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#16 NeoPogo

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 15:21

Easier? Nah. Maybe more Lamer!

I think they all just realized it would be easier to switch to Android.




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Posted 31 December 2012 - 15:34

when i had my iphone i had that installed downloaded a few games realized how good the game was ans bought it .

this is a major blow to the jailbreaking community

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 15:37

Where one falls, another will rise.


Assuming there's active jailbreaking going on. Microsoft had a rather easy time shutting it down, by extending an open hand to the ChevronWP team. Apple tried the harder cat and mouse game, and had the advantage of a userbase that has a tendency of buying new hardware.

when i had my iphone i had that installed downloaded a few games realized how good the game was ans bought it .

this is a major blow to the jailbreaking community


I think it's more the downturn in jailbreaking was a blow to the app piracy community. That said, I don't hold the same ill will towards it that others do (at least publicly, I'm not really convinced people hate it as much as they say they do in private life). Everyone I know who pirates is broke. People who have a good cash flow don't see piracy as worth their time (it really is inconvenient, and only worth it if you really can't afford whatever it costs).

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 16:05

Pirates usually say that they cannot access the apps in their countries or it is too expensive. Seriously, I wouldn’t care about people in those countries nor would apple care! Apple has always never been much about marketshare! Look at the mac marketshare! They only care about paying customers! Even if the US was the only market, Apple would do perfectly fine. These people in these other countries are not entitled to anything. This sense of entitlement is stupid and Apple owes them nothing! If people want to pirate easily, they go to Android, where many apps are filled with ads because they find the “paid apps” options doesn't work easily because .apk files are easily copied.

These apps just like the iphone and ipads are not a necessity, they’re a luxury. If they’re important to your business, then spend money from your pockets and profits to buy these important apps. There are enough free apps for most stupid 13 year old kids at home without credit cards. People who have jobs have access to debit visa cards even. As a developer, I really don’t care for these pirates. I don’t understand how you call the developers greedy. You’re not forced to buy these apps or upgrade. When you buy an app, you get what you have. When you go to a restaurant, and buy food and eat it there and then don’t like it, you cannot claim your money back. There are enough websites that give detailed app reviews such as macstories.net. Research before buying the app.

Developers are finding easy ways to track these pirates. These pirates for example steal the tweetbot app and then contact the developer on twitter to ask why the app isn’t working properly. The developers checks the username in his app and realizes this loser is running a pirated app and then humiliates this loser on twitter. Honestly, if you’re going to steal, don’t waste your time asking for customer support. Piracy will probably never go away, but they will make it much more harder with nagware to annoy the users into eventually buying or getting the hell out so these losers can stop wasting the developer’s time. I foresee that most software will eventually become SAAS (cloud subscription based). Look at Adobe creative cloud running with a monthly subscription or the latest simcity game requiring a constant internet connection to run properly. As internet connections get better, apps will eventually become cloud subscription based.

Installous getting shut down doesn’t stop the cool tweaks from working. Cydia helps those cool tweaks to work. Installous was just for pirated apps. These days apps are damn cheap from $0.99 to $2.99. Remember the days when software used to cost $50. Even by christmas, most big name apps either get free or almost $0.99. Most EA games were $0.99 by christmas. There are many ways to acquire apps legally either buying app bundles, getting itunes gift cards and other legal ways.


Those retards on torrentfreak amuse me with their excuses for pirating. There was recent article about how the piratebay has helped spread culture by letting losers access to pirated content from the west. I would wonder what would happen if these losers had their homes robbed or their money or property stolen. Apps, movies and music are all entertainment and not a necessity. There is never a 100% need or requirement to get them illegally. People just hoard on apps and will probably never use them.


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 16:12

Apple has always never been much about marketshare! Look at the mac marketshare! They only care about paying customers!


that's how the term isheep came about

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 16:26

that's how the term isheep came about


The term isheep is stupid. Ever brand has fanboys. I have seen girls buy those 5 inch galaxy note phones only to use maybe 20% of its features. They like larger screen. Yes electronics do make people happy and fanboys or fangirls are eventually born. These are not only phones anymore, more like portable computers that provide entertainment, communication and so much more.
Honestly, every serious company that cares about profit greatly only cares about their paying customers. Why do you think that Google is making their Google Apps with subscriptions only now? Because they don't want to waste efforts on free loaders and they know that businesses that have a need will pay for google apps.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 16:49

I think they all just realized it would be easier to switch to Android.


You win the Internet for that comment my friend :)

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 17:03

Eh? This isn't related to jailbreak other than you needed the device to be jailbroken to use it.
No, loads of things provided by cydia are NOT AVAILABLE in the app store and wouldn't be allowed, please stop spouting such nonsense.

Difference: Cydia = an 'open' app store, comes with default legit repos and apps, you can add warez repos to it if you agree the warning and continue to do so.
Hackulous = nothing legit about it, all pirate apps from the apple app store.

#24 Manish

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 17:12

Everyone I know who pirates is broke.

Yet they can afford an iPhone?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 17:34

I'd used it once, to test an app out, it barely worked as a cracked version so I bought it anyway. Not gonna miss this much at all

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 17:37

Pirated software and iOS, two things I have absolutely nothing to do with.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 17:57

Yet they can afford an iPhone?


Easy to own an iPhone when they are free with a 2 year contract now.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 17:59

Easy to own an iPhone when they are free with a 2 year contract now.


They are not free with a contract, they are free with a down payment contract. Buy a regular pone and you get a cheaper contract.

#29 Elliot B.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 18:09

I will miss Installous dearly :(

Pirated software and iOS, two things I have absolutely nothing to do with.


Then why are you posting in this topic?

#30 Tidosho

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 18:42

You are just to gullible then as with just about ANY app/program, there is just about ALWAYS an equally as good free one. I can't remember the last time/year I actually paid for any app or program. Personally, there is nothing out really worth paying for!! This too!! :)


Spot on, well said Cork! I agree. Whether it's operating systems or programs, there's always a good free one that is equal to or better than a paid one. Windows and Linux Mint come to mind. I've been a Windows guy for years, but my Linux consultant girlfriend has me using Mint and OpenSUSE, and I can't thank her enough as Mint is just as good as Windows if not better. Programming on it for cross platform is actually easier which helps me a lot as I'm a .NET/Mono & GTK/Glade dev.

Admittedly, in my job of IT and electronics repairs there ARE paid programs such as HDD Regenerator & GetDataBack that free doesn't come anywhere near for functionality or ease of use. I love opensource for the simple fact that if there's a problem with the program and I'm skilled enough I can fix it, no waiting for Patch Tuesdays (Yeah, MS!) or for someone else to do it. Anyone who calls programmers Open Source Extremists are just jealous because we're good at what we do :)