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Yeah, that's why I said "most people", which probably read a little funny without context, so I'll explain. Unless the process has changed, it was rather tricky to create an account with a gift card without attaching it to a credit card. I asked at our local Apple store, and the sales person didn't think it was possible. But after I persisted they asked another sales person. That person also didn't think it was possible, but eventually they asked a store guru, who said...
IIRC, Apple explicitly said that would not be the case, although they've changed their minds many, many times over the years!My worry isn't that Apple will actually make it mandatory, but that it could become a "defacto requirement" merely by enough developers switching to this model without providing any other alternative way to purchase/install apps. One problem (among others): this would preclude most people from ever buying software without using a credit card and...
This is a good question, and anyone with Little Snitch (or equivalent) should be able to easily give some insights. Has any Little Snitch user rented one of these special videos?BTW, I have no affiliation with the Snitch developers, but after using the utility for the past year or so I can't imagine ever using any computer without it again.
I love stupid comments like this. No one has access to these kind of statistics outside the developer(s), and I'm sure you know that. I use Little Snitch and at least a couple friends (that I know of) use it as well. We desperately need an (official) app like this for iPhone/iPodTouch. I know there are options available through "back channels", but maybe we need some kind of petition for this... I would not dream of using a computer hooked up to the net without Little...
Fine, we can see the context from which you're views are derived. However, rather than base your claims on your own (very limited) access to this kind of data, look around and see what's happening in the bigger world. I can only assume you didn't actually read the WSJ and subsequent articles. This data IS being harvested, aggregated, disaggregated, and much of it sold. No matter whether you believe it or not. There are many lawsuits in-progress. Damages are difficult...
it looks like you're just trolling here, so i'll make a quick pass here and be done. either that or you're a shill for google, rapleaf, bluekai or one of those perilously-close-to-criminal companies.stuff here quoted for truth.anonymouse was talking about online advertising companies, however, you responded with:attempting to change the topic to iOS apps. maybe since you knew you were fundamentally wrong trying to deny the fact that online marketing companies are...
I guess we should be in awe of your lack of Google skills. The WSJ alone has an entire series on the matter, as pointed out above. It's obvious you didn't really look, this stuff is commonly-known unless you live under a rock. Sorry Anonymouse, I was out most of the day, I'm surprised more people didn't join the conversation to point out the gross ignorance of those arguing against you. alandail: RapLeaf was all over the news a while back, here's just a couple links...
Wow, deja-vu. Don't suppose you just read the 2 posts I posted on the Chrome OS thread yesterday? About how gmail indirectly opts in your friends info as well, whether they like it or not? This is just one aspect, the whole area of tracking and profiling is a big deal, and Apple is no saint either. I'm tempted to repost here, since that thread was mostly dead and no replies followed, but I'll just post links unless someone thinks a repost is worthwhile. Post #1:...
Let me try to illustrate by example: If you walked into, say, Best Buy, and the guy at the checkout counter said: "Hey, I see you're buying an XBox, so we have a special for you today. If you give us the names, addresses, phone #s and emails of 3 of your best friends, we'll give you $10 off your purchase!". I think most of you would laugh in their face, right? Would you even dream of doing this? (I really am curious, if you read this, I'd love your answer or...
Note this is for several reasons. Pervasive google adsense, pervasive google analytics, pervasive gmail that drags in unwitting 3rd party personal info. Google's tentacles are literally everywhere on the web.Thanks pmz, I only hope we can convince more people to pay attention. Even if they don't change their behavior in the near term, I just wish people would try to be critical thinkers and not dismiss the inherent problems out of hand. solipsism, I was really hoping...
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