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  • Crypto zealots lead frivolous lawsuit against 'Apple led cartel'

    Probably the same zealots trying to force unions on Apple employees. 
    Not sure what planet it is where union organizers are aligned with crypto boys, but it sure ain't Earth. 

    Planet Q maybe?
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  • Apple's epic 'Killers of the Flower Moon' is a hit in theaters

    thrang said:
    I saw this over the weekend with my son and his girlfriend. While not bad in any way, and the acting is excellent throughout, I was underwhelmed by the actual script. I don't mind very long films, but this Killers did not earn the length even remotely. The real story is unquestionably worth hearing, but without getting into details, they probably should have stuck the the structure of the book (as I understand it), as it would have provided a narrative with discovery and sense of propulsion. The first two plus hours of Killers, while technically well done and acted, becomes a largely inert and repetitive affair. Only when the feds arrive is there more structure that frames the story, but by then it's somewhat too late.

    It also tries to apply a moral ambiguity (I think?) in DiCaprio's character which does not really jibe with the intentions and actions throughout, and, as I understand, not with the real Burkhardt. In essence, other then being sympathetic to the plight of the Osage, the film is filled with people you simply dislike - which is fine to a certain level, as these were terrible people - but in a film narrative (and a very long one at that) it does not provide much for an audience to latch onto more deeply, and with little sense of chance of growth or redemption (which there was in efforts and outcome of the federal investigation).

    The coda. designed to wrap up what happened to the people in the film, was not a very good ending to the film either, making an oddly and subtly whimisical left turn in a film that rightly had not earned that at all.

    The theater was packed, but not one person applauded, and most everyone got up and left quickly without contemplation.

    Welp, its just one opinion!
    Thanks for the heads-up. There seems to be a tendency to drag scenes and episodes out to the detriment of good pacing. One example of this is the documentary "Wormwood" by Errol Morris. I like Morris's work and "Wormwood" is a good story, but the 6 episodes could have easily been told in 5, or maybe even 4. It's as if the contract was signed for a certain number of episodes/hours and the director then must stretch the story out to meet that target. 

    I'll watch "Killer Moon" when it streams, but will know that the pacing may not be optimum. Thanks. 

    P.S. Has anyone told you that you bear a striking resemblance to Brian Peter George St. John?   ;^)
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  • Apple reduces raises given to retail employees after weak iPhone quarter

    Oh FFS. Who the heck is running Apple's retail business? The ghost of Jack Welch? This is an idiotic, myopic, 19th century management approach that has guaranteed long term negative return. 

    Almost nobody goes to an Apple Store not already knowing what they are going to buy. iPhones aren't an impulse buy as is gum at the grocery store checkout line. Deirdre and every other manager between retail and VP takes similar percentage cuts to raises.

    https://www.apple.com/leadership/deirdre-obrien/

    At what point did Deirdre sell her soul for a 1.2% return on her stock options? She should already be out on her can for her moronic, ham-fisted approach to store unions. When Microsoft does a better job with its employees, you know something is screwed up. 

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  • App Store terms probably won't stop X from turning off the block feature

    davidw said: That's the function of "mute". That is still available. A user can "mute" another user and not ever have to see any of their comments. That's your  right to "freedom of association". However, when a user "block" another user, that is preventing other users from exercising their "freedom of association". Even if the other users completely agree with you that the comments of the user you blocked, are BS, they might have a better understanding of the "spirit of the law" we here in the US refer to ....... as our 1st Amendment rights. 
    1st Amendment rights have ZERO RELEVANCE TO PRIVATELY OWNED SERVICES. Elon Musk can ban, censor or encourage whatever speech he wants BECAUSE ELON MUSK HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYONE'S RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH. 1st Amendment rights are specific to government actions because that's where your freedoms actually come from: the government, not the private sector. 

    Anyone who thinks Elon Musk is protecting their freedom of speech or 1st Amendment rights with his actions on a social media app is completely mistaken. 
    Thank you! 

    It is astounding how many U.S. citizens fundamentally don’t understand the First Amendment. 
    Or the others. Or the rest of the U.S. Constitution - which can be found here: 

    https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs

    Somewhat related to Elon's relationship to free speech as well as those at one time complaining about alleged collusion between X/itter and those in government positions: 

    https://www.emptywheel.net/2023/08/17/as-xitters-lawyer-stalled-doj-elon-musk-met-with-jim-jordan-twice-and-kevin-mccarthy/


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  • Russian kangaroo court fines Apple two seconds of profit over News row

    iBiC said:
    igorsky said:
    I don’t know why Apple is still in Russia but I bet there’s a lot of Russian citizens who don’t agree with Russian politics

    You would lose that bet.  There is ample evidence online that Russians by and large gleefully support Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, just as they’ve supported Russia’s past military actions. 


    Russians love their own country - they don't burn their own flag like Antifa.  They took over east Ukraine (Cremea) without a bullet being shot in 24 hours.  It was military genius.  NATO were embarrassed. Russia doesn't even call it Ukraine, it's Russia, and have changed street names, schools, and that was back in 2014.  Don't poke the bear.  Russia coded the first video game called Tetris.  Well now Russia is the official bread basket of Europe.  France and Germany are very silent.  Check out wheat prices in Europe.
    While I understand that you don't like anti-fascists, I would point out that the right to burn the flag in protest is one of the things that makes the US a great country. The flag after all is only a symbol, not a sacred object, and the US flag is a symbol of freedom. And one of those freedoms is the freedom to burn the flag as an act of unrestricted speech. Thousands of US soldiers have died, millions have fought, for the freedom to burn our own flag.
    iBiC said:
    igorsky said:
    I don’t know why Apple is still in Russia but I bet there’s a lot of Russian citizens who don’t agree with Russian politics

    You would lose that bet.  There is ample evidence online that Russians by and large gleefully support Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, just as they’ve supported Russia’s past military actions. 


    Russians love their own country - they don't burn their own flag like Antifa.  They took over east Ukraine (Cremea) without a bullet being shot in 24 hours.  It was military genius.  NATO were embarrassed. Russia doesn't even call it Ukraine, it's Russia, and have changed street names, schools, and that was back in 2014.  Don't poke the bear.  Russia coded the first video game called Tetris.  Well now Russia is the official bread basket of Europe.  France and Germany are very silent.  Check out wheat prices in Europe.
    While I understand that you don't like anti-fascists, I would point out that the right to burn the flag in protest is one of the things that makes the US a great country. The flag after all is only a symbol, not a sacred object, and the US flag is a symbol of freedom. And one of those freedoms is the freedom to burn the flag as an act of unrestricted speech. Thousands of US soldiers have died, millions have fought, for the freedom to burn our own flag.
    and the freedom to not only not burn it, but be proud of all it represents. They can burn their own flag they bought or made, but not someone else’s or property of the government. That’s stealing and destruction of property. Also just burning anything anywhere is illegal. They’re not free to do that. If they want to do so in their fireplace at home or in a permitted area, fine. Go buy a flag from the store and take it home for firestarter. But to do so in the public square? Negative. Not free to do so. Heck, people celebrating true freedom can’t even light a small firework in most places. 

    Those who burn the USA flag burn the banner under which our soldiers died and disrespect their great sacrifice, for which we all must be thankful. The fascists calling themselves anti-fascists are defined by much more than just burning a flag. They are domestic terrorists have no respect for the freedoms of others. It’s their way or else. They riot, yet violently shut down the freedom of speech and freedom of protest of others. Our soldiers, present and past, have vowed to fight against both foreign and domestic enemies. Let’s not pretend our brave men and women had these spoiled punks on their minds when they were facing eternity. Certainly they have freedom to be disrespectful. That doesn’t make it good. But some of the things they do, such as destruction of property, harassment, and assault, are not covered under freedom - that’s infringing on the freedom of others. You go to jail for that. 

    Just like with Russia. We have a regime dining Apple for simply allowing freedom of the press. Yet here in the USA we have suppression of free speech and press as well with the government colluding with social media to suppress news and censor those who  say something they don’t like. As Americans we need to keep our eyes and ears open and stop tolerating those who strip our freedoms away not by wit with new excuse after new excuse. “Oh no! There’s a disease. Lock everyone up and shut down their businesses. Oh no! Some violent criminal used weapons! Take away everyone’s right to bear arms. Oh no! We are getting caught lying about various things! Take away people right to free speech and calling out our lies. Enough is enough. Whether you read, watch, post, etc on apple products, with speech, the newspaper, android, whatever, it’s time we stopped just accepting the spoon fed drivel and speak up where we can. That includes the freedom to show up and vote our conscience. 


    Also just burning anything anywhere is illegal.” Just one of several bizarre, uninformed and Mal-informed statements. 

    Also, a lot of unsubstantiated broad-brush whines. WHO is “suppressing free speech and press” and HOW? The subsequent Wehrmacht inspired word-salad rant sounds like someone finished their weekend allotment of meth before the weekend even arrived. 

    As for the pro-Putin claims of Russia's "bread basket", the numbers aren't so bad after the initial panic: 

    https://markets.businessinsider.com/commodities/wheat-price/euro


    One last word on the claimed "Russia bread basket": Holomodor. 

    https://holodomor.ca/resource/holodomor-basic-facts/#:~:text=The%20term%20Holodomor%20(death%20by,peasantry%2C%20who%20resisted%20Soviet%20policies.

    https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/mr-jones-film-exposes-the-fake-news-campaign-behind-stalins-ukrainian-genocide/



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