2009-02-22

Anyone surprised?

I am kinda ambiguous on the issue of Apple.

On one hand, they dropped DRM from iTunes, built a great computer I am using, and helped me out for free when it stopped working. On the other hand, they want to make reverse-engineering of their iPhone a criminal offense punishable by up to $2500 US per instance and up to five years in jail.

Not nice, Apple. Not nice.

EFF has set up a site about this issue, called Free Your Phone. Go check it out.

Via Consumerist

8 comments:

  1. *gasp* You're an apple fanboy/girl? *ungasp* But yeah, Apple's philosophy has always been the closed system whenever possible. I doubt they would've removed the DRM on iTunes if sites like Amazon didn't offer legit DRM-free music first. Not that a closed system is a bad policy per se, but I think it's slightly misleading when Apple portrays itself as this hip & cool company when in reality, it's ruled by an iron fist behind a bamboo curtain!

    You know, because bamboo grows really fast and Apple is obviously an environmentally responsible company :)

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  2. Nah, not really a big fan of Apple. I'm more of a pragmatist when it comes to technology. Avoiding Windows and where possible the rest of Microsoft products is as much a matter of conviction as of pure usability and reliability for me.

    I use two flavors of Linux (Fedora and RHEL) for work and play, and my little trusty iBook G4 here for home use. The fact that its operating system is based on a BSD flavor helps a bit too. Hardly a day passes without me using the Terminal to do something.

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  3. Fair enough. My new external 1TB HD got here yesterday, and after I back up all my junk I'll be able to try out the different distros and hell, windows 7 beta. Might as well. As long as I have to act as unofficial tech support for family members, I'll have to keep up with the latest microsoft innovations. Besides, I am just curious... all the reviews suggest Windows 7 isn't actually half bad?!

    The big no-no for me with apple is that I can't build my own system... buying pretty, albeit overpriced hardware is cool and all, but nothing beats hacking together a new system and then yell "It's alive!" followed by the standard mad scientist laugh when it powers on the very first time :)~

    But hey, Bill Gates and wife are doing some serious good with their foundation. Much kudos there!

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  4. No idea what Windows 7 might be like. I have been Windows-free for about 7 years now and wouldn't even know what to compare it to.

    When it comes to tinkering, I contain my urge to the automotive realm, but I can understand your argument.

    When Apple announced they'd start using Intel chips, I honestly hoped (yes, that's how naive I was!) they'd make their OS compatible with commodity hardware, sell it for as cheap as it is, and dominate the world overnight.

    Okay, maybe I am exaggerating that last part about world domination, but I honestly think to this day that Windows' market share would drop quickly and dramatically if Mac OS were to become available for commodity Intel architecture.

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  5. Yeah, when Apple decided to switch to Intel, I thought the end of the world was near. I mean, remember how Apple used to hammer intel on how worthless their chips are compared to the RISC powerPCs? And it was even more exciting when an x86 OS X for any x86 based system was leaked onto the world wide net. Yes, it was a heavily hacked and patched version and not too legal, and yes I downloaded it but sadly never got around to try it out. But I had the same thought as yours - Apple would take so much marketshare from MS if they just make it official and legal! I know many would've bought it, even if only out of curiosity.

    But I doubt it'll ever happen. Apple prides itself in having control over both software and hardware. If Joe Sixpack can buy OS X from Best Buy and put it in his 3 year old Dell with Dell proprietary hardware and other generic junk, there would be tons of issues and other problems. OS X viruses will follow exponentially, and Apple would be flooded with tech support calls and its easy-to-use image and "Apple experience" would be compromised. I don't think Apple can take that hit to its ego!

    Besides, it'll probably take away from their lucrative hardware sales, when people see the price difference in similar mac and pc hardware configs.

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  6. I suspect they weren't helped you really "for free" when your computer stopped working... it was a service you were deserving as a paying customer (it can be argued. a paying customer of a premium product, since Apple hardware is priced above the competition)

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  7. @Nicu: Yes indeed, but having paid premium prices for other manufacturers' products and received awful customer service anyway, I appreciate the simple and unbureaucratic approach of Apple support.

    And BTW, I bought that computer used, from a colleague, and had no proof of purchase whatsoever. My physical possession of the machine was sufficient. That is highly unusual in the industry.

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