Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Oct 2009 14:09 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Hardware, Embedded Systems When Psystar announced it Rebel EFI package, the company was quickly accused of simply taking open source code, repackaging it, and selling it for USD 50. While selling open source code is not a problem, not making the source code available if the license demands it is. Netkas, famous OSX86 hacker, and a Russian site are now claiming they have found the smoking gun.
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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by bert64 on Thu 29th Oct 2009 09:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
bert64
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Geez ... where to begin...

Locking down the iPhone so that only "approved" apps can run


True, tho there are ways around it. I don't expect them to make it the default, but they shouldn't try to stop those who want to from jailbreaking the devices, since its only a select few technically minded people who would want to do that.

Changing the iPod protocols to prevent interoperability


agreed, there is no reason to use a proprietary protocol

Force-feeding iTunes users with unnecessary and unwanted additional Apple software (Safari)

While i agree with this, they're competing against microsoft who use exactly the same dirty tactics.


Packaging Quicktime security updates with iTunes

You mean you have to install itunes to patch quicktime? or you have to install quicktime to use itunes? if the latter, its because itunes requires some of the libraries provided by quicktime...


Designing iPod battery so that you have to return the unit to get a replacement


There are third party suppliers of iphone batteries already...

Rejecting Google Voice and other iPhone apps that compete with Apple

Suing enthusiast websites for releasing pre-release product information

Suing enthusiast websites containing "iPod" in their domain names

Sleazily backdating stock options for Apple executives

Including a "kill switch" in the iPhone for any mod/app that Apple doesn't approve

Misappropriating work from artists such as Christian Marclay and Postal Service for use in their commercials

Outright lying in almost every Mac vs PC ad.

... there's plenty more, but you get the gist.


Sounds just like any typical large corporation to me... as bad as apple can be, other companies do similar things and microsoft are usually much worse.

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