We really need a tech category distinct from science. As if there aren't enough reasons to boycott anything to do with Apple...

Steve Jobs Has Just Gone Mad

Today Apple announced a version 4 their iPhone OS. It seems to answer most of the open issues relating to the platform. All sounded good.

But then, John Gruber over at Daring Fireball discovered a "hidden gem" in the new developer terms.

here they are:
3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by
the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and
Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs
(e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary
translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

Aside from this being an attempt to drive another stake through the heart of Adobe and Flash, the other implications are obscene -

The key is where they say "Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++."

Take a pause and think about what that "originally" really means.

Developers are not free to use any tools to help them. If there is some tool that converts some Pascal or, Ruby, or Java into Objective-C it is out of bounds, because then the code is not "originally" written in C. This is akin to telling
people what kind of desk people sit at when they write software for the
iPhone. Or perhaps what kind of music they listen to. Or what kind of
clothes they should be wearing. This is *INSANE*.

I don't know who said this originally, but it is now an immutable truth. All Apple products are now little more than vending machines for i-store. People are paying full purchase price for products they will never legally own. With Apple, all your rights as a consumer have now been forfeited. This is open warfare to remove any inkling you may have of controlling or using your technology to suit your own needs. All decisions are made for you and there are no opt-out options. Apple has crawled into bed with the MafIAA, had a screaming orgasm and decided it wants to stay there. The consumer is just an annoying insect who's only use is to fork over cash for shiny garbage,

Apple are starting to make Microsoft seem reasonable and open by comparison. That is a mighty feat.

Tags: apple, consumer rights, mafiaa, totalitarianism

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Its a shame, but the general public doesn't care about any of that. They just see a shiny new iPhone and they go fork over another 800 bucks. Marketing, marketing, marketing.
There may be another explanation for this word, 'originally'. I've seen it used once in a very similar context, but a phone call to the tech support revealed it actually meant 'no embedded code'.
You actually believe that ? I know some nice Nigerian gentlemen that would be honoured to make your acquaintance.

Believe? "There may be another explanation" = wild guess based on a similar experience.

In my specific case, I had every reason to believe the tech support, since our app stopped crashing (although it compiled OK) when I reengineered the embedded code using plain old C. Otherwise we had no problem with language conversion tools, even programs originally written in COBOL ran just fine on this platform.
Apple's history of product hobbling is endless, as is their obsessive secrecy about product specs. They are on a crusade against Adobe and Flash - this was seen with i-Pad's release. Which you'll also note lacks any USB ports to make connecting it to other devices oh so much harder. The only things Apple wants you to use is what you can get from i-store. Everything else will be blocked and/or deliberately broken.

And as long as people keep buying these shiny, neutered trinkets, the more of them there will be. If we're not careful, this is the future. No rights, no control, no say. You'll buy what you're told and be grateful.
I'm not familiar with Apple hardware at all, and only superficially familiar with their policies and 'philosophy'. The experience I related was with another manufacturer, who used the word 'original' or 'originally' in their technico-legal stuff the same way Apple does here (not talking about intents here - only appearances.)

(And I now realize I should have said this before. Duh.)
Years ago, and I do mean years, Microsoft was referred to as "protestant," because you could "talk to god" yourself, and Apple was referred to as "Catholic" because you had to go through the priest to "talk to god." Back then, I was Microsoft all the way. However, Microsoft/Windows got more and more unreliable and bug prone. I tried Linux, but there weren't enough programs for it, and eventually I changed to Mac computers. Now, at least I don't have to reboot ten or twenty times a day and I don't have to worry about viruses. I'm not happy with many of Apple's policies, but damn it, I want a computer that works!
I am with you Donna. I like to show up and have my computer work for me - not have to work ON my computer. I am so disgusted with everything Microsloth after my Vista experience (it gets more bloated, cumbersome and error-prone after every biweekly upgrade) that I am replacing my Dell with mac mini. I am going to load Windows 7 as a 2nd operating system - but will only use it when I absolutely need to.
I used to work for Microsoft, so take this for what it's worth. I have been running Vista for quite a while on one machine and Windows 7 on my new machine, and they are both quite stable. Bloated, yes, but so is Apple's software. It's true that Apple has a smaller hardware set to target, which saves them a lot of work compared to Microsoft, and thus gives them fewer opportunities to err. It's also true that Apple products are less of a target for viruses because of their smaller market share. However, Microsoft works fairly hard to minimize bugs and virus threats (not true a few years ago, perhaps, but definitely true since XP) because it costs them more money if they don't, and Microsoft is nothing if not focused on the bottom line. Both Apple and Microsoft issue monthly patches to fix bugs and security holes. I don't see a lot of difference lately in reliability. I'll give Apple the nod in UI design and usability generally, and Apple clearly kicks Microsoft's ass when it comes to style and industrial design.
Fair enough. I also give Apple the nod for a more streamlined operating system that seems to run faster and use a lot less RAM. And the updates for Windows are just far too frequent.
Eh, I just have Microsoft Update automatically download all the critical patches and then I choose when to install them, usually as part of shutdown when I go to bed for the evening. I just think of it as routine maintenance. I've been doing it this way for years and only been bitten once, when Microsoft released a patch that broke auto-update. Sort of a chore to recover from that, but it only hit one of my machines.

I agree that Vista uses a ton of RAM and seems to hammer my hard drive more than it should. Windows 7 seems better about that. But then, I've been using my Vista machine for years, and stuff tends to accumulate. It would be nice if Windows had a "blow the cobwebs out" utility to provide a list of things I've never used or haven't used in over a year and give me the option to uninstall them.
Microsoft's insistence on keeping that old dinosaur "registry" around is, in my uneducated opinion, part of its cumbersomeness. Also, Macs are not safer only because of their smaller market share. The Linux-based OS helps, too. I'm not saying they are unhackable, but a Mac doesn't have its ass hanging out there in the wind the way a MS computer does.


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