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  • EU law requiring easier iPhone battery replacement inches closer to enactment

    rob53 said:
    Does the EU design and manufacture any cellular devices (that anyone actually buys)? Tough talk telling non EU members how to do things. Since when does any EU member country have the expertise to even decide these things? 
    The EU is a political organisation, not a company.

    If you mean, do any companies design and manufacture any cellular devices (that anyone actually buys) within the EU then the answer is yes.  Gigaset, Medion, Shift, and TechniSat in Germany alone.  Nokia, Alcatel, Archos, plenty of others in other countries too. Just because rob53 hasn't heard of things doesn't mean they don't exist.
  • EU law requiring easier iPhone battery replacement inches closer to enactment

    ktappe said:
    omasou said:
    So happy the EU is getting so involved in technology design /s

    If Apple had been reasonable, none of this would be happening. Apple should have put USB-C in the iPhone years ago.

    Also, if you recall, previous iPhone models could be easily opened by removing two Philips #00 screws on either side of the charging port. Since then Apple has been making its phones harder and harder to open. First they changed those screws to Pentalobe. Then they removed the screws altogether. Then they started gluing the battery in. Then they started serializing the components. It's not only a pain for users to repair, it's a pain for Apple employees to repair.

    Would you buy a car for which you needed special equipment just to pop the hood? And then once you got it open, any part you replaced made the car refuse to run anymore? If not, why are we putting up with phones that have purposely been made like this?
    What iPhone do you have that doesn't have screws on the side of the charging port?
  • Japan law will require Apple to allow alternate iPhone app stores

    jdw said:
    The fundamental problem with lawmakers is the fact they make laws and never take any old ones away.  The only built cruft atop cruft.  They sit around twiddling thumbs until somebody screams: "Hey!  We should regulate that popular thing too!"  Then they cite stupid Europeans who always lead the world in such foolishness, and the world continues to go downhill.

    Of course, lawmakers aren't the only ones to blame.  The ultimate blame falls upon the people in free societies who vote the regulation monsters into office.

    Looking at the bigger picture, we have so many laws on the books today that everyone is made into a law breaker.  You can't get around it.  Ever drive 41 in a 40 zone?  You're a law breaker!  The quest toward "the greater good" by the creation of new laws results in everyone eventually breaking a law of some sort.  And depending on how strictly laws are enforced in a given country, that can be very, very bad for people in general.  Indeed, I would go so far as to say it's a rather horrible situation right now.  And yet, imagine where the world will be a century from now.  I shudder at the thought, but the up side is that I won't be around then to be harmed by it.

    I've lived in Japan since 1994.  The sad thing is, the general populace never rises up against government stupidity and wins.  They basically just trust the lawmakers to do the right thing, which again, amounts to nothing more that and endless stream of new laws, which slowly but surely chip away at corporate and individual liberty.  Quite sad.
    Are you suggesting that driving above the speed limit shouldn't be against the law? 
  • Apple subreddit reopens after moderation team threatened with removal

    simbalion said:

    And do you work at Reddit?  Do you understand the economics at work there?  What is “reasonable” and how did you arrive at it?  The fact is this isn’t some utopian world. Reddit’s product is a discussion forum and they need to monetize it. They have no obligation to keep their api’s even open. What if they said they wouldn’t allow third party apps at all?  

    Your view that this is some “societal” or “moral” issue to protest is a bit naive. 

    I would start by reading Christian Selig's side of the story.

    For instance if this is anything like true, then "reasonable" is a long way away.

    Apollo's price would be approximately $2.50 per month per user, with Reddit's indicated cost being approximately $0.12 per their own numbers.

    A 20x increase does not seem "based in reality" to me.

    Or this, for the transition period to update third party apps.

    As a comparison, when Apple bought Dark Sky and announced a shut down of their API, knowing that this API was at the core of many businesses, they provided 18 months before the API would be turned off. When the 18 months came, they ultimately extended it another 12 months, resulting in a total transition period of 30 months. While I'm not asking for that much, Reddit's in comparison is 30 days.

    No one is saying that Reddit doesn't have the right to do any of this.  Many are saying that they're assholes for how they're going about things.  They have no obligation to not be assholes either, but people aren't going to like it and that's why there are protests.

  • 15-inch MacBook Air review: Hits the sweet spot for portability and power

    Xed said:
    Wait a minute! Apple is finally offering dual-USB-C ports on their PSUs? When did this start? And why does the 70W only have a single port option? Are either of these GaN?
    About a year ago