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[News] Apple Bullies Its Competition, Attacks FOSS/Linux Hackers

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Apple Levels DMCA on IPodhash Project

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| The worst thing about DRM? The things it makes people do. Take the iPodhash 
| project, a group of coders dedicated to reverse-engineering Apple's database 
| files on the iPod classic and iPod touch. Doing so allows for third-party 
| utilities to access information on the iPod, which is particularly useful for 
| those who want to use their iPods on Linux, since there's no version of 
| iTunes available for that platform.     



Apple's new iTunes surprise: No more jailbreaking

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| If you have a new MacBook, you may be out of luck. If you have Windows,
| however, you should be fine. The irony is stifling.


Jobs Trumpets App Store's Bursting Till, Confirms Kill Switch

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| The App Store has taken in about $1 million per day since it opened,
| according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He's also confirmed the existence of a
| so-called kill switch -- a feature embedded in the iPhone that gives Apple
| the ability to destroy an app in a user's phone remotely. Jobs described the
| inclusion of the kill switch as a safety measure in case a secretly malicious
| program ever got passed around.


Another reason to love FOSS - Software Kill Switches

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| One thing I hate above almost anything else is when a vendor tells you what
| you can and can't do with your software.  That drives me bonkers.  Sure, they
| wrote it and it's theirs to do with as they wish, but once they sell/give it
| to me, it's mine to do with as I see fit - within the confines of the
| software itself.  Unceremoniously switching me off or making me pay more,
| forcing me to upgrade, stopping me from using the software, or making me bow
| to other ludicrous demands is just blatant power mongering and extortion.  If
| they want me to do something, they had better have a really good reason why I
| should do it, and it had better not be "just because we want more money."
| So what brought on this little bout of ranting and bitterness?  Well, several
| things really, but the biggest is the ever infamous software kill switch.
| It's been around for years, but really didn't start coming into its own until
| Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) came onto the scene.  Since then, proprietary
| vendors have looked at Microsoft's success with the Software Kill Switch and
| realized the money making potential of it.  They also have seen the power it
| can give them and it's become an intoxicating drug to them.

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