Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:25 UTC
General Development While the iPad can certainly be debated as a product, people on the internet are discussing not the product, but the shift devices like the iPhone and iPad represent: a shift away from a computer being accessible to it being something closed and impenetrable. Is this a future we want for ourselves?
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RE[4]: Same old whining. . .
by KingRocky on Mon 1st Feb 2010 20:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Same old whining. . ."
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I'll bet 30' old car reliability was very similar than modern ones, if not better: all embedded electronics didn't improve reliabilty that much. Your car don't refuse to start due to mechanical issue like in past today, but due to electronics (sensors, crappy firmwares or bad communication cables). Big deal.

30 years ago, if you told someone that you expected your Chevrolet to even MAKE IT to 100,000 miles, you'd have been laughed out of the room. Cars back then could be expected to last 50-60,000 miles, and you were lucky to get a warranty that covered half of that.

Nowadays, Chevrolet is GUARANTEEING that your powertrain will last 100,000 miles, thanks to all of those computers and sensors that you claim to not like. I don't hear anyone complaining that they can't install Linux on their engine control computer because Chevrolet uses a "closed ecosystem."

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