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Apple's EULA, as pictured here in Windows XP says you can't install Safari on non-Apple hardware, meaning that Apple has just massively violated its own EULA.  (Source: DailyTech)
Safari for Windows is having some serious issues that deserve a second look.

Fueled by Safari's release on Windows last June and strong Mac sales, Apple's Safari browser has been making modest inroads in the browser marketshare competition, moving up from around 4.6 percent around 5.7 percent between April 2007 and February 2008, according to Net Applications.  It even was able to best the Acid3 test, showing off its compatibility prowess.

However  Safari has run into some troubles.  Apple made the dubious decision of trying to coerce iTune's 500 million users into installing Safari along with the normal iTunes update, via a pesky dialog, which comes with the install Safari option checked by default.  Mozilla blasted Apple for this tactic, saying it "borders on malware distribution practices". 

Now someone has humorously pointed out that in its promotional zealousness, Apple appears to have unintentionally encouraged massive violation of and made a mockery of its own End User License Agreement (EULA) for Safari.  EULAs are supposed to set clear legal guidelines for terms of use and help consumers know what they can and cannot do (i.e. you cannot install this software on everyone in your neighborhood's computers).  Apple's EULA states that Safari can be installed on "
a single Apple-labeled computer at a time", forbidding non-Apple-marked hardware Windows machines, and the updater itself states that "Use of this software is subject to the original Software License Agreement(s) that accompanied the software being updated."

So apparently Apple has succeeded in massively violating its own EULA, a possible first of this scale, depending on the number of accidental or intentional Safari downloads.  Lawyers point out that concerned citizens need not fear about legal action from Apple.  Jonathan Kramer, a tech attorney who runs Kramer Telecom Law Firm states, "We call this an impossibility issue, you can't enforce a term that's impossible."

Amidst this embarassing debacle, new reports are coming in that Safari is faring rather poorly on Windows XP, with many users experiencing crashes.  Windows XP users who felt smug about Windows Vista bugs, may find an unexpected new source of problems-- Apple.  Apple's support forum is being flooded by angry posters complaining that their XP version of the Safari browser is broken.  Says SakJosep, one such poster, "When I try to start Safari 3.1 in Windows XP, it crashes right away."

OllieK92 echoes the previous posters sentiments, stating, "I have this problem too, I have no idea what it is."

Some users are reporting that the browser simply will not open.  The thread on the problems has received over 1,000 views well before receiving much media coverage, making it clear that the problem may be afflicting many users.  There have also been scattered reports of Safari not running on Vista, though XP has received many more such reports.  Of the Vista problems, most posters said the previous versions worked properly, but that the update to the current version, 3.1 broke the browser.

Ironically, the new version of Safari-- 3.1-- had mostly received glowing reviews.  Many reviewers lauded its better speed, security, search tools, and improved support of HTML standards.  However all is not sunny in Cupertino as it appears that Apple may be in for some more criticism amid poorly though out attempts to leverage its iTunes user base as a means of pushing the browser, and from some pesky bugs that have cropped up.


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RE: so?
By beyazkeyat on 3/27/2008 11:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, where to start? First of all, I never said or even insinuated that they charge twice the price for the same hardware. I just pointed out that Apple uses the same internal hardware as everyone else and charges more for it. Did I say how much? Nope, sure didn't. I just posted a somewhat sarcastic rebuttal to your "hardware is twice as good" line of bullshit.

Second, the differences in the two laptops. You're justifying the higher price with things most people would call petty. Multitouch, LA DEE DAH. Little crap. Magnetic latches on the power cord, oh wow. You're reaching. I dunno about these Toshibas but on my Vostro, it doesn't have a problem with staying in or coming out when it gets pulled.

How about some things the Macbook can't do or doesn't have. What about burning DVD's? Oh, can't do that on that Macbook, probably costs another $50. If we're gonna talk about petty stuff, what about playing games? A lot of games don't work on Mac. Sure you can dualboot XP or whatever, but hey, that's another $100-150 on top of the price of the laptop. Where's the SD card reader on that Macbook, huh? Probably another $20-30. Where's the express card slot? Can you even get one on it? What if you're one of those types who has a card from your cell provider that gives you internet access? Guess you're screwed with that Macbook! If you wanna sit here and point out little petty differences, I can do that all day, man. Want to output the display to another screen? Gotta buy an adapter. Speaking of the display the Toshiba can use more memory for the video card! OH and the Toshiba has more USB ports. Suck on that! :D

Oh GOD, here we go. "Virusless" OS AHAHA. There's one reason there's NOWHERE NEAR as many viruses for OSX It's called security through obscurity. OSX has problems just like any OS does, they're just not as widely taken advantage of. Why? Take this theoretical situation (actually it's really not THAT theoretical but anyway...) If you wanted to make a virus to wreak computer havoc worldwide, would you do it to maybe a few million Apple users or a few HUNDRED million Windows users? The answer is obvious. NO OS is perfect. NONE. Not to mention, you saying it works "much snappier" than Vista is your opinion. Vista is really nice on my laptop here. If it's coupled with proper hardware, it's fantastic, like on my laptop.

The Macbook is, in terms of technology, very lacking compared to the Toshiba and it's more expensive. Get over it. It's like Gul Westfale said:

quote:
1. the results of surveys depend always on the people that are being asked. what the public or some idiot who has no idea what a real operating system is, thinks, does not make a difference to me. for the record i am sticking with XP because vista is overpriced and useless (except for DX10, but i don't need that atm).

4. i don't care what computer you use, owning a mac is your problem, not mine. what i don't like is the pretentiousness of people who, by any objective standards, have either inferior or overpriced hardware (and in some cases both, see ipod/iphone). it's not like windows doesn't have it's idiot fanboys though...


XP is nice, and the only reason I got Vista on this laptop was to familiarize myself with it. I was kind of skeptical because of all the bad things I had heard, but when I got it none of them turned out to be true. It's been a great experience for me personally, I'm running SP1 now with no install or post-install problems. The only problem I've ever had was Intel driver related. Vista has a LOT of nice little perks that I like compared to XP almost to the point where I don't like using an XP machine anymore.

The biggest problem I have with most Mac owners is when they try to act all superior because they have a Mac. Piss off. I couldn't care less, if that's your bag that's fine but don't try to smack talk about it, that's senseless. I don't talk bad about Macs unless someone is trying to make them look vastly superior to Windows machines, because they're not. It's not that OSX isn't nice or anything like that, or that either is inferior to the other. It's how asshole-ish a lot of Mac owners act. (Though try expanding the hardware set to what MS has done and then come talk about superiority. :) ) There's no reason to go around acting like a dick because you own one OS or the other. Good for you.

*thumps your ear and runs off*


RE: so?
By Pirks on 3/28/08, Rating: -1
RE: so?
By beyazkeyat on 3/28/2008 4:50:04 AM , Rating: 1
Seriously? I mean for God's sake, man, I thumped your ear at the end of the post. Come on, man. Come on. Here, I'll denote the jokes for you with :D faces so you don't get all huffy again, k? *ahem*

First off, I never said mac users were "idiots" as you said. I just said most of them are assholes. BIG difference.

Second, the people I know who have HSDPA just went up to the provider store and got the nice little add-in cards. I really don't give a shit about the service, so no, I didn't care to look up that there were USB modems :D. I don't care if you buy it or not, it's the truth, haha. Touche there though, good sir. (But that also means there's no nifty little hole to store a remote in for when I watch dvd's, or when I have my computer playing music and am too lazy to get up and change the song. :D)

I was just pointing out silly little things. Like, of course, the adapter thing. You should know, Mr. High and Mighty, that there are also VGA to DVI cables, so sure the ol' Toshiba could output DVI, just not in oh so pretty digital or HDCP, if you wanna get all anal about it. I was just being silly. :D It's all silly stuff that a few care about. And you say "proper" gigabit ethernet, pfft, most people (well, here in the good ol USA anyway ;D ) still can't even saturate 100mbps or even know what mbps are. About the only people who really need gigabit are big businesses around here.

In the end it all really comes down to what you really want out of your computer. I just think it's silly when people get big headed about dumb little shit like, well, a magnetic power cord. I also enjoy poking fun at you because you get so easily riled up. :D Personally, I like a good mix of horsepower and looks. My Vostro isn't the BEST LOOKING LAPTOP EVAR but it looks good enough for me. Has a built in 2MP webcam, Bluetooth, SD card reader, oh and it even plays games pretty well! I spent about $1400 on it back in August, the only thing I wish I had gotten was a bigger hard drive. Only got 120gb. :( It's quite a handicap when Steam and music takes up over half of it. Everything else is great, though.

I mean when you look at it, Macs aren't even priced that bad especially when compared to Sony stuff. It's been good fun but I say we put it all behind us. Let's unite and turn this into a Sony bashfest. Deal? :D


RE: so?
By Pirks on 3/28/08, Rating: -1
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