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[6]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 31st May 2012 18:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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"You can't help people who refuse to acknowledge the truth, ....that they have options."

And you cant deny locked hardware is designed to prevent consumers from exercising options and removing their liberty to use their hardware as they see fit. The whole reason for locked hardware to exist is to eliminate options for consumers and remove the threat of competing software markets & products.

That is one point of view, but it is not the only one and it is not fact.

I'd love to hear your explanation of how a company making locked down hardware somehow prevents you from purchasing hardware that isn't locked down. If you buy a locked down system, you did so willingly. Nobody forced you. It's absolutely absurd to suggest that somehow the existence of locked hardware, by some magical force, disallows people to purchase any of the alternatives.

"Why are you asking me to justify something I never said?"

Your first post certainly suggested that innovative developers amongst us shouldn't have a problem with locked devices, though god knows why. It's pretty clear all independent software developers are going to be negatively impacted.

It's also clear that those conditions are exactly what inspire people to innovate. Some people will do nothing but sit and whine indefinitely. Others will actually do something about it because they understand shaking their fist and mumbling won't accomplish anything.

You are neither granted nor owed any right to develop for any system you wish. You can be mad at the business models employed by Microsoft, Apple, and others all you like but the truth is they have no obligation to you. You want absolute freedom but fail to understand you have no right to it in this regard.

Like I've said before... To some people talking the talk is acceptable, but walking the walk is out of the question.

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