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Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott 542

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from the competition-is-bad-for-business dept.
walterbyrd writes with a quote from an article at Techrights: "Given the latest actions from Apple we cannot help recommending that people buy nothing from Apple. Boycott the company for being a threat to the IT landscape and also to common sense." More from the article: "...Apple has been working hard to embargo — not just sue — the competition. Apple disregards the notion of fair competition..."
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Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

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  • Re:Give me a break (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Nursie (632944) on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @04:30AM (#38500716)

    "For crying out loud, Samsung outright stole Apple's icon artwork and used it in their stores."

    Calling bullshit on that. It looks like the background decor, not the samsung stand, in a larger store. In one place, in sicily.

    Apple's design work is not extraordinary enough that they should be able to get away with claiming rights over the 'rounded rectangle'.

    This recent round of getting competitors products banned from sale in various countries is sickening. Call it a failure in the patent systems, the legal systems, whatever, but it's sickening. If you can't see that then you might want to take the apple stickers off your eyeballs. They are not the only company guilty of mass abuse of the legal system to avoid competition, but they have been behaving like total assholes.

    And no, I don't own an android or iOS device, I'm not invested in either.

  • by arcite (661011) on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @04:46AM (#38500792)
    I used Apple all through the 90's in the 'dark days', had an iMac, then switch to using windows and IBM Thinkpads (when they were still American) for about eight years. Tired of the windows mediocrity, maintenance issues, viruses and Trojans I finally switched back to Apple. Got a Macbook, iPhone, iPod. Life couldn't be better. Apple is ubiquitous and has a store in pretty much any country in the world. Their prices have fallen and are fairly competitive, while also maintaining an edge on competition by offering superior customer service and user experience. As long as Apple offers their superior product designs, user experience, and customer service, I'll be using them for the foreseeable future. Who really cares about competition? All of Apple's so called competitors (Samsung, HTC, others) as) are all non-American Companies anyway have clearly stolen/copied many aspects of Apple's technology. All of this is besides the point as Apple doesn't have a monopoly over anything, if you don't like them don't buy it. Simple as that. We're not talking about Microsoft who used their dominance over operating systems to keep their 90% lead in the world.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @05:46AM (#38501068)

    I like how you ignore all the evidence that Apple is evil.

    Has it ever occurred to you that people who hate Apple and Apple products are rational and have good reasons?

    Maybe you are irrational too? We all irrational beings. (Human beings are irrational.) When you claim to be rational and put words into our mouths you come across the wrong way. You might not agree with the vocal minority but they still perceive a problem. If you do not consider those problems, that's fine. Do not pretend to yourself that others are irrational because you merely disagree with what we say.

    I hate Apple because they have ruined software for me. On my desktops or servers download Windows freeware or open source software and get good quality software that does not necessarily track or spy on me. I can install whatever I want. The products in the App stores are ridiculously commercial - it's so obvious to me that they just want to grab your money. There is so much trash in the stores. Why the hell should I have to jailbreak the device to get it to do what I want? When a product is so caustic to my consumer rights, why would I want to partake? The device is mine, I can do whatever I want. This business model of creating walled gardens and limiting innovation and competition has infected the technology industry. Now Microsoft and every phone carrier wants to do it too.

    Apple bans benign applications and implements the ideas themselves. They have no respect for other's "intellectual property". They used Nokia patents without licencing.

    Apple made iTunes which is HORRIBLE software. They are responsible for QuickTime which is worse. They install lots of junk like Bonjour. Apple are quite happy to take OSS software like KHTML = OSS, Apple kernels = Derived from OSS and then sell it in a ridiculously priced device that takes away user freedom.

    I can develop on it for free, I don't have to pay anyone to start programming. On an Apple product I have to pay Apple for this right to write code for my [b]own device[/b].

    Food for thought.

  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @05:56AM (#38501110)

    You can't easily modify the base OS. HUGE difference.

    That's exactly what much of Cydia does for you. Many things there are components that modify the base OS. That's what I mean my having the power to easily modify parts of the system instead of needing to replace the whole OS. Code injection is far more powerful since you do not need to replace wholesale. I don't have to choose which mod to download, I can just download system enhancements that I feel would be useful.

    If you think about it, it's really dumb to have to root your device to get the software you'd like onto your own computing device

    Its' even more stupid to basically ship a rooted device and make it easy for users to install viruses.

    Protection against which is the step before you even install apps in this Android Setup guide [broadbandexpert.com].

    To quote:
    Now itâ(TM)s time to load those apps like Angry Birds, right? WRONG!!!!!
    It is time to install an anti-virus and anti-malware program.

    Oh yeah! That is SO much better for non-technical users.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @06:29AM (#38501228)

    That was the record of the domains removing them self from their DNS Server .... don't how you operate but I don't have all my eggs in one basket so DNS is not provided by my hosting company.

    The number of domains transfered out is around 1 million.

  • Re:Give me a break (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @06:47AM (#38501318)

    Here in Australia, they're marketing it as "The tablet that Apple tried to stop".

  • by erroneus (253617) on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @08:31AM (#38501732) Homepage

    Yes, by your own words, you can always tell... their exaggerations and lies.

    You do know that Apple hasn't ONLY sued or otherwise sought to block Samsung right? HTC and Motorola are among those sued or attacked by Apple as well. And you have to realize that either others will follow or others have already done back-room settlements with Apple already.

    I'm not going to say that "...all others are angels in the business while Apple is the devil" because that just wouldn't be true. There are no innocents here. However, when you see any given party simply going TOO FAR, you have to stand up and say something about it. Apple simply goes too far. If it were Samsung doing this (and not just defensively to give Apple a taste of its own medicine) I have little doubt the majority here would be rallying behind a boycott of Samsung.

    I own Apple gear. I like it. I don't like what the company is doing, however. It's as simple as that. I won't own an iPhone or an iPad, though -- I have less use for them as I get more out of an Android device.

    (Here's where I get modded down) Thankfully, Steve Jobs is gone. It's a chance for Apple to become something else. Some might say something betters... others might say something worse, but definitely something different. Personally, I hope they attempt to conquer the business enterprise. Getting something with some *NIX in the kernel on the business desktop might finally result in some interesting things. Then again, it'd also make it the large target for viruses and malware that it never really has been before. (Malware has been extremely targeted these days. If Lockheed switched to Apple, the next break-in will focus on Apple gear and OSes.) This would suck for Apple and for Microsoft but it would be good for all the rest of us.

  • by andydread (758754) on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @10:46AM (#38502582)
    Its not free any more. Why? Because if your software becomes useful to the point of competing with Apple then they will sue your pants off with dubious, trivial, and obvious software-patents. You did hire a lawyer or two right. You did have a software-patent review on your software right? No? Well you better start looking into that. Apple has changed to programming landscape. Now you have to worry about silly patents like "swiping up a screen" "using thumbnails in a photo viewer" and lets not forget that they have patented most of the useful effects that has been around for decades such as "scroll bouncing" and "zooming" So please spare me the its free to write code bullshit. Its free to write code all you want. Just don't publish it and make damned sure that the code you write does compete with Apple then you may be fine. May be.

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