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Kicking the iPhone when it's up.

Some criticism of eWeek's iPhone coverage.

Hey! Remember when eWeek used to be MacWeek and was a great resource for Mac and Apple-related news?!

Ahh, good times, huh?

Yeah, well, that was a long time ago, grandpa.

As evidence, here's two recent iPhone-related pieces from the erstwhile Apple rag.

FSF: The iPhone Will Betray You

Wow! The Macalope will have to keep an eye on his iPhone and make sure it isn't allowed near any knives or blunt instruments.

Well, actually, all the piece does is uncritically quote open-source proponents who speculate that Apple may have violated the GPL by restricting access to the iPhone software.

"But, even if the iPhone never violates the GPL, we fear that users may be 'hyped' into buying yet another device that they have no control over?one laden with treacherous computing schemes that add malicious features, like digital rights management," he said.

You mean the DRM that Apple is actively trying to jettison?

That DRM?

The brown and furry one knows DRM iz teh ev1l, but open-source proponents don't do themselves any favors when they engage in such histrionics.

Although, they do get funnier every time you hear them, don't they?

Let's look at the second piece.

iPhone Coughs Up First Bugs

Much of the article is based on David Maynor's Robert Graham's blog post that the Macalope linked to below, but only gets to the "we think the iPhone is inherently more secure than competing smartphones" quote in the 13th graf (three from the end). The part that isn't based on Graham's post focuses on a security flaw in Cingular/AT&T's system that allows someone to spoof your caller ID and gain access to your voice mail.

Other than Errata Security getting the iPhone to lock up under fuzzing, all of these flaws were known before Friday.


Oh, and remember, eWeek is owned by CNET, so when the horned one criticizes their Apple coverage he does so only because he's totally pwned by the man.

Wait, what?

[The Macalope's CNET sempai (look it up) Tom Krazit informs the pointy one in comments that "the man" does not, in fact, own ZDNet, just Like that makes any sense. Sheesh.

He of the rutting and bucking will have to find another way to enhance his street cred.]