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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RE[2]: The evil empire
by PrimalDK on Tue 7th Jun 2011 06:34 UTC in reply to "RE: The evil empire"
PrimalDK
Member since:
2005-07-12

Excuse me?

Apple are competing on technical grounds? With what? Mac OS X is technically a better operating system? What exactly do you base that on? The big lock in the Mach kernel? The GNU userland? The FreeBSD base? Or are we talking about the wonderful lack of an MDI? Or perhaps the merits of treating users as idiots? The YellowBox + Carbon travesty? The choice of Objective-C -- a language that should have been relegated to "past experiences" a decade ago?

Or is it that you can (could?) get your iPod in 7 different colors? Or that its A/D-converters were no better than a cheap China stick? Oh wait, it was (is) a cheap China stick...

Or is it that they put the "i" in "isolation"?

Perhaps you're talking about the joke of an "open source" initiative called "Darwin"? Or is it the Geenie effect on an OpenGL basis that gets you hot?

Technical merit...let's see:

Microsoft had an original VAX engineer generate the NT kernel. Apple uses the Mach kernel created at Carnegie Mellon.

Microsoft had a Dane create the C# language. Apple uses Objective-C created at StepStone.

Microsoft created the .NET VM. Apple...doesn't have one, but at least you don't get to choose your language...

Microsoft has maintained backward compatibility on their operating systems better than anyone in the closed-source world. Apple...left behind 15 million PowerPC users with the flick of Job's wrist, after having lied for a decade about the superiority of the PowerPC performance, because they liked the Intel logo, whining about how IBM wouldn't clock up the PPC so they could keep doing the "more gigahertz" game, development they didn't have the money to do. Yeah...Apple was once a very small player...

Apple is a repeat of the 60s:

Encase in plastic, brand, color, and you can sell any trivial idea as an invention.

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Pardon...
by PrimalDK on Tue 7th Jun 2011 08:07 in reply to "RE[2]: The evil empire"
PrimalDK Member since:
2005-07-12

...that's "D/A-converters", of course.

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RE[3]: The evil empire
by james_parker on Tue 7th Jun 2011 18:18 in reply to "RE[2]: The evil empire"
james_parker Member since:
2005-06-29


Microsoft has maintained backward compatibility on their operating systems better than anyone in the closed-source world.


I suggest that IBM has done the best job, not Microsoft; given that IBM still provides backward compatibility for IBM 360 applications (circa 1964) on their current hardware.

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RE[4]: The evil empire
by PrimalDK on Tue 7th Jun 2011 20:03 in reply to "RE[3]: The evil empire"
PrimalDK Member since:
2005-07-12

Geez...I stand corrected. :-)

Wasn't thinking of corporate backroom mainframes but desktop systems, since the topic was Apple, which recently has downsized their OS portfolio to provide end-user solutions only.

You're right, of course. Does not counter the fact that Microsoft has a better compatibility track record than Apple.

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