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Comment Re:Berne convention? (Score 1) 648

Perhaps what we will see from this then is 2 flavors of Mac OS X. One that costs $1200 that you can install on any machine and get no support for, and one that costs $120 that you can install on Apple branded hardware.

That wouldn't work though, because the fundamental problem is that Apple isn't (or shouldn't be, anyway) allowed to impose that restriction after the sale because it infringes on the buyer's property rights and violates the Doctrine of First Sale and the Uniform Commercial Code.

In order to do what you describe, Apple should be required to present a contract on the outside of the $120 box and have the buyer (or rather, licensee since it's no longer a "sale") sign it, in ink, in the presence of an Apple employee, before handing over his money!

This is easy to get around. Every Mac can ship with a "$1080 off your next purchase of OS X" coupon.

I'm not advocating this, I'm just pointing out that it can be done in a way that does not violate any laws.

Comment Re:First touch screen? (Score 1) 371

Yeah, Android is the first thing I've seen to tempt me away from my Treo. It's a shame Palm dropped the ball. If they'd kept developing, today's Treos would be years ahead of the competition. The 650 is only missing WIFI and a publicly accessible implementation of the GPS api (damn you, Sprint!).

Comment First touch screen? (Score 5, Insightful) 371

... iPhone brought in the first touch screen, and now everybody and I mean everybody is coming out with touch screens ...

Are you serious? I have had nothing but touch screen phones since 2001.

  1. VisorPhone
  2. Samsung SPH-I300
  3. Samsung SPH-I330
  4. Treo 600
  5. Treo 650p

The models I used actually started out as pure touch screen and then added keyboards (retaining the touch screen) because you can type faster with buttons (and the Xerox graffiti lawsuit). You can also touch-type with buttons.

The iPhone has nothing really new except that it was marketed to everyone and not just PDA users. Suddenly smartphones are "cool" because Apple makes one. That's fine.

I've been a Mac user for over 20 years. I'm typing this on a Mac. I'm glad Apple is doing well.

I'm also glad that people still make real smartphones like Treos, because I am a PDA user and I refuse to give up meaningful features for marketing fluff and looks. My four-year-old Treo model has many, many features that the iPhone lacks, including multimedia features like stereo bluetooth support and over a decade's worth of third-party software available directly from the people who developed it.

Comment Re:And people (Score 1) 246

NoScript lets you do that. Just tell it to block embeds from all sites (including trusted ones). Then you can enable JavaScript and Flash individually as needed. There's no need for flashblock if you have NoScript properly configured.

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