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Comment: Re:Here they come... (Score 1) 116

by Bogtha (#47801079) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

When somebody says 'the cloud', mentally replace it by 'somebody else's computer'.

Also, when somebody says "It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said...", replace it with "It's unclear how the images were obtained."

Come on, since when are anonymous 4chan users a reliable source?

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 140

by Bogtha (#47801023) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Supporting gay rights.

Almost everyone does that and it does not cost them a single cent.

They spent money commissioning a video celebrating gay pride.

They spent money on lawyers to petition the Californian government on Prop 8.

They donated $100K to the No to 8 campaign.

Their supplier responsibility reports have been auditing their suppliers for discrimination for years.

It is just public relations.

Again, like the other guy I responded to, you're setting up a no win situation. They don't support gay rights? They are unethical. They do support gay rights? It's just marketing.

Their CEO is widely believed to be gay and I'm sure a hell of a lot of their employees are gay as well. You're asking me to believe they aren't doing this out of principle at all? That's not the most plausible explanation here.

Enforcing worker rights in their contracts abroad.

Again, this is mainly a PR thing. People got upset (for the wrong reasons -- Apple's contract manufacturers may be bad employers by European or even American standards, but people in China appear to be happy to work for them) and Apple had to repair damage.

Nope, they actually started internal audits of their supply chain and generating public reports several years before all that happened. You can go and download them on their website and see for yourself.

Making their products environmentally friendly.

When will they be doing that?

They've been doing that for many years. Here's the info, specifically the products. Even Greenpeace are singing their praises, specifically, saying: Apple has put its money where its mouth is: Greenpeace's report, "Clicking Clean," found that the company's embrace of renewable energy is genuine, and is leading the technology sector.

Their entire product portfolio is based on planned obsolescence. They may be very proud of how much material they are saving by making critical parts as flimsy as possible, but in reality the reduced lifespan hurts the environment more than the minor savings help it.

This is just FUD. Apple hardware lasts a lot longer than the equivalent from their competitors. I've lost count of the number of laptops, PCs, and non-Apple smartphones I've seen people around me churn through while Apple users with the same needs just buy once or twice in the same time period.

Improving the privacy of their users

By storing all their personal data in a country that has effectively declared war on privacy? By secretly tracking their customers? Apple is doing the exact opposite of what you claim.

By forbidding abusive behaviour in the App Store. By removing application access to identifying information several times. By providing an alternative to third party analytics like Google Analytics that isn't driven by a market need to sell that data. By encrypting a whole bunch of things they aren't compelled to.

Apple has done many unethical things in recent years.

I won't argue with that. What I will argue with is somebody who says that their ethics are non-existent. They perform positive ethical acts on a regular basis. They clearly have ethics, even if they fail to live up to the standard you demand of them.

Comment: Re:Why start now? (Score 1) 20

by smitty_one_each (#47799557) Attached to: An honest utterance
Wait: you get to accuse me of having my own party, accuse me of having privilege, then accuse me of insisting that you are a member of some established party? I don't remember saying you were the DNC chair, for all your utterances do rival those of Wasserman-Schultz for incoherence.
If you want an accusation, I think you're a defender of statism.

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 4, Insightful) 140

by Bogtha (#47799405) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

You're really setting up a no win situation here. If they don't perform positive ethical acts, then they are unethical. If they do, then it's just "brand management bullet points".

It's funny though, how we have two people here - one calling them unethical, and one pointing out ethical things that they have done - and you perceive this as "there's somebody here worshipping the brand". Not two people with different opinions. One person with a suspect opinion. That's an odd perception.

Also, if anybody is astroturfing, I'd lay my money on the anonymous coward and not the person with a Slashdot account that is several years old with excellent karma.

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 140

by Bogtha (#47799117) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

I hate apple (the corporation) because it seems their ethics are non-existent

Really? They seem to perform positive ethical acts quite regularly. Supporting gay rights. Enforcing worker rights in their contracts abroad. Making their products environmentally friendly. Improving the privacy of their users. Why do you think their ethics are non-existent?

Comment: Re:"Reagan's leadership" (Score 1) 34

This is kinda funny:
On the one hand, I don't doubt that there is substantial truth to the litany of allegations. Even if you want to try to be an Ollie North apologist, he and old "photographic memory" Poindexter really jacked it through the roof.
However, the list is hardly complete:
  • Paul Wolfowitz, then Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State, was caught jaywalking in DC. "That's what you do on J Street," said Paul, "J walk."
  • David Stockman is mentioned as having been indicted, but they omit the charge of picking his nose from rap sheet.
  • Finally, that most infamous rogue of all, Rumsfeld, was too evil for even the Reagan Administration, and was busy cooking Nutrasweet to destroy our Precious Bodily Fluids.

If anything, the moral of this story is that if you concentrate power, Bad Things happen. So what are you doing to help deconstruct Leviathan, sir?

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada