Apple is going to kill the world! Panic!

06/01/2016

I got a stupid email today from campaigning group SumOfUs.org, asking me to sign a petition… about iphone headsets!
Here’s a taste:

“Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.

If the rumours are true, the new iPhone 7 will have a non-standard, proprietary headphone jack — making every pair of headphones on earth useless. Not only will this force iPhone users to dole out additional cash to replace their hi-fi headphones, it will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled.

There’s only one reason for this change: to leverage Apple’s market share in order to extract even more profit from its customers. With virtually no third-party manufacturers ready to fill the new market gap, Apple stands to make a killing while we — and our planet — pay the price.”

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“Evil Apple” image by perish_is_power, on that deviantart site (said theft aided and abetted by Google – thanks, evil corporation, where would we be without you?

SumOfUs.org has sent me some pretty daft petitions in the past year or so, but this is just too much. So Apple are going to rip off its idiot “loyal customers” by adopting a proprietary technology… so what? This is what Apple does: it makes stuff that will only work with its stuff, and rips off anyone gullible enough to fall for the con.

The eco-spin on the petition – that Apple’s evil plans “will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled” – is an extra dollop of pathetic. Land-fills all round the world are already full of Apple’s crap because if your i-thing breaks down, all the peripherals are useless and get chucked. Will the headphones scandal be the tipping point? Oh no, call 007 to save us from Apple’s satanic actions!

Sorry, SumOfUs.org, but I’m leaving your mail list (should be called a “spam list” you  jerks).  I’ve suffered a load of shite from you being put in my email inbox without a complaint, because occasionally you brought something important to my attention.  But the important issues have dwindled, and meaningless kibble has taken its place.  And this one – Oh, Apple are selling proprietary, non-reusable crap – hell, it’s not new or surprising.  If you don’t like what Apple does, don’t buy Apple.  I never have.  I’ve got a perfectly fine Sony phone, and I can use any headphones with it.  Stop buying into the con – stop buying Apple.  That will get their attention a lot more effectively than a sad petition.

 


I know I asked for more Comments… but not bloody spam!!!

18/04/2013

I know, I know… I asked for more Comments and now I’m getting more Comments. So why am I moaning here? Because I suspect a lot of them are real actual Comments from real actual people. I’m getting spam comments!

So okay, why do I believe this? Am I a paranoid schizophrenic with delusions of grandeur? I don’t think so (yeah I know, I would say that wouldn’t I?) – let me share my “evidence” before it’s laughed out of court –

In response to one of my most popular posts (“How to download and save streaming video from the internet, using Linux”) I have received Comments:

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All these Comments make no comment on the post they’re claiming to comment on. Some of them are bizarre, like maybe computer-generated? And all the Commentators have included a url which improves their Google score and can lead to Google Adverts revenue earned (every time a site’s url appears online, the site’s Google rating gets higher, and they can earn more from Google Ads).

Please don’t take this as a “don’t comment” warning. I want people, as many people as possible, commenting on my posts. But I want them to be relevant. What I’d really like is for readers to comment on my posts, others comment back, and before too long there are online conversations going on here, like that damn Bruce Schneier and others. I’ve been blogging here since 2007, and I’d really like I HATE HATE!!! become popular (I know I’ve got some regular readers and I love ’em, but I want more more more!

If I’m not posting stuff you want to get into conversations about me, use the CONTACT FORM button at the top of the page. Tell me what you like/hate/kill people for, and I’ll try to post about it. I don’t want this blog to be just a me-telling-you-stuff kind of place – I want lively discussions. I want to make my readers happy/sad/angry/peaceful/murderous. All you gotta do is hit the CONTACT FORM button.

Oh and please, no more spam. Or I’m gonna name and shame you, your email accounts and IP addresses and everything. I hate douchebags.

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