Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 08:29 UTC
Apple Apple is rejecting applications that use Dropbox because if the user of such an application does not have the actual Dropbox application installed, he is presented with a Dropbox login form through Safari, which happens to also show a sign-up link, and after clicking on that sign-up link, users could potentially run into one of the paid Dropbox options. Application developers and users surprised by this may need to read about the frog and the scorpion.
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RE[4]: I hate the inconsistency
by WorknMan on Thu 3rd May 2012 02:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I hate the inconsistency"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Personally I would like to see a law that explicitly entitles users to access 3rd party app stores from any hardware that has a built in app store. This would not be specific to apple.


In that case, where do you draw the line? That would essentially force game consoles, set-top boxes, and anything else that gives you access to paid content to allow anybody and their grandmother to set up shop on the device. That means if I wanted to set up my own online gaming store, I could force Microsoft to open up the 360 and allow me to install my own store on their console. And of course, people are going to call them for support if my app store has bugs and causes the console to crash.

Instead of forcing these asinine requirements on hardware vendors, why not just let 'em do whatever the hell they want, and you choose to either buy the product or not. Or would you prefer living in a government-run nanny state? Personally, I would rather make these decisions for myself, rather than having governments make them for me. Do away with the DMCA, and let people find their own solutions to these closed systems. Hell, hacking ebook readers and phones (and I assume tablets by extension) is even legal right now (in the US).

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

WorknMan,

"And of course, people are going to call them for support if my app store has bugs and causes the console to crash."

Well that was a straw man, of course I don't expect a manufacturer to support third party code, only to permit consumers to run it and perhaps include a way to return the firmware to default (which btw they already do anyways to reset their own buggy firmware).


"Instead of forcing these asinine requirements on hardware vendors, why not just let 'em do whatever the hell they want, and you choose to either buy the product or not."

If we leave it up to corporations to collectively determine which rights we have as consumers, we'll eventually end up with a couple vendors telling us everything we can and cannot do with the hardware we've bought. This trend is eerily recognizable even today, but it's only a foreshadow of what closed computing has for us on the horizon.

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