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Where high profiles and high profits exist, so do the scum of the earth. First, Dongmei Li sues Apple for $1 million for chopping $200 off the iPhone. Apparently the $200 she “lost” when Apple dropped the price is now worth 5,000 times what it was […]

Where high profiles and high profits exist, so do the scum of the earth.

First, Dongmei Li sues Apple for $1 million for chopping $200 off the iPhone. Apparently the $200 she “lost” when Apple dropped the price is now worth 5,000 times what it was a month ago.

Now, Timoth Smith has filed a lawsuit against Apple for ‘bricking’ iPhones that have been unlocked. The ‘bricking’ he is referring to is in reference to an update Apple released that rendered many iPhones useless…specifically iPhones that had been hacked to work with other phone carriers.

His lawsuit ultimately asserts that since Apple refuses to let users use other carriers, they are able to charge more than they would had they “been in a competitive marketplace.” Smith says that as a result of this lack of competition he “paid too much for the iPhone.”

Mr. Smith, last I checked Apple in no way forced you to buy a single item from them. This is a free country and you made the choice to get out of bed, walk your sue-happy butt in to the Apple store and drop some cash on a new phone. You then go and hack it to use other phone carriers outside of who Apple says the phone will work with and now you’re ticked that your phone, gasp, doesn’t work? Get over yourself. Learn some self-control and don’t buy a phone that doesn’t do what you want it to do.

  1. Agreed completely.

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  2. Quite a naive article, he has a point to present a class action lawsuit, bricking phones is quite a silly move on Apple’s part and they exposed themselves to this class of action.

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  3. @lynxman: Since when do “silly moves” warrant a lawsuit? This article isn’t about legalities, it’s about common sense and the stupidity of the people spewing these things out.

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  4. Come on, it is the iPhone. It is intended to do everything a phone shouldn’t do. and i’m sure if you brought it to apple and played stupid they would give you another.

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  5. wow. the whole reason apple exists today is hacker innovation. to punish people for hacking their legally purchased equipment… sheer hypocrisy.

    seriously, i like my mac. but with every greater move to lockdown their equipment and lockout their customers, i am hating apple corp. more and more.

    and for being a pathetic apple fanboy blinded by his affinity for a corporation clearly abandoning its commitment to its customers, you’ve just lost a reader.

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  6. @1ski: Not that you’ll read this comment since you don’t read this site anymore, but first, thanks for calling me pathetic and somehow asserting from a single article that I have an “affinity for corporation.” You’ve definitely given your comment a good bit of credibility with that. :)

    Now, on to my reply to your comment.

    Remind me how Apple not letting people hack the iPhone inherently makes it okay for people to sue them? I’m pretty sure those two have nothing to do with one another.

    Maybe you’re not from America or maybe you’re just blind to the trend that has existed here for the past decade or so…but people will sue companies for anything. Tell me how on earth it’s okay for a woman to sue Apple for $1 million because they reduced the price of their product by $200. Tell me how on earth it’s okay for a man to sue Apple because he’s upset he broke the warranty on his phone. I would genuinely love to hear some logical reasoning behind that.

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  7. a couple of weeks ago you said apple’s tactic was bullish and that they weren’t playing nice. this week you’re attacking people for pushing back against apple for breaking their phones.

    imagine you bought a desktop pc and you swapped out the hard drive effectively violating the manufacturer’s warranty. a week later, the manufacturer pushes out a firmware update that permanently disables your pc because they detected that you violated their warranty.

    imagine this happening on every single piece of hardware you own — like your car, for instance: supe that sucker up, and the manufacturer pushes out firmware that disables the car’s computer rendering it useless.

    for one thing, say goodbye to innovation. for another, say goodbye to fair use.

    this behavior with the iphone is the same sort of issue critics of microsoft rage about when talking about hardware fingerprinting and visa, and the ability for software and hardware manufacturers to disable and delete their competitors products of your pc.

    the is apple crossing the line in a big way, and lawsuits and more specifically case law are the manner in which precedence is set for what corporations may and may not get away with.

    that’s not this guy’s fault — that’s the legal system’s fault for being structured in such a way that the courts become the interpreters of the law.

    and btw-it’s bad form for a blogger to respond to a critic in such a way. trust me, i learned that the hard way.

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  8. a couple of weeks ago you said apple’s tactic was bullish and that they weren’t playing nice. this week you’re attacking people for pushing back against apple for breaking their phones.

    You’re having trouble separating opinion and business. I have never made any statement about Apple’s tactics not being a bit bullish. I think it’s lame for Apple to not open up the iPhone for easier development and to other carriers. But my opinion has nothing to do with the absurdity of the reasoning behind these two people’s lawsuit.

    As for it being “bad form” to respond to you…welcome to TAB. All of the authors (myself included) gladly respond to comments and we won’t always agree with being called “pathetic.” This is an interactive site and I have no intention of just sitting back and letting it run itself. I enjoy having conversations like this and I apologize if you’ve been burned by such interaction in the past. It’s worked quite well for us for the past 3 years.

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  9. did you hear that sound? that was the sound of me clicking unsubscribe in my feed reader.

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  10. @1ski: Wow… You come to a blog article, call the author pathetic, and expect him to just sit back and take it. Forgive me for being crude, but good riddance.

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