Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Jul 2009 23:14 UTC
Editorial I think I'd like to start an internet movement. Due to Apple's recent actions regarding the Google Voice app, I intend to criticize Apple every day at OSNews for 1984 days, or until they perform a very subtle and simple act of contrition. I'd like to enlist the help of every tech journalist, blogger, twitterer, Facebook denizen, and person who ever talks to another person. I'm that girl in the running shorts with the hammer, people! I'm throwing the hammer at the big creepy guy on the screen! We don't have to be slaves anymore! Read on for the full manifesto.
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Ridiculous
by darknexus on Thu 30th Jul 2009 20:01 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

FTA:

Apple needs to pay a price for coddling AT&T, and they definitely need to suffer some fallout for all the other crap they've pulled with the App Store.

Coddling AT&T, eh? So, it's only their deals in the U.S that you give a rat's behind about, huh? How very... American (in the worst possible way).
So, Apple does some things we don't like, such as the bs with the app store. I'm no fan of that, nor some of their controlling practices. But Microsoft does a lot of things none of us like (EEE, artificial hardware limitations for netbooks, Zune DRM... anyone?). Yet, on this site, all I ever see is Microsoft praise. Funny, that, and it makes me wonder why...
Deliberately tossing complaints around is not the kind of journalism I'd like to see take the tech world by storm. Look how much good it hasn't done in other fields. This is completely counterproductive, and osnews should not become a venue for your personal agenda now that so many rely on it for news about, well, operating systems. By all means, put whatever complaints you want on your personal blog... but do not turn a news site into such a blog.

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RE: Ridiculous
by David on Thu 30th Jul 2009 20:12 in reply to "Ridiculous"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

You're absolutely right, and I'm ashamed that I didn't mention this opportunity that Apple has to disrupt mobile carriers' power worldwide. Here's the paragraph I added to my manifesto:

And, as a reader so astutely pointed out, this isn't, of course just about AT&T. Right now, AT&T is the most influential carrier, but as the iPhone moves across the globe, Apple has a chance to set the carriers straight all over the place. They should make an example of AT&T and put the world's other carriers on notice.


And as for "deliberately tossing complaints around," it's not like I'm going to have to bend over backward to find things to complain about. Even for a die-hard Apple fan like me, there's a lot to talk about. But just like I don't believe we should get bored with the protests in Iran and stop talking about them, I think that Apple will be less likely to disrespect its customers if we show determination not to let the issue drop.

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RE[2]: Ridiculous
by darknexus on Thu 30th Jul 2009 20:21 in reply to "RE: Ridiculous"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Nevertheless, I think care is warranted here. Anyone can find anything to complain about, no matter what it is, if they look hard enough. I think, in this case, you need to take care that your complaints about Apple are actually valid in this context--e.g. complaining about the app store would be valid, complaining about the look of various icons in os x would not make sense in this context and would only muddle the issue you're trying to expose. Even though you , I'm sure, will take this into mind there's no guarantee that other tech sites and their writers will do the same and that we won't just end up with a shouting match that will only serve to bury the real issues further. If this is to work, the messages need to be along the same lines everywhere, and one also needs to play fair. There's no sense berating Apple on one hand, for example, while praising some of Microsoft's monopolistic and controlling practices on the other (note: Microsoft is an example, substitute any other company name if Microsoft promotes a knee-jerk reaction).
Also, thanks for taking my words concerning other carriers into account. I was, I think, a bit harsh in the way I said them and for that I apologize.

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RE: Ridiculous
by WorknMan on Thu 30th Jul 2009 21:56 in reply to "Ridiculous"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

So, Apple does some things we don't like, such as the bs with the app store. I'm no fan of that, nor some of their controlling practices. But Microsoft does a lot of things none of us like (EEE, artificial hardware limitations for netbooks, Zune DRM... anyone?).


But everybody already knows that Microsoft sucks, so complaining about them is like preaching to the choir ;) IMHO, there's way too many people out there that look the other way when Apple does stupid sh!t, but would turn around and blackball MS if they committed the same offenses. Personally, I think it's time to spread more of the Apple hate until the Mac fanboys realize that Apple isn't really any different than MS underneath. In other words, they both suck.

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RE: Ridiculous
by Bobthearch on Fri 31st Jul 2009 00:09 in reply to "Ridiculous"
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2006-01-27

Yet, on this site, all I ever see is Microsoft praise.


You must be thinking of a different website. ;)

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