EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

10.29.11

Apple’s Products Are Far From Perfect

Posted in Apple, Asia at 11:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

jewel

Summary: Quality-wise and freedom-wise Apple’s products tend to suck (a lot of battery power) if not explode in people’s faces

THE problems with Apple were discussed here yesterday and also explored here over the years. To replace Microsoft with Apple is to replace proprietary with proprietary. It’s like voting for one of the two dominant political parties in the UK or the US. Despite differentiation, none serves the users or the citizens; they serve power. Richard Stallman makes an additional careful remark about Steve Jobs the aggressor, stating that “Jobs saw how to make these computers stylish and smooth. That would normally be positive, but not in this case, since it has the paradoxical effect of making their controlling nature seem acceptable.

“To replace Microsoft with Apple is to replace proprietary with proprietary.”“Jobs’ death inspired a flood of articles lauding him for these very devices. That further increases their potential for harm, which is why now more than ever we must focus attention on it. We must not let secondary considerations about Apple or Jobs distract us from this threat until we have thwarted it.”

Stallman has also criticised Android for legitimate reasons. There is no hypocrisy there. Android is likely to continue gaining at Apple’s expense, especially because Apple lost its ability to make reliable products. First it was antennagate and now this:

Last week I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my new iPhone 4S, as I relied upon it for email, web browsing, and Twitter. It was not a completely satisfactory experience. And it wasn’t because it sucked down the battery like its life depended on it (which, of course, it did). Over the course of an hour when the phone was supposedly idling its charge would drop 20 percent and the thing ran hot.

This one at least does not necessarily explode. Peter Köhlmann writes in USENET that “they’re just using it wrongly. Apple are synonymous with perfection and you have to align your usage with that in mind.”

“This is why Asia-based companies are winning market share share at Apple’s expense, as gradually they become more independent from that American branding company.”“I am certain that someone at apple will tell the world how to hold it correctly to use less power,” remarks another poster sarcastically (referring to the antenna blunder). We wrote about that at the time.

Apple does not make those batteries. Apple buys these and it clearly does not know how to use them (Microsoft has the same type of problem). This is why Asia-based companies are winning market share share at Apple’s expense, as gradually they become more independent from that American branding company.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

5 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    October 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Gravatar

    FUD:

    To replace Microsoft with Apple is to replace proprietary with proprietary. It’s like voting for one of the two dominant political parties in the UK or the US. Despite differentiation, none serves the users or the citizens; they serve power.

    To the contrary, many Apple and MS products serve me an *millions* of other people very well. Your denial of this is factually incorrect. Wrong.

    Complete and utter FUD.

    FUD:

    Richard Stallman makes an additional careful remark about Steve Jobs the aggressor, stating that “Jobs saw how to make these computers stylish and smooth. That would normally be positive, but not in this case, since it has the paradoxical effect of making their controlling nature seem acceptable.

    If you do not like the products then do not buy them. There is *nothing* controlling about that. Nothing. It is like when Stallman-cultists say Apple provides a jail… a jail you have to pay to enter and can leave any time you want. What a bizarre concept for a jail!

    Complete and utter FUD.

    And your BS where you note Apple products are not perfect, as if someone has suggested they are. Complete FUD. Apple products are, generally, excellent and earn the highest user satisfaction ratings, but nobody claims they are “perfect” or that none ship with defects.

    Complete and utter FUD.

    Oh, and with batteries – Apple does design their batteries and includes technologies which they have innovated. Please, Roy, can you at least try to get your fact straight about the company you admit you envy? http://techrights.org/2011/10/28/losing-respect

  2. walterbyrd said,

    October 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Gravatar

    Whether or not Apple/MS products serve you has nothing to do with whether or not their products are proprietary. So why are lying about Roy spreading FUD?

    And even if you have the choice as to buy, or not buy, Apple/MS products; it is entirely fair to warn potential buyers that they can be vendor locked after they buy. Nothing “FUD” about that, it’s just a fair heads-up warning. And the warning is 100% truthful, we both know that, don’t we?

    Also, even if Apple products tend to be high quality, those products can still have significant flaws. To point out those flaws is not “FUD” at all. It would be more accurately be called “truth” you ought to try it some time. Frankly warning people about exploding batteries is more like a public service.

    Michael Reply:

    Whether or not Apple/MS products serve you has nothing to do with whether or not their products are proprietary.

    You state that as if you think someone said something contrary to it. Why?

    So why are lying about Roy spreading FUD?

    If you think I am wrong then by all means show where.

    And even if you have the choice as to buy, or not buy, Apple/MS products;

    If? Now you question this? That is silly.

    it is entirely fair to warn potential buyers that they can be vendor locked after they buy.

    Has anyone said otherwise? If so, can you quote them?

    Nothing “FUD” about that, it’s just a fair heads-up warning. And the warning is 100% truthful, we both know that, don’t we?

    What warning? About what product?

    Also, even if Apple products tend to be high quality, those products can still have significant flaws.

    Well, the “if” there is a bit questionable – it is easy to find user satisfaction surveys and Apple almost always comes out on top. There is at least one exception I have found, and there may be others – but it is rare. As far as them having significant flaws – absolutely.

    To point out those flaws is not “FUD” at all.

    Well, depends on context and how… but I have nothing against people pointing out flaws. But since that has nothing to do with this article nor my comment, why bring it up?

    It would be more accurately be called “truth” you ought to try it some time.

    Ah, more accusations from you. Sad how you feel the need to post like that when you lack anything of value to say.

    Frankly warning people about exploding batteries is more like a public service.

    What does this have to do with anything Roy or I said?

    Here, let me help you. Here is what I was noting:

    1) Roy claimed that proprietary software does not serve its users.

    Roy’s comments were complete FUD.

    2) Roy claims Jobs was an aggressor in terms of Android.

    Roy’s comments were complete FUD.

    3) Roy quoted Stallman babbling about why it should not be acceptable to have choices Stallman does not like.

    Stallman’s comments were complete FUD – and Roy’s repeating of them was, too.

    4) Roy was trying to dishonestly make it look like the batteries in Apple products are the same as in other devices.

    Roy lied.

    This is not to say they must be better, but Apple does a lot of design work on their batteries. And since you bring up exploding batteries, Apple has actually done a lot of work to help reduce that chance (when you have that much power in such a small package there is risk from *any* company’s batteries – welcome to technology)

  3. walterbyrd said,

    October 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Gravatar

    > You state that as if you think someone said something contrary to it. Why?

    Because you said something to the contrary, as I pointed out.

    > If you think I am wrong then by all means show where.

    I already did, read my post.

    > What warning? About what product?

    Exploding batteries.

  4. Michael said,

    October 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Gravatar

    Roy made a claim:

    To replace Microsoft with Apple is to replace proprietary with proprietary. … Despite differentiation, none serves the users or the citizens; they serve power.

    I noted he was wrong – proprietary software can and does serve people well. How well a product serves you is not decided by it being proprietary or open source. I believe you should use what serves you best.

    You showed you agree with me and disagree with Roy.

    Whether or not Apple/MS products serve you has nothing to do with whether or not their products are proprietary.

    Sorry for assuming you were trying to suggest I was wrong – it is clear now you were agreeing with me that Roy is wrong.

    By the way, if you think I am wrong about something you should quote what you think I was wrong about and then explain your contrary view. So far you seem to agree with me that how well a product serves you is not tied to if it is proprietary or not.

What Else is New


  1. Links 24/6/2016: Xen Project 4.7, Cinnamon 3.0.6

    Links for the day



  2. Benoît Battistelli Should Resign in Light of New Leak of Decision in His Vendetta Against Truth-Telling Judge (Updated)

    Benoît Battistelli continues to break the EPO's own rules, not just national laws, as a new decision helps reveal



  3. Fake Patents on Software From Fake Australian 'Inventor' of Bitcoin and the Globally-Contagious Nature of EPO Patent Scope

    News from Australia regarding software patents that should not be granted and how patent lawyers from Australia rely on European patent law (EPO and UK-IPO) for guidance on patent scope



  4. Patent Lawyers Love (and Amplify) Halo and Enfish, Omit or Dismiss Cuozzo and Alice

    By misinterpreting the current situation with respect to software patents and misusing terms like "innovation" patent lawyers and others in the patent microcosm hope to convince the public (or potential clients) that nothing in effect has changed and software patents are all fine and dandy



  5. Looks Increasingly Plausible That Battistelli is Covering up Bogus and/or Illegally-Obtained 'Evidence' From the EPO's Investigative Unit

    Why we believe that Benoît Battistelli is growingly desperate to hide evidence of rogue evidence-collecting operations which eventually landed himself -- not the accused -- in a catastrophic situation that can force his resignation



  6. As Decision on the UK's EU Status Looms, EPO Deep in a Crisis of Patent Quality

    Chaotic situation at the EPO and potential changes in the UK cause a great deal of debate about the UPC, which threatens to put the whole or Europe at the mercy of patent trolls from abroad



  7. Another Demonstration by European Patent Office (EPO) Staff on Same Day as Administrative Council's Meeting

    SUEPO (staff union of the EPO) continues to organise staff actions against extraordinary injustice by Benoît Battistelli and his flunkies whom he gave top positions at the EPO



  8. Links 23/6/2016: Red Hat Results, Randa Stories

    Links for the day



  9. Interview With FOSSForce/All Things Free Tech

    New interview with Robin "Roblimo" Miller on behalf of FOSSForce



  10. Links 22/6/2016: PulseAudio 9.0, GNOME 3.21.3 Released

    Links for the day



  11. IP Europe's UPC Lobbying and the EPO Connection

    The loose but seemingly ever-growing connections between AstroTurfing groups like IP Europe (pretending to represent SMEs) and EPO staff which is lobbying-centric



  12. EPO “Recruitment of Brits is Down by 80%”

    Letter says that “recruitment of Brits is down by 80%” and "the EPO lost 7% of UK staff in one year"



  13. The Conspiracy of Patent Lawyers for UPC and Battistelli's Role in Preparing by Firing People

    The parasitic firms that lobby for the UPC and actually create it -- firms like those that pass money to Battistelli's EPO -- are doing exactly the opposite of what Europe needs



  14. Patent Lawyers, Having Lost Much of the Battle for Software Patents in the US, Resort to Harmful Measures and Spin

    A quick glance at how patent lawyers and their lobbyists/advocates have reacted to the latest decision from the US Supreme Court (Justice Breyer)



  15. Links 21/6/2016: Fedora 24 and Point Linux MATE 3.2 Officially Released

    Links for the day



  16. Supreme Court on Cuozzo v Lee Another Major Loss for Software Patents in the United States

    Much-anticipated decision on the Cuozzo v Lee case (at the highest possible level) serves to defend the appeal boards which are eliminating software patents by the thousands



  17. As Alice Turns Two, Bilski Blog Says 36,000 (Software) Patent Applications Have Been Rejected Thanks to It

    A look back at the legacy of Alice v CLS Bank and how it contributed to the demise of software patents in the United States, the birthplace of software patents



  18. EPO Self-Censorship by IP Kat or Just Censorship of Opinions That IP Kat Does Not Share/Accept (Updated)

    ree speech when it's needed the most (EPO scandals) needs to be respected; or why IP Kat shoots itself in the foot and helps the EPO's management by 'sanitising' comments



  19. Caricature: Bygmalion Patent Office

    The latest cartoon regarding Battistelli's European Patent Office



  20. Links 21/6/2016: GNU/Linux in China's HPC, Linux 4.7 RC4

    Links for the day



  21. Under Battistelli's Regime the EPO is a Lawless, Dark Place

    How the EPO's Investigative Unit (IU) and Control Risks Group (CRG), which is connected to the Stasi through Desa, made the EPO virtually indistinguishable from East Germany (coat of arms/emblem above)



  22. New Paper Demonstrates That Unitary Patent (UPC) is Little More Than a Conspiracy of Patent 'Professionals' and Their Self Interest

    Dr. Ingve Björn Stjerna's latest paper explains that the UPC “expert teams” are in fact not experts but people who are using the UPC as a Trojan horse by which to promote their business interests and corporate objectives



  23. Money Flying to Private Companies Without Tenders at Battistelli's EPO (by the Tens of Millions!)

    Extravagant and cushy contracts to the tune of tens of millions of Euros are being issued without public scrutiny and without opportunities to competition (few corporations easily score cushy EPO contracts while illusion of tendering persists -- for small jobs only)



  24. Patent Examiners and Insiders Acknowledge Profound Demise in Patent Quality Under Battistelli

    By lowering the quality of patents granted by the European Patent Office Battistelli hopes to create an illusion of success, where success is not measured properly and is assessed by biased firms which he finances



  25. Jericho Systems Threatens Alice, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Threatens the Patent Trial and Appeal (PTAB)

    A look at the two latest threats to those who helped put an end to a lot of (if not most) software patents in the US



  26. How the Halo Electronics Case Helps Patent Trolls and How Publications Funded by Patent Trolls (IAM for Instance) Covered This

    A Supreme Court ruling on patents, its implications for software patent trolls, and how media that is promoting software patents and patent trolls covered it



  27. Patent Lawyers' Fantasy Land Where Software Patents Are Suddenly Resurrected Even When They're Not

    A quick glance at where the debate over software patents in the United States stands and how profiteers (such as patent lawyers) not only mislead the public but also bully the messengers



  28. Links 19/6/2016: Randa Over, Fedora 24 Release Soon

    Links for the day



  29. [ES] La Oficina Europea de Patentes de Battistelli Amplia su Contrato con el Nefasto FTI Consulting Para Neutralizar a los Medios, Desperdicia Millones de Euros

    Sacando a luz a lo que pasa con el presupuésto de la EPO y como es puesto “a trabajar” bajo la tiranía sin precedente de Battistelli (Eponia) justo en el corazón de Europa



  30. [ES] Oportunos ‘Regalos’ de Battistelli a los Estados Miembros (Poco antes de que Ellos Puedan — y Deberían — Despedirlo)

    Regalso de la EPO (dinero) ofrecido condicionalmente (bajo revisión) días antes de que los países envíén sus delegados para que potenciálmente despidan a Battistelli, lo que ciértamente deberían hacer, y lo último del juicio de un juez nos sugiere que Battistelli está determinado a destruír a las salas con ayuda de esos delegados


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts