It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

Summary: Apple's using the bully pulpit to stifle their competition again.

TOPICS: Apple, Security

Oh great, here he goes again.

In my previous article, Apple doesn't love you, they just want your money, I pointed out that Apple instructed its support personnel to not assist with the removal of the MacDefender malware. Eventually Apple caved in to pressure from their customers and bad press, and released instructions on how to avoid and remove MacDefender.

Better late than never, but they should not have had to be shamed into providing support. The growing legions of Apple users were left scratching their heads as to why Apple didn't even acknowledge that there was a problem. And there certainly is an ongoing problem with Apple malware; there is already a new, more dangerous variant called MacGuard available.

Like the ongoing hacks of Sony, this is a new game for malware authors and Apple is the nerdy kid with the broken glasses getting hit with spitballs.

Apple is trying to cope, but this is an entirely new concept to them. Sure, prior to OSX there were plenty of viruses out there on the Mac platform, but anti-virus applications pretty much held those in check.

While all of this is going on, Apple is continuing their over-reaction campaign against competitors and leaks. Remember the SWAT team raid on Jason Chen's home? They used an invalid search warrant and confiscated all of his computers, violating his civil liberties and protections as a journalist.

It doesn't help that the organization that instigated the raid was the California Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team--which just so happens to have Apple as a steering member. Instead of seeking damages against the thief that took the phone from an Apple employee that fenced stolen goods to Gizmodo, they instead chose to punish the person that leaked information about their precious phone.

As you may recall, last month Apple and Samsung began a tit-for-tat lawsuit struggle over violated copyrights. Not satisfied with that fight, Apple is now demanding access to Samsung's unreleased smartphones and tablets. This is patently absurd. If anyone sued Apple for infringement and demanded access to THEIR unrelased hardware, Steve Jobs' head would spin 360 degrees and he would vomit pea green soup.

This kind of bullying needs to stop. Samsung is one of the largest suppliers of components for Apple devices. It would serve Apple right if Samsung simply cut off their supply completely until these copyright cases were resolved. And since that kind of thing would take years to get through the courts, it would send a big signal to Cupertino that no one likes a bully.

Topics: Apple, Security

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  • Apple: The New Evil Empire

    I've been boycotting Apple products for a while. I guess I'm far from being the only one hating their business practices, LOL.
    • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

      @luke_sg maybe you cannot understand any technology. your boycott hasn't hurt the company at all. check their stock price (if you can understand it).
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @ShallRemainNameless He is standing on principal, you should try it sometime.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        I guess if you can make a buck, it doesn't matter who you hurt, eh?
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone


        <i>maybe you cannot understand any technology. your boycott hasn't hurt the company at all. check their stock price (if you can understand it). </i>

        I take it you don't believe in voting either?

        His boycott has hurt the company: precisely by the amount of product that he would have bought but didn't and by the amount of money lost to anyone he persuaded.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @ShallRemainNameless If we all tell our friends why we hate Apple maybe others will follow, and eventually it will make an impact. The key here is taking a stand, letting others know why, and helping them to do the same. One man not buying an iPod is 200$ not in Apple's pocket, 1 million people is 200,000,000$ not in their pocket...
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        And, if you understood them then you would know they are worthless until you redeem them. Other wise, they are only speculation and sometimes in reality they are less than what you invest. So, you need to understand before questioning someone's understanding.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        Not for shareholders who bought it at $360.
        Of course the same can be said of Exxon/Mobile, British Petroleum, big tobacco. They have all had organized boycotts which haven't touched their stocks but all those companies are highly honorably and we just love them to death don't we.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @ShallRemainNameless : I suppose that the Dalai Lama has not hurt China at all, right?

        You should keep that attitude AND that name, serves as a warning sign who to avoid.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @ShallRemainNameless -- Notice how many times mac guys justify ANYTHING apple does by pointing out the stock price.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        Nice try at sarcasm. (if you can understand it).

        And by the way, your response to luke_sg was ridiculous and over reactive. Telling someone their boycott of a particular businesses products hasn't hurt the company is just silly and vindictive.

        Its like telling someone that the fact they refuse to ever vote for the current president didn't stop him from getting elected. An obvious and pointless statement clearly designed for nothing more then being vindictive.

        Its just so great to see two people discuss something where one says "I will not purchase products for a company that has nasty business practices" and the best response the other person can come up with is not some exculpatory explanation for the business practices, but to simply point out with great pride that the persons efforts are futile because the company is clearly getting rich off their business practices.

        Just wonderful.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @ShallRemainNameless ...or Shallremainbrainless...
        Same thing ... if you understand it.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @ShallRemainNameless IF he, myself, and others boycott and continue to educate others, the impact will grow. And eventually Apple may change some of their practices. Failing that, we're not giving them money and we're standing on our principals, something you apparently lack.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @ShallRemainNameless I've never bought an apple product in my life... if I had been purchasing Apple products throughout my life, i can't imagine how many thousands of dollars they could have taken from me for their overpriced products.
    • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone


      Blah, blah, blah, Apple is closed, they don't give you choices, Steve Jobs is a spiritual leader and all us Apple users are blind cult followers. Ignore the fact that they make some of the highest quality products available. Ignore the fact that their stuff just works. I'm sick and tired of Techno Geeks spewing their nonsense. ZDNet seems he'll bent on trashing Apple and the users of their products.

      All I have to say is, look at the stock portfolios of MS compared to Apple. Here's a story you won't see on this site:

      I can't help but think ZDNet is nothing more the a Microsoft shill.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        Unfortunately, that stock price is at the expense of the factory workers that are taking their own lives to build your "high quality" products. My conscience will not allow me to support such a company.
      • @kris

        So, do you also boycott, HP, Dell and every other Pc manufacturer that uses Foxconn? I didn't think so. So all your post really proves is that you are incapable of independent thought.
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        @kris_stapley Spare me. You don't give a shit about factory workers anywhere, and what ever latent pity you claim to have would disappear the second you had to pay 25% to 50% more for every electronic device you buy.

        Here's a clue: every single electronic product you buy is made in China. Every time you act as a consumer, you, you personally, Kris Stapley, are killing factory workers.

        Or so your insipid reasoning would have us believe.
      • Ok what is iOS?

        @gtdworak Seriously, its a few pages with icons that run specialized Objective C serially (no real multi-tasking). The camera and screen are alright, but so are most android ones. I can't tell you how many times one of their apps have frozen on the phone. Thier money comes from ITunes, which is way over-priced compared to Amazon (that's why the IPad starts at 500 USD, because its all about pushing product).

        I buy whole albums off Amazon for $5, that's a CD, delivered to my door, or sometimes downloads. Its your money, spend it how you will.

        I laugh that people actually brag about watching movies on an IPad. I watch movies on my 104" projector with 7:1 surround. Now that's a movie. Anything else is just cliff notes.
        A Gray
      • RE: It's not just you, Apple hates everyone

        I guess money is everything. Doesn't matter how you get to the top.