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Comment Hard to know if the posts violated the ToS (Score 5, Informative) 588

It's hard to know if this is censorship or if they just violated the terms of service and hatebois are flying off the handle. There are still lots of posts about the consumer reports unrecommendation on

Still, if it's true it wouldn't be the first time Apple flew off the handle with the censorship (remember the Ulysses app flap?).

Comment MOD PARENT UP! (Score 0, Troll) 484

The animus toward Apple on Slashdot is striking. It doesn't matter what it is, how useful it is or how big or small the market share is: haters love to hate.

Haters are always looking for the "Apple killer." Whether it's the iPod-killer, Mac Mini-killer, iPhone-killer, Mac Book Air-killer or now iPad-killers. They want to see them all killed.

Also, anyone who uses an Apple anything is obviously a "fan-boy" (haters' favorite slur), who's just falling victim to marketing hype. They couldn't possibly find any simplicity, support or use for their Apple product. If only they knew how stupid they were to be spending their money on X electronic item.

Apple's done a lot of dumb things (refusing the run Flash on the iPhone/iPad, the App Store lock-in, proprietary display/data ports) but credit where credit is due: they embraced Unix, open web standards and H.264. Maybe instead of flying off the handle every time Apple is mentioned, you could RTFA and assess the thing on its merits and faults.

The thing is, Apple's enigmatic frontman doesn't turn up to these geeky WWDC shindigs unless he has something to announce which will get the hyped-up gang of Apple fanboys and girls a-whoopin' and a-hollerin'.

Keep trollin' on, haters.

Comment I almost fell over laughing... (Score 1) 944

I like my iPhone a lot, but Apple runs a ridiculously closed, proprietary system. So Steve's criticism of Flash as being closed and proprietary is so obscene as to be ridiculous.

Saying Apple supports open "web standards" is just splitting hairs. They support open standards when it's in their interest (trying to lure users away from competitors) but otherwise they are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to pushing lock-down, proprietary, our-way-or-the-highway systems.

The only reason Apple gets away with it is because of their small market share. If they had the size or influence of Microsoft they'd get their ass slapped with an antitrust suit just the same.

Comment A cellphone is a portable tracking device... (Score 1) 232

You'd think this would be well known by now. In order for the network to know how to reach you with a call, your cellphone has to tell the tower where you are. It's just common sense, if you're getting a signal, your whereabouts can be easily determined.

The only way to protect your privacy with a cellphone is to turn it off.

Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun's Trading Symbol Going from SUNW to JAVA

Mortimer.CA writes: Straight from Jonathon Schwartz's weblog, Sun is changing their ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA: 'JAVA is a technology whose value is near infinite to the internet, and a brand that's inseparably a part of Sun (and our profitability). [...] To be very clear, this isn't about changing the company name or focus — we are Sun, we are a systems company, and we will always be a derivative of the students that created us, Stanford University Network is here to stay. But we are no longer simply a workstation company, nor a company whose products can be limited by one category — and Java does a better job of capturing exactly that sentiment than any other four letter symbol.'

Submission + - Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection

bzlman writes: The NY Times reports that Amazon will begin selling music "later this year" with no DRM at all. From the article: "The music will be from a major label, EMI, and 12,000 smaller independent music companies that have chosen not to use the copy-restricting software known as digital rights management, or D.R.M."We are offering a great selection of music that our customers love in a way they clearly desire, which is D.R.M.-free, so they can play it on any device they own today or in the future," said Bill Carr, Amazon's vice president for digital media." Though the other labels are still reluctant, "Mr. Carr of said he hoped that today's announcement would persuade other music labels to take part." The final nail for DRM music? We shall see.

Submission + - Jack Valenti dead at 85

linuxwrangler writes: Jack Valenti, the son of Sicilian immigrants who started out sweeping theater floors, won the Distinguished Flying Cross, was in President Kennedy's motorcade when he was assassinated, created the modern movie rating system, and prior to retiring from the MPAA rose to become one of SlashDot's most hated is dead at age 85.

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