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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Chill, Folks!
by MissingBeOS on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 14:52 UTC
MissingBeOS
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2010-01-26

Is anyone holding a gun to anyone's head to buy or not buy an iPad? Is the fate of Western Civilization (or Eastern, whatever ;) ) hanging by a thread on the purchasing decisions revolving around this device?

If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions ... wow. You live in a very interesting world. You might consider relocation!

Seriously, though ... if the iPad and/or Apple offend you so deeply, vote with your hard-earned money and don't buy the darned thing. If you want to buy it, knock yourself out. Why do so many people feel the need to scream so shrilly and ram their personal viewpoints down other people's throats?

Thinking that the iPad or any similar device is going to elminate technological freedom is just flat-out bizarre.

I started working on computers back when the TRS-80 Model I was king. You had to program everything on the darned thing in order to get it to do anything. Cool learning tool. Would I like to go back to it? Nope. Things have progressed so much in the intervening years it's just flat-out stunning. I'm interested in the iPad and the rumored Microsoft Courier. I think they both have a lot of potential. Will they be everything I want them to be? Hardly. Will they be useful? Possibly.

Here's a thought: how about wait until you actually are able to hold one of these things in your own hands and use them for a while, before you jump into your own preferred armed ideological camps?

My Dad always said one of the best things about this country was the ability to "vote with your feet" if you liked or didn't like something. The same holds true with anything technological. If you like it, cool. Buy it. If you don't like it, wow. Don't buy it!

Amazingly simple concept. Trying to read huge sociological and/or conceptual tea leaves in something like the iPad is just too funny.

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RE: Chill, Folks!
by _xmv on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 16:08 in reply to "Chill, Folks!"
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2008-12-09


Thinking that the iPad or any similar device is going to elminate technological freedom is just flat-out bizarre.

thinking that such devices will not eliminate freedom is just flat-out bizarre.

easy eh?

this is a general trend, not just from Apple. haven't you seen, how the net also gets restricted?

you restrict small things, until the humans get used to it, and restrict more and more. More control, more power, more profit.
History repeating itself. Until the day you push it too far, which might take hundred of years. Again, that wouldn't be the first time in history.

On top of that, it does not matter, if a few individuals "vote with their money". This has no effect whatsoever on the masses. I'm not going to buy an iPad, you think Apple with figure out restricting freedom is not nice? Laughtable, at best.. 5 millions will buy one anyway

I'm pretty sure there are lot of good causes you defend that way and in a similar fashion there is no change being done by your "actions", or in this case, "inactions".

All you can do is make people aware of your point of view, which the internet facilitate greatly, and try to make them use CRITICISM towards everything. To make them get their OWN point of view. Not one they believe their own (aka being fed some advert/review/product/what-not and deciding its correct/not big deal/going to be ok)

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RE[2]: Chill, Folks!
by nt_jerkface on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 19:34 in reply to "RE: Chill, Folks!"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


Thinking that the iPad or any similar device is going to elminate technological freedom is just flat-out bizarre.

And I find freaking out over a stretched out ipod with a bad name bizarre. Did we have mini surfing devices in the 80's? Your sense of technological freedom is what you personally would like to do with the device. It isn't a global constant. On another level we have more technological freedom than ever since we have so many devices to choose from.


On top of that, it does not matter, if a few individuals "vote with their money". This has no effect whatsoever on the masses. I'm not going to buy an iPad, you think Apple with figure out restricting freedom is not nice? Laughtable, at best.. 5 millions will buy one anyway


That's why I also find it odd that people here are upset over this. For every person that wants root access there are 10k hipsters that will buy it and spend another $50 at the app store. Shouting at a wall about how you think it should run OSX won't change anything.

Be glad that the business world will have little interest in this device thanks to it not being designed around stylus use. A cheap tablet with a browser and character recognition would go a long way in the business world.

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