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[6]: Now that's Sniveling!
by umccullough on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 17:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Now that's Sniveling! "
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Can you come by my house at about 4pm? My toaster won't calculate PI to 256 decimal places and it really should. It might be an appliance, but I know it should be able to do anything I desire - you've informed me this much!

My toaster doesn't have a CPU in it, but if it did - I would expect that I could wire it up and use it to calculate whatever it was capable of calculating.

Why would I be prevented from doing so? Why would the toaster manufacturer explicitly prevent me from doing so by adding locks and hurdles in my way to make it harder?

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