Murphy's Law: Apple Opens Up to Closed Standards

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guatemario

Aside from the issues caused by the proprietary nature of Flash from Adobe, Apple also had trademark issues with one of the names that they first came up for this device: iKotex.  The problem is that "Kotex" is already a trademark.  Purchasing Kimberly-Clark just for the sake of having ownership of "Kotex" would have been to cost prohibitive so they ended up settling for the generic "iPad". 

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Danielt876

The iPad is not a tablet, it is a "pad". I would not consider the iPad a tablet, but a giant iPod.

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I Jedi

So, Apple finally has its very own tablet. I think that this is very, very fascinating... "SARCASM" Why would I pay a shit-load of money for a tablet with Mac on it when I could buy a PC tablet that has many more options, longer supported, and tons of programs already available to it? The iPad is certainly not a very, um, cool name for it. (Pads, think women.) This product is full of fail. I can only hope 4chan is ripping it to hell.

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MeTo

Should have bought apple stock this thing will sell sheds loads.

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jrocknyc

you're in luck, the stock SANK while Jobs was on stage showing this thing off.

 this will sell about as well as Apple TV did.

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Keno5net

Interesting article.
Please help me to understand why open source codices have such a hard time gaining acceptance.  Is it because they were late to the game and the proprietary codec has become the standard or because the industry is afraid to loose control of the content in some mysterious way.
 I look at audio codices and see that MP3 became the defacto standard by being around first and the apple codec for the I-pod was forced on anyone who wanted to use Apple's music system.  Meanwhile open codices like Ogg Vorbis and Flac are only marginally accepted and seldom supported by media players.   I can put a CD full of MP3s in my car stereo and it will play fine not so with Flac files.
Looking at the history of audio it appears that if the open source codec is already doomed to failure because the commercial one is already leading in market acceptance.

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fnordfnord

I agree David, but in a way Mozilla is currently holding the users from experiencing the next "web" by trying to force their GPL standards. I don't think backing up OGG is bad, not at all, it's simply not the right time. I think we can safely switch from Flash to H.264 in a first time to experience a much less cluttered "web-video" experience and not being so constricted from an outdated technology (Flash was never meant to be used in such a way so it's not wonder it's such a slug) then further on move to more open standards. Changes shouldn't be drastic but a progression....

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kjrviking

you know, instead of switching to H.264 we could always start using Microsoft's Silverlight...
i mean, that new client that came out for facebook is amazing and if silverlight could do that, think of what it could do given enough support 

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fnordfnord

I was discussing this not very long ago with some people and while I agree Silverlight can do fantastic things we would just be locking ourselves in another proprietary format. Another plugin. Ultimately the best thing would be that the browser does all the job, straight by convention with no plugins involved or anything.

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nekollx

 yeah Apple LOATHES MS, who could blame them, Win 7 in a few months already has more market then ALL OSX combined. But Ms is all like "it's Intel, It'll run Seven, we're good."

 

And while Silverlight is nice is still a 3rd party, if theirs a exploit in in you can't fix it you have to rely on a 3rd party to fix it. A open standard is best. 

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