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Wednesday, April 13, 2005 12:26 am
Apple copyright violation, futility of Internet discussion, and Mac OS X Tiger
This is an interesting post. Looks like someone’s copyrighted text has appeared somewhere on Apple’s developer site. On first glance, it looks like the owner reported the violation, and Apple removed the violating text. Sounds good.

However, the discussions that follow are so heated and emotional, that I didn’t feel much point in reading further to see if there actually remains some controversy. I cringed when the author felt that a person at Apple Norway wasn’t as helpful as he wanted. I’ll see what happens in the next few days, if I remember.

I’ve been thinking over the last few days, that is seems impossible to maintain a productive on-topic discussion about some important issues over the Internet. Try to discuss abortion, Terry Schiavo, digital rights management or politics on the Internet, and the resulting signal-to-noise ratio is hopeless. And yet, the discussions continue. No one wins except the people that run the website—if they wanted some extra hits on their website.

Reading the comments about actors and movies at the Internet Movie Database is hilarious: “This actress can’t act.” followed by responses like “She was great in this!!”, “If you hate her so much, why do you post on her page?”, or “I hate trolls like you. Why don't you try acting, if you think you know so much…”.

Other honeypots for controversy are the Paul Thurott/Scobleizer/Dvorak rants. Thurott is particularly sneaky with his condescending Apple-isn’t-as-cool-as-you-think-angle. Er… yea OK. BFD.

Oh, by the way, we are 16 days away from Mac OS X Tiger. Yahoo. Looks like AppleTalk Australia got it right. The fantastic thing of course, is that Australia gets it first. I wonder what the official Bittorrent release date will be.

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