But the whole point is that this article, like most of Dilger's articles, isn't about Apple at all. It's another Android/Samsung slur piece. Given that it's APPLEinsider, why is DED given free rein to bang on about Samsung so much? If he wants to spend an hour a day dredging up obscure negative content about Samsung then let him, but for goodness sake don't make it front-page news - that's just embarrassing.
Either this site is a venue for insightful and well-informed discussions about Apple and Apple products, or it's just an excuse for infantile propagandists like DED to spout fetid drivel about the competition. Which is it?
AppleInsider, if you care about the integrity of your site, take away Dilger's pen. And close his sock puppet forum accounts whilst you're at it.
rob53 wrote: »
Why would a website named Appleinsider bother presenting anything positive about the competition?
I happened to click on the link to the blog post that provided the impetus for your article that Samsung Knox was "completely compromised."
You refer to the author of the blog post as a "software researcher" thus giving credence to the blog post and the claims.
The nagging problem I have is that the link goes to a blog post of what appears to be an anonymous German blogger who has posted only that one blog post, and the timing of the blog post happened to come out shortly after Samsung announced US Government certification of Knox. And the anonymous blogger does not identify in his or her blog post if this "vulnerability" is with the current version of Knox and on what specific devices, and under what scenarios was this tested (e.g. was Knox installed with a third party MDM, etc.).
Maybe in the end this blogger did find a glaring "compromise." Typically if a security vulnerability is uncovered , it would more credible if
(a) the person posting the vulnerability identified themselves and/or had published other research to confirm that they are in fact a credible and independent "software researcher." If the blogger feared retribution and preferred being anonymous, they could have submitted their findings to a third party organization (e.g. NIST) who would have vetted their claims, and if they wanted credit while remaining anonymous, NIST typically gives attribution and a link back to the contributor.
(b) they provided more details on what versions/device models/etc. were tested in what scenarios (MDM installed or not etc.) vs. painting a broad brush stroke
(c) that once they uncovered the vulnerability that they gave the vendor the opportunity to respond, and included that vendor's response in their posting.
Again maybe in the end this is a legitimate compromise uncovered, but I prefer giving a vendor the opportunity to respond (and fix) a security vulnerability before it gets published. And I prefer to read articles that are not based on anonymous one-time blog posts that require more vetting especially given the serious nature of the accusations. I would not like it if someone did this to Apple ...
apple v. samsung wrote: »
AppleInsider could be a good website but it does bother me that the journalism present on this website is so pro apple, death to anything else. I am not saying you have to love appl'es competition but you don't have to post every negative thing that comes up. Its like you are hopping for the other team to get injured. If you like apple like apple don't hate something because its not apple you will find your self full of hate.
suddenly newton wrote: »
Here's the thing:
If AppleInsider posts anything positive or praiseworthy about Apple products--without mentioning any other brands--there's a whole gang of resident forum trolls who are going to react by posting praise for Apple's competitors, even when they aren't mentioned in the article or any form of comparison was implied. Praising Apple brings out troll insecurities.
So AI can't post anything negative about the competition, and they can't post anything positive about Apple.
That sounds to me like arbitrary "journalism" rules laid down by anti-Apple trolls.
It's more a matter of needing balance within an individual article. The way DED writes, you would think competing products had no merits at all, which is not true. You can make anything look bad if you exaggerate its flaws and ignore its strong points. It is inaccurate, myopic journalism calculated to generate clicks and little else.
AppleInsider posts click bait. Including negative stories about Apple or Apple products: Bendgate. Zero-day security flaws. Buggy software releases. Apocryphal accounts of iPhone 6 Pluses with too many apps crashing. Apple supplier factory labor controversies. Juicy hearsay about Apple executives and management changes. Press criticism. Stock prices.
There's a whole herd of reactionary forum trolls waiting to pounce on any positive news by posting defensively-toned "but but but...", and pounce on any negative news by posting schadenfreude.
I (sammysamsam) completely agree with you.