Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE: Thom has a point...
by wirespot on Sun 25th Oct 2009 16:55 UTC in reply to "Thom has a point..."
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How nice of you to repeat Thom's "arguments" for him.

So let me sum it up: Apple, a company that keeps pricing their stuff high on a very competitive market is actually cowering in fear, and the people who keep buying their expensive stuff are not actually enjoying the higher quality, they're just brainwashed idiots.

Oh, and breaking copyright law and undermining another company's business is ok because it's "freeing OS X". Rules be damned, the masses want their OS X! Hail Psystar, the champion of the people!

That's an opinion. You're entitled to yours, but that doesn't mean it holds any water just 'cause you say so.

I happen to believe otherwise. Common sense dictates that Apple products have at least some quality to them that makes people buy it. Other than straight out brain-controlling waves, that is. Common sense dictates that if Apple's products were just trendy hype they would have gone under a long time ago. Because trends come and go, but quality endures. Finally, common sense also says that if you go head-to-head with established law you should be prepared to assume the consequences. "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time", remember?

Smart and decent people don't go for straight out breaking the law every time they don't like it. They don't break copyright for OS X or Windows, they pay or they use an alternative. They don't break copyright for music or movies, they pay or they find stores that sell cheaper or find music/movies when/that are cheaper. They don't throw rocks at Adobe's HQ windows, they create alternative technology. Yeah I think we need free software and open standards and a completely different approach to showbiz publishing, but going against the law like a dumb ox is just that, dumb. You're free to do it, but no definition of freedom is complete without the part that says "assuming consequences".

As for Thom, publishing this as a normal OSNews piece has no excuse. Opinions belong in editorials and should be marked as such, with disclaimers. I don't fault Thom either for stating his opinion, in comments. But doing it from a position that implies it is endorsed by OSNews is not nice.

Edited 2009-10-25 17:00 UTC

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