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That's right, Mr. Meader- don't look here for thoze rum0rz...

Simon's Avatar Picture Simon – December 20, 2007 04:49AM Reply Quote
Yet Another Transplant Thread (credit to Brian Miller for the original) (and Robert Taylor for the 2nd edition)

So, when do you expect to see the next 21-slot G5 subnotebook with built-in antigravity? Or do you have other things to complain about regarding the Mac rum0rz press?

Simon – December 22, 2007 09:33AM Reply Quote
This guy is rather bitter...

rino – December 22, 2007 09:58AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
He is... and is sort of wrong in some places IMO.

The QuickBooks desktop removal upgrade.

It's an amateur mistake and Intuit should have never let it get out the door. Why is it incumbent upon Apple to prevent a bonehead from replacing a directory?

Isn't it basically the difference between cp -R ./thisinstaller.pkg /Users/currentuser/Desktop/ and cp -R ./Desktop /Users/currentuser/

peter – December 22, 2007 01:47PM Reply Quote
John Willoughby
I think that Nick's goals had more to do with journalistic protection for bloggers than preserving a rumor site that has been getting less active over the last few years. If he got a check, more power to him; he was fighting the good fight.

I'm sorry to say that I think once again FSJ nails it.

John Willoughby – December 22, 2007 06:29PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Looks like Apple may really be trying to shut down Fake Steve Jobs. Could be a joke, but it doesn't sound like FSJ's humor.

FSJ's Blog.

Simon – December 22, 2007 08:29PM Reply Quote
Yeah, things have taken a rather bizarre turn on FSJ. It doesn't seem like his normal humour because he doesn't usually take his audience for a ride like this if it isn't real.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – December 22, 2007 09:03PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
I still call fake.
I think he still riffing on the TS settlement.

peter – December 22, 2007 09:51PM Reply Quote
I thought it was a riff on the Think Secret situation too when I first read the FSJ posts, but after reading JW's comment I went back and looked at them again and, as the old story goes, it sure smells like s**t to me.

Someone is playing this very stupid, either Dan Lyons or Apple legal, and history points squarely at Apple.

I can see why Apple and real Steve might legitimately be sensitive about FSJ, as it is very easy for the boundaries between what FSJ says and what people believe RSJ thinks to get blurry. I know it happens to me sometimes and I have to shake myself out of it.

Still, FSJ does not hurt AAPL, wheras an attempt to shut down the blog - especially a successful one, would, mark my words, be a PR disaster for both the company and its CEO. Myself, I'm now thinking of Captain Queeg.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/22/2007 09:54PM by peter.

John Willoughby – December 22, 2007 10:47PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
"Ahh, but the MacBook Ultra that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the hardware lab DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled their operative out of the building. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow bloggers..."

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/22/2007 10:47PM by John Willoughby.

bahamut – December 23, 2007 09:53AM Reply Quote
I call fake. He's got the book out. Maybe he's on to the next project. If Apple wanted to stop him, they would have done it BEFORE the book.

Mystery three posts, cash settlement (which surely would be ... you disclose that we're paying you, you don't get $$$$) ? Debating it in public like this? No way.

tliet – December 24, 2007 02:08AM Reply Quote
Fake, there's an interesting comment just below one of the posts. Also, it's a little too coincidental with FSJ being all pissed off at the EFF and Nick surrendering to Apple.


I wrote a bit of an inflammatory email to sjobs@apple.com, and actually got a response.

Here is the text of the conversation (read bottom to top, of course)

I think this is all a joke. And I think you fell for it.


On Dec 22, 2007, at 2:35 PM, Gary Baldwin wrote:

I'm not sure who I've reached here, but in the interest of finishing what you start, this is what I'm referring to:


On Dec 22, 2007, at 5:29 PM, Steve Jobs wrote:

What, praytell, are you talking about?

On Dec 22, 2007, at 2:01 PM, Gary Baldwin wrote:

I'm an admitted Apple fanboy, but I can't say I admire this. I would have thought you all would have appreciated the affectionate satire rather than being unaccountable assholes.

Gary Baldwin

6:33 PM

Simon – December 24, 2007 05:18AM Reply Quote
Yeah, once he mentioned that his lawyer's name is Tony Clifton i figured it had to be a joke.

peter – December 24, 2007 07:47AM Reply Quote
OK so it's probably a joke, but, perhaps a metaish way, I think Dan Lyons stepped over a line here. I said earlier that I thought his initial take Think Secret was right on the mark.
But if your a journalist (even if only in real life), falsely asserting (even satirically) that someone asked you to compromise your journalistic integrity seems to me like dirty pool. Also, Lyons stepped out of his FSJ character to do this, and in other ways said things that lent it an aura of credibility. OK, maybe I'd be less outraged if I hadn't been fooled into thinking it was true. Funny thing if it turns out that Apple has more of a sense of humor about this than I do.

El Jeffe – December 24, 2007 08:34AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Tony Clifton? Does he hang out around here? Is he ....BILL SMITH???

What a journey.

bahamut – December 24, 2007 10:19AM Reply Quote
interesting point... that there have been fake steve jobses for quite a while...

John Willoughby – December 24, 2007 01:49PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
He admitted the joke today. I think less of him for it, but that's probably because I fell for it.

tomierna (Admin) – December 27, 2007 12:37AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
So now that our once-partner Think Secret is down for the count, why shouldn't MacEdition become a replacement?

El Jeffe – December 27, 2007 05:25AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
If only we were 13 again.

What a journey.

Jeff Cooper – December 27, 2007 09:16AM Reply Quote
El Jeffe
If only we were 13 again.

Thank goodness I'm not. The first time was bad enough.

peter – December 27, 2007 10:22AM Reply Quote
Can someone explain this to me?

New Think Secret items are appearing in my RSS reader. Note dates of 12/26/07. Go to the site though, and the last posted item is the one about the settlement dated 12/20. I probably shouldn't be reporting this. Maybe Nick is doing these just for me, because he likes me, and lord knows, I don't want to get him into trouble.

El Jeffe – December 27, 2007 10:32AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
You're (computer is) psychic?

What a journey.

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