Stupid Companies

Thank you Apple for cleaning up the AppStore

February 24, 2010

of Apps removed from App Store by AppShopper.com In case you haven’t heard, Apple recently decided to ban most “sexy” applications from the iTunes app store, nearly 6,000 in total. In brief, they removed anything that had any implied sexuality up to anything showing skin at all. CNN Money put forth the theory that they are doing this because of the upcoming iPad release (ah, the biggest flop we all know and love). So I titled my post “Thank You Apple”, and you might be wondering: why? Because this is fantastic news. The more stupid stuff Apple pulls like this, the more disillusioned developers will become. The more people that become publicly jaded by Apple’s bible thumping antics, the less likely they will want to develop for it and the quicker Apple will die a slow, painful death. No Bikini’s, except if you’re name is ‘Sports Illustrated’ Let’s look at it realistically. Here are nearly 6,000 applications which were previously allowed, that no longer are, through no fault of the developers of these applications. Even if the application was nothing but gratuitous tits and ass, it cost money to make. Someone had to put in the time writing the code and compiling the application. Someone had to take or license the media used in these applications. Someone had to take the time to go through the app submission and approval process. It may not have been a lot of time to program; it may have been a lot of money to license the images, but it did cost actual time and money. Money these developers can no longer recoup, just because Apple woke up one morning and decided that’s the way it is. Hell, even if you’re marketing is a bit risque (and by risque I mean risque as used by the Islamic militants, or maybe the puritanical Amish) like in the case of Wobble, you get delisted.

Comcast sells you cable internet for $12 an hour

March 11, 2009

I recently caught a press release from Comcast that I thought was interesting, “Comcast to Roll Out Extreme 50 Mbps High-Speed Internet Service in Bay Area”. It really caught my eye because, I live in the area, so theoretically I could call them up and have 50 Mbps internet by the end of the month. Cool… or is it? We all remember that Comcast isn’t the best ISP in the world because they love to use Sandvine to tinker with your internet (namely disable anything they don’t like) and they think it is a “good idea” to cap bandwidth. Though since this service is something like five times faster than their previous offerings, it is possible, if unlikely, that they changed or removed the cap. Curious, I went into the Comcast live chat system and asked them. What they said: “the service is still under the cap”. This reminds me of the old AOL days, when they started sending out CD’s offering you 1000 free hours a month. Cool… except there are only 731 hours in the average month, so you can’t use it. Comcast is doing the same thing, “Here is THE FASTEST home service ever!!!! Except you still can’t download any more than you could previously”. Wow. How fucking useless is that? And for this “honor”? You pay $139.95/month (not including any fees or taxes). Why is this service so amazing? Well according to Comcast, you can download an HD movie in just 16 minutes. Of course the service is “ideal for households or businesses simultaneously using several computers”. Say you have a family of 4, all of whom have their own computers, and with this blazing fast service they start downloading (or streaming) HD movies (say from Netflix). Congrats, you each get to download 10 movies a month. That isn’t a bad number per say, but it is easy to watch more than that. Of course if you do that, you can’t use your internet for anything else. No VoIP, no email, no surfing, no music, no streaming radio, no Xbox Live. Let’s take a quick look at the real numbers though. 250 GB * 1024 * 8 = 2,048,000 megabits / 50 Mbps / 60s / 60mn = 11 Hours 22 minutes. If you max your line, you get internet for 11 hours. That’s it. Not a few days, not 3/4ths of the month, just 11 hours. Oh and don’t forget, you are paying $139.95 month / 11.37 hours = $12.30/hour. Why would you pay that, when you can pay less per DAY at a Starbucks. I’m sorry, but we’re moving into the internet age. More and more content (and media) is being provided over the web, sites are getting “richer”, downloads are getting bigger, and bandwidth requirements are getting larger. The genie is out of the bottle, so to speak. Comcast is trying to put it back in the bottle by capping net usage. Maybe I have a valid (and legal) reason to download (and/or upload) large quantities of data. I download Linux distributions over Bittorrent; I have to update them often (alpha’s and all that); I regularly download tens of gigabytes from Microsoft (MSDN); I stream legal TV shows (thank you Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, and all the other providers, like CBS and ABC who let me watch from their own page); I have 4 computers running (at the very least); the list goes on. I’m just one tech enabled person. Imagine the family of four with two teenage kids who are technically competent. Frankly, if I want to saturate my connection, I’m going to do it as often and for as long as I want, especially if I am paying for it, which I do with my 6 meg DSL line. Comcast can go screw itself with their fool’s promise of fast internet. I’ll keep my DSL line and sleep well tonight knowing that I can download 2 terabytes a month if I needed to. In the extended body (IE “Continue Reading”) I’ve included the entire (unedited) chat transcript.