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Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions

Omega Hard to know if the posts violated the ToS (588 comments)

It's hard to know if this is censorship or if they just violated the terms of service and hatebois are flying off the handle. There are still lots of posts about the consumer reports unrecommendation on discussions.apple.com:

http://discussions.apple.com/search.jspa?search=Go&q=consumer+reports

Still, if it's true it wouldn't be the first time Apple flew off the handle with the censorship (remember the Ulysses app flap?).

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Says Microsoft Is 'Hardcore' About Tablets

Omega Think of the victims! (324 comments)

Hard working designers like Gloria Vanderbilt and Antoine Bugleboy. These are the people who saw an overcrowded marketplace and said, "Me too!"

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs To Keynote WWDC iPhone Announcement

Omega MOD PARENT UP! (484 comments)

The animus toward Apple on Slashdot is striking. It doesn't matter what it is, how useful it is or how big or small the market share is: haters love to hate.

Haters are always looking for the "Apple killer." Whether it's the iPod-killer, Mac Mini-killer, iPhone-killer, Mac Book Air-killer or now iPad-killers. They want to see them all killed.

Also, anyone who uses an Apple anything is obviously a "fan-boy" (haters' favorite slur), who's just falling victim to marketing hype. They couldn't possibly find any simplicity, support or use for their Apple product. If only they knew how stupid they were to be spending their money on X electronic item.

Apple's done a lot of dumb things (refusing the run Flash on the iPhone/iPad, the App Store lock-in, proprietary display/data ports) but credit where credit is due: they embraced Unix, open web standards and H.264. Maybe instead of flying off the handle every time Apple is mentioned, you could RTFA and assess the thing on its merits and faults.

The thing is, Apple's enigmatic frontman doesn't turn up to these geeky WWDC shindigs unless he has something to announce which will get the hyped-up gang of Apple fanboys and girls a-whoopin' and a-hollerin'.

Keep trollin' on, haters.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Publishes Some "Thoughts On Flash"

Omega I almost fell over laughing... (944 comments)

I like my iPhone a lot, but Apple runs a ridiculously closed, proprietary system. So Steve's criticism of Flash as being closed and proprietary is so obscene as to be ridiculous.

Saying Apple supports open "web standards" is just splitting hairs. They support open standards when it's in their interest (trying to lure users away from competitors) but otherwise they are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to pushing lock-down, proprietary, our-way-or-the-highway systems.

The only reason Apple gets away with it is because of their small market share. If they had the size or influence of Microsoft they'd get their ass slapped with an antitrust suit just the same.

more than 4 years ago
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Cellphones Increasingly Used As Evidence In Court

Omega A cellphone is a portable tracking device... (232 comments)

You'd think this would be well known by now. In order for the network to know how to reach you with a call, your cellphone has to tell the tower where you are. It's just common sense, if you're getting a signal, your whereabouts can be easily determined.

The only way to protect your privacy with a cellphone is to turn it off.

more than 5 years ago
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French Assembly Adopts 3-Strikes Bill

Omega Does France even have baseball? (343 comments)

Really, I want to know. I know it's the "American Pasttime" but is the metaphor of "three strikes" even used there?

more than 5 years ago
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EPIC Urges FTC To Investigate Google Services

Omega Cluestick (111 comments)

Wait. You mean Google is taking the data I'm storing for free on their servers mining it for information to use in contextual advertising just like I agreed to in the terms and conditions when I signed up?

And also, I want a pony.

more than 5 years ago
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2009, Year of the Linux Delusion

Omega I think they meant the other way around... (696 comments)

I didn't realize that Linux was in need of being saved.

Seriously. If anything it would be Linux that might save Palm.

more than 5 years ago
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What To Do With Old Laptops?

Omega Um, that wasn't the goal until recently... (620 comments)

Turned all into poor mans xo laptops.

That is so ironic, considering the goal of the XO laptop...

The XO wasn't meant to be a "poor man's laptop", it was meant to be a learning computer that was also inexpensive. Something that promoted education and collaboration which could also work in a low-power, low-connectivity, intemperate environment.

It wasn't until they agreed to put Windows on it that it became another "poor man's laptop." Now it's just a crappy cheap toy that doesn't promote learning but does run Windows applications (very slowly and underpowered).

more than 6 years ago

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