[OT] A tale of App Store rejection

Andre Garzia andre at andregarzia.com
Sun Jan 20 16:56:12 EST 2013

On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM, Robert Sneidar <slylabs13 at me.com> wrote:

> While I agree that having to firewall off our personal devices is very
> inconvenient, lets remember who the true villains are here. Identity
> thieves, indiscriminate spammers, social engineers, etc. yes children, the
> world is a bad, bad place. I know some think it would be better if we all
> just tore down our defenses and laid down our arms. Trouble is we won't
> all. So we build towers and we defend ourselves. I sleep better at night
> knowing I can buy an app for the one device I have that every villain in
> the world would love to get control of, knowing that no villain has. Just
> my humble opinion that's all.


Apple practices and walled gardens give you no protection against all the
thieves and criminals you quoted on your email. All it does it provide tiny
security and a lot of problems for developers. Security comes from open
source software that can be audited and checked out. Identity protection
comes from free, open and safe identity schemes and not from Apple single
password accounts. Apple users are not safe. They feel safe but they are
not. You may feel safe buying from the app store but the real villains to
quote will not use trojan apps to steal your stuff when they can sniff the
cheese out of wifi and 3G connections. You want to rob identities? You
don't rob each person, you crack as web service such as skype and steal
user data.

The fake security provided by the app store mentality hurts developers and
curbs your freedom to have whatever you want on your device. Its your
device!!! Its not Apple device, it is yours and yet you can't install
things yourself. Imagine this was your computer? Remember when Apple
decided that the app store would not accept any language besides XCode?
Remember how that halted RunRev and caused lots of money loss for everyone
involved? Thats what you get when you don't control you device.

This has nothing to do with security. This is pure about money. If there is
no way besides de app store to install software, then apple guarantees the
30% share.

And if you fear from identity and credit thieves, you should not worry
about your mobile device and start worrying about the hundreds or thousands
of companies that have sensitive data stored about you and that are not up
to date with their security because that is the spot where your identity
will be robbed.

I am glad I am a WebOS/Android user and that I use Linux as well because I
know that I am in control.

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