thats just iDumb
Paris - well cos Ms Prez can afford it cant she
An American man has accidentally spent $999.99 on an iPhone app that does nothing but display a glowing red ruby. Dubbed "I Am Rich," the app is meant as a status symbol for the wealthy. But in reality, it's a scarlet letter for the gullible. As reported by our friends at Valleywag, a Jesus Phone user known only as Lee5279xx …
If someone really does get a grand's worth of value from the app then why should they not be allowed to buy it?
Enough ego-polishers buy vanity plates (just a bunch of letters) and dick-extender cars which still get stuck in traffic just as badly as any rice rocket.
So what's wrong with spending just a grand on some pixels?
If some dumb fool buys vanity plates on a lark then decides he wants a refund should the whole vanity plate industry be stifled?
Perhaps a wise solution would be for the iTunes 1-click to have a threshold and only work for purchases below, say, $20.
How the hell do you comment on this? I mean there are things running around under my fridge with more brains than this guy, and then he goes on to blame the guy who wrote the app, apple, world+dog because it couldn't possibly be his fault, definitely worthy of a darwin nomination but not funny enough to deserve one. Still, it answers one nagging question, this is the guy they put "do not attempt to eat this item" notices on cars, TV's etc. for in the US
Yeh, but he's not just stupid: he's also a victim of the worst most rubbishy piece of user-interface misdesign ever.
Remember when there used to be cassette tapes? And you used to have to press PLAY and RECORD simultaneously before the mechanism would engage and start recording?
And then some utter IDIOT went and thought to themselves "Oooh, press two buttons, that's a bit difficult, wouldn't it be so much easier if you only had to press one", and they went and invented one-touch record.
And all of a sudden it became possible to record by accident. And any time you fumbled and hit the wrong button you ended up blasting a big silent gap over your music and it was really annoying.
For god's sake! It's not an "annoying inconvenience", it's a "vital safety interlock that will save your ass time and again"! And some idiot thought we were better off without it, and as millions of ruined recordings down the years prove, we weren't. Not at all.
Well, one-click anything is the same stupid dumb idea. "Oh, let's make it really easy to do something", when you don't WANT it to be that damn easy! It was a stupid idea when one-touch record was invented, it was a stupid idea when Win95 brought in Active Desktop with it's one-click-just-like-clicking-on-a-web-link[*] option and made it easy to accidentally launch an application when you didn't want to, and it's still a damn stupid idea now to make it possible to spend a grand with a single click.
Err.. ok. Rant over. But it's still a lousy piece of UI.
[*] - of course, then Internet Explorer went and made it so that clicking any random link on the web was pretty likely to result in you ending up executing a bunch of malicious applications anyway ....!
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doubt that's a real name, however, I'd suppose the fellow or gal makes a damn good living selling simple, useless, low cost bobbles to people with money to burn ..
truly inspiring !
i'm sure some saud prince, while on a nice $250,000 trout fishing trip would just love a set of ruby, emerald, saphire and diamond encrusted gold spinning lures to catch rich fat fish with ! :)
for $100,000, I will personally hand deliver ones own iBiosphere for their iPhone. All sales final & NO refunds. It comes with all kinds of real and exotic flora, fauna, bugs, alligators, water, mud and more. Hurry as I only have a total of 10. Each one is completely unique
Once payment has been received, I will personally deliver product to you and install it on your iPhone.
Amaze your friends, amuse your family, own your own piece of nature that no one can take away from you, for as long as you own your phone.
For an additional $50.00, I'll include one authentic 16 oz bottle of water, taken directly from the actual iBiosphere. (note: bottles are collected directly from the the site, so shape, colour and condition may vary slightly.
(c) (r) (tm) and Patent Pending.
So. if the app was removed by Apple for this, does the App Creator / Developer have any recourse against Apple? By getting the app posted on the iTunes Store, I'd think that the Developer would have had to follow all the rules and TOS.
If the Developer has recourse against them, then I see it as a nice 3 part scam.
1) Create overly priced app and get media attention.
2) Wait for someone to buy it then go crying to Apple about it.
3) When Apple removes the app, the Developer goes to their lawyers and get some cash from Apple for failing to hold up their side of the deal.
@iTwat - Love it...
"Contents may be hot"
"Objects may be closer than they appear"
"Do not step on the live rail"
Who are these aimed at? For the rest of us 'caveat emptor' and common sense seem to work.
As for it being a scam that Apple is somehow responsible for - where's the scam? The ad didn't promise anything that it didn't deliver, so no 'phony' (geddit!) advertising. Shiny Shiny Bling Bling - "I want I want..."
And Armin Heinrich is an anagram of "A Rich Inner Him"
/Mines the one with 'Vote for Paris' on the back
It's long been my suspicion that Apple users are easily distracted.
Their overarching obsession with glowing bouncing crystals in their UI is a good example.
Seems to me to be a sound business principle to sell trinkets to magpies and I'm surprised that Apple took the App down. I mean isn't "ridiculously expensive" part of their marketing strategy?
if your willing to shell out like a drugged lemming for all the normal over priced icrap that apple curns out who to say you wont go the extra yard and shell out for this and really enjoy it. one mans plastic tat is another mans innovation.
Personally I commend this app if only all the proceeds we given to poor children in Africa it would be perfect!
Don't have one click enabled and don't EVER store your card details on file.
Tip for this guy's card issuer: this guy hasn't got a clue what he's doing and may cause a credit crunch aftershock, take away his card or initiate more stringent fraud prevention checks, phone him after EVERY transaction and ask whether he meant to make the transaction or whether he clicked buy/swiped his card as a result of his lack of intelligence.
I'd be very interested in operating a franchise for this product. Can you make a larger number of cheaper and less 'unique' iBiospheres in order to access a larger market? I'd be willing to operate on commission only for a while if you aren't willing to sell me a franchise license.
It's unsympathetic attitidues like this when an ordinary user makes a simple mistake, which will guarantee that WWW continues to be a bold and free new frontier for theft.
Until we start dealing properly with stuff like this (by shutting it down and pressing charges where possible), and stop blaming the user for being foolish enough to be defrauded, this kind of thing will proliferate.
Well done Apple for removing this scammer from iTunes so quickly. Just like the iPhone's app blacklist, this demonstartes Apple's desire to protect their users (stupid or not!) from malware and scams. Perhaps if MS had had a similar attitude 10 years ago, we might not be dealing with so many spams and scams right now?
PH, 'cos she's probably more sympathetic that you lot.
that appdeveloper is a genius.. :P thats exactly the kind of stuff people buy.. "look my Jphone glows, i can be 47% snootier than you"
the real wtf is that ITunes doesnt verify that you want to buy something (or that such a warning can be turned off) now thats just praying on the clumsyness of your users to trick them to buy stuff.. what is your kid or cat or whatever mashes the keyboard? suddenly youve bought a bunch of stuff by mistake..
user unfriendlyness to improve sales? i think so..
iTwat - brilliant
My vote goes that should be entered into the El Reg dictionary and forever used to describe those idiots that think they are so cool because they buy overpriced Apple crap and feel that ownership of such an item conveys a small portion of the Jobs God complex entitling them to be really smug and try and point out how inferior us non-apple users are.
It would be very easy to buy something by clicking accidentally, ok he's a bit stupid for clicking on buy just to see what happened, and was then surprised when he bought it...
But I was absolutely amazed the first time i bought an iphone app and got no confirmation whatsoever, especially since it asks for my password if i get even a free app through my phone app store.
Up to that point i had only got free apps, so hadn't really thought about it. (although the reciept a few days later with "thank you for buying" and a massive list of apps on it caused a moment of panic) The 1click is ether enabled by default or has a tick to never see this message again box on a popup confirmation message that enables it.
At the very least, i would expect you to have to key in your password to buy something, you know, basic security! Anyone with kids needs to keep them well away. The description of 1click in the options just says it doesn't use a shopping basket style ordering system, not that it removes all sanity checking before charging you! I'd expect click buy, enter password, hit enter, for 1click ordering at the very least.
Which is worse? The fact that he was so stupid he actually bought it or the fact that he isn't even embarassed enough to shut the fuck up and deny everything?
Although all the other one-click purchase thingies I've seen do have a 60 minute (or so) delay on them so you can undo it if you realise you've been a total retard. Though that explains why it isn't a feature on iTunes. No need to stop and figure out if the user might be a total retard.
I'm not so sure this isn't a hoax reported as news.
"Kinda reminds of the guy who microwaved his wet dog to dry it off, and ended up suing the company after his pooch got nuked!"
Yes, but only in so far as it probably didn't happen.
You have to actively turn off the stupid guard to make this happen as reported. The safeguards are all there to prevent accidental purchases but a determined fool can get past them.
I wonder will the developer send him another crazy fun app next month and charge him another $1000.
And then another
And then another
And then another
Everyone is laughing at this guy. Not too many people were laughing when Crazy frog starting making inroads into their bank account??
But then I guess we are all to smart to fall for that one.
Paris because she would spend $1000 on a loser boyfriend to make her look good. Much the same as what has happened here
Folks who are suggesting a Darwin Award.
Please can you tell the rest of us un-enlightened folks exactly HOW buying an iPhone app for $999.99 has improved the gene pool by removing himself from it?
Or do you mean there should be a new award created for an inability to take responsibility for one's own actions?
I think that to get anything other than an honorary mention in the Darwin awards, you have to remove your potential to reproduce, so your genes are removed from the evolutionary pool.
Now a Jesus Phone app designed to do that would be awesome, perhaps in the firmware so everyone that buys one instantly qualifies for said award, and hence helps to corroborate the great theory.
I have no sympathy for this cretin - he deserves to starve for this
However it does highlight the lack of ANY quality control in the appstore.
After just a couple of weeks we now have nearly 400 games - with probably about 20 that are worth playing. Please apple, lets get rid of the crap.
why would you buy a 1000 dollar joke? If i go into a store and see a high price item, i don't take it just cause i think its a joke?
sjeez, it was bound to happen, some idiot buying this thing. But because its a whinging american, the world must pay attention to him. Maybe they could bomb the developer for this joke.
BTW, when is lent? can el Reg give up reporting ANYTHING to do with bloody Apple for a month? (or a year?) absolutely nothing Apple, not even blanking out the word in a news report. Steve Jobs isn't the new technological Jesus Christ, even though a lot of sheeple follow his every every action including his bowel movements with great interest...
... a newspaper advert that was put in the Classifieds of various tabloids back in the late '80's.
It advertised a booklet that would allow the purchaser to "Reduce Your Telephone Bill to £00.00!!!" (or some such stuff). For a fee (I think it was about £7.50) the recipient got a leaflet that explained in painful detail how to contact BT Customer Services and cease their line.
Despite the protestations of consumer whinge-buckets like Rantzen and Faulds-Wood, the argument was cogently made that no law was broken, and each customer got exactly what was advertised. There was no scam. The illegal intent was actually in the mind of the customer who was operating on the assumption that they could defraud BT and get something for nothing. As they say - you can't con an honest man.
As far as I see it, this is a similar situation (if it's not a hoax story in itself). The idiot who pressed the button got exactly what was advertised and paid the price that had been displayed. A dickhead and his money are soon parted.
"I saw this app with a few friends and we jokingly clicked 'buy,' thinking it was a joke, to see what would happen,"
Dosn't the line "I wonder what happens when you press this button?" come just behind "you can not stop me now I am invincible!" and just before "after the war me and my sweetheart are going to buy a small cottage in the country with a white picket fence" and "dont worry, I think its harmless, look its smiling" in the all time top 10 list of things to say just before something really bad happens to you?
Put the app back up there I say. It does exactly what it says on the tin. All kudos to the author.
I work in IT and make a good living out of people who say "I wonder what this button does?" just before something really bad happens.
Mines the red one with "Away Team - Security" written on the back.
Here's what Urban Dictionary got to say:
2 up, 1 downlove ithate it
A person that is totally in love with their iPhone/iPod.
Generally an iTwat is unaware of the gimmicky kitschiness of their beloved device.
You will see the iTwat lovingly caress their overhyped consumer appendage with their spirit fingers with a look of unwarranted pretention on their face that can only be obtained by the delusion that they now have an elevated social standing that can only manifest itself by lovingly caressing their overhyped consumer appendage with their spirit fingers and having a look of unwarranted pretention on their face.
Put your phone down Jay, stop being an iTwat.
i do feel a bit of pity for this guy though - you're all having a go at him, but he wasn't the only one
apparently the developer said that 5 other people in the States bought it, as did one in germany and one in france
the guys now up 5,600 dollars!
i think what annoys everyone most about this, even if they won't admit it, is that they didn't think of it first
The one click purchase isn't just one click on the iPhone though.
First you open said application's page
Second you click the purchase/price button in the top right (in this case $999)
Third the button then changes to a second confirmation a green 'install?' button
This guy was clearly wasted and deserves to be milked for every last cent.
What? Do you think /dev/null is some sort of a recycle bin?
This happened at work the other day and very nearly resulted in some serious server breakage.
If you're going to try and ridicule idiots in a way that implies your superiority then at least do it proper like.
I wish Amazon would enforce their stupid "one click" patent*, because "one click" purchasing is a really bad idea. Now, in fairness, Apple does give you a grace period to back out and I decided that I really did want the shuffle after all... so I decided not to back out. But I turned off "one click" regardless.
A friend of mine didn't notice and bought himself a printer that way.
Where's the icon for Steve Jobs with horns, by the way? He needs equal time with Gates and Ballmer. :)
*Well, not really, but I do suspect that patenting really bad ideas to keep people from implementing them might be the only way to make lemonade from the US patent orifice's lemons.
I'm still trying to see where the fraud exists in this case I'm afraid. Man went onto a shopping system and pressed buy on something that he had been looking at.
Also, before you applaud Apple, I thought they had to approve apps before they get anywhere near the store ... so well done to them for removing it?!
Its not a scam, the guy is just stupid!
The button says buy, if he thought that it meant anything other than buy the item, he has problems with plain english.
If it was a gun and the trigger said kill would we be sympathetic?
Stupid people need to be less stupid, not the world more ridiculous to accommodate them.
~fool refers to the user fools home directory. That is what ~ means, home directory.
~ is a synonym for /home/
So it does not "refer to the user fool". Otherwise you could write ps -u ~fool to bring up the fools processes. Or passwd ~fool or any other command which specifies the user.
A person who is called moron / idiot / fanboy / wanker for having the cheek to buy something they like.
I have owned one piece of Apple kit in my life, and only since last month, and object to all of this abuse. If you are so sad that you have to abuse someone because you can't bear to see people using something that you don't happen to like, then you are the one with the problem.
I have worked in IT for nearly 15 years, and in the past I have visited this site for some intellectual discussions, many of which have helped me, and provided a useful insight into the latest developments. I can't bear this crap everytime an article is posted about an iPhone. The Apple-haters rubbish really annoys me. I can't work out why it bothers you so much - if anyone would like to contact me and explain to me why you get so worked up about it, then please feel free. I need to understand what it is that makes you feel the need. We are all intelligent people here, you'll have to help me out as I can't understand why people get so abusive. I need to know how your mind works, and make sure that my kids don't turn out like that.
Here we are in the middle of a credit crunch, and yet some people here still feel the need to come out with plain abuse directed at people who bought a product that they don't like.
You don't like iPhones? So what, who cares? If you think abusing someone, rather than contributing sensibly to the discussion is good, then why don't you go and do it elsewhere?
I am disappointed with the Register, for continuing to allow this to go on. I can't explain how much it winds me up.
You can say that I am biting if you like - you'd be dead right. I'm just sick of seeing the same shit over and over again. Come on, grow up people.
I wear Adidas trainers and don't like Nike. By your obviously right logic, then everyone who wears Nike trainers is a wanker and a Nike fanboy, who fall for the expensive Wayne Rooney adverts for metatarsal-breaking football boots. Don't say it's not the same, cos it is. It's just about shoes and not a phone.
Laugh at me all you want you tossers, I really don't care. Just crawl back into your little holes, check Google for 'iPhone' and then go and find somewhere else to offer your little pearls of wisdom. I'm sure your intelligent comments will wind someone else up.
Criticise the iPhone for it's tie-in, locks, etc, by all means. These are all intellectual, and very valid things to discuss. I don't like it either, but it doesn't make me a wanker. Just don't abuse someone for having the cheek to own one, you're just making a prick out of yourself.
I let things bother me too much, that's my problem, but it needed said.
"but most of the rather nasty arguments on here could also be used to justify mugging little old ladies...."
I don't see how - the implication is the "victim" here is stupid enough to pay what the majority of us here see as a ridiculously over-inflated price for something.
In mugging, the victim has no say or conscious choice in the event (OK, maybe a choice of occupying a particular part of the universe at a particular point in time, but even then they don't consciously choose to be in the presence of a mugger), whereas here there's some plank who sees a picture that is priced at $1,000 and opts to press a button marked "buy".
This is the equivalent only of going up to said "little old lady" and saying, "I have a picture of a ruby here. I'll leave it here and stand over there If you want it, put $1000 in the box and you can take it?". No pressure to buy, just put in front of her and left to make her choice - if she agrees to buy it, what would your opinion be then?
And remember, pictures by dead artists sell for a phenomenal amount of money these days... do we say that this is a scam as well?
Franchise will run you $150.00 US, plus 10% of any net profits. Wholesale price of the model you're interested in is about 15 bucks, which I think you can get $20 to $25k (or what ever the Apple iMarket will bare).
I am also in the process of developing an iBridge, iOrphan, iTHree legged dog or cat, iWhale, iPolarbear cub (with optional treading water module) and my personal favorite, iCeleb. (tm), (c) (sm) and patent pending.
Each will come with a certificate of authenticity.
the iBridge comes with a rusted bolt.
the iOrphan comes with a finger nail clipping
the iDog and iCat comes with a clipping of hair
the iCeleb comes with restraining order, but the good news is you will be able to put it in a variety of compromising situations, in all kinds of funny clothing and other gag accessories and forward it to your friends as a pic file, to be distributed on the web as potential blackmail.
The ieTailor wins, the customer wins and I move product. So it's a win, win win for everybody.
Have your people call my people and we can haggle.
Is it really that supid of him? Surely it's not that unreasonable to think that even Apple wouldn't be quite such thieving bastards as to charge $1000 for effectively nothing, so there was at least a possibility that there was something more to it? Clearly not, and it's a standard Apple product - looks pretty, but absurdly overpriced and only bought by cretins with more money than sense.
Because someone will eventually buy it.
These are called TRINKET APPS. They have a purpose: they redistribute wealth from folks who want trinkets to the people who want money.
Obviously if you want to spend $1000 for a trinket, you should be able to do that.
I'm a tad confused why Apple would remove this. People want trinkets. Just look at all the materialistic folks out there...
"Where's the icon for Steve Jobs with horns, by the way? He needs equal time with Gates and Ballmer. :)"
Are you joking or have you really not noticed the two last icons (iCons?) ARE Steve Jobs??? I'd guess the latter, since a bunch of people make this comment... (genius-grade hint: hover your mouse over those two and see what shows; if it does not work with your browser, it is "iFan" and "iHate")
Now, regarding the "bling" (what a stupid word) app... It should most definitely be put back up, since it is honest and legitimate, as far as I understand from the articles I've read (I don't do iTunes, so I'll probably never see it). Period.
Of course, we could instead discuss the REAL issue of "returning" downloaded goods, which Amazon does not allow, for instance. I do buy MP3s from them, and you have to use one-click to download directly, and it does indeed behave exactly as the iTunes thing described (but I do know that and chose to have it so). It says "thank you and good buy". And they do tell you such things can't be returned and you won't get a refund, in some hidden place you have to look for:
"2.4 All Sales Final; Downloading and Risk of Loss; Availability of Digital Content. All sales of Digital Content are final. We do not accept returns of Digital Content. Once you have purchased Digital Content, we encourage you to download it promptly and to make back-up copies of it. [...]"
It doesn't seem that unreasonable to click "Buy" to discover exactly what the full cost is going to be, tax, postage and packing etc with a chance to back-out. That may not be applicable in this particular case but it's the usual modus-operandi for near everything else on-line.
Who hasn't been in a shop, pointed at something, and said, "I'd like to buy that" ? Most often in a car showroom or jewellers is it not ?
I used to just pop out the little tabs on the cassettes to disable recording. Put tape over the wholes if you really want to record over again. No problem.
"And all of a sudden it became possible to record by accident. And any time you fumbled and hit the wrong button you ended up blasting a big silent gap over your music and it was really annoying."
Mine's the one with thousands of little plastic tabs in the pocket.
You will find the beef in the newest, most exciting iPhone application, called Beef. For just 499 US dollars, or the equivalent in the UK which is 499 GBP, you can have a photograph of some beef. On your iPhone. This reasonable price includes 90 days of application support, and early access to the beta of the Beef 2.0, which is anticipated in Q2 2009, as soon as Apple have completed the upgrade to their piss extraction and processing facility in Slough.
I have some magic beans for sale here that when planted grow to give sold gold bean pods - yours for only £1999 + VAT.
Please make checks out to
The Magic Bean Co,
PO BOX 156
In the words of Bugs Bunny - What a maroon !
Why Saint Steve ?
Because he is a genius at separating an idiot from his money !
But a good laugh.
Seriously, if someone is retarded enough to spend a grad on it, and goes to a "store" to buy it, clicks buy, and then cant understand why their mortgage money is suddenly gone..... they got what they asked for (and deserved)
/wanders off to start creating a bouceybling app for the iphone to sell for 2500 a pop.
TIAC-Turd In A Can. The next stage of Pimp-Style Marketing, where "selling the sizzle, not the steak" is surpassed by making people want to pay good money for something they know is bad,
The next evolution, is getting people to pay good money for practically nothing, and finally the ultimate corporate ideology where there is no product and people scramble to pay you good money for nothing. KW Jeter would be proud.
Prior art on this: http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/noir.htm
OK, so I have been in the IT industry for 15 years and I am a technical bod.
I picked up an iPhone3G recently, its the only Apple device I own, it is the best mobile phone I have owned since my first Nokia in 1992.
IT JUST WORKS!
I have not cracked it, and am never intending to, right now it does everything it says on the tin.
- Visual Answer phone
- Cloud + OpenZone WiFi Free
- Unlimited Web access
- Email, web access anytime
- The browser is fantastic!
- the only device I own that connects to WiFi without having to piss about (Win XP / Vista)
- Dynolicious for my performance tuning
- Cheaper than my previous Vodafone account
- Don't need to spend 80+ on an ipod.
- Battery life, because I can't put the dam thing down.
- Camera is shit, but don't use it anyhow.
- and to easy to buy more stuff off Apple as this poor sod found out! The application should never of made it onto iTunes.
The device is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to use.
Calling the guy who pressed Buy as a laugh a moron is a bit unfair, as he was of course expecting another confirmation step first (except his partner had changed the default setting).
(Speaks the man who once tried to create a web order for 10000 XServes to see if he could crash the Apple online store. But no, I don't have one-click turned on.)
It's a shame only 7 people bought the app, because as far as I know you *can* apply for a refund from anything you buy from the app store if it fails to meet your expectations, but the person selling the app still has to pay the 30% store fee, so he'd be down about $2000 for pratting about!
I love the fact that most of the people calling for Darwin award nominations, seem to have no idea of what the Darwin awards are. (Maybe they should get an award for stupidity ... a copy of 'I am rich' perhaps).
Also, calling the iPhone expensive isn't actually the case anymore. (at this point someone normally quotes the product of 45 and 18).
Take a good look at your list, most of it is from your service provider and can be provided for ANY phone. Easy WIFi ? my diamond connected to my local LAN with one click after I provided the SSID, how easy do you want ? Browser ? Opera Mobile is the mutts nuts, end of. E-mail? come on, too easy be mentioned.
Now lets talk about lock-in.
No lets not coz the J-phone PHAILS big time on this one. You dont own the phone, you are allowed to use it. Just given a Nokia I have no use for to one of my nephews, he is happy and I get to dispose of an older phone. Now if it were a J-Phone what do you suppose would happen ?
Meh, would someone sprinkle fairy dust around so that people would see what they are (not) buying ?
new franchise opportunity... For the less descriminating iPhone goober with entirely too much money on their hands and now have their own pet iRock, for a mere $100.00 USD. Not only will you be able to enjoy the almost 3D appearence of your pet on your iPhone, but you'll be able to listen to its majestic mating call (sold seperately), as heard in nature.
Impress your friends, amuse your enemies, get them while they last... Sizes & colors vary... Collect them all!
Um, I'm a tad rusty on this, but doesn't the construct
~fool/.money | /dev/null
(iow, "Grab /home/fool/.money [and pipe it directly to] /dev/null" )
still work? (Chown -H -R root /dev/null and then try again if not, I think...)
I visited the audio-sandwich.com site for a giggle; found four *high*-resolution pix. Higher res than this one can see any tiny phone screen needing; they display very well indeed @ 1600X1200 in 24 bits. Well-sequenced, they make a fine desktop slide-show progression on the KDE desktop. Very glitzy 'n' mondo bling-y in/out/in/out alla' daylong... Thank you, Audio-sandwich.com/.de!
I think I'll keep my $30.00 Nokia for now. Picked up a 2GB iPod (audio-only) for next-to-nuthin' the other day, streetside... Third-hand, still runnin'... The guy didn't want to own (let alone at his age learn to operate) a computer, was getting tired of the songs, and preferred the wisdom of American Beer instead of another round o' pretty li'l Jenny Lopez' bouncy vocalz.
Oh well. Won't be long now; there's prolly a perfectly good 'n' useful iPhone in me future, I'll warrant... That nigh-free antique iPod works great w/GTKPod minding its' tags 'n' tunes database.
Meantime that rich new hi-res wallpaper o'mine (as in possession, not as in origination) grades smooth as silk from grey granular to gray smooth to gray smoother to super-smooth blaring red, then back down the scale again on Desktop Two... Nice.
Hey, lookit: I already know I am wealthy in many ways; my life is full and fulfilling today. Wealthy as I am, I think this-here hippity crikety one-click pricetagged push-button pixelworld's bubble-biz product line's going RICH.
As in "joke" more than in "pastry" imho, let alone "Tangible Assets". So now oi'll git me coat 'n' be off...
Mine's the avant-garde screen-printed one with the laser-red "NeoCon Pentagon" emblem moping slightly off-center and still creeping due north on the back. (Y'see that? It just lurched again!)
Firstly, where is exactly is the scam? Did he break the crApp Stores rules? Did he lie in order to seperate the buck from the schmucks? If not then there was no scam
As for those that disable the prompts that are the last thing keeping them and their money together, as far as I am concerned by clicking on a button labelled in Buy they fully intended to purchase the item they clicked on that Buy button for, therefore they have no comeback.
In this case it is very much carpe diem.
They will drop their prices. Shit, I thought Apple put SOME value on what customers thought, obviously not.
If this is the way operators are going to treat their customers, this iPhone will flop just like the last one did (outside of America). Purses are being tightened and people know what extortion is when they see it.
I was going to buy one but I am off to get an N95 instead... better phone too.
>"Man... you've been holding that in *way* too long!"
:-) Actually, I get that one out every six months or so and have been doing ever since OTR was first invented... every time some eejit goes and reinvents the same damfool stupid idea in a new guise or on a new piece of technology.
See, there's lots of devices with essential safety interlocks of one kind or another out there.
And lots of eejits who think it's a clever idea to take 'em away!
... people cannot go on and on being allowed to make their own choices, like this person did clicking blindly on the 'buy' button, then turn around when it all goes wrong and blame other people for it. The Western world is turning more and more into a culture of blame and individuals complaining that 'something needs to be done', when they fuck up through their own ignorance and idiocy (let us be honest, this is exactly what this is here). Your comments typify this attitude and it make me sick. Along with most others in here by the looks of it.
I suppose you see it as McDonalds fault that their customers who have super size meals EVERY day develop severe obesity, heart disease and send themselves blind through sugar poisoning and the onset of type 2 diabetes?
Can someone write a program that displays a diamond, and sells for $100,000?
The fact this guy bought iPhone is enough to say he is iDiot. For those who bough this iPhone crap, I will sell for iNothing for 1 Million USD each. That's right, you will get nothing, but you can display your richness by spending million bucks for nothing.
Lee5279xx (the purchaser) is stupid in multiple fronts. He not only bought an iPhone but also purchased software that does nothing. What, he didn't read the features? Oh, wait, it matched his intelligence capabilities, but then he just looked at the mirror (the red glow) and freaked out. He fails to take responsibility for his action and inactions.
At least Paris has an excuse... This guy doesn't have any comparatively speaking.
Ejection checklist rivetted to canopy frame of late fifties USAF fighter. Step 1 - Jettison canopy...... Errrrr where's step 2 ?
Back on topic - One click purchase ? Ye gods there's a reason for not removing such confirmation steps and a reason for not piddling about on such high value retail sites as this whilst under the influence. Seems to have escaped this chappie though. What iDolt.
So can I whine at GM or Ford because they made the car able to exceed the speed limit, and didn't stop me from breaking it?
If the idiot's only justification for buying this useless tripe is "I thought it was a joke", maybe he shouldn't be allowed to spend money without an adult to supervise him.
HE clicked "buy". HE was using the computer. HE did this to himself. Regardless of whether the app is useless, a scam, or anything else... he still clicked the button that committed him to spending $999.99 on an animation for his iPhone.
Most sensible, intelligent people would simply fob it off with a "how ridiculous" or "who'd be so stupid...?" and move on to net-pastures anew.
He's an adult. Actions have consequences. At least if he learns his lesson, it's $999.99 very well spent, says I.
PH, because she wouldn't whine about it, she'd show it to the media and turn it into the new Burberry.
>>"And all of a sudden it became possible to record by accident. And any time you fumbled and hit the wrong button you ended up blasting a big silent gap over your music and it was really annoying."
Except if you were using a pre-recorded cassette.
Or any *other* cassette where you'd disabled writing by punching out the write-enable tabs once you'd recorded what you wanted.
Which cases for me, at least, seemed to cover the vast bulk of my tape usage, with the only exceptions being the times when I was actually recording stuff, when there was little danger of overwriting anything by accident.
Now available -----
Bouncy Bling - a bouncing image of a random jewel - $2500.00
BounceBounceBling - Bouncy not enough Bling? this one randomly shows several different jewels and bounces faster - $4000.00
the iPink - you can guess, since you'll never get it any other way - $500.00
the iPinklite - cheap version of iPink, commonly found on st.... nm - $20.00
and for thos of you who think you're uber gamers----------------------
the iSword - image of rusty short sword much like the one your character is still using at level 200
Another day, another legal claim against Apple for deliberately throttling the performance of its iPhones to save battery power.
This latest case was brought by Justin Gutmann, who has asked the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to approve a collective action that could allow as many as 25 million Brits to claim compensation from the American technology giant. He claims the iGiant secretly degraded their smartphones' performance to make the battery power last longer.
Apple may therefore have to cough up an eye-popping £768 million ($927 million), Gutmann's lawyers estimated, Bloomberg first reported this week.
Workers at an Apple Store in Towson, Maryland have voted to form a union, making them the first of the iGiant's retail staff to do so in the United States.
Out of 110 eligible voters, 65 employees voted in support of unionization versus 33 who voted against it. The organizing committee, known as the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE), has now filed to certify the results with America's National Labor Relations Board. Members joining this first-ever US Apple Store union will be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
"I applaud the courage displayed by CORE members at the Apple store in Towson for achieving this historic victory," IAM's international president Robert Martinez Jr said in a statement on Saturday. "They made a huge sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the nation who had all eyes on this election."
Analysis For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding Apple's move to homegrown silicon for Macs, the tech giant has admitted that the new M2 chip isn't quite the slam dunk that its predecessor was when compared to the latest from Apple's former CPU supplier, Intel.
During its WWDC 2022 keynote Monday, Apple focused its high-level sales pitch for the M2 on claims that the chip is much more power efficient than Intel's latest laptop CPUs. But while doing so, the iPhone maker admitted that Intel has it beat, at least for now, when it comes to CPU performance.
Apple laid this out clearly during the presentation when Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president of hardware technologies, said the M2's eight-core CPU will provide 87 percent of the peak performance of Intel's 12-core Core i7-1260P while using just a quarter of the rival chip's power.
The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Friday said it intends to launch an investigation of Apple's and Google's market power with respect to mobile browsers and cloud gaming, and to take enforcement action against Google for its app store payment practices.
"When it comes to how people use mobile phones, Apple and Google hold all the cards," said Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive of the CMA, in a statement. "As good as many of their services and products are, their strong grip on mobile ecosystems allows them to shut out competitors, holding back the British tech sector and limiting choice."
The decision to open a formal investigation follows the CMA's year-long study of the mobile ecosystem. The competition watchdog's findings have been published in a report that concludes Apple and Google have a duopoly that limits competition.
WWDC Apple this week at its Worldwide Developer Conference delivered software development kits (SDKs) for beta versions of its iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 platforms.
For developers sold on seeking permission from Apple to distribute their software and paying a portion of revenue for the privilege, it's a time to celebrate and harken to the message from the mothership.
While the consumer-facing features in the company's various operating systems consist largely of incremental improvements like aesthetic and workflow enhancements, the developer APIs in the underlying code should prove more significant because they will allow programmers to build apps and functions that weren't previously possible. Many of the new capabilities are touched on in Apple's Platforms State of the Union presentation.
A woman in the US has been charged with murder after she allegedly tracked down her boyfriend using an Apple AirTag and ran him over after seeing him with another lady.
Gaylyn Morris, 26, found her partner Andre Smith, also 26, at Tilly’s Pub in an Indianapolis shopping mall with the help of the gadget in the early hours of June 3, it is claimed.
A witness said Morris had driven up to him in the parking lot and inquired whether Smith was in the bar, stating she had a GPS tracker that showed he was inside, according to an affidavit [PDF] by Detective Gregory Shue. Morris, the witness said, subsequently spotted Smith within the establishment.
Apple has introduced a game-changer into its upcoming iOS 16 for those who hate CAPTCHAs, in the form of a feature called Automatic Verification.
The feature does exactly what its name alludes to: automatically verifies devices and Apple ID accounts without any action from the user. When iOS 16 ships later this year, it will eliminate the frustrating requirement to select all the stops signs in a photo or decipher a string of characters.
The news was mentioned at Apple's 33rd annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) along with the usual slew of features designed to enhance the functionality of iPhones.
Not many people are talking about Apple's recent WWDC from an enterprise standpoint. But identity and machine management tool maker JumpCloud says a "shim" to connect "the login to the device through to the Safari browser" is a notable development.
JumpCloud provides identity services, which is why chief strategy officer Greg Keller zeroed in on the feature, which his company details further in its latest IT trends report.
The result, said Keller, was "an even more powerful login experience into these devices."
A security flaw in Apple's Safari web browser that was patched nine years ago was exploited in the wild again some months ago – a perfect example of a "zombie" vulnerability.
That's a bug that's been patched, but for whatever reason can be abused all over again on up-to-date systems and devices – or a bug closely related to a patched one.
In a write-up this month, Maddie Stone, a top researcher on Google's Project Zero team, shared details of a Safari vulnerability that folks realized in January this year was being exploited in the wild. This remote-code-execution flaw could be abused by a specially crafted website, for example, to run spyware on someone's device when viewed in their browser.
WWDC Apple opened its 33rd annual Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday with a preview of upcoming hardware and planned changes in its mobile, desktop, and wrist accessory operating systems.
The confab consists primarily of streamed video, as it did in 2020 and 2021, though there is a limited in-person component for the favored few. Apart from the preview of Apple's homegrown Arm-compatible M2 chip – coming next month in a redesigned MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro – there was not much meaningful innovation. The M2 Air has a full-size touch ID button, apparently.
Apple's software-oriented enhancements consist mainly of worthy but not particularly thrilling interface and workflow improvements, alongside a handful of useful APIs and personalization capabilities. Company video performers made no mention of Apple's anticipated AR/VR headset.
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