Dec
21
2015
18

My RedState post on Tom Cotton vs. Apple CEO Tim Cook is up.

Found here. Short version: actually, they both have a point. Although I think that Sen. Cotton has more of an immediate one.

Oct
11
2015
4

Apple submits to Chinese state censorship.

I guess that it doesn’t matter if information wants to be free, or not. If your major source for manufacturing iPads has an issue, then that’s the end of the matter: “Apple has disabled its news app in China, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the most recent sign of how difficult it can be for foreign companies to manage the strict rules governing media and online expression there.” For the benefit of somebody who might only be familiar with English as used by The New York Times, the phrase ‘the strict rules governing media and online expression’ is semantically equivalent to the word ‘censorship.’  The Times is using the former instead of the latter because the Times doesn’t like admitting that it’s picked the wrong side when it comes to American foreign policy.

Now, this is the part where I’m supposed to be at least mildly sympathetic that Apple had to turn off its news app in the People’s Republic of China because the alternative would be having to deal with ChiCom complaints and corporate warfare over every time Apple told its Chinese users something that the ChiComs didn’t want their subjects to hear. Alas, I’m not sympathetic to Apple at all.  This is part of the devil’s deal that the company made with the PRC in order to get a pipeline  of cheap electronics; and while I’m happy to criticize the PRC, Apple doesn’t really have that luxury. They knew what the deal was. (more…)

Jun
25
2015
3

Tweet of the Day, Apple Kind Of LIKES Having Historically Ignorant Customers edition.

This, of course, would be huge news if it were Steam or GOG. Fortunately, it’s just the Apple Store.

The people who did Ultimate General: Gettysburg (which I have just purchased on Steam; it’s also available on GOG), one of the games that was pulled, had this to say: (more…)

Apr
10
2015
5

Hi, @tim_cook. I’m abandoning iTunes EVEN AS WE SPEAK.

I’ve had it with Apple’s endless updates. I’ve had it with its increasing amount of kludges and annoyances. I’ve certainly had it with its stubborn refusal to concede that things that I buy are mine.  And, as soon as the update finishes, it will no longer be any kind of an issue.

Moe Lane

PS: Oh, don’t get me wrong: it turns out that the iPad is a great device. For kids in grammar school.  But the toys started losing their luster after Steve Jobs passed.

Apr
05
2015
6

So why isn’t Apple TV going with 4K video capacity?

Two major reasons, that I can see:

  1. Apple means it when they say that there’s currently an insufficient need for higher-capacity video streaming.  And that that capacity is unlikely to be needed before the next time that they update the Apple TV’s hardware anyway.
  2. Apple can’t actually do it.

(more…)

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Mar
02
2015
10

Hillary Clinton STARTED OFF as the villain. How does she plan to become the hero?

Let us address the central paradox of the Hillary Clinton campaign.  To do that, though, we must first refresh our memories.  Specifically, this ad:

Remember it? It is, of course, an edited version of the iconic Apple 1984 ad which was altered to convert it from revolutionary agitprop praising a multinational corporation to revolutionary agitprop praising an undistinguished machine politician from Chicago. And, to be fair, it was successful agitprop. We will be arguing for decades about just how Hillary Clinton managed to lose that primary fight, but she did – and videos like this probably didn’t hurt. (more…)

Sep
19
2014
--

So I tried the Skyrim Apple Cabbage stew.

Well, the recipe that can be found here.  I went with the ‘use bacon grease and add the cooked bacon’ option: the whole thing came out very nicely, although I probably made a mistake at putting the cooked bacon in before I let it simmer for forty-five minutes.  My wife isn’t sure about that; she liked the general of-pork flavor of the dish.  It is not a zesty stew as described, though: salt and pepper at the least, possibly more spices.

I really should revisit Skyrim at some point.  See what the modders have been doing with it since the last time.

Sep
18
2014
4

I’m already finding the latest software for the iPod annoying.

Could it really hurt for Apple to just ask me how I want my iPod configured? I mean, seriously, I’m an adult. I can decide this stuff for myself.

Grr.

Moe Lane

PS: I’d like to meet the software person who figured out that you can make people update the software by making it impossible to sync the iPod with iTunes until you do. And by ‘meet’ I mean ‘yell at.’

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Sep
17
2014
6

I gotta admit, I endorse this sentiment.

I mean, yes, people who didn’t like the album or U2 should have had an easy way to remove it.

But that can issue – and in fact was – settled with a simple, albeit loud, “HEY! Knock that off!” Besides… has anybody involved ever actually read Apple’s EULA? They can pretty much brick your hardware just because they don’t like your face. Amazing that that didn’t set people off, but this did. Humans are weird.

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Mar
02
2014
1

Apple’s Tim Cook’s tiresome Greenie hypocrisy.

(Via Instapundit) Two things about this story:

At a shareholders meeting on Friday, CEO Tim Cook angrily defended Apple’s environmentally-friendly practices against a request from the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) to drop those practices if they ever became unprofitable.

NCPPR put forward a shareholder’s proposal asking Apple to disclose how much it spends on sustainability programs. If those costs detracted from Apple’s bottom line, the NCPPR demanded that Apple discontinue the programs and commit only to projects that are explicitly profitable. Cook apparently became angry at the group’s request.

…reportedly, Cook said “If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”  We’ll get to that in a second, but first off: (more…)

Jul
11
2013
6

More on Apple and the Mighty Anti-Trust Hammer of Maximum Fun.

The entire post by BeldarBlog analyzing the law decision behind Apple’s antitrust spanking is well worth perusing in full, so do so. But here’s a taste.

[Apple CEO Steve] Jobs was bragging in public about the price-fixing conspiracy that his company had organized and executed to fix ebook prices. The reason the publishers were threatening to withhold their books from Amazon altogether was because that was the key term in the conspiracy that Apple was proposing. Unless Amazon agreed to knuckle under to the “agency pricing” model that Apple wanted (because it would eliminate retail price competition in ebooks, to Apple’s benefit, and let Apple compete with Amazon on the basis of hardware, never price) — Amazon wouldn’t be able to sell ebooks at any price.

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This whole fact pattern would never make a good exam question in an antitrust course in law school. It’s way too easy. There’s an arsenal of smoking guns. It’s like no one at Apple ever heard of the Sherman Act.

(more…)

Jul
10
2013
9

Hey, did you notice how Kindle ebook prices suddenly dropped a couple of bucks?

Yeah, it was very sweet: Amazon.com apparently got together with the major publishers and they all agreed that the smartest thing to do about this entire electronic publishing thing was to admit that e-books were simply cheaper than dead-tree versions and that pricing should reflect that, because it’s the reader that they’re all here to serve and yes, I’m just bullshitting you; the publishers all settled out of court because the Mighty Antitrust Hammer of Maximum Fun was descending upon all of their heads.  But not Apple!  Apple decided to stay and fight it out.

Silly, silly Apple. (more…)

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