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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Much ado about nothing (281 comments)

I updated to iOS4 because Apple 'recommended' it for my phone. When iOS4 turned out to be slow as hell on an iPhone 3G, I tried to downgrade and found that Apple, in its great and infinite wisdom, had intentionally made any downgrading of an iPhone as impossible as they technologically could manage, because to downgrade an iPhone would be to question the idea that Apple always has all its users' best interests at heart. And of course, as we all know here in this wonderful and highly intelligent Slashdot thread, questioning Apple's blanket benevolence toward all users is just preposterous - something only engaged in by Conspiracy Theorists!

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Hardware ages too (281 comments)

Yes, that's it of course. All the thousands of people complaining about slow phones, thus creating worldwide spikes and Google graphs, must all have just dropped their phones, or turned them on and off too many times, or operated them in a sauna. Something that Android users don't do because they are basement-dwelling geeks with no lives. And I have already agreed with you that solid state electronics are incredibly vulnerable to damage from constant use. This doesn't appear to happen as much to Android users, because... well, they simply must not be using their phones as much. Because they suck. Because they weren't designed by Apple. Which always has the best interests of its users at heart. This is so easy. I could pwn Apple haters on this page all day, every day. Join me! Oh waitÃ" you already have.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Hardware ages too (281 comments)

How dare you accuse me of lying! If I were lying, then that would mean that Apple defenders' excuses are actually full of shit, and everyone knows that this is an impossibility, because Apple always has our best interests at heart.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Much ado about nothing (281 comments)

You're totally right, I shouldn't fall into these conspiracy theories, like believing my phone got instantly slower with iOS4 and believing everyone else who says the same thing. Instead I should believe that someone is hacking with my perception of time. Because that would be the only way for it not to be conspiracy theory. Obviously I should just ignore the evidence of my senses and my experience and believe your unsupported suppositions about what compiler options Apple uses for each phone image, and whether they are appropriate. Nobody actually has a clue as to what is the answer to that question, but I should just trust Apple because they obviously have my best interests at heart. To believe anything else of a corporation is obviously a conspiracy theory, as I have been saying all along.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Graph is search results, not speed measurements. (281 comments)

You know what? I never considered that. You're right, the probability of Apple misuing the software locks that have on our devices to push near-irrevocable updates that slow us down, something that is completely within their power and they would actually have to expend effort not to do, is approximately equal to the probability of Google predicting that someone would write an article like this and pre-emptively messing with their search algorithms, just on the off-chance that somebody might do a study like this. Every Apple defender should remember, when talking about Google. Apple might have verified near-total control of your device, and it might be plainly obvious to them how they could abuse it, but you should trust them blindly not to, because they are just that trustworthy. Apple has your best interests at heart. On the other hand, you should NOT trust Google blindly because maybe they are messing with searches they have no idea who is going to perform or why. Google might be psychic and be able to tell in advance what kinds of articles people are going to write and mess with search algorithms to throw them off. The mere outside chance possibility of this is enough because Google obviously does not have your best interests at heart. You see, it's all about trust. When you have trust in a company, you will let them in your underwear. When you don't, you don't even want their car in your neighbourhood.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Nothing new... (281 comments)

Nothing new to this thread, either, but hey-- who reads, anymore, am I right?

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Hardware ages too (281 comments)

Wow that's a great example, PopeRatzo, because the chintzy little ncurses-like OS on the original iPods is totally comparable to the UNIX-flavour OS X on a smartphone computer. I also hear original Sony Walkmans still work, so that and the original iPod thing totally disprove any conspiracy theories about companies abusing their trusted access to your device to try to pump sales. A corporation would NEVER do that, obvs

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Planned obsolescence (281 comments)

No way does Microsoft do the same things as Apple, because there's no way that Microsoft could ever be equally as wonderful as Apple. Whatever evil thing that Microsoft does, that might -seem- similar to something Apple is doing...? I guarantee you that Apple is doing that thing differently in some way, that makes it actually virtuous, and for our own good, because Apple has our best interests at heart.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Weird premise (281 comments)

You're right. I should just pick one. It's not like Apple recommended one without warning me about any tradeoffs and then did everything in their power to make it impossible for me to take it back. Apple wouldn't do that to anyone intentionally. Apple cares, cheesybagelman! Agree or disagree?

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:It's not just the OS (281 comments)

You're right. My bad. It must be just me and the thousands of other users that have complained about this online for years affected graphs and whatnot. We are just isolated cases, of course. There is no performance issue. Nothing to see here, folks! Move along.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Impact on the Network? (281 comments)

You sure showed me.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Rely on Reputation? (281 comments)

Well of course Apple ate the dingos. Because that babies are future users, and Apple always has the user's best interests at heart. For someone who claims to understand what I'm being, you oddly failed to predict that Apple eating dingos is actually a very good thing.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Newsflash (281 comments)

Totally. And to think, some idiots actually TRUST Apple's update recommendations. I mean, I know Apple wouldn't recommend anything against my interests, just to make more money, because that would be a conspiracy theory. But still, everybody knows that recommended updates are supposed to make computers run crappier. It's just common sense. Sure, Apple's products are aimed at the not necessarily computer-savvy, but there's not savvy, and there's being a TOTAL LOSER by trusting Apple.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel It's not just the OS (281 comments)

Absolutely. It has to be the third-party apps. After all, from a standing no-apps all-memory-released start, it takes my iPhone 3G with iOS4 only about 5 seconds to open the keyboard, and only 10 seconds to open the built-in iPod player. I count myself lucky I'm not waiting minutes every time. I mean, at least it's better than loading from a floppy. Gotta be those third-party apps, mm-hmm.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Rely on Reputation? (281 comments)

Yes. Here's a good one. Backdoors aren't 'backdoors' when Apple has the keys. They don't exist, understand? There is just a wall there. No door.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Built in obselescence (281 comments)

Yes. Linux does it too. Every single computer company pushes recommended updates directly to users without a warning, and then makes it as impossible as they can to downgrade back to what they had due to DRM-style software locks. I mean, Linux may not actually have any such locks, but hell, just yesterday, Linus Torvalds himself came to my house and said if I tried to downgrade Gnome 2 back to Gnome 1, he would personally send Richard Stallman and a couple of goons to beat up my pet animals. Save your cute pet animals! Buy Apple. They only use software locks to prevent you from taking back with their upgrade decisions Ã" NOT ANIMAL ABUSE.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Planned obsolescence (281 comments)

You did. You totally got me there. You successfully managed to fend off any suspicion that Apple is trying to cynically manipulate users into spending more, by pointing out that nobody has to install their surprise-slow updates. Instead, people could just not trust Apple and check the internet to see what update critics are saying. And that conclusively proves that Apple's motives are not questionable here. QED! BTW I have noticed that you are really smart, with your 'hyperboles' and your 'gotchas'. Do you have a blog or something?

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Impact on the Network? (281 comments)

Yes I agree, it's the Overarching Monolithic Network that simultaneously sets everybody's speed across the world for doing anything. Blame The Network. Not Apple. P.S. It's taking forever for me to open this PowerPoint document. Did somebody break The Network again??

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:Planned obsolescence (281 comments)

You're right. Users always have the option of just not trusting Apple at all and doing hours of their own research before going ahead with Apple's recommended updates that cannot easily be reversed at all. I clearly see your logic now. Apple is not at fault BECAUSE they CAN'T be trusted. Users should be able to figure out for themselves that the widely touted most user friendly computer company in the world cannot actually be trusted with a single update. Then they would understand why Apple is superior.

about three weeks ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

TechnicolourSquirrel Re:No need for a conspiracy (281 comments)

Yes, I agree. Apple obviously did the only thing it could do when it slowed everybody devices down by pushing more updates than they can handle. This helped them delay complaints from users about not getting upgrades for about a year, until finally there is an update that won't run at all. Pushing all our old phones to the brink of unuseability to delay inevitable complaints by about a year is just Apple's way of keeping its userbase happy, and has nothing to do with forcing people to buy new phones, which Apple isn't interested in AT ALL.

about three weeks ago

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Photonovelists Start Running Into Each Other

TechnicolourSquirrel TechnicolourSquirrel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TechnicolourSquirrel (1092811) writes "In a kind of fan convention replay of Man Bites Dog, one camera-wielding photo comic creator encounters another at Fan Expo 2008 in Toronto, resulting in some amusingly self-reflexive photoblogging that may demonstrate the value of the network effect in the field of photonovels. The blogger also has this to say about convention culture: "Far more this year than last year, the gamers were segregated from the rest of the convention-goers. Nonlinear geeks are not like linear geeks. The clustering vibe is as different as between a clan of badgers and a herd of buffalo. It shouldn't really be necessary to separate them — that takes care of itself. I would have preferred it if the organisers had used their floor plan to force a little more mixing".

[Note for Eds: This is a corrected version of the story I submitted earlier, in which I believe I mistakenly wrote 'Man Bites Bog' where I intended to write 'Man Bites Dog'. This is the corrected copy — you may post it or use it as a guide to correct the original timestamped version, or just reject both as you wish. Apologise for doing it this way — it was the only way I knew to be sure the same people would see it.]"
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Photonovelists Start Running Into Each Other

TechnicolourSquirrel TechnicolourSquirrel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TechnicolourSquirrel (1092811) writes "In a kind of fan convention replay of Man Bites Bog, one camera-wielding photo comic creator encounters another at Fan Expo 2008 in Toronto, resulting in some amusingly self-reflexive photoblogging that gives us a glimpse of the network effects we will probably see when basically everybody is doing a photonovel. The blogger also has this to say about convention culture: 'Far more this year than last year, the gamers were segregated from the rest of the convention-goers. Nonlinear geeks are not like linear geeks. The clustering vibe is as different as between a clan of badgers and a herd of buffalo. It shouldn't really be necessary to separate them — that takes care of itself. I would have preferred it if the organisers had used their floor plan to force a little more mixing.'"
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TechnicolourSquirrel TechnicolourSquirrel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TechnicolourSquirrel (1092811) writes "Forbes.com informs us that Media Rights Technologies is suing Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and Real Networks for not using its DRM technology and therefore 'failing to include measures to control access to copyrighted material,' alleging that their refusal to use MRT's X1 Recording Control technology constitutes a 'circumvention' of a copyright protection system, which is of course illegal under the Digital Millenium Copryight Act. I would say more, but without controlling access to this paragraph with MRT's products, I fear I have already risked too much..."

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