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#19765 29-Feb-2008 15:57
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Oh, c'mon guys... Isn't this the same reason people got together with pitchforks and torchs around Microsoft years ago?


"Vladimir Vukicevic of the Firefox team stumbled upon some questionable practices from Apple while trying to improve the performance of Firefox. Apparently, Apple is using some undocumented APIs that give Safari a significant performance advantage over other browsers. Of course, "undocumented" means that non-Apple developers have to try and reverse-engineer these interfaces to get the same level of performance. You really have to wonder what Apple is thinking, considering the kind of retaliation Microsoft has gotten for similar practices.





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  #113814 29-Feb-2008 16:35
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*ready pitchforks and torches*




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  #113835 29-Feb-2008 18:58
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Ahm except that they don't have 95% market share in the OS or browser or any part of that ecosystem. I'm not saying it is an acceptable practice, just that the real effect cannot be compared.

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#113836 29-Feb-2008 19:00
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Edit: Slashdot seems to have picked up on this, and in typical style, has completely misunderstood the post.  To be clear, I do not think that Apple is in any way trying to purposely "cripple" non-Apple software.  I also do not think that undocumented APIs give Safari any kind of "significant performance advantage" (as Firefox 3 should show!).  However, as I said, the undocumented functionality could be useful for Firefox and other apps to implement things in an simpler (and potentially more efficient) manner.  I don't think this is malicious, it's just an unfortunate cutting of corners that is way too easy for a company that's not fully open to do.



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