iPhone SDK 4 enforces which languages can/cannot be used to write code

Apple is reaching new standards in term of paranoid control over development (iPhone and iPad). From the iPhone SDK 4.0 beta agreement:

3.3.1 – Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

So programmers now can’t even choose their programming languages? What’s next?

How about people stopping to write software for those platforms?

Apple should at least stop using words like innovation and freedom. There’s nothing innovating in this crap. Choosing a programming languages is at the core of Computer Science. It’s so bad even Adobe is looking fresh.

John Gruber nails it:

So what Apple does not want is for some other company to establish a de facto standard software platform on top of Cocoa Touch. Not Adobe’s Flash. Not .NET (through MonoTouch). If that were to happen, there’s no lock-in advantage. If, say, a mobile Flash software platform — which encompassed multiple lower-level platforms, running on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerry — were established, that app market would not give people a reason to prefer the iPhone.

It’s shit. I already started a iPhone project which I’d like to finish, but I won’t continue to comply to this kind of crap.

Great discussion on Hacker News

20100409 1847 Friday # reported by ep # Filed under:

It’s refreshing to see Cuil fail

Anyway, I think it’s refreshing to see Cuil fail.

It’d be sad to see Cuil succeed.

20081228 0344 Sunday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Go Xen

Considering slicehost.com and grokthis.net (and VPS Village).
I love how these companies are minimalistic, with no bullshit attached.
Xen VPS hosting is the future (well, present) of smart web hosting. I don’t know why I ignored this for so long.

20081227 2244 Saturday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Thank you for the details, Eclipse


20080926 0919 Friday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Just discovered is.gd, the new tinyurl

Maybe it’s old news, but anyway…
is.gd logo
Twitter should adopt it instead of tinyurl.

20080814 2115 Thursday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Hypocrisy Web 2.0: Facebook

faceboook logo

Never share your Facebook password with anyone. Never. No Facebook employee will ever ask for it, and no one else should know it. If you are ever prompted to log in to Facebook, make sure it’s from a legitimate Facebook web address. [Source]

So Facebook is telling people not to enter their Facebook username and password on other websites, such as websites that want to access and integrate with Facebook data. Good. That’s what a person with some residual brain functions should always do anyway.

The fucked up thing is that Facebook has a feature doing exactly that! In other words, Facebook is asking users to enter other websites’ credentials into Facebook to suck in the information they have on those sites. Fuckbook, err Facebook was one of the first to promote such unethical practices (they’re actually responsible for the spreading of this shit) and now they even go around preaching how wrong it is, while they still use it for their own advantage. You shameless corporate hypocrites.

20080811 0932 Monday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Fucked-up web-design: cuil.com

cuil home page screen capture

You can tell that cuil sucks just by looking at its home page. There are so many wrong things about it.

1. It’s black. I think a black background for a search engine is horribly wrong. Search is about bringing things to light, not the opposite.
2. The search box is in the lower half of the screen.
3. cuil, the name. Are you serious?
4. Why do I care about how many pages you search? I don’t know how many are out there. Plus, I want to search them all anyway. I just want meaningful results. Which cuil don’t bring.
5. Fuck, the search box is not even centered.
6. The overall impression is that they want to look cool, not actually solve problems.
7. I don’t know why, but I can’t even think about my search in such a home page… my mind just goes into a halt.

20080807 2149 Thursday # reported by ep # Filed under:

No oil, coal, or nukes: just 200 sq km of solar panels for the whole Earth

Mojave desert solar tower

Petroleum, coal, nuclear energy… what the hell are we thinking? Carlo Rubbia, Physics Nobel prize, said that to solve the planet energy problems all we need would be a 200 km x 200 km square of solar panels. And that area is only 0.1% of our deserts. Our deserts will become a precious resource. How’s that for revolutionary thinking?

If only the world was led by scientists and engineers, instead of assholes and “magnaccia” (pimps)

20080712 1257 Saturday # reported by ep # Filed under:
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