Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC, submitted by Chicken Blood
Apple The beauty of the internet is such that every opinion has become worthless; this goes doubly so for those with publish buttons on (relatively, we're humble) major websites. For every opinion, there's a matching counter-opinion, and that's great. Yesterday, we linked to an article by Mark Pilgrim about tinkerers and the iPad, and of course, someone was bound to disagree with that one.
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RE: Now that's Sniveling!
by cb_osn on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 03:23 UTC in reply to "Now that's Sniveling! "
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The author is whining more than anyone else I've heard. He's a pragmatist who's willing to compromise. Nothing really wrong with that, we need people like that. But, he's trashing the whole notion of idealism (talk about grandiose), and that's just wrong. There are times when even avowed idealists have to compromise. That doesn't mean that they cannot have ideals and try to change the world to fit those ideals. They just shouldn't give up because the world doesn't adhere to their idea of what it should be.

All well and good, but they're not really idealists-- they are reactionaries. The direction that Apple is moving is a welcome change after nearly two decades of stagnation in personal computing. It's a new computing model and just because Apple's version of it is closed doesn't mean that being closed is inherent to the model. The problem is that these so called idealists are not putting forth any alternatives-- they are only arguing for the status quo. When it comes to technology, the status quo is not good enough.

In other words, if you don't like what Apple is doing, then show us something else. I'd love to see some other ideas, particularly from those that prefer open solutions. If all you have to offer as alternatives are Windows, GNOME or KDE on a netbook or slate, and you honestly think that is acceptable for the next decade of computing, then you just don't get it and likely never will.

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