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:
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.