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Comment Re:The Power of Control (Score 1) 366

Does violating Apple, in any way, automatically get you booted from the AppStore? It's good that Apple is displaying this now, before they get too powerful for people to realize their true nature.

Apple's "true nature" is that they enter into contracts with developers, and assume that these developers act according to those contracts. iFixit is not a private person, but a company. As a company, they have no excuses when they enter a contract; they have to read it, make sure they understand it, and make sure that they can afford to uphold their side of the contract. They have publicly admitted that they read and understood the contract and deliberately decided to break it.

And guess what, since iFixit blatantly violated their side of the contract, Apple cancels the whole contract. Yes, that's their true nature. If you enter a contract with Apple, and then are in breach of the contract, the contract is cancelled. Behaving just like every other company in the world would behave.

Comment Re:Break The NDA (Score 1) 366

Regardless of legal standing why is Apple dispatching justice? Isn't this what the legal system is for?

Apple isn't dispatching justice. Apple has decided that it doesn't want a business relationship with iFixit anymore. Just like I can cancel my contract with Apple about me getting tools and support for writing iOS software, and Apple publishing my software on the app store, at any time, so can Apple.

Comment Re:Break The NDA (Score 1) 366

Not all contracts can be enforced. The court system can deem a contract or portions of a contract as invalid or unreasonable.

The point is that Apple has _cancelled_ the contract between Apple and iFixit regarding development and publication of iOS applications. There is no contract to be enforced, the contract has been cancelled.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 182

Yes it's useful. But what happens when you're sitting at home, watching Netflix or Youtube on your phone, and your wifi router craps out? I'm thinking it might automatically switch to cellular without me knowing about it, and there goes my 4 GB for the month.

An application can set a flag for each request whether using mobile data is allowed or not. It's really simple. If Youtube doesn't do this and doesn't ask you for permission to use mobile data, complain to them.

Comment Re:OS/X on A* CPUs? (Score 2) 213

I wonder if Apple would ever consider moving OS/X away from Intel and over to ARM, allowing them to use their A series CPUs? If not, why not?

Other people have asked whether Apple will switch Macs to an ARM processor...

But at this point an iPhone 6s is powerful enough that with a bluetooth keyboard and video output it could be turned into a reasonably powerful desktop computer at minimal cost. Or they could build a laptop shell with keyboard, trackpad and display and a slot to push in your iPhone to power it; no idea how much this could be built for.

Comment Re: Professional Engineers have the power to say n (Score 1) 618

Google's huge problem with their software collecting locations of routers (legal) also collecting data transmitted by these routers (illegal) was apparently due to an engineer who thought it was a good idea. Cost them many millions plus a huge amount of reputation.

Comment Re: Serious to get into developer path (Score 1) 169

That would only prevent developers from unknowingly submitting malware to the app store. It would to nothing for purposeful malware that simply remained dormant until some time had passed. The only solution for that is to increase the amount of testing/screening time allotted to each app. A month ought to do it.

A simple way for preventing developers from submitting malware is to make sure you know the developer's identity, and make sure they pay for all the damages and get thrown into jail if they submit malware. And _that_ is what doesn't work against clueless devs.

Comment Re:Cops didn't think the clock was a bomb (Score 1) 662

As noted elsewhere, the authorities in Irving, Texas, didn't act in a way that was consistent with a potential bomb threat.

Absolutely right, genius. They did never think it was a bomb threat. They thought it was a bomb hoax. Not the same thing, less damaging (although if it's done right, it can cause an expensive and disrupting evacuation), and punishable. The question is not: Was this a bomb? The question is: Was this a bomb hoax?

Comment Re:My view of this (Score 1) 662

Um, 9/11? You should try flying on an airplane these days, and going through the security checks. Shoe bombers, underwear bombers, etc, etc. Ask the security folks who they are looking for. It's not Presbyterian grandmothers. Or Hindus. Or Bahai's. Or a thousand other religions anyone could name. It's Muslim terrorists . . . that's it. Nobody else in the world is try to kill innocent people.

In Britain, muslim terrorists killed 50 people. A harmless looking white GP named Harold Shipman killed about 200 over the course of many years. To be rational, clearly we should watch out for white GPs, especially harmless looking ones. Or Timothy McVeigh, who surely wasn't a muslim. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, they all weren't muslims.

Comment Re:Full of bad reporting (Score 1) 662

While I generally support him, the media has been TERRIBLE at reporting this story. The LA Times had a very popular article that kept comparing him to Steve Jobs. JOBS!??! Don't they mean Woz?!

I don't think Woz did take radios apart and put the parts into pencil boxes when he was 14. Jobs? I don't think, but he might have :-)

Comment Re:If you see something, say something (Score 2) 662

If the teachers/cops thought the box was a credible threat, the school would have been evacuated and the bomb squad called in, ...

Apparently they didn't believe that it might be a bomb, but they did believe that it was a bomb hoax. A bomb hoax is illegal, because a good bomb hoax would lead to a costly evacuation. A bad bomb hoax wouldn't.

Now you can argue whether this was a bomb hoax or not, but if it was a bomb hoax and they figured out it wasn't actually a bomb, then the bomb hoax is itself still punishable.

Comment Interesting ruling... (Score 5, Interesting) 241

Case 1: I work every day in an office 20 miles away (or 100 yards away) from my home. I pay for the journey out of my own pocket and don't get paid as working (in some countries, like Germany, the cost of travel is tax deductible).

Case 2: My office is 20 miles away (or 100 yards away) from my home. When I get there, my boss sends me to a client anywhere in the country (within reason). I pay the journey to the office out of my own pocket and don't get paid for working for the time. The company pays for my journey to the client and pays the driving time as work time.

Case 3: There is no office. I drive from home to a client and back. This ruling effectively says that this situation is handled exactly the same as if my office was in the home next door, which is entirely logical.

Comment Re:Fixing orphan works (Score 1) 128

That's fine. The fees double each year. In 120 years the renewals will be $1M, $2M, $4M... each period. And a company like Disney has 10's of thousands works to protect.

And you give up even the pretence of appearing to want a solution that is fair. What you want is expropriation. Now I'm curious whether you (a) suggest this only applies to corporations and not individuals, whether you (b) are stupid and never thought about the consequences, or whether (c) you have never created that anyone would want.

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