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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Ironic
by slaytaniclemmy on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 05:50 UTC
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2010-02-02

It is truly ironic (and I am probably not the only one to point it out) that the 'Rise of Apple' was triggered by a Super Bowl commercial we all know representing an Orwellian revolt against control. Now, Apple has taken the role of the controlling faction.

Their continued demand that consumers cannot make our own decisions about what we can and cannot do/use on/with the devices that we have purchased and own is appalling.

You have to ask yourself how the Apple devices 'free' us when someone has to jailbreak their iTouch to get it to play OGG/Vorbis files (completely 'free' and 'open' audio compression libraries). Apparently this is because Apple will not support such an application in the App Store that competes with their iTunes music offerings.

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RE: Ironic
by macUser on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 05:54 in reply to "Ironic"
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2006-12-15

It is truly ironic (and I am probably not the only one to point it out) that the 'Rise of Apple' was triggered by a Super Bowl commercial we all know representing an Orwellian revolt against control. Now, Apple has taken the role of the controlling faction.

Their continued demand that consumers cannot make our own decisions about what we can and cannot do/use on/with the devices that we have purchased and own is appalling.


Exactly what consumer has Apple gone against in this regard? Please put said mythical consumer up on a pedestal so that s/he shall be known! I've seen a few jail broken iPhones, but not have I once seen an Apple extraction team!

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RE[2]: Ironic
by slaytaniclemmy on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 06:16 in reply to "RE: Ironic"
slaytaniclemmy Member since:
2010-02-02

Exactly what consumer has Apple gone against in this regard? Please put said mythical consumer up on a pedestal so that s/he shall be known! I've seen a few jail broken iPhones, but not have I once seen an Apple extraction team!



The point is that someone has to 'break' into their own device to run software that they may have developed because Apple is too greedy to allow their software on the App Store.

I am not 100% up on the technology used to jailbreak an iPhone/iTouch, but I believe it requires some bending of the DMCA. If true, Apple implemented the security that 'protects' itself from jailbreak and thus forces people to violate the law to do what they want with their own property.

Here is a hit on a quick google of 'jailbreak DMCA' indicating that Apple was seeking protection under DMCA for users using this method to gain freedom on their property. I don't know where this went after 2/2009, but recent events (iPad) don't seem to indicate they have opened up.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3537

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