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Comment: Competition (Score 3, Insightful) 190

by Puk (#32471956) Attached to: The Apple Broadcast Network
In 1959, the television broadcast networks were competing with... radio? Today, Apple is competing with an enormous number of Windows- (and Linux-, Android-, WebOS-...) based Internet-connected laptops (and desktops, phones, PDAs, tablets...) capable of showing the same quality video. Oh, and with television (broadcast, cables, satellite...), which has grown a bit since 1959.

-puk

Comment: Re:apple - the most anti-open company (Score 1) 600

by Puk (#29517549) Attached to: USB-IF Slaps Palm In iTunes Spat
It's far more than a technical fight -- it's an underlying policy fight. Apple is not wrong for calling Palm out for masquerading as their device. It's wrong for putting a bunch of engineering effort into blocking people from using the devices they own with software it has been designed to be compatible with. Palm devices only started masquerading as Apple devices after they were intentionally blocked.

Regardless if that change is a violation of the USB license, I'm not interested in paying money to a company who's spending that money making my other devices not work. If Palm made their phones not offer USB disk access when connected the the Mac, I'd drop them, as well.

-puk

Comment: I can't wait. (Score 1) 539

by Puk (#28978059) Attached to: Apple Working On Tech To Detect Purchasers' "Abuse"
Apple refused to repair my MacBook, which had 2 years of AppleCare left, citing a censor which showed evidence of liquid damage (despite my computer never having come into contact with liquids). They pointed out to me that the sensor can be triggered by high humidity, but nonetheless wanted to charge me 75% the cost of a new, better laptop to repair it. Then they sent me the laptop back with screws missing and not even booting as far as when I sent it to them. When I pointed this out in a letter, they told me "it was returned in the condition it was received."

Of course, as a result, my new desktop, laptop, and MP3 players are non-Apple products. And this type of technology can no doubt be useful and help reduce fraud. But when used blindly or by organizations with questionable support quality, it can become a way to get out of contractual obligations and avoid the cost of actually standing behind extended warranties.

Thanks again, Apple.

-puk
Music

+ - Eminem Sues Apple for iTunes Sales->

Submitted by puk
puk (80503) writes "MacWorld UK is reporting that Eminem's publisher is suing Apple, alleging that his label, Universal, did not have the right to authorize online sales of digital versions of Eminem's music. Therefore, they argue, Apple is violating Eminem's copyright by selling his songs through the iTunes Music Store.

Of course, if this turns out to be the case, Universal may also be on the hook for the damages, if indirectly. Looks like another case of trying to figure out whether old contracts authorize new activities..."

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Music

+ - Eminem Sues Apple for iTunes Sales->

Submitted by puk
puk (80503) writes "MacWorld UK is reporting that Eminem's publisher is suing Apple, alleging that his publisher did not have the right to authorize Apple's online sales of digital versions of Eminem's music through the iTunes Music Store and that therefore Apple is violating Eminem's copyright by doing so.

Of course, if this turns out to be the case, Universal may also be on the hook for the damages, if indirectly. Looks like another more case of trying to figure out whether old contracts authorize new activities..."

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+ - Earth's Atmosphere Is Shrinking

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Dotnaught writes "Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will produce a 3 percent reduction in the density of Earth's outermost atmosphere by 2017, according to a team of scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and The Pennsylvania State University. The good news? A thinner atmosphere will mean satellites and space junk can stay in orbit longer due to the reduced drag and rockets will require less fuel to place satellites."

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