Apple director Shoemaker developed 'fart,' 'wiz' apps for iPhone

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  • Reply 21 of 41
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,528member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tulkas View Post


    There is evidence that not all of the them were submitted before he was hired. I don't think anyone has said they shouldn't have hired him. Just seems odd to have someone with a public interest in porn and off colour apps be put charge of protecting our freedom from those same things.



    He was just doing research
  • Reply 22 of 41
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member
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    Originally Posted by WPLJ42 View Post


    With regard to censorship, The Apple Community has no freedom of speech.



    If you are referring to Apple, Inc. it is company. Of course they don't allow total freedom of speech. If you are an employee and don't like that fact, go work elsewhere.

    Quote:

    People really should be able to put whatever they want on their iToys, and apps should not have to exclusively funnel through the Apple iTunes Apps Store.



    People can put whatever they want on their iToys.

    Apple does not have to provide a way to do it though.
  • Reply 23 of 41
    Ah, what happened to the days when Apple executives would just hack the phone system with their home-built blue boxes?
  • Reply 24 of 41
    Apple's getting classier by the day.
  • Reply 25 of 41
    So these apps do not violate App Store policies. They are guilty of poor taste, low value, and low utility and being associated with the director of the App Store. Is that a scandal?
  • Reply 26 of 41
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
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    Originally Posted by LewysBlackmore View Post


    That's the best out there? This silliness?



    Wow.



    Anything for a laugh.
  • Reply 27 of 41
    serkolserkol Posts: 39member
    Were the "sounds" computer generated, or the author recorded them in the bathroom? If the later is the case, he truly is an artist.
  • Reply 28 of 41
    meelashmeelash Posts: 1,045member






    Nothing more to be said.



    (well, maybe I should say, that's a sweet in the ground toilet....)
  • Reply 29 of 41
    rtdunhamrtdunham Posts: 428member
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    Originally Posted by Tulkas View Post


    ...I see from the most recent articles on giz that he also was following at least 16 escorts and porn stars on twitter. ...



    Quote:

    The game Animal Farts features various cartoon images of animals with their buttocks facing forward, giving users buttons to trigger "Fart," "Poot," "Drop" or "Wiz" sounds accompanied with animations illustrating said emissions.



    Look, a company can hire and associate with anyone they want. Question is, should a company, or should _I_, be more proud of a fella with the credentials above, or with someone who'd created something imaginative and constructive--there are thousands of apps like that on the app store.



    I think it's embarrassing for apple. If this were about a key microsoft exec people here would be frantic as they had a field day with it.
  • Reply 30 of 41
    chronsterchronster Posts: 1,894member
    only the finest farts, sir
  • Reply 31 of 41
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    Originally Posted by rtdunham View Post


    I think it's embarrassing for apple. If this were about a key microsoft exec people here would be frantic as they had a field day with it.



    Wonder if he wrote these apps when Steve was away....
  • Reply 32 of 41
    postulantpostulant Posts: 1,272member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WPLJ42 View Post


    People really should be able to put whatever they want on their iToys, and apps should not have to exclusively funnel through the Apple iTunes Apps Store.



    Two things:



    1) Apple can't tell me what apps to install on my phone

    2) I can't tell Apple what to sell on its store.



    A lot of the apps I run come from places other than Apple's app store, like flash for example.
  • Reply 33 of 41
    Perfect opportunity for an iAd GasX advertisement
  • Reply 34 of 41
    justflybobjustflybob Posts: 1,337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WPLJ42 View Post


    This is really a time when I DON'T need an app for that.



    With regard to censorship, The Apple Community has no freedom of speech.



    People really should be able to put whatever they want on their iToys, and apps should not have to exclusively funnel through the Apple iTunes Apps Store.





    Ah, I see the "Waah" fairy has arrived, and just in time.
  • Reply 35 of 41
    I want to know what this guy learned in college, and if he used any of that knowledge to get ahead in life.

    That would be a real scandal!
  • Reply 36 of 41
    tyancytyancy Posts: 85member
    I would imagine that Jobs is not pleased. This is a key Apple executive who is responsible for making sure that iApps do not violate Apple's high standards. From the description and screen shots, this app is crude, vulgar, and reflects a serious lack of maturity.
  • Reply 37 of 41
    tulkastulkas Posts: 3,757member
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    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post


    So these apps do not violate App Store policies. They are guilty of poor taste, low value, and low utility and being associated with the director of the App Store. Is that a scandal?



    It's not a scandal, it is funny. It would be like putting Larry Flynt as the head of the FCC board in charge of censoring American TV broadcasts. Actually, probably a good thing in terms of loosening them up, but it is ironic to put a guy with that background in charge of the decency police.
  • Reply 38 of 41
    tulkastulkas Posts: 3,757member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nkhm View Post


    I'd rather someone with real world experience was in charge of this process than some inexperienced prudes.



    Nothing to read here, move along.



    Must be a very slow news day.



    Except he is in charge of enforcing very prudish content rules. Which is fine. But it is pretty asinine to assert that his personal interesting in porn, escorts, piss and farts somehow makes him better at determining what is appropriate. What, are you saying that because he follows escorts and porn stars he can tell an appropriate nipple from an inappropriate nipple better than someone else? Does his experience with fart apps make him better able to judge a high quality fart app from the crappy ones? His experience as a developer and director might make him a good choice, but to try and claim his personal interests or the type of juvenile apps he created make him a better censor is pretty lame.



    No one said this was a bad thing. It is humorous. You know, fox in the hen house and that sort of thing.
  • Reply 39 of 41
    Wow such innovative and groundbreaking apps.....you sure he didn't design iYeastInfection while he was at it?
  • Reply 40 of 41
    jasenj1jasenj1 Posts: 923member
    I surprised no one has jumped on the conflict of interest issue.

    Person writes iPhone app.

    Person makes $$$ (or prestige or gets some sort of benefit) from iPhone app.

    Person is now put in charge of approving or disapproving other apps written by other people that may compete with his app(s).



    The second Shoemaker was hired by Apple, any app he had anything to do with should have been pulled from the App store. He currently has a personal financial incentive to disapprove apps that compete with his existing apps.



    - Jasen.
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