Daily Archives: June 8, 2010

Kittens Of Doom Update

Photo taken less than a half hour ago. Because women have been threatening me for a new picture.

They have begun to eat solid food. Which is to say, eating even moar of my iPad money.

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Apple Censors Like It’s 1932!

Really, Apple, when will you stop being such a public embarrassment?

Ulysses Seen iPad webcomic gets Apple approval after cuts

Rob Berry and Josh Levitas launched the ambitious webcomic version of the classic novel, one of the most important works of Modernist literature, earlier this year under the title Ulysses Seen. The comic includes only cartoon nudity, which the pair had to remove before Apple would approve the app.

And:

“Joyce’s novel is pretty explicit in its language and themes, so much so that in 1932 it won one of the most important court decisions about censorship in American history,” Berry continued. In 1920 after the magazine The Little Review serialized a passage from Ulysses dealing with the main character masturbating, the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice helped get the book banned in the U.S. for more than 10 years. Eventually, following United States v. One Book Called Ulysses, U.S. District Judge John M. Woolsey ruled in 1933 that the book was not pornographic and therefore could not be obscene, with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the ruling in 1934.

Hey, Apple! NBC once had a famous censor, his name was Herminio Traviesas. He coined this phrase:

Guess what? Traviesas is dead.

Or did you find a way to dig him up and revivify him for your damned Store?

Look, Apple!

That’s a public sculpture at the entrance to what used to be the U.S. Custom House (now American Indian Museum) in New York City.

And two blocks away from it is this iPad ad!!

Aren’t you sponsoring public nudity by advertising in my filthy city?

Grow the fuck up already!

Additional:

A Note To All Corporate Ass-Kissers

Previously at Mike Cane 2008:

Apple Forfeits eBooks By Banning A Comic Book!
Apple And A Tale Of Two Bannings
Apple Bans ANOTHER Book From App Store!
Apple Approves Of Shooting Nurses In The Face!

Previously at The eBook Test:

Apple: Get The Hell Out Of Your Own Way!
Another Day, Another DoubleDumb Apple Book Rejection!
Apple’s Two-Faced Censorship At Work Again
A REAL Justification For Apple Censorship?

Previously here:

The Latest Outrageous Apple Book Rejection!
Apple: Think What Now?
Apple Rescinds Book Ban
Steve Jobs: Keep Saying No!
Apple Is Scaring Publishers And Writers
Steve Jobs: Abandoning A Principle?
Dear Steve Jobs …
Cory Doctorow Was Right
When Steve Jobs Wrote A Letter
The Trillion-Dollar Web Question
“What Are My Options?”
Thank You, Apple. No, Seriously.

Print Publishers: Die Starving In A Cardboard Box!

Today brings two absolutely new pieces of stupidity regarding the suicidal bent of print publishing.

Item One: Pulse iPad App Gets Steve Jobs’ Praise in Morning…Then Booted From App Store Hours Later After NYT Complains

Yesterday morning, the pair of Stanford University graduate students who made the hot news-reading iPad app, Pulse News Reader, were ecstatic to be mentioned first–as one of the most promising developers for the new tablet device–in his keynote speech by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

But, by the afternoon, that flush of entrepreneurial success had turned sour, after Apple (AAPL) informed the two that Pulse was being pulled from the App Store, after it received a written notice from the New York Times Company (NYT) that “The New York Times Company believes your application named ‘Pulse News Reader’ infringes The New York Times Company’s rights.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Dig it. An app that calls attention to dying newspapers and makes them easy to read — and therefore opens up the possibility of revitalizing them! — has a pillow placed over its head while it’s still in the crib!

What is wrong with this picture?

Everything!

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