Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Jun 2011 23:39 UTC
Humor The German city of Hamburg will soon be getting one of the biggest Apple Stores in the world. Construction isn't complete yet, and a group of people calling themselves the '.WAV Collective' decided it was time for a practical joke. Posing as construction workers, they planted an interesting logo on the store's facade. In broad daylight. And they videotaped it.
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Because...
by PrimalDK on Tue 7th Jun 2011 06:13 UTC
PrimalDK
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2005-07-12

...Apple is the biggest (in terms of revenue) tech company in the world, the largest mobile device vendor, and the most keen to keep a monopoly on anything that passes through their hands.

Steve Jobs stole his ideas from Xerox PARC when visiting around 1980, the same kind of practice you've seen from Microsoft: being called innovative, when in fact you're mainly a copycat.

Actually, they should have subtitled it "Microsoft 2.0", since Apple is worse than Microsoft, even more Redmond than Redmond: no open source initiatives, a slew of cease-and-desist notifications, patent trolling, "we invented this" (no you didn't), hypocrisy, and a general arrogance, seemingly forgetting that Apple would have been bankrupt by now, had it not been for the 1 billion dollar investment in the company in the late 90s by...Microsoft.

Apple IS the new Microsoft, and as someone pointed out, it doesn't matter what the name of a company is: once it -- through predatory behavior -- attains the status of "king of the hill", it engages in the same practices as the king it replaces.

Except, in Apple's case, it owns the hardware too...

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RE: Because...
by Neolander on Tue 7th Jun 2011 09:51 in reply to "Because..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Globally I'd say that there's some hard truth within this post, but there's one thing which tickles me in your arguments.

no open source initiatives

No. Just no. Things like LLVM/Clang and Webkit are definitely bigger contributions to open-source projects than everything Microsoft has ever done. Even though Apple tend to spoil these with their terrible community management (e.g. : "Let's withold the GPLd Webkit source code just to piss off developers !")

Edited 2011-06-07 09:54 UTC

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RE[2]: Because...
by PrimalDK on Tue 7th Jun 2011 14:21 in reply to "RE: Because..."
PrimalDK Member since:
2005-07-12

Sure, if these had originated and been developed as in-house Apple initiatives, but they had/were not.

LLVM is another university project, whereas the Clang frontend is *sponsored* by Apple because Apple -- like most companies -- don't like the GPL. Red Hat also hosts a number of Linux kernel developers, but you'd be hard pressed to call Linux a "Red Hat Open-Source Project", wouldn't you?

Webkit isn't Apple's either. Ever heard of KDE? Of course you have.

Ever heard of Haskell? The main developer is paid by Microsoft, full time, no questions asked and no demands.

C# and the Common Language Runtime are ECMA standards, submitted by the big bad Redmond wolf for your pleasure, as witnessed in the Mono implementation, blown-up (unsubstantiated) controversy or not.

When you think of contributions to OSS, you probably want to think of the SUN, not the Apple.

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