The really humorous part in all this, to me, is that it helps separate seriously thoughtful people from the mindless haters. If Apple releases "more of the same," they criticize and use it as an example of how someone else is better. If they make a change (even one that is only a rumor), they've launched us all on a path to a fiery apocalypse. When you love/hate something to the point of obsession, you've lost all capacity for rational thought. The real icing on the cake is to see these same people calling others "sheep" or "mindless idiots." It reminds me of the classic picture of the guy with the sign that says "get a brain, morans!"
As you said, if you don't like their products, don't buy them and stop whining!
Well I for one am shocked - SHOCKED!!! - that they would dare to change anything when releasing a new product. How dare Apple change things in any of their products? Don't they know that they are the only technology company in the world that does this? Just look at all those Windows and Android devices that are exactly the same in every way as the original models. How DARE Apple break with tradition and actually change something in an as yet unreleased product? And then to not offer any adapters or ways to work with the new product too (which they've never done before)? It's all just so shocking! How can they claim to be "innovative" when they insist on changing things every so often? And to think that we are all forced to buy things from them, too. Something MUST be done.
It's great that we have Internet "reporters" spreading FUD to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Otherwise my IBM PCJr might start to become obsolete.
Not only is this article great troll bait, especially for Apple-haters, but it totally misses the point that TechDirt's apparent need to beat its chest and push screeds against Apple is hardly the basis for an unbiased perspective. It's great that there are a lot of haters that agree with this deeply slanted opinion piece. There are probably just as many who want to buy into everything Cook says as well, and they're just as wrong. Neither perspective should be construed as "fact."
Wait until Samsung, Google, and the others renounce all patents and go totally open-source, then post stuff like this. Otherwise, it's just more baboon-like screeching and throwing of poo.
I'm just glad to hear that Samsung is totally renouncing all patents and trademakrs and is not going to support the copyright system in any way. What a great bunch of people!
Yes, given as how they are so completely innocent of ever, ever asserting rights to any sort of intellectual property, all their patents have been released to public domain, and they've renounced and paid back every court judgment that was ever found in their favor, those people at Samsung are true angels. How dare those evil parasites at Apple pick on such morally upright and kind-hearted people!
You just wait! The next thing we know, someone's going to find out that fewer than 100% of their products are perfect - again, evidently, unlike Samsung - and THEN where will we be? Someone needs to stop them now before it's too late. If we get much more of this, they might win out on a bid for patents over companies like Google, who will then suddenly discover that they don't like patents and copyrights as much as they used to (when they were bidding on them).
Given as how Tolkien was never a US citizen, how is the US keeping us from his work, exactly? And what about Kurosawa? Are these just the US copyrights on works that are otherwise available in their countries of origin, or some part of a deal where we keep works from other countries unavailable? If I'm walking the streets of London and want to grab a copy of Tolkien, how exactly is US law supposed to stop me?
There are still 2 things about this that puzzle me:
!. Since when do we have a serious problem with people who tell us the kinds of things that most of us already know, or at least strongly suspect, anyway?
2. Whenever there's a school shooting, we have no end of talking heads and "elected representatives" lining up to defend the Second Amendment, for fears that squirrel hunters won't be able to buy a bazooka anymore. Where are the people lining up to defend the First Amendment in light of the things that might happen after this incident?
I agree with your assertion that making an app specific to one platform, even one as popular as the iPad can be a recipe for disaster.
And that's even before you get to the point that several people who have been friendly to Apple for all these years, like me, are probably going to start looking elsewhere now that they're actively complicit in helping Murdoch infest the media.
At least whatever decent Android tablet that eventually emerges is unlikely to have a manufacturer who gets involved in producing such questionable content. People will have a choice to participate in such things, but the rest of us can know that the manufacturer of the device can have a bit of a clear conscience, having merely provided a platform and not the offending applications themselves.
"Blue Like Jazz" is a really good book for Christians who want to challenge some long held (and wrong) assumptions and non-Christians who want to have some hope that maybe we're not all a bunch of pontificating nut-jobs.
That said, I have no idea how they'd make it into a movie, but I'd love to see the scene where they set up the "confession booth" to confess all the sins committed by the Church over the years. That's bound to draw some comments!
"It is a nice trick that Apple can compare their computers and OS to Microsoft and insult Dell or Gateway. Then again, what is Apple's market" cap?
Why must everything be about Apple? This is article about Nokia's dissing Android developers! And, BTW, I think that North America represents a pretty significant market, especially for higher-end hardware. Yes, we do have blinders on, where we forget the rest of the world, but if Nokia's not feeling the pain right now, why would they bother to talk about 'Droid at all?
This is one of those great places where lawsuits will help everyone, except possibly the people who took the pictures. BTW, if you take naked pictures of someone under 18 and transmit them over a network, that is a serious federal crime that they don't just let you walk away from, so let's assume that this didn't happen here.
But they can sue the school system and the employees that did it, which is another way to say "sue the school's insurance company and the liability insurance companies of the employees." Parts of the suit are bound to be thrown out, but the ones that stick will put the fear into the rest. I'm sure that the parents are not having problems finding attorneys who want a piece of this!
The kids should probably get a wag of the finger and the coach should be prosecuted. Anything beyond that is getting a bit extreme, but, just in case you missed this, school boards are EXTREMELY hard to successfully sue, due to their sovereign immunity. As long as their attorney had anything like a spine, it would be hard to collect much beyond an apology from the schools in this case, since they may basically just be enforcing a written policy.
Of course, that doesn't mean that the rest of us can't pillory them like they deserve all over the blogosphere!
So where is the evidence that "it overtook iPhone yesterday in mobile web traffic?" Not that I care all that much, since I have neither, but such claims should have some basis in reality that you might want to share.
Bigger question, if Android is supposedly a "derivative "of Microsoft's products, why is it so much better? It's like claiming that Enzo Ferrari owes you money because you have a rubber tree in your house! This is clearly no more than a nuisance lawsuit aimed at a company that might have insufficient cash reserves to fight them off without settling, and it's bound to blow up in their faces.