Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Oct 2012 23:09 UTC
Windows "The Surface is a nice tablet. The design and aesthetic are pleasing, the feel in the hands, particularly of the kickstand and magnetic cover connection is excellent. But is it worth buying on the day of release?" After these three reviews, I still want a Surface RT. As much as I think Metro - and especially its applications - has a long way to go, I feel like I should reward the fact that Microsoft dares to be different. Too bad Microsoft doesn't want me to buy one.
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RE[4]: I'm desiring one, too
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 25th Oct 2012 15:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I'm desiring one, too"
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

Wholeheartedly agreed, especially this par:

I predicted this whole shenanigan, that secure boot was just a disguised way of protecting walled gardens from owner tampering rather than simply protecting owners from malware tampering. I wish I were wrong about it.


There's no doubt in my mind that curated computing is not done for the benefit of the curated, but for the benefit of the curators.

I also think "curated computing" should be a cause for alarm because the biggest players (Apple, Google, Microsoft) all have aspirations to be part of "big media". I see them as the equivalent of social climbers trying to marry their way into big media, with their "dowries" being promises to lock down/restrict anything that could be a threat to big media interests.

And longer-term, I think it will have a stifling effect on technological innovation. In the history of computers, many advances (arguably the most important ones) were the direct result of someone taking an existing technology, and finding a clever way to misuse it. But if curated computing becomes the norm, that will become impossible (or at least much more difficult).

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