Talk about a rotten apple....
Linux OS may just have a chance with odd-ball ideas like this...
23rd November, 2009 @ 10:56 p.m. (California Time)
Apple implements this and I\'m outta there...it would likely drive me away from commercial systems altogether and into the arms of Linux.
24th November, 2009 @ 4:04 a.m. (California Time)
Seems odd that computer terrorism could be patented . . .
24th November, 2009 @ 4:53 a.m. (California Time)
Unbelievable, but yet very believable. Corporate extortion at it\'s worst. Apple have long been associated with aggressive marketing where you will never get anything for nothing.
Apple would charge for the air that we breathe if they could get away with it.
But this is a new and rather insidious development and well within Apple\'s capabilities
24th November, 2009 @ 5:53 a.m. (California Time)
Wow! Can Apple possibly be that stupid? More to the point, can their partner advertisers possibly be that stupid?
Do advertisers REALLY want to \"punish\" viewers for not paying attention to forced ads? Is that REALLY the message they want to send?
I can see it now:
A) Millions of people are forced to watch a Kleenex ad, then punished if they don\'t get the answers correct about the ad.
B) Millions of people never buy Kleenex again.
C) Ten years from now, people no longer ask for a \"Kleenex.\" They ask for a \"Puffs.\" Kleenex no longer exists. They positioned themselves as the enemy via Apple\'s idiotic scheme and paid the price.
This is just an example and I\'m not suggesting that Kleenex would ever subscribe to such a foolish endeavor, I\'m simply showing the likely outcome if they did.
24th November, 2009 @ 6:20 a.m. (California Time)
The patent doesn\'t provide for protection of the display against a woman with a large hammer? She could ruin everything!
24th November, 2009 @ 7:06 a.m. (California Time)
I\'m not a Mac and that ain\'t very PC!
24th November, 2009 @ 7:16 a.m. (California Time)
I\'ve been a Mac user from the 128k machine onward. This is the sickest concept I\'ve ever heard. As it is, pop ups show up on my Mac despite the fact I\'ve got pop ups supposedly denied in my preferences. Drives me batty. Could Steve really be so stupid?
24th November, 2009 @ 7:22 a.m. (California Time)
Could Steve be Out-Gatesing Bill? Very amusing. Realistically though, it\'s important to remember that corporations seek \'defensive\' patents all the time, which are intended just to grab priority on an idea which they may not intend to market -but don\'t want anyone else to market either. Having said that, I\'m certainly not one of those who thinks Apple is the \'kinder, gentler\' corporation -they may well be prepared to pioneer yet another marketing \"innovation\"!
24th November, 2009 @ 3:05 p.m. (California Time)
I\'ve owned a Mac since they were released in 1984. I own and use three at the moment, and my phone is an iphone. I have been a mac evangelist for nearly three decades. If this pathetic idea gets patented and implemented, I will toss each and every one of them.
24th November, 2009 @ 4:16 p.m. (California Time)
If Apple does this they will NEVER have me as a customer. It would also give a reason for the media and graphic design industries to think long and hard about using Mac systems in the future, particularly with web designers who may need to do research online while working on projects.
Also, think about public schools that have been urged to use Macs because they are better suited for teaching students. I bet school districts would simply LOVE to have every Mac computer in their schools forcing students to answer and respond to ads or else they cannot use the computer. I am certain that would encourage repeat sales.
To be honest, if Apple wants to lose what market share they have, let them patent this technology. It will not only kill their market segment but make Windows look like a significantly better alternative.
I use Windows based technology because, while imperfect, at least I don\'t have to worry about Mac control freak garbage and higher costs for hardware and software. I don\'t care if supposedly Mac products have a higher value per dollar spent if the company is going to one up Microsoft in utterly idiotic ideas.
24th November, 2009 @ 6:47 p.m. (California Time)
Hmmmm in terms of good customer relations, I used to wonder what the intention of porn sites who used to spew out 20 or 30 \"pop-up\" spammy adds onto your PC screen was.
I also used to wonder about people who spammed garbage via email......
I mean after one spammer got my email address and used to send me 2 or 3 emails a day, every day, about nutty women doing the nasty etc., and then my having to resort to very clever and indepth efforts to both stop the spam - which was \"unstoppable\"; and to then track back to the content owners that they were spamming for....
Well to put it bluntly, in the most passive of terms, I was only too happy to tell the site owners and their affiliate doing the spamming, that I was quite willing to personally demonstrate exactly what I mean by doing the nasty for them.
In respect to forced advertisments - given that for some unknown reason, a huge industry has sprung up in java script blockers, add blockers and other \"sensible software\" - given how this advertising is bad because not only do almost all people NOT want to see it; they will also have NO way of stopping it; I think in terms of the general theme of the Darwin Awards; I think some of these pushy advertising people and corporate types, really ought to slide under trucks and drown in their own blood.
24th November, 2009 @ 8:12 p.m. (California Time)
Somehow I\'ve a feeling that Apple wants to secure this patent so no one else can use it. But being in control of it, they\'d be super nice and not exert their new power. Something like a good dictator? Oxymoron maybe, possible nonetheless.
27th November, 2009 @ 9:09 a.m. (California Time)
Apple = the new Micro$oft
27th November, 2009 @ 2:53 p.m. (California Time)
Apple cannot be more stupid than that. It is terrorism. It is robbery, stealing at gunpoint of the most valuable resource you have: your lifetime - your attention.
Action asks for reaction. Of course I would dump/never ever bother with Apple. And I wonder what could happen to Steve after he makes people feel strong/nutty. Some of them will go for out lier measures. I do not want to post anything incendiary here. But sure you feel the vibes. There was a comment about trucks above.
Hope Steve reads and takes notice ...and acts like a benevolent dictator blocking the use of this weapon of mass destruction as some other reader suggested. Let\'s hope/pray for the good. Be good.
29th November, 2009 @ 11:52 a.m. (California Time)
There is the possibility that Apple got a patent on this technique to PREVENT anyone else from using it. Since they have the patent if someone else tries to do this they could demand horribly high royalties effectively pricing this technique out of use. Or at least I hope that\'s what they are thinking.
2nd December, 2009 @ 8:32 p.m. (California Time)
This is really weird reading all these comments. This scheme has already tried in the PC world. Five to 10 years ago they soldf PC\'s for $200.
It didn\'t have the punishing scheme but it was mostly the same.
As it was a rellay stupid scheme, it didn\'t have a log life.
Apple may try it but nobody will follow it. Somebody will crack the code.
6th December, 2009 @ 6:57 p.m. (California Time)
Could Apple be applying for the patent to keep something like this off their systems?
7th December, 2009 @ 12:53 a.m. (California Time)