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Comment As someone who's developed apps for the iPhone... (Score 1) 610

My guess is that they are making cash off of the App store, that they'd like to keep, but this isn't the point... If everybody uses their jailbroken device to install apps without paying for them, the incentive to develop for the iPhone kinda disappears.

No developers == no (or at least less) apps created without effort on the part of Apple. I think they must really enjoy the idea of sitting back, waiting to see what the unpaid minions will come up with... it's a nice position to be in, one which adds a lot value to their devices without any serious costs.

The incentive to defend the model is obvious. But I can tell you that when you develop an app that has a web-based component to it, and you find that the majority of your users haven't even bothered to pay $0.99 but really want to eat up your bandwidth and you can't even tell the difference between a legit and cracked app, it really makes you consider moving on to another platform. In cases like this, you're not just losing *potential* profits (which is debatable anyway), releasing the app is actually costing you real dollars... Double plus ungood.

For my part, I wish they'd throttle down the lawyers and focus on at least give devs a way to know which devices have actually bought the app. Wouldn't solve the cracked app install problem, but would at least avoid the case where you end up in the red because of server costs.

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Geist's Fair Copyright for Canada Principles 43

An anonymous reader writes "Canadian law prof Michael Geist has been leading the charge against a Canadian DMCA including the creation of a Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group that now has more than 38,000 members. Having delayed the legislation, he now outlines what Canadians should be fighting for — more flexible fair dealing, a balanced implementation of the WIPO Internet treaties, an ISP safe harbor, and a modernized backup copy provision."

Submission + - Baby Einstein Not So...Einsteinian? (time.com)

Derek Hudson writes: "A research team at the University of Washington has discovered that simply plopping Junior down in front of the boob-tube and letting him suck up learnin' from a video may not be the best for his little mind; in fact, it may actually impede development. Although the article over at Time isn't kind to baby videos in general, The Baby Einstein videos have been specifically implicated in delaying vocabulary development in children 8-16 months old. In the words of Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who lead the study, "The more videos they watched, the fewer words they knew..." and, according to the LA Times Article, he "would rather babies watch 'American Idol' than these videos..." Ouch.

The article; however, doesn't mention whether or not the videos affect the youngins' grasp of theoretical physics."


Submission + - The Singularity Summit to focus on advanced AI (singinst.org) 5

An anonymous reader writes: The Singularity Summit 2007 has been announced, to be held September 8th and 9th at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California. The theme is "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity". Tickets are only $50. Questions to be explored include: What are the major challenges to achieving advanced AI? What are the benefits and dangers? How far are we from self-improving AI? How should we prepare for this potentially powerful innovation? From the announcement: "Peter Thiel, PayPal Cofounder and Facebook's initial investor, will MC the Singularity Summit and also present his new ideas on financial markets and the Singularity. 'It's clear that the term AI means a lot of different things,' said Thiel. 'It's one of these terms that has been bandied about a great deal, and has been misused a lot. It has been predicted for a long time that AI is right around the corner, and it's taking longer than many people thought it would, with many disappointments along the way. However, it's clear that there's a massive set of issues happening, and people who don't think there's something important going on are just living in a delusional fantasy world'."

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