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    1. Censorship is commonly understood to mean official government filtering of information; not content control for a private entity. Although technically, Apple is a public company, it is still not a state institution; it is a business, which makes decisions they think are the best for the business.

      This is your daily ammunition for Fandroids against Apple. We need to put this in perspective, though. The App store currently has over 1.5 million apps. Each and every one of them had to be approved by someone. If it takes 10 minutes to review an app, that would mean 250,000 man-hours, which is 31,250 working days which comes down to about 120 man-years (weekends not counted). There is bound to be some arbitrary decisions in the process, considering that these 1,5m are just the approved ones.

      1. I respectfully disagree with you narrow definition of censorship. The term applies to all outlets of information of information including entertainment media, news, as well as Government directed actions. The vast majority of censorship in the United States is not done by Government mandate but is self imposed by Hollywood and the media elite of news organizations. It is more pervasive than most people realize.

        1. For many people, this is precisely the value-added benefit of Apple’s complete control: if they get an iDevice, they KNOW that every single app that is on that phone has been inspected by a live Apple employee and approved, and that there would be no way to circumvent that process (short of jailbreaking). If a user really wants an alternate store, they can jailbreak. Apple made this a tall obstacle, so that only those who are clearly determined and know exactly what they are doing would bother. For most of the rest, this is what makes Apple actually attractive — complete lockdown.

            1. I’m not sure you understood what is the argument here. The fact that the only apps that can get to their phone are the ones vetted by Apple is what many people find very reassuring. For quite many, it is quite plausible that, if such restriction wasn’t in place, that they would be able to accidentally download a malicious app. Many are generally scared of such a prospect (most ordinary people I know have the same constant fear on their desktop, even on a Mac).

              I’m pretty sure large number of people would be thrilled to know the same restrictions were implemented on the Mac. After all, in Yosemite (and possibly prior versions), you have to manually change security settings in order to be able to install apps that aren’t on Mac App Store. And most people don’t even bother with this change. This is essentially one small step away from locking down the Mac for all outside apps.

            2. I know, but Apple will do what they think is best for their business. Some of us will be forced to accept compromise, and unfortunately, that is the price will have to pay for the convenience of using Apple gear.

          1. Please, send me ticket – if it means that much to you. I suppose that you will be the guy in a skirt.

            Now, if you could only improve your grammar. It’s “I couldn’t care less” not “I could care less”. Got it?

            1. What if he WAS in a skirt? What’s the implication there, exactly? You try so hard to look intelligent, then you state something so mind-numbingly neanderthal as that skirt comment. SMH

            1. “Send a ticket.” Are these three words too difficult for you to understand? Read more slowly, this may help you with your limited comprehension. If you want to meet me just send-a-ticket. Simple!

  1. “And none of them is offensive to the United States government.”
    Wow, something that isn’t offensive to the united states government. I knew there would be an app for that.

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