Dennis Ritchie was best known as co-creator of the Unix operating system (modern versions of which underpin most smart phones, Linux & OS X) and the creator of the powerful & elegant C programming language.
This is a truly sad day. The computing community has lost one of the giants, on who's shoulders so many who came after stood."
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "The Guardian is reporting that some European Mac Pro users are experiencing a strong burning plastic smell when using their Mac Pros (also see babelfish translation of original french article). One unfortunate user, a molecular biologist for CNRS got so sick of the stench, he went to GreenPeace. Eventually France's national institute covering the industrial environment got involved & said a component of the smell was cancer-causing benzine. Does your Mac smell?"
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "The Register is reporting that the windows version Apple's Safari Web browser has an interesting catch in the EULA. You're forbidden to install it on Windows. This is the same browser that Apple slips in as an 'update' to iTunes. The license was last updated six months ago — proof that noone (even the authors) read an EULA."
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "On a recent visit to Australia, Apple founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak has given an interview in which he comments on the 'dissapointing' iPhone, citing the lack of 3G support and adding that other 3G phones have a good battery life. He carries a Motorolla phone to make up for the iPhone's shortcomings. On the macBook Air: "I don't think it's going to be a hit...I don't feel it's a benefit if you have to carry the Air plus a DVD player plus a couple of extra dongles to connect to Ethernet things and also maybe an extra hard disk to carry your music. On AppleTV: "My life is way too global and unpredictable for that [24-hour time limit to watch shows] — I'll get interrupted by something and I won't finish it; I don't want to have to pay again." He also noted AppleTV's poor video playback quality for youtube content."
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Greenpeace has released another environmental report critical of Apple. This one stating that a mixture of toxic phthalates are found to make up 1.5 percent of the plastic (PVC) coating of the headphone cables. The SMH is reporting that iPhones can "damage your lap top zone", as the phthalates found in the iPhone are classified in Europe as "toxic to reproduction, category 2 because of their long-recognised ability to interfere with sexual development in mammals."
Its a pity that Apple can't be more like Nokia & sell mobile phones compltely free of PVC."
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Part of the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, was the panel discussion "The Patent Crisis: Crossroads for the Business of Technology." — with speakers including Google's, IBMs & Apple's patent lawyers. According to coverage from The Register, Google's head of patents believes the system is in crisis: "The Patent Office is overburdened," she said. "The volume of patents going in is huge. And the quality of patents coming out — it could be better."
Apple's chief patent counsel, Chip Lutton on the other hand, said the US patent system was "not broken" and that it was "not in crisis," calling it "the best in the world"."
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Forbes is reporting on AT&T's figures for iPhone activations over the release weekend. Many analysts had predicted 500,000 activations (and many slashdotters predicted million plus sales). Unfortunately, AT&T reported only 146,000 activations. Following this news, Apple shares fell $US8.81, or more than 6 per cent, to $US134.89, wiping out more than $US7 billion of Apple's market value. Does an over-hyped product always lead to a stock bubble?"
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "The New York Times is reporting that a serious vulnerability has been found in the iPhone — allowing arbitrary code to be run as root. From the Security Evaulators page:
When the iPhone's version of Safari opens the malicious web page, arbitrary code embedded in the exploit is run with administrative priviledges. In our proof of concept, this code reads the log of SMS messages, the address book, the call history, and the voicemail data. It then transmits all this information to the attacker. However, this code could be replaced with code that does anything that the iPhone can do.
The security researchers have also released a white paper. This sounds like a useful vector to allow native applications to run on the iPhone."
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "David Hockney, Britain's best-loved living painter has launched an attack on Apple's mp3 player, saying Ipods have combined with a decline in art education to create a "fallow period of painting", where people are more interested in sound than visual awareness — even leading to poor dress sense. He said of the proliferation of iPods:
"We are not in a very visual age," Hockney said. "I think it's all about sound. People plug in their ears and don't look much, whereas for me my eyes are the biggest pleasure.
Forbes said the highest-paid CEOs were not always those that delivered the most to shareholders.Forbes said by its analysis, Apple's Jobs was 36th. Topping the list was John Bucksbaum of General Growth Properties, a real-estate investment trust. Over the past six years, Bucksbaum was paid $US723,000 a year while delivering a 39 per cent annual return to shareholders.
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Defective by Design have posted an open letter to Steve Jobs in response to Jobs' blog entry about DRM following attempts by European regulators to force Apple to licesnse fairplay. Defective by Design asks Jobs to show his sincerity about DRM in three ways: 1) Drop DRM on iTunes for independent artists. 2) Drop DRM on iTunes for Disney movies and video. 3) Take a public stand against DRM and legislation mandating DRM by funding a campaign to repeal the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's (DMCA) prohibitions."
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Australia's monopoly Telecommunications provider Telstra has ruled out carrying Apple's iphone, in a rather stinging attack on Apple, the Telco's spokesman said:
"There's an old saying — stick to your knitting — and Apple is not a mobile phone manufacturer, that's not their knitting," Mr Winn told AAP.
"You can pretty much be assured that Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ZTE and others will be coming out with devices that have similar functionality."
It should be noted that Telstra has the only cell network (2.5G) in Australia that is capable of supporting the iPhone. Does this mean Australian's will not be getting iPhones at all?"
Many iPod owners have never bought anything from the iTunes Store. Some have bought hundreds of songs. Some have bought thousands. At the 2004 Macworld Expo, Steve revealed that one customer had bought $29,500 worth of music.
It should not take Apple's iTunes team more than 2-3 days to implement a solution for not wrapping content with FairPlay when the content owner does not mandate DRM. This could be done in a completely transparent way and would not be confusing to the users.