Why you should not buy Apple computer products.
Apple iThings pioneered a new level of restricting the users:
they were the first general purpose computers to impose censorship
over what programs the user can install.
Ebooks with DRM won't work on an iThing which is jailbroken, due
to intentional sabotage by Apple.
E-books with digital handcuffs are products designed to attack your
freedom, much like the iThing itself.
Apple practices censorship. Here are a few examples of this.
information about abortion providers.
Apple's mail service
silently censors the mail people send.
deauthorized a Wikileaks access application, demonstrating its support for censorship by practicing censorship.
Apple censors iTunes ebooks —
banning all mention of Amazon.
People should not do business with Amazon, which mistreats authors,
publishers, its workers, and its customers. Ms Lisle's presupposition
that the goal of success is all that matters is not admirable.
However, that doesn't justify censorship.
Of course, publishing in iTunes was already bad for other reasons,
such as DRM, and requiring users to use nonfree software.
Apple censored a game for the iThings called
Angry Syrians, which is a political parody of Angry Birds.
The game is unethical because it is proprietary software, but Apple
doesn't mind that. Rather, Apple said it was "defamatory or
offensive" — to the dictator Assad, apparently.
I presumed initially that the game was proprietary, because the
Apple Store does not allow any free software. However, the developer
has released it as free software. I corrected the note to reflect
Apple spies on its users, and helps others spy on them.
If you carry a cell phone, it
tells Big Brother where you are. Apple wants to hand out the information too.
Using the lever of "You have a choice, but unless you say yes, your old activities will stop working" is something that Apple has done before, with malicious "upgrades". Apple ostensibly doesn't force people to accept the new nasty thing; it just punishes them if they don't.
left a security hole in iTunes unfixed for 3 years after being informed about the problem. During that time, governments used that security hole to invade people's computers.
Apple persists in disregarding the widespread blatant abuse of the workers that build its products.
Apple turns a
blind eye to environment in China.
Although Apple has joined EPEAT again, it does not
cover the iThings — only the Macintosh.
Apple practices planned obsolescence for the iPad — in just two years.
for avoiding the low US corporate tax rate in order
to pay next to no tax.
The loopholes that Apple uses would be closed, if not for the
political power of business. "Free trade" treaties give business
increased power to block such changes, so we must abolish them to
break business's power.
Copyright (c) 2012 Richard Stallman
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