Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 22:53 UTC
Legal Five US carriers, nearly identical devices, millions and millions of pre-orders, virtually simultaneous launch - and that's just the US. The Galaxy SIII might be hideous, Samsung is still doing something right here. No surprise, then, that Apple has, once again, decided to compete in the court room instead of on the shelves: they're asking for a US import ban on the SIII [FOSS Patents link].
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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by Alfman on Thu 7th Jun 2012 14:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Stephen!,

"Somewhat ironic that a company that once advocated to 'Think Different' now tries to stifle choice."


I found it hypocritical that Job's repeatedly and explicitly promoted "choice" as an underdog, but he had no reservations about stifling it once he and apple had the opportunity.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJqSaQj8iX4
"I gotta tell you, I use IE and I like it. So I think it's the best browser out there but you can make your own choice. But choice is good don't you think? So I choose to use to use IE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOp5mBY9IY
"We have taken a look a browsers out there and apple has decided to make internet explorer it's default browser on the macintosh. Since we believe in choice...since we believe in choice we're going to be shipping other internet browsers as well on the macintosh and the user can of course change their default should they choose to."

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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by kwan_e on Thu 7th Jun 2012 15:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

I found it hypocritical that Job's repeatedly and explicitly promoted "choice" as an underdog, but he had no reservations about stifling it once he and apple had the opportunity.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOp5mBY9IY
"We have taken a look a browsers out there and apple has decided to make internet explorer it's default browser on the macintosh. Since we believe in choice...since we believe in choice we're going to be shipping other internet browsers as well on the macintosh and the user can of course change their default should they choose to."


Actually, that second video paints a slightly different picture. You're right that as an underdog, "choice" was promoted. But the stifling of choice when they came across success is in no small part due to the attitude of people like those fanboys in the video who reflexively booed at anything not Apple.

It's a repeat of history. Even emperors who start out being the best emperor there ever was always succumbed to despotism when surrounded by yes men. That booing crowd of fanboys in the second video is a display of the sickness of unequivocal party allegiance.

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RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by Alfman on Thu 7th Jun 2012 15:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

kwan_e,

Well, it still seems disingenuous to me to say "we believe in choice" when it was convenient and then turn around and kill customer choice.

As for the yes-men, I don't think they caused apple to eliminate choice (though they are certainly enablers). It's not like they would stop praising apple if apple chose to continue the mantra of "choice is good". In fact I think life would be a hell of a lot easier for fanboys if they didn't have to defend apple's attacks on consumer freedoms.

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