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V Plamondon

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  1. AndrewNZ, I apologize for jumping down your throat. Reading your response it becomes apparent to me that you seem to have more experience with OS X than me, and I am going to take your word that I should not have made such broad generalizations about OS X without knowing all the facts, and that my broad generalizations were wrong. I guess I should have said that, so far, I have had a very positive experience with OS X and the computers I maintain or fix on a regular basis. I should mention that most of the friends/family/coworkers/aquaintances I have are to varying degrees computer illiterate and many of them expect to hit the power button and the computer will do anything and everything they expect, such as record movie blogs (in the absence of a webcam/appropriate software etc.), and that sometimes affects my attitude. The other thing that drives me crazy, is some people's tendancy to download every little piece of software from any old idiot, that tends to bloat and destabilise windows. In retrospect, instead of making a broad generalsation about the stabilty of macs in which I am not in possession of all the facts, I should have stated that I appreciate that there seems to be less idiotware for OS X contributing to such problems. To clarify my point about professional assistance, we all need assistance at some point. Because of the way people I know use computers, if their OS doesn't hold their hand to some degree, they need a lot of assistance, especially since their is so much malicous windows code available. To microsofts credit, I think their OS's are actually well designed, and for informed users who maintain their sytem, they work quite well. Another issue that plagues windows is driver stability issues, a very good reason to NOT use cheap hardware in one's computer systems, as it's definately not worth saving a few dollars, as it bites one in the ass every time. I guess I am really wandering off topic, so even though I could wine about windows for a variety of reasons, I will stop here and go to the point that I originally wanted to make, that if apple computers had an "apple tax" (I don't think so), they have added value for various reasons to compensate for that tax (in my opinion). In a way, I admire Apple's business sense, as since they have stopped trying to compete with Microsoft, they have been doing better and better (financially), until they have become a force to be reckoned with, that Microsoft have now taken notice. Whether Apple sell's 10000 macs or 10 million, apple is always going to make a good profit on their hardware sales, and Microsoft provoking Apple may awaken the David to their Goliath. I doubt we have to worry about that though, as I believe Apple and Microsoft recognize that they are in a Coca Cola/Pepsi Cola, or Duracell/Energizer type of competition/synergy.
  2. AndrewNZ, I think we wandered away from the point I was trying to make, that if there were an "apple tax", that the benefits of macs would compensate for the "apple tax". Not saying that mac users never have to do a clean install, what I am saying is that Mac OS doesn't become unstable through regular use (viruses, antivirus software, malicous spyware and antipiracy code, etc) as quickly as windows, and I'm not suggesting it's Microsoft's fault either, that's just the reality of the situation. My point is that their is value in the appropriate software already being installed and usable, the lowest price I've seen in my locale to preinstall software is $100.00. The major manufacturers bundle additional software, but not for free, I'll concede that Apple does the same for iLife. Nothing I've seen in XP or Vista tells me that a vanilla install has the same functionality as Mac OS. I am in the position of being the friend/roommate/family member/IT professional often asked for advice, help with installation issues, actually fixing problems, and more of my spare time is consumed by the 2 windows pcs I maintain than the approximately dozen linux boxes and handful of macintoshes that I am occasionally asked to look at. As far as I'm concerned, anyone asking a friend/roommate/family member/IT professional for help, is aquiring the services of a professional, regardless of whether money exchanges hands, and personally, I am very insulted by those who place such demands on my spare time and don't appreciate it. Your experience may be different, but my experience has been that windows users need more professional assistance than mac users, and I'm not saying that all windows users need assistance and mac users don't need any. Apparantly, you have needed the services of a computer professional at some point, actually proving my point. I'm sure a professional's first suggestion was to rebuild the font cache, and if such didn't work, delete the font. If it might have been neccesary to enter single user mode or boot from a live cd of some sort to do so, if neither of these would of worked, your problems were not caused by a corrupt font. I don't know why I would have to clarify "malicous windows code" to "malicous code, probably not written by microsoft, running on windows", as I was assuming most people would assume that microsoft does not write malicous code. Tell you what, run windows vista for six months, using and installing all the software you normally use, track the time you spend maintaining your system, and you will be surprised. Now decide if you want to inflict that hassle on an average user, who may not know how to do such. To me this suggests you are impying I should have kept my opinion to myself. Why?
  3. If one were to shift the focus from "Apple charges 'apple tax'" and look at what one gets for the 'apple tax' we would be pleasantly surprised. Although I don't have a macintosh, I believe the macintosh is an excellent value for anyone below "computer guru" status, and I'll use my mom's recent aquisition as the first example. Knowing I did not use macintoshes my mom had refrained from getting my advice, but I think she was surprised when she did. I basically told her that starting from the Macbook white, any of the macintoshes would meet her needs. The moment I walked into the Apple Store with her I was quite impressed, Apple computers were set up everywhere and accessible for everyone to try out. The salesman walked her through everything the macbook could do, to allow her to see if it could fulfill her needs. When we examine the needs of an ordinary consumer, the average consumer is looking for something that fulfills their needs, and they couldn't care less about the bells and whistles, so how does Apple fulfill their needs. Let's look at all the basic factors: For the average person, literally any computer will be capable of meeting anyones needs, computer gamers will require competant graphics capability beyond the minmum, and windows users (whether using pc's or macs) will require more ram beyond the minimum. At first glance, it would seem that macintoshes are at a significant disadvantage, but let's examine what we must do to set up a new computer for personal use. If I set up someone's windows pc for them, (sometimes install, optimise, ms office or openoffice, nero, firefox, drivers, printer setup, copy data from old, media software of various kinds, etc) it takes me 2 to 5 hours, and as I bill out $250.00 an hour for what I currently do, that is $500.00 to $1250.00. If my mom sets up her own windows pc it takes her 10 to 20 hours to set up her computer, and at her wages of $40.00 an hour, that is $400.00 to $800.00. If some one who is living in poverty, making $7.00 an hour for example, spent 15 hours settin up their pc, it would cost them $105.00, but it is safe to assume, that unless buying a used or refurbished mac, people below a certain wage level (maybe below $20.00 an hour) cannot realistically afford an apple, so whatever value the "apple tax" affords them doesn't matter. Anyone realistically planning to purchase a new computer is realistically going to need to budget anywhere from $500.00 to $2500.00 in order to do so. If a new buyer is ok with refurbished, than mac mini's and macbook white's are available starting at $500.00 USD. For mainstream gaming the minimum required will be one of the new macbook white ($1149.00 CAN) or the mac min ($729.00 CAN) and running windows will require at least 1 more GB ram ($60.00 CAN). At this point it seems that windows pc's are $200.00 to $300.00 cheaper than mac's, but when we examine how long it took my mom to set up her mac, in which she didn't need any help with, it only took her a couple of hours to be on the run. That by itself is a great feature justifying the greater cost. There are many more reasons why mac's are great for the average person; - Don't need to reformat and reset up main OS every 3 - 12 months. - For those who aren't very computer literate, it just works. - Don't need the services of a computer professional to maintain and service, it works right. - VMWare Fusion is an excellent way to run windows, while protecting your main OS from malicous windows code. - the proliferation of hackintoshes allow anyone to benefit from Apple's software.
  4. Online Naruto-like game

    BILLY VS. SNAKEMAN It ain't a fancy game, but I like it.
  5. Update: Hackintosh Legality

    The only gain in applying the "continuing violations doctrine" is that the statute of limitations does not ever run out. The affirmative defense of "estoppel by acquiescence" still applies. There really isn't much evidence of significant corruption in many legal jurisdictions, although there is significant amount of reprehensible misuse and misconduct of litigants in most jurisdictions. How have you come to these conclusions? And what do they have to do with this topic?
  6. The EULA and you.

    In the Blizzard vs. MDY Case, MDY did not contest whether or not they had entered the contracts in question, Blizzard's EULA and TOU, and as such MDY is subject to all the terms and conditions of those contracts. Accordingly, MDY is guilty of copyright infringement, because said contracts revoke the contractees access to Blizzard's intellectual property upon any violation of those contracts. In a court of law, the only practical defense against a license agreement, is to show or prove that such a contract is invalid, void, or not applicable, otherwise, unless illegal, all terms and conditions apply. Since WOW requires a server to play, Blizzard's EULA and TOU cannot be bypassed unless someone prevents the client from administering Blizzard's contracts, or use a non-Blizzard server. You can skip Blizzard's EULA by modifying WOW's config.wtf, but you must agree to Blizzard's TOU, and therefore their EULA as well, when you sign up for an account, so the only way to play WOW without agreeing to Blizzard's contracts is by modifying WOW's config.wtf and using non-Blizzard servers. Blizzard vs. MDY illustrate very well how completely contracts, under the disguise of license agreements or terms of use, restrict our rights.
  7. Update: Hackintosh Legality

    I'm sorry, you are going to have to explain how employee discrimination has anything to do with this topic. If this is what you believe, why are you studying case law? Seems to me that if you believe "the legal system is corrupt, incompetent and the ultimate fraud" than the only possible reason you would be studying case law, is so that you can affirm your beliefs, as oppossed to expanding your knowledge. I don't find anything in this case that suggests that "judges will do whatever they please".
  8. Update: Hackintosh Legality

    The source code of the GPL portion. Incorporating GPL works with non-GPL does not cause the non-GPL works to become GPL.
  9. Update: Hackintosh Legality

    GPL software can be incorporated into commercial works as long as the terms of the GPL license is adhered to, the main condition being that source code being made freely available.
  10. New Mac Mini in early March?

    If i were a betting man, I'd bet that Apple's new base model for the mac mini platform would be based on the nvidia ion platform with an atom 330 processor and an ssd, and that they were going to make an additional base model for socket p processors with the nvidia 9400m chipset with options for the mac mini to go all the way up to a mobile quad core processor with a 500 gigabyte drive and slim blu-ray drive. THAT would be a brilliant move by Apple.
  11. Update: Hackintosh Legality

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  12. Update: Hackintosh Legality

    I don't work for Apple, but you are right, unless you investigate the matter, you have no way of knowing that. I guess everyone must evaluate my statements and opinions on the merits of those said statements and opinions, and should not take anything I say at face value without exercising due diligence. In this age of super-information, it is all too easy for anyone to evaluate information based on the merits of the source instead of the merits of the information itself, such that were one to base their knowledge upon the information of one source, one could easily be misled if that source was erroneous or if the source deliberately misrepresented information. Remember, there are plenty enough public, reliable and free legal information available for anyone to research and evaluate the validity of anyone's statements and opinions, and additionally, different individuals may have very different conclusions and opinions derived from the very same facts and information. Also realize, it was once widely believed that the earth was flat, so believing something to be true simply because the general populace accepts it to be true means we, collectively as a population, are without knowledge as to the accuracy and truth of considerable portions of public knowledge. Oftentimes I jump on a pulpit (maybe too often for some) secure in my personal knowledge that I have formed my conclusions and opinions on reliable information and well reasoned understanding and I forget that the audience I am expounding to does not have the underlying information to my statements and opinions, and one who does not want to validate the information can only accept, reject or reserve judgment, based on how it "feels" to them. I have no problem confirming my identity to anyone who contacts me in order to do so, but I do not have any "credentials" to lend my statements, conclusions or opinions "weight" nor am I a recognized "authority" of any kind. The best I can do when confronted with a demand for explanation or a disagreement is to present relevant facts and information in support, discuss as to why I have come to the conclusions I have, or present reasonably detailed conclusions to try to put the matter into perspective. I sincerely apologize to anyone who has felt that I am trying to mislead or entrap anyone. I assure you, that is not my intent, and for further assurance, if that was my actual intent, any victim of such would have valid causes of action of fraud or entrapment to pursue against me.
  13. Update: Hackintosh Legality

    If that's a rhetorical question, what are you actually saying?
  14. Update: Hackintosh Legality

    Not surprisingly, Apple has a legitimate concern about software piracy. Unfortunately, what allows Mac OS X to run on non-apple hardware are modified kernels and/or EFI emulation, both of which are made available through many OSX86 and Hackintosh Community web sites and forums, including this site. So before anyone gets on their high horse and preaches that any specific Hackintosh site (such as insanely mac) does not bypass Apple's copy protection, remember that using a non-vanilla kernel or EFI emulation DOES bypass Apple's copy protection. My point is, that Apple Inc. has not taken any action to seriously dissuade or object to the activities of installing legally acquired copies of Mac OS X on non-apple software, which is the activity of which Psystar Corporation is involved in. I believe that partially, the point of Apple Inc. bringing forth the issues of "John Does" is to show to the courts that Psystar Corporation could not do what they have done by themselves, and there is some dark and evil conspirators behind Psystar Corporations actions, helping Psystar gang rape Apple, poor, poor Apple. What enables Psystar to do what it has done, is the OSX86 and Hackintosh communities. Apple Inc.'s lawyers know what OSX86 and Hackintosh communities are involved with enabling Mac OS X to work on non-apple computers, and they know how to get subpoenas to order the websites who host these communities to reveal the known identities of it's communities. Very easily, Apple Inc. can have a significant portion of the OSX86 and Hackintosh communities membership added as defendants to the Apple Inc. versus Psystar Corporation lawsuit if that is what they were looking to achieve, so obviously, Apple Inc. had very different goals in naming the "John Does" or it simply did not want to face the common law doctrine of estoppel by aquiescence.
  15. The EULA and you.

    The kernel is released under the APSL, so everyone already has permission from Apple to modify the kernel, one of the key component when it comes to getting OS X to run on non-apple computers. The other method of getting OS X to run on non-apple computers is EFI emulation, which allows unmodified code to run on compatible non-apple systems. Additionally, most jurisdictions allow reverse engineering to create compatible software, unless someone has contractually agreed not do so. This is because software manufacturers sell merchandise, not licenses, and I'm guessing that fact is obviously clearly recognized in Europe (I have not done much research on European law, so I don't know for sure). This is very true, but there is nothing illegal about replacing portions of modular software with compatible, original code. The caveat being, the unmodified code cannot be redistributed (it belongs to Apple of course), but there is no law that says the new code could not be redistributed with lawfully obtained copies of Apple's software. Yet again, so very true. I am guessing software manufacturers do not wish to do this, as it makes buying software inconvenient, and is equivalent to someone buying a Ford Focus, for example, and being told they must sign a license agreement from Ford whereas Ford dictates what they may do with their car, before they buy the car.