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Comment Re:No biggie (Score 1) 610

Really? Thats weird! You actually think that using a product in an unexpected but non-harmful way is immoral?

I think that what you deem as non-harmful could push Apple to take more draconian steps to insure that only its machines are running OS X (as per the licensing). That means that installs will be a bigger pain in the ass, and we could end up with the dreaded "activation" ideas as a way for Apple to protect its bottom line.

It is not unlike some software that does not check the existing network to make sure that different licenses are used. Yes, you can re-install it on different machines and get away with it. That's great if you are a single user that has two machines. But then you give the disk away to another guy and he sets up a group of people on his network with the same license. Again, because it is possible. I guess you don't find that idea harmful either.

So yeah, your desire to use it in a "non-harmful way" could ultimately hurt the entire Mac community.

Worse though, you have the nerve to bitch about Apple locking out hardware support for something they never officially supported anyway.

Comment Re:No biggie (Score 1) 610

the full "non-upgrade" version also *requires* a Macintosh. It is still an upgrade to the original OS that came with your Macintosh. It is much like when you buy a program a week before it is upgraded, often the company will give you the upgrade at a steep discount. That does not mean the other options are not upgrades, just that you got a special deal. Leopard folks got a special upgrade deal of $29. Non-leopard folks can upgrade for whatever that cost is. It is all still an upgrade.

Since they have never supported Atom processor officially as a Mac product, they have no obligation to let it run on that platform.

You call it a dick move, I call it a business decision. Perhaps they decided that too many folks were buying netbooks and inappropriately installing OS X on them. Since they are primarily a hardware company, they might be concerned that folks may actually think it is Apple's hardware and see the company in a bad light if any problems occur. Or they might be getting a lot of support calls from people that had a netbook setup for them with a hackintosh but then start having problems.

If they decided, for business or technically reasons, that it was a bad idea to support that processor, they can kill it. Whether it is protecting your imagine, or keeping support costs down (or both), there are lots of reasons why this is perfectly valid decision on their part.

Personally, I think it's a dick move to think you can install OS X on any machine when the company creating the OS specifically has stated that it is for their hardware. And just because it is possible, does not make it moral.

Comment Re:No biggie (Score 2, Insightful) 610

You are under the false notion that Apple's $29 Snow Leopard upgrade is the same thing as buying a full retail copy of Windows (or any other full retail OS product) that runs on indiscriminate hardware. It is not and never has been. The box for Snow Leopard says that it requires a Macintosh (that's hardware.. or "the car" for your analogy). This has always been the case, even if you are unwilling to actually read the requirements and accept them.

Just because you can currently circumvent the requirement Apple has on its software does not put you on high-moral grounds, nor does it obligate Apple to support your actions in any form what so ever.

OS X 10.6.2 continues to run on every Macintosh that Apple said would run OS X 10.6. Just because you found a way to circumvent it does not obligate Apple to support your move in any way. Sue all you want, you will lose.

Sadly, you may ruin it for the rest of us as Apple may have to start taking Windows 7 like steps to guarantee people are running on legitimate hardware.

Comment Re:LP? (Score 2, Informative) 306

The tracks are standard 256-bit AAC. No DRM on audio (not sure about video). The videos also come as individual files.

While the format is web-based, it's not a browse to a website solution.

My guess is that the iPod app for iPhone will have to be updated to support the extras. Same is true for AppleTV. All the components to support it are there, but they need to be put together.

I think you're seeing one early step in a multi-step process.

Comment Re:If they want to get you to buy the whole LP... (Score 2, Informative) 306

iTunes store already has "complete my Album" which lets you buy the rest of the album, getting credit for the tracks you've already bought.

In most cases, albums are generally cheaper than buying all the tracks individually. Based on my experience, it seems to be the case for about 80% of the albums I've looked at (YMMV). And the new LPs even more so (more like 95%).

As someone else pointed out, the LP appears not to add additional cost to the album to the consumer, so it is throwing in extra goodies to encourage you to go for the album.

I doubt physical CDs will ever be part of the equation because you can already just burn your own for $.15/CD.

Comment Re:LP? (Score 3, Interesting) 306

Actually, there is more. They showed the Doors LP which contained exclusive interviews and other video media. The idea is to get you to buy the whole album instead of just a track or two. I don't think they're really charging much more for it, maybe an extra $1, although the one's I've looked at seem to contain more songs than the standard album.

Whether it works out or not, I at least give them credit for trying to add some additional value to the digital media and provide some better incentives to buying whole albums.

Comment Re:Here's why (Score 1) 814

All the stuff that a Mac can't do? While there is custom software some industries require that is only on a PC (I know of some industry service sites that *still* only work with IE for Windows - not even Firefox for Windows works). In general, Macs can do pretty much everything a PC can do and often do it much better. And in those rare cases, you can run a virtual Windows to deal with that custom software situation.

So there is no actual need for a 2nd machine. I think many of these people had PCs and then bought a Mac. Now they have a Mac AND a PC because they didn't throw away their PC.

Comment Re:Wow, that's hypocracy (Score 0, Flamebait) 425

There is enough similarity that Apple is obligated to fight for its trademark. I know that U.S. trademark law *requires* you to actively protect your trademark or you could end up losing the trademark completely. Not sure how it applies to international logos, but could be that if they don't protect it internationally, it has the same consequence.

But it is definitely more than just a "stylized W" as Woolworth claims. I have never seen a "W" with a stem. From a distance, it could be mistaken for an Apple and that is enough reason for Apple to take steps to protect it's trademark.

Comment Re:Oxymoron (Score 1) 275

As an American, I wish that I could pay for a UK license (last I checked, I can't) and receive the shows you get. It's definitely better quality than MOST of the stuff that airs here.

We have 500 channels, 480 of which are probably showing some damn infomercial at this moment.

Comment Re:Like any partially treated wart (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Please do no present your rational and reasonable ideas on copyright. Clearly we have all moved beyond rational thought.

Think about who lobbies Congress on this issue, mega-Corporations that have everything to lose if they don't have perpetual copyrights. It's easily worth a few million to buy off Congressmen and Senators to guarantee unending copyrights that could generate billions over the years.

Corporations have taken over America.

Comment Re:Reasonable compromise... (Score 1) 693

I seem to recall a recent change in terms of service. My guess is that if you actually read the whole thing, it would have told you that personal info is attached to files you download.

I'm betting 99.9999% of the folks just clicked accept without reading the new terms.

My only gripe on these sorts of changes in terms of service is that I think they should highlight what has recently changed.

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