Except this wasn't done with them posting some sign and a guy at the door making sure no one brought it beer. This was done with a pretty advanced technological system that you simply can't buy off the shelf. A system that can tell the difference between their own hotspots and "rogue" hotspots. Someone actually had to do research on how to do this and set it up.
Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!
We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).
"I have to fly, and airlines have a monopoly there, so can exact a brutal vengeance upon all passengers."
I don't think you understand what a monopoly is? That's like saying "I have to drive a car, and automobile manufacturers have a monopoly there...". A monopoly is when a single entity controls all of the supply of something. You can't take an entire industry, which has dozens of competing providers, and lump them all together as a single entity to call it a monopoly.
There is actually quite a lot of competition in the air travel space. About a dozen major national air carriers and over 100 regional and specialty air carriers that do passenger service. I assure you, the cost of airfares are set at what the market will allow. Chances are good that your local cable company or phone company has a monopoly on internet or video services where you are...There is almost certainly not a monopoly on air travel.
your understanding is incorrect. Apple has explicitly stated that the transaction is 100% between The Merchant, Your Bank, and you. Apple does not receive a copy of the transaction, they don't know who you've shopped with, and that they don't know that any specific transaction has happened.
The only thing Apple does is act as the facilitator to getting the device-specific account number in to the phone. So Apple could know which credit cards you have setup in your device and that's about it.
I'm not actually sure if this is entirely correct. I don't think the fingerprint chip actually has the encryption key. Whenever you power-cycle an iPhone with a passcode/password, you are required to unlock it the first time with the full password. You can't unlock it with just your fingerprint.
My guess is that it needs the passcode to decrypt the contents of the databases, and then it uses the fingerprints as a quick-unlock feature when the device was put to sleep, but the keys are still in memory.
That is fair. I thought it was odd that they just "purchased" it for everybody rather than just make the price free for a month and people could go and claim it. I didn't bother me either way.
So don't turn on the auto download feature then. When you want to download it to your device, then open your list of purchases and download it manually.
The auto download feature isn't turned on by default. It's off by default. So you'd have to know of it's existence for it to be on.
Apple does have that option as well. You can set a bit such that the phone will only download new purchases over wifi.
You never needed to give apple any money to get the music for free. All you needed was an iTunes account/password and you got the album for free. No prior purchase was necessary. In fact, if you sign up for a free iTunes account before some day in October, you still get the album for free...no purchases required.
They can not. The only people who had the album pushed to their device are those who turned on the flag on their devices to download new purchases. The only thing Apple did was flag that album as purchased for all iTunes accounts. The device then dutifully did as it was told by it's owner and downloaded all purchases.
The album never showed up on my devices because I don't have that flag turned on.
so...SCOTCOM? Sounds like a nuclear missile satellite
wow. really? If someone steals my phone and hacks off my thumb, then one of the last things that i'm going to worry about is them going to a McDonalds and hold up a bloodied iPhone and dismembered finger up to the payment system to buy a cheeseburger.
I made the ICQ "uh oh" sound my text message sound a while back. Oh the memories...
Depends on how you interpret the semantics of their statement/recording.
"This call may be recorded for quality assurance" is vague. That may be their notification to me that they are recording the call, but it could also be interpreted as "you may record this call for quality assurance". Either interpretation fits the statement of "This call may be recorded for quality assurance".
I would think that, since they are effective monopolies in the areas they serve, that their franchise agreements don't let them just ditch customers that are troublemaking. I know this is up to each individual municipality, but I would hope there would be conditions in there on who they have to serve and the reasons that are allowed for them to not serve someone.