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  • Fired Apple employee who aired workplace concerns gets approval to sue company

    crowley said:
    jdw said:
    jdw said:
    genovelle said:
    Did she consider the toxins in her tattoos?
    ...Why in THE world human beings these days feel the need to ... pierce their bodies with needles ... into the skin is something I will NEVER comprehend.  People do it because it's popular.  ...
    100% Natural Skin.  It does a body good.
    Does your stated logic also apply to body and ear piercings? For me, it does. Do you feel the same?
    Yes, I feel the same.  Admittedly, I do hate needles.  But I still don't understand why tattoos and piercings have become so popular over the last decade.  Human beings are a bit too fickle to get something etched into their bodies for life.  Goodness knows most married couples can't even stay married regardless of their promise to remain married "until death" do they part. So if a 20 year old gets a tattoo, will they honestly love that thing until death? If not, will they have the money to get it professional removed when they finally realize they got it due to what was fashionable at the time, rather than what common sense dictated?  At least with bee hive hair styles in the 60's and bell bottoms in the 70's, you could easy just stop doing that after the fads died off.  But when you tattoo and punch holes in your body, that sticks with you for pretty much the rest of your life.

    And as to the "freedom of expression" arguments, why not get a temporary tattoo instead?  Express yourself as you like but easily change your mind later at next to no additional cost.  Again, people change.  We don't stay the same, and I don't just mean physical age.  We mentally change too.  What we did 30 years ago, isn't necessarily what we want now.  But when you use your freedom of expression to make a (mostly) permanent change to your body, it could be something you regret later in life.  I've met many a person who told me just that.  As such, I don't just teach my kids to "do what feels good" or "express your freedom as you like."  I suggest a little common sense to be mixed with their freedom of choice.  It's only reasonable.
    You know what's more reasonable?  Letting adults make their own decisions about what they do with their bodies and minding your own damn business.
    For someone who spends so much time telling others what to do, that's hilariously ironic. You talk about freedom of expression but you are keen to tell others to shut up.
    jdw
  • Apple not a monopoly but must allow alternate payment methods for apps, judge rules

    Mondain said:
    Without developers the App store would have to sell pictures of Tim Cook to make a profit. But developers need the app store to introduce the world to their product (although this is not a requirement), so this is clearly a complex issue.

    However, if a real estate agent charged me 15% annual rent to find me an apartment and then tried to charge me 15% every single month thereafter, then yeah, I would be upset too.  
    Your analogy fails because Realtors do not provide services in subsequent years. Apple provides a list of about 20 services that are free for users and developers. Those free services come out of Apple's 15% fee. Apple's main benefit is how it simplifies user experiences, and the 15% App Store fee is deigned to simplify the developer's experience. Developers are users too, don't you know? A person like Tim Sweeney doesn't need Apple to help them out. But most developers are small groups of people who appreciate the assistance from Apple. But since you sound like someone who hates small groups of people and loves big corporations, I can understand your point of view. I don't hate you just because you love big corporations.
    watto_cobrasconosciuto
  • 'M1X' MacBook Pro set to arrive in 'several weeks'

    I'm very happy with my M1 Mac Mini and bought a $10 USB hub to allow more USB ports for things like charging my other Apple devices. The thing that impresses me most is that its temperature is cold, even when running heavy software. Whereas my new Intel Mac Mini could fry an egg on its surface (and feels 50% slower when running certain software.) Please pardon my language, but this analogy seems pertinent: if Intel's chips burn as hot as hell, maybe the company is going to burn in hell also.

    Although it's always smart to avoid purchasing products that are about to be updated, I've heard pundits back in January 2021 advising purchasers to wait until the M1X comes out. Meanwhile I've been using this machine daily for nearly a year, and loving it.
    Fidonet127spock1234forgot usernameFred257h2pargonaut
  • Fired Apple employee who aired workplace concerns gets approval to sue company

    jdw said:
    genovelle said:
    Did she consider the toxins in her tattoos?
    ...Why in THE world human beings these days feel the need to ... pierce their bodies with needles ... into the skin is something I will NEVER comprehend.  People do it because it's popular.  ...
    100% Natural Skin.  It does a body good.
    Does your stated logic also apply to body and ear piercings? For me, it does. Do you feel the same?
    jdw
  • Apple not a monopoly but must allow alternate payment methods for apps, judge rules

    Naiyas said:
    I didn't see mentioned in the AI articles whether Apple can now revoke Epic's developer license, as it did last year, but with Epic at that time winning an injunction against Apple for that action being overreach at the time. So now that the case is over can Apple go ahead and revoke Epic's developer license?
    According to the judgement passed down Apple is cleared to revoke all developer licences for Epic including all of its subsidiaries and affiliates should it choose to do so as a consequence of one of Epic’s companies breaching the terms of its developer licence.

    The existing injunction has now expired. Whether Apple decides to do so is another matter given the prevalence of the Unreal Engine in games/apps unrelated to Epic directly.

    IMO, I don’t think Apple will retaliate in such a way as I suspect they are going to focus on meeting the conditions of the judgement. They have yet to say they will appeal and I doubt they will as they will need to counter Epics appeal and let’s face it, they effectively won all elements of the case except for the area we all knew they had shaky ground.
    I agree that the answer to my question is yes. I guess we don't know what Apple will do now. I.e., whether they will appeal, or whether they will take further action against Epic (perhaps not until the appeals period ends), or how Apple will interpret the one provision that they lost. The fact that Apple has not yet declared its intentions tells me that Apple's leading officers and/or lawyers are still debating what to do. This is exciting, like when a jury is taking days to make its decision. I guess Apple is kinda busy at the moment with the new product reveal on Tuesday.

    I want Apple to take a position of strength by actively fighting injustice. I don't like when people turn a blind eye to evil corporations, or evil governments, and take the approach that "if we're nice to them, they'll be nice back to us." No, we should fight them so that they stop being evil.
    watto_cobra