I'm having a blast with my new iPhone, and particularly enjoy being able to download stuff from the App Store on a whim. As a geek of many flavors, my favorite downloads are Puzzle Quest, the complete searchable works of Shakespeare, and the Federal Rules of Evidence.
But it is best that I don't dwell too long on Apple's "process" for determining what apps get into the store, and what gets kept out. Case in point:
- iBooks with naughty words: not allowed in the store, under rule that "[a]pplications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement [sic] may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."
- IAmAMan, an application that lets you keep track of the menstrual cycles of the different women you are screwing, with distinct passwords so that they don't find out about each other: totally cool, available on the App Store.
Bear in mind, in considering this moral sensibility, that "Apple's reasonable judgement [sic]" led it to a business plan that resulted, for decades, in vastly less software compatible with Apple computers, with predictable market results.
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