Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC, submitted by Chicken Blood
Apple The beauty of the internet is such that every opinion has become worthless; this goes doubly so for those with publish buttons on (relatively, we're humble) major websites. For every opinion, there's a matching counter-opinion, and that's great. Yesterday, we linked to an article by Mark Pilgrim about tinkerers and the iPad, and of course, someone was bound to disagree with that one.
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Comment by Richie97
by Richie97 on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 01:56 UTC
Richie97
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2010-02-03

Geesh! If you want to tinker download the SDK play with some apps write your own it's free anyone can do. I don't think that this will limit people's ability to play with their own systems or even learn to play with them. Besides as some one else pointed out DVD John cracked something a lot more secure than the iPad is. I am sure that as soon as the iPad comes out there will be a crack for it just like there was for the iPhone. If you want to tinker I am sure you will be able to.
Speaking as someone who writes software as a job and for pleasure. I just want my iPhone (have one) to work. Just as having to put up with unstable OS's at work drives me nuts I don't want those problems with my iPad when it arrives. I want it to work. I don't want to have to hack my registry to fix my OS after some app has roggered the thing. I don't want to have try and fiddle around on the command line to fix Xfree86 because some app has changed my setting and now the GUI is non functional and certainly don't want to have to tinker and fiddle my way to acceptable performance. When I pay money for something I expect it to work straight out of the box. Because I have more important things to do with my time than customise the spinning ball, change the background or overclock the CPU.
All these examples are things that I have done and While you might say "but you were able to do them" the point is I don't want to. And just as I had to choose the hardware for my computer so I could overclock the CPU (AMD was soooo much easier) you can choose to do all these things with one of the of other tablets that are out there. Besides I am sure that there will be a Google tablet with a Linux derivative OS out in next to no time for all the FSF fans.

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RE: Comment by Richie97
by lemur2 on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 03:04 in reply to "Comment by Richie97"
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2007-02-17

I just want my iPhone (have one) to work. Just as having to put up with unstable OS's at work drives me nuts I don't want those problems with my iPad when it arrives. I want it to work.


It won't work (at least it won't work for web video). Because of Apple's lockdown, iPad has no Flash, and no support for freedom codecs (e.g. Theora, Vorbis, FLAC or Dirac). AFAIK the only support for web video would be via HTML5/h264, and the only places that have that are experimental sites for Vimeo and YouTube.

I don't want to have try and fiddle around on the command line to fix Xfree86 because some app has changed my setting and now the GUI is non functional and certainly don't want to have to tinker and fiddle my way to acceptable performance.


FUD.

When I pay money for something I expect it to work straight out of the box.


If you pay for it to work out of the box, it will (generally) work out of the box ... regardless if it is OSX, Windows 7 or Kubuntu in your box. Not so, apparently, if it is an iPad.

Because I have more important things to do with my time than customise the spinning ball, change the background or overclock the CPU.


Because you don't want to do those things is not a valid reason for a company to provide no means for anyone who wants to to do them.

Edited 2010-02-03 03:05 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Richie97
by Chicken Blood on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 03:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by Richie97"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

Because you don't want to do those things is not a valid reason for a company to provide no means for anyone who wants to to do them.


Sure it is if the company is targeting "me" and not "them".

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RE: Comment by Richie97
by bolomkxxviii on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 16:32 in reply to "Comment by Richie97"
bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

Well, it certainly makes sense. If you don't want to fiddle around with your system you should stay with one that is locked down. BSD is not for you.

By the way, I have been using linux for years and have not had to fiddle with it to make it work.

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