerve for a company that built itself on knockoffs (e.g. Xerox PARC)." Overlapping windows and pulldown menus did come from PARC, but Apple is the one who invented the File-Edit-View-Window-Help standard menu layout, the phrase "cut-and-paste," and several other common GUI paradigms that are taken for granted today. Not to mention that many of those Xerox PARC employees went on to work on the Macintosh project at Apple!

If we're throwing around knock-off accusations, Android used to look like this [imgur.com] until the iPhone came out, and then Android suddenly started looking and behaving a lot more like iOS, right down to the pinch-zoom gestures that originated with the iPhone. For crying out loud, Samsung outright stole Apple's icon artwork and used it in their stores [allthingsd.com]. TechRights, of course, ignores all this. It's no surprise at all that Apple is going to try to hinder competitors' efforts to ride the coattails of its design work. It went through this before with Windows in the 1980s and only lost its court case against Microsoft because of a previous licensing agreement.

Obnoxious Android fanboyism has reached a fever pitch. Android fanboys are now officially more annoying than Apple fanboys. They've adopted this idea that they are freedom fighters and that their tribe is under threat from evil. It's embarrassing and is a resurrection of the worst elements of the desktop Linux movement from 10 years ago.

Exploring the rest of the site, it calls itself "a progressive site which supports software freedom and advocates digital diversity through standardisation." Most of its stories are anti-Microsoft, pro-Linux, and present a one-sided view of tech news that's intended to rile up its readers (not unlike Slashdot, to be honest). It also claims to be against monopolies but says nothing about Google's monopoly in web advertising nor the fact it's using its monopoly revenues to pump a new market with a free product (Android), just like Microsoft did with Windows and Internet Explorer in the 1990s. For some reason, Android advocates

For crying out loud, Techrights' Twitter account is called @boycottnovell. Boycott Novell is associated with Roy Schestowitz, an infamous Usenet troll who spams the advocacy newsgroups with pro-Linux news links and used to astroturf Slashdot with multiple accounts.

If nerds on Tech Rights and Slashdot want to boycott Apple, go ahead. None of them were using Apple products anyway--they are Linux advocacy sites. Apple wouldn't even notice [seekingalpha.com].

Can we get some actual tech news? Or is Slashdot forever lost to its current role of flamboyant baiting for ad views? Ugh.

Re:Give me a break (4, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500676)

For some reason, Android advocates

Should be: "For some reason, Android advocates who trashed Microsoft for the same behavior ignore it when it comes from a multibillion dollar advertising company that happens to push Linux."

Re:Give me a break (2, Insightful)

ThorGod (456163) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500762)

For some reason, Android advocates

Should be: "For some reason, Android advocates who trashed Microsoft for the same behavior ignore it when it comes from a multibillion dollar advertising company that happens to push Linux."

Wow, I'm sorry you and the above got modded down so much.

Your comments aren't over rational and contain no foul language...yours, particularly, contains nothing remotely like a personal attack. (The GP does discuss one person directly, but in a brief and mostly objective way.)

Re:Give me a break (0, Offtopic)

the_B0fh (208483) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500966)

too bad my mod points ran out on xmas day, idiot modders at work again. I hate those morons.

Re:Give me a break (4, Interesting)

Nursie (632944) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500716)

"For crying out loud, Samsung outright stole Apple's icon artwork and used it in their stores."

Calling bullshit on that. It looks like the background decor, not the samsung stand, in a larger store. In one place, in sicily.

Apple's design work is not extraordinary enough that they should be able to get away with claiming rights over the 'rounded rectangle'.

This recent round of getting competitors products banned from sale in various countries is sickening. Call it a failure in the patent systems, the legal systems, whatever, but it's sickening. If you can't see that then you might want to take the apple stickers off your eyeballs. They are not the only company guilty of mass abuse of the legal system to avoid competition, but they have been behaving like total assholes.

And no, I don't own an android or iOS device, I'm not invested in either.

Re:Give me a break (2)

toriver (11308) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500736)

Argh, mod point where art thou? The "Techrights" blog entry is definitely full of holes, promoting lies and substituting emotion for any attempt at proof for his claims.

Re:Give me a break (4, Insightful)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500832)

but says nothing about Google's monopoly in web advertising nor the fact it's using its monopoly revenues to pump a new market with a free product (Android),

I was with you till here. In what way is Google leveraging its search engine de-facto monopoly to push android? I am unaware of any way in which Android is unfairly pushed. You can get google apps for any of the major phone OSes, and they dont sell Android at Google.com.

You were on a roll, but thats just too much of a stretch.

Re:Give me a break (1, Insightful)

the_B0fh (208483) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500976)

You do realize that Google is giving it away for free, just like Microsoft used to do with IE, right?

You do realize this is to support mobile search right?

Re:Give me a break (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500834)

OK, so let Ford sue any automobile producer, just cause they create 4 wheel cars. Or sue all ear plug makers, for making ear plugs that plug into ears. you get the idea. Or IBM or whoever shoudl sue the shish out of other companies who sell PC with their own keyboard. Its gonna be so much better for everyone else. We will end up without conforming standarts or any attempt to mimic concurent products, hence, fail competition as we know it.

Re:Give me a break (-1, Troll)

Galestar (1473827) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500838)

Hey look! Its more lies about Apple from bonch! Surprise surprise.

Crying wolf without a wolf (0, Troll)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500912)

Pretty suspect you can't even point out one thing that is a "lie". Methinks you are just another rabid Apple Hater who cannot stand to see a single positive note posted about them, even when you cannot find a single flaw within...

Note readers he'll now come back with a single item from the story he claims to represent a "lie" but it will be horribly distorted from reality.

Isn't it amazing how I can predict his response before he writes it? Not really, for you see the Apple Haters have not been able to come up with new negative points in about a decade. So as I noted they vomit over any note of positivity claiming they are all lies. It's all they have left at this point...

Re:Crying wolf without a wolf (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501000)

next time, at least attempt to hide your shillery.

you're so excited to see what you perceive as a pro-apple ally that you almost got boner juice on your moms iMac

Re:Crying wolf without a wolf (1)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501044)

Pretty suspect you can't even point out one thing that is a "lie"

The "stole icons" claim with the AllThingsD link is a well-known lie. That's just one, I'm sure you can find more.

Re:Give me a break (1)

yuhong (1378501) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501106)

Yea, I never agreed with everything on Techrights and hasn't read it recently. That being said, it is funny that the server version of Windows 7 is called Windows Server 2008 R2 (look up the support lifecycle of both!). I still remember when they were the first to cover the MS-Nokia-Elop fiasco (even mentioned it in this thread [ycombinator.com]. AFAIK last time Slashdot posted an article from what was then called Boycott Novell was years ago.

Alternatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500662)

We thought about boycotting made in China, but they didn't really do anything bad...

Boycotts (5, Insightful)

From A Far Away Land (930780) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500672)

Are boycotts ever really effective anymore? There's too much clout huge companies carry with their flashy advertising to reach consumers that are willing to break principle. People are not principled enough to rigourously hold to boycotts. I tell people not to bother with them, and focus on positive buying instead of negative buying. Don't avoid buying what you don't want to support, try to actively spend your available spending money with people and companies who support your vision of the world.

Re:Boycotts (1)

moozey (2437812) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500876)

They're certainly not effective when it's just a single tech website suggesting the boycott. I'd put money on it that there's zero chance of the message reaching the only demographic that matters: the millions upon millions of Apple users around the world who, for the most part, probably don't care enough about the tech world to take a stance (That's not to suggest that Apple users aren't tech savvy by any means, just that the Apple demographic stretches across many walks of life).

Re:Boycotts (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501096)

Hipsters are buying apple stuff to look cool.

Make them understand that buying Apple is uncool and destroys progress.

Hipsters stop buy Apple stuff.

You have to ask? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501012)

GoDaddy, SOPA

Re:Boycotts (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501066)

The trick is to get other corporations to join the boycott. When advertisers started to pull their ads from the News Of The World it was forced to shut down pretty much instantly. If say Google decided to pull it's apps, YouTube iOS support and all other iOS tailored web sites we might see some results. Or how about Visa refusing to process Apple payments? We can only dream of course.

I wish the EU had followed through on its threat to force manufacturers to allow removal and replacement of batteries (for safe disposal as much as consumer rights) and to make USB the standard for charging. They did force iTunes to charge everyone in Europe the same (plus local taxes). Still, political pressure does get results some times, you just have to talk to the right politicians.

Boycott in the favor of? (2)

GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500674)

Yes, it's easy to say "don't buy this product", but then what to buy? Certainly, I wont buy a windows phone. I don't like Android, hated the CarrierIQ story, and think that Google is as evil as Apple. What's remaining? Looks like I'm going to keep using my n900, let's hope it doesn't fail on me.

Re:Boycott in the favor of? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500698)

I don't like Android, hated the CarrierIQ story, and think that Google is as evil as Apple.

I suppose that's why it's awesome that iOS is open-source and a thriving community has grown up around modifying the sources to leave out bullshit like CarrierIQ (which is rolled into iOS BTW). Let me know how those custom iOS roms are working out.

Wrong (1, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500846)

I suppose that's why it's awesome that iOS is open-source

Actually it is (check out Darwin sometime).

and a thriving community has grown up around modifying the sources to leave out bullshit like CarrierIQ

Unlike Andorid the shell of a CarrierIQ system that shipped with iOS was never enabled, and did not contain a key-logger or any of the other items that made CarrierIQ objectionable to start with. The hint that remained was removed in iOS5.

But my all means bring up CarrierIQ again and remind the world that Android is shipping with active key-loggers in many phones.

Let me know how those custom iOS roms are working out.

Actually, pretty well. [saurik.com]

iOS is far easier for the technical user to customize and hack than Android thanks to the use of Objective-C in applications.

When you stop and think about it it's pretty dumb to have to install a custom ROM when you can just have system tweaks do whatever sets of modifications to the system you are really after. It means you can much more easily track official OS updates.

Re:Wrong (4, Informative)

Improv (2467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500892)

Is the bulk of your claim that if you install Darwin on your phone, you essentially have a mostly-working iOS install, and that Objective-C is better than Java?

As far as I know, the first is not true, and the second is at least a questionable claim, given that language preferences vary so much.

Android may not be the best imaginable mobile OS, but it's certainly a lot more open than iOS.

Re:Wrong (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500948)

Actually it is (check out Darwin sometime).

Darwin != iOS. Please point me to build instructions so I can make a new ROM for an iDevice which does NOT contain the iCal application. Hm?

Unlike Andorid the shell of a CarrierIQ system that shipped with iOS was never enabled, and did not contain ... (snip)

How do you know? Were you legally able to investigate this? Or did Steve whisper this into your ears?

FWIW, the cydia thing is totally uncomparable to the Android custom ROM scene. You obviously haven't looked into it and hence you are talking out of your buttocks.

When you stop and think about it it's pretty dumb to have to install a custom ROM

When you stop and think about it it's pretty dumb to make uninformed remarks about things you have demonstrated to have no knowledge on.

Re:Wrong (5, Informative)

Guy Harris (3803) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500996)

I suppose that's why it's awesome that iOS is open-source

Actually it is (check out Darwin sometime).

Most of iOS is not open source. The versions of Darwin atop which particular Mac OS X releases are built are; the versions of Darwin atop which particular iOS releases aren't - maybe a particular Darwin release is "close enough" to the Darwin in a particular iOS release, but, even then, it doesn't include the low-level ARM support isn't there in xnu, and a lot of the higher-level stuff isn't open source even in Mac OS X (good luck finding the source to Foundation - not Core Foundation, but Foundation - or AppKit or UIKit).

Re:Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501008)

Is that why you guys were stuck with a measly 5 notification alarms for the past 5 years? "Easy" ROFL

Also, linking to an app market just like GetJar means nothing. You can't easily modify the base OS. HUGE difference.

If you think about it, it's really dumb to have to root your device to get the software you'd like onto your own computing device -- because that's all you can do with that link.

Also, I thought that the lay person was suppose to be targetted for most apps. It's much easier for the idiot newbie to customize their device. It's right on the Android market.

LOL

Re:Boycott in the favor of? (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500770)

N9?

Not that I'll be getting one any time soon, but ther seem OK. It's just a shame that (hardware-power-wise) they're a good year behind Samsung and Apple. Pretty though, and apparently a good user experience.

Lack of keyboard kills it for me though, they should have put the 950 on sale to the general public too.

Re:Boycott in the favor of? (1)

arogier (1250960) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500818)

It's why I'm sticking with the older Blackberry. There may not be as many apps. It may be closed source. So long as I don't try to encrypt removable storage it is plenty secure though.

You also can't get much more stable than tiny iterations of the same thing leading to something fairly intuitive and stable. Both iOS and Android may be a full generation or two ahead in terms of user interface, but Apple's too much of an asshat and Android updates are non-existent on most handsets.

There is no reason why an Android 2.2 phone shouldn't be able to do something as simple as apt-get Ice Cream Sandwich.

Re:Boycott in the favor of? (1)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501076)

So long as I don't try to encrypt removable storage it is plenty secure though.

You still can, just use the stronger Device Password & Device Key option, like you should anyway.

Both iOS and Android may be a full generation or two ahead in terms of user interface

Not for long. RIM is already a generation ahead in terms of UI on their tablet. (They've been ahead of iOS on notifications and a few other things on phones basically forever :) ) The BB10 phones in 2012 should put BB phones well ahead of iOS and (current) Android phones in terms of UI sometime this coming fall. [Well, I think they're ahead now (I love the OS7 UI, the 9900 is about the best smartphone I've ever used) but I understand why they're considered "behind" here.] BB10, however, represents the future, bringing a new standard in stability, security, and multi-tasking.

Hang in there, RIM may be down, but they're certainly not out.

Re:Boycott in the favor of? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500800)

I'm with you, man. typing from my n900 actually. Nokia tablets, even though they were largely abandoned as "experiments" were one of the rare times that technology was moving in the right direction freedom-wise.

I don't see any companies making anything similar, or even heading in that direction. Sad, really. So close to something usable by the masses but also enough power underneath for a geek.

Re:Boycott in the favor of? (1)

bluemonq (812827) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500826)

You've got the Nokia N9, and... well, apparently HP is actually still pushing out updates to webOS on a semimonthly basis, so maybe pick up a Pre 3 off of eBay? Maybe a BBX device if RIM ever pulls its head out of its collective ass? Symbian is still going to be around for at least another 4 years, so why not an N8, E7, or 701?

Apple not alone (4, Insightful)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500680)

What about the other patent/IP assholes, such as Microsoft, Sony, and Oracle? Why target just one?

Re:Apple not alone (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500700)

What about the other patent/IP assholes, such as Microsoft, Sony, and Oracle? Why target just one?

because obviously somebody is getting paid to target just one, ooops did i say that out loud?

Re:Apple not alone (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500804)

You have an excellent point, but I wonder how much effect a boycott would have against Microsoft or Oracle. To get to Oracle you'd need to get to their customers, and Microsoft is probably used to being boycotted and hated by consumers by now (hell, if they weren't Apple wouldn't have as big of a market share as they do!). With Sony it's actually more of an issue of Sony America having an overly aggressive legal department and Sony America being insanely out of touch with the actual Sony (eg; Sony America suing Aibo modders while Sony Japan not only encouraged them but helped them).

Sony's "dealt" with boycotts before as well, but it never seemed to be a big deal. In the case of Apple "we" could boycott all we want but that won't stop people linking up for the new iPhone 5 or whatever. Apple really made themselves the technological Vuitton, the design is some sort of status symbol. I mean you realize Vitton sells brown fake leather wallets with the same design spray painted on it for hundreds of dollars and people line up to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to buy them just for the status. We're already not those people, so if a boycott doesn't reach the core market who sees these things as status symbols what effect will it have?

Oh, but if you happen to start a boycott on Oracle give me a heads up, I am so in.

Re:Apple not alone (2)

arogier (1250960) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500888)

Different problems require different solutions. The three you propose have been tested in either the courtroom or marketplace checking them against antitrust concerns. If Windows 8 can't work some tablet magic though, Apple is going to be in the same position for that market as late 90's Microsoft.

Last year in my classrooms the most common computing device were netbooks (except on exam days when the TI-30 series came out). This year about a third of the students are sporting iPads, with the rest bringing computers to class opting for full size 14"+ laptops. I can't vouch for other sectors, but what I see on campus is Apple owning the ultraportable war.

The danger for Apple isn't the app store. It is the physical accessories. Cases, stands, and styli are what iPad has and everyone is limited with. It is also what pushes students towards the iPad. Then there's the app problem that comes from the majority tablet having a unique development environment and the rest being more fractured with the Android Java environment, the Playbook's Adobe Air, and whatever one of the windows options wins on the tablet when 8 comes out. An antitrust case against Apple would hit either their restricted development environment for apps they approve, their insistence on considering their form factor unique, or both.

Re:Apple not alone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501086)

Simple difference.

Microsoft comes with a patent claim, and asks for reasonable royalties - what was it, $20 per Android phone? Competing phones still get released with those patented features, and you can still buy them.

Apple comes with a patent claim, and asks to ban sales of the "offending" device. They dont ask for royalties at all - they ask that no-one else uses "their" idea (like rounded corners or swipe-to-unlock, haha) in other products. End result if they get their way is that you will not be able to buy a phone that can do this and that, unless it's an iPhone.

Obviously, the second approach is much more anti-competitive than the first, and hurts the customers far more. In the first case, you just pay more for what you want. In the second case, you simply can't buy what you want.

Options and fanboys. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500692)

A "boycott" won't do any good. There are enough fanboys out there together with people who doesn't know any better to keep them afloat indefinitely. People who do know better already go for the better options.

In other words (4, Insightful)

Sir Holo (531007) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500702)

Apple is asserting its patent rights.

This is how the system works. Ask T. Edison.

Re:In other words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501046)

This is how the system works. Ask T. Edison.

Yeah ! Ask him about IP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Trip_to_the_Moon#Distribution

Edison was a huge hypocrite regarding intellectual property just like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Warner, Mega-Upload and pretty much everyone.

Re:In other words (3, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501094)

Actually Edison shamelessly ripped off other people's intellectual property all the time. The most famous example was "Le Voyage dans la lune", a French special effects laden film he stole and sold in the US with the original producers not seeing a penny.

The idea of patents seems good but the reality is they are mostly used to stifle legitimate competition and leech license fees from things other people made themselves. When there are legitimate license fees they tend not to be based on patents anyway because patents expire, e.g. CDDA and Dolby certification.

Effective Anymore? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500704)

Ask GoDaddy

Re:Effective Anymore? (3, Informative)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500758)

21,000 domains left, 20,000 signed up. At best that protest has cost them some petty cash they didn't give a damn about anyway.

Why? (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500732)

Shouldn't people already have their own opinion on that topic anyway?

In my case, I initially started avoiding Apple products in the pre-iPhone days because I wasn't satisfied with their products (MP3 players without an easily accessible repeat function, overpriced tech for glorified shadow copies, bad memories of the whole Mac OS 9 clusterfuck).
After that their business practices just cemented my decision to never buy any Apple products again.

Interesting, I was the opposite (3, Interesting)

arcite (661011) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500792)

I used Apple all through the 90's in the 'dark days', had an iMac, then switch to using windows and IBM Thinkpads (when they were still American) for about eight years. Tired of the windows mediocrity, maintenance issues, viruses and Trojans I finally switched back to Apple. Got a Macbook, iPhone, iPod. Life couldn't be better. Apple is ubiquitous and has a store in pretty much any country in the world. Their prices have fallen and are fairly competitive, while also maintaining an edge on competition by offering superior customer service and user experience. As long as Apple offers their superior product designs, user experience, and customer service, I'll be using them for the foreseeable future. Who really cares about competition? All of Apple's so called competitors (Samsung, HTC, others) as) are all non-American Companies anyway have clearly stolen/copied many aspects of Apple's technology. All of this is besides the point as Apple doesn't have a monopoly over anything, if you don't like them don't buy it. Simple as that. We're not talking about Microsoft who used their dominance over operating systems to keep their 90% lead in the world.

Copiers not innovators (0)

bobby1234 (860820) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500742)

Apple has led the way with its design in the Music Player, OS, Phone, Tablet etc markets. Hardware wise they aren't great money for value but add in the design and ease of use and you have a leading product.

Many of the copiers haven't innovated at all they have just copied Apple's original work and many times missed the point of the Apple Designs.

I am not a great supporter of Patents but Apple has the right to try and protect its IP from cheap knockoffs.

Many of these companies would be much better off trying to work out Apples design DNA and innovate the market (not just copy).

Re:Copiers not innovators (1)

arogier (1250960) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500968)

What part of consumer electronics involves storing design information as DNA, RNA, or really any nucleic acid.

Somethings Apple may be fighting in court may be "theirs" but the problem is that they seem to be fighting everything. The Android style notification bar seems to have found its way to iOS. There are things that may be worth fighting for and things that may be too stupid to defend.

There is a problem in the federal judiciary in the United States aging as there has been a confirmation crisis running for nearly a decade as our current president and his predecessor have faced increasing opposition to their picks to the federal bench. Not all of this crisis is a legalistic crisis though.

The sad thing for the Android ecosystem is that manufacturer insistence on dumb shit like HTC Sense, MotoBlur, and all of the other custom skins are both aggressors in the look and feel area while mostly being despised by consumers who care. There are plenty of examples of prior art for rounded corners on rectangles littering the countryside on American roads. Beyond that things get murkier.

"Apple not a Producer" - really? (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500760)

This article is 100% troll.

Apple is as much a producer as anyone, and there are lots of arguments to be made that they are for more producers currently of innovations in hardware and software than many other companies.

I find the patent activities Apple is engaging in absurd and evil also. But the whole industry is doing the same thing all over, Apple's actions just get elevated above others because it brings page views and Apple Haters push an anti-Apple agenda whenever possible.

The solution is not to boycott Apple, for that helps no-one - the solution is to continue to battle absurd software patents however it is possible to do so.

Re:"Apple not a Producer" - really? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500862)

Thats some fine fanboy bullshit blindness you got going on there.

Give them credit where they deserve it. For creating a tech cult. Which is an amazing thing.
Trendy pretty crap devices in a choice of primary colors for hipsters and the tech clueless.

But unique products? Good products? Good quality? Good support? Fuck no. They've never had any of that.

And every one of their lawsuits shows exactly what kind of company apple is as well.
They can't compete on anything solid. And have to sue for 'look and feel' of a square fucking device with rounded edges.
The most generic lawsuits ever from a fad company past their prime.

Reality is for real people. (2, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500962)

But unique products?

Before the iPhone there was nothing really like it.

Before the iPad there was nothing really like it.

They are not wholly new inventions but they are a leap beyond what was before them.

Good products? Good quality? Good support?

Sales figures (and Consumer Reports) say yes to all of them. You merely claim they are bad while ignoring that everyone else is far worse (Generally, there are some exceptions).

Anecdotally, good support is 100% YES. Because instead of helping friends/family with technical issues as I had to do in the bad old Windows Days, I can simply have them ask first for an answer at a genius bar in an Apple Store. That works 99% of the time. It has saved me COUNTLESS hours of frustration. So nice to be off that merry-go-round.

Re:"Apple not a Producer" - really? (0, Flamebait)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500922)

I find the patent activities Apple is engaging in absurd and evil....snip....the solution is not to boycott Apple

The ghost of the reality distortion is stronger in this one than any I have seen.

BEHOLD! We have found a host for or lord. The time for revivification is upon us.

BOW DOWN UNBELIEVERS AMONGST YOU. OUR DARK LORD RISES SOON.

Ignoring the other heads. (1, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501022)

The ghost of the reality distortion is stronger in this one than any I have seen.

Well all I am doing here is telling you what will actually help the problem.

Talk about reality distortion - your solution to the Hydra is to cheerfully attack only one head while ignoring the others snaking towards your back.

And yet, you would claim I am the one who is blind...

Attack Apple exclusively and ignore the other blatant evils all around, yes I can see why that makes perfect sense... ...to an Apple Hater. With patented Apple Hater Tunnel-Vision (tm)!

The really funny thing is, the Apple Hyrda head will never even notice you are trying to hurt it. I mean, you could have at least had the intelligence to target a head that you could have made an impact.

Sigh. So sad to see such a willful disregard for the industry as a whole! That is the real problem, people like you thinking a single company is an issue instead of a system that practically mandates abuse...

I'll let you have the last response since I doubt any of your reply will make any more sense, and indeed I anticipate the froth level to be quite high.

Re:"Apple not a Producer" - really? (2)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500928)

The solution is not to boycott Apple, for that helps no-one - the solution is to continue to battle absurd software patents however it is possible to do so.

I'm on the fence about this comment. Yes a boycot of Apple doesn't solve the underlying problem, but it would send a clear message about HOW to fight your patent battles. For the most part the vast majority of the mobile patent wars have been about extracting licensing agreements between vendors. Apple on the other hand took their fight to a whole new level by actively getting products banned in some markets. This is now not only a war between manufacturers, but a war on choice for consumers.

By boycotting Apple you would send a message that this shit is not on, and to focus on seeking damages rather than annoying end users. The companies get to have their little playground brawls and the consumers still get products.

The problem is companies hit Apple first... (3, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500994)

For the most part the vast majority of the mobile patent wars have been about extracting licensing agreements between vendors.

That was true, but that pact was broken when vendors starting deciding RAND patents in various standards did not apply to Apple and they were allowed to shake down Apple for extra money above the payments the rest of the industry was making.

So if we are truly going to try and nip problems with agreements forming, Apple is not the company to go after (remember in the Samsung suit they even offered to sell a license to Samsung for use of some the patents they had, which Samsung declined).

By boycotting Apple you would send a message that this shit is not on

Boycots against any company are foolish because it's a very poor way to send any message. The signal is lost in a vast sea of noise of purchases. As noted, Apple isn't even the most egregious player here....

The real thing to do is to attack the power that patents have over foolish aspects of computing they should not. Even if you could succeed against Apple other companies would continue to abuse them the same way. It's not even like Apple is a company with pure patent troll play as we are seeing these days.

Attack flaws in the patent system and you wipe out ALL bad abuses of patents across ALL companies.

Re:"Apple not a Producer" - really? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501042)

how many unique "this isnt fair!" responses are you going to post to this one article? take a second, go change your apple-branded panties, and relax. you'll still be able to stand in line with the rest of the hive-mind to buy your overpriced hipster fashion computers/phones/clouds

A bit harsh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500768)

I get it. I see where you are going with this, but lets be honest. Whether it's Google, Microsoft, Apple or whoever...Patents are patents. You think Google, if the sides were switched, wouldn't do the same thing. If you say no, you're ignorant.

If I designed a logo, and someone blatantly copied it, and I called him out on it as plagiarism, would you expect other designers and customers to Boycott me? There is a difference between fair competition and outright plagiarism, and while some of Apples arguments seem really silly, some of their arguments are very valid.

EH, QUIT YER BITCHIN' YOU SCUMERAG WANNABE !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500772)

These hole-in-the-wall scumerags can't get attention so they resort to anything to get some ads served. Oh, yeah, right, boycott iPhone. And iPad. Right.

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Too many boycotts (5, Insightful)

Karmashock (2415832) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500778)

I don't use apple products because I don't believe in their "walled garden" philosophy. I was a big fan of apple back in the old hypercard and basic days when apple wanted to bring their users CLOSER to the computing experience and really make their users more powerful.

But apple has done a complete 180 on that and won't ever come back to it. so for that reason, I won't buy their products. It isn't a boycott.

People need to stop thinking anyone gives a damn what they think about anything. Because the reality is that in the real world people just don't care. Corporations don't care. Politicians don't care. Your next door neighbor doesn't care. And they have every right to not care.

That said, you have the same right. So rather then trying to get some frothy public action thing together with promises to buy again if they change their ways. Just quietly buy what you believe in and let the marketing people figure out why sales dropped. Nothing preachy or pretentious. Just buy what you believe.

Apple products make lots of people happy. Good for them. They're welcome to it. I won't be one of them and wish one and all well.

Re:Too many boycotts (2)

Stingray454 (1942828) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501026)

I don't use apple products because I don't believe in their "walled garden" philosophy.

I hear this argument a lot, and it still doesn't make sense. iOS has a walled garden approach, sure, but the majority of Apple products are Macs. We're not discussing iPhones here. OS X have major parts of the OS as open source, you have as much "tinkering" control over your computer as most other linux flavors, you are free to download and install software from where ever you want, Apple has no control of what you can run or can remotely uninstall / block or in other ways control what you do, there are great (free) tools and API-documentation for development and so on. Where exactly is this tightly controlled walled garden?

Re:Too many boycotts (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38501078)

Cool story, bro!

Look at all the iDiots rushing to defend apple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500850)

"But apple makes such shiny gadgets, how could it be evil?? I refuse to believe you!"

Patent fight not the only reason (0, Flamebait)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500852)

There are more reasons to boycott apple. For example,

- DRM. Download music from iTunes, and you can only play it on a limited number of computers (try it and you'll find out). Plus, your name gets engraved into the downloaded files so that they or their partners from the music industry can trace a copyright infringement back to you. Apple is downright an extension of the music industry. (Steve Jobs even received a Grammy Trustees Award for his accomplishments for the recording industry, or RIAA).

- Locking hardware to software. Back in the 80s, IBM and Microsoft had a deal that turned out to be very sweet for consumers: software and hardware were no longer tied together. As a result, any manufacturer could make PCs, and the major operating system of that time (if you like it or not) could run on it regardless of the brand of the computer. It even allowed the development open-source operating systems, without jail-breaking. Apple is reversing this. If IBM followed the strategy that Apple is taking now, I bet that Linux would not have even been possible.

- Pushing of proprietary standards. Many apps developed today could just as well be developed using open standards, e.g., HTML and javascript. Instead of aiding the further development of these standards, they are sucking developer power into their own eco-system and make the apps, that would otherwise be available to everyone, only accessible to their own customer-base.

- Being the middle-man. Any content provided by external parties, be it software (apps), music, movies or magazines, gets an Apple tax. Even Microsoft wasn't that evil.

- Being secretive about developer revenues. Developing for iOS isn't as lucrative as Apple makes us believe it is. Only a very small portion of the developer-base makes a lot of money. Those are the ones we hear about in the news. The majority, however, has a hard time to recover their investments, or makes a loss.

And, if you google around, I'm sure you'll find many other reasons to dislike Apple.

Re:Patent fight not the only reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500924)

Like owning an apple product for over 1 year.

Re:Patent fight not the only reason (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500930)

DRM

Funny as Apple/Jobs pushed music labels to release their music DRM free

Locking hardware to software

They also do that with a reason and not the "evil" they want to rape our babies kind of thing. With Apple they are so obsessed with user experience (and they don't suck at it) that they want to control every aspect. And hate that vertical approach but it works for them. If I look how different the experience is between my android smarthphone and iPad I find it hard to criticize them.

Pushing of proprietary standards

Hilarious. You are aware of the fact that they favored pushing HTML5 instead of the proprietary stuff like Flash. You are aware they are on of the driving force like open standard as OpenCL.

Being the middle-man

Because bandwidth, processing cost, support are all free.

Being secretive about developer revenues

Can you tell me where apple advertises with the fact that IOS is as lucrative. Can I tell you something as a developer who also built mobile applications and also have android devices. If the IOS market is so bad, you don't want to know which graveyard the Android market is.

As someone calling bullshit on the fact that Samsung didn't copy icons or look and feel. Look at KIES, look at the use of sunflower as an icon for the photo picture. Not like the telephone symbol as a photographer I never seen the sunflower as a mental model for a photograph.

For me people may buy and boycott what they want but damn there is so much FUD these days on sites like slashdot it isn't even funny anymore.

Re:Patent fight not the only reason (1)

stanthegoomba (805724) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501016)

There are more reasons to boycott apple. For example, - DRM. Download music from iTunes, and you can only play it on a limited number of computers (try it and you'll find out).

iTunes music hasn't been DRM-encrypted since 2006. You can play it on an unlimited number of computers (try it and you'll find out).

Pushing of proprietary standards. Many apps developed today could just as well be developed using open standards, e.g., HTML and javascript. Instead of aiding the further development of these standards, they are sucking developer power into their own eco-system and make the apps, that would otherwise be available to everyone, only accessible to their own customer-base.

Apple co-developed WebKit, the open source renderer which made the modern HTML/Javascript web app environment possible. The first iPhone only ran web apps--the App Store was a response to consumer demands. Apple has been one of the loudest voices pushing for HTML5 adoption in browsers and devices. They also make their own services (iCloud and iWork.com) available as web apps. There are many reasons to dislike Apple, but do your research first.

Wow, every point wrong! (3, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501080)

Download music from iTunes, and you can only play it on a limited number of computers (try it and you'll find out).

Nope, been unencrptyted now for many years (and with iTunes Match Apple will even give you a nice 256kb DRM-free audio file of everything you ever ripped from a CD).

So that was totally wrong.

Locking hardware to software.

This was a particularly amusing error because you almost had a point! If only you had reversed it.

But in fact Apple does not lock hardware to software at all. Apple, for example, shipped bootcamp with the first Intel Mac.

Pushing of proprietary standards.

Like the industry standard HTML5?

Or the industry standard video codec h.264?

Or forcing the music industry to drop DRM?

Apple has not pushed proprietary standards since AppleTalk.

Being the middle-man.

I can download music from anywhere and load it on an iPhone.

Free apps pay nothing to Apple.

I can put any number of PDF's on a iPhone, or read Kindle books with which not one cent went to Apple...

"A" middle man? Sure. THE middle man? Not even close.

Being secretive about developer revenues.

Good good man, Apple is the only company that trumpets loudly how much they are paying developers! There is nothing secret about it whatsoever.

Is it hard to find out how much any one developer makes? Yes, unless they tell you. You are claiming that I should simply be able to ask Apple exactly how much money every app made, and you are claiming that breathtaking invasion of MY privacy as an App developer is LESS EVIL?

How about you tell us how much you make. Or are you being secretive?

And, if you google around, I'm sure you'll find many other reasons to dislike Apple.

Indeed you will, each of them more baseless than the last.

The sad thing is there are perfectly valid reasons to be be upset with Apple, why can't people complain about them more often in a wider forum?

Boycott is not necessary (2)

siddesu (698447) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500868)

If Apple decides that it is time to stop innovating their products (or successfully copying and integrating other people's designs in them, as some see it) and start suing and doing other dirty tricks instead, they would have already lost more than half the battle. Trying to squash competition has never worked well in the long run, and trying to squash it with dirty tricks has worked even worse.

Apple cannot realistically threaten the rest of the industry long term. They aren't that big, their products aren't that pervasive and they simply cannot afford a wide enough product range to compete with everyone. Even if they could become the new Microsoft, in a decade or so everyone would have been tired enough of them to switch to something else.

Besides, boycott may be counterproductive -- Apple left on its own can well generate more bad will than Apple pestered by boycotts. So, instead of recommending a boycott, inform your readers about the problems Apple is creating and help them make informed and rational decisions about their purchases. And if they decide Apple is good for them, then let them have it -- it is their choice, after all.

Re:Boycott is not necessary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500998)

Man there are a lot of fanbois here. There's a difference between the actions of Apple recently and other companies patent activities. Firstly Apple are actively pushing to block other devices at a county level. Secondly and very importantly, Apples recent patents are all at such an obvious level as to be utterly vile. The cell phone patent is simply an enumeration of possible things you can run with a battery, they simply list the cell phone and enough of the obvious things you would need to run it off a battery to make it past the low bar at the patent office. Who don't care about anything except getting their fee. The same thing with patenting clicking a number and calling a phone. This is simply just one of the uses of the hyperlink, implicitly in the very nature of a hyperlink and should not be patentable. Again it's just picking one of the enumerations of the uses of a hyperlink, naming it and then claiming it as a patent. Unfortunately judges are too thick to know the difference. Simply naming one of the combinations of uses of a non-patentlable thing should not make it patentable.

That's easy to do (1, Funny)

ksemlerK (610016) | more than 2 years ago | (#38500896)

I already don't own any Crapple products from the manufacturer, and the one Crapple product I do own is a eMac that I pulled out of a dumpster.(I hate it when technology is wasted, so I took it). However, I will never purchase any product from that company. So I guess I've been boycotting Apple for the last 15 years.

Won't work because it won't sway Apple users (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38500914)

Joe Average will stop reading that article halfway the summary. It doesn't do a good job explain why an Apple boycott would be called for to a public that is immensely pro-Apple. Targeting non-Apple users with this is pointless since they won't buy Apple anyway, so your core audience is Apple users.
And if an Apple user starts reading this at all (which is not a given - the title alone might scare him away) he will be going into it with "my Apple products all work, are easy to use and look nice; I don't want to use Windows / Android / &c.". The writer has a formidable uphill battle to fight and he doesn't even try. You won't get people to boycott a company they dearly love if you yourself apparently don't even care about the issue.
This article teaches us some important lessons in article writing:
1) Mind your audience.
2) Write clearly.
3) Get your argument in quickly.
4) Hook the reader long enough to get the support for your conclusion in there.

Who cares? (1, Insightful)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38501036)

If you want to be a fanboi, at least become one about something that matters - maybe people in your life? But devoting energy to things like this article proposes is simply a waste of precious time. A computer is a computer; a phone is a phone. You get one and you use it. It's not like any of them are particularly special. I don't see anyone obsessing over their toaster like this...

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