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Apple Delays Release of LGPL WebKit Code

Swift2001 So I could tell which way this was going (209 comments)

This is not an Apple blog, which would include some good things they do. Instead, it's the foolish fanboys' trivial take on Apple the Monster. Well, be happy with your childish amusements. I'm outie.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

Swift2001 The Real Truth! (481 comments)

Of course, there's always been a small supply of the Old Ones to use as actors in Space Alien movies. Kind of like the Indians in John Ford movies. But seriously, space aliens are clearly the first manifestation of the Cold War paranoia.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

Swift2001 The Truth! (481 comments)

We're the space aliens, they're the locals. Most of us have just forgotten what happened after our birth on epsilon kappa. The earth used to be littered with little green men. We killed them all by installing air conditioners. Now and again, some come back for a visit, and we kill them too. This was one of those visits. That'll teach 'em.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Swift2001 Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

I think he qualifies as an expert on codecs. More than me, and probably more than you.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Swift2001 Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

Maybe, then, the free (as in beer) software movement has its limitations, much as I like some of it. Firefox can certainly pay the codec out of referrals from Big Brother Google. Or Google could very easily fork over a few pennies from its Scrooge McDuck-sized treasury to bail out Firefox.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Swift2001 Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

Sez you. I don't know. Are YOU a lawyer, or just another ideologue? Maybe you're right. Then why should Google not support both codecs? The latest GPL license is a kamikaze attack on software, and a plea for crap written in mother's basement.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Swift2001 Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

Why doesn't Google suggest a standard to the body that allows a browser to give people the choice of codec? Something in Preferences? Or alternately, allow the browser to recognize them both? During the whole Flash debate, Google came out in favor of "consumer choice" for Flash on mobile phones. Flash is closed. But they're not in favor of an open standard there, HTML 5, but here they're against the open standard administered by a consortium, H.264. Could it be because the megacorp, Google, in both cases chose whatever would hurt its competitor the most, and screw open/closed? And is their distaste for paying royalties mean they're champions of open, or just another junk merchant that provokes religious frenzy by saying it's "open," except when it isn't?

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Swift2001 Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

And your expertise is...? A codec is a very hard bit of programming to optimize for all uses. H.264 is a damned good job, that exists on Blu-ray down to cellphones, giving the best possible image in each case. The world is full of hardware that is compatible with it, and hardware encoding and decoding is in a lot of programs and hardware throughout the industry. Yes, the consortium controls the patents. Big movie studios pay the most, and companies that distribute the codecs, like Apple, Google (yes!), and Microsoft, pay about a million a year. If you want to distribute your own movie on discs, you have to pay a modest bit of royalty with exemptions for charities and non-profits. Let's see: Google Chrome, rightfully, has grown very popular over the past year. I had adopted it as my default because it's so damn fast. If they carry through with this, that's the end of it for me. Firefox I find has become unusable too. I know the problems with Safari and speed, memory leaks, etc. -- but this is intolerable. It is unfair practice, and if Chrome was any bigger, it would get the attention of the Justice Department. If Google also dropped h.264 from YouTube, you bet they'd be investigated. (Apple, by the way, has now relented and allowed Flash Builder apps to be run on the iPhone. The Justice Department may have influenced that, too.)

more than 3 years ago
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Mac App Store Apps Already Hacked

Swift2001 Apparently, it's the developers (148 comments)

There is no DRM per se on programs sold on the Mac App Store. But Apple does advise developers to authenticate the receipts with the bundle IDs. Many programmers, like Rovio, apparently, either didn't bother or did it wrong. You can put in phony receipts, with the wrong numbers, and it works. Undoubtedly, there is a way to fake even real receipts, and that will be discovered in the future. Piracy is rather trivial on the Mac, in fact. A simple serial and a copy of Little Snitch will get you just about anything. And the OS isn't locked down at all, like some other OSes I might mention.

more than 3 years ago
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Android vs. iPhone — Who Wins In 2011?

Swift2001 Define winning, please (424 comments)

I sell more more with my free OS on it, or versions of same? Who's winning? HTC? The Android makers will now have a race to the bottom, and the networks will make money on the OS by restricting choice. The dictators, the "EVIL EMPIRE" here are AT&T and Verizon, etc., that do their best to hook you into exclusive bondage to their networks by various means of branding their company. Whether you like Android or iOS is a matter of taste. I like the iPhone, despite the crappiness of the AT&T network. Our rents on these phones are too damn high, get it? Oh, no, the Androids among us like to see Jobs as the locus of evil in cell phones. As long as you look at the problem that way, you're fresh meat for Verizon, etc. What we need is a populist rebellion against the networks, and all you guys can do is cheer for one vastly wealthy corporation over another, both of which make creditable platforms.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case For Apple Buying Facebook

Swift2001 Douches (255 comments)

Why on earth would Apple want a software product that could disappear tomorrow? Okay, in the next year. Right now, it's big. All that's in the way of it losing 90% of its value is some other thing coming along. By the time the word filters down to Mom and Pop that the kids aren't on Facebook anymore, that's about two years. How's Rupert's investment in MySpace doing? Duh. Adobe, on the other hand...

more than 3 years ago
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Rupert Murdoch Hates Google, Loves the iPad

Swift2001 Why I'm quitting Slashdot (412 comments)

You're no longer relevant. This item, and the last five or six, are not about Apple. They are about how some people think Apple is terrible, and Google is good. Well, good luck to you. Apparently, one way that Apple is bad is that Rupert Murdoch hopes to make money from the iPad. Well, I don't know. The WSJ app sucks, big time, but nobody cares. The rabid conservatives loves them freakin' editorials, and then people get the news and stock market stuff to make money. Google doesn't have to make money this way. They give away Android, because they make their money selling you to advertisers. They've got a business, and so does Apple. Bless 'em both. Bye, all.

more than 4 years ago
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The Apple Two

Swift2001 Re:Like Woz didn't move on a LONG time ago? (643 comments)

Like AvitarX, I want to explain to the learned idiots at Slate -- always wrong about everything -- that Woz loves the tablet, and lined up overnight at the Apple Store to get one. Here's a live interview: http://twit.cachefly.net/video/specials/specials0015/specials0015_h264b_864x480_500.mp4 An interesting point he makes is that he wanted all the expansion cards on the Apple computer, where Jobs wanted to drop them. Maybe Jobs went too far, but eventually, Jobs was in favor of expansion, just through dedicated ports for printers and so on. So, who sells a computer today with printer expansion slots?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft and Apple Rumble Into Middle Age

Swift2001 Re:Not really so (367 comments)

Let's see: $300-400 for a full legal copy vs. $29-$129. Copy protection and activation vs. no copy protection. Yeah, that's right, the honor system. In the last 13 years, Mac has transitioned to the PowerPC IBM chips and then to Intel, and now, in the mobile processors, to Atom and things like that. Same basic OS on each, though of course for the iPhone, a lot of what's in the full Mac OS X isn't appropriate or needed in the iPhone OS. You know, I don't know if it's the same way on Windows (smirk), but on the Mac there are these people called hackers, and they find the ways to go around the Apple prohibitions. Know what they found? The new OS doesn't run as well on the old machine as it does on the new. Some machines are "Tiger" machines, and they'll always run better with 10.4.11. Some are Leopard machines, and will always run better with 10.5.8.

more than 4 years ago
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Here Come the Linux iPad Clones

Swift2001 Re:Tivoization (584 comments)

How's the battery? That's the complaint I'm hearing.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

Swift2001 Re:What's the big deal? (483 comments)

Wrong. I have Google Voice on my iPhone's desktop. It is in HTML5 form, and it works fine. I inherit my google addess list, I get the transcript of any messages left, a list of phone calls, all in Mobile Safari. What Apple rejected was an app that apparently hijacked the user interface and substituted its own address book and message list. Could have told them that Steve Jobs doesn't do that. The UI is guarded like the family jewels. Google had to know that, didn't they? Could they have been arrogant? No, never. Hmm. Google Voice rejected (headlines! outrage!), which makes Gigantic Google the Victim of Sour Apple. Very quickly thereafter, the OS they had bought years earlier is unveiled, ready to run on mobile phones, and, they give it away... FREE!... to any public-spirited hardware manufacturer who will battle against the mighty behemoth who is drowning tiny developers in cash! (That just furthers their evil intention.) Free is... OPEN! LOVE! FLOWERS! The Google search algorithms? Not free. Your data? Free for them. Expensive for advertisers. Sooner or later, it's going to dawn on Google that the best strategy for them will be to give away free software and phones to every man and woman on Earth, the better to becoming trillionaires. Meanwhile, there's no way for the present Apple strategy, to have a tightly-controlled platform that peacefully coexists with every platform on the Internet and is more and more integrated with Windows and Linux, to take over 25-30% of the market, if that.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

Swift2001 Re:What's the big deal? (483 comments)

Let's get to the chase: liability law. If you're a third party and you accidentally infect my iPhone with a trojan, can I come after you? I will certainly try. If you have Apple behind you, I'm pretty sure a) they won't let that be offered for sale, and b) if they do, they'll make me whole. How about you? Will you answer my calls? Will you be awake when the subpoena arrives?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

Swift2001 Re:What's the big deal? (483 comments)

What's more, the voiding of the warranty is completely justified in this case. By altering the car in ways like this, you are subjecting it to all kinds of forces that the design did not envisage. It might be fine, or it might blow something tomorrow. The manufacturer can't possibly know, so all bets are off.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

Swift2001 Re:What's the big deal? (483 comments)

Hey, jailbreak your phone. Get all those other apps that Apple "forbids." Have the Apple cops busted down any doors? No. Just like the hacked copies of OS X, which you can make run on any Windows-type PC or netbook. Heard of any prosecutions? Nope. Except, of course, when that company tried to make a commercial business out of hacking. The judge shut that down firmly and completely, because that's against the law.

more than 4 years ago

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