Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Aug 2012 17:22 UTC
Google Nobody needs a tablet, but many people still want a tablet. This is still the core differentiator between a 'real' computer and a tablet. At least in The Netherlands, you can't function in society without a desktop or laptop connected to the internet, so people need a computer. A tablet, though? Hence, the most common thing people have told me when they played with my iPad 2 is this: I'd love to have a tablet, but not for hundreds of euros. Enter Google's Nexus 7, the first 'cheap' tablet that doesn't just validate Android as a tablet platform, but also gives the iPad a run for its money.
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RE[5]: Reward Apple?
by darknexus on Tue 14th Aug 2012 13:04 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Reward Apple?"
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Still EFI brought us "trusted computing" and that is enough for me to not be a fan. That was really the point I meant to make. For all its strengths, that's one giant weakness in the form of a feature that was just waiting for someone to abuse anti-competitively.

I have a feeling Microsoft would've found a way to lock things down even without EFI, most likely via extensions to the BIOS that OEMs must add in order to ship Windows. They've had plans for "trusted computing" for a good long time now, ever since Windows XP was code named Whistler and possibly before that. At that time, they wished to require a module on all machines that would run what eventually became XP and would validate the operating system and drivers that load after it. In concept, it was secure boot without EFI. This flopped because this hardware module was expensive and, at that time, most home users weren't upgrading their five-year-old machines as long as they still worked. EFI made it a little easier, but Microsoft has been quietly cooking up plans like this for well over ten years. I hate what they're doing and what it represents and I can't escape the irony that I'll be able to run alternate operating systems more easily on my Mac than on an off-the-shelf Windows 8 machine.

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