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post #81 of 137
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Originally Posted by Newtron View Post

This sort of thing seems to be getting more and more common with Apple. They seem to announce their stuff long before any partners have signed up. Newspapers and magazines are another example. We heard all about how every magazine would be available and how Apple was going to change the whole industry, but the reality is VERY different.

Now Apple announces Facebook functionality before any deal is cut, while at the same time trying to use a public statment by the CEO to vilify Facebook and make them into some sort of greedy bad guys. That sort of negotiation tactic is nasty and amateurish.

This sort of sleazy tactic is far beneath Apple.

Apple never announced Facebook for Ping.

Kara Swisher asked Steve point blank "Why no Facebook integration." He gave the answer that the terms Facebook demanded were onerous to Apple. This is a fair negotiation tactic. It certainly is no less fair than Facebook blocking the API access to Ping in the eleventh hour so that Apple was forced to either cave in to the demands or change their plans last minute. Apple chose the latter, which is why you have all of the evidence out there about Facebook in Ping (and why you look at this as if Apple ANNOUNCED anything). The screenshots and documentation are simply overcome by events because Facebook shut down the API access and Apple didn't cave.

All is fair in love, war, and negotiation, and it seems to me that Apple and Facebook are simply playing hardball with each other. In terms of social networking, Apple is in a new position: it is not the Gorilla in the room. Facebook is. So don't look at this like an example of Apple running roughshod over the little guy.

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Onerous to me suggests overwhelmingly stifling at worst, pedantic at best.


What it suggests to you seems somewhat different from what it suggests to folks who write dictionaries. Close, but neither stifling nor pedantic are generally listed as synonyms. Maybe two degrees of separation in the Thesaurus? I dunno.
post #83 of 137
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Originally Posted by Newtron View Post

Nowhere is it defined as "complicated". Sorry.

This one has run its course. Let's just use a dictionary and agree with what the words mean.

Folks like you are so predictable. Don't even bother reading what I wrote. In short, you were acting as if Steve Jobs was urinating in the direction of Facebook when, in fact, he was probably simply expressing Apple's circumstance, using words in the dictionary, as they were written in the dictionary. At this point you're just being obtuse—probably deliberately so.
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post #84 of 137
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Apple never announced Facebook for Ping.

Kara Swisher asked Steve point blank "Why no Facebook integration." He gave the answer that the terms Facebook demanded were onerous to Apple. This is a fair negotiation tactic. It certainly is no less fair than Facebook blocking the API access to Ping in the eleventh hour so that Apple was forced to either cave in to the demands or change their plans last minute. Apple chose the latter, which is why you have all of the evidence out there about Facebook in Ping (and why you look at this as if Apple ANNOUNCED anything). The screenshots and documentation are simply overcome by events because Facebook shut down the API access and Apple didn't cave.

All is fair in love, war, and negotiation, and it seems to me that Apple and Facebook are simply playing hardball with each other. In terms of social networking, Apple is in a new position: it is not the Gorilla in the room. Facebook is. So don't look at this like an example of Apple running roughshod over the little guy.

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it's not just facebook

there is no button in ping to scan your address book and find people on the site. who is really going to try all their contacts one at a time?
post #85 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

And my point is you're criticising the unknown as fact. There is spam prevention in place - there is no such thing as spam proofing. Databases of offendors, IP addresses take time, and no matter what is in place it keeps coming. It happens on facebook, it happens on my POP accounts, so why should PING be immune? Odd logic.

This we both agree on that it will have eventually happened. I'm not saying Ping should be 100% immune (where you got that from my posts, I don't know). I'm just saying that if Ping really had zero spam filtering of any sort, that's a big mis-step on Apple's part.

It's like getting an immunization shot. It'll protect you to a good degree from what's already out there, limiting the attacks to brand-new germs. We know how to reduce the amount of spam we get to a good degree, otherwise our inboxes would still be overrun with spam like they were in the 90s. If Apple did have stuff running in the background, then chalk this up to brand-new spam software, as you imply.

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The ethical thing for Schmidt to do would have been to resign from Apple's board as soon as Google started thinking about developing Android.

Nobody's saying Google should not have developed Android - they just shouldn't have sat on Apple's board gathering inside information while developing a competitive product. There was a LOT of information Apple had that should not have been shared with a competitor - Apple's analysis of the mobile market, Apple's plans in future phone development and advertising, etc.

Without Apple's analysis of the market, Google may not have realized it could be so lucrative. Remember, everyone outside of Apple was saying the iPhone would fail. Google might have thought that as well, and delayed or stopped developing Android altogether if they hadn't seen Apple's internal numbers. That would have given Apple probably 2 more years of a head start.

To me, Schmidt's actions border on industrial espionage.

When I think industrial espionage, I think of data being stolen that couldn't have been gathered in any other way. The iPhone being a success can clearly be concluded upon by data from outside of their meetings. In other words, you and I are not on Apple's board, but we both can still see and extrapolate the same general trends (iPhone-like devices are really popular) and ideas (mobile market is very lucative for ads). That's in addition to all the reports the third-party data analysis companies make public.

I also think that the issue is a double-edged sword. If the rest of the board thought Android would become as viable of a competitor as it has become, why didn't they call for his resignation? I'm sure they all knew through him that Android was in the works and could become a danger to Apple, yet they continued to let him stay on the board.
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post #86 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

Nonsense. The iPod is a niche market? Apple do take security seriously and from what I've seen are quicker to react that microsoft - I'm aware of issues publicly known in XP that are still not addressed. The worse I've seen from apple is a fortnight for the PDF issue last month.

You brought it up before I could. I have a first generation iPod touch and I was totally left out of the loop for the latest security updates. If this is an example of how Apple takes security seriously, they need a kick in the pants.

I wont defend Microsoft. I remember a time when their attitude was that security was not their responsibility. Billions of complaints later they finally got the message and have really stepped up.
post #87 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

Nonsense.

The argument that "small market share == small risk" is ridiculous. There are a LOT of people who like to damage apple with a very public virus - there hasn't been one for a reason, and that reason has nothing to with having their "head in their butt".

I repeat there has NOT been a virus in the wild on Mac, there have been proof of concepts and bugs, there has even been spyware and malware through third-party software but NO viruses. At ALL, EVER.


It's a good thing.

Now this time I have you right where I want you my friend. The "security by obscurity" expression was coined by none other than Mr. Jobs himself. Your leader. Your God. I wish I could remember where I heard that. I think it was a video of an older interview with Walt Mossberg on the Wall Street Journal Site. I can try to find it for you later or maybe someone else here can remember.

I don't just pull everything out of my fat ass Mr. nkhm. I really listen to Steve, I think I have seen every interview with him on the web and I even read a few books about him. He was a brilliant leader and visionary once. But lately I just can't figure him out. I just downloaded the new iTunes with the black and white icons and the small album art in list view and I shake my head with disbelief. Why would they do this? It's horrid looking!

I can't seem to understand ANYTHING Apple has done lately. And I don't believe for a minute I am the only one on this forum who feels this way. There must be someone here who doesn't drink Apple Juice and eat Apple Pie at every meal.
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Originally Posted by Xian Zhu Xuande View Post

you were acting as if Steve Jobs was urinating in the direction of Facebook


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post #89 of 137
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Originally Posted by sheff View Post

Have not registered will not register for Ping. Facebook is enough craziness for me, and I use it infrequently. I think the loss of facebook cooperation deal is gonna make it difficult for apple. Keeping up with privacy, new features, spammers, hackers etc is a full time job, that would have been better done outsourced then in-house. Especially for hardware/software company like Apple.

Right, because FaceBook have such an awesome track record with privacy and keeping scammers out...

I'm sure Apple can be a difficult partner... it's either their way, or no way. But FaceBook is run by a bunch of crooks (IMO) and I wouldn't be surprised if the sticking point was about information access (i.e. Apple said 'no way Jose' to giving up customer information). FaceBook is just basically one big garage sale for personal information.

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post #90 of 137
Spammers are like trolls, you take them all in stride and learn the Art of simultaneously focusing on the essential and controlling your heartbeat.

On Ping, on Apple Insider, in Life, they pop up as naturally as bacteria on a kitchen countertop. And they tend to grow exponentially from the get go. They grow merrily on a Spill and left-over break down. A little hygienic common sense and a healthy fatalism take the drama out of a naturally occurring phenomenon.

They spring eternal, ...just like Hope actually.
post #91 of 137
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Originally Posted by Newtron View Post

Seemingly, you think it is too difficult for Apple to implement.

If they can do cut and paste in only three years, this shouldn't be beyond their abilities.

Come on, it was cut copy and paste and it was in two years... don't exhaggerate!

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post #92 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

Has anyone here received any spam on Ping?

No one follows me that I don't want, I only follow artists I'm interested in. No spam here.

Plagued? After 48 hours?! More FUD from a "security" company trying to boost their profile/revenue.

I signed up for Ping and got nothing. It's like a ghost town right now. Can't find any other musicians beyond the 10 or so suggested by Apple. I tried the Facebook connect before it got pulled, but it came up empty too. I guess it will take time to build up some momentum.
post #93 of 137
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Originally Posted by smerch View Post

If this was "totally expected," then why wasn't the issue dealt with proactively?

Agreed, I'm seeing a lot about Ping that could have been better thought through. One of the things that I like about Facebook is that it actually does a pretty good job targeting my interests, Ping on the other hand seems to just recommend I follow the same people it recommends to anyone else. I know Lady Gaga is big stuff right now but for me personally I could give a crap. I'm not likely to use Ping unless it brings more relevant content and features that fit with my tastes & preferences.

I think Ping will ultimately be a success but it's sad to see Apple starting to become a Microsoft, jumping into new ideas without really giving it enough thought. Ultimately they have enough money & man power that they'll get this turkey off the ground but it doesn't bode well for Apple's reputation for them to start acting like Microsoft.
post #94 of 137
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Originally Posted by Newtron View Post

Everything by SOPHOS is in quotes.

The fact I repeated was not a quote.

You restated sophos' supposition as fact, when it is no such thing.
post #95 of 137
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Originally Posted by smerch View Post

If this was "totally expected," then why wasn't the issue dealt with proactively?

Because Apple doesn't have the authority to implement the correct solution - death penalty for spammers.
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post #96 of 137
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Originally Posted by Newtron View Post

If inexperience is not the reason, then what excuse do they have?

They don't need an 'excuse', once again this is a non-issue overstated by the media.

This happens every hour on Facebook - where is that news story?

For the record, still no spam here on mine or my partner's account.

Oh and just to clear up some other cack doing the rounds, you do NOT have to use your real name when signing up and you do NOT need to provide credit card details.

The media make an accusation and the party concerned have to prove their innocence? That's messed up.
post #97 of 137
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Originally Posted by iBill View Post

I signed up for Ping and got nothing. It's like a ghost town right now. Can't find any other musicians beyond the 10 or so suggested by Apple. I tried the Facebook connect before it got pulled, but it came up empty too. I guess it will take time to build up some momentum.

Yup, cause it's day two and nothing is 'drowning'. Everyone seems to think systems are born fully populated, with large user bases and drowning in relevant content.

Odd, impatient attitude.
post #98 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

Yup, cause it's day two and nothing is 'drowning'. Everyone seems to think systems are born fully populated, with large user bases and drowning in relevant content.

Odd, impatient attitude.

I don't think it's odd to expect that Apple couldn't have had more than 10 musicians on board to start things off. Otherwise I'm fine with being patient for some momentum to build.
post #99 of 137
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

Agreed, I'm seeing a lot about Ping that could have been better thought through. One of the things that I like about Facebook is that it actually does a pretty good job targeting my interests, Ping on the other hand seems to just recommend I follow the same people it recommends to anyone else. I know Lady Gaga is big stuff right now but for me personally I could give a crap. I'm not likely to use Ping unless it brings more relevant content and features that fit with my tastes & preferences.

I think Ping will ultimately be a success but it's sad to see Apple starting to become a Microsoft, jumping into new ideas without really giving it enough thought. Ultimately they have enough money & man power that they'll get this turkey off the ground but it doesn't bode well for Apple's reputation for them to start acting like Microsoft.

Again, this is day one. Apple has provided a framework for customers and artists to populate.

I'd be a lot more concerned if my library had been scanned and Apple knew my personal tastes from day one.

It's a nice system with some potential. New systems take time. So maybe people should cut it some slack.
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I don't think it's odd to expect that Apple couldn't have had more than 10 musicians on board to start things off. Otherwise I'm fine with being patient for some momentum to build.

as of today, I count around 80 artists to follow that's an eight fold increase in a day.

For the record, this is why Facebook will never have a rival. People forget about the early days of these services. You expect them to spring fully formed into being. New service appears - not enough content, teething problems?- completely unacceptable and "i'll never sign up, I read something in an article, so it must be true".

Laughable, frustrating and stifling new ideas at birth.
post #101 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

Again, this is day one. Apple has provided a framework for customers and artists to populate. ... It's a nice system with some potential. New systems take time. So maybe people should cut it some slack.

Apple should have known they were launching a new social network in a very mature social network environment, and planned accordingly. How difficult would it have been to get at least a few hundred artists to set up their accounts before the launch, so there was something, anything, for people to actually follow? A dozen artists is incredibly booooring!

And only allowing you to choose your favorite Top 10 songs, and only 3 genres of music, is also very short-sighted. The floods of spam that cover every page in Ping right now is a good indicator that this service was not fully thought through and poorly executed. I'm sure Facebook, and even MySpace, are laughing right now.

This is an embarrassment for Apple. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd shut Ping down until it was really ready for prime time.

Anyhoo, this is my last post here until at least December... over and out !!
post #102 of 137
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Originally Posted by Blackintosh View Post

I can't seem to understand ANYTHING Apple has done lately.


When a student fails to understand ... it's not automatically the fault of others .... sometimes the student is just a really dumb, clueless person ... it "may" even apply here ... ya think?
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post #103 of 137
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Now this time I have you right where I want you my friend. The "security by obscurity" expression was coined by none other than Mr. Jobs himself. Your leader. Your God. I wish I could remember where I heard that. I think it was a video of an older interview with Walt Mossberg on the Wall Street Journal Site. I can try to find it for you later or maybe someone else here can remember.

I don't just pull everything out of my fat ass Mr. nkhm. I really listen to Steve, I think I have seen every interview with him on the web and I even read a few books about him. He was a brilliant leader and visionary once. But lately I just can't figure him out. I just downloaded the new iTunes with the black and white icons and the small album art in list view and I shake my head with disbelief. Why would they do this? It's horrid looking!

I can't seem to understand ANYTHING Apple has done lately. And I don't believe for a minute I am the only one on this forum who feels this way. There must be someone here who doesn't drink Apple Juice and eat Apple Pie at every meal.

Time to sell your shares and move along then. If you can take a quote out of context and apply It in an irrelevant way, I don't think you understand Apple, modern corporations or the future of IT.
post #104 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

as of today, I count around 80 artists to follow that's an eight fold increase in a day.

For the record, this is why Facebook will never have a rival. People forget about the early days of these services. You expect them to spring fully formed into being. New service appears - not enough content, teething problems?- completely unacceptable and "i'll never sign up, I read something in an article, so it must be true".

Laughable, frustrating and stifling new ideas at birth.

I must be doing something wrong, I've not found any artists beyond the original 10.
post #105 of 137
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Originally Posted by old-wiz View Post

Just what we need, another opportunity for spammers.
I haven't even upgraded to iTunes 10, but I'm just hoping you can avoid even having Ping.

I d/l iTunes 10 and not using Ping, you don't have to sign up for it. Not sure if I will or not, likely wait some time to see what upgrades/complaints happen.
post #106 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

They don't need an 'excuse', once again this is a non-issue overstated by the media.



For the record, still no spam here on mine or my partner's account.



The best information I have is that the service is plagued by spam. Sorry.
post #107 of 137
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Originally Posted by Trajectory View Post

Apple should have known they were launching a new social network in a very mature social network environment, and planned accordingly. How difficult would it have been to get at least a few hundred artists to set up their accounts before the launch, so there was something, anything, for people to actually follow? A dozen artists is incredibly booooring!

And only allowing you to choose your favorite Top 10 songs, and only 3 genres of music, is also very short-sighted. The floods of spam that cover every page in Ping right now is a good indicator that this service was not fully thought through and poorly executed. I'm sure Facebook, and even MySpace, are laughing right now.

This is an embarrassment for Apple. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd shut Ping down until it was really ready for prime time.

Anyhoo, this is my last post here until at least December... over and out !!

It's irrelevant how mature the market is, a system cannot start on day one fully populated and fully featured. Systems evolve, this will evolve. It takes time and nothing can change that.

It's not an embarrassment at any level, no matter what the media may spew to the masses.
post #108 of 137
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Originally Posted by iBill View Post

I must be doing something wrong, I've not found any artists beyond the original 10.

Take a look around the store.
post #109 of 137
So. The ipods are great, the cameras and retina display appeared. The pad is getting printing, multitasking, folders, more features (for free). Itunes ten is faster, more responsive - even the apple tv isn't half bad.

New technologies, bug fixes, new, lower price points.

So what's left to complain about?

I know, a security company (with vested interest) tell us of spam 'attacks' on a fledgling service and the trolls pounce.

I guess things are getting desperate.

Can I suggest something new? Discussion of new products and features in a balanced way based on real world experience of them? Not repeating media FUD.

Just a thought.
post #110 of 137
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Originally Posted by Newtron View Post

The best information I have is that the service is plagued by spam. Sorry.

do you use the service and are you plagued by spam?

does anyone you know who uses the service plagued by spam?

or do you simply believe everything you read on line?
post #111 of 137
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Originally Posted by mesomorphicman View Post

I d/l iTunes 10 and not using Ping, you don't have to sign up for it. Not sure if I will or not, likely wait some time to see what upgrades/complaints happen.

I can guarantee two things:

1. there will be complaints
2. the service will continue to evolve with new features

why not come along for the ride, what do you have to lose?
post #112 of 137
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Originally Posted by mesomorphicman View Post

I d/l iTunes 10 and not using Ping, you don't have to sign up for it. Not sure if I will or not, likely wait some time to see what upgrades/complaints happen.

why use it? its a FAIL. please tell me apple doesn't think they are going to lure people in from facebook etc by way of itunes only? i thought apple may be reading some big cloud initiative that would rival the big players but not this way, won't happen.
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Originally Posted by screamingfist View Post

why use it? its a FAIL. please tell me apple doesn't think they are going to lure people in from facebook etc by way of itunes only? i thought apple may be reading some big cloud initiative that would rival the big players but not this way, won't happen.

is there some rule that says everything about Apple has to be in competition with something else? this is a free, fun new add on to the music store to helping increase sales. Who said ANYTHING about this as a Facebook rival?
post #114 of 137
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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

Time to sell your shares and move along then. If you can take a quote out of context and apply It in an irrelevant way, I don't think you understand Apple, modern corporations or the future of IT.

Wow. I really nailed you and that's all you can say? You called my argument ridiculous or whatever and I counter you with a quote by God almighty himself and you still think you're right?

Wow. You must be ten years old.
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I was interested in following artists but there are very few right now. The first one I followed was labelled as "the Beatles". Within a day the name had changed to show it was really some French guy called Victor who just gave "The Beatles" as his name. Could have been a mistake. e is French after all.
post #117 of 137
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Originally Posted by Newtron View Post

Seemingly, you think it is too difficult for Apple to implement.

If they can do cut and paste in only three years, this shouldn't be beyond their abilities.

You are quite the funny guy....
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post #118 of 137
IMHO Companies should be criminally negligent if their software is not secure, and has bugs. Because updates can be released later, and stock value is more based on releasing a flawed product rather than releasing a working product... companies are more apt to fix things post-launch.

If they were criminalized for this (as in the people involved in the decision making are put in jail, and the company fined, as well as a forced recall of the product.) Then we wouldn't have to deal with spammers or buggy software.

Granted this could shut down the software industry, but if one can't release perfect software, they don't deserve to release it at all.

And as for spammers - mark them as terrorists, and throw them in gunatanamo bay along with any ISP found to be allowing their traffic through. SPAM must be stopped, even if it means killing every single person on the planet.
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Granted this could shut down the software industry, but if one can't release perfect software, they don't deserve to release it at all.

The most ridiculous statement I've heard recently - you have never developed software have you?
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post #120 of 137
has a lot of promise. a lot of the artists i listen to are still not on here and i will never follow lady kha-kha. if they can't work things out with facebook at least be able to connect through your web based email address book like google, aim, hotmail, etc. hoping for better over time. here's a suggestion, make mobileme free and build up through the mac.com network.
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