Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 12:20 UTC
Editorial Car analogies are quite popular on internet discussion forums, and ours is no exception. The problem with these analogies, however, is that they are usually quite flimsy, and a recent popular one is no exception. A number of people are now arguing that computer makers' move towards closed platforms (Apple, Sony, and so on) is akin to people no longer being able to service cars on their own. This analogy, which looks sound on a superficial level, breaks down when you spend more than five minutes contemplating it.
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by jack_perry on Thu 8th Apr 2010 13:24 UTC
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Actually, specialists are allowed to service Apple computers where I live. They're even called "authorized specialists" and can display the Apple logo on their advertisements, despite not being part of Apple.

I don't know if they service iPads, iPods, or iPhones, though; I know only that they service the usual Mac equipment. There isn't an Apple Store for quite a ways in any direction where I live, so I reckon they must make a lot of good money.

Or have I misunderstood what you're getting at?

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