Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 08:47 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Apple I think we just found out why we aren't hearing more stories of exploding and burning iPods. Ken Stanborough had to throw his daughter Ellie's iPod Touch outside, because it got too hot to hold, and he could see vapour. Within 30 seconds, he could see smoke, he heard a pop, and the Touch went 10ft into the air. After contacting Apple, the company denied liability, but offered a refund. However, Apple said that in accepting the money, Stanborough was not allowed to talk about the existence of the agreement - or else Apple would sue him. Update: Apple told Sky News Online that the letter with the gagging order is standard practice.

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by adinas on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:01 UTC
adinas
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2005-08-17

And People still hate Microsoft more than Apple. I mean, when you see Apple, you can see how much worse things could have been if Apple was on 90% of the PCs in the world

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RE: MS
by MORB on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:12 in reply to "MS"
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2005-07-06

I hate microsoft because I can't avoid their products.
I have to use them at work. I have to use windows to play games.
I have to endure neighbors/family coming crying to me because their windows installations went titties up.

Apple is a douchey corporation but I don't care because I don't have to interact with their products for any reason if I don't want to.

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RE: MS
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:16 in reply to "MS"
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2005-06-29

The difference between Apple and MS' evilness is simple.

Microsoft's evil was/is geared towards other *companies*. And in all honesty, I couldn't care less what one company does to another. The effect this had on users (stifling innovation due to MS' monoculture) is indirect, and because we have no way of knowing how else it would have turned out, difficult to quantify.

Apple's evil, on the other hand, is clearly geared towards *consumers* and *small developers*. They are actively going after them, trying to hurt them.

I find Apple's evil of a much worse kind.

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RE[2]: MS
by drstorm on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:27 in reply to "RE: MS"
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2009-04-24

True.

In fact, I think any company would do pretty much the same if they were Microsoft. Google's "do no evil" policy is just a PR thing. Everyone cares just about themselves. Sad truth... ;)

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RE[2]: MS
by OSGuy on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:31 in reply to "RE: MS"
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2006-01-01

I agree with you 100%

Microsoft has *respect* for developers and consumers and cares for end users. Where is Apple's respect? They threaten their own costumers. This is a prime example.

Edited 2009-08-03 10:33 UTC

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RE[2]: MS
by RogerBryce on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:31 in reply to "RE: MS"
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I think I'd have a hard time choosing between those two evils if I had to.

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by mrhasbean on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:33 in reply to "RE: MS"
RE[2]: MS
by WereCatf on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:46 in reply to "RE: MS"
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2006-02-15

Microsoft's evil was/is geared towards other *companies*. And in all honesty, I couldn't care less what one company does to another.

That is a very ignorant thing to say and I am surprised to see you saying such. First of all, imagine you were the owner of a small shop, just trying to make a living with a few friends of yours. Then a big company comes in and tramples you to the ground. I can BET you would care then. Atleast I do care when a big company does force a smaller one out of business, it's bad for both the customers and the owners of the smaller one. But oh, you don't care, all companies are evil, including even the small ones, put together by honest people.

Apple's evil, on the other hand, is clearly geared towards *consumers* and *small developers*. They are actively going after them, trying to hurt them.

Going after them? Trying to hurt them? No, they are trying to CONTROL them. Not hurt them. Even this news here is all about control: they want to control what kinds of information people spread about Apple and they want to control who is allowed to spread those things in the first hand. Hurting customers/developers is a side-effect of control, it's not the primary directive.

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RE: MS
by Isolationist on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 11:21 in reply to "MS"
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2006-05-28

And People still hate Microsoft more than Apple. I mean, when you see Apple, you can see how much worse things could have been if Apple was on 90% of the PCs in the world


I think there is a lot of truth in your statement. Not wishing to be modded down, but I am starting to realise that Apple are just as bad as Microsoft - especially where interoperability of their products are concerned with other operating systems. Anyway, slightly off-topic.

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RE: MS
by JeffS on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 13:43 in reply to "MS"
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2005-07-12

I know I hate Apple more than MS, that's for sure.

Apple sucks, plain and simple. Jobs is nothing more than a snake oil salesman and everyone who buys Apple products are suckers (including me - I have an iPod).

But I'll never buy another Apple product for as long as I live.

Apple sucks, and is a complete abomination to the tech industry.

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