Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 12:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Two weeks ago, Steve Wozniak made a public call for Apple to open its platforms for those who wish to tinker, tweak and innovate with their internals. EFF supports Wozniak's position: while Apple's products have many virtues, they are marred by an ugly set of restrictions on what users and programmers can do with them. This is most especially true of iOS, though other Apple products sometimes suffer in the same way. In this article we will delve into the kinds of restrictions that Apple, phone companies, and Microsoft have been imposing on mobile computers; the excuses these companies make when they impose these restrictions; the dangers this is creating for open innovation; why Apple in particular should lead the way in fixing this mess. We also propose a bill of rights that need to be secured for people who are purchasing smartphones and other pocket computers."
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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by TechGeek on Tue 29th May 2012 20:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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And I hate all the people out their that are too stupid to realize that they are harming themselves. There isn't much of an argument you can make that closed proprietary devices are better for the industry or anyone besides the OEM. You should also realize that knowledge is a cycle. If our children grow up in a closed off world, how will they ever know better?

Case in point: There are several lighthouses on the east coast of the US that are particularly old. They were built with a special formula of concrete. The cement is especially resistant to salt water. Today, we have no idea what that formula was. Its been lost over time.

How many generations will it take before the average citizen is incapable of thinking innovatively?

Edited 2012-05-29 20:42 UTC

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