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[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 31st May 2012 02:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer
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And the people who end up getting these locked-down devices second-hand or as gifts?

What about them?

The ones who can't afford or don't know about the existence of the open alternatives?

Is it "my" problem "you" can't afford something else? I would say that "you" are responsible for you own ability to afford what you want, not anyone else. If "you" can't afford it, make a plan so eventually "you" can. Sounds pretty reasonable to me, wouldn't you agree?

Regarding people who don't know about the existence of open alternatives, perhaps they should do something about their lack of knowledge. There's nothing stopping those people from looking into it themselves. Not every little thing needs to be spoon-fed to every single person. As far as I'm concerned, there's an expectation that "you" make at least `some` effort yourself -- at least ask questions. Don't just sit there with your thumb up your rear end.

The independent developers whose ability to complete is contingent on the capricious approval of Apple's App Store censors? What about them?

I assume you meant "compete", not "complete". If you willing choose, and it IS willingly 100% of the time, to compete on a closed-platform then you already know what you're getting yourself into. If you don't like it, pedal your software on other platforms and environments more suitable to your wants.

For the record, I'm not suggesting parts of the system aren't broken. I believe the opposite in fact. But, the system is absolutely not as closed and oppressive as propaganda wants you to believe. The real problem is motivation. People are motivated enough to complain but not enough to take action or even spearhead the change. Very few people anyways.

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