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Worked on another one of my little fireside chats. The topic was courtesy of espostor. So, you know, blame him or something.
On the Return of Fafblog
Me #1: Hooray! Fafblog is back!
Me #2: Pah, you only know that because Ryan told you it was back.
Me #1: Yeah, so?
Me #2: So, yeah. You know, you weren't all up on your shit like you thought you were.
Me #1: What shit?
Me #2: Look, you aren't as cool as you think you are.
Me #1: What in the hell are you on about?
Me #2: You can just drop all the UK-isms right now. That shit don't play here in America.
Me #1: Oh, and I suppose mimicking Baltimore street slang you pick up in The Wire is better?
Me #2: For real, yo. You come at the king, you best not miss. A'ight?
Me #1: This is preposterous.
Me #2: So is copying the Fafblog conversational tone. Can't you do anything original? And no, talking like James May from Top Gear is not original, it's boring. In case you were wondering.
Me #1: For your information, this style was not originated by Fafblog and I'm not trying to talk like James May. You dolt.
Me #2: It doesn't matter where it came from, that's where you picked it up. Frigtard.
Me #1: Whatever, Fake Steve.
Me #2: Weren't you going to try and make a point about Fafblog being back?
Me #1: Oh, yeah. Right. So, it's back and better than ever!
Me #2: That's a long way to go for just that...
Me #1: Yeah, I was really hoping it would be funnier.
Me #2: Really?
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Best part of Joe Nocera’s article from yesterday’s New York Times (“Apple’s Culture of Secrecy”) was, of course, the quote from Steve Jobs, the one where Nocera picks up the phone and Jobs hits…
I'm a Genius
So I was reading the “Ask Apple about the iPhone” challenge from FSF/Defective by Design and felt a little sorry for the Apple Store employees that were going to get the 3rd degree. I envisioned myself in their shoes and did up the chat below.
Answers to Questions
FSF: Why do all developers have to submit their applications to Apple before they can be loaded onto an iPhone?
Genius Me: Well, I can see this is going to get pedantic really quick, so I'll just go there. Technically a developer can load their application onto their own phone without submitting the application to Apple. In addition, a developer can distribute an application to other users that have a signing certificate. That signing certificate does indeed cost money. For companies we have the ability to distribute applications without any interaction with Apple. Now, to the more general tone of the question, because we're control freaks. Next.
FSF: Oh, so that's how we're going to play it, eh?
Genius Me: You came to us...
FSF: Why does iTunes still contain so much DRM-laden music?
Genius Me: It's in our licensing agreement. You may have noticed that we don't own the copyright on the music we distribute.
FSF: Ah ha! I have a follow-up! What is Apple doing to fix this?
Genius Me: Steve Jobs asked for DRM-free music to sell.
FSF: AH HA! I have yet another follow-up! If it really is the RIAA's fault, can you tell me specifically what the RIAA said to Jobs when he asked for the ability to sell DRM-free music?
Genius Me: Well, I'm paraphrasing here, but it went something like, "Steve, we're going give all these other companies what you want to try and screw you."
FSF: AH HA! Wait...what?
Genius Me: Yeah, seems the music companies figured out they gave us the keys to the kingdom and got a little miffed about it. Something about business models and unethical operations, you might not understand it.
FSF: Oh. Well. Anyway... The iPhone 3G has GPS support. How can users be sure that the GPS cannot be used to track their position, without their permission?
Genius Me: Really?
FSF: Yeah, man! Come on, fess up! You're watching my every move, I just know it!
Genius Me: Well, you know what they say.
Genius Me: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.
FSF: I knew it...
Genius Me: I honestly don't know how to answer that one to your satisfaction.
FSF: Okay, point for me! I guess I'll skip the follow-ups on that one.
Genius Me: Appreciated.
FSF: Onward! In 'Thoughts on Music', Steve Jobs said, "it is useful to remember that all iPods play music that is free of any DRM and encoded in 'open' licensable formats such as MP3 and AAC".
Genius Me: That's not actually a question.
FSF: Oh, right. Um, a follow-up then... If Jobs really wants to see open formats, why doesn't the iPhone play Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora video and FLAC?
Genius Me: Apple would likely be sued for patent infringement.
FSF: Ah ha! So you aren't willing to fight for your customers.
Genius Me: Dude.
FSF: Okay, okay... Last question. Why can the iPhone 3G only be activated by Apple and AT&T?
Genius Me: Licensing.
FSF: Ah ha! Gotcha! In the United States, the Register of Copyrights has ruled that consumers have the right to unlock their phones and switch to a different carrier. How does Apple plan to remedy this discrepancy?
Genius Me: Security!
FSF: Ah! Now we see the violence inherent in the system!
Security Guard #1: Come with us sir.
FSF: Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
Genius Me: Really?
Security Guard #2: Sir, please.
FSF: Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw him, Didn't you?
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On Twitter vs FriendFeed
Me #1: So, clearly I'm missing something...how are Twitter and FriendFeed even remotely comparable?
Me #2: Pat, sometimes you're so dumb I hate being you.
Me #1: Dude!
Me #2: The list of things that make these services similar is long and deep.
Me #1: Go on...
Me #2: Well, for starters they are both web-based.
Me #1: You're starting off pretty strong there.
Me #2: Just wait, punk. Next, they are both Web 2.0 apps.
Me #1: So Google Maps is now the same as Twitter too?
Me #2: Can I finish? Can I finish?!
Me #1: By all means...continue. I'll hold my applause until the end.
Me #2: Thanks you oafish dolt. You can use both systems to broadcast a message to people. They both have privacy models. They both foster ad-hoc communities. They both have an API. They both offer RSS feeds! I could keep going, but I see you're already starting to fall asleep.
Me #1: Oh, what? Sorry, I drifted off on you there for a second. May I present my rebuttal?
Me #2: If you must...
Me #1: FriendFeed is an aggregator of your other Web 2.0 junk and Twitter is a Web 2.0 messaging system. They are fundamentally different in that aspect. Oh, and about that XMPP and SMS support for FriendFeed...
Me #2: I'm loathe to admit this, but you make some valid points. Still, you can't deny that you can use both system to broadcast to people.
Me #1: No, I concede that both systems do that, but until FriendFeed can send messages out over other protocols besides HTTP, I stand by my pedantic hypothesis that they are different systems. One could also postulate that the relationship between FriendFeed and Twitter (and every other system they feed off of) is parasitic. It's a stretch, but an argument could be made.
Me #2: Except for the fact that FriendFeed could still drive some traffic to the Twitter web site.
Me #1: True.
Me #2: So, uh...who won?
Me #1: I did.
Me #2: Really?
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