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[2]: Chill, Folks!
by nt_jerkface on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 19:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Chill, Folks!"
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Thinking that the iPad or any similar device is going to elminate technological freedom is just flat-out bizarre.

And I find freaking out over a stretched out ipod with a bad name bizarre. Did we have mini surfing devices in the 80's? Your sense of technological freedom is what you personally would like to do with the device. It isn't a global constant. On another level we have more technological freedom than ever since we have so many devices to choose from.

On top of that, it does not matter, if a few individuals "vote with their money". This has no effect whatsoever on the masses. I'm not going to buy an iPad, you think Apple with figure out restricting freedom is not nice? Laughtable, at best.. 5 millions will buy one anyway

That's why I also find it odd that people here are upset over this. For every person that wants root access there are 10k hipsters that will buy it and spend another $50 at the app store. Shouting at a wall about how you think it should run OSX won't change anything.

Be glad that the business world will have little interest in this device thanks to it not being designed around stylus use. A cheap tablet with a browser and character recognition would go a long way in the business world.

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