Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 11:35 UTC
Apple Surprise, surprise - Apple, by default, tracks web browsing behaviour and location to better serve you ads. You have to specifically opt out of this tracking per individual iOS device that you own. Now we know why Apple has no problem with turning on 'Do Not Track' and not accepting tracking cookies by default: it has no effect on them whatsoever, because iOS 6 has its own independent user tracking mechanisms. Unlike what the Apple pundits claim, it's got nothing to do with respect for user privacy at all. Well paint me red and call me a girl scout: company selling ads tracks user behaviour. Shocker, huh?
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RE[3]: Selective tech amnesia
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 12th Oct 2012 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Selective tech amnesia"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

iOS has an ad system; you see ads in apps. The two options are:

• See ads that have absolutely no relevance to you
• See ads that you might actually like

Me? Like ads? What kind of fantasy land are you living in? Just seeing or even hearing an ad does nothing but piss me off. It's just another reason to never touch an Apple product again. They impressed and tempted me at one time a few years ago with Mac OS X, but damn, I'm glad I've never bought any of their hardware. They make the old, super-monopolistic Microsoft of the 90s look like nothing more than an annoying little flea.

Not that Microsoft isn't still playing at their old games, but at least they seem to try to hide it and be subtle about it. The worst thing Microsoft's done recently is decide that with their godly powers all ARM machines shipping with Windows (read: virtually all of them) will be forbidden from running an OS that is not blessed by them. Apple... wow, the list goes on.

Apple is like the Microsoft of the 90s, but potentially much, much worse.

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RE[4]: Selective tech amnesia
by darknexus on Fri 12th Oct 2012 22:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Selective tech amnesia"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Not that Microsoft isn't still playing at their old games, but at least they seem to try to hide it and be subtle about it.

Speaking for myself, I'd rather a company not be subtle about what they're doing. Better that I know precisely what I'm dealing with when I buy from someone as opposed to having something sneak up on me.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Speaking for myself, I'd rather a company not be subtle about what they're doing. Better that I know precisely what I'm dealing with when I buy from someone as opposed to having something sneak up on me.

Everyone should know by now that this is the same company that found themselves fighting the U.S. government over monopolistic anti-trust issues just over a decade ago. So it should be pretty obvious, despite their recent sneakiness, that if you choose them they should to be monitored like a baby. That really makes them no different than a company that blatantly does is stuff.

I would go as far as saying that no matter what company you consider doing business with, always do a background check. After all--when was the last time anyone got a job at some company that didn't require a thorough background check on all of their potential employees? Trust works both ways.

I automatically do not trust any company until they've been proven. That solves things for the most part.

BTW, Apple can be pretty subtle too. It seems that they used to be even more subtle, but that was when they were smaller. It really seems like Microsoft and Apple are trading places in the way they pull off questionable moves.

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