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iPhone flaw confuses readers

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After waiting over a year to get our greasy mits on a (locally released, non hacked) iPhone, it seems that stories on the iPhone’s flaws just crop up from everywhere. If it’s not connectivity issues, or misleading ads then it’s the latest security bugs that allow anyone to access you phone, even if you don’t know the phone’s PIN.

However, I am yet to meet an iPhone user who actually locks their phone with a passcode. However, I am sure companies have security certificates to enforce this kinda protection.

Of course, Apple fans – and Apple themselves – have been known to bask in the glorious smugness that comes from using an esoteric operating system, much like how triple j listeners wear their t-shirts as a symbol of their superior taste in music, and immediately label a band as “sell out” the moment that commercial radio has the audacity to play their band’s music. The copious amounts of security flaws in Vista has been fodder for Apple’s marketing department for ages now.

Now, it seems that their smugness is being repaid, with a little interest thrown in on top.

Naturally, with any story in the mainstream media about a weakness in the Apple brand comes the comments. Naturally, many comments have sweet fuck all to do with the actual topic being discussed.

First up is the smug Apple fanboy:

fanboy

Yeah. Nothing fires up your enemies more than mocking their ability to write viruses for your software. Apple’s security through obscurity may not last long when morons like the above are waving their arse around, just daring malicious code writers to infect them. Ahem. However, moron-ness aside, Peter has nicely missed the point of the article, instead spouting the virtues of desktop OSX rather than a bug in iPhone OSX. Way to go.

But in the interest of providing balance, here is the typical ranting anti-Apple boy

insecure

We all know that the iPhone was heavily marketed, but to me a lot of the hype seemed to be media driven. However, out of all the devices on the market, the iPhone would be the least insecure I think. Considering that it’s selling point is its sleek looks, I doubt it sits in front of the mirror wondering if its new plastic back makes its butt look big. Maybe the iPhone needs more random compliments to curb its insecurity? Regardless, branding another set of tech users “iTards” is the charm I usually expect from the knuckle-dragging readership on sites like this.

But let’s not forget that one type of fanboy creates the alternative-view-fanboy.

MS Fanboy

If merit was granted by sales and popularity, then I guess Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” is an unbridled triumph of aural stimulation. He makes an interesting point about the “multi-billion dollar injection”, with the only flaw in the argument that it was a multi-million dollar injection. At least, that’s what it says in this report. I know that the “M” and “B” keys are close to each other on the keyboard, but can you imagine the stink caused had Bob from MS Accounting accidentally signed over a cheque for 1.5 billion dollars instead of the agreed 150 million? Bill wouldn’t have been happy.

However he makes the point that without Microsoft, there wouldn’t be an iPhone. Fair call. However, had there been no iPhone, we wouldn’t need to read this drivel from Chris from Perth.

Although, the award for not even reading the story goes to:

Hack?

Hack? Who said anything about hacking? I mean, I personally thought that hacking was an involved process of coding and compiling etc. I mean, I have an iPhone and I replicated the problem on my handset… does that make me a l337 h4x0r? Who knew that pressing “Emergency Call” and double clicking the Home button was all it took? Take that, Computer Science nerds.

However, as pointed out by other commenters, only the supremely moronic would store their banking details on their mobile phone. But then again, these are news.com.au commenters.

My opinion on all of this? It’s a glaring fault on Apple’s part, but it’s not like it’ll make or break the company. It was an oversight. An error. I’m pretty sure whoever is responsible is on the receiving end of one of Steve Jobs’ famous tantrums. As for those people who feel compelled to jump aboard a something based upon its name, be it Apple or Microsoft, Liberal or Labor, Holden or Ford, Kirby or Dyson… well, perhaps their kind is best left to writing mindless wank on news.com.au comments boxes.

God knows we don’t need them in positions of importance.

Written by Andy

August 31, 2008 at 9:13 pm

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