Apple's malfunctioning RSS: Bug or feature?

Apple's malfunctioning RSS: Bug or feature?

Summary: Dave Winer -- the father of RSS -- can't tell if the problems he's having with Apple's RSS are just the beta blues or if Apple's up to something a bit more nefarious: Engadget quoted Jobs as saying they were using “industry standard” RSS. Even if we used terminology like that (we don’t, there’s no standards body for RSS) one company can’t on its own say it’s standard, esp when it has so many mistakes in it.

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Dave Winer -- the father of RSS -- can't tell if the problems he's having with Apple's RSS are just the beta blues or if Apple's up to something a bit more nefarious:

Engadget quoted Jobs as saying they were using “industry standard” RSS. Even if we used terminology like that (we don’t, there’s no standards body for RSS) one company can’t on its own say it’s standard, esp when it has so many mistakes in it. It’s a fairly damaging lie...Assuming their intentions are good and they’re not trying to kill RSS, why don’t they put some of us under NDA and let us help them get the bugs out before they ship.

The ensuing comments do a pretty good job of vetting the problem and at least one of them highlights an internationalization issue with the date format used in many RSS feeds.  But based on Dave's response, the diagnosis hasn't changed.

 

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  • What about Apple's Spyware?

    There's trouble a brewin' over the new version of iTunes:

    http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/11/itunes_update_spies_.html
    tic swayback
    • Thanks for the link

      I don't think I have to say that if this had been Microsoft's spyware, the reaction would have been quite different! That being said, I'll say the same thing I would say if it were Microsoft: who cares? I don't really care if some exec in Cupertino wants to know that I'm listening to Celine Dione right now. ;)

      Besides, sounds easy enough to disable once you know about it. If the news doesn't spread any further than BoingBoing though, few people will ever know about it.
      NonZealot
      • Update

        ---I don't think I have to say that if this had been Microsoft's spyware, the reaction would have been quite different! ---

        I don't know, the privacy people have been hammering Apple pretty hard on this one. Some updates to the story:
        http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/11/steve_jobs_apple_dis.html
        tic swayback