Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:20 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows And so the war on general computing continues. Were you looking forward to ARM laptops and maybe even desktops now that Windows 8 will also be released for ARM? I personally was, because I'd much rather have a thin, but fast and economical machine than a beastly Intel PC. Sadly, it turns out that all our fears regarding UEFI's Secure Boot feature were justified: Microsoft prohibits OEMs from allowing you to install anything other than Windows 8 on ARM devices (the Software Freedom Law Center has more).
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sat 14th Jan 2012 07:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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So, would you be happy if you bought a car that had a small badge which stated "designed for BrandMS petrol" in what was apparently advertising, but you later found out that, although it technically could run on any brand of petrol, it would physically only let you fill it with BrandMS petrol, which was many times as expensive?

Aside of the fact that's a horrible comparison, sure. It's a sellers job to be honest about what they're selling. It's a buyers job to read the small print and know what they're buying. Does it matter what kind of petrol would technically work in your scenario? Nope. It only matters whether or not the seller was upfront about the limitation before your bought it, and whether or not you had sense enough to pay attention.

It's foolish to buy something and then piss yourself when it can't be used in a way that's not intended. Plain & simple.

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