Originally Posted by lamewing
BS! There are several legitimate reason to jailbreak our phones.
Themes, changes in the UI, (previously personal hotspots), etc.
I hate the idea of piracy and think people who steal games should be severly punished! At the same time I am amused that people care about their high scores this much.
Again...PAY for your damned games you freaking thieves!!
I find it funny that you are so opposed to stealing software, but seem to be ok with breaking your terms of agreement for your wireless carrier via jail breaking for MyWi.. I understand your argument that it wasn't available as an option, however this still doesn't make it less of you breaching your terms of service. If I operated a network and didn't think it could handle 2 million people tethering multiple devices over it, and I chose to not offer it to preserve the network that doesn't give you license to circumvent it.
I'm not trying to flame you, and I applaud your honesty in software. Just pointing out that you may be overlooking this conviction in other areas.
Now about this whole thing with the piracy, I completely agree that Apple should (and likely is) take action not only against those that provide means to accomplish the piracy, but ALSO the INDIVIDUALS who are pirating. As others have pointed out there are definitely ways to monitor and flag pirated copies of games. 1st is that the iOS model has DRM built in when the game is submitted via iTunes connect. So a pirated copy of an app will have this stripped (which only will work on a jail-broken device) or people are hacking it and resigning the app (which could work on non-jailbroken devices) either way the checksum will not match what is on the iTunes servers, and likely the file size will be off slightly. These are 2 quick ways to immediately tell that an app is pirated. Apple should be using the fact that many people with jailbroken devices do pirate app's, however they also are connected to an AppleID somehow, either via some legitimate app purchases, or just being signed in to an Apple ID. Apple should (and may be) logging Apple ID's that are using pirated app's. Apple surely can see this and likely already log's this, as they originally used this argument when trying to fight the legality of jail breaking. They should on the other hand hold INDIVIDUALS responsible for their actions and at a minimum provide support to developers with any information such as AppleID's that have used altered copies of a developers app so they may subpoena and press charges against individuals who have pirated their software. Or seek to collect the cost of said app plus court costs. It wouldn't take very long to drastically slow down piracy when these "casual pirates" realize they stole $.99 and now have to pay $.99 plus $1000 in legal costs.
I think this guy asking for pirates to lose functionality of GameCenter is laughable, He should be asking for apple to use the connection of GameCenter to compare checksums to log GameCenter ID's as well as AppleID's that are associated with it if they are using a modified copy of the game. The vast majority of people who pirate any type of digital media (software, music, movies, etc) are not intelligent enough to do so alone. This is why large entities choose to focus on the "enablers" rather than the individuals. Without hackers making tools to break DVD encryption and rip a DVD, 99% of DVD rip's wouldn't be happening. This approach however has had limited success in stopping digital media pirating. Look at the Music industry, the RIAA fought, and sued, and attacked the file sharing networks... They won, and some of those systems looked to change into a legitimate business model, like Napster, etc.. however there is still rampant theft of digital music. This is because some other group will use what was already done to continue pirating even though the system you sued and won against ceases to exist. That approach also doesn't address these "enablers" to move their system to another country that doesn't have the same laws. If you start holding accountable the INDIVIDUALS who are ultimately responsible for choosing to steal fewer people would continue to engage in this behavior. This would be like busting a drug deal, the dealer who has lots of drugs, is making drugs, etc getting arrested, but the individuals who are using the drugs don't get charged with possession.
Again Lamewing, didn't mean to flame you. It just struck me as amusing that you mentioned all very legitimate reasons for jail breaking, and then put that in (). This suggests to me that now that it's an option you are paying for it and using it. It's interesting to see where the lines get drawn in peoples minds.